15th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic

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ERA In The Smokies is sponsoring their 15th annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic on September 11, 2013. The golf Classic and Live Auction will occur Wednesday, September 11 at Bent Creek Golf Resort on Highway 321 in Gatlinburg, TN. Lunch will be served at 11:00 am, and players will tee off at noon. Teams will be made up of four golfers and players may bring a pre-made team or come alone and be placed in a team. The fee to play in the fund-raising tournament is $100 per player and includes lunch, green fees, cart fees, an embroidered golf shirt, goody bag, dinner and entrance to the live auction held after the tournament. Players will also have the opportunity to win a new car from Taylor Ford in Waynesville, NC during the Hole-In-One Competition.

ERA In The Smokies sponsors the MDA Golf Benefit to raise money to send local children living with Muscular Dystrophy to MDA Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, TN. 100% of the profits of the Benefit and Live Auction go to send local children to camp- no administration fees.

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What is MDA?

MDA is a non-profit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, specifically muscular dystrophy, by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. Muscular Dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage. These damaged muscles become progressively weaker. Most people who have muscular dystrophy will eventually need to use a wheelchair. Symptoms of the most common variety of muscular dystrophy begin in childhood, primarily in boys. People who have muscular dystrophy may have trouble breathing or swallowing. Their limbs may also be drawn inward and become fixed in that position- a problem called contracture. The heart and other organs may also be affected in some varieties of the disease. There is not cure for muscular dystrophy, but medications and therapy can help slow the progression of the disease.

“MDA campers dream about summer camp all year and often say it’s better than Christmas; some even say it’s changed their lives. Almost all campers agree that it’s “the best week of the year””

MDA camp offers a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more. However, if you talk to some of the campers about their experience, they will tell you that the real benefits are the lifelong friendships, the increased self-esteem and confidence and the chance to spend at least one week of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception. MDA staff and volunteers assume all camper care, including physical and emotional support, allowing parents much-needed time to attend to their own need and, in some cases, spend some special time with the camper’s siblings.

Businesses or individuals may sponsor a golf hole for $100; signage for the Hole Sponsors will be present at the Hole sponsored on the day of the event. Items and/or services of value are needed for the Live Auction. All sponsors are recognized in the participant program  available on the day of the event. To become a sponsor or player, please call (865)430-3366.

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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!

13th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Benefit

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Plan your Smoky Mtn. Golf Vacation!It’s time again for the ERA for MDA Golf Benefit. We had tons of fun last year, and we can’t wait for this year’s event, just over 2 weeks away! This golf event falls on the second Wednesday in September…I think it is a great idea for a great cause. ERA for MDA!On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, ERA In The Smokies Realty & Rentals will be sponsoring the 13th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic for Jerry’s Kids.

In the past twelve years of the fundraising tournament, it has been a great time. Our staff, and all our friends who are involved never fail to have a great time…If you love golf, don’t miss this event. Here’s the schedule for the day:

Play Golf in the Smokies!11. a.m. We’ll have a great catered lunch.

Noon. We’ll have a shotgun start.

5 p.m. After the tournament, we’ll also have dinner provided …and drinks!

6 p.m. (ish) There is a great auction of donated items–everything from vacation packages & $2000 pickles (I’m not kidding) to oil changes and teddy bears. The auction is hosted by Marty Loveday & Associates who keeps everyone in stitches.

Win a new Ford Fusion!There are great prizes again this year! The hole-in-one prize sponsored by Taylor Motor Company Ford of Waynesville, NC is a new Ford Fusion!

The entry fee is $100 per player & includes: Lunch, Green fees, Cart, an embroidered Golf Shirt, a Goody Bag, Dinner & all the Refreshments you can handle!

Bent Creek Golf CourseSo put together a team or come alone, and they will pair you with other single players. If you are not able to come and play, your participation (by sponsoring a hole for only $100) is still greatly appreciated. Sponsoring a hole can give your business some GREAT ADVERTISING while doing something very worthwhile for the kids who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy.

Spend the night at Golf Vista!100% of the money is earmarked to send local MDA kids to summer camp—no administrative fees—so please be generous! Last year ERA donated over $10,000 to MDA Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, TN.

If you need a place to stay for the event, call 1-800-309-0277 and tell them you want to come to Gatlinburg for the tournament–the folks at ERA In The Smokies will find the perfect place for you. See you there!

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.

GATLINBURG: Mini-Golf the Smokies

Subscribe to A Day in the SmokiesMini-Golfing is one of my favorite things to do in this area! There are tons of places to go mini-golfing in the area, and my husband and I have tried 4 of them so far! I have found them each to be very enjoyable in their own unique way! In addition to those 4, I will mention one more to make it an even 5 (they are listed in no particular order)!

Firehouse GolfFirehouse Golf
Firehouse Golf sits in the center of the Walden’s Landing shopping center in Pigeon Forge. Every time I pass by, I long to stop there and try it out! It just looks SO fun! They have two 18-hole courses with a total of 6 waterfalls and all kinds of firehouse and fireman themed decor! And of course, just a few steps away sits Firehouse Subs, one of my favorite places to eat!

Hillbilly GolfHillbilly Golf
Hillbilly Golf is a mainstay of Gatlinburg! It has been around as long as I can remember! You get to ride the incline up the side of a steep hill into the woods, get out at the top, and work your way down one of two courses, both interspersed with old farming equipment! It was definitely challenging, and an enjoyable experience!

Davy Crockett Mini GolfRipley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
I think this will have to be my favorite place so far! The Davy Crockett Mini-Golf sits at stop light #1 in Gatlinburg. It features two 18-hole courses, one of them a little more challenging than the other. While playing, enjoy extremely fun props, some of which move and make noise. Some of these are triggered when you make certain shots! Fun music plays all around! When you’re done, head across the street to Heifer’s Dairy Dip for some delicious hand-dipped ice cream! Then keeping walking across the next street and rent a cabin from ERA in the Smokies!

Old MacDonald Mini GolfRipley’s Old MacDonald Mini-Golf
This is probably the biggest mini-golfing place I’ve seen so far, and is also tons of fun! It sits in front of the Tanger outlet mall, so you can drop off the avid shoppers in your family, and those of you who would rather play mini-golf or enjoy the arcade can do so! This one has three 18-hole courses, again, with extremely fun props, music, and sounds to enjoy along the way!

The TrackThe Track Mini-Golf
Going to the Track Mini-Golf was my husband’s pick, and I have to say, it was a good choice! It also offers two 18-hole courses, and the one we did was challenging and enjoyable, winding around interesting props of bright colors, up a hill, and back down, etc. I would definitely recommend this one as a one-stop-shop for those who might also be interested in go-carts, bumper-boats, an arcade, and much more!

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.

2010 ERA for MDA Golf Benefit

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Plan your Smoky Mtn. Golf Vacation!It’s time again for the ERA for MDA Golf Benefit. We had tons of fun last year, and we can’t wait for this year’s event, less than 2 weeks away! This golf event falls around Labor Day…I think it is a great idea for a great cause. ERA for MDA!On Wednesday, September 8, 2010, ERA In The Smokies Realty & Rentals will be sponsoring the 12th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic for Jerry’s Kids.

In the past eleven years of the fundraising tournament, it has been a great time. Our staff, and all our friends who are involved never fail to have a great time…If you love golf, don’t miss this event.  Here’s the schedule for the day:

Play Golf in the Smokies!11. a.m. We’ll have a great lunch sponsored by the fine folks at No Way Jose’s.

Noon. We’ll have a shotgun start.

5 p.m. After the tournament, we’ll have dinner provided by Best Italian…and drinks

6 p.m. (ish) There is a great auction of donated items–everything from vacation packages & $2000 pickles (I’m not kidding) to oil changes and teddy bears. The auction is hosted by Marty Loveday & Associates who keeps everyone in stitches.

Win a new Ford Fusion!There are great prizes again this year! The hole-in-one prize sponsored by Taylor Motor Company Ford of Waynesville, NC is a new Ford Fusion!

The entry fee is $100 per player & includes: Lunch, Green fees, Cart, an embroidered Golf Shirt, a Goody Bag, Dinner & all the Refreshments you can handle!

Bent Creek Golf CourseSo put together a team or come alone, and they will pair you with other single players. If you are not able to come and play, your participation (by sponsoring a hole for only $100) is still greatly appreciated. Sponsoring a hole can give your business some GREAT ADVERTISING while doing something very worthwhile for the kids who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy.

Spend the night at Golf Vista!100% of the money is earmarked to send local MDA kids to summer camp—no administrative fees—so please be generous! Last year ERA donated over $10,000 to MDA Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, TN.

If you need a place to stay for the event, call 1-800-309-0277 and tell them you want to come to Gatlinburg for the tournament–the folks at ERA In The Smokies will find the perfect place for you. See you there!

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.

GATLINBURG: Spring Break

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Kick off your shoes and Stay a While!There is still snow on the ground, but Spring Break will be here before you know it.  I know that many of you think of the beach for Spring Break, but I want to challenge you to consider a mountain trip this year. 

Although you won’t get a sandy beach in the Gatlinburg area, you can easily find boardwalk style attractions and shopping.  The traffic isn’t nearly as bad, and the weather is divine.  You know you want to try something different…be brave and just do it.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend Spring Break in the Smokies:

Spend your Spring Break in a Smoky Mountain Cabin!1.  The Strip.  We know that wandering “the Strip,” wherever it may be, is one of the biggest attraction to heading to the beach during Spring Break.  The Gatlinburg area offers “The Strip” in more than one location!  You can wander the Strip in Downtown Gatlinburg to take in cool attractions like the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum or stop for a corn dog at Fanny Farkles Arcade.  Or, you can head to Pigeon Forge and find the perfect Smoky Mountain T-shirt, stuffed bear or souvenir for the friend or family member that couldn’t make the trip.  If neither of those options suit you, give the Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts District a try.

Pick a Cabin large enough for the whole family!2. Go Karts.  There are plenty of go kart tracks to choose from in Pigeon Forge, but we are particularly fond of  The Track.  Race the Wild Woody track–their three-story spiraling wooden track, or take a spin on the classic track with overpasses. With single and double-seated karts, everyone in the family can get in and go!  The Kiddie and Rookie Karts are great for youngsters starting out. You only have to be 4 years old to drive!Take the plunge!

3. Bungee Jumping.  Are you or your kids looking for an unforgettable thrill on this year’s Spring Break? 

While you are at The Track enjoying a ride on the Wild Woody go kart track, make sure you put on your brave face and take the 65-foot bungee jump plunge at The Track! 

They guarantee it is the fastest ride in town!

Check out all the great things to do in Gatlinburg!4. Lazer Tag.  Here’s a fun idea for the whole family.  At Lazerport Fun Center, they offer the largest laser tag arena in the Great Smoky Mountains area. There are two arenas at over 7,000 square feet that offer the best most exhilarating and heart pounding fun and excitement that Pigeon Forge has to offer!  Each game lasts for a period of 15 minutes each, and they run back to back games starting every 20 minutes! Whether you choose to play one, two, three or unlimited games, take the challenge today – test your skills against your friends and family alike!

Check out all the cabin discounts!5. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving.  This vertical wind tunnel that allows you to experience the freedom of human flight and is located at traffic light #5 in Pigeon Forge.  As a flyer, participants attend a 20-minute training class, receive a suit, helmet & other safety equipment. Following a short review of the basics, a group of 5 flyers enters the wind tunnel with their instructor.  Almost anyone can fly as long as you weigh at least 40 lbs.  Watch this video for a preview of kids in flight. Link to pricing & coupons.

Check out the latest cabin coupons!6. Roller Skating.  When is the last time you went roller skating?  If the idea conjures awkward images of retro fashions and braces, maybe it is time to try again. Spin City USA, the newest indoor Pigeon Forge attraction for family fun, is a state-of-the-art roller skating rink located in downtown Pigeon Forge.  Spin City USA offers theme nights including retro skate and live entertainment by their own DJ for affordable fun, with holiday special events held throughout the year. When looking for fun things to do in on a rainy day, try Spin City Roller Rink.

Golf Vista is close to Shopping!7. Shopping.  Interested in Outlet Malls?  Try Tanger Outlets of Pigeon Forge for “Brands You Know. Choices You Want.  Prices You’ll Love.” 

I have a soft spot for a few of the Tanger Stores like Calvin Klein and Jones New York, but there is a little something for everyone from the kids (OshKosh B’gosh) to the teens (Aeropostale and rue 21) to the man of the family (Brooks Brothers and Nautica).  There is even a great selection of lunch and dinner options. 

Do you need a Pet-Friendly cabin?  Try Here!8. Mini GolfHillbilly Golf is one of dozens of miniature golf options in the Gatlinburg area.  Hillbilly Golf is the world’s most unusual miniature golf course. Ride the Incline 300 feet straight up to the mountain top above the city. Two challenging 18-hole courses await you. Both are riddled with mountaineer hazards from outhouses to stills, rocky walls and lush native plants. It’s great fun and excitement for the whole family. A truly unique adventure you won’t forget.

Here are some other great dining options!9. Pancake Houses.  Pancake houses are to the Smoky Mountains what seafood shacks are to the the beach.  You can find pancake houses everywhere, and the choices are endless.  My favorite…the Pancake Pantry

Since 1960 when the Pancake Pantry became Tennessee’s first pancake house, visitors to Gatlinburg have made dining with them a tradition. What keeps them coming back?  It’s the real butter, the honest-to-goodness fresh whipped cream and everything made from scratch.  Maybe you’ll select the Austrian Apple-Walnut Pancakes covered with a rich apple cider compote made with melted butter, black walnuts, apples and sweet spices and then topped with powdered sugar and real whipped cream.  Want a sandwich instead?  Try a Polish Aristocrat, Polynesian Delight or British Dipper among other distinctive choices.

Take a look the At Trail's End cabin!10. Rent a Cabin.  What could be better than the room to stretch out, a gameroom, indoor whirlpool tub, outdoor hot tub and the cool breeze of the Great Smoky Mountians? 

How about getting it all in one place.  Rent a family vacation cabin like At Trail’s End and enjoy the convenience of a home away from home while relaxing in comfort and style.  The kids will love the gameroom–you’ll love having them hidden away IN the gameroom.  Give it a try, but beware, you’ll never want to go back to staying in a hotel room again.ERA In The Smokies

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.

GATLINBURG: 2009 ERA for MDA Golf Tournament In The Smokies

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Plan your Smoky Mtn. Golf Vacation!Due to the great response I received to the Smoky Mountain Golf post, I thought I would take the time to tell you about another golf event that falls around Labor Day…I think it is a great idea for a great cause. ERA for MDA!On Wednesday, September 9, 2009, ERA In The Smokies Realty & Rentals will be sponsoring the 11th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Classic for Jerry’s Kids.

In the past ten years of the fundraising tournament, it has been a great time.  I spent the day at the tournament last year and can say without hesitation…If you love golf, don’t miss this event.  I’m volunteering again this year.  Here’s the schedule for the day: 

Play Golf in the Smokies!11. a.m. We’ll have a great lunch sponsored by the fine folks at Lineberger’s Seafood

Noon.  We’ll have a shotgun start. 

5 p.m.  After the tournament, we’ll have dinner provided by No Way Jose’s…and drinks

6 p.m. (ish) There is a great auction of donated items–everything from vacation packages & $2000 pickles (I’m not kidding) to oil changes and teddy bears.  The auction is hosted by Marty Loveday & Associates who keeps everyone in stitches.

Win a new Ford Fusion!There are great prizes again this year!  The hole-in-one prize sponsored by Taylor Motor Company Ford of Waynesville, NC is a new Ford Fusion!

The entry fee is $100 per player & includes: Lunch, Green fees, Cart, an embroidered Golf Shirt, a Goody Bag, Dinner & all the Refreshments you can handle!

Bent Creek Golf CourseSo put together a team or come alone, and they will pair you with other single players.  If you are not able to come and play, your participation (by sponsoring a hole for only $100) is still greatly appreciated. Sponsoring a hole can give your business some GREAT ADVERTISING while doing something very worthwhile for the kids who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy.

Spend the night at Golf Vista!100% of the money is earmarked to send local MDA kids to summer camp—no administrative fees—so please be generous! Last year ERA donated over $10,000 to MDA Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, TN. 

If you need a place to stay for the event, call 1-800-309-0277 and tell them you want to come to Gatlinburg for the tournament–the folks at ERA In The Smokies will find the perfect place for you.  See you there!

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.