Aunt Becky and the Becky Cable House

I became interested in Aunt Becky during one of my trips to Cades Cove. I have visited the Cable house a number of times but for some reason this time the story caught my eye. Aunt Becky must have been an incredible woman. She ran a store and boarding house, took care of her ailing … Continue reading Aunt Becky and the Becky Cable House


Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains

If you’ve spent any time in the Smoky Mountains, you’ve likely heard a tall tale or two. These colorful stories may not stick strictly to the facts, but they are always entertaining! Some of the best legends in East Tennessee have been passed down for generations, usually just by word of mouth. Here is the … Continue reading Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove – The bears are really visible lately!

I believe the best way to see Cades Cove is the 11-mile Loop Road, which is a one-way paved lane where you can ride along and see all of the buildings and historic structures. The Loop Road takes you on a historical tour of early pioneer farms, fields, roads and trails, leaving you with the feeling that you just stepped foot into the history of the mountains.

Top 12 Activities near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee

There are so many amazing things to do around the Great Smoky Mountains! We've put together a list of the top 12 things we have done ourselves or feedback from guests like you!

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

Visitors can enjoy the complete line of Dillsboro Chocolate Factory’s award winning chocolates and smooth creamy fudge.  The Chocolate Factory makes some of the finest chocolate treats around using only gourmet single bean Venezuelan cocoa for all of its tasty treats. Specialties include Smoky Mountain Truffles and Shooters, along with a wide assortment of dipped … Continue reading Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

Smoky Mountains Color From Mountain to the Sea

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Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies Gatlinburg TNThe Smoky Mountains have long been blessed with the scenic autumn colors that embrace the foothill cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and neighboring towns each year.  This year we have had an especially cooler summer with more abundant rains,  making conditions ideal for an especially colorful fall season.  The annual transformation into a sea of brilliant colors has already begun its hint of what’s soon to come.

Speaking of the sea and color, you may wish to explore Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.  Staff at the aquarium has done an excellent job of putting together an award-winning sea exhibit filled with vibrant colors throughout the year.  A highly educational interactive fun-filled adventure for the entire family.  A facility where adults and children can interact with sea life from a hands-on-approach for many of the displays.  For those displays you can’t touch, there’s ample viewing capability from safer perspectives.  Getting in…

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“Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge.”

We visited Cades Cove in late August 2013.  We turned off the main road onto a side road.  There was a mother deer and her baby frolicking in a field.  It was really cute to see them play together like that. We headed back onto the loop to go to the area where they have a … Continue reading “Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge.”

Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Cades Cove is 6,800-acres nestled in a beautiful isolated valley located in the East Tennessee section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a representative sample of this Park's natural and cultural history as well as its recreational opportunities. Open fields lap against 5,500-foot mountain peaks. With more than 2.5 million visitors annually, it … Continue reading Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Odis Clinton Abbott

We had one of the best trips to Cades Cove we have ever had.  We stopped at the Primitive Baptist Chursh on our loop tour.  We met a man that was born in Cades Cove and lived there until he was 13 years old.  He was born in 1919.  The mans name was Odis Clinton … Continue reading Odis Clinton Abbott