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Trout Farm

Kids Love The Trout Farm!

Have you heard of The English Mountain Trout Farm?  Located in the Sevierville area just off 411 are several attractions we know the kids and the family will enjoy.  One of them is The English Mountain Trout Farm.

Enjoy a beautiful ride to a less visited area of Sevier County and the Smoky Mountains English Mountain Trout Farm is located at 291 Blowing Cave Rd., Sevierville, Tennessee 37876.  English Mountain Trout Farm has a little bit of fun for all ages.  You don’t have to have children with you to enjoy your visit, however, we highly recommend this visit for toddlers and children.  This attraction is also a very good wheelchair accessible location for those with special needs.

At the Trout Farm you can catch your fish and have them cook it for you!  You Hook ‘Em and We’ll Cook ‘Em you will hear them say!  Bait, fishing poles and fishing attendants are all part of the experience when you pay your small fee for your license for the time you are fishing. If you prefer to just enjoy their delicious Trout, then you can simply order and eat, they are known for their delicious home cooked foods.

Dine In or Take Out, Outdoor Seating, High chairs and wheelchair access makes The English Mountain Trout Farm one of our favorite picks for things to do with Toddlers and Children in the Smoky Mountains.’ Did we mention the Gem Mine?  Oh my, who knew it was so much fun to Gem Mine. The kids will love it and so will you.  This is such a great place for families!

The English Mountain Trout Farm is highly rated by Trip Advisor and others. Expect a wonderful experience when you visit.

https://www.englishmountaintroutfarm.net

These Menus At Sunliner Diner Restaurant in Pigeon Forge

In this small article, we wanted to highlight a recent trip to the Sunliner Diner restaurant in Pigeon Forge and their clever integration of Pigeon Forge identity and the listing of food items and services commonly referred to as a “menu”. We just wanted to highlight this bit of creativity you can find from a newer and very popular restaurant in our area!

Yes, the menu for their burgers, fries, chicken tenders, waffles, chicken and waffles, appetizers, meatloaf, fish and chips, sandwiches and more are all printed on the back of this page. It’s a wonderfully nice touch for a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’ve gone back a couple eras!

See the Sunliner Diner online at https://www.sunlinerdiner.com/pigeon-forge/.

Smoky Mountain Falls | Cabins Near Gatlinburg

Creekside Cabins are popular in the Smoky Mountains and Smoky Mountain Falls offers several beautiful Creekside Cabins that are located in the Cosby area near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Fishing Cabins in the Smoky Mountains is a popular request and one our cabins can fill. Once you have stayed with Smoky Mountain Falls at one of our Creekside Cabins you will want to return again and again to see if the fish are biting. Enjoy the sounds of the creek as you pour your morning coffee and as you fall asleep at night.

We offer more secluded cabins. Location is everything! Do you seek a bit of privacy? Whether you are a honeymoon couple or a family just looking to reconnect, one of the best things about our vacation rentals is the location. Our cabins are located just a short distance from just about everything people enjoy doing, yet they offer certain privacy and space that offers people a time to reconnect with one another and nature.

What sets the cabins with Smoky Mountain Falls Cabin Rentals to stand out from other cabins in the area?
Our team takes great pride in our homes. We understand that the vacation rental you choose is the core of your vacation. Vacations don’t come easy and so our team works to create the vacation home we would want to have when we are on vacation. Cleanliness and cabin maintenance are top-notch. Because we are a small company, we know our homes and their owners personally and we work to offer their very best to you.

Service is a number ONE priority.
Smoky Mountain Falls was built by providing vacation opportunities to guests one cabin at a time. We offer Southern Hospitality when we speak with you in regard to renting a home and we look forward to knowing you better when you come to stay. Once your reservation is complete, we are here to be sure your vacation home is set to provide you with a memorable experience. The guests that come to stay with Smoky Mountain Falls are the most important part of our business and we want you to know that.

Location, Location, Location!
Our homes are located along the Eastern area of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our cabins are near Gatlinburg and Cosby, Tennessee, and an easy drive to Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and other areas in the Smokies. The Cosby entrance to the National Park is beautiful and highly recommended when you visit. Our cabins offer a great experience, whichever cabin you choose. Whether you are looking for a location like Cobby Nob with pool access, or something quite private and secluded, we have the cabin for you.

Return again and again!
We have guests that return again and again. It is not unusual for a family to try several of our cabins as they visit the Smoky Mountains. If you are folks who visit several times a year, if you have a favorite cabin, we are happy to reserve it for you in advance to be sure you get to enjoy your favorite.

See more on Smoky Mountain Falls at www.cabinsneargatlinburg.com.

The Hidden Gems Of The Arts and Crafts Community

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community of the Smoky Mountains is the first major attraction other than the mountains themselves to bring people in from all around the United States and get to know more about the artisan soul of our region. Artists of all kinds reside here – painters, woodcrafters, potters, glass makers, sign makers, quilters, candle makers, upcyclers, jewelers, stone crafters… the list goes on.

Much is written about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community and some stores are already well-known. In this article, we wanted to showcase some of the lesser-known shops from the Community that we visited lately and can recommend as part of your Gatlinburg visit. Take a look:

Shaconage Stone Art & Jewelry
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-719=3999
http://www.shaconagestoneartandjewelry.net/

“Our unique product lines from the Stone Art to the Jewelry are made by local artists. Most of the items are Native American made. We are extremely proud of our artist and products.Our products are made by local artisans. The unique stone art is made by Walking Bear. Our jewelry is designed by Vidars Custom Jewelry, and Matoka. Our hand knapped arrowheads, bows and arrows are by Stone Bear. Walking Bear, Stone Bear and Les Coffee make our unique knives. Our herbal teas, oils and soaps are by Nuwati. We also carry products by other Native Americans. Each item is unique and one of a kind.”

Hills Creek Gallery
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-430-7778
https://www.hillscreek.com/

“Est. 1991 Featuring the Award Winning Smoky Mountains Scenic, Wildlife and Nature Photography of M&D Hills. Enjoy unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry, art glass, kaleidoscopes, paperweights, metalwork, & pottery. Don’t miss our one of a kind selection of glass pendants and earrings by artist J. Hills. Plus so much more.”

Elk River Gifts and Crafts
608 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1028
https://www.facebook.com/elkrivercraftsandgifts/

Ownby’s Woodcraft
704 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-5254
https://www.etsy.com/market/ownbys_woodcraft

“Since the late 1800’s the Ownby’s carry on a long family tradition, turning native wood into beautiful wooden fruit, bowls, flowers, baskets, cutting boards, stools, birdhouses, bears, old timey games, toys & much more.”

Hand-n-Heart Creations
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1156
https://www.facebook.com/handnheartcreationsgatlinburg/

“We are a shop in the Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We feature a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted, artisan items from regional artists in a pleasant atmosphere.”

White Buffalo Native American Gifts
601 Glades Road Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-335-9762

Jams, Jellies, Nuts & More
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-8911

Firefly Glass Studio
830 Moyers Dr,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 206-6083
https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/firefly-glass-studio/516/

“Nancy Huff creates contemporary fused glass art. Ths studio offers a “You Create” experience for all ages. Stop by and design your own masterpiece that will be fired and shipped.”

JJ Signs and Gifts
170 Glades Road, Suite 22,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(260) 705-1058
https://www.facebook.com/HancevilleAL/

“Artist Joyce Branch free hands signs, paints acrylic paintings and creates unique art with glass and resin. Joyce is able to paint a sign for you while you wait or create a special unique piece of art for your home or business.”

Lil’ Bit of Gatlinburg
575 Proffitt Rd.,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4280
https://www.lilbitofgatlinburg.com/

“Come explore our unique sampling of craft and whimsy. We offer so much for the casual gift shopper, as well as the refined collector. From novelties to candles to pottery to paintings and handcrafted items from local artisans. Gift Wrapping Services offered here. Save time and hassle. Bring all of your gift wrap needs to us. If it’s more than a few, we’ll come to you. Call for more info and availability.”

Smoky Mountain Gold 2
601 Glades Rd # 8,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-6805

The Rampant Lion – A Pub & Wine Bar
734 Powdermill Rd,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 567-5217
http://www.therampantlionpub.com/

“A Celtic Pub and Wine Bar on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, nestled in the Arts and Crafts Community Centre. Starting with a wide selection of Whisky’s, ciders, wine coolers and cheeses, plus a tapas restaurant with offerings from around the world.”

Cabins Near Gatlinburg

Cabins near Gatlinburg is what you seek? Then we have cabins for you! There is a Cabin Near Gatlinburg to fit every taste and budget! Each of our vacation homes are near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cosby, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you would like a cabin next to a creek or river, or a cabin that offers a fantastic mountain view, you will find it here. Our cabins vary from one-bedroom bungalows to grand lodges, with the ability to accommodate multiple families!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – The most visited national park in the United States! Many of our properties are less than a five-minute drive to the Cosby entrance of the National Park. You will find that the Cosby Entrance is one of the more private parts of the Park. Cosby Creek runs alongside the road. This is a great place for bear watching in the early mornings and near sunset.

Cabins include:

Mountain High
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• Central Heat & Air
• Outdoor Built-In Spa
• Gas Log Fireplace
• Satellite TV with DVD Player
• Washer & Dryer (Laundry Soap is NOT provided!)
• Ceiling Fans Throughout
• Charcoal Grill (Charcoal is NOT provided!)
• Stocked Kitchen and Dishwasher
• 2 TVs (1 in Master; 1 in Den)
• Porch Swing and Picnic Table
• All Paved Roads to the Cabin
• All Bed and Bath Linens Provided
• Complimentary Wifi
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/mountain-high

Mountain Creek Retreat
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 8

• Over 1400 Square Feet
• 2 Bedrooms on Main Level, Plus a Loft Bedroom
• 2 Full Baths
• 3 Queen Beds
• 1 Sleeper Sofa
• Microwave
• Coffee Maker
• Toaster
• Dinner and Cookware
• Rocking Chairs
• Porch Swing
• Waterfront
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Covered Porches
• Minutes Away from Rafting
• Wifi
• Four TVs – 1 in Living Room, 1 in Each Bedroom
• Cable TV
• Phone
• Bed and Bath Linens
• Gas Grill
• Washer and Dryer
• Hot Tub
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/mountain-creek-retreat

River Falls Bungalow
1 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4

• Free Parking
• Cable Television
• Deck / Patio
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Blender
• Ice Maker
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
• Fire Extinguisher
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/river-falls-bungalow

Wild Berry Mountain
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• 2 Bedrooms – Each with Queen Size Bed
• 2 Bathrooms – 1 with Jetted Tub
• Walk-In Shower
• Sleeper Sofa
• Mountain Views
• Wooded Setting
• Full Kitchen
• Hot Tub
• Washer and Dryer
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Covered Porches
• Regular TV
• Charcoal Grill
• Fire Pit
• Secluded and Private
• Outdoor Rockers
• Telephone (Local Only)
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/wild-berry-mountain

Enchanted Forest
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• Free Parking
• Cable Television
• Entertainment Center
• Deck / Patio
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Pool
• Washer & Dryer
• Gas Fireplace
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Dishwasher
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• DVD Player
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/enchanted-forest

Starwood Cabin
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

• Keyless Entry
• Free Parking
• Satellite Television
• Telephone
• Deck / Patio
• Game Room
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Washer & Dryer
• Gas Fireplace
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Dishwasher
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• DVD Player
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Iron & Board
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
• Fire Extinguisher
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/starwood-cabin

Terrell-Drager | Prime Mountain Properties

The Terrell-Drager Team of Prime Mountain Properties is helping people buy and sell homes all over the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a vacation home, investment rental or permanent residence in the Smokies, The Terrell-Drager Team offers expert, professional services and innovative on-line tools. We are experienced, full-time agents who are local residents and know the area inside and out. We are ready 7 days a week when you need us, with hassle-free, no pressure assistance.

The Terrell-Drager Team
Prime Mountain Properties
807 Dolly Parton Parkway
Sevierville TN 37862
865-453-4049 865-436-7227
janeterrell.com
theterrellteam@gmail.com

Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

The main tourism website for the city of Gatlinburg published this blog post recently and we thought there was enough good information on it that we would like to share it on this blog as well.

From www.gatlinburg.com:

Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

“1. Outdoor adventures
No summer vacation is complete without escaping to the mountains for an adventure. Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds the record for being America’s most visited national park – and for good reason. Hit any of the park’s 900+ miles of hiking trails and discover historical settlements, cascading waterfalls, and scenic views along its many paths. Along with its numerous trails, there is no shortage of ways to get out and experience the park’s unique wilderness, from guided nature hikes to scenic drives, to river rafting and horseback riding. Motor routes like the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Cade’s Cove loop road also let you sightsee at a Sunday-drive pace and offer plenty of picnic areas to stop and enjoy lunch along the way.

2. Panoramic views
For a truly magnificent photo op, try viewing the Smokies from above. You can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Space Needle, Aerial Tramway, or from the comfort of an Anakeesta Chondola. You can also hop in the car and take a scenic drive up to the Gatlinburg Bypass for an amazing view of the city surrounded by the Smoky Mountains.

3. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Loop
Gatlinburg’s famous Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community – which started from a local tradition for making craftsmen goods – has since grown to be the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Find quality creations inside every storefront along with the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop that’s home to weavers, potters, painters, jewelers, candlemakers, and many other artists.

4. Family Fun
With activities and excitement lining both sides of downtown, Gatlinburg is a great place for family attractions. Kids of all ages can play in a magical treehouse village or race together on duel ziplines when families discover Gatlinburg’s newest theme park, Anakeesta. For any family looking for a variety of things to do, there’s just nothing like Ober Gatlinburg. With rides like the Alpine Slide and Ski Mountain Coaster, year-round ice skating and a special area for the littlest ones, this amusement park is a favorite family destination. Families that enjoy a challenge can work together in a 60-minute race against the clock to break out from Gatlin’s Escape Games, one of the most adrenaline-pumping attractions in Gatlinburg. There are countless other family activities in town, from the wonderful Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to museums and mirror mazes.

5. Fourth of July
There’s no better place to celebrate July 4th than Gatlinburg, because we start earlier than anybody else. Gatlinburg’s 46th annual 4th of July Midnight Parade begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 4 and is the first Independence Day celebration in the nation. At 1 p.m. on July 4th, the action moves to the Little Pigeon with the River Raft Regatta. You can participate or cheer on your favorite floatable in this fun and competitive Independence Day tradition. The big finale comes after dark when a spectacular firework show from The Space Needle lights up downtown at 11 p.m.

6. Romance
Are you getting married this summer? Gatlinburg is one of the most romantic places in the world, not only for couples tying the knot and newlyweds honeymooning but for lovers who want to renew their relationships.

7. Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Every year from May to October, our local farmers, artisans and food producers gather on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 next to the Post Office on East Parkway. The Gatlinburg Farmers Market features fresh, local produce, eggs, homemade baked goods and items like jams, honey and natural health products.

8. Summer music
When the summer sun goes down, Gatlinburg’s downtown Parkway comes alive with the sounds of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales! Visitors can stroll Gatlinburg’s famous Parkway sidewalks and easily catch one of Tunes & Tales’ many costumed performers sharing the music and tales that have existed in the Smoky Mountains as far back as the 1800s. Musical entertainment can be found at the Ole Smoky “Holler” or at Ole Red Gatlinburg on a daily basis. We’re also celebrating Appalachian music at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival on August 19-22 at venues throughout Gatlinburg.”

 

See this full article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/blog/post/the-top-8-things-to-do-this-summer-in-gatlinburg/.

Dolly Parton’s Tribute to the State of Tennessee

Sevier County’s favorite daughter, Miss Dolly Parton, posted a video as part of this incredible historic anniversary for the state of Tennessee!

As reported by WATE.com:

“As part of the 225th celebration of statehood, the county music icon lent her voice and her 1973 single “My Tennessee Mountain Home” to a video released Tuesday called “Home.”

“I am Tennessee proud,” Parton said. “I’m proud of our wonderful state, proud to be a born and raised Tennessee girl, and I’m proud to be a part of all that we represent.’

The video features all corners of the state from Mountain City to Memphis. Gov. Bill Lee is seen pulling a music record off a shelf as the video takes a tour of main streets, landmarks and natural scenery highlighting Tennessee’s culture and beauty.

“Dolly is a Tennessee treasure, and I’m thankful she’s joined us to commemorate 225 years of statehood,” Lee said. “I invite Tennesseans to celebrate at events throughout the year … to share the stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped Tennessee.”

View this article in full at https://www.wate.com/news/watch-dolly-parton-celebrates-225-years-of-statehood-with-my-tennessee-mountain-home-video/.

Michael McConnell – Wears Valley Realtor

Michael McConnell has been a Wears Valley realtor agent for over 10 years. He enjoys his job and all that goes with it (challenges), as well as the benefits (friendships) he has made over the years. He is always looking for opportunities with new clients, as well as old ones in finding what they are looking for to fit their needs/wants, which engage new/old friendships. Walking in Gods love!

Michael is a team player in the office and his willingness to engage in helping his co-workers & clients when needed allows for smoother transactions. His take on that is “I am very blessed & thankful to the co- workers in his group which return the favors”. It sometimes ends up being a “Group” effort. “Team work makes the Dream work”

He is very hard working, energetic and has a touch of humor at times. He is someone who loves life and enjoys the qualities of others. He has exceeded in his business when finding the right fit for many clients over the years. Michael is ready to proceed in your favor, so give him a call. Michael McConnell is a Realtor is a licensed in the State of TN. At Mountain Realty Group in Sevierville TN 37862. 865-548-8882. Mountain Realty Group is an amazing place to work. We are not just co workers we are family. We want you to love where you live. I can assist you with homes for sale in Sevierville, TN , Gatlinburg TN, Pigeon Forge, TN, Townsend TN, Knoxville, TN. Mountain Realty Group is located 3240 Wears Valley Road in Sevierville, TN.

See Michael’s profile and his fellow members of Mountain Realty Group at https://mountainrealtygrouptn.com.

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/.