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Top 5 Cabin Amenities For Your Summer Vacation In The Smokies

Find the perfect summer cabin rental for your vacation. There’s no denying it: a Pigeon Forge cabin rental is an excellent way to experience life in the Great Smoky Mountains. We've come up with a list of the top Pigeon Forge cabin amenities as requested by visitors for folks seeking Pigeon Forge cabin rentals during the summer months. Start planning your summer vacation with us!

Cabins With Fishing

Cabins near the river are some of visitors’ favorite Pigeon Forge lodging options. These charming hideaways offer stunning views of the Little and Big Pigeon Rivers, giving you a refreshing place to rest up and enjoy your time in the Smokies. Check out these options for Pigeon Forge cabins with fishing and cabins on the water.
Cabins On The Water

Cabins With Swimming Pools

Whether you're planning for a romantic getaway for a family vacation, a Pigeon Forge cabin rental with a pool is a win for everybody. Choose among our plethora of indoor and outdoor pool options to satisfy your group's needs on your summer vacation. Kids love an outdoor pool in the summertime!
Cabins With Pools

Cabins With A Fire Pit

Who doesn't love a nice summer night? Sit back a crackling fire and fire up the outdoor grill with these wonderful Pigeon Forge cabins with fire pits. These are especially great options for a large group of friends or family. Planning a large summer get-together? Check out our tips for things to do with a group, and be sure to fill out a group travel form to get the best rates.
Cabins With Fire Pits

Cabins With A Game Room

Looking for a vacation spot with the kids this summer? A great way to stay cool and keep the kids entertained is to rent a Pigeon Forge cabin with a game room. From arcade classics to pool tables and foosball, there are many options to choose from.
Cabins With Game Rooms

Cabins With Mountain Views

Any time of year is the perfect time to rent a Pigeon Forge cabin with mountain views. There's nothing better than sitting on the porch in a rocking chair and gazing at the majesty of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. These are a particularly great option if you're looking to plan a romantic getaway for your anniversary or honeymoon.
Cabins With Mountain Views
When it comes to choosing a cabin rental for your next Pigeon Forge vacation, you’re in luck. You’ll find a range of options to suit your every mood or want, from family friendly cabins with room for everyone to romantic hideaways for just the two of you. Just click on over to our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals page and use the search filter to find the amenities that are right for you.

Are We There Yet? 10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling With Kids

No matter whether you’re piling into the car for a Smoky Mountain vacation or just trekking to Grandma’s house for a mini-reunion, chances are you’ll be traveling with kids at some point this year. The biggest challenge facing many of today’s traveling families is often finding creative ways to keep your little ones entertained in the car for hours on end. Jessica Doppelt knows that many of the folks visiting family-friendly Pigeon Forge, TN, travel to her Smoky Mountain city by car. In fact, that’s one of the area’s biggest draws.

One of the things I love most about Pigeon Forge is that it’s so easy to get here. I love meeting folks who are visiting from across the south, midwest and even the northeast. No matter where you’re from, you are sure to find something you’ll love about visiting Pigeon Forge.Jessica Doppelt
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Leave At Night

Pigeon Forge is located within an eight-hour drive of more than two-thirds of the country, making it one of the most accessible destinations in the country. It might sound counterintuitive to pack up the car with pajama-clad children, but planning your next road trip around their sleep schedule can help ensure smooth sailing when you’re traveling with kids. Your little ones will likely sleep away their hours in the car if your departure time syncs up with bed time.

Share Driving & Social-Directing Tasks

Even though there’s only one steering wheel, a road trip with kids can be a two-adult job. When your partner takes the wheel, you should take over as social director to make sure kids are entertained and happy. If possible, consider even letting an older child ride shotgun for a while to spend time with a cranky toddler in the back seat.

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Bring Car Friendly Snacks

Kids can get cantankerous when they’re running on an empty tummies. Always pack a small cooler or lunch box with healthy snacks to keep the family happy when traveling. It’s best to shy away from snacks like fresh fruit and yogurt (too messy to be eaten in the car). Instead, opt for treats that travel well like string cheese, pre-cut apple slices, bananas, granola bars, raisins and dry Cheerios.

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Go On A Literary Adventure

Instead of listening to Raffi on repeat, consider picking up a few kid-friendly audiobooks at your local public library before heading out on the road. Audiobooks are a great way to entertain older kids in the car. From fun fantasy tales like the Harry Potter series or A Wrinkle in Time, to adventurous tales like Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, popping in an audiobook for your next journey can make time fly by while you’re on the road. And, it’s important to know that many libraries also offer downloadable MP3 audiobooks in addition to books on CD.

Pack Interactive Toys

Audiobooks aren’t the only way to turn a road trip into a learning adventure. Consider packing fun, interactive toys to make the time on the highway pass by with ease when you’re traveling with kids. Toddlers and little ones can build hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills by playing with lacing toys; older kids might enjoy stretching their vocabularies with a few rounds of Mad Libs. Be creative and make it fun!

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Get The Kids Involved

Encourage the kids to get involved with the planning and packing process. Let each child pack a bag for the road containing the toys and games they will enjoy most while traveling. Whether you have a budding artist who packs colored pencils and a sketchpad, or a social butterfly who travels with a tablet for social media connectivity, they’ll be best occupied when they get to choose their own activities.

Prepare To Rest Well

Sleeping in a new place can be stressful for both children and adults alike. Before you arrive at your destination, show your children the hotel, condo or cabin they’ll be staying at in Pigeon Forge. Pull up a picture of the room and talk about all the amenities they can enjoy during their stay. This prep work can help your family feel more comfortable in your vacation digs, which will lead to better rest and no tired, cranky children.

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Keep A Travel Journal

Family vacations are all about making memories together, and traveling with kids is a great opportunity to get creative with it. Start the process on the journey there by documenting the trip with your child. Younger children can dictate their version of the tale to adults; older children will enjoy writing their own story. Let them illustrate the scenes they see passing by their windows to help make the memories last!

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Prepare For Altitude Change

Children can be more sensitive than adults to changes in atmospheric pressure. You’ll experience a shift in elevation as you get closer to the Great Smoky Mountains, and this change can cause your ears to pop just like what happens when airplane takes off. Turn it into a science lesson for older kids by explaining pressure changes, then reward them for enduring the lesson with bubble gum or a Tootsie Pop to help relieve the discomfort that might be experience in their inner ears.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take Breaks

Young children, especially toddlers, need to be constantly engaged to remain entertained. One way you can keep them occupied in the car is by taking occasional breaks on the road. Consider stopping at rest areas around the highway to let them stretch their legs and breathe fresh air. Or, make the most of your journey and investigate a few of the road side attractions you’ll pass along the way. After all, haven’t you always wanted to “See Rock City”?

Do you have any tips for hassle-free family travel? Get involved with the discussion at the Facebook page!

Christmas Shows In Pigeon Forge

Christmas shows in Pigeon Forge are some visitors favorite reason to come into town. After Winterfest kicks off, the dinner shows and theaters start to switch over to their holiday shows! Make plans to attend at least one of the many Pigeon Forge Christmas shows with your family. Below are some of our favorite Pigeon Forge theaters with big holiday shows. Rent a cabin in the Smokies this holiday season and grab your tickets for the best Christmas show in Pigeon Forge, TN!

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Christmas At The Smoky Mountain Opry

A multi-million dollar holiday production, Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry features everything from sugar plum faires and dancing elves to enchanted reindeer and Santa Claus himself. The show has the largest nativity scene in the Pigeon Forge area. Be sure you swipe your tickets early, because dates will sell out fast!
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Hatfield & McCoy Christmas

Think your family fights during the holidays? The classic Hatfield & McCoy Family Feud has always put the "fun" in "dysFUNctional", but the holidays are the most fun of all. Join the family as Pa Hatfield & Ma McCoy try and put aside their differences for the spirit of the season.
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The Comedy Barn Christmas Shows

If you want to laugh your socks off and get in the holiday spirit, the Comedy Barn's Christmas Show is the theater experience for you. Enjoy plenty of holiday music paired with silly Christmas costumes and lots of great on-stage comedy. Brand new acts combined with some of your all-time favorites will have you laughing til you cry at the funniest show in the Smokies.
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Country Tonite Christmas Shows

The beautiful choreography and brightly decorated holiday sets at Country Tonite's Christmas show will bring out the magic of the holiday season for all who attend. You'll hear your favorite Christmas songs covered by talented performers and special guest stars throughout the production - everything from Frosty The Snowman to the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy. This show is perfect for a family of musisc lovers!

Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge: Restaurant Guide

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Looking for a Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge restaurant guide? 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! So why don’t you leave the holiday cooking (and mess) to someone else? Here’s a quick rundown of restaurants open in Pigeon Forge on Thanksgiving Day 2017.

Mama's Farmhouse

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. Stop by Mama's Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge at 208 Pickel Street to satisfy your Thanksgiving Day cravings from 10:30 am to 9 pm. Reservations are required for parties of 6 or more, so give them a call at (865) 908-4646 to snag a spot.

Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que

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. Bennett’s also 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.

Alamo Steakhouse

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!

Big Daddy's Pizzeria

You can only eat so much turkey in one day. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is opening at 4 p.m. 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.

More Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving

In Pigeon Forge:

  • Cracker Barrel
  • Golden Corral
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Iron Boar Saloon
  • J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen
  • Margaritaville
  • No Way Jose’s Cantina
  • Old Mill Restaurant
  • Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
  • Reagan’s House of Pancakes
  • Shoney’s
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery
  • TGI Friday’s

In Sevierville:

  • Applebee’s
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Golden Corral
  • Holston’s Kitchen
  • Shoney’s
  • Steak N’ Shake

In Gatlinburg:

  • Atrium Pancakes
  • Blaine’s Grill & Bar
  • Calhoun’s
  • J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe
  • Loco Burro
  • Mama’s Chicken Kitchen
  • Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery
  • TGI Friday’s
  • The Melting Pot
  • The Park Grill
  • Three Jimmy’s

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!

Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge: Things To Do

Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge marks the start of many visitors’ favorite time of year. There are plenty of events and things to do around the Smoky Mountain area at the beginning of the winter season, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorites to get you started. For more helpful guides, check out our favorite Thanksgiving recipes to get started on your holiday cooking, or take a look at the restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville.

Thanksgiving Events In Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg:

Titanic’s Thanksgiving Fireworks

The Titanic Thanksgiving fireworks display is a holiday tradition here in the Smoky Mountains. The 2017 event will start on Thanksgiving evening (November 23) and kick off the season with and explosion of lights and color, the perfect way to end the day of Thanksgiving festivities, or get the night started before Black Friday shopping!

Gatlinburg’s Festival Of Trees

Surrounded by a Smoky Mountain winter wonderland, Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees is the perfect centerpiece to admire the twinkling lights and get in the holiday spirit. Take a walk through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees and enjoy the entertainment throughout the week. Don’t forget to get your photo with Santa Claus!

Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Craft Show

Grab the family and head on out to the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show and experience unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. The show is hosted every year around Thanksgiving at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and proves to be a great resource for Christmas shopping.

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride Of Lights

A Smoky Mountain Winterfest experience you don’t want to miss, Gatlinburg’s Trolley Ride Of Lights will be happening this year from November 8 through January 21, 2018. For just $5 visitors can soak up the spirit of the season on a relaxing ride through downtown Gatlinburg while taking in some of the most fantastic light displays around.

Part 2: Kid Friendly Hotels & Amenities

When it comes to vacationing with the kids, you really can have it all in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We know a thing or two on traveling with kids and we know you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or style on your next Smoky Mountain getaway. Below are some kid friendly hotels & amenities to consider when booking your next hotel in Pigeon Forge.

The Extras

Pigeon Forge hotels are loaded with amenities of all kinds. Everything from fitness centers and bars for mom and dad to water parks and arcades for the kids. Many visitors opt for hotels with free WiFi. Mom can check in with work while her kids float in the lazy river. Think about what amenities are a must for you and your family and factor that into your plan.

Hotels & Amenities

A Little Goes A Long Way

If your travel budget allows for it, get an adjoining room or even a suite. A little extra room to spread out in the evenings is important. Younger children tend to go to bed earlier and need more sleep plus you may need to factor in a nap time too. Having a little extra space for your family may make you trip a little less stressful and that extra bathroom will go a long way especially if you have a teenage daughter! You may want to opt for a condo or cabin as well.

Look For Free Breakfast

Having food on-site makes their mornings less stressful and lets the family fill their tummies before heading out for a full day of things to do in the Smoky Mountains. Plus you will save money by eating a light breakfast in. If a free breakfast isn’t offered at your hotel, ask for a room with a mini-fridge. Stock up on juice, milk, yogurt, fruits, prebaked muffins and other breakfast items that would be easy to enjoy in your room. Pigeon Forge has a few grocery stores in town with all your necessities as well as other local shops to pick up food for your room.

On–Site Activities

Make your Pigeon Forge hotel stay even more fun by choosing an option that offers on-site activities! While some may be seasonal, hotels in Pigeon Forge cater to kids of all ages with craft projects, story time, fun and games at the swimming pool, and even outdoor fires where you can roast your own s’mores!

Water Park Hotels

Leave The Driving To Someone Else

The Fun Time Trolley makes getting around Pigeon Forge fun and easy for everyone. Choose a hotel near a trolley stop and leave the driving to someone else. You will save on gas, parking, and be less frustrated. The trolleys are air conditioned and heated for your comfort. The trolleys are also handicap accessible.

What do you look for in a hotel when you’re traveling with little ones? Start planning your Smoky Mountain getaway today by browsing Pigeon Forge hotels page and using our amenities filter to find the perfect property for your next Smoky Mountain vacation!

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Start The Holiday Season With A Bang At The Titanic Museum

The Titanic Thanksgiving fireworks display is a Pigeon Forge holiday tradition. Last year’s event was unfortunately cancelled for safety reasons due to the dry conditions prior to the November wildfires, but this year the display will be revamped for the fifth time since 2010 in a fantastic display of lights and holiday cheer.

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Titanic Thanksgiving Fireworks

The season will start with an explosion of lights and colors on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. The Titanic Museum Attraction celebrates the lives and legacies of the famous ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers with an extravaganza of fireworks. This twinkling demonstration of light and fantasy will begin at 7:00 p.m., and is a perfect way to end a day filled with family and food!

This will be our annual music, fireworks and musical fantasy wonderland, featuring singer, actor Caitlin Mesiano to be held outdoors at the Titanic Museum Attraction. This year promises to be even more spectacular with new fireworks displays, enchanting Titanic Crew performance and a chance for all to meet Titanic’s “Fantasy” Princess as she walks the red-carpet to start the fireworks.Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, Attraction Co-Owner

This fantastic night-of-nights will be orchestrated to the sounds and voices of the Christmas season, with the ship’s crew on board to host the event and to welcome all the ladies and gentlemen and boys and girls in attendance. This special night heralds the arrival of a new holiday season of Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge, and throughout the evening the lives and legacies of all those who sailed on the RMS Titanic will be honored & glorified.

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Reserve Your Spot Today

Information about other events at Titanic Museum Attraction can be found on their website. The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations are strongly suggested Thanksgiving evening before the fireworks display or just after the display.

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This is a very exciting, once-a-year event that all of us at Titanic have been looking forward to, and now it’s almost showtime. So bring your cameras and get ready for some breathtaking photo opportunities with our Titanic “Fantasy” Princess, distinguished crew, holiday lights and the largest fireworks display of the year on the Smoky Mountain Parkway. To make the evening even more memorable, young ladies are encouraged to wear their princess costumes for a personal photo with our Fantasy Princess.Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, Attraction Co-Owner

Call (800) 381-7670 to reserve your spot!

A Cheapskate’s Guide to Pigeon Forge

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A historic city in the scenic Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is a popular destination for couples and families. It features plenty to see and do, including musical theaters, 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.

Explore The 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.

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.

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.

Fun Time Trolley

Coupons & Monthly Deals

Did you know that we keep track of the best deals in Pigeon Forge for every single month of the year? Bookmark our Monthly Deals page so you can keep up with great discounts on Pigeon Forge attractions, cabins, restaurants and more. For even more hot deals, check out our extensive list of Pigeon Forge coupons!

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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.

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Top 4 Waterfalls in the Smokies

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Abundant rainfall and mountain terrain are the perfect ingredients for creating waterfalls. Even the smallest of creeks and rivers produce small cascades. Below are 4 of the more popular trails in the Smokies. These four, although rated moderate in difficulty, are lower mileage. Be sure to stop in one of the park’s visitors centers to pick up a park map before heading out on the trails.

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is by far one of the most most popular waterfalls in the national park. The waterfall is 80 feet high and surrounded by Mountain Laurel. The trail leading up to Laurel Falls is a moderate 2.6 miles round trip. As it is a tourist destination, it can get relatively busy and parking at the trailhead is limited, so plan accordingly.

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Abrams Falls

At 20 feet high, Abrams Falls might not be as high as Laurel, but the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls is breathtaking. The falls empty into a large, deep pool that is perfect to cool off your feet in after the 5 mile round trip moderate hike. During the summertime, Abrams Falls also makes a great swimming hole.

Grotto Falls

This old beauty stands 25 feet tall and is situated in an old-growth hemlock forest. The hike up Trillium Gap Trail is 1.5 miles to the falls and is also rated moderate in difficulty. The trailhead is in the heart of Gatlinburg off The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. One of the most distinctive features of this waterfall is that it’s the only one in the Smokies that you can walk behind.

Ramsey Cascades

The tallest waterfall in the national park, Ramsey Cascades is one of the most spectacular sites in the Smokies. The hiking trail to reach the falls is about 8 miles round trip and not for the faint of heart, but the extraordinary views are definitely worth it.

As with any hike:

  • Be Bear Aware
  • Bring Plenty of Water
  • Do not Climb on the Falls – Slippery and dangerous!
  • Wear Sturdy Footwear