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.

Photo Contest

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!

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Celebrates 75 Years!

Celebrate 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

For many locals and a lot of visitors, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is the very heart of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain experience.  GSMNP is so popular, in fact, that in 2007, the Park had approximately twice as many visitors as the Grand Canyon.  Although President Roosevelt didn’t dedicate the park until 1940, 2009 marks the official anniversary of the Park.

President Roosevelt dedicates the Park in 1940

President Roosevelt in 1940

In 1934, Congress passed legislation providing that the then 400,000-acre holding “be established as a completed park for administration, protection and maintenance,” thus establishing June 15, 1934, as the official birth date of GSMNP.   Happy Birthday!

To celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 75th Anniversary and the service and dedication of all those who have served it over the years, a full year of events have been planned for 2009.   From concerts to dinners, festival to parades…we’ve picked just a few that we thought you might love:

Cabin at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

May 2ndSpring Heritage Festival in Townsend, TN – The Spring Heritage Festival is a glimpse back into the cultural heritage of the Smokies through skill and trade demonstrations, storytelling, music, crafts, games and more in an historic setting.

Cliff Dwellers Gallery circa 1935

Cliff Dwellers circa 1935

May 3rd “Dinner on the Grounds” in Gatlinburg, TN – Enjoy a Sunday midday meal with recipes from the 1930’s. Chicken & dumplings, cornbreads, vinegar pie & lots more! Dulcimer playing, story swapping, old-fashioned fun!  Cliff Dwellers Gallery will host “Dinner on the Grounds” as a fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the Park.  For more information, click here.

Brook Trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis)

Brook Trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis)

May 15th  – 17th “TROUTFEST”  in Townsend, TN – Troutfest is a Fly Fishing Exposition and Fundraiser held in Townsend, TN in the Great Smoky Mountains. All profits earned from this event minus some seed money for next year’s event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department for brook trout restoration and other fisheries projects in the park. For more information, visit the TROUTFEST website .


Cades Cove

June 13th –  “Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th Anniversary: Concert at Cades Cove”  Cades Cove – As part of Great Smoky Mountains 75th anniversary celebration, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO), led by Music Director Lucas Richman, will perform pop and light classical compositions during a 90-minute outdoor concert in Cades Cove on June 13, beginning at 3 p.m. Some favorites will include The Star Spangled Banner, Overture to The Cowboys, Beautiful Dreamer, Ashokan Farewell, America the Beautiful, selections from Sound of Music and more.  For complete details, click here.

View of the Fireworks from Winfield Heights

July 3rd – 4th Fourth of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg, TN is the first Independence Day Parade in the U.S. each year.  This year, the theme is 75 Years of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  I have even heard rumors that there will be an attempt to recreate President Roosevelt’s 1940 motorcade when he arrived to dedicate the Park 6 years after it’s offical birthday.  Want a great view of the fireworks?  Check out the cabins of Winfield Heights (Great Escape and Eagle’s Nest have the best views.)

Of course, there are hundreds of events, hikes, fundraisers, dinners, concerts and more to attend throughout 2009 to celebrate the GSMNP’s 75th Anniversary.  For a full list of activies, click here.  Or visit the GSMNP’s 75th Anniversary Website to peruse the photographic timeline or add your own memories and pictures to the Smokies Family Album.


Welcome to “A Day In The Smokies”

Welcome to A Day in the Smokies: A Smoky Mountain Travel Blog.  I cannot tell you how many people visit the Great Smoky Mountains and simply never leave.   The majesty of the Smokies captures the heart of adults and children alike.

Bears in the Hottub

Bears in the Hottub at Chipmunk Haven

A Day in the Smokies: A Smoky Mountain Travel Blog was started to share the magic and wonder of visiting and living in Gatlinburg.  Stay tuned for tales of bears, and turkeys, and woodchucks–Oh My!  We can’t wait to share the many sites and sounds that make us love the Smokies as well as the stories that will cause you to love the Smokies too!

Whether you want to Stay for a Week or Stay for a Lifetime, we hope you will join us here for our adventures in the Smokies.