Five Great Winter Hikes In The Smoky Mountains

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 – sit unobstructed, just waiting to be admired. Although such a vision may sound like the stuff of fantasy novels and dreamscapes, this whimsical living tableau can be experienced right here in the Smoky Mountains! Though the majesty of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be enjoyed and marveled over at any time – winter brings a new kind of magic to the park that can only be experienced during those frigid months. (more…)

New Year’s Eve In The Smokies

New Years 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 31st. Whether you’re looking for a day jammed-packed with adventure and excitement or would rather spend the day reflecting over the past year and simply enjoying time with those you love, a New Year’s Eve celebration in the Smokies won’t disappoint! Continue reading to learn more about 5 fantastic ways to close out yet another year in the Smoky Mountains. (more…)

Mountain View Falls

Mountain View Falls At Parkside Resort

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 as equally enchanting to celebrate your happily-ever-after! Mountain View Falls at Parkside Resort, nestled in the verdant forest of the Smoky Mountains, is a magical spot that is ideal for hosting intimate events and crafting new memories to be cherished forever. With such a beautiful love story to commemorate, it only seems right to select a venue as stunning and lush as Mountain View Falls to host your nuptials. (more…)

Christmas At Parkside Resort

Christmas At Parkdale

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 unit is a large one. While having a gaggle of people over for the holidays, all rubbing elbows together in your cozy but ill-prepared space, can be great fun – it can also be a recipe for chaos. Take some of the stress out of Christmas this year (while also making it a holiday to remember) by planning an impromptu getaway for you and your loved ones to enjoy at Parkside Resort! (more…)

Shopping In The Smoky Mountains

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 perfect excuse for you to break out the wallet? With the holidays upon us and the perfect souvenir out there just waiting for you to take it home, your trip to the Smokies is the perfect time to get some serious shopping done! To help make the decision of where to start, a little easier, we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of the most unique shopping centers and malls in the Smokies, ready to explore!  (more…)

7 Places To Visit Santa In The Smokies

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 your trip to the land of blue smoke, planning a holiday excursion to visit Old Saint Nick with the little ones will be a breeze. Continue reading to learn more about some of the festive locations your kiddos can have a Smoky Mountain meet-and-great with Santa this year! (more…)

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 one of the busiest and most successful times of the year for the Smokies in terms of tourism – and for good reason. This dazzling and seemingly endless collection of holiday light displays spans over three cities, encompassing visitors in millions of sparkling lights and miles of garland and other holiday décor. Having started as a humble attempt to liven up the Smokies during the winter season, has since become one of the largest holiday attractions in the Southern United States and welcomes visitors from all over the world looking for a festive celebration like none other. (more…)

A Smoky Mountain Christmas At Dollywood

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 shopping, festive-themed treats, specialty events and shows celebrating the season, there’s plenty of things to do in the Smoky Mountains to get you and your loved ones in the Christmas spirit! Everywhere you look, you’ll see holiday cheer embellishing practically every street corner in the mountain towns of Sevier County, but the wonderland that is Dollywood, brings a whole new meaning to “deck the halls.” Continue reading to explore the different wonderful attractions that come with the arrival of Christmas to Dollywood. (more…)

15 Ways To Keep The Family Cozy In Pigeon Forge

One of the many wonderful things about the Smoky Mountains area is the typically mild weather, regardless of the time of year. On average, during the winter months, you will experience low temperatures of roughly 30 degrees and high temperatures hovering around 50 degrees. While not as balmy as a tropical destination, the winter weather in Pigeon Forge still allows for many outdoor adventures – though you will want to add a few more layers to your wardrobe in order to fend off the chill. (more…)

7 Unique Ways To Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park

7 Unique Ways To Explore The Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a truly unique place, from the geography, to the wildlife and native plants, to the myriad of distinct climates, and even the remnants of a complicated and rich history can be found all within the boundaries of the park. For this world-renowned destination, with it’s colorful past and environmental diversity, it’s almost impossible to see and experience everything the park has to offer in one person’s lifetime but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least try during your visit. While the typical methods of exploring the park are wonderful and worthwhile, like completing a self-guided driving tour or one of the predetermined hiking trips, there are also sorts of truly unique ways to experience the beauty and majesty of America’s most visited national park in the country. While we’ve discussed some great hiking trails and viewpoints that can (and should) be on your checklist during your trip to the Smokies, we’ve also curated a list of the top seven unique ways to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for an adventure you’ll never forget!