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Ingle Dumpster Rental Services

Dumpster Rentals provided in Sevierville, Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and area East Tennessee Counties. Whether you need a short-term rental of 30 days or less or a long-term service for an ongoing project, Ingle Paving can provide your needed dumpster. Ingle Paving will drop off and pick up the dumpster upon service agreement.

Ingle Dumpster Rentals provides competitive pricing with all other dumpster rental companies in Sevier and Knox County. Our reputation with families and builders alike continues with our new dumpster rental service, created with our customers in mind. Allow our team to help you estimate the size dumpster you will need.

Service Areas include Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Seymour, Kodak, New Center, Knoxville, and all areas in between.

The Ingles Team is known throughout East Tennessee for the finest service available to our customers. Allow us to serve your Dumpster Rental needs. We serve commercial construction companies and individual homes and families. Dumpsters are available for Long-term and Short-term service contracts. *Construction sites, *Estate Sales, *Property Clean-ups and more.

Visit Ingle Dumpster Rental online at https://ingledumpsterrentalsevier.com/.

Smoky Mountain New Years Eve Parties For 2023

So what’s Sevier County got in store for New Years Eve parties for 2023? Here’s what the cities are posting:

Pigeon Forge:
New Years Eve Celebration At The Island

From their website:
“Ring In the New Year With a Bang!

Join us at The Island in Pigeon Forge as we countdown to 2023 with a dazzling Island Show Fountain and midnight fireworks production on Saturday, December 31! The Island in Pigeon Forge will be open on Saturday, December 31st from 10 a.m. to midnight, and we look forward to celebrating with you as we ring in the New Year! The Island in Pigeon Forge is excited to offer families the opportunity to celebrate and make cherished memories together while ringing in the New Year in spectacular fashion! Join us on New Year’s Eve for a day of family fun and incredible midnight fireworks, and let’s kick off 2023 with a bang!”

See this event at:
https://islandinpigeonforge.com/new-years-eve/.


Gatlinburg:

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Show

From their website:
“Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 35th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show on Saturday, December 31. Since 1987, this free, family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s celebration is set to be a spectacular end to the year. 

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses. Live music begins at 10 p.m. at the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Rd.”

See this event at:
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-celebration-and-fireworks-show/19/.

New Year’s Eve Lights of Wonder

From their website:
“Ring in the New Year at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park!

The city of Gatlinburg is getting ready to have its fireworks display from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle this New Year’s Eve! To get the very best, and most unique view, of the fireworks in (and above) town, you need to get your VIP “NYE Lights of Wonder” tickets for an exclusive fireworks viewing on top of the SkyLift Park’s mountain and SkyBridge. From the SkyBridge, you will be vieiwing the fireworks from 500 feet above Gatlinburg and roughly 100 feet above the Space Needle’s firework’s launchpad. View the fireworks from the best spot in town, enjoy the Lights Over Gatlinburg lights after-hours at the SkyLift Park, AND come back to visit the SkyLift Park as many times as you would like to the very next day- January 1st!

Tickets are limited at will sell out, so get yours today before it’s too late!

See this event at:
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-lights-of-wonder/438/.


Sevierville:

Wilderness at the Smokies

From their website:
“Ring In New Year’s With Us!
Join us as we say goodbye to 2022 and welcome in 2023 in a variety of fun ways!

Monty’s Mini New Year’s Eve Bash
Wilderness at the Smokies will be hosting a Mini New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, December 31st from 12‐1:30 pm for children under the age of 11. The event will occur in the River Lodge Conference Room and will include a dance party and party favors and sweet treats for kids to enjoy.

Camp Social’s New Year’s Eve Crab Legs and Prime Rib Buffet
From 2-8 pm on New Year’s Eve our Camp Social will be having a Crab Legs and Prime Rib buffet unlike any other.

Reservations will be required. Please call 865.868.4483 to make your reservation.”

See this event at:
https://www.wildernessatthesmokies.com/blog/new-years-eve-2022/.

The Pines Downtown Retro NYE Bash

From their website:
“Join us for a NYE Retro Bash event in Historic Downtown Sevierville!
* Live Video Jockey
* Champagne Toast at Midnight
* Party Favors
* Duckpin Bowling
* Games & More!

** Food, beverages and bowling sold separatley. **”

See this event at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pines-downtown-retro-nye-bash-tickets-477548499417.

Recommended Wedding Chapels In The Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are built on couples, families and reunions – in every aspect of the truth except actually physically building on them. The Smoky Mountains are a destination for many things during the Winterfest and weddings you better believe are one of them.

We have a lot of wedding providers who perform excellent services for couples and we’d like to start you off on the right direction with some recommendations:

* Honeysuckle Hills
934 Mill Creek Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 368-5569

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From their website:
“Welcome to our Pigeon Forge wedding venue in the Smokies! All-Inclusive weddings with creative photography is our specialty. Our spacious outdoor areas with gardens, horses, country chic décor, and historic barn is the best way to experience a wedding in the Smokies. We can also help pull together an unforgettable wedding with reception since we work with the best vendors in the Southeast. Your family traveling from all over the United States (and beyond) will never want to leave our lovely venue.”

* Sampson’s Hollow
1335 W Millers Cove Rd, Walland, TN 37886
(865) 803-7075

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From their website:
“Gently kissed by the romantic blue mist of the Appalachian region, Sampson’s Hollow is an intimate wedding venue in beautiful Walland, TN. The countryside farm venue is approximately 15 minutes from the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains. Reminiscent of the Scotts-Irish influences of the region, the lush property boasts of rolling green hills and wildflower meadows. The location lies in a hollow, with a panoramic view of the majestic Smoky Mountains. The wedding venue shares the same views as our neighbors at Blackberry Farm. Choosing your wedding venue is one of the first decisions you will make in your journey to your wedding day.”

* Swann Plantation
1708 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37876
(865) 223-8500
https://www.swannplantation.com

From their website:
“Whether you prefer the intimacy of the Carriage House, the country ambiance of the Milk Parlor or the spacious lawn in the Arena, Swann Plantation offers truly unique settings for your wedding! Our horse-drawn carriage and white dove release are just some of the ways to make your day even more memorable. Make Swann Plantation your plantation for the day! The milk parlor can seat over 300 guests classroom-style and over 150 guests for dinner! You can use the entire property to entertain groups in the thousands.”

* The Venue at Greenbrier Estate
2855 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 414-3884
https://thevenueatgreenbrierestate.com/

From their website:
“Nestled atop a scenic mountain ridge on beautiful Greenbrier Estate, The Venue at Greenbrier Estate delivers simple elegance & breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and encompasses all the beauty you would want for your Wedding Venue in Gatlinburg. Whether you’re indoors surrounded by panoramic mountain views, or outdoors on our picturesque deck, our one-of-a-kind venue will leave you & your guests with lifelong memories of your special event.”

* A Light of Love Wedding Chapel
3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868
(828) 333-8999

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From their website:
“For 28 years, A Light of Love Wedding Chapel has provided thousands of couples with simple yet elegant wedding ceremonies. Our chapel is full of charm and character making it the perfect storybook venue.”

* Creekside Cove Wedding Chapel
702 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 429-0955
https://www.yoursmokymountainwedding.com/

From their website:
“At HearthSide Cabin Rentals, we believe that every bride deserves to have a memorable wedding ceremony. That is why we are proud to offer couples looking planning a scenic destination wedding in the Smoky Mountains the most beautiful wedding venues in the area, including our Gatlinburg wedding chapel. Whether you’re planning a large ceremony or you want something small with close friends and family, we have the perfect Smoky Mountain wedding venue for you. We also have both traditional and unique wedding venues that include a classic Gatlinburg wedding chapel that can accommodate up to 100 guests, as well as an open-aired pavilion that offers a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains.”

* Smokey Ridge Wedding Chapel
1719 Timber Ridge Way, Sevierville, TN 37862
(800) 893-7274
http://www.smoky-weddings.com/

From their website:
“For your dream wedding and honeymoon accommodations “In The Smokies” offers beautiful chapel ceremonies perfect for any wedding casual or formal, outdoor wedding locations, inside the National Park, cabin weddings, receptions, honeymoon and vacation cabins, and professional wedding photography packages. Create your own Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg package or select from one of our many affordable wedding packages. Tell us what your dream wedding plan is; contact us and let our professional wedding planners take care of the details.”

* Wedding Bell Chapel
2254 Alpine Village Way, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 228-5014

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From their website:
“Are you looking for just the right place in the Smokies to have your wedding ceremony or renew your vows? We would welcome the opportunity to share a part of your special day as you begin or continue your journey together as a married couple.”

* Smoky Mountain Weddings and Renewals
790 Hidden Valley Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-7782
https://smokeymountainwedding.org/

From their website:
“We Make Your Smoky Mountains Wedding Dreams Come True! On your wedding day, you want everything to be picture perfect. At Smokey Mountain Wedding Chapel, we focus on your wishes and strive to make your Smokies Wedding memorable and stress-free. We’ll guide you through our many traditional wedding options to help you to create a wedding that is uniquely yours–and in the setting of your choice.”

* Angels View Wedding Chapel
1740 High Rock Way, Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 365-0918

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From their website:
“Allow our professional wedding coordinators to help you plan the perfect romantic wedding and honeymoon! From the beginning you want everything to be perfect. Our wedding planners will help you select colors, flowers, cake design, reception options and lodging! We pride ourselves on being able to offer you a better variety of services at incredible prices to meet any budget. We can make the perfect wedding package for you. Take advantage of our on site Day Spa and Salon! Get a massage at the Spa or in the privacy of your honeymoon cabin!”

* The Wedding Chapel in the Glades
460 Glades Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-3338
https://www.chapelsofgatlinburg.com/

From their website:
“Nestled in country woodlands right next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our log wedding chapel provides a wonderfully intimate wedding venue. Imagine the sunlight streaming in through the windows and skylights, or on a cool evening, the dancing reflections of candlelight and the flickering flames of a gas-log fireplace. Our Gatlinburg wedding chapel is the perfect location for your special day. The Wedding Chapel in the Glades provides the perfect atmosphere, the perfect setting—the perfect wedding ceremony! After all, this is one of the most important days of your lives. We would like to help you make the memory even more pleasant—a memorable day you’ll treasure for a lifetime.”

* Chapel at the Park
1844 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-3372
https://www.chapelatthepark.com/

From their website:
“Gatlinburg’s only 5-Star Wedding Chapel. Awarded the Best Destination Wedding Venue in TN for 2020. Our beautiful and romantic White Wood Wedding Chapel is located on a secluded 3 acre estate nestled along side the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We offer simple elopement weddings for just the two of you, weddings with just a few family and friends, to full-Service Wedding Celebrations for up to 70 family members/ guests. We offer Indoor and Outdoor Weddings.”

Why Choose Three Jimmys For Dinner In Gatlinburg?

The city of Gatlinburg has no shortage of restaurants to serve just about every taste under the sun, but one of our favorite places that we like to post on our network of websites about every so often is the Three Jimmys on Highway 321 in Gatlinburg. We have gotten to enjoy Three Jimmys so much that we have been going there at least once a month for dinner, drinks and meetings with other clients. We have some of our favorites that we go for (beer-battered shrooms, chicken pot pie, maple bourbon chicken and Guinness-braised reuben, specifically) and for dinner or drinks, we often choose a time when a performer will be playing that night.

We know why we choose Three Jimmys, why should you?

1. The food, obviously. We were customers and patrons of Three Jimmys before we started promoting them on our websites. About 5 meals before and many more followed. We are confident we will have a great night out each time we choose Three Jimmys, and judging by their reviews on Google, we are not the only customers who say so!

Three Jimmys has a long and varied menu, made up of local recipes and specialties the owners had perfected, broken up into Comfort Food, Sandwiches, Burgers (yes, they actually separate out sandwiches from burgers!) Barbecue & Grill, Soup & Salad, World Artisan Pizza, fresh housemade sides and, of course, appetizers under the Starters header. They are especially proud of their smoked meats; some of which we’ve had some and can see why. These meals include chicken wings, “Rockin’ Ribs” with a special sauce only available at Three Jimmys, brisket, sirloin, roast beef, ham, catfish, turkey, themed pizzas, a multitude of cheeses and vegetables, and much more than we’d have room to post here.

See their menu at https://threejimmys.com/our-menu/.

2. Despite the area being full of restaurants and full of music artists, Gatlinburg surprisingly does not have many restaurants that offer regular music performances throughout the week, or month, or at all. Three Jimmys has music performances and their restaurant is the stage for locally famous performers like Kirk Fleta and Neese Hurst as well as Karoake Nights on Thursday.

See their entertainment schedule at https://threejimmys.com/entertainment/.

3. An excellent location that both locals and visitors to the Smokies greatly appreciate (it shows up in Google reviews quite a bit). Gatlinburg is known for its traffic downtown, and it’s known for its very long stretch of road into the far more rural and mountainous area of the Tennessee Smokies on Highway 321 towards Cosby. Three Jimmys is located right at the “sweet spot” where the Gatlinburg traffic dies down but not so far away that it isn’t easy to get to.

That same location is also the start of the Glades/Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, so it has proximity to a gorgeous portion of Tennessee Smokies that feels prestigious, calming and historic all at once. A handful of times, we have had a day out at the Arts and Crafts Community and then enjoyed an awesome pizza or roast beef plate at Three Jimmys.

Oh, and they have outside dining that is dog-friendly!

See how to get to Three Jimmys at https://threejimmys.com/map-directions/.

In addition to that – in the same building complex, Three Jimmys also own and operate Green Eye Hemp Cafe. Green Eye Hemp came of their interest in hemp and CBD products after their legalization in Tennessee, and they have since turned it into a chill, artistic establishment where they sell coffee blends made to order, daily soups, paninis, organic teas, Kratom teas, Deltas 8 and 9 edibles and, yes, more. Variety and value is the name of the game at Green Eye Hemp and our network owners have become personal fans and repeat customers of Green Eye Hemp themselves.

If you’d like to see more reasons you should get to know Three Jimmys (and Green Eye Hemp), check them out at:

www.threejimmys.com
https://www.facebook.com/threejimmys

www.thegreeneyehempcafe.com
https://www.facebook.com/thegreeneyehempcafe

SkyFly Attraction In Pigeon Forge

A new era of virtual reality is forming around us in the early 2020s; and one place where that technology is literally soaring (or as close to it as virtual reality can allow) is the SkyFly attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Their official brochure provides the details:

“Great Ready To Take Flight!

SkyFly: Soar America utilizes a state-of-the-art ride system to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended before a 50-foot spherical screen while our award-winning film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across the United States. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience for all ages.”

In SkyFly, you will get onto a ride mechanism that will physically function like an airship. While immersive experiences like this have been around for a few decades, SkyFly takes it to much more advanced technological heights to make you really like you have been taken to some serious heights yourself! Your destinations will include:

* Yellowstone in Wyoming
* The Tetons in Wyoming
* Yosemite in California
* The Sequioa Groves in California
* Squamish in British Columbia
* Niagara Falls in New York
* Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
* Maui in Hawaii
* The Everglades in Florida
* Chimney Rock of North Carolina
* The Grand Canyon in Arizona
* The Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska
* The Fisher Towers in Utah
* The Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee
* The Smoky Mountains in, you guessed it, Tennessee

A video trailer of the experience made by the SkyFly owners and operators can be seen here:

See more information on SkyFly at https://skyfly.com.

Top 10 Things To Do With Toddlers In Pigeon Forge (Repost From MyPigeonForge.com)

In recent months, Pigeon Forge’s main tourism website, www.mypigeonforge.com, had posted a blog article recommending 10 things you can do with very small children in the city of Pigeon Forge. As part of Smokies Network’s commitment to posting and sharing ideas and tourism information relevant to visiting families with small children in tow, we wanted to repost their article here.

Mypigeonforge.com writes:

While keeping toddlers entertained may not always be an easy task, you’ll find plenty of fun attractions and activities to enjoy during your Smoky Mountain vacation. Some of the attractions even have designated areas that are specifically geared toward our little guests. Be sure to check out these top 10 things to do with toddlers in Pigeon Forge on your next visit.

1. Climb and bounce around at TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena.
TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena has a Kids Zone that is designed to be a safe play area for the younger ones. They can play in the ball pit, bounce around in the free jump area, slide down the slides over and over, jump into the foam pit, and best of all, no big kids are allowed! Parents can relax and the little ones can have some fun of their own.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/topjump

2. Race, splash and play at Ripley’s Super Fun Park.
From toddlers to teens, Ripley’s Super Fun Park is your one-stop destination for family fun. The little ones can race each other on the kiddie go-kart tracks. Toddlers that are at least 3 feet tall can go for a ride with mom or dad on the family go-kart track filled with lots of fun twists and turns. Or hop in the blaster boats equipped with water cannons for a friendly water battle.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/ripleys-super-fun-park

3. Let their imaginations run wild at Wonderworks.
The famous Wonderworks upside down mansion is another great attraction that offers tons of activities for both kids and adults. Toddlers will love dancing their heart out in front of the screen that mirrors their body movements in brilliant and vibrant colors. Or jumping from key to key on the giant piano and playing music with their feet.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/wonderworks

4. Build a snowman at Pigeon Forge Snow
What kid doesn’t enjoy building a snowman? Pigeon Forge Snow offers an abundance of wintry excitement all year long. The Snow Play area is for all ages to enjoy playing in the snow and making forts, snow angels, or whatever else they can imagine. Youngsters that are at least 38 inches tall and 3 years old can go snow tubing down the hill. The indoors temps are a comfortable 60-70 degrees year-round, so there is no need to worry about bundling up to stay warm!
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/hit-the-slopes-at-pigeon-forge-snow

5. Take a stroll through Patriot Park and feed the ducks.
Patriot Park is a great place to hang out and enjoy the outdoors with kids of all ages. The park features a paved walking trail lined with U.S. state flags placed in the order they achieved statehood. The little ones will love feeding the ducks or watching them float along the Little Pigeon River. There is also plenty of open green space for running around, playing catch, flying a kite or throwing a frisbee. Make it an extra special day by laying out a blanket and enjoying a picnic lunch together.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/things-to-do/patriot-park

6. Discover all there is to do at Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country.
Dollywood is loaded with fun things to do for everyone in the family. In addition to thrill rides, the park is filled with lots of other great rides and attractions that are perfect for toddlers and little kids. Country Fair is an area designed just for kids. Toddlers will enjoy rides on the busy bees, the twisting lemon cups and the piggy parade. Wildwood Grove is another great area for the younger ones. From gliding through the backwoods on a black bear to racing around and around on frogs as they try to catch fireflies to a secret play area near the Wildwood Tree, Dollywood is a great place to keep toddlers entertained with hours of play.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/things-to-do/dollywood


7. Feed the goats and ride the coaster at Goats on the Roof.

A ride on the mountain coaster at Goats on the Roof offers thrills for all ages. You control the speed of the cart as it twists and winds on its journey down the mountain. The coaster reaches top speeds of nearly 30 mph and offers beautiful mountain views along the way. Children must be a minimum of 38 inches tall and 3 years old to be able to ride the coaster with mom or dad.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/business/coaster-at-goats-on-the-roof

8. Teach your toddler how to play mini golf.
A great way to create new memories with the family is with a round of mini golf. And Pigeon Forge has lots of amazing miniature golf courses to choose from. Play a round of putt-putt with your toddlers at Toy Box Mini Golf, where you’ll find all your favorite childhood toys scaled to epic proportions. For those with a sweet tooth, the candy-themed courses at Crave Golf Club are just the ticket.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/best-places-to-play-mini-golf-in-pigeon-forge

9. Go on a kid-friendly hike in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Explore the outdoors as a family by taking your toddler for a hike or stroller ride in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is home to over 800 miles of hiking trails and a large variety of wildlife. Sugarlands Trail, located directly behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center, is a great trail for beginners and for the little ones. The Sugarlands Valley Trail is also located nearby the visitor center and highlighted by a waterfall. The half-mile path is partially paved and wide enough to accommodate a stroller.
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/4-hiking-trails-perfect-kids

10. Put a smile on their faces at a dinner show.
After a fun-filled day spent exploring attractions in Pigeon Forge, end the day with dinner and a show. Pigeon Forge shows offer world-class entertainment that will delight even the youngest of guests. Dolly Parton’s Stampede features a mouth-watering 4-course dinner and a spectacular performance that includes 32 horses accompanied by riders that perform thrilling stunts and musical productions. Another dinner show that is sure to put smiles on your toddlers’ faces is the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud. They’ll love the singin’ and dancin’ and jaw-dropping stunts, watching divin’ hillbillies and divin’ dogs in the swimming hole and the newest addition to the show – a billycopter!
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/family-dinner-show-fun-in-pigeon-forge

See this article in full at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/blog/top-10-things-to-do-with-toddlers-in-pigeon-forge.

Green Eye Hemp Cafe in Gatlinburg

Home of Green Ideas Hemp!

We’re a small café home to Green Ideas and serving locally roasted organic coffee, daily homemade soups, homemade panini sandwiches and specially blended teas and homemade hemp edibles. From savory to sweet, you will find delightful items to treat your taste buds. We also offer a full hemp line with many of our products grown in our USDA Certified Organic grow room. Our aquaponics and hydroponics systems are in full view for anyone visiting the shop. We strive to provide a relaxing environment for locals and visitors alike.

“To become wise, meditate on the third eye, between the eyebrows and a bit above. Focus on that spot, the Agni chakra.” ~ Frederick Lenz

Green Eye Hemp Café is a locally-owned shop & hemp grow facility located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee near The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is our mission to continually strive to provide an educational environment that inspires our customers to take a moment to decompress and enjoy life’s quiet moments. We believe that if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself, so we rolled up our sleeves and got to work perfecting each of our house made hemp oils, topicals, and edibles. You’ll find a whole array of offerings here that aren’t available anywhere else!

Green Eye is a hemp shop first, and a coffee shop second, but don’t let that fool you! We’re more than proud to serve the finest latte or cup of tea you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. All of our coffees are organic, fair trade, and locally roasted so we are able to offer you the absolute peak in freshness. Variety and value is the name of the game here. Our delicious selection of black, green, and herbal teas are also organic and fair trade certified, because we believe in fairness and equality for all!

* Specialty Baked Goods
* Specially Blended Teas
* Daily Homemade Soups
* Panini Sandwiches
* Locally Roasted Coffees
* Hemp Products
* Hemp Merchandise
* USDA Certified Organic Grow Room

Visit Green Eye Hemp online at https://www.thegreeneyehempcafe.com.

Winterfest In The Smokies 2022

As of writing, it has just turned October of 2022 and the gorgeous Autumn colors and season is now going to start coming into the Smokies. But while we’re watching the leaves turn and sipping down anything with pumpkin spice in it for the next 30-something days, a question comes up that asks, “Is it too early to be thinking about Winterfest after that?” Years of experience with the Winterfest celebrations in the Smokies says that thinking and planning even as early as July is not unreasonable for the amount of activities the season will provide, along with their popularity making availability for some events and accommodations not guaranteed.

If you are wanting to come to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville for Christmas events and other holiday fun, the time to start planning is now. This will be the last month where cabin availabilities may be found and hotels will have unoccupied rooms, as well as restaurant reservations for Thanksgiving and Christmas (or even near enough). Winterfest in the Smokies does get popular enough that even tickets to Dollywood may get sold out for the day. The early bird gets the worm in this case, and those who plan ahead for their Smoky Mountain vacation and will definitely get worms! Welcome to Winterfest in the Smokies 2022!

And what are some of these events that are so hyped up? We’ll list a few of the big ones right here:

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas *
November 5th to January 1st.

From their website:
“Wander through more than five million holiday lights shining bright throughout the Dollywood park, delight in the spectacular holiday performances, soak up the warm Christmas atmosphere, and it’s easy to see why Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is such a beloved holiday tradition.

Celebrate the holiday season with award-winning entertainment throughout the holiday season.

* Christmas in the Smokies, a heartwarming tradition enjoyed by families for years, returns indoors to centerstage at the Celebrity Theater.
* Heart of the Holidays is a new show featuring several members of Dolly’s family and a mix of some of her holiday favorites alongside songs from her new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.
* Heart of the Holidays takes place in the DreamSong Theater.
* Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs, another returning guest favorite, can be found at the Pines Theater.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywoods-smoky-mountain-christmas.

* Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff *
November 10th

From their website:
“Celebrate the kickoff of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic! Gatlinburg hosts this annual event on Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 8 PM at the Shade Tree Parking at 120 Historic Nature Trail. Festivalgoers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.”

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-winter-magic-kickoff-and-chili-cookoff/16/.

* Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights *
November 13th to February 19th.

From their website:
“See more than 5 million shining Pigeon Forge holiday lights when you take the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights! Along your driving tour, you’ll see bear, deer, fox and other critters native to the Smoky Mountains “wandering” through Pigeon Forge. Sparkling lights, giant ornaments, and tall, tall trees are seen on Island Drive and throughout the Island in Pigeon Forge. Even the 200-foot-tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel shows off the holiday spirit with red, green and white lights.

Get a glimpse of some of your favorite fairytale characters lighting up the Pigeon Forge Parkway. You’ll see Mother Goose, the giant clock from Hickory Dickory Dock, the cat and fiddle of Hey Diddle Diddle fame, and Humpty Dumpty, complete with all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. Another highlight of the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights is a 60-foot-tall tree adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest-driving-tour-of-lights.

* Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
December 2nd

From their website:
“Beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass and East Parkway, a spectacular parade line-up of balloons, floats decorated by local businesses and community groups, and high school marching bands, spans through downtown before ending at traffic light #10. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early on parade day.

City officials will host a grand illumination ceremony of the Gatlinburg Christmas Tree at 7:25 pm on the Parkway Plaza at Traffic Light #3. The Parade route begins at Baskins Creek By-Pass, travels to Traffic Light #3, turns south onto the Parkway, and ends at Traffic Light #10.”

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/36/.

* Sevierville’s 60th Annual Christmas Parade * 
December 3rd

From their website:
“Downtown Sevierville offers a full day of holiday merriment on December 3. Begin the day with Sevierville’s 60th Annual Christmas Parade (December 3, 2022 at 11am EST). This traditional hometown parade is a great way to add a little more joy to the holidays. Then come back to downtown Sevierville that evening for an old-fashioned tree lighting at the Sevier County Courthouse. Enjoy children’s crafts, photos with Santa, and plenty of delicious holiday snacks and music during Christmas at the Courthouse (December 3, 2022 at 6pm).”

See this event at https://visitsevierville.com/Winterfest.aspx.

Luisa Dees – Affiliate Broker

Meet Luisa Dees of Prime Mountain Properties! Luisa is an affiliate broker in Wears Valley, TN. Having grown up in South Florida and falling in love with the Smoky Mountains during family visits during her childhood, Luisa relocated to the area permanently in 2010 and now works to help others who have fallen in love with the Smokies and want to make the area their permanent home.

From her website:
“Welcome! As a REALTOR® in the Smoky Mountain areas of East Tennessee, among my goals are to serve folks, just like me, who are making a change in their lives and buying or selling a home. There are as many reasons for a real estate transaction as there are types of people, I work to specialize in your goals and matching them to the right property or the right buyers for you. I have had the opportunity to grow in Real Estate through team work with many local professionals and have learned the importance of this local expertise in this special home market.

My area of expertise includes helping you find the perfect piece of property whether looking for a home for sale, to sell or to invest in rental property. I know this market well, personally and professionally, so let me lend my expertise to you!

If you want to know more about what the Smoky Mountains real estate market is looking like, check out my market reports, Custom Market Report. For more information on homes for sale or thinking about selling in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg and surrounding cities give me a call or text me at 865-268-9702. I look forward to working with you!”

See Luisa Dees’ websites at https://luisadees.com/ and https://www.smokymountainsrealestateforsale.com/.

Gatlinburg Autumn events For October 2022

Like the title says, these are Gatlinburg Autumn events coming up for the big Autumn Harvest Festival month of October. These take place either in the city or close enough that those staying in Gatlinburg will be able to drive to them and back again in less than 30 minutes. Get your plans for the Smokies ready today, because you’ll definitely want to check these out.

* Oktoberfest At Ober *
September 24th – October 30th

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating autumn with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-Style food, drink, and music. The 13th Annual OktOBERfest will be held from September 24th-October 30th. The Smoky Mountain Oompah Band, in authentic costume, will perform traditional folk dances with free shows daily. Guests can enjoy live entertainment & a Bier Garten featuring specialty Oktoberfest bier and foods.

When you have had your fill of yodeling, schnitzel and Bavarian beer, you can enjoy everything else that Ober Gatlinburg has to offer. Some of the activities include Ice Bumper Cars, a Rock Climbing Wall, the Ski Mountain Coaster, an indoor Ice Skating Rink, the Alpine Slide, Chair Swing, Scenic Chairlift, Amaze’n Maze, Mini-Golf, and the Wildlife Encounter. Remember to bring your camera along to capture the memories, as well as the gorgeous views from high above the city of Gatlinburg.

OktOBERfest is an event you don’t want to miss! Allow Ober Gatlinburg to provide you with an experience that you will never forget!

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/12/.

* Lumberjack Feud Rib Fest *
October 1st – October 2nd

The best pit masters from all over compete for BBQ glory, cash prizes and the title of Rib Fest Champion. Activities during the weekend include:
* Best Rib Competition (Saturday)
* Lumberjack Competition
* Live Music
* Inflatables
* Amateur Axe Throwing Competition

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/lumberjack-feud-rib-fest-in-pigeon-forge-tn.

* Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair *
October 13th – October 30th

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products are beautifully displayed inside for your shopping pleasure. As these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents, you can witness works of art come to life. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of the utmost quality. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, painted artwork, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, photography, and many more unique items.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. Be sure to stop by our daily music shows included with the price of admission. Check out the stage and enjoy the contemporary country, bluegrass, and your favorite gospel tunes daily at 12 and 3. Concessions are available. Free push wheelchairs while they last. Pet-friendly in a carrier or stroller.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/165/.

* 2022 Gatlinburg Garden Club Wine Fest *
October 15th

All proceeds will go to the Gatlinburg Garden Club Annual Scholarship Fund. Sample wine, ciders and meads from some of the finest local wineries. There will also be wine pairing lessons and locally-made ceramic wine glasses.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/2022-gatlinburg-garden-club-wine-fest/328/.

* Titanic Hallo-wine “Tasting” Masquerade Event *
October 28th

A spirited evening with friends and good cheer will be uncorked when Titanic Museum throws its first Hallo-Wine Masquerade Event Friday night, October 28th starting at 6pm – 10pm.

Guests are encouraged to wear masquerade mask.

Hallo-Wine Treats Include:
* Special guest performance by renowned, International Cellist Elena Bosworth.
* Wine Pairing featuring Premium Red and White Wines with one of America’s great wine producers, Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Oregon.
* Food pairing stations throughout the ship.

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/hallo-wine-at-titanic.