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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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg TN

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies voted the number one aquarium by Trip Advisor, home to more than 10,000 exotic colorful sea creatures that represents more than 250 individual species.  To be home to more than 250 individual species varying from sharks, piranhas, and stingray’s to clown fish and penguins the aquarium has to replicate several types of natural environments for each species to feel at home. Some of the environments include the amazon rain forest, shark lagoon and coral reef as well as interactive areas such as touch a ray bay and the penguin playhouse. More than just an opportunity to view the sea creatures every where you go within Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies you will have a learning experience that is educational for all ages. Next time you looking for things to do in Gatlinburg you will want to plan two – three hours to enjoy all that Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has to see and do.

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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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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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A Collection of Black and White in the Smokies

Museums can feature most anything – history, art,
rock and roll, glass, cuckoo clocks. It turns out there is a museum in
Gatlinburg that is unlike any other. In fact, you probably had no idea that
there was a need to preserve and study that most common of table accessories –
salt and pepper shakers.

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