Stay Warm – Come On In!

Planning your vacation this Winter? Look no further than the Great Smoky Mountains! There are a slew of indoor activities in the area. Whether you’re here with family or on a couples retreat, we have something for you!

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As you drive into Sevier County, you’ll see the crazy large upside-down house known as Wonderworks! This 35,000 square ft. house is jam packed with FUN for the whole family! Inside you’ll find over a hundred hands on exhibits for all ages, with six different “Wonder Zones” to explore. They mix education with entertainment for an experience you’re family won’t forget. Don’t miss the glow in the dark indoor ropes course, sure to bring out the child side in you. If you want to get your adrenaline going, try out the Rock Climbing wall or the Xtreme 360 Bicycle attraction. They even have a bubble lab- where you can blow bubbles bigger than a person! After touring the museum, head over to The Wonders of Magic Show with Terry Evanswood.

The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a true favorite with two levels of sea-sational entertainment. The Penguin Playhouse lets you view the wonderful life of a penguin. They even have a crawl through tunnel for the kids to get an up close and personal look! You can touch a jellyfish or a horseshoe crab in the Discovery Zone. If you would rather stay at bay, take a ride on the 340 ft. glidepath through the tunnel for an experience that is one of a kind. You truly feel like you’re a part of the ocean surrounded by sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and more!

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Lose yourself in a world beyond at MagiquestMaqiquest.jpgThis role-playing game lets you interact with other players as you work your way through quests and other adventures. Use real magic wands to battle your way through and solve the game’s mysteries. Once you complete all three Rune Quests, you can then become a Master Magi.

The Hollywood Wax Museum is located in Pigeon Forge and is the only one in the country that is entirely devoted to celebrity figures. This picture perfect attraction allows you to immerse yourself into Hollywood with lifelike statues of the most famous people of show-biz. Photo-ops are sure to impress your friends with amazing folks such as Charlie Chaplain, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt and more. Check out the other attractions they offer with an all access pass – Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, Castle of Chaos and Outbreak Dread the Undead.

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We want to welcome Alcatraz East Crime Museum as the newest addition alcatraz-banner-cropto attractions in the Smokies. This  unique museum has artifacts straight from Alcatraz itself, but that’s not all! It’s divided into five different categories: History of Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, The Consequence of Crime, Crime Fighting and Pop Culture. They boast over 500 artifacts and 28 different areas with interactive exhibits.

 

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Let it Snow!

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We are happy to say that Ober Gatlinburg is up and running! Ride the famous Aerial Tram from Downtown Gatlinburg up 2.1 miles to the Ski Resort and Amusement Park as a great way to kick off your day. The views are astonishing! Once at the top, there are a variety of activities for all members of the family. They feature an indoor ice skating rink, arcade, carousel and wildlife encounters that are perfect for anyone not wanting to brave the elements.

They have a outdoor Alpine Slide and a Ski Mountain Coaster for family friendly outdoor activities. Ober has also opened up Snow tubing, which has been a huge hit for anyone ages 3 and older. It’s just like sledding but you don’t have to walk back up,  Ober has a “magic carpet” that takes care of that! If you have little ones, they also offer a Cubbies Snow Zone for the kids to play. Entry is free with an area/lift ticket.

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The slopes will resume regular operating hours following the start of the 2016/2017 season. Ticket prices vary on amount of days and equipment rental. The resort starting blowing snow last week and already has a base of over 15″ on most of their runs. Of course, you’ll have to check the forecast daily. And with 10 different trails and 7 different lifts, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs.

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This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Smoky Mountain areas.

Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving

 

The Great Smoky Mountains are a place for families to come together and remember what life is all about. There are many things for us to be thankful for this season, and with Thanksgiving nearing we thought we could share what we are most thankful for!

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1. We are thankful for the Great Smoky Mountains! Being surrounded by these majestic mountains day in and day out is such a blessing. If you’re walking through or driving, you’re sure not to miss just how beautiful they are. We are SO glad we get to enjoy them year round! US-NationalParkService-ShadedLogo.svg.png

2. We are thankful for the National Park Service! This year, the NPS turned 100 years old! Without their aid and effort, the Smokies might not have made the Number One spot on the Most Visited National Park List. They strive to preserve our natural beauty and work hard to ensure that it stays that way and we are so very grateful.

 

3. We are thankful for the Seasons! We can not believe how much our surroundings change throughout the year. We were fortunate enough this Spring to walk through the wildflowers and spot a few salamanders! Summer was a hot one, but it made for lazy lake days and pleasant walks through the shade trees. Fall is still here and the colors are bountiful!

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4. We are thankful for all of the Attractions! There is no shortage of things to do in the Smokies. The area has everything you can think of! Tanger Outlet is the perfect spot to catch a bargain. Dollywood offers a family fun approach with shows and high flying coasters. We have go-karts, ferris wheels, mini golf, and more!

5. We are thankful for all of our visitors! Without all of our wonderful guests, the area would not be what it is today. It makes us SO happy that SO many people share our love of the Great Smokies! With over 10 million visitors to our Mountains, there’s no surprise in the amount of joy that is shared each year.

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6. We are thankful for our firefighters! With the drought we have had recently, the area is full of wildfires. Our firefighters have been working so hard to put out these natural and man made fires to their best ability, to help make sure that our land (and air quality!) is preserved.

 

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This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

 

Fall Family Fun!

Gatlinburg is in full swing with smell of the seasons in the air! The colors are changing and providing the perfect backdrop for family fun activities! There is no shortage of things to do here in the Smokies, and we will let you in on the scoop.

 

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Why not plan a trip out to Kyker Farms in Sevierville for an afternoon on the farm? This family operated farm is located in Sevierville, TN. They offer a multitude of activities for all ages. Enjoy a relaxing hayride around the farm or take a stroll through the pumpkin patch. They even have three different corn mazes to choose from. For the kids they offer many different activities such as a playground, petting zoo, and jump pad.

 

Ober Gatlinburg is kicking off their Oktoberfest. Running through October 30, 2016, they will have The Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band performing traditional folk songs and dances outfitted in authentic lederhosen. They will also be serving traditional Bavarian food in the restaurant. Also, look for the Bier Garten, which will be featuring different beers to patrons 21 or older. For more information visit their website here.

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Take a hike (or drive!) through the park to experience the wonderful views that the Smokies has to offer. With the fall colors setting in, it’s the perfect time to get out there and enjoy all that nature has to offer. A few of our favorite places to drive through and snap some photos are Clingman’s Dome, Foothills Parkway, and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Some great hikes that can lead you to and through the foliage are Andrew’s Bald, Charlie’s Bunion, and of course Mt. LeConte.

 

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This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals
located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 865-430-3366. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Our Guest Shared the Joy!

During the winter season the Smoky Mountain area delights its guest with an array of glistening lights. As the participation throughout the area has increased, more visuals are added with each turning year. So, we decided to ask our guest what about Winterfest and Winter Magic allures you to the Smokies, what is it that brings you or your loved ones joy? Is is it the season, the lights, the events, or the ambiance of a winter cabin? We asked that our participants submit photos that display and give visual representation of their Joy. The fun behind this particular contest, was that the meaning was different to each person. Here are a few samples submitted by Share the Joy contestants.

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Our winner was Nancy Colby for the city of Gatlinburg during the winter, gives her joy. Nancy was awarded a gift certificate for a FREE 2 Night Stay in one of our 2 Bedroom cabins. We enjoy interacting with our guest throughout the year and our photo contests are just one of the avenues in which we do that. We always like to see what brings you here to the Smokies, lookout for the next photo contest for spring is in the air!

This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 865-430-3366. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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A Sporting Feud!

You stroll down Parkway, making your way to your destination and you begin to ponder as to how you are going to fit it all in! We suggest breaking it down by your interest and if you are into competitive action and extreme sports then the Lumberjack Feud will provide you with both. This attraction is a dinner & show that provides its audience with an amazing display of intense physical competitions.The audience watches authentic Lumberjack athletes compete in these high thrilling events:

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Watch these Lumberjacks utilize their ability to chop and climb in the Springboard chop event. After they ascend they use springboard placements to chop through a 12-inch-diameter aspen log mounted on the top of the pole.

 

 

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In the Single Buck competition a Lumberjack utilizes a one-man bucking saw to pierce through 19 inches of white pine within the designated time frame.

 

 

 

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During the Hot Saw competition a lumberjack uses a STIHL MS880 chainsaw to make three vertical cuts—down, up, and down—through a 20-inch-diameter white pine log. This competition is based on the time frame in which the third slice is severed. All cuts must be complete to qualify.

 

 

Double_ BuckIn the Double Buck competition, two Lumberjacks utilize a two-man buckingsaw to pierce through a 20-inch-diameter white pine log. The Lumberjack team that cuts through their log first wins!

 

 

 

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This Standing Block competition simulates the action of chopping down a tree. Lumberjacks will be striking the front side of the block. They then strike the back side, as their axe is driven into the wood severing it into two.

 

 

 

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In this competition Lumberjacks will be standing on a block, swinging a 7 pound axe in a downward position continuing half way through the front side in the Underhand Block Chop event. Swiftly they helicopter over to the other side to sever their block in two.

 

 

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In the 60-foot speed climb Lumberjacks will ascend poles with their ropes in order to cross the top line. Once this goal is achieved, they must be the first to touch ground in order to accomplish the win!

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The Log Roll competition is the grand finale it challenges a Lumberjacks ability for balance, speed, movement and longevity. A Lumberjack will attempt to lodge their opponent off a floating log within a designated time frame. The win is based on a two out of three score.

Take a peek at what you will see at the Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge! If you book a stay with ERA In The Smokies you will receive a Buy 1, Get 1 coupon for this Dinner & Show! (This offer is valid until February 28th and excludes the Valentine’s Holiday weekend)

 
This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 865-430-3366. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.
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Valentine’s with the TITANIC MUSEUM of Pigeon Forge

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The TITANIC Museum Attraction invites you to visit during the Valentine Holiday. Experience the exclusive events that will be taking place at their museum in Pigeon Forge!

When Margaret Tobin Brown boarded Titanic at Cherbourg, France, she had already made a significant impact in the world. She and her daughter Helen, who was a student at the Sorbonne, had been traveling throughout Europe and were staying with the John Jacob Astor party in Cairo, Egypt, when Margaret received word that her first grandchild, Lawrence Palmer Brown, Jr., was ill. So, she decided to leave for New York immediately and boarded Titanic on April 10, 1912. Come see the Titanic’s exhibition that entails the story of Margaret” Unsinkable Molly” Brown.

The Titanic Museum Attraction is honored to also announce an exclusive event for February 14th & February 15th. Mrs. Helen Benziger, Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown’s Great Granddaughter, will make a two-day appearance. Visitors will have a chance to speak with her and hear her separate fact from fiction in the life of her famed ancestor.  

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Experience the Loving Cup Reunion on Valentine’s weekend, Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown’s Great Granddaughter, Helen Benziger, along with Captain Rostron’s Great Granddaughters from England, will come together with the ACTUAL Loving Cup at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tn. These three Titanic Descendants will be at the ship to meet and greet guests on February 14th and February 15th for this historical event.

TITANIC MUSEUM ATTRACTION of Pigeon Forge will also be generously donating an EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY to a guest of ERA In The Smokies. If you book a stay during Valentine’s weekend you have a chance to win this EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE:

– A family pass good for 2 adults and up to 4 children
– A private meet & greet with Helen Benziger, 
  “Unsinkable Molly” Brown’s Great Granddaughter 
– An Unsinkable Molly Brown book signed by Helen Benziger
– A signed photo of you and Helen Benziger
– A Titanic jewelry piece inspired by the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

 Plan these events into your intimate getaway & experience the deepest tales of the TITANIC!

This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 865-430-3366. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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