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  • Celebrate the Music of the Mountains

    Join us August 16th – 20th for the 6th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. Open to all, this event brings together songwriters, fans, and industry pros to celebrate the craft of songwriting. Singers and songwriters will perform, and the songs themselves and the stories behind them are also in the spotlight. Over 125 free live concerts will be performed throughout downtown Gatlinburg, in addition to some ticketed events. Featured events include a song competition, a workshop series, and an opportunity to co-write with hit writers and network with some of Nashville’s finest....

    Don’t miss the #1 Hit Songwriters Showcase featuring over 30 singers and songwriters, all of whom have written songs that were either #1 on the Billboard Charts, or were the recipient of a Dove Award. The 2017 lineup includes such industry luminaries as Tony Arata, Victoria Shaw, and Pat Alger, whose respective songs “The Dance,” “The River,” and “Thunder Rolls” became #1 hits for Garth Brooks. Also featured are Larry Cordle, whose “Highway 40 Blues” boosted Ricky Skaggs to the top of  the charts, and Leslie Satcher, whose song “Troubadour” was a hit for George Strait. For more information, call (865) 604-9066 or email: info@smswf.com.

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  • A Midnight 4th of July Parade

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday. July 4th is also when Gatlinburg pays tribute to our military heroes, veterans, and those currently serving, during the annual Gatlinburg Midnight Parade....

    Thousands of cheering spectators will line the streets of downtown Gatlinburg at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th, as this 42nd annual tradition of the first Independence Day parade in the nation begins. Named as one of the “Top Ten Parades to See in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine and one of the “Five Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Smaller Cities” by Livability.com, this nationally-recognized event stretches for more than a mile. Previous year’s attendance has reached as many as 80,000, so all visitors are advised to come early for an optimal viewing spot.

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  • Celebrate National Great Outdoors Month in Gatlinburg

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come – a Smoky Mountain getaway. The natural splendor of the mountains in June make Father’s Day an ideal time to visit, and there is so much to see and do in beautiful Gatlinburg. ...

    Dad can hike the trails, go zip-lining or mountain biking, and still enjoy the sights and activities downtown, such as Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales. This popular event is now in its 12th season, and will take place from June 9 - July 29. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. every evening, musicians, artisans, and various street performers in period costumes will arrive in the center of downtown. Guests will be treated to portrayals of characters from olden days, as far back as 1800. This seven-week period focuses on the rich culture and heritage of the area, and offers the city’s visitors an entertaining, interactive, and educational experience. We suggest booking a family getaway, and visiting additional local and regional attractions. For information on reservations and special getaway packages, visit: http://www.brooksideresort.com/specials, or call (865) 213-2228.

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  • An Appalachian Culinary Tradition

    A primary source of sustenance for early Appalachian dwellers, humble bowls of beans and cornbread were often considered to be the poorest of fare. Of course, native Southerners have always known that this savory combination is one of the most delectable examples of regional cuisine, and over the years, these two dishes have gained widespread popularity....

    Beans and cornbread now occupy a place of honor on countless tables across the country, and heated discussion about cornbread recipes, particularly regarding the addition of sugar or honey, are still raging. The beans are usually pintos, but navy, black, kidney, and chili beans are also popular and often paired with cornbread flavored with ham, bacon, jalapeños, corn, and cheeses.

    To honor this traditional combination, Bush Brothers & Company is presenting the Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Festival. On May 11, the parkway between traffic lights six and eight will be the site of some of the best beans and cornbread you’ll ever eat. Area caterers, restaurants, and other businesses will be serving from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The festival is free, but visitors can purchase a spoon for $10 and sample any and all recipes. For details, call (865) 430-4148, or 1-800-588-1817.

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  • Have a Blooming Good Time in Gatlinburg

    This April, guests of the Brookside Resort can enjoy two traditional and seasonal events: the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, and the Easter Craft Show....

    Love wildflowers? Join us from April 11-15 for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. This annual event features professionally-guided walks, photographic tours, evening seminars and programs by nationally-known experts in botany and Appalachian wildlife, culture, and history. This year’s event will offer visitors the rare opportunity to examine the recovery of wildlife from last year’s fires. For details, call the Mills Conference Center at (865) 436-7318.

    Hand-made quilts, pottery, carvings, and woven goods are just a few of traditional Southern Appalachian crafts on display at the 2017 Easter Craft Show. Admission is free for this event at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and the show will feature the work of many of the region’s artists and crafters. You can meet and visit with second-, third-, and even fourth-generation artisans from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on April 12-15. Email Jann Peitso at: ajannart@aol.com, or call Carolyn Mikles at (865) 436-6805 for details.

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  • Make Your Getaway One That Gives Back

    After the fires of 2016 swept through our region, almost 18,000 acres were burned, with over 11,000 of those acres within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a tragedy, but Mayor Mike Werner and the good folks of Gatlinburg and Sevier County have taken to heart the phrase, “Mountain Strong,” and are pulling together to repair the damage and breathe new life into these mountains we call home. ...

    Here at the Brookside, we made a promise to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and your stay allows us to help keep that promise. Every month, we donate a portion of our room revenue to the Friends of the Smokies, and these funds are used for building, trail improvement, educational projects, and maintenance. We are family owned and operated, and offer comfortable and convenient accommodations, along with a hot continental breakfast on the house every morning, and all the modern amenities. We hope you’ll choose us for your Gatlinburg getaway, and help us give back. Call (865) 213-2228, or visit:  http://www.brooksideresort.com/.

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  • Wines of the Great Smoky Mountains

    If Gatlinburg isn’t one of the locations you associate with good wine, then a visit to the Smoky Mountain Winery will change your mind. Since they began production, their wines have received hundreds of regional, national, and international awards. ...

    Like many wineries in the region, they produce sweet fruit wines such as Muscadine, Blackberry, Raspberry and Peach, but also bottle a large variety of drier reds, whites, and blush wines. Oenophiles will be pleased to find that over 20 of the Winery’s labels are award-winners, and all are available for tasting during their free tours.

    The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and if you’re hungry they make a mean brick-oven-fired pizza. You’ll definitely want to take home a few bottles from the on-site gift shop. The Smoky Mountain Winery is open year-round, except for Christmas Day. For reservations and details, call (865) 436-7551, or toll free at 888-SMKWINE. Or visit: www.facebook.com/SmokyMountainWinery/.

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  • Shine On in Gatlinburg

    In the past, movies and television portrayed making moonshine as an illegal profession that was practiced by quaint, and often dangerous, mountain folk. They brewed their handed-down recipes in bubbling, copper stills carefully guarded from outsiders and federal agents. In today’s downtown Gatlinburg, the copper stills are used for brewing, but moonshine-making has become a legal and profitable celebration of the centuries-old spirit. ...

    The folks at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery have taken this to an even higher level with the development of new flavors that could be termed “craft shine.” Located in downtown Gatlinburg, the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery offers over 25 flavors of moonshine, including Butterscotch, Chocolate Cherry, Huckleberry, Moonshine Peaches, Apple Pie, Lemon Drip, Sweet Tea, and Hunch-Punch Lightnin’. Self-guided tours are available for all ages, along with food and candies. Free samples are offered to those of legal age. Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is open year-round and pets are welcome. For more information, call (865) 436-6995, or visit: http://olesmoky.com/

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  • Two Terrific Ways to See the Holiday Lights

    All aboard the trolley for "The Ride of Lights" - a magical evening tour of the City dressed in all its holiday finery. No jostling for a good view or walking around on tired feet - you’ll ride in comfort and see all the beautiful decorations and millions of Christmas lights from a seat on our specially designed trolley. Tours begin and end at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center, and tour times are 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 PM daily. Tickets are $5 each, and sell out quickly, so we advise you to snag yours ASAP from the official tour vendor....

    After the trolley tour, don’t miss the view from The Gatlinburg Space Needle. This 407-foot tall structure has 360-degree views of the town and the surrounding mountains, making it an ideal place to scope out the town’s holiday lights and spectacular winter scenery. For details, contact the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at (865) 436-4178 or by emailing: info@gatlinburg.com.

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