Anakeesta reveals plans for $6 million tower, set to be the tallest in downtown Gatlinburg

It takes a certain kind of attitude to stand atop a mountain, looking out over one of the true visual wonders of the world and think, “You know what this needs? More height.” The folks at Anakeesta are that kind of innovative thinkers. So they begin the 2020 season with a $6 million expansion that […]

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Top 6 bizarrely out-of-place attractions in the Smokies 

It was the Great Smoky Mountains that turned Sevier County into a tourist mecca. But, the locals found out early on that tourists needed more than motels, restaurants and the great outdoors. As it turns out, there’s only so much nature one Midwestern family can absorb before they need a different level of stimuli. In […]

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It’s not easy bein’ cheesy: Top 5 quirkiest places in the Smokies

One might assume the bedrock of Sevier County’s tourism industry is the natural beauty which surrounds Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. And yes, the flowing streams, the quiet forest, wildlife encounters and the living history of the region are undoubtedly keys to the region’s attractions, but underneath that bedrock is a flowing river that carries the […]

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Top 5 things to do in the Smokies for an adults-only vacation 

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are known worldwide as family attractions. As such, the majority of entertainment, attractions and dining are designed to include the young or young at heart.  But what about that couple on a romantic getaway? What about the group of friends looking for a fun night on the town? What about mom […]

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Unpopular Opinion: The good, the bad, and the ‘just ok’ — A review of Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen opened in Pigeon Forge in 2015, seemingly on the heels of Deen trying to reinvent herself after being let go from The Food Network. You could say that this restaurant is one that might feel out of place in the area, but for the sake of this review, I’ll simply focus […]

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