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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Skiing, Tubing, Ice Skating and More…

Snow_tubing_OGThere was a time when a child would take their tube or sleigh and eagerly find the highest hill they could climb, all to thoroughly enjoy a momentous slide! Here, in The Great Smoky Mountains we have the luxury of Ober Gatlinburg Resort. Locals and guests can relive that type of memory and develop new ones with their outdoor sports. They are well equipped with a state-of-the art Snow Tubing Park designed for numerous tubers to descend simultaneously. The barriers guide the tubes down a non collision course, which provides a safe slide every time. Unlike the days when one had to drag the tube back up the hill, Ober’s Park will provide you with a new tube after each slide.

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If you have an adventurous spirit you can try their Ski Slopes. They have nine trails serviced by two quads, one double and one surface lift, you will be able to spend more time on the slopes and less time in a line for a lift. They offer terrains for all abilities, from a beginner experiencing the joy of a snow sport for the first time, to an expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. 

Those of you who are into snowboarding, can appreciate their freestyle terrain park. They offer a number of rails, boxes and have various snow features such as table tops and spines during the season. If you are coming to the Smokies, but don’t want to be bothered with packing the equipment. Ober Gatlinburg has the supplies you need. Their rental office can provide you with skis, snowboards, ski pants, jackets, and helmets. Their trained staff will assist you and prepare you for a fun filled day on their slopes!

iceskatingIf you are not one to brave out the cold weather, Ober Resort offers a variety of indoor activities as well. Inside their indoor mall you can experience ice skating with their 140′ x 75 ice arena and for those who enjoy browsing the shops, here are a few you will find:

  • The Galleria Gift Shop has a unique collection of skiing items, snowboarding gear, and outerwear. The shop also has a variety of Ober Gatlinburg keepsakes.
  • Joyce’s and Ober Haus have the best selection of casual wear, outerwear, and accessories for men and women from brands such as Woolrich, Kuhl, Kavu and more!
  • At Obear’s Playhouse you can shop for toys, games, books, and apparel, that is designed for your little ones in mind.
  • The Obear Haus shop carries men’s casual outer wear.

Fit these Ober Events in your schedule..

The 2014 Ober Gatlinburg Race Program is an 8 event open class Ski & Snowboard Race Series. The best 6 out of 8 count towards the season champions in each division. It will take place every Thursday, starting January 9th at 5:30 PM. The final race is scheduled on Thursday, February 27th. Anyone that can ski or ride Mogul Ride can enter.

The Special Olympics Tennessee Winter Games will take place on January 27th and January 28th. There will be over 140 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Speed Skating in divisions based on their age and ability. The traditional lighting of the Special Olympics flame will take place on Monday at 9:00 AM on top of Ober Gatlinburg. The award presentation will begin at 2:00 PM on Tuesday.

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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When the Ball Drops the Fun Starts!

fwThe Smokies Mountain region has two cities that plan to welcome the year of 2014 in a big way. So when the ball drops, the fun will start!

In the heart of Gatlinburg guests and locals will take to the city streets, as they anxiously wait to ring in the New Year. They will enjoy festive music and entertainment as they dance their way to the year 2014. The Ball Drop will hit at the stroke of midnight. The skyline will then be set ablaze with a streaming fireworks display.

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New Year’s Eve at Blaine’s means you will be in the middle of all the excitement and anticipation that a New Year brings. Located in the heart of Gatlinburg next to the Space Needle, Blaine’s Bar & Grill offers a splendid seated view. They are offering four packages, so you can celebrate in way that best fits you. Those who have a Premier Dining, Sports Bar, and Dance Floor package can enter at 7:30 PM (for drinks only until 7:45 PM). Dinner will then begin at 7:45 PM. Those who have General Admission Tickets can enter at 9:00 PM. See http://blainesgatlinburg.com for your options.

Jimmy's_resturantIf you are looking to celebrate the New Year in a smaller quaint setting, then you can ring it in at Three Jimmy’s. A restaurant nestled in East Gatlinburg near the Arts & Crafts Community. You can join them and The Blair Experience for their New Years Eve Party! Enjoy a tasteful platter of smoked prime rib or champagne chicken, be seated in the dining area, be supplied with party favors and a toast the night off for $40.00 per person. You also have the option of the Café or banquet room with dinner, party favors and a champagne toast for $35.00 per person. If you just want to be in an inviting environment, toast the night off and enjoy live entertainment it will be $15.00 per person.

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The Island at Pigeon Forge will be celebrating with their first ball drop. It will be followed by a dynamic fireworks display. Guest can enjoy an array of activities that will begin at 8:00 PM. Entertainment will be provided by Fairview Union and a DJ will also be present in the Plaza. Those who attend will be dazzled with the debut display of the Island Fountains. It will be the perfect setting for a family event.

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If your looking for VIP treatment Timberwood Grill is hosting an all-inclusive VIP party featuring a DJ, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and drinks from 8:00 PM to Midnight. Wristbands for the event will be $75.00 and can be purchased in advance and on the day of the event at Timberwood Grill. Patrons must be 21 or older to consume alcohol.

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If you want to ring in the New Year with a view, reserve your very own Gondola for a midnight ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Your view will be topped off with a bottle of Champagne, as you taken in the fireworks that light up the Pigeon Forge sky!

  • The cost per Gondola is $99.00 (seats up to 6 adults) includes: 1 bottle of Champagne – complementary treats –  and an extended ride time
  • VIP Gondola Cost: $300.00 (seats up to 4 adults) includes: 1 bottle of Champagne – complementary treats – and an extended ride time
  • Private Gondola rides can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event at the Ticket Center. Riders must be 21 or older to consume alcohol.

Be in the area to enjoy all of these splendid events, book a cabin with ERA In The Smokies!

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.ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals

The More the Merrier!

Gatlinburg is dazzling its guests with magical events to make the season a memorable one. The Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights has already begun. While you sit in the comfortable atmosphere of a trolley, you can take in the stunning light displays that are placed throughout the city. These visual displays have been specially designed to represent the critters you would find in the Smoky Mountain area. Also taking place throughout the city is our Winter Magic Tunes & Tales, as you stroll through the various plazas you can take in a performance by these musical talents:

• Hammer & Strings (Dulcimer players), who will be performing at the Reagan Terrace Mall
• Jon Hogue and Maria Moss  – Their presentation will be “It’s A Wonderful Life”.
• The Christmas Thyme Quartet – Acapella carolers; in early 1900’s Appalachian costuming
• Double Take –a 4 piece band performing bluegrass/country Christmas music
• ‘Father Christmas’ – Carey Jones – storyteller/singer
• EmiSunshine and her Dad – Emi is 9 years old; she sings, plays the banjo and writes many of the lyrics performed; early 1900’s attire
• 3-4 Elves and Frosty/On some nights, Rudolph or Ms. Claus may make an appearance at the “Yule Log Finale”.

ParadeGatlinburg’s 38th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will travel through downtown Gatlinburg on Friday, December 6 starting at 7:30 PM. The parade includes more than 100 parade entries, over a dozen marching bands from Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama, and giant helium balloons taking to the streets.

Sevierville’s 51st Annual Christmas Parade will take place December 7th. It is a traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of Santa Claus! The parade begins at 11:00 AM and can be seen at the Forks of the River Parkway and Court Ave. in historic downtown Sevierville, TN.

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The Smokies Stadium will be hosting Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. This year’s themed light show will be Santa’s Beach Party. The presentation will be open during the holidays, regardless of weather conditions. The show will begin each night at 6:00 PM and will continue till 10:00 PM. Admission to the light show will be $20.00 for cars or family vans. All tickets can be purchased on site, and you won’t even have to leave your vehicle.

Santa’s Village will also return this year with several exciting new additions, along with some of last year’s favorites. This year’s village will include:

  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Camel and pony rides
  • A Kids Zone with ultiple inflatables
  • An Orbitron
  • Train rides for kids to see the lights inside the park
  • Hot chocolate and snacks

For more information on this event – http://shadrackchristmas.com/sevierville/.

Ice_skatersYou can celebrate Christmas on Ice at Ober Gatlinburg’s Indoor Ice Arena. Enjoy the spirit of the season as local skaters display their talents on ice to the sounds of holiday music during a two-day performance. The annual Christmas on Ice Show at the Ober Gatlinburg Ice Skating Arena features local amateur skaters performing ice skating routines to traditional Christmas music, choreographed by rink instructor Devon Harman. This event will take place from December 7th – December 8th 2013.

While your here, enjoy the multitude of artists, musicians, and craftsmen in the area all in one central location for the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show from December 2nd – 8th. It will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, which is located off of downtown Parkway. As always, admission is free! It is a great opportunity to meet the members of the nationally renowned Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community as they produce one-of-a-kind works of art available for purchase.

If you are inspired to do some winter crafts yourself after viewing the Arts & Crafts in the area, then you can attend Arrowmont Holiday Festival on December 7th- 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Enjoy creative time with family and friends as you make your own useful art for yourself. Each workshop focuses on a specific media and will result in a finished product. All classes are intended for adults and children working independently or together! There is a $30 class fee per person (includes all materials and lunch) Call for more information and registration call (865) 436-5860.

Looking for that little incentive to keep the kids off the naughty list? How about spending a little quality time with Santa! You and your young ones can make reservations to have breakfast & brunch with Santa at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge on December 7th (reservations are required).

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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At the Top & Above the Rest, at Winfield Heights!

WH_AT_ARComing to Gatlinburg for some holiday shopping and don’t want to be to far from the strip? Winfield Heights is a unique destination spot, which is located less than a mile from Parkway. These three duplex cabins offer a convenient location with accommodations and amenities in mind! Their distinct setting, graciously gives the guest a marvelous view of the lively Gatlinburg area and its surrounding mountains. For that reason, they are continually admired from those who have ridden the Ober tram.

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  • A fireplace
  • Jacuzzi
  • A hot tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • A gameroom with pool table & air hockey
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Washer/dryer
  • Along with 3 levels of decks

While staying in this comfortable setting, one can fulfill their holiday shopping, as they check out all the unique places there are here. The Village is a quaint little plaza with an old world setting. It has a unique collection of boutiques, eateries and galleries.

Arrowcraft, is one of the Southern Highland Craft Guild Shops and is the oldest gift shop in Gatlinburg. This historic shop sells the best crafts from a nine-state region – weaving, basketry, pottery, woodcarving, glass, and toys – ensuring that these skills passed from hand to hand for generations will be preserved for the future.

The Marketplace is a cute little place, with shops that provide an eclectic mix of brand name, specialty and artisan stores. Experience fine architecture, authentic gas lit walkways and mingle in the local culture.

Baskins Square Mall has the Mountain Woodcarvers Shop, the Little Sparrow Gallery, the Scents of Gatlinburg, The Lollipop Guild, God’s World, and Doc’s Magic Shop.

One can always take the trolley and set out for The Arts & Crafts Community.     The 8 Mile historical loop is a place to find; gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. The handmade jewelry is unlike anything you’ll find in a mall back home. If there is something quite particular that you need click here downloadable PDF for an extended listing of the retail locations off the Parkway.

sunset_viewtramsmSo, if you were one of those on the tram wondering…how do I get that cabin? Now you know ERA In The Smokies has them and we invite you to stay, with our spectacular winter rates! See http://erainthesmokies.com/deals.html

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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Let the Festivals of Winter Begin!

DSC 3907_adjCome watch as the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville illuminate the area for the upcoming holiday season. One can surely get into the spirit once they see these LED lights light up the streets. The Sevierville Winterfest Kick Off Music, Lights & Magic will start things off on Tuesday, November 12th with local entertainment and games for the children. The evening will continue with fireworks and the “flipping of the switch” on the area’s first Winterfest lights. This years Winterfest can be viewed in a whole new light with 3D glasses that can be purchased for a $1.00 (while supplies last) at the Sevierville Visitor  on Hwy 66. These spectacles will allow every light to shift into a snowflake!

Pigeon Forge will commence their Winterfest after the completion of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Tuesday, November 12th. The city’s festivities will start at 5:00 PM and include a children’s play area and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. There will be musical entertainment and the lighting of more than five million lights on the Winterfest displays, they will top the evening off with fireworks.

On Wednesday, November 13th the city of Gatlinburg will join in with the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and the Winter Magic Down_townTrolley Ride of Lights. Visitors can taken in the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. These designated trolleys take guests on a memorable journey through downtown Parkway, River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. These specially designed LED light displays form animals indigenous to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits. Trolley times are set for 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 PM.

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On Wednesday November 13th stroll down parkway and take away the chill at the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff. will take place on the will take place from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and tickets can be purchased online for $10. Guests will be able to sample chili prepared by more than twenty chefs from local restaurants and businesses. The Chili Cookoff will also feature a chili-eating contest. Guests who take part in this yearly competition will eat chili that gets progressively hotter with each round. Those attending are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili. These votes will be tallied to award the coveted People’s Choice Award to the most popular chili. A panel of judges will cast their votes for other awards, including: Best Presentation, Best Chili Apron, and Best Chili.

Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees

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Stroll through the intricately decorated Christmas trees at the Gatliburg Convention Center from Tuesday, November 26th thru Saturday, November 3oth. Experience the ambiance of a Christmas in the Smokies. While there you  can enter a Gingerbread House Contest. They will be taking donations for admission to the event. You can also take this opportunity to shop for unique handcrafted gifts made by members of  the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Their annual Thanksgiving show will also being taking place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from November 26th – December 1st.

NutcrackerTake in a performance of the Nutcracker “Sweet” from Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th. Presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theater, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7:00 PM in the  W.L. Mills Auditorium. (GSE) Call (865) 680-7369 for information and reservations.

Mark Your Calender…

This years fall colors are still coming through, even though we have reached the month of November this week. Many trees have already shed their leaves, however there are those located in middle elevations that are still displaying an array of colors. The Oak trees are just beginning to change, although their hues are somewhat muted compared to others. Some hues of emerald can still be seen, so there may still be some fresh colors to appear if this mild weather carries on for a few more weeks.
 

rodrun_2_1_KME7Looking to see the vibrant colors of those grand classic cars against the colorful hues of the Smoky leaves ? Then come see The Cruise the Smokies Fall Rod Run on Friday, November 8th thru Saturday, November 9th, join hundreds of other car enthusiasts at the 14th Annual Fall Cherokee Rod Run! There will be numerous pre-1985 classic cars and custom parts vendors. Participants in this fall tradition compete for cash prizes and feast on the local BBQ. Visitors will also have the opportunity to cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway and country roads surrounding beautiful Cherokee, NC. The event is scheduled from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 each day and is free for children 6 and under. Registration is $35 at the event. Well, if your not up for the drive, then drive over to the classic setting of the DINER. A 50’s style family diner located off of Winfield Dunn Parkway in Sevierville. On Saturday, November 9th they are hosting their, Diner’s Veteran’s Day Cruise. There will be trophies for Best of Show Car, Truck & Bike, THE DINER Pick, will be from noon to 6:00 PM, drawings & prizes will be awarded before 6:30 PM. On Monday the 11th  they will have an American Legion Flag ceremony and music by Gary’s Sound Machine.

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While your here…..Celebrate Veterans Day with us!

On Monday, November 11th the city of Gatlinburg will extend their gratitude to those who served with the 11th annual Veteran’s Day Celebration! It will begin at 11:00 AM at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This event will include a military aircraft flyover, recognition of those who have fallen along with those who are in attendance. On Thursday,November 12th the city of Pigeon Forge will host their 3rd annual Veterans Day Salute Parade. This year’s Grand Marshall will be Vietnam Veteran Rocky Bleier a former Pittsburgh Steeler. The parade will begin at 4:30 PM and wrap up around 5:00 PM at Patriot Park, a park which was dedicated to the veterans from Sevier County that have served during the time of war. The conclusion of this event will then proceed into the  24th Annual Winterfest Kick-OffPatriot-Park (1)

The Winter Kick-Off and will include the traditional lighting of more than five million lights on the Winterfest displays, followed by evening fireworks. The event will include:

  • A Kids’ Play Area
  • Food Vendors
  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Musical Entertainment

While Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cook-Off will take place on Wednesday, November 13th from 5:00 PM to 8 :00 PM on the downtown Parkway. The Chili Cook-Off will feature local companies restaurants and businesses, as they participate for a variety of awards. Those attending are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili. These votes will be tallied to award the coveted People’s Choice Award. A panel of judges will cast their votes for other awards, including: Best Presentation, Best Chili Apron, and Best Chili.