Our Pick for the best sports bar in Gatlinburg

We 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 … Continue reading Our Pick for the best sports bar in Gatlinburg

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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 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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Seasons are Changing

  I love the area in which I live.  I love the changing seasons.  I enjoy swimming in the summer. watching the leaves change in the fall, Sledding with my children in the winter and watching the new life immerge in the spring.  With each change in season, I am reminded of the little things … Continue reading Seasons are Changing

road trip: gatlinburg, tn

Great trip. It sounds like you had an awesome time. Great pictures too.

I believe you meant Clingman’s Dome when you said Cades Cove

MamaGr

the summer road trip continued. the drive from charlottesville, va to gatlinburg, tn was six hours.

we made it to gatlinburg without getting lost : ) we stayed at Smoky Bear Campground in the teddy bear cabin. it was thankfully not in the hubub of gatlinburg. it was tucked away off route 321. there were a few other cabins on the campground alongside rv’s and thee pool. our cabin had a loft, futon in the living room (for gr3 to sleep on), a kitchen, full bath, and bedroom. the bonus was the faux fireplace that gr3 fell in love with. he sat by it and watched the glow. he turned it on every chance he had.

the first full day we did the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. you could hear the “roar” of the water. we stopped at jim ogle’s log cabin, an old appalachian home where fellow…

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Aging Ole Smoky Moonshine

Thanks for the Ole Smoky recipe

Aging Spirits

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It is legal to buy Ole Smoky Moonshine at your local liquor store.  The product is offered by the makers of the television show, Moonshiners, through the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, located in Gatlinburg, TN.  There are likely a couple flavors available, but the 100 proof Ole Smokey moonshine is a good choice.  It is a little higher in octane than most other spirits and from the show.  For under $20, you can purchase a 750 ml bottle.  Sold in a Mason jar, the flavor is bold.  It taste just as you would expect moonshine to taste.  You will feel like you could breathe fire directly from your mouth.

If you have an Oak Barrel that you have used for aging another spirit for a few weeks, that other spirit will be deeply soaked into the oak.  While it is possible to remove the other spirits by soaking in water…

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