Will You Be Our Valentine?


It’s no surprise that Gatlinburg was named the “Wedding Capital of the South” according to Destination Wedding Mag. Gatlinburg is teeming with romance around every corner, making it the perfect place to spend your Valentine’s Day Weekend! If you’re looking to settle down and spend a relaxing weekend inside with your sweetheart, or get out there and have an adventure, look no further!


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ERA In The Smokies has many cabins to enjoy a romantic weekend in. If you’re looking for a heart shaped jacuzzi and wood burning fireplace, Cub Path is perfect for two! Cozy Chipmunk Haven is a great escape for couples looking to get away from the world. Adventure lovers will appreciate the awesome views from the hot tub of Southern Comfort.


Plan your Valentine’s Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. These are the local favorites for a couple’s night out.

  • Bistro 109
  • 3 Jimmy’s Restaurant
  • Cherokee Grill
  • The Peddler
  • Greenbrier Restaurant
  • Alamo Steakhouse
  • Melting Pot


Itching for an adventure? A whimsical hike through the Smokies would be a perfect getaway. Visit our list of day hikes in the area to see which one would best fit your preferences. If you prefer to drive, head over to Cades Cove to see the beauty from inside your car. Early birds should catch the splendid sunrise at Newfound Gap. Don’t forget to pack a lunch to enjoy a picnic in the woods! Be mindful and don’t forget to practice the Leave No Trace guidelines.


If the outdoors aren’t your style, why not treat yourself to a nice massage or spa day. All About You Salon & Spa is running several specials for this weekend. Even featuring one All About Him! If you want to stay in for the weekend, try out Gatlinburg Mobile Massage, where they come to you!

holding hands sxcMarried couples who want a little something special should end the weekend with a renewal of your vows. Gatlinburg is home to several Churches and Chapels who offer more than just marriage services. Rev. Captain Jimmy C. Maples will come to you! He offers in cabin weddings and vow renewals and more. Bring back the romance with a ceremony of celebration for your anniversary or even ‘just because’!



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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.






Valentine’s with the TITANIC MUSEUM of Pigeon Forge



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.  


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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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.

How About Chili to Take Away the Chill!Chilli-Cook-Off

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


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.

GATLINBURG: Smoky Mtn Romance

Click Here to Subscribe to our Blog by Email!Looking for a special way to spend Valentine’s with your sweetheart? Come to the Gatlinburg, the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains, and spend a fun-filled romantic week or just the weekend. Whether you are looking to pop the question, get married, or just canoodle, Gatlinburg is bound to have the perfect thing for you to do or see. Here are some of our favorites:

This bed is in "Above the Rest" at Winfield Heights!1. Rent a Cabin. Nothing says romance like a little log cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you’re looking for a rustic cabin with a wood-burning fireplace or the lap of luxury with all the amenities, Gatlinburg offers all the options you can imagine.

Want to soak in a hot tub with a view? Try Chipmunk Haven. Want to enjoy a roaring fire while snuggled into your king-size bed? Try the Above the Rest–one of the cabins at Winfield Heights.

Smoky Mountain Winery2. Winery Tours. Wine may not be the first thing that pops to mind when contemplating what to do in Gatlinburg, but Smoky Mountain Winery opened its doors in 1981. Take a free tour of the production facilities then follow it up with a free tasting of more than 20 available award-winning wines. Take a bottle home to remember your honeymoon, anniversary or romantic getaway weekend!

3. Ski Lodge. Love to ski? Ober Gatlinburg is a great destination for your winter skiing. Don’t ski? Give it a try in ski school. Nothing will bond the two of you like learning something new. And, if ski school doesn’t go well…you can always help nurse each other’s wounded pride.

Rent a Cabin with a View!4. Photography. When everyone has a digital camera, it is easy to forget about having professional portraits taken. Take the stress out of trying to find the perfect stranger walking by to take a picture of you and your honey on vacation. Gary Woods Photography offers location shoots. I love the composition in his outdoor portraits. Trust a professional and capture the memory for a lifetime.

Let It Snow!5. Snow Snow Snow! What happens if you were hoping for snow and don’t see any when you get here? Well, you have to find the snow. Snowfalls of an inch or more occur on average only one to five times per year in the valleys of the Great Smoky Mountains. In the high country, over five feet of snow falls most years. If the Newfound Gap Road has not been closed because of snow, a trip to Newfound Gap is your best bet for finding snow. Have fun and dress warm!

Have a Take Out picnic from Best Italian!6. Have a Picnic. No–I haven’t lost my mind. I know it is too cold for most of you to be traipsing into the woods with a blanket and picnic basket. I propose you picnic in your cabin. Rent a movie, start a fire, and order take out from one of Gatlinburg’s great eateries. I recommend a big Italian feast from Best Italian (pictured left) or create your own gourmet picnic of hummus, specialty cheeses, olives and breads from our local Food City. Bon appetite!

Take an Auto Tour of Wildflowers all year 'round!7. Auto-Touring. Too cold to hike? Hiking not your idea of romance? Take an auto-tour. Enjoy some of the Smoky Mountains greatest sites from the comfort of your car.

Some of my favorite Auto-Touring trails are the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, and any section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fill up your tank and hit the open road.

Try out a cabin at Winfield Heights for a spa-like experience!8. Relax. Ready to get away from it all? Try spa services for the ultimate relaxing getaway. Whether you are looking for a pedicure and facial or a joint massage with aroma therapy, About You Salon offers a whole menu of services to suit your fancy.

Try their Signature Mountain Heritage Massage and 10% of the proceeds will go to Friends of the Smokies’ efforts to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Try the Pancake Pantry for Breakfast!9. Dining for Two. A romantic meal that you don’t have to shop for or cook is always a welcome relief for the cook in your family. Trust me on this one. Gatlinburg restaurants abound.

Whether you are looking for a great steak like those at the Alamo Steakhouse, a gourmet breakfast from the Pancake Pantry, or an indulgent lunch from the Hobrauhaus Restaurant, there is a little something for everyone. By the way, if you love Italian food, Gatlinburg does it well over and over. Check out our Best Italian Food post!

Going to the Chapel...10. Goin’ to the Chapel. Gatlinburg sees the second most weddings in the country each year (surprisingly just behind Las Vegas).

A simply ceremony at a cabin like Bear Path can help create a beautiful memory and a place to return for many years to come.

An elaborate wedding at one of the local chapels is easy to plan from afar. And, of course, you can always get married in the only Hard Rock Cafe in the world with a wedding chapel–the Hard Rock Gatlinburg.

Check out our Smoky Mountain Wedding post for more information.

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.

Mother’s Day 2012

Subscribe to A Day in the SmokiesMother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, 2012, and with that date, less than two weeks away, it is time to get those Mother’s Day plans ready! Have you missed the last couple of Mother’s Days, and you need to make it up to your mom? Or is your mother just so wonderful that she needs an extra special celebration this year? When a card or a phone call simply isn’t enough, try some of these ideas!

Treat Your Mother to a Cozy Cabin!Weekend Getaway!
Surprise your mother this year with a weekend getaway to Gatlinburg! What could delight your mother more than a weekend of pampering, surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains?! Reserve a cozy cabin for her, where she can relax in the hot tub, enjoy views of the mountains, and then let someone else clean up when she leaves! While you’re at it, make it a long weekend! ERA in the Smokies is offering the 3rd night half price in any of our cabins, chalets, and condos!

Best Italian- One of Our Favorite Restaurants!The Perfect Meal
Or two or three! If you send her for a weekend getaway in a cabin in Gatlinburg, she’ll have tons of delicious restaurant choices at her fingertips… finally no dishes! Or if she really likes to cook, each cabin and chalet has a kitchen fully stocked with dishes, pots, and pans! And if you’re going to be with her on mother’s day, why don’t YOU cook her the perfect meal AND do the dishes afterward!

Order a Gift Basket for your Mom from our friends at Klassy Snacks!Baskets and Bouquets!
Or course there’s the old stand by… various kinds of gift baskets- fruit baskets, cheese and meat baskets, gourmet coffee baskets, s’mores kit baskets, pet lover baskets, outdoors baskets, etc. And then there’s about as many bouquets to choose from… besides all the different kinds of flowers, you also have cookie bouquets, candy bouquets, and who knows what else! For a nice touch have one waiting in her cabin for her!

Treat your Mom to an in-room massage from our friends at Beneficial to Life Massage.Pamper Your Mother!
What would a Mother’s Day Weekend be without some pampering for the one who took care of you all those years (and still is!)? Pay for a day at a spa, have a massage therapist come to her cabin to give her a massage. You can even choose a cabin with an indoor sauna! Most cabins also have an outdoor hot tub, and some even have an indoor jacuzzi, where she can relax in the privacy of her bedroom, or perhaps by the fireplace!

Take your Mom on a shopping spree to the Tanger Outlets in Pigeon Forge!Shopping
In my experience, most mothers love to shop! So take your mother on a shopping spree! And what better place than Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Gatlinburg is packed with quaint shops of all shapes and sizes, and let’s not forget the outlet malls of Pigeon Forge! It’s more than enough to keep any shopaholic happy for days!

Give your mom a roaring good time at the Comedy Barn!Shows and Other Attractions!
Laughter is the best medicine! If your mother has been stressed or burdened with something lately, take her to one of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge’s exceptional shows- there are musical performances, comedies, cultural experiences, and more! If your mother, like mine, craves adventure, take her white water rafting, or on a Hummer tour, or let her try the zipline, or the Zorb! If your mother enjoys nature, take her for a day in the National Park– hike out to a waterfall, have a picnic by the stream, drive through the Loop in Cades Cove and view all the wildlife!

Here’s your chance to be the perfect child, and give your mom the perfect Mother’s Day!

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.

A Walk on the North Side through Gatlinburg, TN

If you plan on visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, make sure to attend an event called Walk on the North Side. This small mountain village provides a great opportunity for you to get out of your car and walk. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere while strolling through Gatlinburg. There are numerous shops and eateries that are only footsteps away.

When planning your trip, consider staying in a Gatlinburg cabin. This quaint town is the perfect place for a relaxing trip. The Walk on the North Side occurs on the fourth weekend of every month. Make sure to plan your trip accordingly. This event features unique shopping, live entertainment and skill demonstrations. Along with that, the event also hosts children’s activities.

Gatlinburg plans special events throughout the Parkway. For example, there may be wine tastings and artist demonstrations. If you enjoy walking, Gatlinburg is the place to be on the fourth weekend of every month. It’s a picturesque town that has plenty of activities.

Call ERA in the Smokies today to reserve your Gatlinburg Cabin so that you too can take part in the Gatlinburg Walk on the North Side activities!