Top 5 things to do in the Smokies to get you in the Christmas spirit

Christmas is a magical time in the Smokies, and if you’re already in town, congratulations! It’s hard to go wrong from here. But if you’re looking for something more specific, look no further. Here are my top 5 picks on what to do to put ya right in the Christmas spirit:    5 – Visit Gatlinburg […]

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Insider’s Guide: 9 tips to navigating Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas brings together the very best of the holiday season — music, food and jolly people! In preparation for the event, Dollywood closed for nearly a week beginning Nov. 3 and reopened on Nov. 9, unveiling a completely transformed theme park with more than five million Christmas lights.  It’s difficult for others […]

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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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