Spotlight: Cosby Creek Cabins

A lesser known and advertised city that occupies the gorgeous foothills of the Smoky Mountains is Cosby, TN, about 15 minutes east of Gatlinburg on Highway 321. Cosby is sort of like the Gatlinburg-area equivalent of Townsend, TN; a MUCH more subdued and much less trafficked and occupied area that nonetheless can have some items of interest as well as providing a genuinely peaceful Smoky Mountain getaway.

And in Cosby is our favorite cabin rental provider for the community, the aptly named Cosby Creek Cabins that has cabins in and on the way to the community. They specialize in creekside/riverside cabins that sit alongside the famous Cosby Creek and add a new level of ambience to a morning, afternoon or evening out barbecuing on the deck or soaking in a hot tub after a long day out and about.

Cosby Creek Cabins offers houses that are 1-4 bedrooms in size, as well as some that are pet-friendly. Their houses include modern amenities such as:

• Cable TV
• Charcoal Grills
• Gas Fireplaces
• Sleeper Sofas
• Washers and Dryers
• Air Conditioned
• Bed/Bath Linens
• DVD players
• FREE WiFi Internet
• Fully Equipped Kitchens
• Futons
• Hot Tubs
• Mountain Views
• Indoor Jacuzzis
• Phones
• Porch Swings

And more!

As of writing, there are over 20 cabins currently available for rent throughout the month and they have specials and discounts available. See more on Cosby Creek Cabins at www.cosbycreekcabins.com.

How To Spend New Years in The Smokies

The end of the year only comes once a year and we like to punctuate the change and transition by ending the previous cycle and beginning a new one – with a BANG!

Or rather a series of BANGs across a couple areas at least once the world’s most popular midnight hour clocks in. In Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, we celebrate New Years Eve and the first seconds of the new year with fireworks most colorful and explosive along with some other events in the area. In this article, we’ll highlight what we recommend you do with New Years Eve 2017!

 

* Titanic Museum Kids Noon Years Eve *
Mypigeonforge.com writes: The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN invites you to Ring in the New Year at our First Ever Kids’ “Noon Year’s Eve” Celebration! Don’t forget the PJ’s!

This year, kids can ring-in the New Year ahead of time at their very own “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN on Sunday, December 31st, announces the Museum Attraction’s co-owner, Mary Kellogg-Joslyn.

“This rockin’ New Years Noon event will be a kid’s version of a grown-up’s midnight bash, complete with a Titanic Museum Tour, a visit with our own Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter character, PLUS a countdown to an exciting Noon Year Balloon Drop,” explains Kellogg Joslyn.

See this information at http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/titanic-museum-kids-noon-years-eve/.

 

* New Year’s Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry *
Mypigeonforge.com writes: Ring in the New Year at one of the most anticipated annual events in Pigeon Forge. The New Year’s Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is a spectacular showcase of talent and entertainment. The Smoky Mountain Opry goes all out with stunning set designs, pyrotechnics, laser lighting and other special effects to wow the audience. Not to mention, an incredibly talented cast that includes singers, comedians, dancers, aerialists, magicians and ice skaters!

The holiday show begins with a performance of “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ at 8 pm. At midnight, watch the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square on the big screen. And the night doesn’t end there. See the biggest midnight balloon drop in the area, party the night away with the Smoky Mountain Opry cast and dance to a live show band.

See this information on http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/new-years-eve-show-at-the-smoky-mountain-opry/.

 

* The Island’s New Year’s Eve Celebration *
MyPigeonforge.com writes: Ring in the New Year with us on The Island! After our widely successful event last year we are back BIGGER and BETTER with a night packed full of fun! Live music & plenty of family fun, plus attractions!!

And what’s a New Year’s Celebration without a midnight countdown and fireworks? Its all brought to you FREE by The Island! The event kicks off at 10 pm so get there early to enjoy a full night of fun!

See this information on http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/new-years-eve-at-the-island/.

 

* New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show *
Gatlinburg.com writes: Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2018 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31.

Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31 to ring in the New Year. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2018, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.

See this information on https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.

 

We hope you get to enjoy these events and more during the last few days of 2017.

A Quick Tour Through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Like the name says, here’s a quick tour through Dollywood in the Christmas season at night. Video footage by Ge’ne L. Kea and the music used is a public domain recording from Jon Sayle.

Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Planning on coming to the Smokies this weekend for some Christmas time with the family? Here are some of the things to consider to get into the spirit.

* Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
12/1/17

From Gatlinburg.com: “More than 60,000 people come to view the award-winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus! The parade route starts at Baskins Creek Bypass on Hwy 321 (East Parkway) and travels to Hwy 441 (Main Parkway) and continues from light 3 to traffic light 10.”
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/

* Sevierville Christmas Parade 2017 *
12/2/17

From PigeonForgeWinterfest.com: “Viewing the Christmas parade with friends and family is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit! This year’s parade takes place December 2, 2017 in downtown Sevierville from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.”
https://pigeonforgewinterfest.com/event/sevierville-christmas-parade-2017/

* Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival *
12/6/17 – 12/9/17

Another small but long-running Christmas tradition in the Smokies, this is a four-day festival featuring, you guessed it, almost non-stop Bluegrass music from more than two dozen artists and bands that perform at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. http://bluegrasschristmasinsmokies.com/

* Ober Gatlinburg – Winter Sports *
Ober Gatlinburg is the mountainside amusement park overlooking the city and it functions in the Winter season as both a family fun center and a sports center where they offer the only place to ski, snowboard, snowtube and ice skate for miles around. Definitely a worthy visit. www.obergatlinburg.com

* The Village *
Does anything in downtown Gatlinburg bring that old-timey Christmas-in-town experience like The Village? No sir. This little slice of heaven offers a wonderful pancake restaurant, candy shop, jewelry, toys and gifts, bakery, Christian shop, Celtic store and much more to see and experience. http://www.thevillageshops.com/

* The Arts and Crafts Community *
Naturally, an environment like the Glades and further artisan places along Highway 321 will be the perfect place to build holiday spirit. Many places will have Christmas sales, wonderful gift items you can’t find just anywhere, music playing both on speaker and occasionally live, awesome restaurants like Three Jimmys, The Ship and, of course, much more just waiting for you to discover it. http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/

See more at www.gatlinburg.com.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in the Smokies 2017

The Thanksgiving Weekend special events for this year remain largely traditional, but we’ll add a few other recommendations for family fun in the Smokies as well. You’ll be able to enjoy these whether you’re staying in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville or Wears Valley as they should be roughly 30-40 minutes driving time at some of the farthest.Let’s look.

* Thanksgiving/Christmas Craftsmen Fair *
11/21/16 – 11/26/17 and 11/27/17 – 12/3/17

Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country and Bluegrass entertainment. www.craftsmenfair.com;

* Winter Tunes and Tales *
Each weekend starting 11/21/17 – 12/16/17

Tunes and Tales is a big hit and one of Gatlinburg’s newest traditions, as far as traditions are structured in Appalachia. Previously a Summer-only event, Tunes and Tales is now entering its second year of a Winter edition complete with caroling, holiday themed storytelling and more. Come see it and get in the Christmas spirit! www.gatlinburg.com;

* Festival of Trees *
11/22/17 – 11/26/17

The Gatlinburg Festival of Trees takes place at the W.L. Mills convention center and its also an excellent introduction to the coming Christmas season. This is a charity event sponsored by Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries and features dozens of exquisitely made Christmas trees to make a man-made Yuletide forest in the great convention center. All proceeds go to the ministry efforts of Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. www.smarm.org;

* Titanic Museum Fireworks *
11/23/17

At 7:00PM on Thanksgiving day, the Titanic Museum on the parkway in Pigeon Forge will celebrate the occasion with a fireworks display. There aren’t too many places here in the US that choose this holiday for fireworks, so you’re definitely getting a Thanksgiving treat from Titanic with this event. www.titanicpigeonforge.com;

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas *
Now to 1/3/18

The entire park turns into a Winter Wonderland with decorations from end to end. Millions and millions of lights, parades, Christmas shows and a Santa’s workshop is just the starting point of what Dollywood offers families. See more info at www.dollywood.com.

* Christmas at Dixie Stampede *
Now to 12/31/17

The best dinner-theater show in Sevier County transforms for the season as well. Snow will fall, a true Winter fantasy land opens up before you, old-fashioned constumes, favorite holiday music and even a Live Nativity will be how Dixie Stampede celebrates the season of Christmas for this year! https://www.dixiestampede.com/pigeon-forge/christmas-show

Stay tuned for more holiday-related news and information here and visit www.allthesmokies.com for other area information that can benefit your Smoky Mountain getaway!

Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights 2017

Dollywood is currently in full swing for their Harvest Festival and LumiNights celebrations for 2017. These pictures were taken by Ge’ne Kea-Lawhead and all copyright belongs to her.

See more on the Dollywood Harvest Festival and LumiNights celebrations at www.dollywood.com.

Gatlinburg Winterfest Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff

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The Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff for 2017 will be held on November 8th, starting at 5:00PM and going on until 8:00PM.

From Gatlinburg.com:

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.

City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.”

Participants in the Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase.

See pictures of Chili cookoffs from yesteryears at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-magic-kickoff-chili-cookoff/.

The 28th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

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Pigeon Forge’s celebration of Winter and the holidays runs now nearly three decades, and the 28th celebration of this annual tradition begins on November 7th at Patriot Park around 5:00PM (times of events may change).

MyPigeonForge.com writes:

“Draped in more than 5 million lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February.

From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Winterfest Celebration.

Visit Dollywood to see more than 4 million lights shine during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, when the park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, a nightly Parade of Lights and much more to celebrate the season. Dollywood recently announced the addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life.

Old Mill Square features a light display depicting its own version of a covered bridge, one made of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. The Smoky MountainOpry is decked out for the holiday season with giant trees, wreaths and more, all covered with sparkling lights. You might even catch Old Saint Nick making a rooftop delivery.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with all new decorations including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

And the best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway.

Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.”

See more on Winterfest events in Pigeon Forge at www.mypigeonforge.com.

Family Restaurants For Holiday Visitors

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There are over a hundred restaurants within 20 minutes of almost anywhere you stay in the Smokies (unless your cabin happens to be particularly secluded) and since you came to the Smokies for the Winterfest season to look at this article, we can reasonably deduce you wanted to look for restaurants that could cater to a large group.

Here is what we can recommend taking your family to for a wonderful holiday dinner:

Alamo Steakhouse
The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in EVERYTHING you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at www.alamosteakhouse.com.

The Peddler Steakhouse
How would you like a proper fancy dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s oldest restaurants where a fat, succulent steak, cooked over hickory charcoal is waiting for you next to some mountain trout or prime rib, New York cheesecake or hot blackberry cobbler. This is one of many amazing food combinations you’ll find at The Peddler Steakhouse. Wine Menu also available. www.peddlergatlinburg.com

Pancake Pantry
When you drive down the main street and, at any given day during the morning, you see a line from the outside of the door extending around to the inside of the Village just to get in and EAT, you know you’re looking at the best pancake restaurant in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, cherry waffles, pecan waffles, western omelettes, breakfast cereals with banana slices and much more! www.pancakepantry.com

Mama’s Farmhouse
Mama’s is a Southern-style restaurant with a twist and a mission – to recreate the Sunday Dinner experience that was intrinsic to the South in the old days. A comfortable family atmosphere welcomes you in and invites you and all yours to a table where you are fed rounds of fried chicken, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, soup or salad, biscuits, corn bread and much more, until you’re good and full! See their full menu at www.mamasfarmhouse.com.

The Best Italian
Not just a boastful name, “The Best Italian” proves itself to many a visitor with starting rounds of their famous “garlic knots” and continues on with some of the best homemade pizza you’ll find in the city, or Filet Tips Linguini, Chicken Linguini with White Sauce, Tenderloin Tips Marsala and more amazing Italian dishes that earned them the name on this listing. www.bestitalian.com

Mellow Mushroom
A fan-favorite and a burst of color for the restaurant scene in the Smokies, Mellow Mushroom is a pizza restaurant offering pies with illustrious names like “Funky Q Chicken” “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Kosmic Karma”, “Mega Veggie”, “Mellowterranean” and more. Located on the parkways of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. http://mellowmushroom.com/store/pigeonforge

Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse
Pigeon Forge has an awesome Japanese hibachi restaurant almost center of downtown with Kinkaku. An extremely talented chef will come and cook your dinner in front of you – your choice of chicken teriyaki, steak, shrimp, scallop, filet mignon, tuna, lobster and much more! www.pigeonforgejapanese.com

Three Jimmys
Drive by Three Jimmys on Glades Road next to Family Dollar on Highway 321 (Gatlinburg) and you’re sure to see a mostly full parking lot at any given night of the week. That’s how good this restaurant and bar has been in just under a year of service! Serves lunch and dinner, offers live music, entertainment, covered outdoor patio, catering services, banquet room rental, and the best beer for miles around! www.threejimmys.com

Cheddars
Might be a bit presumptuous to call Cheddars in downtown Pigeon Forge the biggest restaurant hit there in the past 5 years, but seeing how many visitors they pull in everyday and how awesome their dishes are, the truth wouldn’t be an inch off! The service, atmosphere, prices and most definitely the food are worth the hype at Cheddars, and you shouldn’t leave town without trying their Lemon Pepper Chicken, Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Baked Spasagna, Grilled Salmon or their Chicken and Waffles. www.cheddars.com

Carriage House Restaurant
A quality restaurant of a slightly fancier variety, Carriage House is a perfect consideration for dates, casual dining, family dining, family reunion dining, and just about any reason you would need to go out for food. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the traditional Southern and casual favorites you’re looking for – ribeye steak sandwich, grouper fish sandwich, country ham steak, grilled pork chops, spaghetti, chicken buckets and much more! http://dininginthesmokies.com/_townsen/aacarria.htm

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
A highly hyped up restaurant that lives up to it can be found at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Paula Deen personally opened this restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes chicken and waffles, creamy hashbrown casserole, beef pot roast, Georgia fried catfish, ooey gooey butter cake, “Best Ever” Southern Fried Chicken and much more. You’ll see why this restaurant is a big deal when you stop in. www.pauladeensfamilykitchen.com.

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House
Probably the biggest seafood restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Harpoon Harry’s Crab House is a great place for dinner with the guys, dinner with the gals, and other kinds of associated congregations. Serves dishes like Shrimp Cavatappi Pasta, Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Rainbow Trout with Pecans, Shrimp Pot Pie, Snow Crab, and non-seafood entrees like Filet Mignon, Applewood Smoked Porn Loin, Ribeye and more you can see at www.harpoonharryscrabhouse.com.

Friendly Falls
Undoubtedly the most unique restaurant in Wears Valley, this roadside stop has more than meets the eye, and with a focused, delicious selection of sandwiches, wings, refreshments and other tasty treats served on a deck overlooking the waterfalls. Also features a gift shop with locally made crafts, activities for the kids and more. www.friendlyfalls.com

Best Places To Propose During The Holidays

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If you’re reading this article, you plan on proposing to your guy or gal during the holiday season while on vacation in the Smoky Mountains. You chose a great time and area to do it at, but where, more specifically, would you like to actually pop the question?

In this article, we’ll take a look at some reasonably convenient places full of romantic holiday atmosphere that could be perfect for pulling the ring out and presenting the very genesis of your new life together.

1. The Village in Gatlinburg
A more quaint English-like setting you won’t find for miles and miles here in the Smoky Mountains. Although a decent amount of traffic goes through here, you’ll see why with the exquisite and glassy decorations, brick walkways, fountains (yes, more than one) and fine shopping make it feel like you’re in a Yorkshire-ish hamlet in 1942. Located in downtown Gatlinburg. www.thevillageshops.com

2. Dollywood
Though you might want to steer away from high-powered rides while carrying it in your pocket, Dollywood makes another excellent place where Appalachian ambience and holiday cheer come together nicely. Despite the influx of people, there are quiet, nice spots throughout the park where you can take him or her aside and get them ready for their big Christmas surprise. And then you have the whole rest of the park to enjoy! www.dollywood.com

3. Ober Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg’s mountaintop amusement park provides endless views of the white-tipped mountains and, thusly, lots of memorable backdrops where you can present him or her a ring and really make feel at the top of the world while they’re at the top of the world. www.obergatlinburg.com

4. The Incredible Christmas Place
Like The Village in Gatlinburg except this one is in Pigeon Forge and specifically built for the Christmas season, the Christmas Village on the parkway in Pigeon Forge is another pleasing, holiday-centric place where couples find the right time and place to ask if their partner would like to become joint under God. www.christmasplace.com

5. Greenbrier Restaurant
Of course, you can always surprise him or her right in the middle of a romantic dinner and there’s fewer places more romantic than Greenbrier Restaurant just off of Highway 321. This restaurant is VERY secluded, even as far as other secluded spots go so maybe convenience is low, but the quality of the food, atmosphere and mountain views of the Smokies in the back more than make up for it. www.greenbrierrestaurant.com

Need some additional romance elements to complete a romantic getaway in the Smokies? See our other article for things you can do to spice or sweeten up your weekend trip to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevier County.