Thursday, March 31, 2011

10 Shows to See in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

  1. The Comedy Barn -- Comedy for all ages. Family fun & laughs!
  2. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show -- A new comical dinner show
  3. The Miracle -- A spectacular Hit Musical in the Smokies!
  4. Smith Family Theater -- Great Gospel & Country show for your Family!
  5. Murder Mystery Dinner Show -- Dinner Show & Mystery package!
  6. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede -- Family fun with multiple acts!
  7. Cirque De Chine -- Great international entertainment
  8. The Wonders of Magic with Terry Evanswood -- Magical fun!
  9. Country Tonite --  Great Entertainment with Country Musicians
  10. Tennessee Shindig -- See the Best Elvis' Impersonators in the US

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

 When visiting Gatlinburg, why not get a log cabin home for your vacation?  You can observe nature all around you.  Your family will enjoy hiking, shopping, sight-seeing, and other fun activities.  Don't forget to check out the historic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, East of Downtown Gatlinburg.  There's a cluster of more than 100 artisan studios, galleries and cafes along an 8-mile loop just east of downtown.  Established in 1937, the Arts & Crafts Community has shops open every day of the week.  It is the largest independent organization of artisans in the United States.

The treasures you'll find there range from traditional arts to mountain crafts to fine art.  Designated as a "Tennessee Heritage Trail," this is one side trip you won't want to miss.  I always enjoy purchasing a fine wedding or house-warming gift from Robert Alewine's Alewine Pottery.  He is a popular master potter and owns the local Gatlinburg cable station.  There are other broom making shops, painting stores, and sculpture shops that you will want to see, as well.

The distinctive logo displayed by member shops is your
assurance of quality handcrafted items within; as you
travel throughout the Community be sure to look for it.  
For a relaxing tour of the Community you can take the
Arts & Crafts Trolley. For a one time fare, you'll enjoy a
trip throughout the 8 mile loop.  It's a great way to see
everything, offering frequent stops, allowing you to get
on and off as you please.
We know you'll enjoy this once in a lifetime experience to see history in the making.  It's your opportunity to take
home an heirloom and a perfect keepsake of your visit to
the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy your time, bring the
kids and be sure to come back the next time you're in
town!  Turn at traffic light #3 in downtown Gatlinburg on
Hwy 321N and look for our entrance signs at Glades and
Buckhorn Roads.  

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Smoky Mountain Casino near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Smoky Mountains have so much to offer in mountain vacation rentals, beautiful scenery, fun-filled activities for the entire family, and historical landmarks from Tennessee to North Carolina.  If you get a chance while staying in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, take a drive over to Cherokee for a day or night with the family to visit their Harrah's casino & entertainment pavilion. 

Set in the beautiful homeland of the Cherokee Indians, Harrah's Cherokee  Casino offers luxury and beauty both inside and out.  Action-packed gaming includes slots, video poker, the PokerPro poker room, and interactive video technology table games. Enjoy live entertainment at the Cherokee Pavilion, and culinary delights at the choice of restaurants.

The Cherokee Entertainment Lounge features a vibrant atmosphere with a full service bar and unforgettable regional entertainment that will offer even more excitement on your next trip to Harrah's Cherokee!Live DJ on Friday nights! 10pm-2am

LIVE Local Bands - Friday & Saturday nights!

New Restaurant Offered! Harrah's Cherokee welcomes Paula Deen's Kitchen, the first restaurant to be unveiled as part of a more than $630 million expansion.

The "Queen of Southern Cuisine" will launch a full-service, 404-seat restaurant featuring an á la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will be reminiscent of the décor and ambiance of Paula Deen's home and kitchen in Savannah.

At the entrance to the restaurant shop in the unique 1,800-square-foot Paula Deen retail shop that offers her popular cookbooks, spices and food items, cookware, logo wear and gifts.

Enjoy Paula Deen's special style of cooking and Southern hospitality, a perfect fit with our guests here in the Great Smoky Mountains!

And as Paula Deen herself said, "I couldn't think of a better mix: Southern food and casinos. It has all the ingredients for a good time."

The Cherokee Indian Reservation blends natural beauty, rich Indian culture, and exciting family attractions into an ideal vacation destination.

Located in the westernmost region of North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park shapes our northern boundary, and the North Carolina entrance to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway is only a mile away. Visitors to the area enjoy year-round activities like hiking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, and some of the best trout fishing in America.

Stay in Gatlinburg & enjoy everything the Smokies has to offer. Drive to Cherokee for a day or night full of entertainment including music, gaming, & fine dining! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pigeon Forge Travel Guide

Pigeon Forge Family Reunions

Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is the best family resort for a reunion. Whether you're planning a small or large gathering, you'll find great accommodations, attractions, restaurants, and meeting facilities that are family-friendly, affordable and easily accessible.

Pigeon Forge group cabin rentals are a fun way for families to enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts of home.  Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is located just off Interstate 40 (about 12 miles from I-75 Knoxville).  The Smoky Mountains is within a day's drive of 2/3 of the US population east of the Mississippi River.

Major City Travel Time Guide

Asheville, NC                                      1.5 hrs
Atlanta, GA                                         3.1 hrs
Birmingham, AL                                  4.6 hrs
Charlotte, NC                                      3.7 hrs
Cincinnati, OH                                    4.7 hrs
Columbus, OH                                    4.9 hrs
Greenville, SC                                     3.0 hrs
Huntsville, AL                                     4.3 hrs
Indy, IN                                              6.6 hrs
Lexington, KY                                    3.4 hrs
Louisville, KY                                     4.2 hrs
Nashville, TN                                      3.3 hrs
Roanoke, VA                                      4.2 hrs
Tri-Cities, TN                                      1.7 hrs

Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge is one of the most travelled to drive-to destinations in the East.  There is so much to offer families when they're seeking a vacation or reunion in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.  You can plan on enjoying the natural and commercial sights!  Travellers enjoy visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  This park has lots of history, wildlife, waterfalls, hiking paths, and pioneer landmarks for your enjoyment.  Vacation homes consisting of chalets, cabins, and mountain villas are prevalent in the area.  These vacation rentals offer luxury amenities, affordable pricing, and scenic outlooks.  Come visit with your families in 2011!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Large Group Vacations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

 Family reunions, corporate retreats, youth or adult couples' groups, and special occasions seem to compose most of the large groups that travel to the Smoky Mountains.  Sometimes these groups travel by charter bus or meet independently from different locations.  The Smoky Mountains is a great destination for group stays because its affordable, has many activities to offer, offers discount lodging, and offers great scenery for ideal photography.  Your group will love the outdoor activities that are unique to our area like river rafting, zip-lining, hiking, horseback riding, sight seeing, and many other activities affiliated with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Luxury cabin rentals are available for group stays in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville.  Family reunions, corporate retreats, and church groups can enjoy staying in a resort with multiple cabins or just a few large vacation rentals.  The log cabin lodge rentals generally have full kitchens, laundry rooms, hot tubs, gas or park-style grills, premium bedding, and special amenities that make cabin and chalet lodging comfortable and convenient.  Luxury log cabins now offer groups indoor swimming pools, rock climbing walls, home theaters, internet access, game rooms, and many other services for the groups' entertainment. 

If you plan on visiting for your large group stay, consult with a reservationist about your requirements for group accommodations. They will help you select the vacation rental properties that will fit your budget, your lodging requirements, and entertainment needs.  If you plan on visiting the National Park, Dollywood, Ober Ski Resort, theaters, museums, or just relaxing within your cabin resort, log cabin rentals may be the most cost effective lodging for your group.  Your family, friends, or co-workers will enjoy the unique log cabin accommodations in the Smoky Mountains.  Make sure to bring a camera and your planned itinerary.  I assure you that your group vacation in the Smokies will be one of your best getaway group trips of your lifetime. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How Tennessee Became the "Volunteer" State

When Tennessean James K. Polk was elected to the Presidency in 1844, he followed through on his campaign promise to annex the Independent Republic of Texas into the United States.
Although officially recognized by England and France as well as the U.S., Mexico disputed Texas sovereignty and immediately withdrew her representatives from Washington, D.C.
President Polk dispatched General Zachary Taylor to advance the American Army to the Rio Grande across from the City of Matamoros.
Polk , however, was a master at the art of intrigue and always hedged his bets with emissaries trying to negotiate peaceful settlements. His forays into Mexican- held California and New Mexico laid the groundwork for American expansion to the coast of the Pacific. In the midst of the brewing problems in Mexico, he led a successful diplomatic assault on Great Britain’s claims to Oregon territory and purchased the property to prevent the British from laying claim to the California territories, which he desperately wanted in order to establish a "Golden Gate" trade with the emerging Asian nations.
The Mexican Government, however, recognized the expansionist policies and refused to see Polk’s envoy sent to negotiate a peaceful settlement. The action prompted Mexico to take an aggressive stand against the American soldiers on the Rio Grande.What would follow would affect not only Texas and the United States, but would forever change the way people looked at the state of Tennessee.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Great Smoky Mountains Trail Hiking Rules & Regulations

Some of the best family vacation memories are hiking with my brother & parents in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Sure we stayed at a beautiful luxury cabins at night, but during the day we experienced some adventure on the mountain trails.  If you would like more information about hiking in the National Park, please read on.  Its always respectful to follow the rules & just appreciate getting to experience such wilderness and beauty, free of charge! 

Backpackers and hikers are subject to all Backcountry Rules and Regulations. Failure to abide by park regulations may subject you to a fine under Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations. Maximum fine for each violation is $5,000 and/or 6 months in jail. 

Backcountry Rules and Regulations
1. You must possess a backcountry permit while camping in the backcountry.
2. Camping is permitted only at designated sites and shelters.
3. Use of reserved sites and shelters must be confirmed through the Backcountry Reservation Office.
4. You may stay up to three consecutive nights at a site. You may not stay two nights in a row at a shelter.
5. Maximum camping party size is eight persons.
6. Open fires are prohibited except at designated sites. Use only wood that is dead and on the ground. Use only established fire rings.
7. The use of tents at shelters is prohibited.
8. Food storage: When not being consumed or transported, all food and trash must be suspended at least 10 feet off the ground and four feet from the nearest limb or trunk, or shall be stored as otherwise designated.
9. Toilet use must be at least 100 feet from a campsite or water source and out of sight of the trail. Human feces must be buried in a six-inch-deep hole.
10. All trash must be carried out.
11. All plants, wildlife, and natural and historic features are protected by law. Do not carve, deface, or cut any trees or shrubs.
12. Polluting park waters is prohibited. Do not wash dishes or bathe with soap in a stream.
13. Pets, motorized vehicles, and bicycles are not permitted in the backcountry.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Break Vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The wonderful Spring weather is here in the Smokies, after a brutal winter that ended with multiple days of rain and flooding throughout the Eastern United States.  Tourists and locals alike are celebrating the Sunny weather with temperature in the mid-70s.  This is perfect weather for hiking, photography, ziplining, shopping, go-carts, and all outdoor activities.

Many Spring time visitors like to reserve the log cabins that are creekside or that have mountain views to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the fantastic weather.  Generally, the outdoor swimming pools open Memorial Day Weekend in May, but many of the vacation cabin rentals now have private indoor pools or indoor pool access year round.  Grilling outdoors is an other American favorite pasttime.  BBQ your favorite meal or have an outdoor picnic with your family to get the Spring started out right.

Does anyone have a favorite recipe to share?  Hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ Ribs & Chicken, Bratwursts, and other meats are all good items to bring the family or friends together.  Most cabin rentals offer park-style grills (charcoal use) or gas grills.  Spring Break is known for the cookouts and friendly gatherings.  We look forward to seeing you in the Smokies this Spring!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top 25 Log Cabin Rental Amenities in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

The vacation rental home market in the Smokies keeps upgrading their luxury cabin rentals each year.  These log cabins and chalet rentals have newer, more entertaining amenties each year that the entire family can enjoy on their vacations to the Smokies.  At Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals, the gamerooms, private indoor swimming pools, and home theaters seem to be in high demand.  Their log homes still have the pool access, unbelievable mountain or creekside views, and premium King bedding but now there are even more "bells & whistles" for your family's vacation to the Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge area.  We'll have your luxury cabin rental waiting the next time you want the perfect getaway to the Smokies!

  1. Private Indoor, professionally maintained swimming pool
  2. Sauna
  3. Hot tub Jacuzzi
  4. Indoor Jacuzzi
  5. Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Drink Mixer
  6. Pool table
  7. Foosball table
  8. Air Hockey
  9. Home Movie Theater
  10. Wi-Fi Internet Access
  11. Porch swing
  12. Jukebox
  13. Towel Warmers
  14. Rock Climbing Wall for Kids
  15. Stand-up Multicade Arcade Game
  16. XBox or Playstation Video Game System
  17. Business Center with Fax & Computer
  18. Waterfall
  19. Pinball Machine
  20. Basketball Hoop Goal
  21. Plasma Television with Surround Sound
  22. Specialty Fireplaces
  23. Telescopes or Lookout Towers to Enjoy Mountain Views
  24. Fishing poles for creekside cabins
  25. Lazy Boy Chairs or Massager Chairs

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cherokee Indians -- Smoky Mountains (Tennessee & North Carolina)

Beliefs of the Cherokees

The Cherokees had a belief that there were certain beings who came down from on high and formed the world, the moon and the stars. It was believed that the world was created at the time of the new moon of autumn, when the fruits of the earth were ripe. The sun seems to have been the principal object of worship to whom they prayed to bring abundant crops, to prevent sickness and so forth. The moon was also considered to be important in religion and at every New Moon Festival special honor was paid to the moon. Fire was supposed to have been appointed by the sun and the moon to take care of mankind. It was considered as being intermediate to the sun and the smoke is symbolized as the messenger of the fire that would make known the petitions of the people to the sun. The Cherokees believed the morning star was once a wicked priest who killed people by witchcraft. When the Indians planned to kill him, he took all his shining crystals and flew away to the sky where he appeared as the morning star ever after.

The Cherokees believed that those who had been good went to a place where it was always light and pleasant and those who had been bad would go to a place where they would be tortured. It was also believed that a soul lingered about a place where a body had died for as long as a period of time as the body had lived there and then went back to the place where the person had previously lived for a similar period of time and so on to each place, staying there as long as the body had stayed. When this regression process was completed at the person's birth place the soul took its final leave to meet its eternal fate. It was believed there were seven heavens, with the Supreme Being residing in the first heaven.

Come visit the lands first settled by the Cherokee Indian.  You can visit the town of Cherokee, where much of this Indian Culture is exemplified and celebrated.  While you are in the Smokies, make sure to grab a log cabin and experience the beautiful mountains of Tennessee first hand.  These luxury log homes put you right in the mountains that are perched just outside Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smoky Mountains.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Where to Visit along the Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina-Tennessee)

  1. Tail of the Dragon -- Crossing Deals Gap at the Tenn/N.C. state line, the Dragon, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is considered by many as one of the world's best motorcycling & sports car roads.  Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this stretch of U.S. 129
  2. Pigeon Forge/Dollywood -- Tucked into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is home to music, attractions, shopping, & special events.  Many visitors head to Dollywood.  The park features music, crafts, plenty of down-home Southern cooking and mild-to-wild rides.  At least 40 live performances unfold every day.  Dollywood's Splash Country is a 25 acre water park, with water slides, children's areas plus a 25,000 square foot wave pool.  Luxury log cabin rentals are a fixture for accommodated vacationing families.
  3. Gatlinburg -- Ride the trolley to visit unique and galleries, stroll downtown and visittop notch attractions and restaurants, then take the aerial tramway or chair lift for spectacular mountain views.
  4. Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community -- This historic eight-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, the artisans paint, whittle, sew, carve, & weave original works of art such as baskets, quilts, pottery, dolls, stained glass and watercolors in 80 shops and galleries.  The area also features cafes and lodging
  5. Townsend -- Foothills Parkway, called the Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, offers view after view of the park's majesty, climbing 18 miles up Chilhowee Mountain

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Smoky Mountain Log Cabin Resorts Offered in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

  1. Smoky Mountain Village (Ski Mountain, Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
  2. Hidden Springs Resort (Near Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  3. Alpine Mountain Village (Near Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  4. Sky Harbor Association (Between Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  5. Bear Creek Crossing (Walden's Creek, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  6. Legacy Mountain Resort (Near Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  7. Dogwood Farms Resort (Wears Valley, Tennessee)
  8. Oldham Springs Resort (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  9. Settler's Ridge (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Tennessee)
  10. Black Bear Ridge (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
Others:  Mountain Shadows Resort in Gatlinburg, Condo Villas Association, Bluff Mountain Acres, Smoky Mountain Ridge, Chalet Village in Gatlinburg, Ski Mountain, Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals on the River in Pigeon Forge, Mountain Crest, Arts & Craft Community, & many others in the Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, & Bluff Mountain

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


  1. Set up an INITIAL MEETING to discuss the details, invite list, and details of the Family Reunion
  2. Select a REUNION TYPE.  How expensive or affordable should it be and large a gathering should it be intended for.
  3. Find a LOCATION.  In this case, we are using Gatlinburg or The Smoky Mountains for families to travel and meet.
  4. BUDGET.  Give enough time for families to save and commit to the family reunion. They will have to feel comfortable about paying for the trip and make travel plans. This all takes time!  Call a reputable cabin rental company in the Smokies to help you with your planning and accommodations in Gatlinburg.
  5. ACTIVITIES.  Most family reunion activities will need pre-planning to get them up and running. Work to bring family members closer together.  Assign some activies, but leave free time for families to gather, talk, and share stories too.
  6. Pick a THEME.  In this case, the outdoors will be featured as the mountains have many different beautiful sceneries to share.  Allow an icebreaker possibly outdoors, so distant family members can meet again and feel more comfortable within the large group. 
  7. FOOD.  This may be one of the single most important parts of a family reunion.  Food brings family together and families look forward to this while they are together in an adventurous new place. The best part of family reunions. This could quite possibly be the only activity that the entire family is a part of, so get it right.
  8. ENJOY.  Make sure to enjoy yourself, and try to make sure others are doing the same.  There are finances, time, and stress involved with any kind of vacation planning.  Make sure there is plenty of fun, relaxation, and talking going on so that the family reunion will be a success.
  9. PHOTOS.  It is important to possibly contract out a professional photographer or designate a family member with camera skills to photograph the family reunion and its activities.  Sometimes families only get together once a year or once every five years, so photos are good for memories and to share with others in the future.
  10. TRADE EMAILS, HUGS, & GOODBYES.  After the family reunion is undoubtedly a success, reach out and keep in touch.  Maybe it would be beneficial to have a parting gift or souvenir of your Smoky Mountain Family reunion.  Trade emails, phone numbers, and hugs goodbye.  Maybe the family can set out to do it all again next year!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Black Bears in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (The Smoky Mountains)

Did you know that although they are called black bears, colors can range from black to cinnamon brown, silver-blue and, occasionally, even white? The white bears are called "Spirit" or "Kermode" bears.

Ten Fast Facts About Black Bears

1.  eat mostly berries, nuts, grasses, carrion, and insect larvae
2.  have color vision and a keen sense of smell
3.  are good tree climbers and swimmers 
4.  very intelligent and curious 
5.  can run up to 35 miles per hour
6.  weigh an average of 125 to 600 pounds
7.  go without food for up to 7 months during hibernation in northern ranges
8.  usually give birth to 2 to 3 cubs during the mother's sleep every other year
9.  can live over 25 years in the wild (average age in the wild is 18)
10.  are typically shy and easily frightened

Our log cabins grace the same mountainous terrain that are beloved Bears patrol, so we gave them some respect in naming our beautiful log cabin rentals in Gatlinburg.  Some of the luxury cabin rental names include:  Boulder Bear, Bear Splash, Dare to Bear, Bear's Lair, Big Bear View, Big Bear Cinema, Life's A Bear, Bear Naked Lodge, and A Bear's Eye View.  We can't BEAR naming too many other BEARY beautiful cabins BEAR names, but we love our Smoky Mountain Black Bears!  When you think of Bears, think of staying at Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals.  They'll definitely give you all the fun & relaxation you can bear in a vacation to the Smokies!

Friday, March 04, 2011

March Events to Celebrate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

  1. Spring Break -- Most Universities have Spring Break the 2nd or 3rd week of March.  If you're planning a Spring vacation, but not a Spring Break vacation, you'll save a lot of money and headache by avoiding the typical Spring Break hotspots. Beaches will be crowded and expensive from late February until late April.  So why not consider the Mountains for a Spring Break for your group of friends or family. On the flip side, you can take advantage of Spring Break travel opportunities even if you're not a student or parent. Lots of amusement parks and other such attractions extend their hours or offer special prices to grab some Spring Break traffic, and the crowds are still much smaller than in the summer.  The Smoky Mountains offer many fun, active things to do like river rafting, hiking, ziplining, golf, shopping, & so much more! Cabin rentals offer special discounts for your family vacation, Spring Break getways, or Romantic escapes!
  2. St. Patrick's Day --

    St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated not only as a mark of respect to a great saint but also as a reflection of the cultural tradition of Ireland and the growing sense of its nationalistic pride. Today, non-Irish people too relish the idea of being Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Wearing green color (associated with the green leaved Shamrock), consuming Irish food and drink, and parades mark the festivities.  Impressive parades are held in many cities of the U.S.  Great fun & food in Tennessee. Warm company, traditional Irish music, live sporting events and friendly Irish Staff. Check out the Irish pubs of Tennessee and keep the spirit of Ireland alive! Guinness in Tennessee - sure what more could you want! You get it all at the Irish Pubs in Tennessee starting with a great Irish welcome.  Drink Green Beer at the Smoky Mountain Brewery & other water holes.  You'll love how beautiful the Smoky Mountains are during this Spring holiday!
  3. March Madness --
March Madness aka "The Big Dance" refers to the annual single-elimination NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. This tournament, held late March through early April, is a single-elimination tournament in which 65 teams compete against each other over the course of a couple weeks for a shot at a national championship.  During this time, teams will be moving up one tier at a time, working through to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, the Final Four and eventually into the finals. This is the season where basketball nuts become crazy and cheer on their favorite team, praying for a championship.  Many friends, co-workers, and University alumni get together for March Madness to create their own bracket contests or pools.  The winner is usually adorned with a day of fame, prizes, and awards for their skills to pick the best NCAA basketball team in the Land.  Some March Madness Clubs or Groups get together to celebrate the NCAA Tournament by renting a vacation cabin rental, watching the games, and enjoying the nightlife in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.  This becomes an annual event, and often coincides with St. Patrick's Day.
There are many reasons to visit the Smoky Mountains in March.  These reasons definitely include Spring Break, St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, and March Madness.  Families, groups of friends, and couples come to share the joy and fun in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  Come see how fun Tennessee can be!  Get your luxury cabin rental today!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a photogenic village that serves as Gateway to the Smoky Mountain National Park.  You will love how quaint and charming it is for a family getaway.  I recommend many of the restaurants, ice cream, and fudge shops along the Parkway.  The Little Pigeon River flows just beside the Parkway, all the way into the National Park.  Although you may be staying in a log cabin rental with its own kitchen or outdoor grill, its nice to enjoy a few meals out with the family with your here in the Smokies.  By the way, Acorn Cabin Rentals and Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals have mountain cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, within walking distance of Downtown Gatlinburg. 

The Pancake Pantry is famous for its breakfast with lines out the door.  The owner has been so successful, he has opened several others including Nashville.  Nashville's Pancake Pantry was voted the best place to sight a country singer or famous movie actor. Perhaps, the Regulars, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, had something to do with this report.  When you come try the crepes or pancakes here at the original Pancake Pantry, you'll see why people love it.  I always like to frequent the Cherokee Grill for their incredible steaks, salads, and macaroni & cheese!  So come visit, walk around, enjoy the mountain backdrop, and we promise that you won't leave hungry!
  1. Pancake Pantry 628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  2. Cherokee Grill 1002 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  3. Kilwin's Ice Cream 645 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  4. Peddler on the River  820 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  5. Dick's Last Resort 903 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  6. Bubba Gump 900 Parkway Traffic Light #8, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  7. Donut Friar 634 Parkway # 15, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  8. Wild Plum Inn 555 Buckhorn Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  9. Park Grill Restaurant 1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  10. Smoky Mountain Brewery & Pizza 1004 Parkway,Gatlinburg, Tn