Great Hikes For Summer Time

Summertime is a great time for hiking in the Smoky Mountains. The air is cooler in the mountains and the creeks and rivers are refreshing. Whether you choose to tackle a 10 mile hike or wander to the stream side to relax in a hammock, the mountains are sure to not disappoint. Here are some terrific hikes for summer that offer plenty of places to take a dip in the cool mountain water.

Middle Prong: Located in the Tremont section of the national park, this 8.3 mile hike offers 3 waterfalls and numerous cascades, smaller falls, and cataracts. Tremont used to be a lumber camp that featured a post office, hotel, general store, maintenance sheds, and a community center that served as a school, church, and movie theater. The Middle Prong trail used to be an old railroad bed used by the Little River Lumber Company. If you hike in the early summer months, there should still be a multitude of wildflowers. If you are lucky and look carefully at about 1.9 miles in you will see a short side trail …

It's Almost Summer

Summer is known as the thick of the selling season. Typically more homes are sold in June than any other month. Here are some handy tips to help you take advantage of the selling season. Take the insides outdoors. Make the most of your outdoor space, whether it’s a small balcony or a vast backyard. Utilize cozy seating or a dining area complete with table setting to showcase your outdoor living space. Spruce up the barbeque area by adding grilling tools and bbq mitts. If you have a pool add some towels and bathrobes. Ideally, you want to stage the area to make people easily able to visualize themselves living in and enjoying the space. Keep it Green. Summer is rough on your lawn and flower beds. Make sure to regularly water your plants and grass. A dried out lawn is not attractive. If you aren’t a master gardener, just focus on planting one color of plants. A flower bed of white flowers really pops against a lush green lawn. Keep it Cool. Make sure you have your air turned on for when…

Gatlinburg Earth Week

In Gatlinburg, TN Earth Day is not a one day celebration. Instead, there is a multitude of activities for the family to enjoy all week long. This year's celebration is April 17-21! Check out this post for info on all the fun activities!

MONDAY: Gatlinburg Goes Green Seminar at Hilton Garden Inn from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm featuring Chief of Resource Education for the GSMNP, Nigel Fields. He will be hosting a seminar on wildfire ecology. Check out this event to learn how resilient our mountains are and the steps being taken towards recovery. 
TUESDAY:Spur Clean up through a partnership with Keep Sevier Beautiful from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. If interested meet at the Gatlinburg's Spur Welcome center with a pair of gloves and some zest for picking up trash. There will be a competition for the business team that picks up the most litter. The winning team will earn a pizza party. Ben & Jerry's will be on site with free ice cream for all participants. 
WEDNESDAY:E-Waste recycling …

Happy Easter

Easter is a lovely time in the Smoky Mountains. Weather is warming, wildflowers are blooming, and activities are in abundance. 
Easter Trivia: The date Easter falls on every year changes, because Easter falls on the 1st Sunday after the vernal equinox. (The Sunday after the 1st Full Moon after March 21st!) 
Easter Happenings: River of Life Church of God: April 15th from 3-5Egg Hunting, Face Painting, Crafts, Snacks, and GamesBreakfast or Brunch with the Easter Bunny: April 15th Old Mill Pottery House Cafe' and GrilleEaster Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny: April 15 @10 amPatriot Park Pigeon ForgeEgg Hunt @ Greenbrier Campground: April 15 @ 2 pmEaster Bunny, Egg Hunt, Refreshments, and SnacksGumstand Baptist Church: April 15 @ NoonKodak United Methodist Church: April 7th from 7-8:30Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt, Illusionist, goody bags, and prizes!Easter Craft: Make this adorable bunny using a paper plate, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, fuzz ball, googly eyes, and construction paper!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is held every year on March 17th. It is to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It originally started as a religious feast, but is now a holiday full of celebration and tradition around the world. Check out this post for a traditional recipe, fun around our town, and fun facts. 
Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage may just be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick's Day. Fix this recipe, the family is sure to love. 

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hoursYIELD:10 servings
1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 bay leaves
3-1/2 pounds small potatoes (10-15), peeled
8 medium carrots, halved crosswise
1 medium head cabbage, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 to 1-1/2 cups reserved cooking juices from corned beef
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup horseradish
MUSTARD SAUCE (optional):
1 cup (8…

Historic Places: Elkmont

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont is definitely a treasure to find. What appears to be a "Ghost Town" actually started as an Appalachian Club vacation community. 

The land was once owned by Little River Lumber Company and in 1910, they started selling off the land in order to create an elite private social club. Later the Wonderland Hotel was purchased and the Wonderland Club was created. This area quickly became a favorite vacation spot among wealthy East TN families. Elkmont became the home for the birth of the National Park. 

In 1926, Colonel Wilson B. Townesend, the owner of Little River Lumber Company, sold the 76,000 acres so that it could be turned into the national park. While most people in park boundaries were forced to sell their land and relocate, those in the Elkmont area were able to sell their cottages at half the price in exchange for lifetime leases. Most of the leases expired in 1992 and the final two expired in 2001. 

Much debate …

Valentine's Day

Looking for the perfect thing to do with your loved one or even the whole family. Check out this post for some great ideas!

Local Goat New American Restaurant
2167 Parkway Pigeon Forge

Valentine's Day Four Course Meal Special for two only $50. You save $15 off the regular menu price. 

Shared Appetizer
• Cheese Fondue
Salad (choice of two)
• Small House Salad
• Small Strawberry Salad
Main selections (choice of two)
• 6oz Sirloin Special with Crab cake and Steamed Broccoli
• 10oz Prime Rib with baked potato
• Grilled Salmon with sautéed Broccolini
• Pecan Crusted Chicken with honey butter sauce and Whipped Sweet Potatoes
• Teriyaki Kabobs with Steamed Broccoli
• Seared Ahi Tuna Steak with Asian stir fry
Shared Dessert
• Chocolate Fondue

Special Drink offerings in addition to the food special:
Valentine's Champagne cocktail with real 24 carat gold flake and a Love Potion cocktail for two.

TGI Fridays

Nino's Pizzeria and Eatery 105 Long Spring Roads #8 Sevierville

Nino's Valentine's Day Spec…