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damienblack@directplacement.co, Author at Parkside Resort

9 Things To Do In Sevierville, TN

Just a quick jaunt down the Parkway from Pigeon Forge and roughly fifteen miles from the entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll find the scenic country town of Sevierville, Tennessee. This picturesque hamlet, nestled in the lush hills of the Smokies, proudly touts the title of “Dolly’s Hometown” (more on that in […]

A Guide To: Wilderness Wildlife Week

A Guide To: Wilderness Wildlife Week Back in 1990, Ken Jenkins, a passionate and world-recognized nature photographer, brought the city of Pigeon Forge a proposition. Ken proposed the idea of creating a unique event meant to educate, increase awareness and boost efforts in nature conservation in The Smoky Mountains region and all over the world. […]

Five Great Winter Hikes In The Smoky Mountains

Five Great Winter Hikes In The Smoky Mountains Imagine a scene so breathtaking, it looks as if it’s been delicately painted by Mother Nature herself. Rays of sunlight sparkle off the crystalline vegetation, seemingly suspended in time due to their icy encasements, and vistas – complete with snow-capped evergreens and lush clouds leisurely rolling past […]

New Year’s Eve In The Smokies

Ring in the start of 2023 in an unforgettable way next week, by spending the last vestiges of this year celebrating in true Smoky Mountain style! From a New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and fireworks show that will leave you breathless to family-friendly events and adult-only parties, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this December […]

Mountain View Falls

It finally happened. The love of your life got down on one knee and asked to spend the rest of their days with you in tandem, through the good and the not-so-good, and you promptly said yes. You’ve found that fairytale ending you were always dreaming of, and now it’s time to find a venue […]

Christmas At Parkside Resort

Christmas, a magical time meant to be spent with those dearest to you, making new memories and reminiscing over old ones, all while jolly tunes and the smell of fresh bake goods waft through the air. But getting everyone together for the holidays in one place can be quite the challenge, especially if your family […]

Shopping In The Smoky Mountains

When you visit the Smoky Mountains, there’s so much to do and see – from scenic viewpoints deep in the wilderness of the mountains to the wacky fun attractions found along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. But did you realize that there’s a variety of shopping centers and boutique shops that offer the […]

7 Places To Visit Santa In The Smokies

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains has officially begun and with the arrival of this joyous time of year comes good old Chris Cringle himself. Santa Claus has disembarked from his sleigh for the season and can be found at many wonderful destinations around the Smokies! That means, no matter what your itinerary may hold for […]

A Complete Guide To Winterfest in The Smokies

Almost 35 years ago, the clever folks of Sevier County devised a plan to increase tourism and encourage community involvement during the off-season. An accumulation of ideas, creativity and determination led to the opening of the very first Pigeon Forge Winterfest in 1989. Thanks to this festive and innovative idea, the winter season has become […]

A Smoky Mountain Christmas At Dollywood

With the harvest season come and gone, Halloween decorations are being tucked away and replaced with festive Christmas décor. In no place is that more obvious, then in the Smokies, where Christmas comes to live and thrive for roughly two months out of the year (sometimes even longer). With miles of holiday light displays, Christmas […]