Black Friday in the Smokies: A survival guide; Memorize these 6 tips from a shoppin’ pro

Black Friday in the Smokies: A survival guide; Memorize these 7 tips from a shoppin’ pro I did my first successful Black Friday find in 1986 – getting one of four bargain televisions at the local Wal-Mart. For visitors and locals, Sevier County is a Black Friday destination. These tips will help you navigate one […]

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Chocolate lovers rejoice: Unwrapping one of East Tennessee’s best kept ‘secrets’

Do you love chocolate? Do you especially love chocolate that comes in fun shapes like Easter bunnies and Christmas trees? If so, I am happy to report that Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween are all coming early this year. Nestled just outside of Pigeon Forge and close to Interstate-40, you’ll find a Russell Stover […]

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An insider’s guide to The Old Mill Shops of Pigeon Forge

The Old Mill strikes a distinct contrast against the amusement rides and T-shirt shops you’ll see on Pigeon Forge’s main drag. Likewise, the collection of Old Mill shops skips the standard souvenir stock for a mix of pantry favorites, distinctive kitchenware and handcrafted items that will serve as tasteful, if subtle, reminders of your trip […]

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Top 9 things explore in the Smokies during the winter (Including indoor activities that will warm ya right up)

Fresh snow on mountains, moonshine with cinnamon; bright Christmas lights and warm homemade mittens — these are just a few of my favorite things. In my opinion, nobody does Christmas like the Smokies. If you’re visiting the area in the winter, you’re in for a real treat. Here are some of the best things to […]

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Top 10 things you can do in the Smokies for FREE! (for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts)

Vacationing on a budget can be tough. When I travel, I like to “pack” in a day that is free from both scheduling and financial obligations. Luckily, there are plenty of fun, free things to do in the Smokies. For the outdoorsy type: #1 — Take a Hike! From natural falls to chimney tops and […]

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