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Ready for Football Time in Tennessee

It’s almost any football fan’s favorite time of year: The college season kickoff is just a few days away and Pigeon Forge (and the rest of East Tennessee) is awash in bright Tennessee orange. Yes, we’re all Volunteers fans here and we’re eager to cheer Butch Jones and the boys on all season long.

UT CheerleadersPigeon Forge is less than 30 miles away from Neyland Stadium on the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus, which means it is easy to make the Smoky Mountains part of your football fan experience. If you’re planning to come into town for a home game, it’s easy to turn your weekend of “fandemonium” into a more peaceful retreat: Instead of checking in to a Knoxville hotel, consider opting for lodging here in the Smokies!

You’ll be able to experience the best of both worlds. Imagine waking up to a Smoky Mountain sunrise on Saturday morning, eating a hearty breakfast at your favorite Parkway pancake cabin, and then cruising into Big Orange Country on a shuttle with your friends just in time for the afternoon tailgate celebrations and kickoff. If you’re traveling with a group of fans, you’ll find more comfortable options here in the mountains: A multi-bedroom cabin or condo might be easier on the wallet and a lot more fun compared to a block of hotel rooms, too.

And if you’re worried about transportation from Pigeon Forge to the Knoxville stadium, we’ve got you covered: Rocky Top Tours offers bus and shuttle service from the mountains to Neyland on game days. Shuttles depart from the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall (near Lid’l Dolly’s at light #4 on the Parkway) three hours before the game starts and return one hour after the game ends.  Reservations are required for the shuttle service; click over to http://www.rockytoptours.com/Tennessee-Football.html or call (865) 429-8687 for additional information.

The Tennessee Volunteers football schedule kicks off with a home game on Sunday, August 31 against Utah State. Other home games this season include:
•    12 p.m., Sept. 6 vs. Arkansas State
•    Oct. 4 vs. Florida
•    Oct. 11 vs. Chattanooga
•    Oct. 25 vs. Alabama
•    Nov. 14 vs. Kentucky

Vols Football

Football time in Tennessee can be very busy, so we invite you to book your Pigeon Forge hotel, cabin or condo now for the best price and best game day experience. Browse Smoky Mountain lodging at PigeonForge.com under the “Stay Awhile” tab and start planning your perfect fan getaway now!

Pride of the Southland Marching Band
Posted: 8/27/2014 6:45:31 AM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Appleview River Resort

Appleview River Resort has the perfect Smoky Mountain Condos in Sevierville.

Tell me a little history about Appleview and how long you have been around?
The Appleview River Resort has been around for about 10 years. Angel and I took over the rental management in November of 2013 and have gone from number 15 on TripAdvisor to number 2 in just 6 shorts months.
Our property used to be the Marshall Farm, and our office is located in the approximately 120 year old farm house they used to live in and the road that leads to our resort used to be the main road through town and to Gatlinburg. In fact there was no bridge across the river, vehicles, horses and people had to ford the river and if the river was high, no one went to Gatlinburg, at least via this route. Bill Marshall told me a story about one time when we received a lot of rain; his grandfather had a chicken coop just behind where our office is; he said his grandfather heard the chickens making all kinds of racket and went out on the porch to see what was getting them all riled up. To his surprise he saw the chicken coop and all his chickens floating down the river. Bill said his granddad didn’t have any chickens after that.

Appleview River Resort
What does Appleview offer that other condos in the area may not?
Nestled on a quiet peninsula along the Little Pigeon River, Appleview River Resort is one of the few resorts offering both mountain views and waterfront accommodations! Appleview River Resort offers luxury 1 to 4 bedroom riverside condos less than a quarter mile from the AppleBarn Village and close to outlet shopping at Tanger Five Oaks as well as many great attractions and shows. The Appleview River Resort has an outdoor pool and hot tub and 1 and ½ foot kiddie pool. We also have a complete fitness center and game room, outdoor sand volleyball court, riverside firepit as well as our riverwalk with gas lanterns. Guests can fish on property without a license, since we are on private property.  

Appleview River Resort


What do your guests at Appleview seem to love the most about their condo stay?
Our guests love the wonderfully serene location of our resort and its proximity to all the Smoky Mountains have to offer.  Our guests love strolling along our riverwalk, fishing, tubing and enjoying a cup of coffee from their riverside balcony. Our guests tell us all the time they cannot get over how peaceful and quiet the resort is but so close to everything. Our guests love walking to the Applewood Farmhouse for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Location, Location, Location!
What do you think is Pigeon Forge’s best kept secret?
The Appleview River Resort of course!
The Wonders of Flight balloon, while it is no secret, the views from the balloon are amazing and you may not know but you get an amazing bird’s eye view of our resort from the balloon.

Appleview Resort

Posted: 8/25/2014 2:32:06 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

It’s an undisputable fact: Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains are among the most enchanting places on Earth. From the mountains majestic peaks to our thriving greenways and rivers, the landscape here offers unmatched beauty and breathtaking scenery.Keep-Sevier-County-Beautiful.png

One reason behind our region’s blossoming beauty is the local commitment to recycling, litter prevention and innovative waste management. It might sound boring, but it has a HUGE impact on the local environment: Local statistics from non-profit group Keep Sevier County Beautiful show that Sevier County (which includes Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge) has the highest recycling rate in all of Tennessee. That means our county’s 92,000 residents and the 13 million visitors who pass through each year honor our commitment to going green and respecting Mother Earth by recycling up to 70 percent of the waste produced here, which is a pretty impressive feat if you as us!


There are simple things YOU can do to help keep Sevier County and the Smoky Mountains green and beautiful. Here are 10 ways you can help out.

10 Things You Can to Keep the Smoky Mountains Beautiful

1. Don’t litter. It sounds simple, but litter prevention is the easiest way to keep our mountains and communities healthy and green.

2. Prevent littering by keeping a litter bag in your car. Also be sure to keep a litter bag with you when you’re picnicking and hiking in the Smokies. This way, you’ll leave nothing but footprints in the mountains!

3. Volunteer your time! Make giving back a part of your time in the Great Smoky Mountains! Consider volunteering for an afternoon with the National Parks Service or committing a few hours for a cleanup mission with Keep Sevier County Beautiful.

4. Turn off lights when you’re not using them. You might be more apt to leave a light on in your hotel room or condo when you’re on vacation because you’re not the one footing the utility bill. Being conscious of the utilities you’re using even away from home can conserve energy and help local efforts.

5. Rethink bottled water. Tap water in Pigeon Forge is purified and tastes fresh. Consider drinking straight from the faucet when you’re traveling here instead of relying on costly (and wasteful) water bottles!

6. Ride your bike down the Parkway instead of driving. Car emissions create pollution. Go green by pedaling your way around the local attractions! Didn’t being your bike? Rent one for the day or for a week from our friends at Knucklebusters (3676 Parkway in Pigeon Forge).

7. Use rechargeable batteries. If you’re traveling in the Smoky Mountains, you’re going to want to take photos! Make sure your camera bag is stocked with rechargeable batteries and a charger to reduce the amount of waste produced and save money in the long run.

8. Take advantage of local recycling opportunities. Instead of tossing your soda bottle or newspaper in the trash, look for recycling bins. Chances are you’ll find one convenient to your hotel, condo or cabin. See a list of recycling locations around Sevier County at www.keepsevierbeautiful.org/recycling/find-a-location.

9. Light your fireplace or campfire with a matches instead of a lighter. Most lighters are made out of plastic and filled with butane fuel, both petroleum products. Since most lighters are considered "disposable," more than 1.5 billion end up in landfills each year. Matches are biodegradable!

10. Let your fingers to the walking – online! Use online travel resources like PigeonForge.com to help plan your Smoky Mountain vacation instead of printed brochures and magazines that could ultimately end up in landfills!

What have you done to keep the Smoky Mountains beautiful? Share your conservation strategy at the PigeonForge.com Facebook page! While you’re at it, learn more by browsing the link below:

Posted: 8/20/2014 6:04:14 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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Laughing until we had tears. I’ve never seen anything like the look on my kids’ faces when we drove down the Parkway past Pigeon Forge attractions. Our hotel was so vibrant and the staff was upbeat and helpful. Pigeon Forge is the brightest spot in the Smoky Mountains. The high energy (and clean language) shows we saw in theaters had everyone in my family clapping their hands…even “sour” Uncle George.

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