Wedding Venue Spotlight: Honeysuckle Hills

Honeysuckle Hills is a premium, secluded and inclusive wedding venue located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, TN, with a number of gorgeous places onsite that all can make a gorgeous setting for a wedding or elopment reception. Honeysuckle Hills is a barn wedding venue in the TN Smoky Mountains with spacious outdoor gardens, horses, country-chic décor and a family staff dedicated to pleasing its couples. Owner and operator Regina makes your wedding experience more personal, planning with you from start to finish.

All-inclusive wedding packages are our specialty for both elopements and weddings with receptions.

See our wedding packages and more information on Honeysuckle Hills at https://honeysucklehills.com/.

Dollywood Grand Opening For 2021

Dollywood has sent out announcements and emails that it will be opening to their 2021 season on March 13th as well on information on their Spring season festival. Here is what they provide from their website and email:

“At Dollywood we celebrate the best of life as we light up the Smokies with rides, slides, music, food and laughter – day and night. We invite you to our Tennessee home where you can hold on tight to those you love most in the great outdoors in each beautiful season of the year. Start planning now!

Offering more than 40 world-class rides, high-energy entertainment, award-winning dining and the friendliest park atmosphere in the world! Dollywood opens tomorrow, March 12, for Season Passholders and to the public on Saturday, March 13.”

Spring Special Event: Flower & Food Festival
April 23rd – June 7th, 2021

“The Smokies are blooming like never before. Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under a picturesque Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from Dollywood chefs. Sample a variety of culinary delights from Dollywood Chefs at locations across the park for one low price. See one-of-a-kind plant sculptures each carefully created and pruned by seasoned horticulture artisans. Grown for months and months they take shape into a stunning array of topiary-like displays.”

Visit www.dollywood.com today for more information on their 2021 grand opening and their upcoming Spring festival!

Honeysuckle Falls

Welcome to Honeysuckle Falls, the best kept secret of the Great Smoky Mountains. Our waterfall is located at an old family home place on privately owned land, bordering the Smoky Mountain National Park.

Three unique wedding venue rental options are available, and I’m delighted to share my old home place with you. Pap’s old barn is at the end of a short path to the right of the waterfall. Both the barn and my Granny’s old house make great backgrounds for your photographs! (Due to their age and condition, guests cannot go inside or use the front porch.) Be sure to ask about a popular TV show that was filmed at these locations! Our waterfall is best for a romantic, outdoor couples only wedding. We have umbrellas for adventurous souls with “dance in the rain” hearts. We will welcome up to six people traveling in no more than two vehicles.

You are welcome to bring items such as sand ceremonies, guest books, signs, and other wedding décor that can be hand placed. Petals (real or artificial) must be picked up before you leave. Please leave our home just like you found it. Tours of our property are welcome by appointment only. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins, and recommend scheduling the tour at least a week prior to your visit.

See our homestead, waterfall and wedding packages here: www.honeysucklefalls.com

Honeysuckle Hills

Welcome to our barn wedding venue in the TN Smoky Mountains with spacious outdoor gardens, horses, country-chic décor and a family staff dedicated to pleasing its couples. Honeysuckle Inn is an all-inclusive wedding venue in Pigeon Forge, TN, nestled in the valleys of the Smoky Mountains. Our barn wedding venue in the TN Smoky Mountains provides spacious outdoor gardens, horses, country-chic décor and a family staff dedicated to pleasing its couples. Owners and operators Regina and Sierra make your wedding experience more personal, planning with you from start to finish.

Eloping? Planning a wedding with reception? Our packages take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy the most important thing… your love for each other. Elopement style weddings with thoughtful, creative photography is their specialty, but these girls can also treat you like gold with an all-inclusive wedding package with reception. Their southern hospitality is genuine as they take the role of hosts instead of photographers for larger events.

Heart-stopping photography is what we’re best known for since 2006, and our venue has more locations for beautiful images than any other. Lasting friendships are made here. Our family has a heart to serve, blessed to share the beauty of land that has been in our family for generations.

See our packages at www.honeysucklehills.com.

Shinerunners UTV Rentals

Rent a UTV and discover the Smokies in a brand new way! What could be more fun than exploring the beautiful Smoky Mountains in your UTV Rental? One of the biggest things on vacation is trying to get the most bang for your buck. Did you know that we beat ALL competition in the area in prices AND rental hours? This means less money spent and more time enjoying the open road and family. Get the most out of your money with one of our rentals.

We offer brand new UTV’s, competitive pricing, multiple rental plans and excellent customer service. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking to explore the gorgeous scenery that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer, we have a trail for you!

Shinerunner’s UTV Rentals located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, TN, and Serves the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Wears Valley and Douglas Lake communities of the region. Visit us at https://shinerunnersutvrentals.com/.

Secrets of the Smokies Tour

As of Spring 2021, these are the new programs being offered by Double Decker Bus Tours in Pigeon Forge as part of their “Secrets of the Smokies” tour.

Pigeon Forge Party Bus Tour
Looking for Nightlife? Double Decker Bus Tour is the ultimate party in the Smoky Mountains! Our 2 story, open-air bus offers: seating for up to 25 people. Hop on our Party Bus for the ultimate party experience in the Smokies! Get ready for a fun-filled time of music, laughter and more aboard our two-story open-air double decker bus presented by Hard Rock Cafe. (For Ages 21 And Up)

Moonshine Heritage Tour
Moonshine has deep roots in the stories of the Smoky Mountains. We’ll travel to three distilleries located in what was the hotspots of the moonshine stills in the area and discover the tastes and tales. Visit Sevierville Distillery, Tennessee Legend and Tennessee Shine where we will experience a Behind the Scenes Tour of the 6000 square feet museum dedicated to the industry. Join us and taste the nostalgia.

Big Hair and Juggs
Jump on board for a tour down the backroads of Sevier County. You’ve heard the stories, now hear the rest of the story and see where these treasured tales began.
Hidden in the apple orchard you’ll see the shack of Applejack, who left a big impression on one of our county’s most famous. Drive down Nellie’s lane where the donated fabric scraps became a coat, a song, a movie, and more.

Mountain Heritage Tour
Do you know the story behind the story of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park? We’ll travel to the Little River Railroad where Colonel Townsend and his Little River Lumber Company logged lumber in the early 1900’s. Discover moonshine to mercantiles we we travel the through the valley on this beautiful 3 hour tour. Local wines, moonshine, crafts and stories are all a part of this mountain heritage tour.

Get to know more about Double Decker Tour Bus at https://doubledeckerbustours.com/.

Ripley’s Sips & Sharks

Here’s something new that would inspire some of the adults-who-are-kids-at-heart-but-like-something-harder-to-drink to get out of the house and come to the Aquarium: Ripley’s Sips and Sharks.

From the main Ripley’s website:

“Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be hosting Sips & Sharks events! Sips & Sharks is an adult (21+) sleepover that gives guests overnight access to the Aquarium. This experience includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a behind the scenes tour, movie, continental breakfast, and much more!”

This event is scheduled for February 13th and September 25th, 2021, both Fridays, at 8:00PM and lasting overnight.

Edit: The February 13th date has sold out of tickets. Perhaps not surprising as it sounds like quite a lot of fun for adults. Only tickets for September 25th are currently available.

See this event and reserve tickets at https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/event/sips-n-sharks-grownup-sleepover/2021-09-25/.

Wilderness Wildlife Week For 2021

Pigeon Forge is going virtual for Wilderness Wildlife Week this year. Here is what their official page has to say on it:

“Celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Smokies with online speakers, panels and more fun online content.

Join us Feb. 2-4 as we celebrate the natural features, creatures and cultures of the Great Smoky Mountains—all online. We’ve invited some of the leading wildlife experts to lead informative discussions with you, our virtual outdoor enthusiasts. This is a great opportunity for students to learn and ask questions about nature. We’ll also share all-new content that takes you into the great outdoors from the comfort of your home, guided by our wilderness explorers.

Registration for this virtual event is now open. All events are FREE.

Each 45-minute program concludes with a question and answer session for participants. You may register for as many programs as you would like. We look forward to exploring with you!”

Events include:

* Though the Mountains Tremble, We Keep Looking Up: Celebrating the Treasures of the Smokies.

* Fox Tails: Learn about the Red Fox’s Behaviors, Eating Habits and General Facts Up Close and Personal.

* Virtual Smoky Mountain Field Trip #1.

* Birds of Prey Showcase.

* The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier.

See the full article on this year’s Wilderness Wildlife Week at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/wilderness-wildlife-week.

New Species Of Bee Discovered In The National Park

It sure doesn’t have a catchy name, but the Epeolus inornatus is a big catch for Dr. Will Kuhn; the Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America.

“It’s always really fun to find a new record and to take up our numbers of new records and new species for the park,” Kuhn said.

See the full article at https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/scientists-discover-new-bee-species-in-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/51-fb5e5a6c-9c3a-44fa-8dd2-3b1cc4834d16.