It’s Still Fall, Y’all!

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November is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s over yet! The leaves are still changing so there’s time to experience the wonderful colors the Smokies have to offer. You may just have to take a walk on the wild side with some adventurous coasters or saddle up for a whole new outlook on the beauty our area has to offer.

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We now have an incredible selection of coasters in the area. Start off small with the Alpine Slide at Ober. This 1800 foot track is fun for all ages! They also have the Ski Mountain Coaster where you can enjoy a faster ride down a 3750 foot metal track! If you would like to see the colors from all areas and angles, try the other coasters in the area as well. Stop by Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster 640px-DW_Wild_Eagle.JPGon your way into town to experience their 35 mph coaster. Or if you’ll be lodging in Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster would be a fun stop for the kids (and adults!). Go big or go home with Dollywood‘s roller coaster the Wild Eagle®. It is definitely one of a kind! While “flying” high above the park itself, the views you catch showcase the Smoky Mountains.

 

sunset riders 250xTo slow down the pace a bit, head over to Cades Cove. This 11-mile loop through the National Park offers a close up look of the flora and fauna we have in the area. Take your time to drive around the loop or just take the shortcut at one of the two they have. They also offer Horseback Riding Tours Guided  Hayrides, and Carriage Tours up until November 30 (weather permitting). You’re sure to see some of the wild animals in this area and some of the prettiest close up views from inside the park itself.

 

Want to soar through the trees? Head over the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour to get up close and personal with nature. Start off with an ATV ride to the top in groups of six. Sticking with a “true tree canopy” feel, during the tour  your feet won’t touch the ground for 2 1/2 hours! You’ll walk over 3 sky bridges giving you a ‘bird’s eye view’ when not zipping. If you’re looking for more of a challenge they also offer Mountain Biking. El Regis Trail is a two mile loop that is considered intermediate, but beginners up for a challenge are more than welcome on it as well.

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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.

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Photo Contest

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It’s time for another photo contest!!!cabin-view-gf-250x

  • Photo Contest Category: Autumn: Fall Foliage, Leaves, Waterfalls & Rivers showing the seasons changing
  • Location Requirements for Photos: The photos must have been taken in the Great Smoky Mountain area.
  • Deadline: All entries must be received by November 30, 2016.
  • Prize: Gift Certificate for a 2 Night Stay in one of our 1 or 2 bedroom Rental Cabins.
  • Restrictions apply.
  • Judging: Judging will take place through December 20, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can previous contestants/winners enter photos if they have submitted photos to our other contests in the past? Yes, anyone can enter even if they have submitted photos in the past.
  • What address do I email my photos to? marketing@erainthesmokies.com
  • Is there a limit on the number of photos I can submit? Yes, we are limiting each person to 15 entries. The use of multiple email addresses by the same person or having every family member enter 15 could lead to disqualification so please be fair and understand the reasons for the limitation.
  • Are there any restrictions to what kind of photos I may enter? Yes! Photos must be your own original work and must be consistent with the category listed above, Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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If you don’t have any photos yet, come visit, quick! One good idea is to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website to start planning where to go to see the fall colors. Feel free to email or call with questions. Good luck & I look forward to viewing a ton of great photos!

 

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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.

 

The leaves are Fall-ing!

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October is here and the weather is boasting it’s beauty! The leaves are shedding their green hues for a richer color palette of yellows, oranges, and reds making for a picture perfect view. This year the leaves are still in the process of changing at different altitudes. If you would like to see the current view, you can head over to the Webcams on the Smoky Mountain National Park site.

Ready to let your head fall where it may? Look no further than ERA! They offer affordable cabins near the Smoky Mountains. A few of the ones they offer with a view are:

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Almost Heaven – This 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin is located minutes from the National Park. Spacious log cabin with all of the amenities. You can enjoy the fall color from your hot tub or porch –no hiking necessary!

 

At Trail’s End – This beautiful 2-level log cabin, withAtTrailsEnd_edit.jpg
spectacular winter mountain views, will sleep up to 6 people and offers recreation for the whole family including a fully equipped gameroom, Jacuzzi, hot tub and picnic tables…located just minutes from the Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts District.

 

Chipmunk Haven – This is a cute, private log cabin with a view, a rare find! Chipmunk Haven has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, an outdoor hot tub, an indoor whirlpool tub, and is located just 3 miles from the downtown Parkway in Gatlinburg.

 

On The Rocks– This adorable two level log cabin is equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, an outdoor hot tub and has a mountain views! With a two bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms, there is no better place to spend your vacation or family weekend getaway! Conveniently located close to Downtown Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 
Winfield Heights – From a spa-like couples getaway to a family-fun vacation, the cabins of Winfield Heights offer you and yours deluxe accommodations and amenities–in-room whirlpools, outdoor hot tubs, pool tables & fireplaces. Enjoy both a mountain view AND a downtown city view!

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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.

Fall Fun!- Autumn Activities!

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There's more to do than see the leaves change!Fall is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. I know you love the leaves, but there are many activities that are even more special in the Fall. From German food to a ghostly tour, make sure to include this list of Fall activities on your vacation “To Do” list. We’ll see you soon!

Hobblebush photo courtesy of Harvard Forest1. See the Leaves. October is the busiest month of the year in Gatlinburg for one reason alone–the changing of the leaves. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park usually experiences an autumn leaf season of several weeks as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from high elevation to low. However, the timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables (including rainfall) that the exact dates of peak fall foliage color each year areMtn over 250x impossible to predict in advance. From early to mid-October, fall colors develop above 4,000 feet. To enjoy them, drive the Clingmans Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Foothills Parkway. The fall color display usually reaches peak at mid and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories. Rent a cabin with a view.

Don't Miss the Chili Cook Off!2. Annual Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff. It’s fall…are you thinking chili, too? Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 21st annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. on River Road and at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. Be pleasantly tempted and tested before casting your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Also, judges will select winners in categories including Best Taste, Booth Presentation, Apron Design and Most Unique Chili Name.

Red Setter Trout Lure3. Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. The 11th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and is equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in the largest trout tournament in the Smokies. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. For information, call 865-661-FISH (3474) or click here.

Enjoy a Smoky Mountain Harvest with the whole family!4. Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. This county wide celebration, held in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, features an array of craft shows, a decorating contest and other “artistic” special events that are sure to keep everyone’s energy level lively. If you’re in to knick knacks and friendly faces, then the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is sure to keep you entertained throughout your entire stay in the area. Don’t miss out, start making your plans to be part of the celebration today! The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival will be held September 1 – October 31 with many events to enjoy. For a full list of events, click here.

Enjoy the lights for over 3 months!5. 21st Annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic tm is the four-month winter lighting promotion featuring custom designed, one-of-a-kind lighting displays which now sport all LED bulbs along Gatlinburg’s famous Downtown Parkway adjacent toRiver Road. Listed as one of winter’s “Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Gatlinburg’s four-month Winterfest Celebration transforms the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg into a spectacular winter wonderland from November through February. A holiday craft show, Christmas parade, Winter Magic Tunes & Tales, and the popular New Year’s Ball Drop combine with millions of LED lighting displays and attractions to make Winterfest an activity filled season in Gatlinburg. The kickoff is the same night as the Gatlinburg Chili Cook Off. In 2010 it is on November 10th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift6. Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Of course, the chair lift is open year ’round, and the Smokies are always a beautiful site…but, never is it more beautiful than during the fall. the Gatlinburg Chair Lift is a special experience–a 1200 foot climb up the side of Crockett Mountain. One little known fact is that the lift was originally purchased from the Sugar Bowl Ski Area in California in the 1950s, unassembled, and then reconstructed in Gatlinburg. Aptly put, it is the best seat in Gatlinburg. Rates are Adults $12 and $9 for children.

Try the Super Reuben on your visit!7. The Hofbrauhaus. 1969 The Cheese Cupboard opened it’s doors as Gatlinburg’s premier cheese shop. Since that time, thousands have enjoyed their large array of imported and domestic cheese and chocolate from Switzerland and Germany. The second floor is occupied by The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant. As you enter, you get the feeling of being transported to Europe. Styled after a German pub, the visitor can enjoy a small respite in the middle of busy Gatlinburg. Through the years the Famous Super Ruben has become the favorite. Enjoy any of their hot specialty sandwiches such as the Hoagie, Turkey, Pastrami or Bratwurst along with a cold beverage or beer. Click Here for a full menu.

Tour White Oak Flats Cemetary on your Gatlinburg Vacation!8. Haunted Ghost Tour. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, taking a ghost tour of Gatlinburg will be a memorable part of your vacation. Take a leisurely stroll and search along the shadowy streets and alleys of Gatlinburg to hear stories of the unexplained and strange. Hear about a number of haunted hotels and buildings in the downtown area, about a gruesome murder committed at a very famous hotel & the young girl and security guard who still haunt it. Listen to the tale of a young man who made a foolish mistake and continues to pay for it to this very day. Tour a cemetery that was built in 1830-a most frightful place indeed! Tours run 7 days per week March through October. Buy tickets online.

Find a Deal in the Smokies!9. Caramel Apples. Can’t make it to the Smokies this fall? Order a few caramel apples made here at the foot of the Smokies and have them shipped to you at home for a taste of the Great Smoky Mountains. To read the fascinating history of the Raimondi family’s caramel apple legacy, click here. Whether you like your caramel apples dipped in nuts or chocolate chips, they are sure to have one to tickle your Fall fancy. Don’t forget to order online!

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: Things to Do in Fall–Autumn Activities

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There's more to do than see the leaves change!Fall is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. I know you love the leaves, but there are many activities that are even more special in the Fall.  From German food to a ghostly tour, make sure to include this list of Fall activities on your vacation “To Do” list.  We’ll see you soon!

Hobblebush photo courtesy of Harvard Forest1. See the Leaves. October is the busiest month of the year in Gatlinburg for one reason alone–the changing of the leaves. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park usually experiences an autumn leaf season of several weeks as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from high elevation to low. However, the timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables (including rainfall) that the exact dates of peak fall foliage color each year areMtn over 250x impossible to predict in advance. From early to mid-October, fall colors develop above 4,000 feet. To enjoy them, drive the Clingmans Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Foothills ParkwayThe fall color display usually reaches peak at mid and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.  Rent a cabin with a view.

Don't Miss the Chili Cook Off!2. Annual Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff It’s fall…are you thinking chili, too? Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 20th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. on River Road and at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza.  Be pleasantly tempted and tested before casting your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Also, judges will select winners in categories including Best Taste, Booth Presentation, Apron Design and Most Unique Chili Name.

Red Setter Trout Lure3. Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. The 11th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and is equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in the largest trout tournament in the Smokies. All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed. For information, call 865-661-FISH (3474) or click here.

Enjoy a Smoky Mountain Harvest with the whole family!4. Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. This county wide celebration, held in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, features an array of craft shows, a decorating contest and other “artistic” special events that are sure to keep everyone’s energy level lively. If you’re in to knick knacks and friendly faces, then the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is sure to keep you entertained throughout your entire stay in the area. Don’t miss out, start making your plans to be part of the celebration today! The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival continues on from September 24 – October 31 with many events to enjoy. For a full list of events,  click here.

Enjoy the lights for over 3 months!5. 20th Annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic tm is the four-month winter lighting promotion featuring custom designed, one-of-a-kind lighting displays which now sport all LED bulbs along Gatlinburg’s famous Downtown Parkway adjacent toRiver Road.   Listed as one of winter’s “Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Gatlinburg’s four-month Winterfest Celebration transforms the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg into a spectacular winter wonderland from November through February.  A holiday craft show, Christmas parade, Winter Magic Tunes & Tales, and the popular New Year’s Ball Drop combine with millions of LED lighting displays and attractions to make Winterfest an activity filled season in Gatlinburg. The kickoff is the same night as the Gatlinburg Chili Cook Off.  In 2009 it is on November 4th from 5 to 8 p.m.

Take an old-fashioned wagon ride!6. Old Fashioned Wagon Rides. Kick back and enjoy a nostalgic, fun-filled wagon ride in downtown Gatlinburg, including views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park that surrounds Gatlinburg on three sides as well as several Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays beginning in November.  Departure is at Traffic Light #6 at Mountain Mall. Rides run from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and leave approximately every 45 minutes. Proceeds benefit United Way.  For more information, call (865)436-0535.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift7. Gatlinburg Sky Lift.  Of course, the chair lift is open year ’round, and the Smokies are always a beautiful site…but, never is it more beautiful than during the fall. the Gatlinburg Chair Lift is a special experience–a 1200 foot climb up the side of Crockett Mountain.  One little known fact is that the lift was originally purchased from the Sugar Bowl Ski Area in California in the 1950s, unassembled, and  then reconstructed in Gatlinburg.  Aptly put, it is the best seat in Gatlinburg. Rates are Adults $12 and $9 for children.

Try the Super Reuben on your visit!8. The Hofbrauhaus.  1969 The Cheese Cupboard opened it’s doors as Gatlinburg’s premier cheese shop. Since that time, thousands have enjoyed their large array of imported and domestic cheese and chocolate from Switzerland and Germany. The second floor is occupied by The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant. As you enter, you get the feeling of being transported to Europe. Styled after a German pub, the visitor can enjoy a small respite in the middle of busy Gatlinburg. Through the years the Famous Super Ruben has become the favorite. Enjoy any of their hot specialty sandwiches such as the Hoagie, Turkey, Pastrami or Bratwurst along with a cold beverage or beer.  Click Here for a full menu.

Tour White Oak Flats Cemetary on your Gatlinburg Vacation!9. Haunted Ghost Tour. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, taking a ghost tour of Gatlinburg will be a memorable part of your vacation. Take a leisurely stroll and search along the shadowy streets and alleys of Gatlinburg to hear stories of the unexplained and strange. Hear about a number of haunted hotels and buildings in the downtown area, about a gruesome murder committed at a very famous hotel & the young girl and security guard who still haunt it. Listen to the tale of a young man who made a foolish mistake and continues to pay for it to this very day. Tour a cemetery that was built in 1830-a most frightful place indeed!  Tours run 7 days per week March through October. Buy tickets online.

Find a Deal in the Smokies!10. Caramel Apples.  Can’t make it to the Smokies this fall?  Order a few caramel apples made here at the foot of the Smokies and have them shipped to you at home for a taste of the Great Smoky Mountains.  To read the fascinating history of the Raimondi family’s caramel apple legacy, click here. Whether you like your caramel apples dipped in nuts or chocolate chips, they are sure to have one to tickle your Fall fancy.  Don’t forget to order online!

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.