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Archive for June, 2013

How Can We Help You Save $$$ In Gatlinburg?

June 4th, 2013

We have worked hard over the past six years, to build a business that offers great value for lodging in Gatlinburg! Visit our websitehttp://www.gatlinburgcondosandcabins.com and compare! We offer a free night during off-peak times, 25% off on longer stays, 22% off on last minute bookings! The biggest discount that your reservation qualifies for will be automatically applied to your stay. We invite you to compare our prices with our competitors and find your home away from home at a great price!

Many of our condos and cabins have had recent updates to decor or amenities for both! Most now have at least one HDTV, and some have all HDTVs. Plus almost all have at least one DVD players. The amenities for each property are listed on our website, so look for what is important to you and your family! We also invite you to read our FlipKey/TripAdvisor reviews, accessed from the link on our website.

Another way we can give you extra value is with our business card. All registered guests can use our business card at four area restaurants to receive a 15% discount during your stay.

Several area attractions offer promotions to save you money or give you extra time free, and we participate in these programs to offer our guests the best value we can. Check out the blue medallion on the home page of our website for details on these offers for Dollywood/Splash Country, Lumberjack Feud, Dixie Stampede and Ripley's Aquarium. In addition, our office is packed with coupons and guide books for your convenience.

Visit us online at the link above or call us toll free at 866-430-3411. We would be delighted to help you plan your Smoky Mountain vacation!

 

 

 

Archive for May, 2013

Our Latest Review

May 23rd, 2013

 

Great stay wi…

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Vicki & Gr…

May 23, 2013

Gatlinburg Chateau – 2 Bedroom Condo (304)

"Great stay without a lot of pay!!"

 

I, my husband and my sister stayed here in November 2012. What a nice little condo! Bedrooms were on opposite ends of the condo and my sister had her own bath in her room which was great for her. Decorated very pretty and had a view of downtown Gatlinburg. No problems whatsoever! The owners were good Christian people which means a lot to us since we ourselves are Christians. They were so extremely nice and helpful!! Will plan another stay as soon as my husband gets back to work! Thanks, Hanrahans, for a super vacation that didn't cost and arm and leg!! 
 


Vicki & Greg Perry

 

Thank you, Vicki and Greg! This is exactly what we strive to do!

Blessings,

Warren and Maryann

 

 

 

It’s Almost Summer!

May 13th, 2013

Well, Spring is just about past and Summer is right around the corner! No one is more surprise than I! Wasn't it just Christmas???

Just a few notes on upcoming events in Gatlinburg. Don't forget to make your reservations soon for peak dates….Fourth of July is almost sold out!

www.gatlinburg.com/events/summer.aspx

Tunes and Tales is currently in full swing! As you stroll the streets in downtown Gatlinburg, you never know who you may run into! A blue grass band, storytellers, crafts people, cloggers are throughout the downtown area, just waiting to delight you and your family! Already going on Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning June 14, the entertainers will be out each evening until August 10, from 6-11pm. Enjoy!!!

Farmers' Market began this past Saturday and will continue until October 12 each Saturday from 8:30 to 11:00 am in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot on East Parkway. Find fresh produce, jams jellies and honey, plants and flowers and more. Shop local!

More to follow!

 

 

 

Archive for January, 2013

Alternate Routes to Gatlinburg

January 17th, 2013

The following is courtesy of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, in response to the road collapse of Highway 441 through the Smokies:

Update on Alternate Routes due to 441 Closure

While the landslide on the North Carolina side of Highway 441, through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will block the road indefinitely, Gatlinburg is very accessible by alternative routes. Detours from points South and East are easy to follow.

Please post and distribute the information below to your frontline workers so that when asked, they can help visitors get to and from their desired destinations. Should we receive further information from the National Park Service regarding the road closure, we will assess the information and continue to keep our businesses advised of the situation.

For information on alternate routes to Gatlinburg, call 865-430-4148 or visit our website here

For information on road conditions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park call 865-436-1200 or follow them on their twitter page here


Alternate Routes to Gatlinburg

From Cherokee, NC

Take Hwy 19 North to I-40. Go I-40 West to Exit 440 and follow Wilton Springs Rd. to Hwy 321 South to Gatlinburg.

From Asheville

Take I-40 West to Exit 440 and follow Wilton Springs Rd. to Hwy 321 South to Gatlinburg.

From Greenville, SC

Take I-26 West towards to I-40 West to Exit 440 and follow Wilton Springs Rd. to Hwy 321 South to Gatlinburg.

From Chattanooga or Atlanta

From I-75 North, merge on to I-40 East, then take Exit 407, turn right onto Winfield Dunn Pkwy/Hwy 66/441 South, follow signs to Gatlinburg.

From Nashville

Take I-40 East towards Knoxville, take Exit 407, turn right onto Winfield Dunn Pkwy/Hwy 66/441 South, follow signs to Gatlinburg.

From Lexington

Take I-75 South to I-640 East, at Knoxville, then I-40 East to Exit 407, turn right onto Winfield Dunn Pkwy/Hwy 66/441 South, follow signs to Gatlinburg.

From Virginia

From I-81 South take I-40 East, to Exit 435 (Newport) and follow Hwy 321 South to Gatlinburg.

 

 

Archive for October, 2012

What’s Up in Gatlinburg? Come See!

October 11th, 2012

As the weather gets cooler and the fall colors arrive, it’s a great time to enjoy the Smoky Mountains! So much to see and do in and around Gatlinburg….here are a few suggestions:

· Enjoy the harvest decorations as you stroll through downtown Gatlinburg

· Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg: Bavarian-style food, beverages, live music daily through November 3.

· Ripley's Fright Nights: Each weekend in October, no extra charge with paid admission to Aquarium

· Gatlinburg Craftmen's Fair: 200 booths of artisan's and craftsmen, food, live music, craft demonstration

· Trick Or Treet Kickoff Carnival: contests, costumed characters and candy on Halloween, Oct 31 Ripley's Plaza

http://www.gatlinburg.com/events

 

 

Archive for August, 2012

Back to School Special–September Only

August 11th, 2012

Book a condo or chalet and stay any time in September…..and we'll pay your sales tax for you! The special works this way: you pay the regular rental rates… and we pay the sales tax, no tricks or gimmicks. This offer cannot be combined with any other special or discount, but we will always give you the BEST discount you are eligible for. Come stay and play in the Smokies and SAVE!

 

 

Archive for June, 2012

Family Fun in the Smokies….and It’s Free!

June 15th, 2012

The following information is courtesy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park Offers New Family Opportunities

 

 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with support from the National Park Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Great Smoky Mountains Association, will be kicking off the summer with new programs designed specifically families. The new programs are based on the park s current Hike the Smokies and Adopt a Trail programs, both of which have been hugely successful.

 

The new child-friendly Hike the Smokies program encourages families to hike the park s shorter, less-strenuous trails and offers them an opportunity to record the number of miles hiked in a booklet designed especially for the program. The booklet also contains a spot for family members completing 10 and 40 miles to display special stickers awarded for achieving those two milestones. Special Hike the Smokies-For Families lapel pins are awarded to those completing 25 and 50 miles. For more information about Hike the Smokies, visit www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hike-the-smokies.htm.

The new Adopt a Trail program gives parents and children an opportunity to help maintain a short, kid-friendly park trail. As trail adopters, families help preserve the beauty of a park trail by keeping it trash-free.

 

Adopters also help by removing small branches from the trail and reporting larger maintenance needs to the park. After five maintenance trips, families receive a special certificate and lapel pin in recognition of their work. For more information on Adopt a Trail, go to www.nps.gov/grsm/supportyourpark/adopt-a-trail.htm.

 

Two family-oriented work days will be offered this summer as part of the Adopt a Trail program. Both days were designed with kids in mind. The first work day is Saturday, June 30th on the Pine Oak Nature Trail in Cades Cove, on the Tennessee side of the park. The second work day will be held on Saturday, August 4th on the Balsam Mountain Nature Trail, on the North Carolina side of the park. To participate in one of the trail work days, contact Christine Hoyer at 828-497-1949 or [email protected].

Today s children are tomorrow s leaders and stewards of our National Parks, says Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. Family volunteer opportunities in the Smokies are not only a great way to get young people involved in our National Parks, they’re a wonderful opportunity for families to spend quality time and enjoy the outdoors together.

The Park also continues to offer traditional ranger-led hikes. Many of these hikes are opportunities for children to complete fun activities, as well as to learn about the park s plants and animals. Some hikes also incorporate learning how to properly prepare for hiking in the park s backcountry. Schedules for ranger-led hikes may be found in the Smokies Guide, which is available at any park visitor center or by calling 865-163-7318.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov

 

 

We Are So Blessed!

June 10th, 2012

God is good, and faithful to sustain us….even in a tough economy! We are grateful.

Summer season is here and things are hopping! Our Campus Crusade staff and students have arrived for Smoky Mountain Summer Project and we are thrilled to have them once again. It is so wonderful to see them grow in faith in a few short weeks. Many students from past Projects have gone on to projects overseas and some are even now on staff with Cru. How awesome to be even a small part of that!

We finally got to see the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont, a truly unique experience! If you haven't heard of this phenomenon, see our past blog post for more information, or visit the national park website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/fireflies.htm. The natural display is over for this year, but mark your calendars for next spring. A new parking pass system has eliminated the need to wait, but reservations are required. The passes sold out in less than two weeks when they went on sale this year!

Tunes and Tales starts this week, so as you walk about downtown, you may meet any of the singers, musicians, actors or crafters who are there to entertain and educate you and your family. They populate downtown between 5-9 pm each evening through June and July.

We can't wait for this year’s 4th of July Parade through downtown Gatlinburg…a true small town experience to delight your entire family. It’s the "first in the nation" parade beginning at 12:01 am on July 4. The fireworks begin at dusk over

Downtown Gatlinburg on the evening of July 4…see you there!

Gatlinburg Chateau Condominiums

 

 

Archive for April, 2012

Mountain Man Memorial March in Gatlinburg

April 22nd, 2012

Courtesy of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce website:

The Fifth Annual Mountain Man Memorial March begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 in downtown Gatlinburg and proceeds up Hwy. 321 to Pittman Center. This event honors 1st Lt Frank Walkup, a UT-Knoxville alumnus who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2007. The marathon course includes stretches of highway and rural road in addition to rugged terrain and mountain slopes. Entry is open in three categories: Military Heavy, Military Light and Civilian. Entrants may also register for half- or quarter-marathon distances as well.

Inspired by the annual Bataan Memorial Death March staged in White Sands, N.M., the concept has evolved into a tribute to all service members and draws thousands of participants each year. The UT Army ROTC conceived this event in Gatlinburg to demonstrate its appreciation for those who have sacrificed and continue sacrificing so much for this great country by walking a mile (or 26.2) in their boots. Hence the motto of the event, “Support the Future, Honor the Past.”

The marathon march starts in front of the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Gatlinburg on Saturday morning, with the opening ceremony at 8:30 and start time at 9.

For complete registration, entry fee, course, entry category, safety and frequently asked questions information, http://www.mountainmanmemorialmarch.com

Festivities typically will begin on Friday evening, April 20, with a ceremony honoring East Tennessee Gold Star Mothers at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza.

Alongside the memorial march, The Road March for Warriors (RM4W) conducts a motorcycle rally to show support for the event embodying the motto “Support the Future, Honor the Past.” These veterans are the liaison between the Gold Star Mothers and The University of Tennessee Rocky Top Battalion.

For more information on the Mountain Man March, call (865) 974-8101 or e-mail [email protected]

 

 

 

Eighth Annual Music of the Mountains

April 12th, 2012

The following information is courtesy of the National Park Service:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced the 8th annual "Music of the Mountains" celebration, which will be held this year April 20th through the 22nd. Over the years, this event has grown to span an entire weekend, with performances of traditional music in neighboring communities, including an entire day of free music at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on April 21st.

The three-day event begins with a concert of Celtic music by the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, Tenn. General admission is $5. The "Music of the Mountains" program continues on Saturday with a series of free performances of old-time mountain music during the day at the park's Sugarlands Visitor Center. Back again this year will be a Sunday afternoon program at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Cosby, Tenn., where traditional Appalachian religious music will be showcased. General admission is $4.

At Sugarlands Visitor Center, six programs are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (see schedule below). They are all free of charge and open to the public.The students of the East Tennessee State University Old Time Band will be performing at the event for the very first time this year. The group will play two sets, at 2 and 3 pm.

"The Park has offered the 'Music of the Mountains' festival since 2005 to share with our visitors the region's rich musical traditions of the era before modern bluegrass and country music," said supervisory park ranger Kent Cave. "We are delighted to continue partnerships with our neighbors in Cosby and Townsend that presentvarious types of music played here in the southern mountains," said Cave

The schedule of events are:

April 20th – Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend
Admission: $5

7 pm – Celtic Music by "The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band"; come early to enjoy Art on the Porch with members of the Townsend Artisan's Guild

April 21st – Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Admission is free

10 am- Lost Mill String Band
11 am – Brien Fain
12 pm – Boogertown Gap Band
1 pm – Tony Thomas
2 pm – ETSU Old-Time Band
3 pm – ETSU Old-Time Band
4 pm – Mountain Strings

April 22nd – Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, Cosby
Admission: $4

2pm-4pm -"Heritage, Harps and Hymns" – traditional offerings from Cocke County

 

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov .

 

 

Archive for March, 2012

Spring is Springing Ahead!!! Don’t miss the FUN!!!

March 21st, 2012

Dollywood opening day is this Saturday, March 24.Once again, we are offering the Dollywood "Play Another Day" which gives you a second day free with a one-day admission price…FREE + Dollywood = FUN, FUN, FUN! See our website, or call our office at 866-430-3411 for more information. http://www.dollywood.com

Rafting In the Smokies' season has begun and they are offering a Spring Special through April 30, 2012: Upper Pigeon River is just $29, Lower Pigeon River $25, plus tax, Raft and Zip combo packages $57 Upper River, $53 Lower River, plus tax. Call them directly to book and mention this special: 800-776-7238. http://www.raftinginthesmokies.com After May 1, ask us for a $10 coupon when you check in. (Based on availability)

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is in April (but lots of blooming happening NOW!) See http://www.gatlinburg.com/events for details.

We still have openings in our clean and comfortable condos and chalets for your family's spring getaway! http://www.gatlinburgcondosandcabins.com

 

 

 

 

Kudos From the Gatlinburg Fire Inspector

March 12th, 2012

Last week, as part of the required annual inspection for Gatlinburg's Tourist Residency Permit, Fire Inspector Ralph Ramsey asked us if we did our own cleaning, or had a cleaning service. We introduced him to Steve and Serena Dunn of Dunn's Cleaning and Maintenance Service, who have been cleaning our rental units since May of 2011. Inspector Ramsey proceeded to compliment them and us for having "some of the cleanest rental properties I've seen". He told us that he inspects properties for 50 rental companies in Gatlinburg and "only 5 or 6 others are in the same category as yours".

We were so blown away! Cleanliness is THE most important aspect of our business, and we went through 4 cleaners in the year before finding Steve and Serena. We consider them a gift from God, and we're very grateful to have them!

Come see our condos and chalets and find the HIP difference in vacation rentals! We have condos from studio to three bedroom, and chalets from studio to four bedroom, all located in and around Gatlinburg Tennessee. Our prices make your Gatlinburg family vacation affordable. Book four nights and pay for three OR Book seven nights and pay for five….year 'round, including holidays.

Call us toll free at 866-430-3411 or visit our website to see pictures and descriptions:

http://www.gatlinburgcondosandcabins.com

 

 

Archive for January, 2012

Winter Got Lost!

January 21st, 2012

The bulbs in the landscape beds are really confused. They are sending up shoots in mid-January…they think it’s Spring! This is quite a change after the last two winters, with their record breaking cold temperatures and copious snowfall!

This unusually warm weather makes it a perfect time to visit Gatlinburg! Why not plan a last minute getaway, and take advantage of off season rates and specials. Through February, we offer our "Book Three Nights, Pay for Two" special…a 33% discount from already lower off season rates. This special applies to most of our properties and makes a Smoky Mountain Getaway very affordable. Come visit when the trails are not crowded, when there are no lines, light traffic, and great seats available for the shows! Many of the restaurants are offering buy one, get one specials, too.

Check out our prices and find great value in Gatlinburg!!!

Archive for December, 2011

 

 

Christmas or New Year’s in Gatlinburg!

December 10th, 2011

It's not too late! If you've waited to book lodging in Gatlinburg the holidays, we've still got some limited openings at great prices! Check out our website at http://www.gatlinburgcondosandcabins.com for availability and pricing.

We've got a cute studio chalet, The Treehouse, available for the whole week for only $750 including tax and cleaning fee. With a full kitchen, laundry, pool table and hot tub, you can settle in for a romantic getaway, or a small family retreat. Located conveniently between the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts district and Dollywood, it’s only a short drive to all the fun Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer!

We've just added a two bedroom condo to our rental program, so it is also available for the whole week. Located at Gatlinburg Towers, just four blocks from Ripley's Aquarium, you'll be in the center of all the fun! The tastefully decorated condo sleeps up to 6 people and has a full kitchen, gas fireplace, private balcony, and the building has an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and free parking…all this for only $875, including tax and cleaning fee.

We have other properties available for shorter stays as well. Our goal is to provide clean, comfortable lodging at affordable prices, even over the Holidays.

Have a Blessed Christmas and a 2012 filled with joy!

 

 

Archive for November, 2011

Featured Chalet: Shaw Ridge

November 19th, 2011

Shaw Ridge Amazing View

http://www.flipkey.com/gatlinburg-vacation-rentals/p230449/

Some people come to Gatlinburg to paint the town, enjoy the restaurants, shops and attractions our area offers. Some people just want to get away from it all. Whichever describes you, Shaw Ridge is your perfect home base. Sit in that swing, or curl up in the hammock and drink in the incredible view, or shoot some pool before you grill burgers for lunch. Even though you feel on top of the world, you're only 3 miles from downtown Gatlinburg or 5 miles from Pigeon Forge. Compare our great prices! Call toll free at 866-430-3411.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Archive for October, 2011

Views From the Space Needle

October 29th, 2011

night view of gatlinburg

Night View of Gatlinburg

We're in our fifth year living and working in Gatlinburg…and we had never made it to the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg! Until now….and boy is it worth the visit. 360 degree views of Gatlinburg and its surrounding mountains, plus a little history of the town. Take your time and watch it grow dark so you can appreciate both views!

gatlinburg nestled in the smokies

Gatlinburg Nestled in The Smokies

 

 

Archive for September, 2011

“When Are the Leaves Changing?”

September 26th, 2011

Fall comes to Gatlinburg

One of the most common questions we are asked at this time of year! This is a great article that explains it very well…hope it helps! Many thanks to Linda Braden Albert!

 

 

Color our world: Fall forecast depends on many variables

By Linda Braden Albert | [email protected]

A slight chill in the air and fewer daylight hours can mean only one thing: Fall has officially arrived, and with it the potential for a spectacular color display throughout the hills and valleys of East Tennessee.

Nancy Gray, spokeswoman for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, said Wednesday that autumn hues are already beginning to tinge the landscape in the higher elevations of the Smokies.

“Fall color begins at the higher elevations of the park earlier and then moves down the mountainside,” Gray said. “What everybody wants us to predict is that exact timing of when fall color is going to come at the middle elevation, where most of the deciduous trees exist. That normally comes anywhere between the third week of October but has occurred as late as the first week of November.”

Guessing game

Timing of fall color depends on a lot of variables, including temperature, light and the amount of moisture the area receives.

“We had a cool spring and ample moisture through the early part of the summer, and since then, the area has been fairly dry, which is potentially beneficial for seeing a good autumn color,” Gray said. “But really, it’s related to weather conditions that occur just before and during the time the chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling. The weather conditions become much more important to influence the fall color. We are still a few weeks out from having that influence. But basically, it’s a succession of warm, sunny days and cool nights, but not freezing nights, that help the color display along.”

Wayne Clatterbuck, professor of silviculture and forest management at the University of Tennessee, said, “The best leaf color is with the diurnal change of temperature — cool nights in the 40s and 50s with warm, bright days in the 70s. Early droughts tend to delay the onset of leaf color. Sunlight is also a factor that influences the intensity of the color. Overcast, rainy days tend to dull leaf color, while bright, sunny days enhance leaf color.”

As the night length increases, the production of chlorophyll — the pigment that reflects green light — begins to slow down, leaving the orange and yellow pigments in the leaves unmasked. Red pigments are produced by sunshine, which concentrates the sugars in the leaves and results in the brilliant reds.

Gray said some of the yellows to watch out for will be black gum, hickories, tulip tree, sweet gum and birches and beeches. Reds include dogwood, sourwood, buckeyes and maples.

Off the beaten path

To get the full benefit of autumn colors, Gray suggests taking advantage of some of the less-visited areas of the park and enjoying the landscape with a walk, a picnic or a camping trip.

“Foothills Parkway West offers a lot of color and is a lesser-used area than is, perhaps Newfound Gap Road, going to the higher elevation, or Cades Cove,” Gray said. “The Cosby area of the park is really a fabulous place to go see fall color, traveling up 321 just outside the park. On the North Carolina side of the park, Balsam Mountain is a great place to go, where few people travel. This is really a nice place to get away from the majority of the people that are coming in.” Balsam Mountain Road is off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Cherokee, N.C.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomes more than 1 million visitors each October, with the visitation concentrated on the weekends of the last two weeks of that month. Gray recommends seeking out areas that are not as common or popular.

“But I think having destinations, whether it’s hiking or picnicking or camping, where you can leave your car and get out on foot where you can experience the fall,” Gray said.

Clatterbuck said he prefers areas where there are few people and few vehicles. He said, “The two areas that has some change in elevation with great leaf color are the Cherohala Skyway through the Cherokee National Forest from Tellico Plains, to Robbinsville, N.C., and the Big South Fork Recreation Area north of Oneida on the Tennessee/Kentucky border.”

Gray said the colors are still being formed.

“What we hope for is good weather, moderate temperatures, cooler nights, some moisture but not extreme rains for long periods of time, and not extensive freezing, because that seems to negatively influence the color. But in any event, I’ve never seen a bad fall in the Smokies.”

 

 

 

 

Hikers Checklist, Part 2

September 2nd, 2011

Required Gear

* Backpack, daypack or fanny pack
* Supportive footwear designed for the length and terrain of your hike
* Extra socks
* Base Layer (polypropylene)
* Mid / Heavy weight fleece or pile jacket
* Rain / wind shells (jacket and pants)
* Wool or fleece hat
* Balaclava
* Extra clothing / layers (polypropylene)
* Gloves
* Water: full canteen(s), water bottle(s) or hydration pack
* Extra food: high energy snacks
* Map and/or Guide Book
* Compass (with the knowledge how to use it)
* Emergency Space Blanket (smaller than a wallet)
* Waterproof matches / fire starters
* Pocket knife
* Flashlight or headlamp with new batteries
* Whistle (in case you got lost)
* Watch
* First aid kit (see below)
* Personal medications
* Moleskin (for blisters)
* Insect repellent
* Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm)
* Baseball style hat / Wide-brimmed hat (protection from sun)
* Toilet paper (in a plastic bag)
* Money / ID
* Many of these items can be found at REI or Backcountry.com

 

 

Hikers’ Checklist

September 1st, 2011

Any experienced hiker knows: be prepared for the unexpected to happen! Below is a great article from hikinginthesmokies.com, with information that can save your life while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Dayhikers Checklist

Proper planning and preparation is necessary anytime you venture into the great outdoors. A day hiker's checklist is a great way of helping you to prepare for your hike, while helping to make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Of course your list will vary according to the type of hiking you've planned: the length of your hike, the time of year, as well as the destination and the terrain you'll be traveling over.

Hikers should always be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. Temperatures in the mountains typically fluctuate as weather patterns change. If your hike involves a major change in elevation, you should reasonably expect a change in temperature of 10 degrees or more. Combine this with the fact that the Smokies are the wettest place in the south where the higher elevations can receive up to 90 inches of precipitation a year. If not properly prepared, a sudden storm could result in a great deal of discomfort for you.

During the summer, days usually start out clear. However, clouds tend to build up as the day heats up, resulting in frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Winter is a great time to be in the Smokies, but also represents the most challenging time as well. Although temperatures may be mild in the lower elevations, the higher mountains will experience much colder weather and snow. Winter storms can dump up to two feet of snow at the higher elevations.

When traveling in the Smokies, it's always a good idea to carry gear and clothing for a variety of weather conditions. The following day hikers checklist (and first aid kit) is a good starting point before heading out on your next hike to ensure you have all the essentials. Finally, you'll likely want to add or remove items based on the conditions you'll be hiking

 

 

Archive for August, 2011

Barbeque and Bluegrass at Dollywood!!!

August 13th, 2011

The closing days of summer can be packed with fun by visiting this year's Barbeque and Bluegrass at Dollywood. Come rent one of our great condos or chalets, and get two days at Dollywood for the price of one! You'll need the extra time to even get a taste of the great performers that will be strumming and picking and kicking up their heels! All of the artists will perform multiple concerts each day they are scheduled…come see your favorites!

August 19 and 20: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

August 21and 22: Sierra Hull

August 24: The Grascals

August 24 and 31: JD Crowe and The New South

August 26 and 27: Riders In the Sky

August 28 and 29: Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

August 31: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

September 2 and 3: The Gibson Brothers

September 4 and 5: Marty Raybon

Don't miss this bluegrass music fest and mouth-watering BBQ to boot!

 

 

Archive for July, 2011

Catch Some Fun at the Tail End of Summer!

July 23rd, 2011

The crowds of the peak summer season are winding down, but you can still enjoy many of the season's activities!

http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/search.aspx?summer=1

The Gatlinburg Farmers' Market continues each Saturday morning until October 23. From 8:30-11:30 am local growers sell their produce, breads, honey, jam, live plants and more. Held in the parking lot of The Alamo Restaurant on East Parkway, about a mile east of the main Parkway.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales are entertaining you along the Parkway from 6-11 pm until August 13. The full cast of 20 performers (about 14 performing on any given evening) are spread out along the downtown area and include storytellers, actors, musicians, and artisans. They will share stories, demonstrate skill and talent, and answer your questions about what they do. Don't miss this interactive taste of Smoky Mountain history and culture!

The Great Gatlinburg Shark Race will take place on July 30th at 3:00 pm. This fun afternoon benefits United Way of Sevier County while you enjoy up to 5000 plastic sharks racing to the finish line in front of Ripley's Aquarium. Have a blast, help a great cause, and cool off from the summer heat all at once!

Dollywood's Splash Country is open until Monday, September 5 with 26 acres of wet fun! Our registered guests may purchase "Splash and Play" tickets to save big and have big fun. For $88.30 per adult or $71.50 per child, get three full days at Dollywood and Splash Country. This is $5.00 off the gate price and almost $20 less than the price of one day at each park. It also gives you the flexibility to visit both parks in the same day and still counts as one day! We are only permitted to sell this special ticket until August 13 so don't wait. These tickets can be purchased in advance of your stay!

 

 

Archive for June, 2011

Art-cation in Gatlinburg This Summer!!!

June 24th, 2011

http://www.arrowmont.org/workshops-and-classes

Looking for something fun and different to do this year? Why not sign up for a workshop at the Arrowmont School. From late May through October, they offer one-week and two-week workshops with talented and dedicated artists and artisans in a professional studio setting. Learn (or improve) your skills in metal work, weaving/fiber art, enamel, drawing, glass, embroidery, woodworking, carving, sculpture, pottery….an extensive list of options are available. Why not improve yourself and take home a new skill this summer?

 

Archive for May, 2011

Fireflies!

May 30th, 2011

It’s time for the synchronous fireflies display in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/fireflies.htm

 

The firefly beetle responsible for the awesome synchronized show, Photinus Carolinus, is best seen in Elkmont and usually starts around the second week in June. The start and duration of the fireflies mating behavior can vary depending on when they emerged, current temperature and other factors. It’s impossible to know the exact dates, but City of Gatlinburg trolleys will be running from June 4th to the 12th. For the cost of $1.00 per person, you can ride a trolley from the Sugarlands visitor center parking lot to Elkmont. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close Elmont Road from 5 pm to 12 pm to all vehicles other than those of registered campers in Elkmont Campgrounds. You can't park in any of the pull-offs or along the road during the times the shuttles are running. The trolleys to take you to the Elkmont synchronized firefly display run from 6 pm to 9 pm or will stop sooner if the parking area is full. Though the last trolley is scheduled to leave Elkmont by 11:00 pm it sometimes runs later as needed. Since it is unsafe to walk or bike along roadways at night, you must take the trolley if you want to see the firefly display. 
 
You may bring along a blanket or small folding chair and your own food and drink (NO alcoholic beverages). Coolers are not allowed and what you bring must fit on your lap in the trolley. A small flashlight with a red or blue lense cover so as not to disturb others is recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Guests Save $$$!

May 21st, 2011

Book your condo or chalet rental with us and save!
 

Not only do we have great specials and every-day low rental rates, we also participate in several area attraction promotions. Use our online reservation any time, day or night!

Internet Only Special: With paid reservation, our guests may purchase tickets to Ripley's Aquarium at $5.00 off the box office price for adults or $2.00 off for children OR for a 7 night reservation, may purchase up to 2 adult and 2 child tickets to the Aquarium at HALF PRICE, additional tickets as above.

Dollywood/Splash Country

Dollywood Play Another Day: Regular one-day admission price gives you a second day FREE, available March 26, 2011 to December 30, 2011. Complimentary second day admission must be used within 2 operating days of first entry. (Example: if you use the first day on Monday, you can use the second admission either on Tuesday or Wednesday) If you enter the park after 3pm on the SECOND day, you may come again the next day free. 2011 Pricing: $57.00 Adult (ages 12 +), $53.65 Senior (Ages 60 +), $45.80 Child (Ages 4-11). NO REFUNDS

Dollywood Splash and Play: Less than the regular price of two days admission, gives you 3 days access to both Dollywood and Splash Country in any combination, available May 21-August 14, 2011. You may go to both parks in one day and it counts as one day. You have 7 days to use the 3 admissions. 2011 Pricing: $88.30 Adult (Ages 12+), $71.50 Child (Ages 4-11) NO REFUNDS

Dixie Stampede:

Dixie Stampede Voucher Program: save $8.00 per adult, $5.00 per child. Subject to the show schedule set by Dixie Stampede, and available seating at the time of purchase. Our price $42.38 per adult and $22.94 per child 4-11, tax included. Children 3 and under are free if seated in parent's lap and eating from their plate. Regular child price applies if you want them to have their own seat and plate. We have many other discount coupons available in our office! NO REFUNDS

Rafting in the Smokies:

Rafting in the Smokies Voucher Program: save $6.00 per person. Subject to Rafting in the Smokies scheduled trips at time of purchase. Please call for current pricing. 48 hour cancellation policy (NO REFUNDS within 48 hours of trip).

Contact us to book your family's summer vacation soon! 866-430-3411 Toll-free

 

 

 

Summer Fun is Here in Gatlinburg!!!

May 20th, 2011

The problem is not finding something to do in Gatlinburg, it's trying to fit it all in! How long can you stay? Just a few of the summer activities on tap for June are:

Gatlinburg Farmers Market: Find fresh, locally-grown produce, jams and jellies, honey, plants and crafts from May 21-October 15 in the parking lot of Alamo Steakhouse at 750 East Parkway, each Saturday morning from 8:30-11:30am http://www.gatlinburgfarmersmarket.com

Family Fest: Join the Gaithers for a weekend full of music and fun at the Gatlinburg Convention Center May 27-29 http://www.gaither.com

Mountain Hounds Weekend: Owners of retired racing greyhounds gather at Mynatt Park June 2-5 For more information please visit http://www.gfncmountainhounds.com

Smoky Mountains Tunes & Tales: You never know who you'll run into in the streets of downtown Gatlinburg this summer. This interactive, walking exhibit is fun and educational! Musicians, cloggers, craftspeople, actors, singers….you name it. Ask questions, sing along, dance be a part of the Smoky Mountain heritage. A rotating cast of 20 different acts stroll the streets of Gatlinburg between 6-11p, from June 17 until August 13.

Christmas Expo: Gatlinburg Convention Center from June 29-July 2 http://www.christmasexpo.com

 

 

 

 

Memorial Vacations In The Smokies!

May 10th, 2011

Come join our pleased guests and grab the best discounts for you and your families!

Join our Facebook page and realize a lifetime of real FUN in The Great Smoky Mountains!!

All Facebook friends who book will enjoy an extra 15% on top of our incredible pricing in place!!!

Go to:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hanrahans-HIP-Hideaways-LLC-dba-Oak-Leaf-at-Gatlinburg-Chateau/94282911623

We are at your service!!!!

Blessings,

Warren and Maryann

 

 

 

 

The Invisible Mother

May 6th, 2011

My sister-in-law sent me this and I was so moved, I had to share. All you Mom's out there, you are seen! Happy Mother's Day.

The Invisible Mother

One of the kids walks into the room while I'm on the phone and ask
to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'

Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or
sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because
no one can see me at all. I'm invisible.

The invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this?
Can you tie this? Can you open this?
Some days I'm not a pair of hands;

I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?'

I'm a satellite guide to answer, What number is the Disney Channel?'
I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.

Some days I'm a crystal ball; 'Where's my other sock? Where's my
phone? What's for dinner?'
I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and
the
eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had
disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again.

She's going, she's going, she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the
return of a friend from England.
She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going
on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking
around at the others all put together so well.

It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was
feeling
pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped
package,
and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals
of
Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read
her
inscription: 'With admiration for the greatness of what you are
building
when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I
would
discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after
which I could pattern my work:

1) No one can say who built the great cathedrals – we have no record
of their names.

2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never
see finished.

3) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.

4) The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the
eyes of God saw everything.

 

 

Archive for April, 2011

Junior Ranger Programs in the Smokies

April 14th, 2011

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News Release

Immediate Release

Contact: Sarah Holeman:

April 13, 2011

(865) 436-1252

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Announces Junior Ranger Day Programs

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the fifth annual National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with special activities at all three of the Park's visitor centers.

Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Cades Cove Visitor Center near Townsend, Tenn.; and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C. Activities planned will range from ranger guided walks and programs to making dinner bells at a blacksmith shop. Making historic toys, cornhusk dolls, and visiting touch tables with animal skins, skulls, and scat are a few of the other natural and cultural opportunities that will be available. Information on the specific programs is available at the visitor centers.

High school students have a special opportunity at the Sugarlands Visitor Center to participate in a citizen science project as part of a High School Volunteer Day event. To register for the High School Volunteer Day, please contact Emily Guss

([email protected], 865-436-1713).

Children can "earn" their Junior Ranger badge by completing three of the specially-planned activities. A Junior Ranger booklet is also available for those who would like to explore the Park in more depth. The Junior Ranger booklets, produced in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association, can be purchased for $2.50 each at Park visitor centers.

"National Junior Ranger Day provides a great opportunity for children and families to spend time together learning about the Park while doing fun activities," said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. "We hope that our local residents will take advantage of this program to interact with our staff and the resources, and, at the same time, plan a full day in the Park," he continued.

National Junior Ranger Day is a special event for National Park Week, celebrated this year between April 16 and 24. National Park Week is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of National Parks. This year's theme is "Healthy Parks, Healthy People." Most parks throughout the country will host ceremonies, interactive games, and special events designed to connect children with the resources found in national parks.

For information and questions on Junior Ranger Day contact Sartah Holeman

 

 

Archive for March, 2011

Bears Are Waking Up!!

March 28th, 2011

Spring is here, and with the warmer weather, the black bears of the Smoky Mountain National Park begin to emerge from their dens. The males usually appear first in late March and early April, and the females with cubs later in April. It’s an exciting time for visitors who come to the Smokies hoping to see at least one bear before they go home!

Responsible wildlife viewing is exciting and enlightening, and does no harm to the animal. Unfortunately, many behaviors by humans put the bears in danger! The experts can’t warn us enough: if you feed a bear, you may be sentencing it to death! While this may sound harsh, it only takes one interaction of a bear associating humans and food, for the bear to learn to seek out this source of easy meals, instead of foraging as they naturally would. Of course, the cubs learn from what Momma does, so they may never learn the behaviors needed to survive in the wild. You have helped to create “nuisance bears”!

How do we view these magnificent animals without harming them?

1 If you see a bear in the wild, do not approach it. Use binoculars, the zoom feature of your camera, or a telefoto lens to get that “close-up” view.

2 NEVER lure a bear closer with food!

3 If the bear stops what it is doing to look at you, starts swatting the ground or making noises, or stops eating YOU ARE TOO CLOSE. Do not run, but slowly back away, continuing to watch the bear. When the bear resumes its normal activity, you have given it the space it needs.

Remember, we are encroaching on their home. It is our responsibility to take the steps necessary to protect them.

Please visit the National Park website for more information:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm

 

 

 

 

Miss the Crowds, But Not the Fun!!!

March 18th, 2011

There are a lot of things to see and do in and around Gatlinburg, before the summer vacation season.
 

Don't miss the Third Annual Gatlinburg Screenfest on March 25-27 at the River Terrace Resort. Information and pricing can be found at http://www.gatlinburgscreenfest.com

Third Annual Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon takes place on April 2 at the Gatlinburg Community Center. The event begins at 8:15 AM and is open to anyone 15 and older who can swim 1/2 mile, bike for 20 km and run for 5 km. Call 865-436-4990 for registration information.

April 2 and 3 you will find the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament in Downtown Gatlinburg. Open to adults and children, additional information can be found at http://www.rockytopoutfitter.com, or by calling 865-865-661-3474.

Celebrate the Music of the Mountains on April 16 at the Sugarlands Visitor Center at the Gatlinburg entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There will be six different performers/groups between 10am and 5pm. Hosted by the National Park, you can find more information by calling 800-568-4748.

On April 16, the Mountain Man Memorial March will take place in and near Gatlinburg. This 26.2 mile march begins at 9am in downtown Gatlinburg. More information available at http://web.utk.edu/~mmmm

The Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show takes place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from April 20-23. Admission is free. More information at http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

This year don't miss the breathtaking beauty of the Smokies arrayed in their wildflower finery! Make a Wildflower Pilgrimage between April 26-May 1. The Mills Conference Center is the headquarters for this event. Visit http://springwildflowerpilgrimage.org

 

Easter Sunrise Service on April 24 on top of Mt Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg. Celebrate the reason for the day! Free 
 

 

Start saving your appetite now the Ribfest and Wings on April 28. The purchase of one wristband enables you to sample tasty treats from area restaurants. Live Music, too! Takes place on the Parkway in Downtown Gatlinburg. Call 865-436-4178 for more information.

 

 

 

Archive for February, 2011

Sharing God’s Blessing!

February 26th, 2011

Once again, we are excited to host Campus Crusade For Christ for their Smoky Mountain Summer Project! This business is our response to a call to serve the Lord through serving others, and we are especially blessed when we can serve others who are also serving! Each summer, students from all over the US, and sometimes overseas, come to Gatlinburg in Christian Outreach to foreign students who come from all over the world to work during our prime summer months. It’s a busy time, and a time blessed with spiritual growth for these young men and women. It is so wonderful to be a part of it!

One of the students who came to Gatlinburg last summer is going to Central Asia on a project this summer. We were touched when she approached us to help raise her support. Of course we said yes (in a small way) and we will also support her in prayer as she spreads her wings even wider!

 

We received a beautiful thank you note from this young lady, one that reminds us afresh why we are here: 
 

 

 

"I can't explain how much of a blessing y'all's servant hearts have been to me last summer and now this summer! I know I'm going to miss staying at the beautiful Chateau, but y'all are helping me physically survive in Central Asia. More importantly, you're helping me reach them for Christ!" 
 

 

Alleluia!

 

 

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

February 22nd, 2011

Gatlinburg has a rich heritage in the arts and crafts…..and you can be part of it! Use your vacation this year to learn a new skill, or refine something you already know. Release the artist within!!!

Arrowmont offers classes and workshops in weekend, one-week, and two-week sessions. Work alongside, and learn from, some of the top artisans in the country and be inspired by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains! This year, you can take home something much more meaningful than a t-shirt: an original work of art!!
 

http://www.arrowmont.org/workshops-and-classes

 

 

 

 

Dollywood Festival of Nations In March!

February 19th, 2011

The new season is almost here, marked by the opening of Dollywood's Festival of Nations from March 26 to May 2, 2011. Enjoy music, dance and food from around the world.

http://www.dollywood.com/festival-q1-Festival_of_Nations_.aspx

DRUM features 20 musicians, dancers, drummers and singers from Nova Scotia telling a music-filled story uniting four principle cultures – Aboriginal, Black, Celtic and Acadian – combined in a heart-pumping fusion of music, dance, poetry, video, rhythm and song. This 45-minute stage show is internationally renowned for uniting four cultures, four dreams and one heart.

OISRE is Irish musicians with a unique blend of New World enthusiasm and Old World virtuosity. Talented musicians pay tribute to Ireland's rich musical heritage and showcase some of the country's most popular songs and instrumental music as they carry forward the traditional sounds of the Emerald Isle.

SAMAIA has performers from the Georgian Caucasus in a stunning show where ballet meets swordfighting intraditional dance, drumming, songs and chant performed by a cast of more than 40!

THE ZAMBIAN VOCAL GROUP hails from different African tribes to form a collective sound, underscoring the message that music unites us all. The group's a capella performance includes traditional hymns and original songs which feature a unique combination of traditional African rhythms, vocal percussion and complex vocal harmonies.

ATAHUALPA has a rhythmic blend representing different areas of the Andes, bridges the gap between Dollywood and Ecuador. The group’s repertoire of contemporary music, South American dance rhythms and traditional songs resonates from native Incan instruments played alongside guitars and keyboards for a lively performance that is sure to engage audiences of all ages.

 

Thanks to the Dollywood website for the information contained in this post 
 

 

 

 

Safe Travel Tips for Pet-owners

February 12th, 2011

For some pet parents, a trip's no fun if the four-legged members of the family can't come. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your animal companions. With thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

Planning a road trip? Traveling with a pet involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat and motoring off—especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you prepare for a safe and smooth car trip:

1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.

2. Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.

3. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don't feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.

4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

5. What in your pet's traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

6. Make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number, and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

7. Don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. This can subject him to inner ear damage and lung infections, and he could be injured by flying objects.

8. Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn't a problem, it's always smart to be on the safe side.

9. When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he's not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

10. If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.

(* above tips courtesy of ASPCA )

 

 

Spring Events in Gatlinburg/Smoky Mountains

February 11th, 2011

 

Miss the crowds, but not the fun! Visit us during the Spring months and take advantage of special rates and sales! Check out some fun activities coming up in March and April. 
 

 

Support the Anna Porter Public Library and have a fabulous time as well on March 4 or 5 at the "Some Show (About A Murder)" Murder Mystery . Held at the Gatlinburg American Legion Hall, this fun evening of entertainment costs only $25 per person. For tickets or information, please call 865-436-5558.

Don't miss the Third Annual Gatlinburg Screenfest on March 25-27 at the River Terrace Resort. Information and pricing can be found at http://www.gatlinburgscreenfest.com

Third Annual Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon takes place on April 2 at the Gatlinburg Community Center. The event begins at 8:15 AM and is open to anyone 15 and older who can swim 1/2 mile, bike for 20 km and run for 5 km. Call 865-436-4990 for registration information.

April 2 and 3 you will find the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament in Downtown Gatlinburg. Open to adults and children, additional information can be found at http://www.rockytopoutfitter.com, or by calling 865-865-661-3474.

Celebrate the Music of the Mountains on April 16 at the Sugarlands Visitor Center at the Gatlinburg entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There will be six different performers/groups between 10am and 5pm. Hosted by the National Park, you can find more information by calling 800-568-4748.

On April 16, the Mountain Man Memorial March will take place in and near Gatlinburg. This 26.2 mile march begins at 9am in downtown Gatlinburg. More information available at http://web.utk.edu/~mmmm

The Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show takes place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from April 20-23. Admission is free. More information at http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

This year don't miss the breathtaking beauty of the Smokies arrayed in their wildflower finery! Make a Wildflower Pilgrimage between April 26-May 1. The Mills Conference Center is the headquarters for this event. Visit http://springwildflowerpilgrimage.org

Start saving your appetite now the Ribfest and Wings on April 28. The purchase of one wristband enables you to sample tasty treats from area restaurants. Live Music, too! Takes place on the Parkway in Downtown Gatlinburg. Call 865-436-4178 for more information.

 

 

 

 

Archive for February, 2011

Sharing God’s Blessing!

February 26th, 2011

Once again, we are excited to host Campus Crusade For Christ for their Smoky Mountain Summer Project! This business is our response to a call to serve the Lord through serving others, and we are especially blessed when we can serve others who are also serving! Each summer, students from all over the US, and sometimes overseas, come to Gatlinburg in Christian Outreach to foreign students who come from all over the world to work during our prime summer months. It’s a busy time, and a time blessed with spiritual growth for these young men and women. It is so wonderful to be a part of it!

One of the students who came to Gatlinburg last summer is going to Central Asia on a project this summer. We were touched when she approached us to help raise her support. Of course we said yes (in a small way) and we will also support her in prayer as she spreads her wings even wider!

 

We received a beautiful thank you note from this young lady, one that reminds us afresh why we are here: 
 

 

 

"I can't explain how much of a blessing y'all's servant hearts have been to me last summer and now this summer! I know I'm going to miss staying at the beautiful Chateau, but y'all are helping me physically survive in Central Asia. More importantly, you're helping me reach them for Christ!" 
 

 

Alleluia!

 

 

 

 

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

February 22nd, 2011

Gatlinburg has a rich heritage in the arts and crafts…..and you can be part of it! Use your vacation this year to learn a new skill, or refine something you already know. Release the artist within!!!

 

Arrowmont offers classes and workshops in weekend, one-week, and two-week sessions. Work alongside, and learn from, some of the top artisans in the country and be inspired by the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains! This year, you can take home something much more meaningful than a t-shirt: an original work of art!! 
 

 

http://www.arrowmont.org/workshops-and-classes

 

 

 

 

Dollywood Festival of Nations In March!

February 19th, 2011

The new season is almost here, marked by the opening of Dollywood's Festival of Nations from March 26 to May 2, 2011. Enjoy music, dance and food from around the world.

http://www.dollywood.com/festival-q1-Festival_of_Nations_.aspx

DRUM features 20 musicians, dancers, drummers and singers from Nova Scotia telling a music-filled story uniting four principle cultures – Aboriginal, Black, Celtic and Acadian – combined in a heart-pumping fusion of music, dance, poetry, video, rhythm and song. This 45-minute stage show is internationally renowned for uniting four cultures, four dreams and one heart.

OISRE is Irish musicians with a unique blend of New World enthusiasm and Old World virtuosity. Talented musicians pay tribute to Ireland's rich musical heritage and showcase some of the country's most popular songs and instrumental music as they carry forward the traditional sounds of the Emerald Isle.

SAMAIA has performers from the Georgian Caucasus in a stunning show where ballet meets swordfighting intraditional dance, drumming, songs and chant performed by a cast of more than 40!

THE ZAMBIAN VOCAL GROUP hails from different African tribes to form a collective sound, underscoring the message that music unites us all. The group's acapella performance includes traditional hymns and original songs which feature a unique combination of traditional African rhythms, vocal percussion and complex vocal harmonies.

ATAHUALPA has a rhythmic blend representing different areas of the Andes, bridges the gap between Dollywood and Ecuador. The group’s repertoire of contemporary music, South American dance rhythms and traditional songs resonates from native Incan instruments played alongside guitars and keyboards for a lively performance that is sure to engage audiences of all ages.

Thanks to the Dollywood website for the information contained in this post

 

 

Safe Travel Tips for Pet-owners

February 12th, 2011

For some pet parents, a trip's no fun if the four-legged members of the family can't come. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your animal companions. With thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

Planning a road trip? Traveling with a pet involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat and motoring off—especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you prepare for a safe and smooth car trip:

1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Whatever you choose, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. And P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.

2. Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.

3. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Don't feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle—even if it is a long drive.

4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

5. What in your pet's traveling kit? In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

6. Make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number, and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

7. Don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. This can subject him to inner ear damage and lung infections, and he could be injured by flying objects.

8. Traveling across state lines? Bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn't a problem, it's always smart to be on the safe side.

9. When it comes to H2O, we say BYO. Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he's not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

10. If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.

(* above tips courtesy of ASPCA )


 

 

Spring Events in Gatlinburg/Smoky Mountains

February 11th, 2011

 

Miss the crowds, but not the fun! Visit us during the Spring months and take advantage of special rates and sales! Check out some fun activities coming up in March and April. 
 

 

Support the Anna Porter Public Library and have a fabulous time as well on March 4 or 5 at the "Some Show (About A Murder)" Murder Mystery . Held at the Gatlinburg American Legion Hall, this fun evening of entertainment costs only $25 per person. For tickets or information, please call 865-436-5558.

Don't miss the Third Annual Gatlinburg Screenfest on March 25-27 at the River Terrace Resort. Information and pricing can be found at http://www.gatlinburgscreenfest.com

Third Annual Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon takes place on April 2 at the Gatlinburg Community Center. The event begins at 8:15 AM and is open to anyone 15 and older who can swim 1/2 mile, bike for 20 km and run for 5 km. Call 865-436-4990 for registration information.

April 2 and 3 you will find the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament in Downtown Gatlinburg. Open to adults and children, additional information can be found at http://www.rockytopoutfitter.com, or by calling 865-865-661-3474.

Celebrate the Music of the Mountains on April 16 at the Sugarlands Visitor Center at the Gatlinburg entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There will be six different performers/groups between 10am and 5pm. Hosted by the National Park, you can find more information by calling 800-568-4748.

On April 16, the Mountain Man Memorial March will take place in and near Gatlinburg. This 26.2 mile march begins at 9am in downtown Gatlinburg. More information available at http://web.utk.edu/~mmmm

The Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show takes place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from April 20-23. Admission is free. More information at http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

This year don't miss the breathtaking beauty of the Smokies arrayed in their wildflower finery! Make a Wildflower Pilgrimage between April 26-May 1. The Mills Conference Center is the headquarters for this event. Visit http://springwildflowerpilgrimage.org

Start saving your appetite now the Ribfest and Wings on April 28. The purchase of one wristband enables you to sample tasty treats from area restaurants. Live Music, too! Takes place on the Parkway in Downtown Gatlinburg. Call 865-436-4178 for more information.

 

 

 

 

Archive for January, 2011

New Show in Pigeon Forge: The Lumberjack Feud!

January 1st, 2011

"The Lumberjack Feud is building a new $10 million dollar attraction in Pigeon Forge, scheduled to open in June 2011. The premise of the show is two Smoky Mountain logging families that find themselves embattled as the timber industry is shut down by the announcement of the National Park. There is only enough logging tracts left to sustain one family, so they agree to settle who must leave the area with a lumberjack jamboree.

Lumberjack Sports International is behind the show, and world champion lumberjack Rob Scheer is serving as president of the attraction. The show will be filled with local history and culture, and Scheer and his research team will create video vignettes and use still photos, logging memorabilia and displays that will become the Smoky Mountain Forest History Center. The Center will be the entrance to the show and will provide guests will an accurate portrayal of the Smoky Mountain logging era.

The Lumberjack Feud Show strives to recreate the atmosphere of lumberjack competitions circa 1930. The festive occasion included music, food and friendly competition and the show will recreate that experience. As a guest at the show, you become a member of one of the feuding families, led by the hero Dan Dawson and heroine Molly McGraw. The competitive spirit begins immediately with the Picnic Jamboree, which includes entertaining songs, bear characters, dueling chainsaw carving and audience participation. Once the Picnic Jamboree portion of the show is complete, the Camp Cook will take guests on a historic journey to the days of Smoky Mountain logging. Video clips on two large screens transform the theater into a 1930s logging valley, where the two logging families are spotlighted.

The feud portion of the event begins shortly thereafter. The 60 minute completion portion of the show will feature two teams of ESPN world class timber athletes. Chopping, sawing, axe throwing, boom running, log rolling and high tree climbing will all be spotlighted. Other elements include draft horses skidding logs, water jumping dogs, the comedic antics of the Camp Cook and the star-crossed lover’s story of Dan Dawson and Molly McGraw.

The Lumberjack Feud Theater will hold 1000 guests and will be the largest attraction of its kind in the world."

Credit to: reservepigeonforge.com for this information

 

 

Archive for December, 2010

Gatlinburg At Night

December 21st, 2010

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Enjoy Gatlinburg during the Winter Festival of Lights! This is the view from our condo #506 at Gatlinburg Chateau. This beautiful condo has three bedroom, and three bathrooms, full kitchen, gas fireplace….and a knock-out view!

 

 

Ripley’s Entertainment in Gatlinburg…Loads of Family Fun!

December 19th, 2010

We like to be able to offer the best values to our guests, both in their lodging, and in area attractions. For guest who book one of our affordable condos or chalets, we offer discounts at Dixie Stampede, and we sell Dollywood "Play Another Day" and "Splash and Play". More on these offers in another blog…or visit our website at http://www.gatlinburgcondosandcabins.com.

We also offer Aquarium tickets at $5.00 off per adult and $2.00 off per child from the door prices. Some of our guest ask for tickets to other Ripley's attractions, some of the most popular attractions in downtown Gatlinburg! Among the other Ripley's destinations are the Mirror Maze, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Davy Crockett Mini Golf and several others. While Ripley's doesn't offer these tickets through their consignment program, they do offer a great savings option.

One great way to see more of these attractions at an affordable price is the Ripley's combo ticket option. Each combo includes the Aquarium plus anywhere from 2 to 7 additional Ripley's attractions. For example, the Aquarium plus 2 is priced at $38.97 for adults and $25.97 for children (plus tax), and the Aquarium plus 7 is $76.97 for adults and $44.97 for children (plus tax).

In addition, Ripley's also offers an Aquarium/Titanic Combo ticket for $37.19 per adult or $16.89 per child (plus tax), an incredible value for these two very popular area attractions.

What are you doing for New Year's Eve? How about spending it at the Aquarium? Live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, souvenir photo and champagne toast are included. Enjoy the fun from 9pm to 1am for $129.99 per couple, $69.99 single adult, $25.99 child (3-17), and step outside on the plaza for a great view of Gatlinburg's fireworks display. Tax additional.

Visit their website for more information about these great savings on family fun!

http://gatlinburg.ripleyaquariums.com/

 

 

 

 

Cuddle Up in The Treehouse!

December 14th, 2010

We are excited to announce a new addition to our rental program: The Treehouse! This cozy studio chalet is the perfect hideaway for a couple or small family. Located between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, convenient to Dollywood and the Arts and Crafts Community, it’s remote enough to be out of the traffic and near enough to enjoy all the fun our area has to offer.

Equipped with a king bed in the loft, queen sleeper in the great room, gas fireplace, private deck with hot tub, pool table, full kitchen, washer/dryer, this chalet will provide a comfortable home base for your Smoky Mountain vacation.

See pictures and full description at:

http://www.oakleafaccommodations.com/gatlinburg-cabin-rental-cabin.html?thisRealtyID=5&thisCabinID=120&paramMonth=12&paramYear=2010&paramPopup=0

Best of all, this chalet is still available for Christmas and New Year’s!!! Call us toll free at 866-430-3411. http://www.gatlinburgcondosandcabins.com/custimages/fall-view-upper-deck1-150x150.jpg

 

 

 

 

Opening Weekend at Ober Gatlinburg!!

December 13th, 2010

Ober Gatlinburg had their opening weekend for the 2010/2011 ski season graced with 7" of natural snow! If you missed out on the fun…don't worry…looks like we're off to a snowy start this winter.

Improvements for the new season include: re-grading and expansion of the ski school area, six new snow guns and more! Read details at: http://www.obergatlinburg.com/events-news/20102011-improvements/

Winter activities at Ober include: Ariel tramway ride from downtown, skiing, snowboarding and tubing, ice skating, arcade, carousel, scenic chairlift, wildlife encounter: http://http://www.obergatlinburg.com/activities/ Spend all day…or all week!

Keep up to date on slope conditions here: http://www.obergatlinburg.com/ski/slope-report/

Don't forget to check out our clean, comfortable and AFFORDABLE condos in downtown Gatlinburg, and chalets in Chalet Village and Chalet Village North. Our lowest prices of the year are your best months to ski: January through March!

The Ski Resort in YOUR Backyard!

 

 

 

Safety Tips for Winter Hiking

December 8th, 2010

Winter can be a special time to get away from it all in the Great Smoky Mountains. You certainly won't find the summer crowds on the trails! It is important to remember that a moment of carelessness can result in extreme danger quickly! Some common sense and planning can lead to a wonderful, safe winter adventure!

· Don't hike alone! It is so much safer, and more fun to hike with friends or family members. Supplies and gear can be shared to lessen everyone's load. If the worst happens and you are caught out overnight, you have someone to share body heat with, or if one of you is hurt, there is a helper, or someone to go for help.

· Make a plan and share it with someone not hiking with you. Get maps of your intended route, plan your departure and return times. Figure out what time you need to turn around in order to get back before dark. Use a compass and your map to keep on your planned course! Consult park staff and visitor centers for up to date trail information, too! Rock-slides, flooding, fires, etc can all make your intended route hazardous and that information won't be on your map!

· Weather, Weather, whether to go or not! Find out the forecast in advance for the area of your hike and check multiple times until it’s actually time to set out. A change in the forecast may lead to canceled plans, but this is one time it’s better to be safe than sorry! Remember that in places like the Great Smoky Mountains, where the elevation changes dramatically, the weather in town and the weather in the high country can be completely different.

· Dress in layers! You've heard this a thousand time, but it’s still true! You can monitor your comfort level so much better with several light layers that can be added or removed as needed. Also, cotton is not a good choice for winter hiking for the same reason it’s a great choice for summer wear: it absorbs perspiration and keeps it close to your skin to cool you. Don't forget extra socks, something waterproof, sturdy boots with good tread, and head, ear, and hand coverings!

· Can't do without gear: water, and water purification tablets for possible refills along the way, easy to eat, high energy snacks (trail mix, nuts, dried fruit for example), comfortable, well-fitting backpack, flashlight with extra batteries, whistle, small first aid kit, emergency blanket, compass, map, matches or lighter, some kind of cutting tool (pocket knife, multi-tool) for cutting branches to insulate you if you need to make a shelter and for protection, cell phone: it may not work in some areas, but can be very useful if it does work! You may want to bring a thermos with a warm drink on winter hikes, a chemical hand warmer. Even if you think you are going on a short hike, this equipment is vital if the unexpected happens.

 

 

 

Smoky Mountain Grocery Shops for YOU!

December 2nd, 2010

Wouldn't it be great to arrive at your condo or chalet and find your groceries waiting for you? Smoky Mountain Grocery (for a fee of $20-25 dollars) will do your shopping for you for either pre-arrival, same day or next day delivery directly to your condo or chalet. This is a great time saver! Check them out at:

https://www.smokymountaingrocery.com/Home.html

Their phone number is 877-4-VITTLES

 

 

 

 

Christmas Parade This Weekend in Gatlinburg

December 2nd, 2010

Looks like it will be clear and cold for Friday’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade! Dress warmly when you claim your spot along the parade route in downtown Gatlinburg. The parade begins at 7 pm, so if you’re arriving on Friday plan to get here early, or you’ll have to wait until after the parade, around 9pm.

While you’re here this weekend, also check out the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show at the convention center. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts for your family and friends…BUY AMERICAN!

Christmas Tunes and Tales carollers and musicians will be strolling the Parkway to entertain you with a taste of yesteryear. You can also hop on the Trolley Ride of Lights to enjoy all the downtown Gatlinburg Christmas finery!

Enjoy some quality time with those you love!!!

http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/search.aspx?winter=1

 

 

Archive for November, 2010

Dollywood wins “the Oscar” of Amusement Parks

November 17th, 2010

Dollywood received the 2010 APPLAUSE AWARD during a special ceremony in Orlando on November 16 from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo. Right under the nose of Disney World, our hometown girl brought home the big prize!

The Applause Award honors a park “whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development.” It is considered the most prestigious award within the amusement and theme park industry. Of the three finalists, Dollywood was the only US Park.

Dolly Parton was there in person to accept the award. It is especially exciting that this honor came during the 25th Anniversary year of the theme park, located in Pigeon Forge, TN. “We are so honored to win this award. Our success over the last 25 years is because of the great team at DOLLYWOOD that I lovingly call my other family! All those folks back home cooking, cleaning, entertaining and landscaping – I am proud of every one of them,” DOLLY said.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Holiday Events in Gatlinburg…..don’t miss out on the fun!

November 15th, 2010

As you gather your family for a Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving, you can enjoy the beautiful displays all over downtown for Winter Magic. Visit the Festival of Trees at Mills Conference Center from November 23-27, benefiting the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. Also see the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center November 23-30. Come find some unique and wonderful Christmas gifts for your family and friends. You can also delight in the Nutcracker "Sweet" by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theater, also at Mills Conference Center on November 26 and 27. As you stroll the downtown Parkway, enjoy Winter Magic Tunes and Tales, enjoying area musicians, carolers and actors, November 26-December 24... When your feet give out at the end of the busy day, hop on the Trolley Ride of Lights to take in the sights in comfort, each evening from November10-January 30.

If you can't be in Gatlinburg for Thanksgiving, come the following week for the Winter Magic Fantasy of Lights Parade on Friday, December 3 at 7 pm. Adults and children alike with be entranced by the beautiful floats, marching bands, and naturally, Santa and his elves! Of course all the shops and galleries will be stocked with great bargains on gifts for your dear ones. All of the theaters in Pigeon Forge will have their Holiday Shows, and Dollywood will be decorated to the hilt for your holiday enjoyment!

Give the gift of togetherness to your family this Christmas by booking a chalet or condo in Gatlinburg, and stay for the New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks...a sight not to be missed!

See details at www.eventsgatlinburg.com

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Thank you, Veterans!

November 11th, 2010

In humble and grateful recognition of the men and women who have served our country so well:

It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag

 

 

 

 

Sevierville kicks off Winterfest!

November 5th, 2010

Sevierville will be the first to kick off Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual Music, Lights & Magic event on November 8 at the Sevierville Municipal Complex. This completely FREE event annually draws around 6,000 spectators who enjoy entertainment, free food, kids’ games, fireworks and plenty of great surprises. The event runs from 3-8pm at the Sevierville Municipal Complex, 110 Gary Wade Blvd. in Sevierville.
 
 

 

 

First Snow of the Season!

November 4th, 2010

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Well, we've got snow in the forecast for this weekend! As a Florida girl, this is still new and exciting news for me! I love the quiet beauty of the world blanketed in snow.

On these mountain roads, conditions can become dangerous very quickly. Please remember, when booking a trip to the Smoky Mountains any time from November to April, be prepared for hazardous road conditions. You may need a 4-wheel drive and/or snow chains to get to your property. It is a good idea to monitor weather forecasts http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Gatlinburg&state=TN&site=MRX&textField1=35.7234&textField2=-83.4937 in advance of your trip. You can also check road conditions in the national park at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm, or by calling 865-436-1200. Safe travels everyone!

 

 

 

 

Guest comment for Smoky Bear Hideaway

November 2nd, 2010

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We stayed at Gatlinburg Chateau's Smokey Bear Hideaway, and it was wonderful! 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, surrounded by trees and mountains. The Hot Tub is on a very private deck, and there is plenty of room to enjoy the evening on the additional 2 outdoor seating areas. The gas fireplace and Bear Decor lent to the homey atmosphere. Our Chalet and kitchen appliances were super clean. I slept well in the luxurious pillow top king size bed. The Chalet was well stocked with fresh linens, toiletries, ample kitchen ware, and small appliances. I really liked the fact that we were able to bring our dogs, saving substantial money on boarding fees. We were uneasy about driving on the winding mountain roads, however, we adapted and overcame. The Management is simply the best. I left something behind, and they are shipping it to me—very cool. Our Chatel could be seen from the Tram; it was an "A" frame and quite impressive when lit up... Since we have a Dodge "Dualy" and with the roads being narrow, we will book something a little easier to drive to, next time. However, having all the room was just fantastic. Thank you for being in business, Gatlinburg Chateau. Check them out at http://www.gatlinburgcodosandcabins.com

2 Responses to “Guest comment for Smoky Bear Hideaway”

  • Jan C:

December 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Narrow curving roads tons of snow and a sudden fear of heights are not a good mix…..I had to walk down the 2 miles on christmas day and check into a hotel (TOTALLY WASTED MY MONEY)…..there was noway i was driving down that mtn in any vehicle…..if you want to be secluded from the rest of the world…..its a perfect place…….the cabin is awesome…..i just cant stay inside for that long….totally not for me…….I NEED PEOPLE, TRAFFIC, NOISE……and most of all….LEVEL GROUND

January 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Dear Jan, Our Christmas snowstorm this year took everyone (including the weather forecasters) by surprise. We got as much snow in two day as we normally get the whole winter, stranding hundreds of people all over the area. Thankfully, you are safely home. Many blessings in 2011 to you and your family.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Season is Here!!!

November 2nd, 2010

The cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are putting on the Holiday finery! The great unveiling of the Winter Festival of Lights happens on November 10, along with the Chili Cook-off. With the official start of the season, the theaters in Pigeon Forge are starting their Holiday shows! Tunes and Tales resumes in the streets of Gatlinburg, as well as the Trolley Ride of Lights! The annual Christmas Parade is Friday December 3 at 7 PM. Its a great time to visit, enjoy the festive spirit, get some shopping done, and avoid the crowds of the summer. See our website for great specials, including book 3 nights, pay for 2!

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November 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

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Guest Feedback for Condo #108

November 1st, 2010

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I just wanted to say thank you for our wonderful stay at the Gatlinburg Chateau. We had reserved and stayed in one of your condo's and had the best time. When we entered into the room, it was like walking into our own home. It was that "Home Sweet Home" feeling. It made visiting with our family such a memorable one that we will not forget. We had even talked about maybe making it an annual event to get together since our families live so far apart from each other. Thank you again so much!!!

Lelani W.

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Archive for October, 2010

Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff

October 25th, 2010

Are you thinking chili?

Offering mouth-watering recipes of home-style chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 21st annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the popular Downtown Parkway. Read more at:

http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=11

 

 

 

 

Birds of Prey Program by naturalist Doris Mager

October 8th, 2010

Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg will be the location of Birds of Pray, a presentation by natura list Doris Mager, on Saturday, October 16 at 10:30am. Known as the “Eagle Lady”, Ms Mager has worked with raptors for over 35 years, and has cared for more than 80 injured eagles and hundreds of other raptors. During the program, she will have four birds with her, including an American Kestrel, a Great Horned Owl and a Screech Owl. Come, get up close and personal with some of natures most magnificent creatures!

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Archive for September, 2010

Star Gazing In Cades Cove!

September 29th, 2010

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer a 2-hour stargazing program in Cades Cove on October 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society. Experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes will be on hand to provide a discovery of the autumn sky’s position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the Milky Way. In case of rain or cloud cover where night skies are not visible, the program will be cancelled.

 

According to Park Ranger Mike Maslona, “It’s a great opportunity to gaze at the star-studded sky without the obstruction of artificial light as seen in developed areas outside the Park. People will be amazed at the vast depths of this planetary world and all that they can see in the complete darkness. This program mixes astronomy, legends, and the beauty of the stars to create a worthwhile exploration into the wonders of the heavens.”

 

 

 
Participants for the program should park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road where a ranger will be to escort the group about one-third of a mile to a nearby field. Those planning to attend should dress warmly, and bring a flashlight and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Also, it is suggested to bring binoculars which can be used for stargazing. 
For further information, call 865/448-4104; or if there is any uncertainty about whether the event will occur because of weather conditions, call the day of the event for its status.
 
 
 

 

Archive for June, 2010

Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival!!!

June 10th, 2010

Smoky Mt. Storytelling Festival, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at the Grand Majestic, Pigeon Forge. Workshops, Concerts & MORE. $25 three days, $10 one day. Don’t miss Late Nights 8:30 at Sprit of Smokies Lodge $5 at door: Thursday, Tall Tales; Friday, Haunts and Haints; Saturday, …These Ain’t Momma’s Stories benefit Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association. Hope to see you there!

One Response to “Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival!!!”

December 23, 2010 at 1:02 am

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Archive for April, 2010

Ribfest and Wings!!!

April 17th, 2010

Thursday, April 22 in the streets of downtown Gatlinburg…it’s time for Ribfest and Wings! Don’t miss this wandering feast from 5 to 9 PM! A $12 armband allows unlimited sampling until they run out! http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=27

 

 

Archive for March, 2010

Spring Thaw…..Wake up to fun!

March 2nd, 2010

After a record-breaking winter, we’re ALL ready for Spring! Come visit Gatlinburg before the crowds arrive! You’ll find less traffic, less waiting and great deals on lodging, shopping and meals! There’s plenty to do, even before Dollywood reopens on March 27, with the Festival of Nations. Join us for Smoky Mountain Springfest!

The new Penguin Exhibit will be launched at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies!

The Santas are returning, so you never know where you’ll bump into those twinkling eyes and droll smile. They will all turn out in their Santa finery for the Holly and Shamrock Parade on March 13 in downtown Gatlinburg.

The mountains begin to don their wildflower array this month, so your scenic drives and hikes are awash with their delicate beauty. This all culminates in the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in April.

The Arts and Crafts Community Show fills the Gatlinburg Convention Center with some of the finest examples of tradition mountain arts: woodcarving, painting, jewelry making, candles, candy, furniture….get a jump start on your 2010 gift-giving with some truly unique ideas. Show begins March 31 through April 3.

http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/search.aspx?spring=1
http://www.dollywood.com/calendar.aspx

 

 

Archive for January, 2010

Art-cation in Gatlinburg at the Arrowmont School

January 16th, 2010

Whether trying your hand at something new, or honing your skills with area experts, a one-week workshop at Arrowmont School of the Arts in Gatlinburg has something for you! From glass to metal, from clay to fiber, from painting to woodworking, it’s all here. Beginning at the end of May and running through October, Arrowmont offers one-week workshops with some of the best artisans in the country. Make this summer vacation one that gives you a new (or improved) skill to take home with you. Visit http://arrowmont.org/2010workshop-preview.html for details!

 

 

 

 

 

Silent, Snowy World

January 8th, 2010

It’s amazing how quiet it gets when snow is falling…the world gets cozy in its blanket and curls up for a nap!

Stay safe on the roads as you come to visit us here in the Smoky Mountains. Check road conditions at 865-436-1200, ext 631.

If you are prepared with the right vehicle and clothing, it’s a great time to visit Gatlinburg! You won’t find the summer crowds, or heat. Most places are offering off-season discounts and the shops have sales galore. The Gatlinburg Winter Magic is still glowing all over town, and the Trolley Ride of Lights continues until January 30.

The Santa Clauses are coming to town again this year for their 2010 convention March 13-16. Any children lucky enough to be visiting then will bump into Santa everywhere! The fun spills into the streets for the Holly and Shamrock Parade:

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Archive for October, 2009

Holiday Season is Here!

October 30th, 2009

The cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are putting on the Holiday finery! The great unveiling of the Winter Festival of Lights happens on November 4, along with the Chili Cook-off. With the official start of the season, the theaters in Pigeon Forge are starting their Holiday shows! Tunes and Tales resumes in the streets of Gatlinburg, as well as the Trolley Ride of Lights! It’s a great time to visit, enjoy the festive spirit, get some shopping done, and avoid the crowds of the summer. See our website for great specials, including book 3 nights, pay for 2!

www.eventsgatlinburg.com

 

 

 

Archive for August, 2009

Fall is Right Around the Corner

August 28th, 2009

It’s hard to believe, but Fall is almost here! At the higher elevations in the Smokies, leaves are already beginning to show some color. Predictions are for a vibrant display this year, due to the plentiful rain all spring and summer! Have you booked your place to stay yet?

Read more about it on the National Park website:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fallcolor.htm

The Craftsmen’s Fair also happens at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in October…come get a head start on some Christmas Shopping! For more to do in Gatlinburg in the Fall see the Chamber Events Calendar:

http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/search.aspx?fall=1

2 Responses to “Fall is Right Around the Corner”

  • Anonymous:

August 29, 2009 at 10:48 am

Hi Warren and Maryann
I thought this new website was more informative and better pictures of the accommodations and area.
The various places looked so clean and comfy, giving a sense of peace and contentment.
Good job, now I hope and pray you keep them filled up!!
Love ya, Phyllis

  • Warren and Maryann Hanrahan:

November 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Thank you Phyllis for your unfailing encouragement! We love you!

 

 

 

 

Archive for July, 2009

Visit our Brand New Website!

July 30th, 2009

We’ve just launched our new website and are very excited about how it looks! We’ve tried to make it more user-friendly and more informative….hope you agree!

Thanks for visiting us at www.gatlinburgcondosandcabins.com

 

 

 

 

New feedback from our guests!

July 28th, 2009

July 2008

Stella wrote: It was a joy to meet you. Thanks again for all of your help with the best vacation ever.

eBay feedback:

Wonderful! – Communication, transaction, condo and great vacation. Thank you!
Jul-26-09 07:39

Excellent Item. Will do business with this ebayer again!!! Thank you!!!!!!
Buyer:
Jul-20-09 06:57

A+++++++++. Very honest and great transaction.
Jul-17-09 12:01

 

 

Archive for June, 2009

Fourth of July Festivities!

June 25th, 2009

Don’t miss it! One of the highlights of the year in Gatlinburg are the 24 hours celebrating the Birth of our Nation! Beginning at 12:01 AM, the Midnight Parade is the first in the country. Lighted floats, marching bands, clowns, the Shriners, military personnel, police and fire vehicles all take part in this parade from City Hall on Highway 321 all the way to traffic light #10. This year, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Smoky Mountains National Park, the parade will recreate the FDR motorcade with actor David Keith as Grand Marshall in the role of FDR. http://www.gatlinburg-tennessee.com/files/09posterflyer.pdf

At noon on July 4, is the River Regatta in the Little Pigeon River in downtown Gatlinburg. The evening brings a concert in the plaza of Ripley’s Aquarium featuring Fiddlers Restrung at 8:30 PM. Following the concert with be the Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30 PM. Celebrate with us!

 

 

 

 

eBay Testimonials

June 25th, 2009

June 2009: Condo value worth well more than the price paid. Very nice condo in a nice location!

May 2009: Very nice clean condo! Thank you so much Maryann and Warren. Great Host and Value!

May 2009: Easy easy transaction, and a GREAT price! Take advantage of it if you can.

April 2009: Better than I could have imagined. Wonderful eBay experience. Thanks!

April 2009: Good Location/Convenient/Good Deal 4 the Price.

March 2009: Great deal super nice folks! A++++

March 2009: Just got back from a great stay here. Already planning the next trip!

 

 

 

 

The Davis Family says:

June 25th, 2009

Maryann and Warren,
Thank you for a lovely stay in Gatlinburg. The accommodations were just as you described! May God bless and keep you safe.

 

 

 

 

Battle of Burg Hill

June 1st, 2009

Presented by the Southern Guards Battalion, this Civil War re-enactment is living history!

On Fathers’ Day Weekend, June19-21, history will come to life before our eyes. Beginning with the 6:00 PM Parade in downtown Gatlinburg “The Siege of Gatlinburg”, followed by two days of activities at Mills Park, you’ll see what it was really like. Each actor is a living historian, knowledgeable about the daily life of a soldier, equipment, ammunition and weapons, cavalry, and artillery of the day. The mornings will be filled with all sorts of demonstrations and skits, including a chance to ask questions. At 2:00 PM, “canons blaze and soldiers charge!” as the Battle of Burg Hill is re-created.

Free parking at Mills Park, with shuttle service to the battle grounds. It’s all FREE!

http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=35

 

 

Archive for May, 2009

75th Anniversary Concert: Music in Cades Cove

May 30th, 2009

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove will be the site of an afternoon of music with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, featuring Senator Lamar Alexander on the piano! This will be a unique and exciting event!

Access will be by car pass (a maximum of 1500 will be sold) purchased in advance only. Car pass sales are through the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra box office only…865-291-3310. Cades Cove will be closed to all other traffic for that day.

Please read the information in the link below for all of the details, including what you are allowed to bring and what you are not allowed to bring.

http://greatsmokies75th.org/files/pdf/CadesCoveKSO.pdf

 

 

 

 

Gatlinburg Goes Green

May 17th, 2009

Our little town has mounted a huge effort to “go green” as a gift for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75thAnniversary! As relative newcomers to the area, Warren and I are very impressed by the efforts that are being put forth to preserve the gem of nature in our backyard! In addition to Gatlinburg’s efforts, Sevier County is also very pro-active in preserving our environment. Just some the changes already in place:

Gatlinburg’s trolley system, used by nearly 800,000 riders in 2008, is the fifth largest mass transit system in the state. The 20+ trolley fleet is fueled by ultra-low sulphur biodiesel.

The Gatlinburg Convention Center has reduced its kilowatt hours usage by 31% over the past year.

City of Gatlinburg Winterfest light displays have been converted entirely to LED bulbs over the past 3 years, saving more than 75% on power bills for the 5 month period.

Gatlinburg Wastewater treatment plant has increased efficiency, resulting in a 22% reduction in electrical consumption. The facility has also been honored with the Operational Excellence Award for 2008.

The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce has launched a “Gatlinburg Goes Green” campaign to encourage area businesses to make environmentally-friendly changes in their operations. The goal is 75% participation to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park.

The brand new Sevier County Composting Facility (one of only eight in the WORLD) went into operation. This state-of-the-art facility converts 70% of our solid waste into compost, leaving only 30% going to landfills.

We are proud to be part of a community taking seriously the responsibility to care for our earth!

 

 

 

 

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

May 12th, 2009

One of the really cool things about Gatlinburg in the summer is you never know who you’ll meet while strolling downtown. This is true partly because people are visiting from all over, and partly because of Tunes & Tales.

Beginning June 12 on Friday and Saturday evenings and beginning June 26 every evening until August 8, the Parkway downtown is a stage! Twenty acts on a rotating schedule stroll the heart of downtown from 5-10 pm and provide interactive entertainment. Musicians, singers, a quilter, a bear, an 1800′s schoolmarm, storytellers, and cloggers are all among the performers who will keep you so engrossed you’ll forget you’re learning something about Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains!

 

 

 

 

Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg

May 8th, 2009

http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/

One of the most unique treasures you will find in Galtinburg is “the Glades” aka The Arts & Crafts Community. For over 70 years, this area has drawn crafts men and women to live and create among other artists. It is now the largest enclave of independent artisans in North America!

This eight-mile loop, located just three miles from downtown Gatlingurg, is home to over 100 studios, galleries, shops and eateries. You will find candlemakers, basketweavers, woodcarvers, photographers, dulcimer makers, jewelers, painters, sculptors, potters, broom makers, quilters, candy makers, weavers, spinners….all the traditional mountain arts, and some less traditional. The beauty of the place is that this is where the artists live and work, so many are on site as you visit. You can watch them work, talk with them, purchase a piece and have it signed. Some artists even offer classes, demonstrations and private instruction.

This is a rich tradition in East Tennessee, deeply ingrained in the local culture. Many of these artists are from families that have lived and worked here for many generations, so they know and love this beautiful place!

The yellow trolley runs from Gatlinburg to the Glades for only a one dollar fare. You may also like to drive, and there is plenty of free parking. The website link at the top of the article shows a map listing all the shops and galleries, as well as an alphabetical listing of all of the members shops, with phone numbers and websites.

 

 

 

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 3rd, 2009

http://www.nps.gov/grsm

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/trip-planner.htm

One of the most wonderful treasures of this area of the country is the Smokies! With over 800 square miles of land at the Tennessee/North Carolina border, the Smokies are home to over 10,000 identified species (scientists believe only 12% of resident species have been identified) and elevations from over 6600 feet to 875 feet, making it a world-renowned center of bio-diversity! Some of the largest stands of old-growth forest in the eastern US are located here. We even qualify as a temperate rain forest in the highest elevations, with over 85 inches of rain a year!

The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridgeline in the park, only one of 150 official trails throughout the park. Whether you want secluded forest paths, waterfalls, or strenuous hikes to endless vistas, it’s all here. Get detailed information, descriptions and maps at the links above.

FREE is a wonderful word, especially when it is paired with FUN, family adventures! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to vacation in the Smokies. The park is full of free or almost-free things to do from hiking, biking and horseback riding, to fishing, tubing, rafting, or just drinking in the beauty! There are also ranger-led programs available, many of them free as well.

If you are interested in learning more about this natural splendor, check out the Smoky Mountain Field School (through University of Tennessee) at http://www.ce.utk.edu/Smoky/. There are many classes offered throughout the spring, summer and fall.

More information to come about things to do in Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, but don’t come to visit without planning to spend some time in this national treasure! This year is the park’s 75th Anniversary, so many special events are planned that you won’t want to miss. Get more details at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/parknews/75th-anniversary.htm

 

 

Archive for April, 2009

Tickets for Aquarium and Dollywood/Splash Country

April 29th, 2009

As we learn more and more about available programs in the area, we are adding value for our guests!

Last month we added tickets for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to our offerings. Tickets are available for purchase at our office at regular pricing: $22.29 adult, $12.25 children 6-11 and $5.56 children 2-5. As a special Guest Appreciation offering, with an online or undiscounted reservation, guests may purchase one ticket at half-price for each paid night of their stay. This may be used with free-night packages: Book 4 nights, pay for 3, the guests may purchase 3 tickets at half-price!

Our newest offering is for 2 programs offered through Dollywood/Splash Country:

“Play Another Day” is available exclusively through lodging affiliates. This ticket is priced as a regular 1-day admission to Dollywood, but entitles you to a second day FREE! You have 3 days to use the 2 admissions AND if you arrive after 3pm on your second day, you can come back the next day FREE. If you plan it right, you can get 2 1/2 days for the price of 1. The pricing is: $53.50 adult, $50.20 senior (60+), $42.35 children 4-11.

“Splash & Play” is available at the gate as well as through lodging affiliates, but the gate price is higher. This is a 3-day ticket for any combination of Dollywood and Splash Country that may be used over a 7-day period. The pricing for these tickets is: $85.85 adults, $69.15 children 4-11, so you get 3 days for less than the price of 2.

We are so excited to offer these extra values to our guests! We want to help make your visit to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains to be totally fun-filled and affordable.

 

 

 

 

It is SO beautiful here!

April 27th, 2009

We just love living in Gatlinburg!

April has been a variable month, with snowfall on April 3 and 90 degrees on April 26! With that said, it’s a beautiful month to be here. Everything is blooming, the birds are nesting, and the bears are roaming! This Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage just ended, and Ribfest and Wings was a smash hit on April 23.

Quattro de Mayo, the Audi and VW auto show is going on now. See http://www.cherokeeaudiclub.com/ for more information.

On May 15-17 will be the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games at Mills Park. More info at http://www.gsfg.org/

Get all the details about the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival at http://www.gfaf.net. This event is held at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza and admission is FREE

Of course the end of the month brings Memorial Day and the official start of the summer season! For the BEST deals and to avoid the crowds Summer brings, come visit us soon!

2 Responses to “It is SO beautiful here!”

  • Jeanine:

April 29, 2009 at 1:47 am

In the Summer of 2007, our family spent 4 days in the Smokey Bear cabin at HanrahansHIPHideways and it was great. Flatlanders from Wisconsin, the Smokey Mountains were breathtaking and beautiful. We were able to shop in the quaint downtown area of Gatlinburg, saw live music on the streets and dined in some awesome restaurants. We also enjoyed hiking on the local trails. The lodge we stayed at was cozy and had a jacuzzi that we were able to relax in after we grilled out on the patio. We are looking forward to coming back! The Mayor Family

  • Warren and Maryann Hanrahan:

April 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Dear Jeanine, We’re flatlanders too, as you know! The natural beauty of this area feeds your soul and reminds you of the awesomeness of God’s creation! Thanks for taking the time to write, we appreciate you.

 

 

 

 

 

A new leap into cyberspace!

April 26th, 2009

Well, here we are…not sure exactly how this works, but wanting to learn!

We’ve made a mid-life change in our lives and are very excited! Leaving the security of full-time paychecks and benefits to be self-employed is scary any time. To make that leap of faith as you approach the age of 50…well some might call it crazy! It has been an adventure, indeed, but we don’t have any regrets!

We (Warren and Maryann) are going on four years of marriage and going on two years as business owners in Gatlinburg, TN. We purchased a vacation lodging business and rent privately-owned condos, cabins and chalets for your vacation enjoyment. Our heart is to serve all those the Lord brings our way and we hope to show YOU the HIP difference in vacation rentals!

Our goal is to provide a clean, comfortable, cozy personal paradise while you enjoy the outrageous beauty and FUN of the natural paradise around you! There is so much to see and do here and we’ll be talking it up in the weeks ahead.

Blessings to you and your Dear Ones!

6 Responses to “A new leap into cyberspace!”

  • freejazzcat:

May 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Very exciting stuff, I wish you all the best in your venture. I will definitely keep an eye on your blog. Peace and Love!

Jan Dyke

  • Warren and Maryann Hanrahan:

May 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm

From one jazzcat to another, thank you! Bird lives!!

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