Our Pick for the best sports bar in Gatlinburg

vrbo-Legacy-Mountain-amenities-Picnic-Pavillion JudyWe were all set to see the game on the TV at our cabin.  We talked about going up to the pool and watching it at the pavilion.  We had snacks, drinks, etc…  The TV station said the game would be on next.  But when the time came for the game to come on, there was a documentary instead.  So, we looked up sports bars in Gatlinburg on the internet and set out to find a good sports bar to watch the game.

The first bar we came to (that was advertised as a sports bar on the internet) had one TV.  The gentleman could not find the game we wanted.  Our team was 10 hours away.  But, we thought a sports bar with multiple TVs would have our game.  Then we went up the strip to another bar.  This bar had multiple TVs.  There was one section with no one sitting there.  We asked if they could change the TV to our game.  They said the TVs are preset and they cannot change them.  So, off we went.  The next bar just handed us the remote and told us to find it.  Which we could not.  So, off we went.  We came to this bar called Drafts.  It is at traffic light number 6.  It is right across from the Ripley’s Aquarium.  It had several TVs.  it was not crowded.  It had cathedral ceilings and was very spacious inside.  We asked to watch the game on one TV and the race on another.  They were very accommodating.  The waitress, Karen, even offered to turn the fireplace on for us.  They had $.50 wings and $5.00 pitchers.  What a find.

Bears 3 cubsDraft’s had large glass windows all around the bar to give the bar an even bigger feeling.  You could watch the people walk by outside.  Someone came in the door and said “There are bears out here if anyone wants to see them”.  My brother went around the corner after them.  He got right up close and took some great pictures with his cell phone.  The bears came back around and I went out to see them.  They were on the other side of a little fence.  At first I thought great, there is a fence, but as I got closer to the bears, the fence looked awfully small.  So, I backed away.  There was a mom and three cubs.  I thought three cubs were unusual.  The cubs were almost as big as the mother.  It was really neat to see them right there in downtown Gatlinburg.bears with little fence

We went back into the bar and spoke to the manager and told him that he had the best sports bar in Gatlinburg.  He said that if our guests mention they are staying with Cabins in the Clouds, he will give them a discount.  What a great place to enjoy the game and Gatlinburg at the same time.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I think the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is visited by so many people every year because of it’s central location and because you just can’t see it all in one visit.

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America’s most visited National Park is Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Situated  in the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range, along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, it is not the easiest place to get to.  When I think of National Parks, places like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon first come to mind.  This is why I am somewhat surprised that this National Park takes the prize as most visited, with something like 10 million visitors annually.

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The drive down to the Smoky Mountains was quite scenic.  It was mostly along Interstate 75, which I joined just north of Richmond, Kentucky.  Mountains began to appear as I approached the border of Tennessee.  And, with it being a cold morning, fog appeared along the sides of the mountains near the border.  I have only driven this road once before, but I actually recall it being prone to fog.  I even remember…

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Old Tennessee Mine Lets You Discover Hidden Treasures

I have seen signs for this. But, have not made it here yet.

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Driving through the touristy towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, it is easy to get sucked into all the t-shirt shops, weird museums and themed restaurants.  But if you make it out of the madness with only a few cheap souvenirs, you’ll be more then pleased when you reach the Ogle Gem Mine and Rock Shop. 

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The shop is drowning in wood carvings, gem stones, homey knick knacks galore.  I personally loved the stones and the landlocked surfer from Cali who I am assuming is the store owner, was extremely knowledgable about each and every piece. I picked up some Amethyst, Quartz and Geodes.

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If you didn’t find any stones that you felt would cleanse your ora (sucks to suck) then stop by their mining center. Thirty bucks can get you a bucket to mine through with the whole family. And don’t think you’ll get just a few stones. During…

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Old Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen

I enjoy watching this machine as well. Never had the taffy though.

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Fall is getting in full swing here in my little corner of Tennessee. The leaves are anticipating the change. It’s like that moment before the kiss.

It’s a tradition in many Tennessee families to take a little fall trip to Gatlinburg. My husband and I just got back from ours. We thought the trees would have been in full color there but I think they might be playing hard to get till the government opens the park back up for business.

We visited some our favorite places and found a couple of new ones. One of our favorite places to visit is the Old Smoky Candy Kitchen. I could watchthe taffy-pulling machine for hours. And if you add up all the time I’ve spent over the years, I’m sure it would be a significant amount. It’s hypnotizing, and the effect of the pulled sugar is similar to one of my annoying…

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Giddy Up!

There are many riding stables in the Pigeon Forge area.

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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.   Walden’s Creek Stables, 2709 Waldens Creek Road, Pigeon Forge, TN  865-429-0411

http://www.waldencreekstables.com/

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

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Is the Smoky Mountains National Park OPEN?

A Day In The Smokies

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YES!!!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will reopen for five days during the fall season with financial assistance from both Tennessee and North Carolina. The park, which sits on the border of the two states, will reopen Wednesday through Sunday.

Tennessee is giving $300,500 to open the park, while North Carolina is contributing $75,000.photo

Tennessee’s $300,500 share is officially being paid by Sevier County, home of heavily visited tourist attractions like Pigeon Forge, Dollywood and Gatlinburg, though 80 percent of that amount will come from the state in the form of a tourism grant. The rest will come from Sevier and Blount counties.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the country’s most visited national park with 9.6 million visitors in 2012.

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