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chocolate-monkey-pigeon-forge.jpgThe Chocolate Monkey is one of our favorite stops for sweets on the Parkway. One tourist apparently agrees, but unfortunately she struggled with the “stop” part of the sweet spot on Monday morning.

According to reports from the Knoxville News Sentinel, 39-year-old Bridgette Gibson, 39, who is visiting Pigeon Forge from Bear, Delaware, accidently drove her late-model Honda Civic into the Chocolate Monkey store at 3152 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Her car went through the shop’s glass front window in an accident at 10:35 a.m. this morning.

Pigeon Forge Police Capt. Dennis Adams told the newspaper that Gibson didn’t mean to cause the accident.

“She was actually planning to go inside the store, and when she pulled up, she apparently hit the gas instead of the brake, and (her car) accelerated,” he said.

Even though there were other customers and employees inside the store when the car came in, there were no injuries. Gibson wasn’t hurt in the incident either.

The report stated that no charges will be filed in the accident. We’re glad that no one was hurt during the incident and that the store was able to move on with business as usual after the accident! And we hope Gibson was able to console herself with the chocolate she was craving after her faux-pas. Or, in this case, her faux-Monkey-paw!

Read the News Sentinel’s report about the accident here: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jul/21/tourist-crashes-into-pigeon-forge-chocolate-shop/.

What have you done for a chocolate fix? Share your stories at the Pigeon Forge Facebook page! Or, while you're at it, check out other sweet spots in the Smoky Mountain by browsing our lists of Pigeon Forge restaurants!

Posted: 7/21/2014 11:28:36 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Pigeon Forge is a favorite destination for all kinds of tourists -- adventurers who come for the mountains, fashionistas who come for the shopping, and especially those of us who just enjoy relaxing in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Now, thanks to a few new additions and one big coming addition, sports tourism is thriving in Pigeon Forge. This week, our little Smoky Mountain city is hosting the  2014 World Series of the Sporting Events Association of America (SEAA).

This annual softball event brings more than 100 teams from almost 20 states. The even opened Sunday at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville.

We’ll likely start seeing even more sporting events here in the Smokies. Rocky Top Sports World opened earlier this season and will welcome a variety of sporting-related events, ranging from cheerleading competitions to football tourneys. The new sports venue is less than 10 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and charming downtown Gatlinburg. The strategic location will allow visiting athletes and their families to take advantage of the thousands of hotel rooms and ample entertainment options located across Sevier County and the Smoky Mountain area.

Local sports venues will grow even more in coming years. By 2016, a new baseball park will open in Pigeon Forge. The Cal Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will be a seven-field baseball park with ample room for expansion, just like the Ripken Experience parks in Myrtle Beach, S.C and Aberdeen, Md . Like the sister facilities, the Cal Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will be a “true destination for baseball players and their families” and will likely attract national tournaments thanks to it’s world-class fields, clubhouses and more!

With the current SEAA events, Rocky Top Sports World and the coming Cal Ripken Experience, the Smoky Mountains are poised to become a nationally-recognized center for amatuer sports!

What do you think about the athletic-inspired growth in the region? Have you ever traveled with a group or team? Get involved with the discussion at Pigeon Forge’s Facebook page!

In the mean time, you can find more information about group travel here: Groups in Pigeon Forge.
Posted: 7/21/2014 7:52:12 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

It’s time to announce a winner for PigeonForge.com’s summer giveaway!


Congratulations to Michelle Staner! Her name was selected at random from more than 1,000 contest entries. Michelle has won a prize package including: According to her contest entry, Michelle plans to use the trip for healing.  She wrote:

“A vacation is a wonderful time to get away and enjoy friends and family! My mom and dad passed away 8 months from each other and we would always go to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for vacation! Being there makes me think of my mom and dad and how much they would love to be there too! It's a chance for me to heal from missing them so much while also letting me relive wonderful memories too! Thank you!”

Congrats, Michelle!

Stay tuned for PigeonForge.com’s next contest! We network with partners to offer fabulous vacations several times a year, giving you ample opportunities to enter and enjoy!

In the meantime, browse our blog for more information about happenings and events right here in the Smoky Mountains!
Posted: 7/18/2014 2:59:31 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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