scenic view of Great Smoky Mountains from Pigeon Forge luxury cabin

6 Fun Facts About the Great Smoky Mountains

During your stay with us, there are many attractions in Gatlinburg to check out. When you are narrowing down your list of activities, be sure to make note of one of the city’s crown jewels: The Great Smoky Mountains. There are plenty of things to do here such as hiking and fishing. Here are 6 fun facts about the Great Smoky Mountains so that you can get to know this must-see vacation spot. Continue reading

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4 Family Friendly Smoky Mountain Attractions Near Our Cabin Rentals

Our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals have so many amenities that you may never want to leave, but when you do finally feel like exploring the city, you’ll find yourself only a short drive away from tons of restaurants, hiking trails, and fun Smoky Mountain attractions to keep your family entertained all vacation long! Here are the top 4 family friendly Smoky Mountain attractions near our cabin rentals:

1. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Photo taken close to our cabins near Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg.Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has so much to see, do, and learn that you could easily spend your entire vacation exploring all of its sections! From live shows, interactive presentations, and behind-the-scenes tours, all of the Smoky Mountain attractions make it hard to choose, and it is conveniently located near our cabin rentals!

For those of you who love penguins, you have the opportunity for a very special face-to-beak experience! When you waddle with penguins, you will get to learn all sorts of interesting facts from the aquarium’s expert staff, you’ll get to pet a penguin, and you’ll even have the chance to take home a painting created by a penguin!

Want to stay close to this Gatlinburg aquarium? Here are our cabins within minutes from this great attraction! Check out everything that Ripley’s Aquarium has to offer for a fun-filled trip to the Smokies!

2. Dollywood

dollywood signWe can’t imagine anything more fun than a day of experiencing rides, eating Southern-style food, and watching live shows at Dollywood! This Smoky Mountain attraction spans 150 acres and has over 40 thrilling rides, with new rides created almost every year! From infants to great great grandparents, there is something fun for everyone at Dollywood.

Dollywood is proud to be the home to several large festivals every year, from the Harvest Festival to Smoky Mountain Christmas, and many in between! There is always something to learn or to celebrate at Dollywood.

Dollywood is only minutes away from our Smoky Mountain TN cabin rentals, and they offer daily passes, as well as affordable season passes for a whole year of fun!

3. The Comedy Barn

The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge

The Comedy Barn is famous for being the most successful clean-comedy theater in the world!The family comedy show features jugglers, ventriloquists, magicians, and, of course, the funniest comedians in the biz! With shows starting at 5 pm and 8:15 pm daily, ending your fun day at the Comedy Barn will guarantee a night of laughs for the whole family!

The Comedy Barn is now also home to the Amazing Animals Exotic Pet Show! Nowhere else in the world will you ever see trained pigs, parrots, cats, dogs, and a miniature donkey perform on stage together, and we promise you don’t want to miss it!

Located down the road from our Smoky Mountain TN cabin rentals, The Comedy Barn is one of the perfect Smoky Mountain attractions to complete your day in the mountains!

4. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner & Show

dolly parton's stampede in pigeon forgeDeemed “the most fun place to eat,” Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a North vs. South show featuring skilled horses and riders performing tricks and competing in a friendly rivalry! Along with the amazing stunts, exciting competition, and incredible music productions, your experience at Dolly Parton’s Stampede also includes a mouth-watering 4-course meal! And to make the night even more fun, you aren’t even provided silverware because the entire meal is designed to be eaten with your hands!

Now that you’re sure that exploring Smoky Mountain attractions in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg TN is the right vacation for you, choose from our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals to pick the perfect place for your family!


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Top 6 Smoky Mountain Picnic Areas You Should Visit

People from all over the world travel to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see the beauty of the area. Some of the most popular ways to spend time in the park are to go hiking, take a scenic drive, and have a picnic! There are several picnic areas in the park you can visit, or you can pack a meal and take it anywhere. If you want to enjoy one of the designated spots, check out these top 6 Smoky Mountain picnic areas you should visit: Continue reading

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What It’s Like Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in Winter

Most people visit the Smokies during the spring, summer, or fall, and these times of the year are beautiful for different reasons. You may not know that the Great Smoky Mountains are open year round! Winter is just as beautiful a time to visit as the other seasons, but you will want to be prepared for what could happen when you’re in town! Here’s what it’s really like visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in winter: Continue reading

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Why Should You Spend Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains?

During the spring and summer months, the trees that make up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are painted with varying shades of green and form a beautiful sight. When the temperature starts to drop and summer begins to fade into fall, the trees begin to take on gorgeous varieties of orange, red and brown. Seeing the mountains as the trees make the transition from summer to fall and begin to take on their autumn colors is truly a breathtaking experience. There’s no better time to visit the Smokies than during this time of year. Here’s why we think fall is the best season in the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading

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6 Unique Things You Can Only Do in Cades Cove

Known as the most popular area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove has a ton of unique things to do you cannot find anywhere else in the Smoky Mountains. You can see a nearly 200-year-old grist mill, old churches, rustic barns, and scenic mountain views. Plus, you can go hiking, go on a hayride, and possibly see wildlife! Here are 6 unique things you can only do in Cades Cove: Continue reading

gone swimmin pigeon forge cabin near the parkway

4 Simple Steps to Create a Memorable Family Vacation to the Smoky Mountains

When you stay in the Smoky Mountains, you want to make it the best vacation you can. We want to make sure your vacation is better than you could ever expect. We want it to be everything you can imagine, filled with great amenities and exciting attractions. Whether you choose to visit in the winter or summer months, follow these 4 simple steps to planning the most memorable family vacation to the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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3 Reasons Romantic Smoky Mountain Getaways are the Perfect Vacation for Two

Sometimes life gets a little bit hectic and you can’t just sit still and enjoy time together with your loved one like you would like to. There is one way that you can have the time alone that you are so desperately craving for and that is by taking a vacation away together. A vacation sounds so exciting and you can’t wait to take a trip but first you need to decide where to go. There are many amazing romantic destinations, however, there is no place like the Smoky Mountains. The Smoky Mountains are considered one of the most beautiful areas of the country and there is nothing better than being surrounded by beauty during a romantic getaway. If that hasn’t already sold you here are 3 reasons why romantic Smoky Mountain getaways are the perfect vacation for 2. Continue reading

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Top 5 Hikes to Enjoy in the Smoky Mountains in the Fall

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just enjoy the occasional stroll through the mountains, the Smoky Mountains are the world’s most beautiful place to sightsee and enjoy a hike. To help you plan your family’s hiking trip, we’ve put together a list of our 5 favorite hikes to enjoy in the Smoky Mountains in the fall! Continue reading

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Top 5 Less-Crowded Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains

Do you want to check out some hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains, but you want to avoid huge crowds of people? There are several trails you can hike without being around a ton of people! We know getting out in nature is more enjoyable when you also get away from people, so we want to share some of the top not-so-busy trails with you. Check out these 5 less-crowded hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains: Continue reading