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Meet the Cast of Sailor Moon!

Anime aficionados and appreciators of Japanese pop culture are about to take over Pigeon Forge: Yama-Con, the region’s annual geek fest, is opening at the new Leconte Center on Friday, December 5, 2014. Superfans can meet the classic voices of #SailorMoon.

This is a weekend of fun and fandom for anyone into “otaku” – the art of obsessing over all things Japanese. You’ll find hundreds of exhibitors, dealers and artists hawking their Anime-inspired wares along with games, panel discussions and so much more! Celebrity guests, musical guests, cosplayers, authors, artists and more will be on site to enlighten and entertain.

Yama-Con brings some quirky folks out of the woodwork, so don’t be alarmed if you see purple hair and similar styles out along the Parkway next weekend. Dressing up and getting into the Yama-Con spirit is all part of the fun!

For more information about Yama-Con, including ticket information, click over to http://www.yamacon.org. If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains, check out the PigeonForge.com events calendar!

Posted: 11/26/2014 3:30:40 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Get ready to travel over the river and through the woods: TripAdvisor.com has recently named Gatlinburg, Tennessee, our sister city just down the Parkway, as one of the nation’s top Thanksgiving travel destinations.

According to information from Trip Advisor, Gatlinburg ranks among destinations including New York, Las Vegas and Orlando as a Thanksgiving holiday destination. Almost half of all Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving, which means we’ll be welcoming visitors from all over when turkey day comes next week.

There are many reasons why our Smoky Mountain region is worthy of this impressive accolade. From Winterfest’s millions of twinkling lights to the friendly downhome atmosphere, the list of reasons to visit the Smokies this holiday season is endless. Winter brings magic to the Smoky Mountains.

For me, though, what makes this time of year so magic is the emphasis on family. Pigeon Forge is truly a family-friendly vacation destination. Not only do we offer something for everyone in the family to take in and enjoy, but so many of our region’s businesses and attractions are family owned and operated. By vacationing here in the Smokies, you’re not just giving your family a good time but you’re also helping another family make a living and support their dream.

Why don’t you make the Smoky Mountains part if your family’s holiday traditions? With our bright holiday spirit and welcoming atmosphere, we promise to welcome your family as we would our own – during the holidays and beyond.

What do you love about Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains this time of year? Share your thoughts at the PigeonForge.com Facebook page!

Posted: 11/19/2014 2:57:11 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Thanksgiving 2014 in Pigeon Forge

Planning to spend Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge? Why don’t you leave the holiday cooking (and mess) to someone else! Some of our favorite Pigeon Forge restaurants are opening their doors on Turkey Day, offering locals and visitors alike a chance to celebrate with family and friends without hassle!

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day in Pigeon Forge include:

  • Alamo Steakhouse: Open 4 to 9 p.m. Craving something a little different for your Thanksgiving spread? Consider Alamo Steakhouse. This is the place to go for anyone with a Texas-sized appetite! The ample dinner menu features everything from flame-grilled oysters to savory salads to fresh seafood, but the real claim to fame comes right from the grill master’s oak-fired pit: You’ll find succulent hand-cut steaks and the juiciest burgers around! Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon has two area locations at 3050 Parkway in Pigeon Forge and 705 E Parkway in Gatlinburg.
  • Applewood Farmhouse: Open 11 to 8 p.m.
  • Baskin Robbins: Open 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Bennett's Pit BBQ: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in Tennessee until you’ve had succulent smoked turkey like they serve at Bennett’s Pit Barbeque! With locations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Bennett’s is your go-to spot if you’re craving a home-cooked dinner with southern flair. Also important to note: Bennett’s features a full bar with an enviable selection of beer and wine – it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day with the family. Bennett’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Bennett’s Pit Barbecue has two locations: 714 River Road in Downtown Gatlinburg and 2910 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Call 1-800-992-9780 for additional information.
  • Big Daddy's Pizzeria: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can only eat so much turkey in one day. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is open on Thanksgiving Day to save your taste buds! The restaurant’s Pigeon Forge location is the perfect place to unwind – the large back room features a brand-new, full arcade for little ones and the young at heart! Big Daddy’s has locations at 1820 Parkway in Sevierville, 3053 Parkway in Pigeon Forge and 714 River Road in Gatlinburg. Call 865-429-7171 for additional information.
  • Bojangles: Open 5:30 a.m. to noon
  • Calhoun's: Open 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Corky's: Open 4 to 8 p.m.
  • The Cherokee Grill: Open noon to 12 p.m.
  • Cracker Barrel: Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast served all day, and traditional Thanksgiving dinner and full menu is available after 11am.
  • Crawdaddy’s: 11 a.m. Thursday to 1 am. Friday
  • Denny's: Open 24/7
  • O'Charley's: Open 11a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Texas Roadhouse: Open 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Geno's Pizza: Open noon to 2 a.m.
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center: Open for breakfast 7 to 11 a.m.; Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Make Thanksgiving really rock by celebrating with your family and friends at Pigeon Forge’s newest landmark restaurant! Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge is serving up a rockin’ Thanksgiving meal with your favorite trimmings: Think turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy and more! Reservations aren’t required for this day of feasting, but are recommended. Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge is located at 2050 Parkway. Reservations aren’t required for Thanksgiving dinner, but are certainly recommended. Call  (865) 430-7625 to save your space and make the a memorable holiday experience!
  • IHOP: Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Iron Boar Saloon: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Johnny Rockets:  Open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • JT Hannah's Kitchen: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Mama's Farmhouse: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There’s nothing like eating a home-cooked meal surrounded by friends and family, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Mama’s Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge. This favorite spot is putting out a spread for Thanksgiving this year, with everything from slow-roasted turkey to candied yams to tangy cranberries, and of course, pumpkin pie. Mama’s Farmhouse, located at 208 Pickel Street in Pigeon Forge is perfect for celebrating with a large group of extended family and friends, or a quaint country setting for an intimate meal for two. Call 1-800-992-9780 for additional information, including group reservations.
  • Loco Burro: Open 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • No Way Jose's: Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Old Mill Restaurant & Pottery House Café & Grille: Open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Ober Gatlinburg: Restaurants are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations recommended.
  • Puckers Sports Bar & Grill: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Reagan's House of Pancakes: Open 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Shoney’s: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wood Grill Buffet: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Three Jimmy's: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
While you’re at it, remember that there's still time to plan your Pigeon Forge Thanksgiving getaway! Browse Pigeon Forge hotels, cabins and condos for last-minute lodging options. You'll love ushering in the holiday season here in the Smokies! There's so much to do here this time of year!
Posted: 11/17/2014 4:13:16 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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