Cataract Falls

Although it isn’t one of the most popular falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we enjoyed our short hike to Cataract Falls. Located just a half-mile behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cataract Falls is an easy hike with virtually no climbing, except for a small set of stairs near the falls. The first part of … Continue reading Cataract Falls

What’s Cooking Wednesday – J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe

J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe is one of Gatlinburg’s newest eateries, but it has quickly established itself as a can’t-miss lunch spot. Named after the owner’s three children (J.O.E. is an acronym for James, Oscar, and Eloise) and her father (Bruce a.k.a. “Pop”), this great restaurant serves a variety of cold, toasted, and steamed subs. Popular … Continue reading What’s Cooking Wednesday – J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe

What’s Cookin’ Wednesday – Hofbrauhaus Restaurant

Hofbrauhaus Restaurant is another one of the best sandwich shops in Gatlinburg. Tucked away among The Village Shops, this hidden gem is located above The Cheese Cupboard. Modeled after a quaint German pub, Hofbrauhaus celebrates its heritage with German beers, German potato salad, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. The most-buzzed-about menu item at Hofbrauhaus is the Super Reuben … Continue reading What’s Cookin’ Wednesday – Hofbrauhaus Restaurant

There’s a troll bridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are rich in history and full of hidden gems. Through the sands of time, these lost landmarks become something of whimsical fantasies. An old spring house becomes a fairy house. A trail connection becomes a hidden, abandoned tunnel. And an ordinary stone bridge becomes a moss-covered troll bridge. This troll bridge … Continue reading There’s a troll bridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Wildlife Crossing Project

The Safe Passage Fund Coalition has officially launched the I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project. In part, the collaborative effort aims at creating wildlife crossings, including wildlife overpasses and underpasses, along 28 miles of I-40 at the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Artist’s rendering of a bridge for wildlife to cross Interstate 70, to be built near … Continue reading Wildlife Crossing Project

What’s Cookin’ Wednesday – New Orleans Sandwich Company

New Orleans Sandwich Company brings a taste of the Big Easy to Gatlinburg! Owned and operated by transplants from NOLA, this restaurant serves authentic po’ boys and muffalettas. For the uninitiated, a “po’ boy” is a traditional Louisiana sub served on French bread and a “muffaletta” is a sandwich featuring a round Sicilian sesame bread, marinated … Continue reading What’s Cookin’ Wednesday – New Orleans Sandwich Company

Dolly Parton’s Stampede: Cream of Vegetable Soup

One of the best parts of a meal at Dolly Parton's Stampede in Pigeon Forge is the delicious creamy vegetable soup. Making this recipe at home is quick and easy, plus the whole family will love it. As you devour this soup, you'll be brought right back to your last trip to Pigeon Forge. 3 … Continue reading Dolly Parton’s Stampede: Cream of Vegetable Soup

What’s Cookin’ Wednesday – Parton’s Deli

Parton’s Deli has been a fixture of the Gatlinburg Parkway since 1974! This beloved sandwich shop has stood the test of time because it consistently delivers delicious food served with a smile. Parton’s Deli specializes in sub-style sandwiches that are heated in an old-fashioned steamer and dressed to order. Other highlights of the deli include their … Continue reading What’s Cookin’ Wednesday – Parton’s Deli

Is there free parking in Gatlinburg?

“Is there free parking in Gatlinburg?” has got to be one of the most asked questions when it comes to traveling in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Even though finding free parking in Gatlinburg can be tough, there are a couple of places. Here’s a few ideas and the best free parking places in Gatlinburg: … Continue reading Is there free parking in Gatlinburg?

Gatlinburg is the 2nd most popular wedding destination in the US

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, some of you may have “popped the question” over the weekend. If you are one of these couples, we certainly wish you the best of luck! Did you know that Gatlinburg is the 2nd most popular wedding destination in the United States? Well, it is true! In 2020, only … Continue reading Gatlinburg is the 2nd most popular wedding destination in the US