A review of Anakeesta 2019 — A getaway from your getaway

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, a time to get away and refresh.  But then you get to a destination spot like Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge where there’s just so many things to do you end up needing a vacation within a vacation.  Anakeesta, billed as Gatlinburg’s theme park, is the perfect place to get […]

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Anakeesta Expansion coming spring 2020

Going to Anakeesta right now is bit like stepping inside an unfinished masterpiece.  It’s beautiful, but you can’t help seeing the potential for more.  And more is on the horizon. Anakeesta officials are eyeing growth plans for as early as Spring 2020.  Chief among these is a 50-foot tall observation tower. Anakeesta already boasts some of […]

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This white bear is a black bear (Yes, really): 6 fascinating facts about these white furry anomalies

This is a black bear. No, you’re not looking at the next gold and white dress debate. (Or was black and blue?) Even though this guy looks a bit like a lost polar bear, he (or she) is a subspecies of the black bear. Black bears are common in the Smoky Mountains, but if you […]

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The 4 best kept secret picnic spots in the Smokies

Though the pirate ships and dinner theatres are alluring, the outlet shopping appealing, the go-cart racing entertaining, the true draw of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the park itself.  Before the Sevier County night-time sky glowed giant Ferris wheels, flashing neon and questionable entertainment choices, people flocked to the […]

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Max Patch: The hidden Smoky Mountain gem you’ve never heard of before

There are experiences that are fairly universal to visitors to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood? Check. The Ripley’s Aquarium? Sure thing. Max Patch? Huh? You can visit East Tennessee dozens of times and have a lot of fun never getting off the beaten path. But if you’re looking for a vacation […]

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