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Coast the Mountainsides

One of the most popular attractions in the area are the alpine coasters.  The area now has 7 in operation. The first opened in August of 2013 with the latest finished up summer of 2015.  Two of the coasters are located on Wear’s Valley Road in Pigeon Forge, one in Pigeon Forge near Dollywood  and 4 in the city of Gatlinburg.

Alpine coasters have been around since the early 1970’s and are most often designed/installed by German engineering companies.  The coasters need the right piece of land and excavation is usually the highest cost in the building process.  The terrain must accommodate twists and turns and a slope that lets gravity do all the work. And while you may be at an elevation of 2000 feet you won’t be far off the ground.  The bobsled like cars ride on a stainless steel rail. Each car can hold up to two passengers.  After passengers are strapped in the car is pulled up the track by a cable and once at the top the car is released for a white knuckle ride down the mountainside reaching speeds of up to 30 mph!  Riders are able to control their speeds using handles positioned on each side of the car.

 

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Each track in the area sports something a little different, one claiming to be the highest, one the longest, another the fastest.  One thing we can say for sure is they all have great scenery!  Coasters do operate rain or shine and offer morning and night rides.  Like most coasters there are height and age requirements.

To get a short preview of a no brakes ride on the Smoky Mt Alpine Coaster located on Wear’s Valley Road click here.

Here are the links for the coasters currently in operation in Sevier County.

http://www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com/

http://thecoastertn.com/

http://gatlinburgmountaincoaster.org

http://obergatlinburg.com/mountain-coaster/

https://www.anakeesta.com/rail-runner/

https://www.rowdybearmountain.com/

http://rockytopcoaster.com/

Wonder what the next hot attraction might be….hmmmmm……  Plenty of reasons to come to the area and new things are added all the time so come back often, see what’s new, enjoy the old and just plain have fun!

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Attractions, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

 

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Ski Tennessee!

Wanna ski in Tennessee?  Well then you have to head to the Smoky Mountains and the only ski resort in the southeast, Ober Gatlinburg.

Ober is set up for four seasons of fun but originally opened in the early 1960’s, first as a private club but quickly opened to the public.  It is located on the top of Mt Harrison 3 miles from downtown Gatlinburg and features not only snow related fun but also a wildlife encounter, an alpine slide, a chair swing, water raft rides, arcade, shopping, ice skating (indoor and year round), a mountain coaster, and more!  Fun for all ages and all seasons but for this article I want to focus on the winter/snow related activities.

In doing the research for this article I found out that there is a whole ‘nother language out there when it comes to snow sports!  First of all the place the sports takes place is called the Terrain Park. There is a lot of things included in the Terrain Park including boxes, rails, spines, bonks and table tops!  For those of you like me who have no clue what all those are suffice it to say they are obstacles to jump over or slide (jib) across on skies or snowboards.  Click here to see some jibbing at Ober.

Ober is constantly changing, upgrading and adding new features.  This year in addition to adding new obstacles a new ski slope was also opened, now offering nine trails.  All the snowmaking pipes were replaced, a holding pond was added which increased their snow making capacity and they expanded their rental fleet.  Oh they also have the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistant surface.

For a great place to vacation this winter come to the Smoky Mountains and be sure to visit Ober, even if you don’t ski or snowboard, take a ride on the aerial cable car (one of the world’s longest), eat at one of the eateries and/or visit the shops in the Tramway Mall.   There’s always plenty to do in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, a great place to meet up with family and friends, share good times and make great memories.  We hope to see you soon!

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Attractions, Gatlinburg

 

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It’s Show Time!

Lots of great shows to see while you are visiting.  Look over the list below and see which one(s) are a must see for you.

American Oldies Show

129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-453-2003

www.americanoldiestheater.com

 American’s Hit Parade

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-774-7777

http://www.thegrandmajestic.com/americashitparade.html

Biblical Times (Dinner Show)

2391 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-908-3327

www.biblicaltimestheater.com

Cinema Types

Southeast Cinemas

www.southeastcinemas.com/location/42601/Governors-Crossing-14-Showtimes

The Forge Cinemas

http://www.theforgecinemas.com/

Ripleys 5D Moving Theater

http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/moving-theater/

Comedy Barn, The

2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-428-5222 or 800-29-LAUGH

www.comedybarn.com

Country Tonight

129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-453-2003

http://countrytonitepf.com/

 Dixie Stampede (Dinner Show)

3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-453-4400

www.dixiestampede.com

Grand Majestic (Dinner Show)

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-774-7777

www.thegrandmajestic.com

 Great Smoky Mt Murder Mystery Show (Dinner Show)

2682 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN

866-624-7185

Murder-mystery-theater.com

Hatfield and McCoy (Dinner Show)

119 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-908-7469 or 800-985-5494

www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com

Hazzard County Hoedown (Dinner Show)

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-774-7777

http://www.thegrandmajestic.com/hazzardcounty.html

I.R.I.S Theater (inside the Space Needle)

115 Historic Nature Trail. Gatlinburg, TN

check out the link for current shows

865-436-4629

http://www.iristheater.com/

Magic Beyond Belief

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

http://www.pigeonforgemagic.com/

 Lumberjack Adventure (Dinner Show)

2713 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

844-322-4400

lumberjackadventure.com

 Memories Theatre

2141 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-325-3078

www.memoriestheatre.com

Patsy Cline Theater (Tribute Theater)

175 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN

877-494-3183

(no website listed)

Smith Morning Variety Show

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/smith-morning-variety-show

  Smoky Mt Opry

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

www.smokymtnopry.com

Starlite Theater

140 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-368-3636

http://www.thestarlitetheater.com/

Smith Morning Variety Show

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/smith-morning-variety-show

Soul of Motown

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-428-0008 or 865-774-7777

www.thegrandmajestic.com

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

461 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN

877-388-5784 or 865-436-4039

sweetfannyadams.com

Unto These Hills (Outdoor drama, summer season only)

688 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC

866-554-4557

www.cherokeesmokies.com/unto_these_hills.html

Wonders of Magic

100 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-868-1800

www.wonderworksonline.com

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Attractions

 

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It’s a Slippery Slope and Snow Much Fun!

Hey there all you winter wonderland fans, ’tis the season to grab your toboggan and head for the hills!  Ober Gatlnburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park have opened the slopes/runs.  Be sure to click on the link and take a look at current conditions including a live webcam.  Also on the link you can find pricing for gear rental, lessons and lift tickets. Skiing, snowboarding and tubing all offered here.

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Not the downhill, outdoor type well head indoors, lace up some ice skates and take a few turns on the rink inside, this activity is offered year round.  Plenty of other things to experience here too, the alpine slide, the aerial tramway, the wildlife encounter, shops and eateries so as you can see something for everyone and in every season.  Head on up to Ober Gatlinburg and have some fun!

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Attractions, Gatlinburg

 

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Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg

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Arts and crafts have long held a deep association with the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Nowhere else in the South will you find a richer heritage of fine craftsmanship than in Gatlinburg. TheGreat Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, established in 1937, is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Located on an eight-mile loop at the northeast corner of Gatlinburg, the Community proudly preserves the craft heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains year-round. This area offers the best in a wide range of craft shops, including pottery, woodcarving, candle making, quilting, weaving, broom making, and painting, among many other fine art forms. 
Gatlinburg is also home to the world-renowned Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Founded in 1945, Arrowmont offers summer and spring workshops and an array of special conferences for all levels of students in craft-art media. The art galleries at Arrowmont are open for tours of select collections throughout the year.

The Great Smoky Mountains share center stage with the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair during the month of October. From October 10 through 27, 2013, the award-winning Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair opens the doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center to the public with the 38th Annual Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, one of the many amazing fall festivals in Tennessee. Numerous artisans and craftspeople are on-hand each day to demonstrate their skills, answer questions, and offer their unique art for sale. Third-generation artisans and storekeepers strive to match the beauty of the autumn mountains by carrying the same colors into often elaborate storefront decorations, thus turning their little mountain town into a promenade of Southern Appalachian sights.

Taken from http://www.gatlinburg.com

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Attractions, Events, Gatlinburg

 

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A great way to get out and experience the great outdoors!  Climb a top one of these beautiful creatures and enjoy the scenery!  Here is a list of some of the riding stables in the area.

The 1-4 are located in the national park.  Cades Cove Stables offers hay rides and carriage rides as well as single rider.  Smokemont offers wagon rides.

Be sure to call or check websites for operating times, rates and restrictions.

1.   Smoky Mountain Riding Stables, 1720 East Parkway, Gatlinburg TN   865-436-5634

http://www.smokymountainridingstables.com/

2.   Smokemont Riding Stables, 135 Smokemont Riding Stable Road, Cherokee, NC  828-497-2373

http://www.smokemontridingstable.com/

3.   Sugarlands Riding Stable, 1409 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN, 865-436-3535

http://www.sugarlandsridingstables.com/

4.   Cade’s Cove Riding Stables, Cades Cove Townsend, TN,  865-448-9009

http://cadescovestables.com/index.shtml

5.   Five Oaks Riding Stables, 1630 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 877-538-0569

http://www.fiveoaksridingstables.com/

6.   Davy Crockett Riding Stables, 550 Old Cades Cove Rd, Townsend TN 865-448-6411

http://davycrockettridingstables.com/

7.   Deer Farm Riding Stables, 470 Happy Hollow Lane, Sevierville, TN 865-429-2276

http://www.deerfarmzoo.com/horserides.html

8.  Big Rock Dude Ranch, 909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN  865-428-9398

http://www.horseridingbigrock.com/

9.  Next to Heaven Riding Stables, 1239 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend TN 865-448-9150

https://www.facebook.com/next2heavensmokies/

10.  McCarter’s Riding Stable, 923 Robinson Gap Road, Sevierville, TN 865-436-5354

11.  Cedar Ridge Stables, 3 mi out of Sevierville, 865-428-5802

12.  Douglas Lake View Stables, 1650 Providence Road, Sevierville, TN 423-428-3587

 

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What’s Going On

Looking for fun, unique and interesting things to do while visiting?  Just click on the links below to access the cities events calendar.   Something for everyone and every season of the year. Happy planning!

http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/

http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/fall.aspx

http://www.attractions-gatlinburg.com/

http://www.visitsevierville.com/vsevents.aspx

 

All Aboard!

TitanicmuseumA relatively new attraction in Pigeon Forge is the Titanic Museum.  The museum is dedicated to all things Titanic.  They have events all throughout the year including artist appearances, author book signings, sleep overs and special exhibits in the gallery.  Currently being featured is an exhibit titled:

Discover the 133 Children’s Stories of Titanic

The RMS Titanic sailed with 2,208 people on board – 133 of them were children. These were Titanic’s littlest heroes. What they saw, heard and felt from the moment they boarded the ship has been documented and visualized for the first time anywhere by the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This year-long, exclusive exhibit is a celebration of The Children of Titanic whose bravery, innocence and faith can be an inspiration to us all.  For more information, please contact us at 800-381-7670.

Reposted from the Titanic Museums webpage, for more Titanic info visit them at http://www.titanicpigeonforge.com/

Once Upon a Time on Titanic
The Eleanor Johnson Story

It must have seemed like a magical, floating kingdom to 18-month-old Eleanor Johnson when she boarded Titanic with her mother, Alice, and older brother, Harold, in 1912. They were returning to their home in the United States following a visit with an ailing relative in Finland.

If little Eleanor’s Titanic adventure had a fairytale beginning, then it did not have a happy-ever-after ending. Approaching midnight on the fourth day at sea, Titanic struck an iceberg, sending chunks of ice onto the deck, ironically providing a brief moment of recreation for a few passengers, including Eleanor’s mother, who playfully kicked the ice around.

Soon the enormity of their situation became clear when a steward rushed them to the boat deck. Eleanor, clinging tightly to her mother, entered Lifeboat No. 15, her brother right behind her. Later they were picked up by the rescue ship Carpathia and taken to New York City.

Life, after her tumultuous Titanic experience, was mostly smooth sailing for Eleanor. In 1934 she married Delbert Shuman, an International Harvester engineer, had a son and daughter, and had a job at the Elgin Watch Company. They were married for 47 years before Delbert died in 1981.

In 1996 Eleanor joined two other Titanic survivors on an emotional, expedition cruise to the Titanic wreck site. Eleanor was the only survivor that director James Cameron met while filming TITANIC. She saw the movie at a special screening with movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Eleanor had a tale to tell and she told it often, becoming something of a celebrity after the movie’s release.

Eleanor lived to see Titanic make world headlines, once again, before dying at the age of 87. Upon her death there were only 5Titanic survivors remaining – today there are none. Her story, and those of the other 2,207 Titanic voyagers, lives on at the Titanic Museum Attraction. When you visit, we look forward to introducing you to them all.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Attractions, Pigeon Forge

 

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Dixie Stampede

When you think vacation a few things come quickly to mind….where to go…where to stay….what to do and where to eat.  Of course since this is blog dedicated to vacationing in the Smoky Mts and we are the proud owners of two log cabins we rent out to travelers the where to go and stay are a given. So let’s turn our attention to what to do and where to eat.

The great thing about this suggestion is you get to do and eat!  Family fun and adventure await you at The Dixie Stampede, a dinner attraction in Pigeon Forge TN.  Not only will you get a 4 course meal (tie the feed bag on!), but you’ll be a spectator/participator in a friendly north vs south competition with musical productions, special effects, and horse riding stunts.  You may even see a bison and ladies who can resist men in uniform!  Don’t worry guys plenty of fine looking gals in the show too.

Located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge come by in the morning and get up close and personal with some of the horses that will be in the show.  For show times and ticket info click this link:

http://pigeon-forge.dixiestampede.com/

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Attractions, Pigeon Forge