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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6 things to do this fall in the Smokies

Coming to see the beautiful fall foliage? Spend an extra day or two taking in some of these autumn activities. Sure, you do them back home, but the experience won’t be as memorable as it will be right here…in the Smokies! 1. Go for a drive … and not just to Cades Cove Two of […]

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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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