Ain’t nobody doesn’t like Dolly; 6 reasons we love our Appalachian queen

It turns out, East Tennessee is a matriarchy. Oh sure, there’s some popular men ‘round these parts, most of them former Volunteer football players in descending order from Peyton Manning. But while we may have a few kings, in East Tennessee, there is only one queen… Dolly. Ain’t nobody doesn’t like Dolly. Born and raised […]

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An insider’s guide to Dollywood; 7 pro tips from a local

The first time I set foot in Pigeon Forge was 1987.  A 12-year-old Hoosier, I came south with my aunt and uncle. We played mini-golf, stayed in what was then a nice hotel (it’s gone significantly downhill, being ranked among the worst in America a couple of years ago) and did other things popular with […]

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Top 10 things to do in the Smokies when it rains

The Smokies is a beautiful place to visit year-round, but its wide elevation range can contribute to unpredictable weather patterns. Some days it feels like you experience all four seasons in one day — with rain at any given moment. In fact, according to the National Park Service, the Smokies averages about 8-11 days of […]

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A review Dolly Parton’s Stampede — Plus tips how to plan and what to expect

The Dixie is no more.  One of Pigeon Forge’s signature attractions, formerly known as the Dixie Stampede, went through a rebranding a couple of years back in an effort to change, at least a little, with the times.  Now known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede, the dinner and theatre show still offers a four-course meal – […]

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Pirates Voyage and Dinner Show, a review (Caution me mateys, dad jokes dead ahead)

There are certain obligations that come with writing about Dolly Parton’s pirate-themed dinner and show located just a cannon-blast or two away from Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.  Dad Jokes are a must. If you don’t have pirate puns, get ready to walk the plank  Pirate Lingo. If the words Avast, swab or matey do not […]

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