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  • Valentine’s Day Selfies: Your Romantic Gatlinburg Getaway

    This year, surprise and delight your special someone with a “couples selfie” staycation in beautiful Gatlinburg. The city offers an abundance of entertainment, events, and attractions, many of which are ideal backgrounds for your photos! Included here are just a few of the best places to make romantic memories and fun selfies. ...

    First, Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic is ongoing through Feb. 28, with millions of lights in dazzling downtown displays, some of which are added in January just for Valentine’s Day. Next, get a shot of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, both from the outside and from the observation deck for a panoramic view of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains.

    Afterward, check out the Gatlinburg Skylift for more scenic views of Little Pigeon River, Crockett Mountain, Gatlinburg and the mountains. Also, be sure to visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to observe over 350 species of marine life, including sting rays, horseshoe crabs, and a Shark Lagoon. Finally, for a truly unique photo op, don’t forget a front of the resort shot with our own big, beautiful, metal bear. Say cheese!

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  • Get Your Winter Sports on at “Ober Rocks”

    Imagine the thrill of schussing downhill, snow flying up from your skis as bracing, wintry air invigorates and energizes you. Sound like your idea of fun? Then get ready to hit the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg on January 26th for the “Ober Rocks” evening ski session. This memorable event will feature awesome skiing, tubing, boarding, and music. Skullcandy jams, starring INOV8 Studio’s DJ Godzson and DJ Nightlife 305, will be rocking the slopes, while the Coveralls perform inside on the big stage, and 103.5 WIMZ will provide live slope-side coverage....

    For those whose palates are inclined to the fiery side, the Pepper Palace will host a Hot Wing Eating Contest on Ober’s world-class slopes. Lessons, including a tubing session, and rentals will be available, along with skating inside the rink, and specials on eats and drinks in the restaurant and lounge. This is going to be one epic party, so don’t miss it! For more information, call (865) 436-5423, email: or click here.

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  • Join Us This Season for Gatlinburg Winter Magic

    This December, spend the holidays in glorious Gatlinburg and savor all the delights of a Smoky Mountain Christmas. Dozens of dazzling displays will illuminate the city with millions of LED bulbs, giving the area a warm wintertime glow. For a snug and toasty tour of the displays, hop on the trolley for “The Ride of Lights.” Don’t miss out on Winter Magic Tunes and Tales, featured on Friday and Saturday evenings on December 8-9 and 15-16. The Parkway will be filled with carolers, characters, and seasonal storytellers. It’s always one of the city’s most popular events, and one of the reasons that so many come to Gatlinburg for the season....

    Be sure to stick around until December 31 for the “Best New Year’s Eve show in the South.” Join us at the Gatlinburg Space Needle for the 29th annual New Year's Eve Fireworks Show and Ball Drop. The Parkway area will be rockin’ with some fabulous live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show will begin just after the ball drops at midnight. Party on! For more information, call (800) 568-4748.

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  • A Veterans Day Tribute, and Christmas Comes to Town

    This November, join us in Gatlinburg for one of the most patriotic Veterans Day celebrations in the country. Designated an official Regional Site for the Observation of Veterans Day by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the city’s 16th annual tribute to our nation’s heroes will take place at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. The program will begin at 11:00 a.m., feature special musical selections, band performances, and acknowledge attending veterans. ...

    Later this month, don’t miss the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees. An ideal kickoff to the holiday season, the festival will be held from November 22-27 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center's W.L. Mills Conference Center. You’ll feel as if you’re walking through a winter wonderland while gazing at the dazzling array of Christmas trees bedecked with all their finery. The event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. Finally, stick around until December 1st for the 42nd annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, featuring lighted floats, balloons, bands, and much more. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. For details on both of the above events, call (800) 568-4748.

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  • The Dazzling Colors of Gatlinburg in October

    October is one of the best months to visit the Smoky Mountains. Guests come for a variety of reasons – the famous attractions, and the popular events and activities. Many visitors come to Gatlinburg to enjoy its spectacular scenic beauty, which features some of the most gorgeous fall foliage in the county. Autumn colors reach a vibrant peak here between September 15 – November 15, moving gradually down the mountainsides to the lower elevations, and some of the season’s most brilliant shades can be seen in October....

    From the bright red hues of sassafras, dogwoods, and maples, to the varied shades of yellow, orange and gold of ferns, forget-me-nots, and tulip poplars, the hills are alive with variegations of rich autumnal color. Fall foliage lovers will especially enjoy the scenery of Newfound Gap Road, and the drive leading to Clingmans Dome, which is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. If you’d like to scope out the brightest colors before you go, check out the park’s webcams here.

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  • Fall is Old Mill Heritage Time

    Join us for the 17th annual Old Mill Heritage Day at Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge. This year’s Heritage Day will be celebrated on Saturday, September 23rd, and will provide demonstrations of what day-to-day life was like for the residents of historic Appalachia. Experienced artisans and crafts people will show first-hand how to make lye soap, apple butter, and sorghum, iron cooking over open fires, and the making of quilts, baskets and wheel-thrown pottery. Antique engines and farm equipment will be exhibited in our 187-year-old mill, and guided tours are free. ...

    Old Mill Heritage Day will also feature music, food (including a farmers market), games, and family-friendly fun for all ages. The little ones will love the petting zoo and the train rides, and a special arts and crafts tent just for them. Additional activities include pumpkin painting and bingo. Enjoy live bluegrass music and folk songs, along with cloggers and twirlers, and all are welcome to join in the fun during the line dancing and square dancing. Old Mill Heritage Day runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and admission is free. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets for seating during the live entertainment. For more information, call (865) 428- 0771, or visit.

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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:

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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, 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:, 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:, 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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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