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Four Pigeon Forge Hotels That Are So Cool You’ll Want to Stay Forever!

If you’re an avid traveler or just someone with a wanderlust heart, you’re probably well aware of some the world’s most unique hotels. You might have heard about the Treehouse Point in Fall City, Washington or even the Poseidon Underwater Resort off Fiji. But did you know that you can also find some iconic places to rest your head in here in Pigeon Forge? We’ve done our homework and put together a list of four Pigeon Forge hotels that are so cool you’ll want to stay forever!

The Gatlinburg Inn1. The Gatlinburg Inn

This historic hotel in nearby Gatlinburg, Tennessee, dates all the way back to 1937, and as hosted all kinds of dignitaries and special guests over the years. According to local legends, famous folks including Lady Bird Johnson, J.C. Penney, Dinah Shore, Liberace and Tennessee Ernie Ford have all vacationed here.

The Gatlinburg Inn’s true claim to fame, though, is the fact that one infections little ditty was composed in the hotel’s hallowed halls: “Rocky Top” was penned in Room 388. Anyone who has ever wished they were on “Ole Rocky Top” or has ever met a girl best described as “half bear and the other half cat” should certainly make a visit to this iconic Smoky Mountain hotel a priority next time they’re “down in the Tennessee Hills.” The Gatlinburg Inn is located at 755 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

2. The Inn at Christmas Place

The Inn at Christmas PlaceThere’s only one place on Earth where it’s Christmas year round, and it isn’t the North Pole… The Inn at Christmas Place is where you can “sleep in heavenly peace” any time of year! This unique hotel is a true destination in itself, with its Singing Santa, authentic German glockenspiel playing carols twice a day, and lively holiday-themed décor. Check in to this luxurious, Christmas-themed hotel anytime – winter, spring, summer or fall – to be filled with holiday spirit! The Inn at Christmas Place is located at 115 Christmas Tree Lane in Pigeon Forge.

3. Riverstone Resort and Spa

RiverstoneIf you want to relax in true opulence, make Riverstone Resort and Spa your home base on your next Pigeon Forge vacation. This unique Smoky Mountain hotel has a world-class spa with an expansive menu of treatment options: think intense massage therapy, hot stone body treatments, ageless facials and much, much more. It’s the perfect place to rest and recharge your mental and physical batteries on your next Smoky Mountain vacation.
Riverstone Resort and Spa
Also, don’t discount this hotel if you’re traveling with a family or group: Riverstone also offers condos and cabins so there’s sure to be room for everyone. Riverstone Resort and Spa is located at 212 Dollywood Lane, near the heart of Pigeon Forge.

4. Music Road Resort

Pigeon Forge Resort HotelOne of our favorite things about Pigeon Forge is our sweet, Southern hospitality. The folks at Music Road Resort have turned this charm into a true art. This family-owned hotel makes every guest who walks in feel like kin, a closeness you’ll truly appreciate at a resort with more than 200 guest rooms. A hot breakfast with is included in your stay, so you’ll wake up to family favorites like biscuits and gravy, pancakes and fresh fruit each day you’re here. The hotel is located right on the Little Pigeon River, so you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Smoky Mountain scenery from the patio and likely your guest room! An expansive outdoor waterpark will make summer in the Smokies even more exciting, and the hotel’s central location makes is easy to enjoy all of Pigeon Forge. Music Road Resort, Hotel, Inn and Convention Center is located at 303 Henderson Chapel Road in Pigeon Forge.

Do you have a favorite Pigeon Forge hotel? Where did you stay last time you were in the Smokies?

Share your thoughts and memories with fellow Smoky Mountain lovers at the Facebook page! We love hearing your stories and being a part of your Smoky Mountain vacation!

Luck of the Irish in March at the Titanic Museum!

Titanic Luck of the IrishHave you ever felt the luck of the Irish is bestowing it’s grace on you?  Well, the Titanic is feeling it and embracing it during the month of March!

From the 1- 31, the Titanic Museum is having Irish Appreciation Month.

Through Irish stories, dancing and music, the Titanic will be focusing on the people, culture and history of the Irish.

In case you weren’t aware, the Irish actually built the Titanic in 1911.  The birthplace was Belfast, Ireland.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day all month long and come out to the Titanic.  Want to know more about your Irish routes? There will be genealogy experts on hand, who can tell you if one  of your relatives helped build the Titanic!

The Titanic

RECAP: 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week Featured Local Talent!

Throughout last week, over 25,000 people came to little piece of heaven, Pigeon Forge, to the Leconte Visitors Center for Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015.

During the week, over 100 local artists, wildlife preserves, and historical societies were featured.

Also, each day there were different classes ranging from painting a watercolor note card to learning to play the Native American flute.

We were able to go to some of the events!  Here are some of our favorite highlights from the week!

Randy Hedgepath, a hiking guide for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, explained to us about the different owls found in the Smokies!

Earthen Fire Studios gave us a tutorial on on how to weave a scarf!

During the “Ancient Rhythms: Learn to Play the Native American Flute” workshop, Megan Griffin showed off her skills with the flute.

Pat Thomas explained the art of marbling and gave us a small demonstration!

During the “Painting a Watercolor Notecard” session, Melanie Fetterolf
explained the art of watercolor painting.  The end result is beautiful!

Here is an interview with Melanie before the class.

The final and most entertaining part was the Appalachian Music Concert with the Carolina Bluegrass Boys and Appalachian Cloggers.

Be sure to mark your calendars for next year on May 11-18 and come out to Pigeon Forge to learn about our eclectic culture!

February Hot Deals

February Hot Deals

  • Music Road ResortSpring Break Hotel Packages are here, and they are super family-friendly! Stay at Music Road Resort for 2 nights, from March 1st through April 30th, and receive two adult tickets with two children’s tickets to WonderWorks, Titanic or MagiQuest. Stay 3 nights and choose tickets from two of these attractions, or stay 4 nights and receive tickets to all three incredible attractions! Terms and conditions apply, see website for details. Visit our Specials page at to learn more, or make your reservation today!
  • Lumberjack FeudLumberjack Feud Dinner Show is offering a February special with $5 off adult and $2 off child dinner show tickets, Sunday through Friday, until February 27, 2015. Call 865-428-8688 and mention PigeonForge215.
  • Hemlock HillsHemlock Hills Cabin Rentals is celebrating Valentines Day the whole month of February.  Pay for 2 nights and get the 3rd night free  in any of our romantic honeymoon cabins or amazing family cabins.



  • Riverstone ResortRiverStone Resort & Spa – Escape to the Smokies for a little R&R with RiverStone Resort & Spa’s very, very, VERY romantic “Romancing & Relaxing” package featuring 3 Days/2 Nights deluxe accommodations in a 1-2 bedroom condo, a 50-minute Couples Massage and a Refresher Facial for two at The Spa at RiverStone, and a special getaway basket that includes a bottle of wine (or sparkling cider), chocolate, and rose petals.
  • Fireside ChaletsFireside Chalets is offering a Sweetheart Special of Pay for 3 nights and receive a 3rd night 1/2 Price! Call today Toll Free 1-877-774-4121.



  • Eden CrestEden Crest Vacation Rentals – Stay 3 nights pay for 2 for February up to March 15, 2015



  • Island Drive LodgeIsland Drive Lodge Weekend Special! Stay 2 Nights for $79.99 + tax! Call 865-453-4707 to Take Advantage of This Special. Limited Availability. Not Valid during holidays or special events. Expires 3/14/15. Limited Availability.
  • America's Cabins Inc.America’s Cabins is offering 2 night get 3rd free Jan-Feb (excludes Valentine’s weekendl )on weekends. During the week you can rent 2 nights and get 2 free.



  • Cabin Fever VacationsCabin Fever Vacations February Winterfest Special – Buy 2 nights, receive one additional night FREE! Valid for stays 2/1-2/28.  (Excluding 2/12-2/14)


Photo Preview: Wilderness Wildlife Week Brings the Smokies to Life!

Wilderness Wildlife Week PhotosThis week, we had the pleasure of going to 2015 Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge.

All types of businesses, wildlife preserves and artists were present and open to talk and share their wealth of knowledge and stories!

Watercolor artists, painters, wildlife, wood carvings, marbling and more were all featured!

The Great Smoky Mountains has natural beauty of its own but also produces talented locals who have beauty of their own to share with the world!

Check out these photos from the talent featured:

Bush's Baked Beans at Wilderness Wildlife Week

Wildernes Wildlife Week photos

Wildernes Wildlife Week preview

Wildernes Wildlife Week art

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Wildernes Wildlife Week

R-O-M-A-N-C-E: The Ultimate Guide to a Romantic Pigeon Forge Valentine’s Day!

Pigeon Forge for Valentine's DayLove is in the air!  Need a romantic getaway with your special someone? Let the fresh mountain air and all the various attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains clear your head and take you on a relaxing adventure.

Pigeon Forge has something for every type of couple whether you’re looking to reignite the flame or start new memories to last a lifetime!

Relax!  Everyone has their own version of a relaxing vacation– whether it be getting a couple’s massage, wine tasting or drinking in the breathtaking views.  Regardless of whatever tickles your fancy, Pigeon Forge has something to offer for everyone!

  • Riverstone Resort and Spa offers various amenities to soothe and calm your soul through the fantastic views from your room and the coveted couples’ massages.   They also offer packages to accommodate all your wants and needs, like the Sweetheart Package— includes deluxe accommodations, 50-minute couples massage, complimentary bottle of champagne and more! Click here for more details!
  • The Rocky Top Wine Trail, located in the heart of the Smokies, has five wineries with over 60 different types of wine to sample for free.  During your trip down the trail, you will pick up your Passport and receive your first stamp.  Collecting stamps as you go, the third stop gives free logo wine glasses and the final stop gives an additional free gift!

Outlets- From little souvenir shops to huge outlet stores with big name brands, Pigeon Forge offers shopping for all types of shoppers!

  • Avid shoppers from all ends of the earth journey to our very own Tanger Outlet for all the name brand shops. Featuring designer handbags to hiking gear, you have endless options to find a gift for that special someone!

Music, theater, and dinner shows– From country, rock, comedy and world class acts, Pigeon Forge is uniquely able to support a variety of attractions!

  • Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show is an up close and personal type of show.  Through interactive live theater and incredible actors, attendees will enjoy a wonderful meal and have their curiosities raging.
  • The Comedy Barn Theater will keep you laughing all night with fresh jokes and homespun humor!
  • The Wonders of Magic at WonderWorks electrifies an mesmerizes audiences who love a taste of magic.
  • Smoky Mountain Opry produces state of the art effects, luxurious productions and top acts to ensure an amazing time for all in attendance!
  • Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud brings a whole new meaning to family fights during dinner!

Art– The Great Smoky Mountains are home to God’s natural beauty but also some talented artists as well!

  • Arrowcraft, one of five of the Southern Highland Craft Guild shops, offers on-site craft demonstrations which makes very a truly unique experience.  It is the oldest gift shop in Gatlinburg selling pottery, woodcarving, glass and more.
  • Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is the largest group of independent artists in the U.S.  Through whittling, painting sewing, casting, weaving, carving and more, this historic 8-mile loop is designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail.

Nature– Take one look at the picturesque horizon stretching over the Great Smoky Mountains and there is no denying that God’s hand was in its creation!  There are countless hiking trails that you and your loved one can stroll down on this Valentine’s Day.

Looking for a waterfall trail? Abrams Falls is the perfect place for you! Rated easy with a roundtrip hike over 5 miles, the trailhead is located off Cade’s Cove.  It follows Abrams Creek and passes by Abram Falls.

If you’re looking for an incredible view, Chimney Tops is the trail for you.  While this 4 mile hike is slightly strenuous, the spectacular 360-degree view is well worth it!

Culinary Experience– Craving a southern, home-cooked meal, hearty steak or looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, Pigeon Forge has restaurants for all!

  • Start off your Valentine’s Day with a large helping of pancakes from the Log Cabin Pancake House.  Offering country ham, biscuits and gravy, fruit topped crepes, omelets and of course buttery pancakes, the Log Cabin Pancake House has it all for a hearty Valentine’s Day breakfast.
  • If you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner for two, the Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon is your ticket! Voted “Best Steak” by locals for six years, the Alamo brings amazing Texas-style steaks and unique appetizers.

Enjoy!  From adrenaline seekers wanted an outdoor adventure to trying to find the perfect hotel for your Smoky Mountain getaway, Pigeon Forge is the place for you this Valentine’s Day!

  • The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad gives a taste of adventure and sightseeing with their PEANUTS The Valentine Express Sweetheart Train.  Departing at 11 AM on Valentine’s Day, the train will travel along the Tuckasegee River to Dillsboro.

Sevierville Golf Club offers some of the finest courses and views in the Smokies!  Set your tee time and bundle up for this Valentine’s Day on the course.

When you’re planning your romantic getaway, there are endless options for Pigeon Forge lodging, including cabin rentals, hotels, condominiums, campgrounds and pet friendly accommodations.

Be sure to start planning your Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge and get ready for some romance!

All Things Romance: Weddings, Honeymoons, & Vow Renewals!

pigeon forge weddingsWith the new year in full swing and Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air! Wanting to say ‘I Do’ in a glade of vibrant evergreen on a mountaintop?

Or do you have a milestone anniversary coming up and want to find the perfect way to show your spouse how much they truly mean to you?

The Great Smoky Mountains is a one stop shop for all things weddings, honeymoons and vow renewals!


From an intimate gathering under a waterfall, private ceremony in your cabin, or a picturesque Victorian chapel, the Smokies has unlimited options for your dream wedding.  However before you get to the actual ceremony part, there are a few other steps you have to check off your list.

The wedding party is full of members of all ages from the bride and groom of course to the groomsmen and bridesmaids, chaplain, parents and assorted family members, and last but not least– the flower girl.  Even though she comes in such a small package, she has a dynamic role in beginning the bride’s descent down the aisle.

wedding cakeAnother important aspect that can make or break the wedding is food.  Talk to any guest of a wedding and what do they usually say is the most memorable part of the wedding?  A couple may say the dress was to die for or a handful might say their vows were just so adorable. But most will say the reception was the best part!
Chef’s Catering in Pigeon Forge offers options for all budgets of brides-to-be.  For information on all their packages and ideas, check out their website and get to planning!

Check out our wedding checklist which will be sure to ensure you have everything prepared for your big day!


waterfallOnce the ceremony is taken care of, why leave the beautiful Smoky Mountains?  With the endless amounts of cabins, chalets, hotels, condos and campgrounds, your honeymoon will be a memorable experience.

Secluded, mountaintop cabins and chalets are a crowd favorite for Pigeon Forge honeymooners.  Including various amenities, such as in-cabin jacuzzis and hot tubs, rustic ambience and of course breathtaking views– all these combine to make for a romance-oriented experience for you and your new spouse.

spa and massageHowever, if you are not the rough it in the woods type, a hotel honeymoon is also available!  Riverstone Resort will exceed your expectations with their couples’ massages and inclusive vacation packages, which feature deals from other local venues.

Adventure and adrenaline lovers have endless amounts of options with all the different hiking trails and nearby attractions, such as Dollywood.  If you are looking more to relax and kick back, the Rock Top Wine Trail offers wine tasting and more!

Vow Renewals:

vow renewalWhat if you’ve already had a ceremony so many years ago and had that once in a lifetime honeymoon and are now looking to ignite the spark and confirm your love for your spouse amongst all your friends and family?

The Smokies offers chapels and remote locations that accommodates all party sizes!

Here are a few tips for planning the perfect vow renewal:

-No registry.  You’ve already had a huge shower.  Your guests presence is their present to you and your spouse.

-Mix it up with your vows.  Did you go traditional with your first wedding?  Well after spending 50 years with someone, you know so much more about them so recommit yourself to them from the heart.

-Get some new bling! Hint to your spouse that ring you’ve been eyeing at the jewelry store would put the icing on the cake.

-Have a great time with friends and family!  Don’t stress– you already did that the first time around.  Dance the night away with your loved ones and soak in the beautiful views of the Smokies!

Regardless of the occasion, there are ample amounts of Pigeon Forge accommodations, which will satisfy all your needs!

wedding chapel

Kid-Friendly Events at Wilderness Wildlife Week!

Wilderness Wildlife Week 2015Wilderness Wildlife Week starts THIS SATURDAY aka TOMORROW!

There are fun outdoor and indoor activities highlighting the rich culture of the Smokies!

Here are some of the kid-friendly events this weekend:

Saturday, January 24:

9:30- 10:30 AM: Design your own Wilderness Wildlife Week Bandanna
-Louise Bales -Bob Kolb Memorial Room
-Limit 20, age 8+
-Participants will join Louise as she shows them how to design their own commemorative

11- Noon: Make a Dreamcatcher Christmas Ornament
-Sue Todd- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
-Limit 10, age 15+

2- 3:30 PM: Booger: A Tall Tale of the Mountains
-Mary Phillips- Bob Kolb Memorial Room
-Limit 30, ages 5-10
-Participants join Mary as she tells the story of a firefly, a boy, Booger, and his faithful cat,
Stinker.  Kids learn to use the Great Smoky Mountains Wildflower guide book.  Program
meets curriculum standards for these areas: science, literature, life skills and art.

2:30- 3:30 PM: Making a Hand Broom for Decoration
-David Ogle- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
-Limit 10, ages 16+

Sunday, January 25:

8- Noon: Turn your Photography into Art Workshop
-Karen Jones- South 1
-Limit 15, ages 16+
-Participants must bring own laptop with PhotoShop for step-by-step demonstration of a
variety of techniques to reinterpret photos in creative art.

9:30- 12:30 PM: Basket Making
Theresa Tyler- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
Limit 8
Participants will learn about the art of Appalachian basket making from Theresa.

1- 2 PM: Bodacious Cartooning for Kids Workshop
-John Rose- South 1
-Limit 30, ages 8+
-Participants should bring own notepad and pencils to draw along.

2- 3:30 PM: A Cat Named Stinker
-Mary Phillips- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
-Limit 30, ages 5-10
-Participants will join Mary as she continues the tall tales about a firefly, the boy named
Booger and Stink, his faithful cat.

Wilderness Wildlife Week goes until Saturday, January 31st! For ticket/registration information and a full schedule of the week’s events, go to:

Dive Into the Upcoming Events at Ripley’s Aquarium!

Sips N' SharksPaint with all the colors of the sea! Or aquarium.  THIS COMING Thursday, January 22 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sips N’ Sharks will make it’s debut at Ripley’s!  The name of the painting you will be creating is ‘Winter Cherry Blossom.’  The cost is $49.99 + tab per person, which includes light hors d’ oeuveres, two glasses of your favorite wine, and of course an amazing painting experience!

Reservations must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event.  Contact the Education Department for reservations at (865) 430-8808 or  Must be 21 or over to attend.

WEEKENDS ONLY our favorite half-human/half-fish, underwater beauties will be coming out to play at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m throughout the month of January.  Who could I be referring to? Well, of course none other than the mermaids!

Ripley's Mermaids - Pigeon ForgeAlso, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Ripley’s holds mermaid camp! Put your best fin forward during this mermaid adventure! Beginning by meeting the mermaids, you will partake in many fun activities, including making a mermaid wishing stone and creating a mermaid name.  Next, you will travel to the local pool where you get to test your skills swimming with a real mermaid tail, learn mermaid tricks and play mermaid games under and above the water.  Once you give back your sea legs, you will be given a Ripley’s mermaid t-shirt and certificate recognizing you as a real certified mermaid!

Ages 6-14 are welcome.  Price is $49.99 + tax.  Visit for more information.