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As summer shifts into fall, our little Smoky Mountain city is gearing up for a busy rod run season. The season kicks off the first weekend in September, when Shades of the Past rolls into town to show off some of the coolest cars of days long ago. From American muscle to exotic finds from overseas, you’ll find it all at this exciting event.


Here are five more fall rod runs to look forward to in Pigeon Forge:

  • Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run will take place at the new LeConte Center off Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge September 12-14. This run is one of the most popular car shows in Pigeon Forge simply because of the cooler weather, lack of summertime visitors and the slight chance of seeing some fall colors start to show! This Pigeon Forge rod run features thousands of hot rods and muscle cars of all years, makes, models, colors, and sizes. It’s eye-candy for car lovers! Call 865-687-3976 for additional information.

  • True Blue Fall Ford Truck Festival rolls into nearby Townsend, TN, Septemeber 18-20. If you love classic American trucks, you’ll love what you’ll see at this annual event sponsored by True Blue Truck magazine! Participants can enjoy family-friendly events throughout the weekend while checking out some of the country’s most awesome all-American Ford trucks!

  • Fast Cars and Mason Jars celebrates the link between souped-up cars and moonshine here in the Great Smoky Mountains. This annual event features music, muscle and, of course, moonshine at the Ole’ Smoky distillery in Downtown Gatlinburg on the last weekend in September, the 26th and 27th.

  • Circle Yer Wagens brings some of the most unique German imports in the country right to East Tennessee. From classic bugs to unique vans, you’ll see it all the annual VW show and swap meet, held October 4-5 at the Sevier County Fair Grounds!

  • The Fall Corvette Expo will bring nearly 4,000 ‘Vette lovers to the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort this year, October 17-18. From classic Stingrays to the zippy Z06, you can participate in American muscle history at this annual expo!

See a full list of Pigeon Forge rod runs, travel tips and more at www.PigeonForgeRodRuns.com.

Are you looking forward to fall rod run season in Pigeon Forge? Share your thoughts and stories at the PigeonForge.com Facebook page!


Posted: 8/28/2014 4:40:46 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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

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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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