Celebrity Moonshiner Settling in Gatlinburg

Three clear moonshine jars

Corn, mash and moonshine have had roots in the Smoky Mountains for generations. Through Thunder Road stories, country music songs and living legends, the traditions of mountain moonshining have been an important part of the Appalachian culture. Continue reading

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Smoky Mountains Winter Activities

Smoky Mountains Winter Activities

Winterfest in The Smoky Mountains is full of excitement and things to do for all ages. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Winterfest activities, an annual celebration that spanning the entire winter season. Join in on all of the fun and Smoky Mountains winter activities as the popular resort towns transform into one gigantic winter wonderland with special events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Continue reading

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Wedding Destination Gatlinburg

Just married couple kissing with pink flower petalsWedding Destination Gatlinburg, Tennessee nestled in the Smoky Mountains, it is known as “the wedding capital of the South”, and is also in the top 3 wedding destinations in the world. An astonishing 42,000 weddings are held per year in the picturesque and fairytale-like setting of Gatlinburg. With such an ideal setting drawing couples to want to say their vows in Gatlinburg you may be worried about the cost but you will be pleasantly surprised by the low fee for a marriage license in Sevier County, $39 for out of state couples. Continue reading

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Classic Rides in the Smoky Mountains

News flash – guys love cars. Lots of women do, too. And when we become enamored with them, we remember all sorts of details about them and keep them in our memory. If you have a car that you loved from a movie or TV show, chances are you can find it in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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Fine Arts for the Family in the Smoky Mountains

There are lots of things for the family to do in Sevier County, but one you probably haven’t thought of is art. That’s right, spending time with mom, dad, and the kids all while taking in the next Van Gogh, Matisse or O’Keefe is a relaxing way to spend a weekend. Continue reading

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Bottle of Red, Bottle of White, Smoky Mountains Make Them Taste

When most people think of a winery, they picture the farms of France, or the countryside in the Napa Valley. But for many years, wineries have flourished across the county with many successful ones in the south. It just so happens that in many places in Sevier County, you can see, smell and taste the results of those sun-ripened grapes mashed and fermented into delicious wine. Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Ripley’s Entertainment of the Smokies

At Ripley’s we are ever changing and adding new additions to
our attractions to allow families to create new memories. This year we have
added new things everywhere to give yet another fresh touch. Continue reading

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Head for the Skyline in the Smokies

It’s always fun to see the Smokies up close, whether it be by foot, car, horse, llama, etc. But what if you could see the mountains from a higher perspective? Not by plane, but a way that you could almost reach out and touch the treetops? Continue reading

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Everybody Loves a Parade – at Midnight?

What is it about a parade that makes it so enjoyable – the floats, the marching bands, the dignitaries, and the celebrities? The artistic displays? Staying up until midnight to watch the start? Wait, what? Continue reading

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Preserving Mountain Heritage in the Smokies

History is all around us. Fortunately, there are
lots of opportunities in our Smoky Mountain Area for you to learn more about
this place we call Home. There is one township just outside of Gatlinburg that
offers a chance to relax and be educated about the mountain culture.

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