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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


5 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge in the Snow
Old Man Winter has already made an appearance in the Smoky Mountains. Last week started with a dusting of snow in Pigeon Forge, with several of inches of accumulation on high ground in the mountains.

When winter weather strikes, Pigeon Forge comes alive with tons of family-friendly ways to enjoy the snowy weather. Here are 5 things you can do to enjoy in Pigeon Forge in the snow and winter!

1.  See Winterfest’s twinkling lights from the Fun Time Trolley.
It’s become a winter tradition for my family and I’m happy to share it with you: Make the most of a snowy evening by aboard Pigeon Forge’s Fun Time at dusk to take in the glittering Winterfest lights. From November to February, Pigeon Forge comes alive with millions of shimmering holiday lights, and there’s nothing like a blanket of freshly fallen snow to make it all even more magical. The guided trolley tour gives you extra insight on the displays you’ll see with friendly stories and narration. See more about Winterfest trolley tours at PigeonForgeWinterfest.com!

2. Enjoy the snow with a brisk nature walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
We’ve mentioned it before, but winter can be a great time to see the Smokies! Bare trees let the region’s topography shine, letting you truly see the beauty of our majestic mountains! See Mother Nature and Old Man Winter together by taking a short nature hike! GSMNP’s Sugarlands Visitor Center should remain open as the snow falls; consider stopping for maps and information here before heading out for a brisk walk. You’ll see signs for short, easy nature trails right off the main road as you travel through the park; bundle up and let the family experience the natural beauty of Smoky Mountains during Winterfest.

Snow in the Smoky Mountains

3. Warm up at Pigeon Forge’s favorite indoor attractions.
If bundling up and enjoying the winter weather isn’t your idea of a good time, you’ll still find many ways to enjoy a snowy day in Pigeon Forge. Consider checking out some of our favorite indoor attractions: Think WonderWorks, Titanic Museum Attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and many others! Each of these attractions offers its own unique opportunities for fun and education, all in a comfortably climate-controlled environment!
Titanic Pigeon Forge

4. Enjoy fun winter sports at Ober Gatlinburg.
Make the most of the winter weather with an adrenaline rush! Ober Gatlinburg is a winter sports paradise, with activities like ice skating, snow tubing, snowboarding, skiing and more all on tap! Experience the thrill of racing downhill and plan for a day of snowy fun just a few miles away from Pigeon Forge in nearby Gatlinburg. There’s no need to wait for Mother Nature to make the snow fall: Snow-making crews at Ober Gatlinburg work 24-hours a day to create perfect conditions on the slopes. The 2014-15 season is slated to kick off, weather permitting, on Saturday, November 22.

ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg

5. Shop until you drop!
As the holidays approach, the Smoky Mountains turn into a shopper’s paradise! Favorite stops like the Tanger Outlet center in Sevierville and the shops at the Island in Pigeon Forge start extending their hours as the winter holidays draw near, giving you ample opportunities to experience retail bliss. Looking for something truly unique? Consider making a stop at Arrowcraft, one of the five shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Here you’ll see all kinds of Appalachian handicrafts and have a chance to see artists at work with folk arts demonstrations and more. Make the most of the artistic experience by traveling through the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, known locally as The Glades.

What’s your favorite way to spend a snow day in Pigeon Forge? Share your thoughts at the PigeonForge.com Facebook page or consider signing up for our weekly E-Newsletter to get all kinds of ideas in your inbox every Wednesday.

Posted: 11/11/2014 2:33:08 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


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