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If you have been feeling the urge to go on a shopping spree, the ideal opportunity is coming up soon. Tennessee Tax Free Weekend is one of the best shopping holidays of the year and this year it will run from August 7th to August 9th, 2015.

What is Tennessee Tax Free Weekend?

On this special weekend you will be able to stock up on clothes, school supplies, electronics and other items without having to pay sales tax. With the sales tax in Tennessee as high as 9.25%, shopping on this weekend can save you a lot of money. You’ll be able to pay no sales tax on clothing under $100 per item, school and art supplies under $100 per item and computers under $1,500 per item.

There is no limit to the quantity of the items that may be purchased, as

 long as the purchase price of each of those items is below the threshold provided in the law. This is a great opportunity to buy all of your school supplies for the coming year, or to replace your worn out clothes and electronics.

Why Shop in Pigeon Forge?

Pigeon Forge is an excellent shopping destination and a great place to take advantage of the savings on Tax Free Weekend. There is a great selection of shops here where you can stock up on fashions, school supplies, electronics and everything else you might need.

Start your shopping adventure at The Shops of Pigeon Forge, where you will find great stores such as Reebok, Eddie Bauer and Burlington Brands. These shops can be easily accessed just off the parkway at lights number 2 and 3. When you need a break from shopping you can sit in the lovely garden patio area and enjoy the peaceful sounds from the fountain. Another great place to shop is Pigeon River Crossings. offering more than 450,000 square feet of stores. Or head over to The Tanger Outlets in Sevierville and shop til you drop!


Tips for Making the Most of Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

  • Plan your trip in advance. This will be a very busy weekend and so it is important to know where you are going and what you need from each shop – so you can get your items efficiently and not get lost in the crowd.

  • Look around for coupons for the items you want to buy, so that you can add even more savings. (*Note: We have coupons that can help you save on attractions, restaurants and lodging in Pigeon Forge.)

  • Do a little bit of research beforehand to see which stores have the best prices on the items you want to buy.

  • Get to the shops as early as possible. The good deals will be in demand so you will have a better chance of snagging them if you get there right as the shops open.

Have fun and shop until you drop this Tennessee Tax Free Weekend!

Posted: 7/28/2015 6:25:30 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

A historic city in the scenic Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is a popular destination for couples and families. It feature plenty to see and do, including musical theatres, theme parks, museums, shopping outlets and much more. However, what if you want to visit Pigeon Forge but you are on a tight budget?

The good news is that you will be able to find a great range of things to do in this welcoming Tennessee town that will be easy on your wallet.

Get a Free Day at Dollywood

Dollywood is one of the biggest attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - a theme park that is owned by famous country and western entertainer Dolly Parton. As well as offering everyone’s favorite amusement park thrill rides, the theme park also features music and traditional crafts from the Smoky Mountains area.

The good news is that if you arrive at Dollywood after 3pm, you will be able to get the entire next day for free. This is a great way to get more time in the park if you are on a budget and it is very advantageous because it is difficult to fit in all of the rides and attractions in Dollywood in one day. Also, there are discount coupons for Dollywood available online, so make sure that you take a look when planning your trip.

Take a Hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This beautiful wilderness is totally free to explore and there are many gorgeous spots to discover. Go for a swim in a clear and cold river, hike up a mountain or sit in peace and quiet and watch the sunset. There are 850 miles of hiking trails in this vast national park, so whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll or a challenging hike you will find your perfect wild mountain escape.

Ride the Trolley

One of the cheapest ways of getting around the town of Pigeon Forge is to ride the trolley, which will take you just about anywhere in the downtown area for 50 cents. When you combine the trolley with walking you can cover the entire city without having to spend a lot of money on cabs.

Find Theater Combo Tickets

One of the best attractions in Pigeon Forge is the collection of superb theaters, which offer entertaining musicals, magic shows and much more. There are combo tickets available that will allow you to see multiple shows at a discounted rate, so if you plan on watching a lot of theater during your visit this will save you money. If you are interested, call ahead to the theatre and ask what combo deals they offer.

These are just a few of the ways that you can save money while you are visiting Pigeon Forge. This friendly Tennessee town surrounded by the Smoky Mountains doesn’t have to be an expensive vacation spot, you can make the most of it even on a small budget.

Posted: 7/28/2015 1:01:54 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Bring the whole family to beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the perfect place to camp and explore the wonders of nature.

Camping with the kids can be a great experience that will bring your family closer together and help your kids to get acquainted with the great outdoors. The Smoky Mountains is a gorgeous place filled with excellent hiking trails, remote campsites and so much wilderness to explore.

Camping with kids requires a little bit of preparation to ensure that things go smoothly. Here are some tips that you can keep in mind for your trip with the kids to the Smoky Mountains:
Practice with your Camping Equipment in Advance
You want to make sure that you know how to set up the tent and use the camping stove before you are out in the wilderness, so a trial run night of camping in the backyard is a great idea. You can practice putting up the tent poles, cooking on your camp stove and using any other equipment that you might have. If things go wrong or if something is difficult to figure out you will be close to home and you can solve the problem before you leave for the camping trip.

Also, if you have a young child who has never been camping before, starting with a sleep out in the backyard will help them to feel more comfortable and ease their anxiety.

Which Type of Campsite?
The Smoky Mountains have several different types of campsites to choose from, so while you are planning your trip you should look into which type is best suited to you. There are backcountry sites that require hiking several miles, but these might be impractical to visit with children and require a permit. Front country or campgrounds might be a better option, as they are close to restrooms with running water and flush toilets and they offer picnic tables and fire pits.

Some of the popular campgrounds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park include Abrams Creek, Big Creek, Cades Cove, Balsam Mountain and Cosby.
Check the Weather
The weather in the Smoky Mountains can be unpredictable and temperatures will vary depending on the elevation and the time of year. It is important to wear layers, so that you can adjust your clothing to the rapidly changing temperature. At night sometimes it can get quite cool, so try boiling water and putting it into a hot water bottle so that you can keep it at the bottom of your sleeping bag.

More Tips for Camping with Kids in the Smoky Mountains
  • Bring plenty of fun toys and things to do, such as skipping ropes, balls, card games, board games and much more. They can be transported easily in a plastic tub.
  • Hand wipes are excellent for cleaning mucky hands when you don’t have access to running water.
  • A baby carrier that straps around your body is a great way to go for hikes even when you have a little one.
Have a fantastic camping adventure with your kids and enjoy the stunning landscapes of the Smoky Mountains!
Posted: 7/23/2015 6:58:26 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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