Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster

Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster is located between Hillbilly Golf and Zoder’s Inn and feature a mountain glider in addition to the gravity-propelled coaster.

http://www.rowdybearcoaster.com/

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Greenbrier Road Auto Tour

This route follows the Little Pigeon River to Trillium Gap. No trucks, trailers or RVs are allowed. The roadCascades in Greenbrier Section leads to the John Messer Barn and the trailhead to Ramsay Cascades, arguably the best waterfall in the Park. The hike is 8 miles roundtrip and is challenging. A lesser visited area of the Park, the Greenbrier section is one of our favorites. Besides the Ramsay Cascades, the visitor has the opportunity to view large stands of virgin growth such as northern red oak, eastern hemlock, and red maple. In fact, the Great Smoky Mountains are home to 21 champion-size trees. When the Park was created in 1934, old-growth forests were saved from the lumber companies and preserved for Smokies visitors. To get to Greenbrier Road, leave Gatlinburg at light #3 and head east on Hwy 321. Travel for approximately 7 miles and turn right on Greenbrier Road. If you include the hike to Ramsay Cascades, expect this tour to take upwards of 5 hours.

You can easily leave the road and walk down to the river and walk on the large bolders to get right in the middle of the river and little waterfalls.  There are a lot of areas to swim in or just sit on a rock and enjoy the beauty of nature at its best it is so very relaxing. There is also some great hiking trails.  The Porters Creek Trail is one of the best known trails for spring wildflowers. There are often lots of butterflies and many varieties of birds to enjoy.   You will find creeks, some historical areas and a small picnic area.   If you come ot the Smokies for peace and quiet, they can often be found at Greenbrier.

Address – 3635 Taliluna Ave., Unit 1 B, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37919

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

Little log wedding chapel

The Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are a top destination in the country for weddings due to the gorgeous scenery of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Peaks and valleys provide breathtaking views that mirror the promise of lifelong wedded bliss.

Every year, over 10,000 brides plan Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg weddings in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies are considered “The wedding capital of the South,” and Sevier County offers everything you’ll want and need for your special Smoky Mountain wedding, including beautiful wedding chapels, local florists, bakers, salons, spas, catering services, photography, entertainment and much more. Local ministers will be happy to come to your cabin, condo or chalet to perform intimate Smoky Mountain weddings.

Whether you prefer a cabin, chapel or scenic outdoor wedding, Smoky Mountain wedding venues and packages are sure to please brides, grooms and wedding guests alike.

Getting married in the National Park: Persons planning to be married in the park need to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). A $50 nonrefundable application fee will be charged for wedding permits and all other special event-type permits.

For more information and to obtain an application package, contact the permit office at 865-436-1266.

More information  http://www.smokeymountainwedding.org/w_outdoor.htm

Chapels near the cabin http://www.logchapel.com/?page/80511/home  http://www.discoverachurchinthesmokies.com/OFB/seviervi/mcum.htm http://www.thebarnatchestnutsprings.com/index2.php?v=v1#!/Home

http://smokymountainweddingconnection.com

http://www.flowermountainwedding.com/aboutus/

This Inn is only 3 minutes from our cabin “Smoky Mountain Splendor”.  http://www.bluffmountaininn.com/index.html

Ober Gatlinburg

ober-gatlinburg-2012From downtown Gatlinburg, hop onto the largest aerial tramway in the U.S. for a ride to this ski resort with a 600-foot vertical drop, eight beautiful trails and an amusement park complete with indoor ice skating, miniature golf and water rides.  Ober Gatlinburg is a popular attraction for skiing and snowboarding.  It also has a 400 foot long Tubing Park.  The area is a beautiful area with different areas of entertainment.

At the top you will also find a  few shops and a small amusement area (arcade, carousel, outdoor rides).  If you want to ride the rides, see the animals, or go further up the mountain on the ski lift you have to pay extra.  The reviews all complain that everything is an additional cost.  There is a wrist band you can purchase instead of buying individual tickets for things.  Maybe this will be a better bargain.  The tram ride seems to be worth it.  It has a nice view.  The little amusement park is good for kids about 5-10 years old.

Website – http://www.obergatlinburg.com/

Season pass info – http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11173116.htm

Gatlinburg tour https://www.flipkey.com/gatlinburg-cabin-rentals/g60842/virtual-tour/?utm_source=traveler-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Aug15_Tours&m=20545

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.

Gatlinburg road tour https://www.flipkey.com/gatlinburg-cabin-rentals/g60842/virtual-tour/?utm_source=traveler-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Aug15_Tours&m=20545

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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Ogle log cabin

IM000925.JPGGatlinburg, Tennessee is a place which boasts a very rich history. Of course, all the attractions and shops lining the Gatlinburg Parkway are fun, but behind all the touristy stuff lies quite a few historic sites you can visit to experience the essence of what makes our quaint Smoky Mountain town so special.

In about 1802, William Ogle laid claim on what was to be the site of the first home in Gatlinburg, then called White Oak Flats. He cut and hewed the logs for the cabin and returned home to South Carolina to get his family, telling them they were moving to the “Land of Paradise.”    William Ogle came down with malaria and died in 1803, before he could bring his family to his newly-discovered paradise.  His wife, though, followed through on his plans — four years after his death, she gathered the family and they traveled to White Oak Flats, found William’s hewed logs, and finished the cabin.  She raised 7 or 8 children in that little home.  It’s humbling to go through and think about the lives of people during this time. http://www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/culture-history/

The Ogles modern day descendants own most of the land around Gatlinburg. The business you see are mostly long term ground leases, not Fee Simple ownership of the land.

The nature trail behind the house is very beautiful and peaceful (the trail head says easy, but is rocky).   The streams and creeks are very relaxing to hear.

Address – Corner of Parkway & Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN  Directions-to-Ogle-Cabin

We had a hard time finding this cabin.  It is right at traffic light number 6.  This is a big intersection where the Aquarium and the bar Draft’s is.  If you take the trolley and get off at the Ripley’s Aquarium, you will see a gift shop across the intersection.  To the right of the gift shop there is the cabin hidden by some trees.  We did not see a trail.