Our thoughts on the real estate market in the Smoky Mountain area, as well as happenings, activities, and just plain fun!
Gatlinburg, Tennessee is set to hold their 8th annual Mountain Hounds gathering on May 31- June 3. Mountain Hounds is a gathering in the Smoky Mountains of rescued Greyhounds and their owners from all over the country. Most of the weekends festivities will take place at Mynatt Park and the event is open to the public. The owners of these Greyhounds love to talk about the joys of adopting their retired racing hounds with everyone they meet. The weekend is packed full of events such as: a charity walk through Downtown Gatlinburg, Greyhound Games, Bingo, Pizza Party, and Seminars. The event usually brings in about 250 Greyhounds form as many as 18 states. If you enjoy the company of dogs and dog owners this event is sure to be fun. For more about Mountain Hounds and the full weekend schedule click here.
The Derosia Team has come across aTOADALLY amazing frozen yogurt establishment. sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt is one of the fastest growing brands of premium, all natural, self-service yogurt restaurants. SweetFrog is a bright, positive, family-friendly environment where you can create your cup of yogurt exactly how you want it. You pick the combination of flavors, you pick the toppings, you make it your way!
SweetFrog was founded on the principles of Christianity and the belief in bringing happiness and a positive attitude into the lives of their customers. At sweetFrog, F.R.O.G. stands for Fully Rely On God. Accorrding to their website the following is why the founder Derek Cha opened up the first sweetFrog. Our founder, Derek Cha, startedsweetFrogin 2009 with his wife, Annah Kim. Derek’s goal was to create a business, in the midst of a unfriendly economy, that could thrive and bring hope and happiness to a very down market. As this would be Derek’s first year in Richmond, he was…
WINTERFEST CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTY! Sevier County always kicks off the Winter Season in a big way. Each city has their own unique celebration to get the entire family excited about the festivities and magic of winter time!
The Winterfest Celebrations begin in Sevierville. Sevierville’s Winterfest Kickoff takes place from 3 to 8 pm on November 6th in downtown Sevierville. Enjoy plenty for the kids to do; face painting, arts & crafts, balloon animals, inflatables, and games. There’s tons of food and plenty of stage acts. Enjoy a mascot dance off, performances from local dance teams, lumberjack competitions, and music. The event concludes with a spectacular firework display!
The 28th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff will be held on November 7th at Patriot Park! Enjoy old time games and vendors beginning at 4 pm followed by live entertainment at 6pm. The event concludes with a free trolley tour of the lights at 7 pm. The Winterfest Celebrations events ends in Gatlinburg on N…
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.