Earth Day in Gatlinburg

In Gatlinburg, TN Earth Day is a time for celebration! The Earth Day event will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018. All festivities will be held downtown Gatlinburg. Check out this post for info on all the fun activities!
Bring the family from 11:00 am-5 pm for free music, crafts, activities, face painting, demonstrations, and more. This is a great day to learn about easy green practices. The entire family will be able to play activities and games, as well as make Earth friendly crafts. There will also be food for sale. Area businesses and organizations will be onsite with information and activities. T-shirts will also be sold. All sales benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This foundation provides local scholarships and donations to local schools. 
Gatlinburg will also be hosting an Earth Day 5K Run/Walk. This event takes place on Friday, April 27th. It begins and ends at NOC. Registration is $20-$30. The race is scheduled to start at 10 pm with day of ev…

Happy Easter!

Easter is less than a week away! While Easter always occurs on a Sunday, when it occurs each year varies greatly. The Easter date is set around the time of the March Equinox. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ's death and resurrection occurred around the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates. At the end of the 2nd century, some churches celebrated Easter on the day of the Passover, while others celebrated it on the following Sunday. In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.

In a nutshell, Easter is the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st!

Check out these cool tips to dye Easter Eggs  that will i…

Spring is Coming!

Spring is right around the corner. While the first day isn't officially until March 20th, we can see plenty of signs. Daffodils and tulips are sprouting all around. Days are getting longer and trees are beginning to bud. Don't forget daylight savings time ends on Sunday, March 11th. Don't forget to move (or spring) your clocks one hour forward. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy some hiking or picnicking with the family in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You certainly can't go wrong with a drive around the Cades Cove Loop and a picnic in one of their fields. If you are lucky you may be able to see deer, turkey, bear, coyotes, chipmunks, and other wildlife. Here's some hikes perfect for the entire family to enjoy together. 

Porter's Creek: This trail is located in the Greenbrier section of the National Park. The trail follows the river most of the way and culminates at a gorgeous waterfall. Take a side trail to walk just a couple hundred yards to a hist…

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wondering what to do for Valentine's Day? Have the kids and need something for the whole family? Check out this post for local places to eat and fun activities to do for the holiday!

The Melting Pot in Gatlinburg, TN will be having a special Valentine's Day menu. Enjoy four courses including Green Goddess Cheddar, Strawberry Almond Salad, a special Valentine's entree and Heaven in a pot or Flaming Turtle chocolate fondue. Call 865-430-4430 to make reservations. 
The Song & Hearth Restaurant at Dollywood's Dreammore Resort will be featuring a 39 item salad bar, choice of entree, and an unbelievable desert bar. Price is $39.95 per person. 
Bistro 109 is celebrating Valentine's Day all week long. You can make reservations at or calling 865-453-8899.
Nino's Pizzeria is serving up a delicious dinner for 2. 2 beef tenderloins, 2 Maine lobster tails, grilled veggies, salads, fountain drinks, and cannoli's. Enjoy this feast for $59.95 per couple. …

Way Back When!

Sevier County is an ever changing area of attractions, hotels, restaurants, and shops. It seems as if there is something new and exciting every day! Check out this blog post for some places of long ago that used to be a favorite for many!

Porpoise Island: The area that is now the Island was the home of a popular show straight out of Hawaii. In the 70s and 80s visitors could enjoy hula dancers, seal and porpoise shows, trained parrots and more. 
Rebel Railroad: Before Dollywood days, visitors could enjoy Rebel Railroad. This confederate-themed attraction included a steam train ride through the mountain countryside. Rebel Railroad was in operation from 1961 through 1970. It later became Goldrush Junction, then Goldrush, and finally Silver Dollar City before becoming Dollywood. 
Ogle's Waterpark: The area of Walden's Landing was once home to a popular summer attraction. Until 2003, those looking for a way to escape the heat could enjoy multiple water slides, a wave pool, and othe…

Winter is coming!!!

Colder weather is quickly approaching! It's time to dig out the scarves, coats, and gloves. You know how to get yourself ready for colder weather, but do you know how to prepare your home. Check out this blog post for some tips on winterizing your home. A little time and effort now, will you save you money later!
Replace or clean furnace filters once a month! Dirty filters decrease air flow and increase energy demand.

Ceiling fans:
Run them in reverse. Most of them have a switch located on the base to change the direction they circulate air. Counterclockwise direction provides cooling air while clockwise makes it warmer.
Hot Water Heater:
Turn down the hot water heater setting. Most are set at 140 degree Fahrenheit. If you lower it to 120 degrees, you could reduce water heating costs by 6 to 10 percent. 
Avoid losing 4 to 30% of your energy use by blocking areas with drafts. Simply place a rolled towel along drafty doors to help keep the heat in.
Turn d…

Yum Yum it's Turkey Time

Visiting our area from out of town? No family in the area? Don't want to go grocery shopping? Don't want to dirty your kitchen?

Whatever the reasons, if you don't want to cook a Thanksgiving meal, the multitude of restaurants in our area offering a traditional feast will surely not disappoint! Read below for some great choices, but be warned just reading this post will make your stomach growl and your mouth water!

Check out this link for locations and hours of all restaurants in Sevier County open on Thanksgiving Day!
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant Let them do the cooking for you and order a scrumptious feast for $99. Includes turkey, all the sides, sweet tea, and some delicious pumpkin pie. You can also dine in from 10:30 am to 9 pm.

Ober Gatlinburg Open 11-6 and offering all the traditional Thanksgiving classics.  Turkey, honey glazed ham, cornb…