Top 5 things to do in the Smokies for an adults-only vacation 

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are known worldwide as family attractions. As such, the majority of entertainment, attractions and dining are designed to include the young or young at heart.  But what about that couple on a romantic getaway? What about the group of friends looking for a fun night on the town? What about mom […]

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Black Friday in the Smokies: A survival guide; Memorize these 6 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 of the busiest days in the Smokies. 1. Pack your patience Have snacks in the car […]

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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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