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.

Each cabin provides its guest with:W_H

  • 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

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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Gatlinburg Ranked among Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home

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Gatlinburg, TN is now one of the most popular places to buy a vacation home. According to 24/7 Wall Street, the popular vacation spot is the ninth on the list of the top ten places in the U.S. to purchase a home. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park draws many of the visitors to the area. Guests fall in love with Gatlinburg’s friendly customer service, attractions, and majesty of the mountains and end up coming back to purchase a home that they can come to every year. There are many vacation rental programs in Gatlinburg that you can list your property on while you are not visiting. At most of these programs you may stay as much as you want in your vacation home and when you are not planning on staying, they will rent it for you! ERA In The Smokies is an exceptional program to list your property on. They offer unlimited stay for their owners, are open seven days a week, have emergency after hour services, exceptionally friendly customer service, many years of experience and alliances with local businesses for repairs, service and retail. ERA In The Smokies is also a full service real estate company. The real estate office is located in the same office as the faction rentals so purchasing and listing your home on their rental program is a fast and convenient process. You can rest assured knowing ERA In The Smokies’ desire and strength to be on the forefront of advertising and marketing will aide in getting your cabin rented frequently. Location, location, location. ERA In The Smokies’ rental and real estate office location is a major component in their rental success, located on the main parkway coming into Gatlinburg 100 yards from traffic light #1, it is easy and often that visitors pull into the first cabin rental business they see. era office

Of the ten cities on 24/7 Wall Street’s top places to buy a vacation home list, Gatlinburg boasts the least expensive median home price. Other cities on the list in order are:

  1. Ocean City, New Jersey- median asking price $525,000
  2. North Wildwood, New Jersey- median asking price $289,000
  3. Kissimmee, Florida- median asking price $298,800
  4. Ocean City, Md0 median asking price $275,000
  5. Marco Island, Florida- median asking price $499,000
  6. Big Bear Lake, California- median asking price $335,000
  7. Lake Arrowhead, California- median asking price $399,000
  8. Panama City Beach, Florida- median asking price $294,245
  9. Gatlinburg, Tennessee- median asking price $179,600
  10. Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina- median asking price $219,900

Gatlinburg’s affordability also brings many visitors to the area. Travelers can enjoy the great outdoors, walk the strip downtown, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit Cooters in Gatlinburg for free, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day in Cades Cove and many other day activities.With over 100 places to enjoy a great meal and countless activities to partake in, Gatlinburg, TN is a great place to buy a vacation home. Buying a vacation home and listing it as a rental with ERA In The Smokies is a good way to plan for your finances, fun, family and the future.

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Gatlinburg Photo Contest – WINNER!

Gatlinburg Photo Contest – WINNER!
Photo Contest Category: Festivals & Events

Drum roll Please…..

After receiving hundreds of very nice event photos, we managed to select a few of the best ones as finalists. You can view all of these beautiful photos in our Facebook album (!

We had to narrow it a little more though, and we managed to select 6 of these to receive special honor:

1st Place Winner!

Photo By Cody Young

Gatlinburg Winter Magic

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with millions of spectacular lights and lighted displays from November through February. Source: Gatlinburg. com


2nd Runners Up


About Easter Sunrise Service

Gatlinburg’s Annual Easter Sunrise Service will be enhanced by the beauty of the Smokies when the community and its visitors gather at Ober Gatlinburg for this memorable worship service. The 30-40 minute high mountain service will be led by local pastors of the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association. Source: Ober


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About Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

From colorful mountain tops to crafts and live entertainment, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is a county-wide event throughout the towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Townsend. These towns represent a special autumn zone of the Smoky Mountains that transforms itself through fun times, vibrancy of the leaves and hospitality of the locals. Come and stay during this magical time in Tennessee. Fall is the peak time to explore this Smoky Mountain region, which is famous for its fall leaf colors. Take in all of the special attractions and shows during Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. Start dreaming now of crisp cool air. Discover a great vacation package, and plan your autumn vacation itinerary.  Source: Smoky Mountain Harvest

Thank You all for participating in this contest, we will have another one soon, theme is a surprise, but go ahead and get your smoky mountains pictures ready! You could be the next lucky winner!

Unique Smoky Mtn Weddings

Subscribe to A Day in the SmokiesThe Gatlinburg area is second only to Las Vegas in the number of weddings we host each year! And no wonder, when it is so easy to get married here, with so many options to choose from, and then you’re right here in the perfect honeymoon location as well! There have been some pretty unique weddings around here! Maybe you’d like to try one of these ideas for your wedding!

Get Married at the Bass Pro Shop!Bass Pro Shop Wedding
That’s right… a couple years ago, a couple held their camoflauge-themed wedding at the Bass Pro Shop in Sevierville. It was the perfect wedding location for them, and apparently they aren’t the first people to hold their ceremony there, according to the employees. Maybe you are planning a camo-themed wedding, or love the outdoors, but plan to get married in the dead of winter… The Bass Pro Shop may be the perfect fit for you too!

Hold your ceremony at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies!Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Wedding
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies offers several different wedding packages, depending mostly on the number of your guests. Even if you aren’t a big aquatic life fan, you have to admit that it would be gorgeous and extremely classy to get married before a beautiful backdrop of that deep blue with colorful fish swimming past!

Get Married at Cades Cove!Cades Cove Wedding
If you would like an outdoor wedding, what better place than the National Park! Or maybe you would like to get married in one of the historic chapels at Cades Cove, the most popular section of the Park! All that history in the setting of such beautiful creation sets my heart to longing! And what beautiful wedding photos you would have!

Get Married at Patriot ParkPatriot Park Wedding
Another great spot for an outdoor wedding is at Patriot Park, specifically down by the river! If you want to use the gazebo there, you do have to reserve it, but if not, you can just walk right in and have your ceremony wherever you like! Just be aware that you probably won’t have the whole park to yourself!

Have a Drive-Thru Wedding!Drive Thru Wedding
Perhaps you are only interested in BEING married and you don’t care one bit about the ceremony! A Drive Thru Wedding may be just the thing! Quick, simple, and inexpensive! Even with this, various packages are available, including one or more pictures, cake, etc. Just don’t forget, in your rush, that this could be the biggest day of your life… don’t let it pass by unnoticed!

Hard Rock Wedding!Hard Rock Cafe Wedding
Our Hard Rock Cafe here in Gatlinburg has the distinction of being the only Hard Rock Cafe in the world with a wedding chapel! Obviously this is the perfect place to get married if you are a hard-core rock ‘n roll fan, or even if burgers, fries, and rock music in the background sounds to you like the perfect reception!

A Dollywood Dream Wedding!Dollywood Wedding
Some people get married at Disney World, but personally, I would rather get married at Dollywood! They have a beautiful historic chapel there that you could get married in, and then right outside your door is a wonderful adventure park filled with beautiful gardens, shows, rides, and restaurants with food choices that are sure to satisfied the pickiest child and the more adventurous adults!

Pick out a honeymoon cabin!And if you are looking for somewhere unique to have your rehearsal dinner, visit one of the numerous restaurants or dinner shows in town! A couple of our favorites are the Dixie Stampede and the extremely hilarious Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud!

And don’t forget to stay in a cozy cabin in the mountains for the honeymoon! The folks at ERA in the Smokies can set you right up! We could even provide accommodations for your whole wedding party if they all want to enjoy the Smokies for a few days as well!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information 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.

Don’t miss the Civil War Reenactment in Pigeon Forge!

The hills surrounding Pigeon Forge will rumble with the concussion of artillery fire Saturday, August, 25 and Sunday, August, 26   when Civil War re-enactors will fire a canon from the era for “Thunder in the Forge” at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center located at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

America’s most famous Confederate, H.K. Edgarton, poses with Mary Todd Lincoln at the 2011 Relics Show.

The two-day event is an opportunity for Civil War enthusiasts to meet re-enactors, visit a Civil war camp site and experience living history at an encampment. Visitors can meet members of Our Reflections of Yesterday who will portray persona from the era including Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, General Stonewall Jackson and many others.

  Thousands of relics from theCivil War era will be on display for purchase including guns, knives, bullets, and other artifacts. Collectors are encouraged to bring any historical artifacts they may have to sell or trade.

  Noted author Col. Tom McKenny, author of “Jack Hinson: One Man War, Civil War Sniper” will be on hand to sell and sign copies of his book.   

    McKenny’s book is the true account of a Knoxville famer whose sons were murdered by invading Union soldiers despite the fact the two young men were civilians and not involved in the conflict. Hinson sought retribution with a one man campaign to exact revenge on the men who killed his sons. He began a series of well executed and expertly coordinated sniper attacks on the Union forces killing several.

    McKenny will tell the story. Hinson’s guns, which are the property of Judge Ben McFarlin, will be on display.

This Confederate battle flag was on display at the 2011 Relics show and valued at $300,000.

The artillery exhibition will be presented by the 63rd Tennessee Infantry.

   The event begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Doors will reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday morning and the show ends at 3 p.m.

   Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult.

   For further information contact Lynn Hammond at southerncross1861

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend 2012 – Shop & Stay in the Smokies!

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!At first glance “sales tax holiday” doesn’t sound very exciting. After all, when are taxes EVER exciting? But if you look closer, you’ll realize that this is a holiday FROM sales tax!! The Smokies offer tons of shopping anyway, for those shop-a-holics out there… and on tax-free weekend every year, shop-a-holics come from far and wide to enjoy that statewide discount here in the Smokies! This year, tax-free weekend is August 3-5, 2012. There are more places to shop here than I could possibly put on one blog, but here are a few of our favorites!

The Village ShopsThe Village Shops– “For Gatlinburg Shopping at its best, The Village is the place to shop, eat, relax and enjoy! Just past stop light #6 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry, lays one of the Smokies most unique destination shopping experiences in Gatlinburg near Pigeon Forge, TN. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers set in a quaint European village atmosphere right near the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Baskins Square MallBaskins Square Mall Gatlinburg– Baskins Square Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 14 shops from Claires, to Mountain Woodcarvers, to the Mountain Edge Grill! Come on down!

Mountain MallMountain Mall– “The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, Gatlinburg’s premier indoor shopping experience, is unlike any other shopping mall. Nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, TN at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium, the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall features a vast variety of shops each with a unique theme.”

Reagan Terrace MallReagan Terrace Mall– Reagan Terrace Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 13 shops from Midieval Blades, to Old Timey Photos, to Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies! Don’t miss out!

Tanger Outlet MallTanger Outlet– The Tanger Outlet offers over 100 band name stores just off 441! Tanger is probably the favorite shopping destination in the Smokies of most of the people I talk to! It includes every type of store you can imagine, as well as a few delicious places to eat, and right next door is the Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, where you can drop off the members of your family who don’t enjoy shopping while you hit the stores!

Incredible Christmas PlaceIncredible Christmas Place– “[They] are the South’s largest Christmas village, surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Christmas spirit comes to life [ther] daily with over 50 designer-themed Christmas trees, novelty Christmas Lights, Department 56 Villages, Personalized Ornaments, and custom floral arrangements designed exclusively at The Incredible Christmas Place.”

Belz Factory Outlet WorldBelz Factory Outlet World– “Belz Outlets Pigeon Forge are the largest, most convenient and only climate-controlled outlet shopping highlight in the area. We feature more than 65 outlet stores offering everything from apparel and footwear to homes goods and fragrance.”

The Old Mill SquareThe Old Mill Square– “The Old Mill Square complex of restaurants, bakery, pottery and craft shops is more of a total destination than a single stop among an abundance of area tourist attractions, certainly as much so as the Tanger Factory Outlet Malls, or Dollywood, or Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Visitors can still watch meal and flour being ground the same way by the huge water powered granite French Buhrs in the mill, or pottery being thrown, or bread and candy being made. It’s a day’s worth or more of delight and wonder.”

Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet MallPigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall– “Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, also known as the “Red Roof Mall,” is a wonderful opportunity for exceptional outlet shopping when you are in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or Sevierville areas. Our stores offer a variety of products and factory outlet experiences. From perfumes to snacking and from clothing to books and tools, we have it all for low prices you can’t beat.”

ERA In The SmokiesThis 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.