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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Who’s got the Hooch? Gatlinburg!

One of the traditions of the Appalachian region is
making of spirits, or as you know it, moonshine. Made from corn, moonshine (or
hooch) provided a source of illegal income for a region that struggled to be
prosperous. For generations, families had moonshine stills and handed down
recipes of how to make the famous beverage that was the legend of songs and
movies. Now, you can see how it’s made and even taste it without the worry of
the law throwing you in jail.

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Primo Eats in Gatlinburg

Eating at a restaurant that knows how to prepare and
serve food the correct way makes all the difference when dining out. And when
you’re on vacation, having a memorable experience can make or break your trip,
depending on if the experience is good or bad. For a great dining experience with
excellent Italian food, check out Best
Italian
in Gatlinburg.

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Beauty in the Mountains Signal the Arrival of Spring

What better way to celebrate spring than to get outdoors and enjoy the warm sunshine and blooming spectacle of nature? Each year, Gatlinburg holds a five-day event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that showcases the beauty of our area.

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Gatlinburg Artisans Display Their Wares

There’s a stretch of road in Gatlinburg that is home to the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community encompasses an 8-mile loop that has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Since its foundation in 1937, this community has everything associated with arts and crafts – candles, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, photography, art, ceramics, dolls, stained glass, leather, silver smithing, etc. And for a weekend in April, you can see what the members have to offer at one location.

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Smoky Mountain Springtime

Ahhhh, springtime. The season of rebirth and renewal. Spring means more daylight, warmer temperatures, spring training, even inspiration for Mel Brooks’ musicals. Even better for visitors in the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg’s three-month celebration Springfest begins.

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Get Outside and Get Moving in the Smokies

The last few entries have dealt with perhaps the most important part of your trip to the Smokies –eating. Now, once you have all that energy from a great meal, what are you going to do with it? You probably know there is a world of options in Sevier County. The hard part is narrowing down your choices to find activities that suit you best. So if you want to keep working on your New Year’s resolution, you’ll have to find a way to get those calories off. How about hiking, camping, biking, rafting, or paddling? They get you outdoors and get you moving. If this is your idea of fun, you better head to Nantahala Outdoor Center (or NOC) in Gatlinburg.

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