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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Veterans Day 2019: Your guide to deals and freebies on attractions and dining in The Smokies

Happy Veterans Day y’all! In honor of our local and visiting veterans and active military, TheSmokies.com has put together the most comprehensive list of Veterans Day discounts and freebies that you’ll find in the Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg areas.  Keep in mind, most of these deals are good for one day only, and require […]

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