Friday, June 26, 2009

Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Last minute Specials for July 4th week

Great Last minute specials on all cabins for this weekend and through the July the 4th week. Rates Reduced to encourage last minute bookings on few remaining cabins with some as low as $100/night. Getaway through 6/30/09 to enjoy cabin rentals near Pigeon Forge & Dollywood. Take a hike in the Smoky Mountain National Park to get reacquainted with Mother Nature. Enjoy great Gatlinburg cabins with Aunt Bugs Cabin Rentals at

Monday, June 15, 2009

Gatlinburg Street Festival

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales begins this weekend & runs through August 8th. Costumed performers entertain kids & adults alike with their storytelling, whimsical music, clogging, and artistry. Craftsman will be honing their craft on the streets of Gatlinburg. Feel free to drop in for a weekend or a night of free entertainment. Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is now in its 4th year & provides guests with an interactive and educating experience that is very unique from anything you have ever encountered.

For lodging call Aunt Bugs Cabin Rentals at 1-866-286-8284

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pigeon Forge Cabins by Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals

For your next weekend getaway, why not get a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals is the recognized leader in luxury cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, & Smoky Mountains offering the finest of furnishings for the romantic getaway and family fun. Whether you are looking for a cabin with a spectacular mountain view or a cabin on the Little Pigeon River, Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals offers affordable deluxe cabins & economy chalets to suit your family's needs and vacation budget. For more info please call 1-866-286-8284 or visit

Smoky Mountain Fireflies N'Sync

Getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and take in some of Mother Nature's weirdest & wildest events - Synchronous Fireflies. Fireflies aka "Lightning Bugs" get crazy normally during a 2 week peak period in June in the Smoky Mountains. Each species of firefly has characteristic flash patterns that help the genders recognize each other. Trolleys take off at the Sugarlands Visitor Center close to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and will take you to the Elkmont camp ground for a $1 roundtrip ride. They ask that you cover your flashlight with red/blue cellophane, so that the fireflies are not disrupted. This awe inspiring mating ritual is a cool phenomenon to take in with friends and family.

Just another thing to do in the Smoky Mountains.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Smoky Mountain Trout Fishing

Find your place in the stream.
One of the great outdoor activities in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is trout fishing. Whether you're a pro or just got your first pole, the City of Gatlinburg has several streams that are easily accessible and sure to have that fish you'll be talking about for years. Most days, you can fish inside the city limits or in the National Park. Purchase your license by stopping by our Gatlinburg Welcome Center, located on the right as you come into town on 441 South.

The City of Gatlinburg has its own trout farm and stocks the streams on Thursdays, so there is no fishing inside the Gatlinburg city limits on Thursdays. There are some rules and regulations and different license requirements that we've listed below so you'll know exactly what to expect in planning your fishing trip.

Tennessee Residents

Licenses can be purchased by
persons who possess a valid Tennessee Drivers License
persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the intent of making Tennessee their home
military personnel on active duty in Tennessee and their immediate family
students enrolled in a Tennessee college or university for at least six months.

NOTE: Tennessee Residents with a Sportsman License (Type 40) or a Lifetime Sportsman License do not need any other license or permit.

Ages 12 and under - NO license or permit required
Military Personnel on leave carrying copy of leave orders. (A pass does not meet this requirement) - No license required.
Age 13-15 years - Gatlinburg permit, One-day (type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96) PLUS Junior Hunt, Fish, and Trap License (Type 02).
Age 16 to 64 years old - Gatlinburg Permit, One-day (Type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96) PLUS Annual Trout (Type 22) and ONE of the following: Annual Hunt and Fish Combination (Type 01), County of Residence (Type 20), and One-day Fishing (Type 21).
Age 65 years or older - Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 166) or Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167)

NOTE: If born before March 1, 1926, no license or permit required.

Non-Residents - (Out of Tennessee)

Ages 12 - NO license or permit required

Age 13 to 15 years old - Gatlinburg Permit, One-day (type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96), PLUS Non-resident Junior Hunt and Fish (Type 70)

Age 16 and over- Non-resident Gatlinburg One-day (Type 97) ONLY OR a combination of the following: Gatlinburg One-day (Type 99) or Three-day (Type 97) PLUS one of these Non-resident licenses: Three Day All Fish (Type 78); Ten-day All Fish (Type 80); or Annual All Fish (Type 81)

NOTE: There is no exemption for over 65 non-residents

The Little Pigeon River at Herbert Holt Park is home to a unique and new feature: a handicap fishing pier. The concrete ramp winds from the parking area down along the river around several turns, meeting all wheelchair slope requirements, to a concrete pier built where once was a sandy beach in the bend of the river. The ramp allows wheelchair-bound people to get right down next to the river to fish, and is unique because it is among the first, if not the only fast-water handicap fishing pier in Tennessee.

PERMIT: In addition to State Licensing requirements, a local permit is required for residents between 13 and 64 years of age, and for non-residents 13 years of age and above. Special exemptions may apply to all other age groups and those with disabilities. Check with local licensing agent for details. Permits are available at City Hall, Spur Welcome Center, and other outlets.


Fishing is allowed during daylight hours only, which is defined as one half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Fishing is permitted with one hand-held rod and a single hook only. All multiple hooks are prohibited.

No one over 12 years old is allowed to fish in any Children's Stream.

Gatlinburg streams are closed to fishing on Thursdays due to stocking.


Open Season: April 1 through November 30

Daily creel limit is five (5) trout for General Streams and two (2) trout for Children's streams. Total creel limit is five (5) trout.

While fishing or while afield, possession of more than the daily creel limit is prohibited, regardless of whether trout are fresh, stored in an ice chest, in a vehicle, or otherwise preserved.

There is no size limit and any type of bait may be used.

Catch and Release Season: December 1 through March 31

Only single-hook artificial lures are permitted. The use or possession of any bait is prohibited. Definition of bait: any living or dead organism, or prepared substance, designed to attract fish by taste or odor. Bait includes, but not limited to fish, fish eggs, crayfish, worms, grubs, crickets, corn, cheese, bread, pork rinds, putty or paste-type products, and flavors or scents applied to or impregnated into artificial lures.

All trout must be immediately returned unharmed to the water.

Possession of any trout is prohibited.

West Prong Little Pigeon River from National Park Boundary downstream to Gnatty Branch, except those sections set aside as Children's Streams.
Dudley Creek from National Park Boundary downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River, except those sections set aside as Children's Streams.
Roaring Fork from National Park Boundary downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
LeConte Creek from Painter's Branch downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River.

West Prong Little Pigeon River from a point to 100 yards upstream of the Herbert Holt Park Entrance downstream to the Gatlinburg By-Pass Bridge.
Dudley Creek from the Highway 441 Bridge downstream to the West Prong Little Pigeon River.
LeConte Creek from Painters Branch upstream to National Park Boundary.

For cabins on the river check out

Gatlinburg Family Reunions

Family Reunions

Family is the one constant in your life. And if you family is like many today, you're spread out all over the country. Sure, you can keep updated with a family newsletter, family websites, email and phone calls, but there's really nothing that equals that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you attend a family reunion in a great cabin community or lodge in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge Tennessee. It feels great being in the company of a co-worker, relative, or buddy. It's a chance to reminisce about the old days, and bask in the warmth of togetherness. And there's no place better to experience a family reunion than with Top Cabin Rentals- the perfect perfect place for an unforgettable family reunion, retreat or corporate meeting with the finest of lodging facilities in the Great Smoky Mountains. Why stay in a Gatlinburg hotel when your whole family can stay in a beautiful, spacious log cabin as your lodging choice. Staying with Top Cabin Rentals allows you offers affordable deluxe cabins & economy chalets to suit your family's needs and vacation budget. Perfect for a romantic getaway or family fun, make your next family reunion with Top Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

New Pigeon Forge Cabin offers great family retreat in Smoky Mountains

Country Charm Lodge has parking, convenience, games, lots of sleeping arrangements, and all the special touches to make it the perfect Pigeon Forge vacation rental in the Smoky Mountains. Ample flat parking for a trailer of bikes or several cars up and down its large concrete driveway make it a winner during a Pigeon Forge car show weekend. Beautifully decorated interior, large gameroom, 3 king beds, 3 queens, and a covered hot tub and decks make entertaining easy.

Gatlinburg Pizza Man saves the day or did he??

Recent Gatlinburg news story has garnered a lot of media attention and why not?, It's an extraordinarily crazy story. People come up to the Smoky Mountains for all different reasons. Recently, a Pizza Delivery guy delivering a pizza(thus the name) to a gatlinburg cabin rental noticed something suspicious- A lady tied to a couch. Gets weirder. He goes to a house next door and phones the police. Police supposedly interview the lady who at first says she is not a kidnapping victim and later changes her story that she is. People do a lot of crazy stuff, but it turns out this would possibly be her 3rd time of falsifying charges against someone else. Before police can do a formal investigation, the 911 call is leaked to the media garnering national media attention. Is this a case of Crying Wolf or Crying for Pizza?
For your next news story, I recommend the Gatlinburg Dominoes for Delivery 865-436-2020 or a pizza at the Gatlinburg Brewery or Best Italian restaurants. It will fill your wolf like ravenous appetite for food & service.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Ski View Lodge in Gatlinburg's Chalet Village Subdvision aka Ski Mountain TN

Ski View Lodge is a new 6 bedroom 6 bathroom luxury chalet addition to our Gatlinburg cabin inventory. Awesome views and excellent location make Ski View Lodge the perfect place for your next family vacation, reunion, or church retreat. Decks in the front & back provide privacy and gorgeous views of Mt.LeConte & Ober Gatlinburg. Located in Chalet Village with Downtown Gatlinburg,Smoky Mtn National ,Ober Gatlinburg,and the Aquarium only minutes away.The open kitchen/dining/living room area has cathedral ceilings and can seat 20 people for a meal with ease and is the perfect gathering place for large groups. Guest have access to 3 pools and plenty of parking with drive-around driveway. This lodge is in a very private setting with gorgeous views. Experience the serenity & tranquility of the Smokies from the privacy of your own luxurious lodge! Book SKI VIEW LODGE today!

Gatlinburg Local Expert Provides Advice on Vacation Rentals in the Great Smoky Mountains

Area: Gatlinburg, TN
Expert: Shawn Spiezio
Years living in Gatlinburg: 8
Company: Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals
Subject:Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals
What makes Gatlinburg a great destination to visit and rent a vacation home?
Gatlinburg is quaint small town within a short driving distance to most of the Eastern U.S.’s population and is one of the main entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over the years, the 11 million annual tourists have become accustomed to staying in Gatlinburg vacation rentals up on the mountain ridges, tucked away in the woods, or nestled on the river. The cabin rentals offer affordability, luxurious amenities, & the comforts of home which are great for a romantic weekend getaway, family reunion, and corporate retreat. After a long day of hiking, shopping, or nothing, a little relaxing in a hot tub feels very good. There is something for everyone in Gatlinburg.

What are the top things to do (attractions, activities, events, etc.) in the area? Are there any hidden gems that people may not be aware of?
Most tourists enjoy the Smoky Mounta in National Park, Ripley’s Aquarium, Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, music theaters, shopping, golfing, hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding. Cades Cove is an early pioneer area in the national park that is great for biking, hiking, and sightseeing for bears and deer. The Herbert Holt park in Gatlinburg is tucked away on the Little Pigeon River with picnic tables and a kid designated trout fishing area. The Arts & Crafts area is home to beautiful galleries and local artisans honing their craft.

What are the top 5 ‘must-try’ restaurants in the area?
The Pancake Pantry is a must for breakfast enthusiasts. For lunch, I would recommend the Pottery Barn Café and the Bullfish Grill. For dinner, try the Cherokee Grill, The Apple Barn farmhouse, and the Peddler.

What popular entertainment/nightlife options in the area would you recommend?
If you don’t feel like shooting a game of pool or relaxing in the hot tub at your cabin, Gatlinburg offers a variety of nightlife options. The Smoky Mountain brewery has live music and lots of tvs(I like their micro-brew Velles Helles.) Many locals enjoy Hellbenders Grill, Jared’s Grill at the Ship, and TGIFridays. If you feel like dancing, Blaines restaurant doubles as a club at night. Also, Gatlinburg is host to the Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales event in the summer which offers free musical entertainment and storytelling that appeals to all age groups along the streets of Gatlinburg.

You rent homes to hundreds of guests each year….so you must have a funny story or two about people that visit Gatlinburg?
I’ve got a few. Originally called White Oak Flats, there are many stories as to how Gatlinburg got its name, all involving a controversial figure who settled here in 1854. Radford C. Gatlin opened the town’s second general store and when the post office was established in his store, in 1856, the town name changed to Gatlinburg. Legend has it that if he left town for good, he could keep his life and the town would bear his name.
Many people that come on vacation are looking for a little R&R. Instead of following directions or a map, people have become spoiled by their GPS devices. One of our homeowners who was from Alabama and has been here a million times programmed his GPS for Gatlinburg TN. At a stop, he hit a button on his GPS and followed its directions. Several hours later, he realized he was in Missouri!!

Why so long?

Long time no write. I'm sorry, but I've been so excited building up our other social marketing efforts, I've neglected my first ambitious effort of paying patronage to the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg through the blog. Never again will I forget about Gatlinburg cabin rentals that are admired by so many. So, in the future, I will be marrying my efforts with twitter, facebook, and blogger to bring you the most entertaining stories and info Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and the Smoky Mountains have to offer. So now you have Paul Harvey's the rest of the story. To all my faithful audience, get ready for a barrage of inspirational stories, tidbits, tweets, and info on everything new and old that you can enjoy on a weekend getaway or long week with your friends and family. You can also access more info at which will include future and past blog posts.