Friday, August 05, 2011

2011 Sales Tax Holiday: August 5-7

The State of Tennessee's Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night. This year's tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday, August 5 and ends Sunday, August 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Friday, February 25, 2011

SPRING BREAK IN MARCH (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

 March is an eventful time to come to the Smoky Mountains.  Not only does the Great Smoky Mountains National Park start to blossom, but many people get to enjoy Spring Break.  Early in the month, you can still enjoy Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.  Later in the month, you can enjoy the warmer weather including outdoor activities.  These outdoor activities include horseback riding, rafting, shopping, tubing, sightseeing, zip-lining, and hiking!  You can also visit the Arts & Crafts Community for Easter.  Admission to the Arts and Crafts show is free. Stroll through to see the unique, handmade displays and demonstrations. Discover beautiful items like jewelry, pottery, leather goods, candy, quilts, ceramics, and so much more. 

With so much to do and see, you'll be happy to pick the mountains over an over-congested, expensive beach trip.  Why chance going to the Beach on a cold weekend, when you can take advantage of the beauty of the Smoky Mountains no matter the weather?!  The luxury cabin rentals awaiting you in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge are amazing, entertaining, and relaxing.  Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals offers vacation cabins in Gatlinburg and vacation cabin rentals near Dollywood.  These cabin rentals will have hot tubs, gas or park-style grills, full kitchens, and pool tables.  Get a premium cabin rental with sauna, home theater, indoor private pool, multicade arcade games, seclusion, or breath-taking views!  You'll have the best Spring Break ever in March.  Come see us in the Smoky Mountains!  We'll have your vacation cabin rental waiting for your family or friends.

SpringFest - March 11 - June 6
SpringFest is a popular Smoky Mountain festival that encompasses the whole county including Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Springfest activities: special events, craft shows, decorating competitions and much more.
Gatlinburg Screenfest - March 25-27
The Annual Gatlinburg film festival features independent films and filmmakers from all over the country.
For more information visit

Friday, October 08, 2010

Cabin Rental Owner's Corner - Recommendations

There is so much to see and do in the Great Smoky Mountains region, it is difficult to know where to begin. Since we live in this area and regularly experience an abundance of activities, some of our favorites include: Hiking along Abram's Falls Trail; Horseback riding; Renting a pontoon boat and spending a day on either Douglas or Norris Lakes; Visiting the Titanic Museum, Old Mill & General Store, Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, Blackbear Jamboree, Ripley's Aquarium, and Clingman's Dome. We also enjoy shopping in Gatlinburg, attending country music concerts, and shopping at the variety of antique stores in the area. There is so much more; however this is just a sampling what we enjoy the most.
Shari & Scott -Eagle Bear Retreat in Eagle Springs Resort, Sevierville TN

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gatlinburg Cabin Owners Provide Expert Advice on the Hidden Gems of the Area

In addition to our comments and posts about the Smoky Mountains, we are welcoming our current homeowners to submit their favorite things to do, places to eat, hike, and be entertained in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge.  We also welcome our guests to submit their favorites as well.

Kandy Kisses #1251Cabin near Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Our favorite things to do in the Smokies include hiking to Laurel Falls or any of the many falls, hiking the quiet walkways in the park, strolling the downtown shops after a great meal at Smoky Mountain Brewery, visiting The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, and tubing down the Little Pigeon River.

Betsy and George- Kandy Kisses 1251

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Arrowmont to Remain in Gatlinburg Future of the Nationally Recognized School Now Secure

From Arrowmont's most recent newsletter:

(Gatlinburg, Tenn.) 08/23/10 – In a historic decision, the Board of Governors of the Arrowmont School of

Arts and Crafts has voted to keep the nationally renowned center for contemporary craft education at its

current location in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Arrowmont offered its first craft workshops in 1945.

Over the past two years the organization has been considering options for the future following a decision

by the owners of the land to sell the property currently occupied by the school. A special task force was

formed to evaluate options and possible new locations for the school and through their work the choices

were narrowed to a site in Greeneville, Tenn. or remaining in the current Gatlinburg location. Since then,

the Arrowmont Board has been working with officials from Gatlinburg and Greeneville to finalize

proposals presented by both communities.

In making the announcement, Arrowmont Board of Governors President Mary Ann Hruska said, “After

reviewing the proposals from Greeneville and Gatlinburg as well as numerous meetings with local officials,

the Board decided that Arrowmont should remain in its place of founding. We look forward to working

more closely with the local community regarding our future.”

The Gatlinburg community effort to retain Arrowmont was led by former Mayor Jerry Hays and City Manager,

Cindy Ogle.

"I am extremely pleased with this decision to keep Arrowmont in Gatlinburg. I want to especially thank

the Gatlinburg Arrowmont Work Group for their dedication during this process. A lot of hard work has

gone into preparing for this day by representatives of the City, Sevier County, Sevier County School

System, the Chamber of Commerce, and private citizens. From here, it is my hope that we can sit down

together and map out how we will achieve the goals and dreams for Arrowmont’s future," states Jerry


Arrowmont’s Strategic Planning Committee, along with the Gatlinburg Work Group, will immediately

begin determining next steps including the orchestration of a capital campaign for funds to support the

School’s future and exploring community partnership opportunities. The School’s on-going fundraising

continues through the Friends of Arrowmont Fund. You may join by visiting our website or by calling 865-


“This decision ensures that the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will continue to be a leader in

contemporary studio craft for many years to come,” said Hruska, adding, “Arrowmont provides the best

in craft education in new and exciting ways while furthering our mission of enriching lives through art.”

Friday, April 16, 2010

Gatlinburg Restaurants and other Smoky Mountain Restaurnats

This is Adam again with some of my favorite restaurants in our area. Some of these are local secrets so?shhhh! I have broken these eateries down by city so that while you are in town you can stay close to your accommodations. In Sevierville for breakfast I recommend: The Applewood Farmhouse also good for lunch and dinner), for lunch Firehouse Subs is unbeatable if you like steamed sandwiches, and last but not least Mountain Edge Grill. For dinner there are several options; Longhorn steakhouse, The Chop house, and El Paso. Stop by The Marble Slab for unbeatable ice cream. If you are staying in Pigeon Forge stop by the Old Mill Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The Pottery House Restaurant is unbeatable and has a unique menu for lunch. There are several choices for dinner. Bullfish Grill has wonderful steaks and seafood. Mamas Farmhouse is a great place for country cookin', but go hungry! The Smoky Mountain Brewery has a neat environment and excellent brewed beer unique to the restaurant. Calhouns is the best if you are in the mood for ribs! In my opinion Gatlinburg has the best selection for food. I have a couple of breakfast favorites. First, the Pancake Pantry is AWESOME!!! You must stop by and try their pigs in a blanket. Just behind in the Pancake Pantry in The Village is a place called the Donut Friar. They offer all varieties of donuts and you just cant beat the place, eat your heart out Krispy Kreme!! Also, there is a place called the Mountain Lodge located on Hwy. 321. They offer breakfast and lunch and you cant go wrong with anything on their menu. I recommend Parton?s Deli for lunch. They offer wonderful steamed subs. There are so many choices for dinner that I am going to list them. 1.The Peddler 2.Linebergers Seafood 3.Greenbriar Restaurant 4.Bubba Gump Shrimp 5.Best Italian 6.Cherokee Grill 7. The Park Grill. When you check in ask for Adam and I will give more detail about any of the above eateries! I love food and would love to share with you the best of the best in our area!

Gatlinburg Event Planning & Pigeon Forge Events by Adam

Hello again! This is Adam and I wanted to give you some events that are being planned for May so that you can plan you May trip to the Smokies!
1. May 1-2-2010 Rumble in the Hills Motorcycle Rally
2. May 7th - 25th annual Dolly Parade 6:00 in Pigeon Forge
3. May 8th Shrine FunFest Parade 9:00am on the Parkway. Pigeon Forge
4. May 11th -13th - 6th Annual Bloomin BBQ & Bluegrass This is the largest event in Sevierville. This features the Tennessee State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off, Free concerts from rising stars and Bluegrass legends, kids games, and mountain crafts. Admission is FREE!!!
5. May 13th-15th- 29th Annual F-100Supernationals and all Ford show. Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking.
6. May 14th - 29th Annual Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games. All Scots are invited to march or ride in the parade as a kickoff to the Games. Parade begins at 6:00 pm in Gatlinburg at traffic light #10.
7. May 15th and 16th – 6th annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival. Family oriented fine arts and cuisine from around the country.
8. May 21st and 22nd – Relay For Life. Patriot Park Pigeon Forge

Give us a call and we would be happy to assist you in finding a rental near your desired event. 866-286-8284.