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The Parkside Difference: How to Find the Perfect Cabin in the Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are great spots to travel to this summer. Are you looking to wake up to the mountains on the horizon? Do you want to stay in a Smoky Mountains cabin that feels like a little slice of heaven on earth? Look no further than Parkside Resorts. We are here to provide you with the ultimate mountain luxury vacation. You’ll get to experience everything that makes Pigeon Forge one-of-a-kind while staying in the perfect cabin. (more…)

Smoky Mountains’ Hidden Gems to Discover This Summer

Summer is almost upon us, and there are few better places to visit during the dog days than Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Beyond the hundreds of great attractions and restaurants in the area, the Smoky Mountains is in the midst of an incredible assortment of natural wonders to dazzle visitors of all types. If you are planning on visiting our next of the woods this year, here are some Smoky Mountains hidden gems to discover this summer.

Gourley’s Pond

Gourley’s Pond is a wet-weather pond created by the catching of rainfall. This location is often overlooked, but offers beautiful views over the broader area and is something the experienced Smoky Mountain visitor should not miss. To reach Gourley’s Pond, you will need to park at LeQuire Cemetery, which is located at the end of Sparks Lane in Gatlinburg. Just walk down the road for a few hundred feet, then turn right. You’ll see the pond right away.

Rainbow Falls Cave

Probably the most difficult to access of all the hidden gems we will share, Rainbow Falls Cave is a stunning cave with a picturesque waterfall flowing into it. The cave, only accessible by a mile-long trek off the regular trails, is nestled in a historically-rich part of the park – Whiteoak Sinks – which was formerly home to subsistence homesteads.  While not a hidden gem for novice adventurers, this fantastic cave is something the expert trekkers should visit next time they visit the Smokies.

smoky mountain attractionsCataract Falls

Not all gems in the Smoky Mountains require a compass or vast hiking experience. Cataract Falls is easily accessible right from the hearts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The falls are actually only a 10-minute trip from downtown Gatlinburg and involve only a short trek up an easy-to-navigate trail. The great thing about the Smoky Mountains is that beauty is everywhere, meaning even the least-athletic visitor can experience the majesty of this beautiful park.

The Troll Bridge at Elkmont

Before the creation of the national park, the Elkmont area was a resort for the wealthy residents of Knoxville. After the founding of the park, however, the resort and its residents left town, leaving a slew of abandoned buildings in their wake. While most of the parks have since been removed, some features have stood the test of time, including the Troll Bridge.  Set along Little River Trail, the Troll Bridge is a charming and whimsical location, perfect for memorable vacation photos!

Experience All the Smoky Mountains Have to Offer with a Scenic Cabin Rental

The Smokies have something for everyone, and there’s no better time to experience their majesty than during the summer season! If you are looking for an unforgettable way to spend your time in this beautiful part of the world, look no further than Parkside Resort. Our family-oriented resort, nestled amidst mother nature, can accommodate families or groups of any size, with cabins available for up to 50 guests.

We’re far more than just beautiful and luxurious cabins. We also provide barbeque pits, putt-putt, waterslides, an indoor pool, and many great family-oriented activities. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate family getaway this summer, Parkside Resort offers unrivaled amenities and breathtaking vistas. Call today at (865) 908-6066 to learn more or to make a reservation.

Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

There’s so much to see and do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge that it may seem overwhelming! After all, there are only so many hours in a day. Fortunately, at Parkside Resort, we know that you want to make the absolute most out of your time in the Smoky Mountains, that’s why we strive to give you an insider’s guide to this amazing part of the world. Here’s your ultimate guide to the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Alamo Steakhouse

Offering the finest hand-cut and seasoned steaks cooked over an open oak fire, Alamo Steakhouse has been delighting guests in Gatlinburg since it first opened its doors. Alamo is far more than just delicious steaks. They also offer mouthwatering, homemade burgers and sandwiches, and a host of other amazing dishes. Alamo Steakhouse is conveniently located at 705 East Parkway in Gatlinburg.

Smoky Mountain Brewery

If you are looking to enjoy some local brews while in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, be sure to check out Smoky Mountain Brewery.  Featuring an ever-changing lineup of fantastic local beers, Smoky Mountain Brewery also offers wood-roasted steaks, pizzas, calzones, and more! A cross between a Bavarian beer hall and ski lodge, the brewery has locations across Eastern Tennessee, including both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

pigeon forge restaurantsThe Old Mill Restaurant

Part of the charm of visiting Pigeon Forge is getting away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and nowhere quite captures the magic of the authentic mountain experience quite like the Old Mill. Located just passed the old bridge and traffic light #7 in Pigeon Forge, the Old Mill compromises a creamery, candy kitchen, café, general store, and restaurant. The restaurant, serving authentic southern comfort food and Smoky Mountain classics is as inviting and friendly as it is delicious. Step back in time by visiting the Old Mill on your next trip to Pigeon Forge!

Local Goat

Local Goat is a New American eatery that specializes in a farm-to-table menu of local favorites. Local Goat also offers craft food and cocktail selections, which are perfect for enjoying while either enjoying a homemade burger, taking in the fantastic views of Mount LeConte and the Smokies, or both! Conveniently located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Local Goat is the ideal spot to take a break from the excitement of Pigeon Forge and relax with family and friends.

Cliff Top Grill & Bar

Cliff Top Grill & Bar take advantage of the amazing scenery of the Great Smokies while at the same time providing diners delectable eats. Situated in Firefly Village, at the top of Anakeesta Mountain, Cliff Top features huge half-pound burgers, smokehouse specialties, and classic fried green tomatoes. Stop by for a tasty meal – and don’t forget to enjoy the views.

Experience All the Smoky Mountains Have to Offer with a Scenic Cabin Rental

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have something for everyone – and every palate. If you are looking for an unforgettable way to experience the beauty of the Smokies, look no further than Parkside Resort. Our family-oriented resort, nestled amidst mother nature, can accommodate families or groups of any size, with cabins available for up to 50 guests.

We’re far more than just beautiful and luxurious cabins. We also provide barbeque pits, putt-putt, waterslides, an indoor pool, and many great family-oriented activities. And, if you are exhausted from all the excitement, The Grille at Parkside has plenty of great American classics. We’ll even deliver directly to your cabin!

Call today at (865) 908-6066 to learn more or to make a reservation.

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration: Experience Summer Fun in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is a fantastic place. Perhaps the best time of year to visit this beautiful part of the world is summer. Beyond the great weather and unbelievably beautiful sites, no other attraction brings as many visitors to the area as Dollywood. Here’s everything you need to know about Dollywood’s Summer Celebration and experiencing the best of summer fun in Pigeon Forge this year.

Great Weather

Perhaps the best part of Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is the amazing weather in Pigeon Forge this time of year. Gone are the cold winds and snow, and in their place are sunny skies, long days, and gorgeous weather. There is no better time than summer to visit Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and there’s no better time to visit Dollywood than during the Summer Celebration.

More Time to Explore the Park

Summertime at Dollywood means more time to enjoy everything the park has to offer. Starting June 22, and running until August 4, the park has extended opening hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. This means that you have more time to experience the incredible rides the park features, including Wild Eagle and Lightning Rod.

summer celebration Dollywood 2019Nighttime Fireworks

Not only does summer mean longer hours at the park, but it also means it’s time for nightly fireworks displays. Each night has a new firework display to light up the night and help make your visit to Pigeon Forge’s premier attraction that much more memorable.

The Opening of Wildwood Grove

Coming this summer to Dollywood is the amazing Wildwood Grove. Journey past sparkling creeks, through a charming village and under the mighty Wildwood tree. This enchanting new addition to the park, part of a $37 million upgrade, features a whole host of new attractions – including the 453-meter suspended roller coaster known as The Dragonflier. Other new rides in the new Wildwood Grove addition include the Mad Mockingbird, Sycamore Swing, Treetop Tower, Benjamin Bear, and Frogs and Fireflies.

Dollywood is All About Family

Dollywood is a family destination like no other. From the wonder of the park itself to the high-energy musical fun of Dreamland Dive-In and other shows, Dollywood brings out the kid in everyone and brings families together. If you are looking for a vacation you’ll never forget, make sure Pigeon Forge is on the to-do list this summer!

Make the Most of Your Dollywood Experience with Parkside Resort

Dollywood is a fantastic experience – especially in the summer- but it can also be exhausting. One of the best ways to get the most out of your Dollywood experience is by treating yourself to a luxury cabin rental. At Parkside Resort, we are the premier luxury destination in the Great Smokies. Our family-oriented resort, nestled amidst the splendor of mother nature, can accommodate families or groups of any size, with cabins available for up to 50 guests.

We’re far more than just stunning natural beauty and luxurious, spacious, and comfortable cabins. Parkside Resort also features barbeque pits, putt-putt, waterslides, an indoor pool, and many great family-oriented activities.  When your family experiences all that Dollywood has to offer, we’re here to help you relax in the rugged majesty of the Smokies. Call us today at (865) 908-6066 to learn more or to make a reservation.

Everything You Need to Know to Get the Most Out of Your Dollywood Experience

Pigeon Forge has so much to offer everyone who visits. Besides the beauty of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, no other attraction has the timeless appeal of Dollywood. If you are planning a trip to the area, here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your Dollywood experience.

Download the Dollywood App

Perhaps the most important thing you can do when planning your trip to Dollywood is downloading the official app. Available in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play, this app has everything you need to make the most out of your time at Dollywood. From checking wait times on rides and seeing scheduled events to finding restaurants and theatres, the entire park is at your fingertips.

Don’t Pay to Park

No one likes paying for parking, and this is especially true if you are visiting a theme park. After all, you probably want to save you money for delicious treats and souvenirs inside, right? Instead of paying to park, why not take the Pigeon Forge Trolley instead? The trolley is available anywhere along the parkway and only costs $1 per person, meaning you save time and money!

Dollywood pigeon forgeBuy a TimeSaver Pass

If paying for parking is frustrating, waiting in hour-long lines is down-right annoying. Like the trolley, why not bypass the lines for rides by picking up a TimeSaver Pass? These passes help you skip the lines at select rides and shows, meaning you can do more during your park visit.

Visit During Dollywood Festivals

Dollywood is exciting to visit at any time of the year, especially when there’s a festival going on. The park hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, including the Festival of Nations, the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival, and the Harvest Festival. These events are jam-packed full of tasty treats and exciting entrainment and add to the Dollywood experience!

Arrive Early

One of the best ways to ensure you bypass the long lines at the park is to arrive bright and early. The lines are especially short on Saturday mornings when visitors to Pigeon Forge are still sleeping off their treks to this beautiful part of the world. Sure, it’s very easy to sleep-in at Parkside Resort due to our ultra-luxurious and soft beds, but Dollywood is something you can’t miss, so an early start is worth the sleepy eyes.

Stay in a Luxury Cabin

Dollywood is a fantastic day out, but it can also be exhausting. One of the best ways to get the most out of your Dollywood experience is by treating yourself to a luxury cabin rental in the Smoky Mountains. At Parkside Resort, we are the premier luxury destination in the Great Smokies. Our family-oriented resort, nestled amidst the splendor of mother nature, can accommodate families or groups of any size, with cabins available for up to 50 guests.

We’re far more than just stunning natural beauty and luxurious, spacious and unbelievably comfortable cabins. Parkside Resort also features barbeque pits, putt-putt, waterslides, an indoor pool, and many great family-oriented activities.  When you’ve experienced all that Dollywood has to offer, we’re here to help you relax in the rugged majesty of the Smokies. Contact us today at (865) 908-6066 to learn more or to make a reservation.

Why a Cabin Rental is the Best Choice for an Unforgettable Weekend Retreat

Sometimes you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. After all, there’s only so much stress a person can take. When you need to unwind, it’s best to escape to the woods where mother nature can provide the best medicine for the weary soul. Here’s why a cabin rental is the best choice for an unforgettable weekend retreat.

They Offer the Amenities Your Family Wants

When families go on vacations, hotels do not offer the types of amenities they need. Sure, you may get a continental breakfast, but you probably won’t need the conference rooms or small gym. Cabin rentals, on the other hand, have everything a family could ever imagine. Take Parkside Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for instance. It offers waterslides, game rooms, hot tubs, an indoor pool, a private 18-hole putt-putt course, a playground, and so much more! And, if you do want to get some exercise in, is there a better place to get your blood pumping than while hiking the stunning Smoky Mountains?

Privacy

If you are looking for an unforgettable weekend retreat, first you need to – well, retreat! Cabins are the ideal way to get away from it all and relax amongst all of nature’s beauty. With a cabin rental, you don’t have to worry about sharing walls with other guests blasting the volume on their tv or noisy guests stomping past your room in the middle of the night. With a luxury cabin rental, the only noises you will hear at night are the serene sounds of nature!

cabin rental vacationsSpace to Relax

One of the best reasons to choose a cabin rental over your typical hotel is the greater sense of space. There are few places in the country where you can get the perfect blend of amenities and calming isolation than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Smoky Mountains mountain range is the ideal place to relax and admire the stunning natural beauty this part of the world has to offer.

Cabins provide far more than incredible views. You also get the space you need to stretch out. Unlike hotels, where you get a bed, a table and not much else, cabins provide you with space and versatility you need to feel at home. Even better, Parkside Resort has the cabins you need to accommodate any party – from the solitary traveler looking to decompress to the large family reunion looking to celebrate.  

Parkside Resort – Your Perfect Cabin Retreat

Renting a cabin in the Smoky Mountains is the ideal way to get away from it all and enjoy time with friends, family, or even just yourself! The Smokies have something amazing to offer everyone in the family, and there’s no better way to experience the rugged beauty of Pigeon forge than renting a luxury cabin at Parkside Resort. Our family-oriented resort, nestled amidst the splendor of mother nature, can accommodate families or groups of any size, with cabins available for up to 50 guests.

We’re far more than just stunning natural beauty and luxurious, spacious and unbelievably comfortable cabins. Parkside Resort also features barbeque pits, putt-putt, waterslides, an indoor pool, and many great family-oriented activities.  Call us today at (865) 908-6066 to learn more or to make a reservation.

Top Five Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Near the Great Smoky Mountains

Memorial Day weekend is about celebrating those who serve and the sacrifices they make. But it’s also about enjoying time with family and getting a chance to kick back and relax. What better way to spend your Memorial Day weekend than in Pigeon Forge, amidst the beauty of the Smokies? Here are five of the best ways to spend Memorial Day near the Great Smoky Mountains.

Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival

Beginning on Friday, Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival is easily one of the most popular events in Pigeon Forge come Memorial Day weekend. This 10-day celebration of all-things Tennessee is your chance to enjoy two of the region’s most popular traditions: delectable, slow-cooked barbeque and traditional bluegrass music!

Make sure to come hungry, as the park will offer all of your favorite barbeque dishes, served up Southern style! After, enjoy free daily concerts from some of the biggest names in bluegrass music. This yearly event marks the unofficial start of summer here in the Smoky Mountains, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Family Fest in the Smokies

If you love gospel music, Gatlinburg has a Memorial Day celebration you can’t miss! Family Fest in the Smokies brings together some of the biggest names in gospel music and worship to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for a series of uplifting concerts and worship. Perfect for everyone in the family, Family Fest brings the soul to the Smokies.

smoky mountains memorial day weekendSmoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride

For those who love to hit the open road, the Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride is the perfect chance to see the fantastic scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains as you honor those who protect the freedoms that we hold so dear. This annual ride is in honor of those who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, as well as those currently serving in our armed forces. The trip begins on Sunday at 10 a.m. and ends with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veteran’s Monument.

Splash Country Opening Weekend

Splash Country, the water park next to the historic Dollywood, is a can’t miss destination each Memorial Day weekend. Why? It’s the start of the season! The perfect place to cool off, Splash Country is consistently ranked in the top-10 water parks by TripAdvisor.

This fantastic water park features an impressive 35 acres of attractions – perfect for the entire family! And when you’re done splashing around, the park also offers dining options and breathtaking views over the gorgeous and unforgettable Smokies!

White Water Rafting

Visiting Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is all about the natural beauty of the area. What better way to explore the Smokies with your family than with an amazing white-water rafting experience? Spring is the perfect time to raft in Pigeon Forge, as the dam on the Pigeon River begins releasing water regularly Tuesdays through Thursdays, and Saturdays. These guaranteed water releases mean different parts of the river offer different levels of difficulty – meaning there’s a wild ride for every adventure seeker!

Experience All the Smoky Mountains Have to Offer with a Scenic Cabin Rental

The Smokies genuinely have something for everyone, and there’s no better time to experience their majesty than Memorial Day weekend! If you are looking for an unforgettable way to spend a memorable weekend in Pigeon Forge, look no further than Parkside Resort. Our family-oriented resort, nestled amid mother nature, can accommodate families or groups of any size, with cabins available for up to 50 guests.

We’re far more than just beautiful and luxurious cabins. We also provide barbeque pits, putt-putt, waterslides, an indoor pool, and many great family-oriented activities. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate family getaway this Memorial Day, Parkside Resort offers unrivaled amenities and breathtaking vistas. Call today at (888) 908-6066 to learn more or to make a reservation.

 

Parkside Pavilion

Looking for a place to host a family BBQ, play a friendly (or competitive) game of cornhole or host a special event, check out the Parkside Pavilion!  Available for daily rentals, the pavilion has been used for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions and more!  The pavilion features beautiful beamwork, a large gas fireplace, picnic tables and a large propane grill.  The Parkside Pavilion is lit up at night making it easily accessible for your event, day or night!

Banquet Room

Do you need a large indoor space for a work conference for a few days for a Smoky Mountain getaway? Or maybe you are planning a wedding and need a space for the rehearsal dinner or reception. We have the perfect place for your group! The Banquet Room at The Lodge can accommodate up to 100 guests. Large round tables, table linens and chairs provided and set-up for your convenience. There is a projector with availability to hook up a computer for a presentation or that embarrassing display of pictures of the married couple! The Banquet Room features a built-in dance floor along with an in-house sound system. Private restrooms along with a built-in bar top with a large refrigerator, sink and dishwasher make this space great for catered events or potluck style events as well!

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