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 (www.facebook.com/ERAInTheSmokies)!

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

1st Place Winner!

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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

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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 Gatlinburg.com

 

3rd Runners Up

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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 Festival.com

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!

Let It Snow!!!

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Snow is more controversial than I ever thought possible! We have quite a few people who come here looking, hoping, praying for snow. We also have several people who are afraid of snow, or rather what it might do to the roads. In Gatlinburg we do occasionally get some snow, although rarely more than an inch. And it usually melts the next day. Here are some tips on how to enjoy (or survive) the winter weather here in the mountains!

Rent a Cabin in the Higher Elevations!1. Finding the Snow!
If you are one of those people who wants the snow, be encouraged! Just rent a cabin in a higher elevation, and chances are, if there’s the slightest chance of precipitation, it’ll snow at your cabin. If it doesn’t snow at your cabin while you’re here, stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and ask the nice folks there if they know of any snow in the National Park that you could get to. On the higher elevations, once it snows, the mountains usually keep that white on their tops for the rest of the winter!


4x42. Avoiding Icy Mishaps!

Since they can’t control the weather, cabin rental companies don’t give refunds due to weather or road conditions. Besides, you’re coming to the mountains to enjoy the mountains! If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or can borrow one from a friend or rent one, we recommend this. If not, invest in chains for your tires. Our Wal-tireMart here sells them for just $25-$65, depending on tire size. Well worth the investment! If you would still rather just avoid the steep hills altogether, make sure to ask your reservationist for a cabin that has no steep hills to get to. This can be very difficult to find around here, so be sure to book early.

Check the weather for Gatlinburg!3. Timing is everything!
Check the weather before you come. And once you’re here, check your radio, TV, or newspaper for regular weather updates. If there is a chance of snow or ice, plan to do your driving in Gatlinburg at the warmest, sunniest time of day. Don’t wait to go out and about, or wait to head back to your cabin, til after dark, when it will be colder, harder to see, and more difficult to find help if you need it. Don’t stay out much past 7pm, if there is any chance of bad weather. Get to your cabin and snuggle down for a cozy evening. Try to plan your vacation so that you don’t have to leave your cabin early in the morning. (It’s vacation, you want to sleep in anyway!) Give the sun a chance to thaw out the roads for you. If you feel it absolutely necessary to be out early in the morning, remember that 4-wheel drive and/or chains, and maybe even bring a bag of rock salt with you just in case.

Go Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg!4. Enjoy The Adventure That Comes To You!
The snow is absolutely gorgeous! Just imagine waking up to a winter wonderland! Don’t be a worry wart and ruin you and your family’s vacation! Enjoy it! Go sledding! Build a snowman! Snow angels! A fort or igloo! Head to Ober Gatlinburg and try skiing or snow tubing!

Get Some Great Deals This Winter!5. Be Prepared!
Here are some things to have with you:
* 4 wheel drive vehicle and/or chains for your tires
* rock salt
* windshield ice scraper
* flashlight
* starter log and matches or lighter if you have a wood-burning fireplace
* plenty of food
* hot chocolate!
* coffee
* sled
* an adventurous spirit
* a smile!

Now that we’re all ready… Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!!!

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.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Subscribe to A Day In The Smokies!!Well, Thanksgiving is in just a couple days, so we wanted to share some of the things, related to the Smokies, that we are most thankful for!

Rent A Cabin With a Mountain View!!The Great Smoky Mountains!
Who wouldn’t want to be here in the Great Smoky Mountains! It is certainly a joy to live here, and to share them with all of you! Whether you’re driving through Pigeon Forge and seeing them over the next hill, or driving right up in them to spend a day enjoying their beauty first hand, those Great Smoky Mountains hold a piece of our hearts!

Find Summer Activities!!A Great Summer!
We are so thankful for a great summer! Tons of people came to enjoy the mountains and all the wonderful attractions here! Swimming, waterfalls, Splash Country, walking the Parkway, enjoying the ice cream from across the street after a great game of mini-golf! This summer was full of great times and wonderful memories!

Find Fall Activities!!A Gorgeous Fall!
The fall has been another wonderful time of year! Many of you came to enjoy the mountains as they donned their glorious splendor of reds, oranges, and golds! Hiking, Zip-lining, Dollywood, shopping! The fall was full of fun for us all!! Don’t forget to come back next fall!

See some of our favorite bear pictures!The Bears!
We are thankful indeed for the bears! What amazing creatures they are! And so many of you have enjoyed coming and catching those hoped-for glances of bears! The bears have been more active than ever this year. They seem to enjoy doing their best to rip up our trash cans! And if that doesn’t work, for some reason they seem to enjoy our hot tubs almost as much as you do!

Read about the elk!Other Wildlife!
The Great Smoky Mountains are home to “some 66 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 50 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians.” Some of our favorites include the elk, the salamanders, and the synchronous fireflies! A couple of the best places to view these include Cades Cove and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail!

Find Kid-friendly attractions!So Much To Do!
There is so much to do and to enjoy here in the Smokies! When each season comes, I find myself looking forward to that season’s unique benefits, and thinking to myself, this is the BEST time to come to the Smokies!! Whether it’s Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, NOW is the BEST time to come!

Find pictures from previous tournaments, and information about our next tournament!A Great Golf Benefit!
This year we had a wonderful time at our 14th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Benefit, in which we were able to raise over $10,000 to send local Muscular Dystrophy kids to a camp where they can experience life without limits! We enjoyed two great meals, a wonderful golf game, and a hilarious auction, all of which raised money for MDA!

People here are so friendly! Why not move here!Friendly Neighbors!
One of the things I enjoy most about this area is the people! They are so loving and friendly! You may think that those of us who live here are resentful of tourists, but quite the contrary! It’s because of our honored guests that are we are able to make a living, and enjoy living here in the beautiful Smokies!! So the people are friendly to locals and tourists alike!

Awesome Customers!
We are so thankful for all our awesome customers! It is our joy to help you have the most wonderful experience possible when you come to the Smokies! We are especially thankful for all of you who keep coming back and invite your friends!

Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to count your blessings!

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.

Family Winter Traditions in the Smokies- 2012

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Gatlinburg Cabin Easy Livin' features a Big Screen TV.Traditional family holiday time doesn’t just mean football on the TV and a turkey in your home oven anymore. Gatlinburg is a popular destination for families to spend holidays year ’round. You don’t have to worry about finding something to do or somewhere to eat; Gatlinburg has something to offer families of every size from 2 to 32 and larger. Here are just a few ideas for the upcoming winter holidays:

Order your holiday meal today!1. Food, glorious food. Let’s face it…most of us equate holidays with a chance to eat all the traditional family favorites from turkey and ham to sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Don’t be afraid to try it away from home. The local Food City offers holiday packages that only require that you place the order and pick out the fixings. Click to Learn more about Shopping in the Smokies!You can leave the rest to the professionals. However, if you just can’t imagine not cooking this holiday season, renting a cabin could be your solution. Cabins usually come with fully-equipped kitchens, but make sure you bring specialty pans and cooking utensils with you. And for those of you that just want to show up to the meal, there are plenty of restaurants open every holiday.

2. Shopping. Are you afraid to miss out on the post holiday sales and specials? Never fear. Gatlinburg offers the ultimate shopping experience with everything from local artisan crafts to brand-name outlet stores. The deals abound and many stores are clustered for your shopping convenience. Read more about Shopping in the Smokies.

Almost Heaven is always decorated for the holidays!3. Decorating. Don’t think that having a destination holiday experience means you have to forgo the holiday decorations. Many rental cabins come fully-decorated for the holidays, and if you are looking to bring your own decorations…just ask. Gatlinburg is known for customer service and hospitality. ERA In The Smokies thinks of visitors as their guests and always try to accommodate requests.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!4. A White Christmas. Do you live somewhere that never sees snow? Come on over to the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smokies get a small amount of snow each year. Even though it rarely snows at Christmas, the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are often open by mid-December even if it requires man-made snow. Ober Gatlinburg now offers snow tubing, too!

5. Holidays on Ice. For many people, winter holidays conjure images of ice skating, woolen mittens and hot chocolate. Ice skating is a popular year ’round activity at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort. Don’t worry about driving up the mountain in icy weather; the aerial tram offers a breath-taking view and eliminates the need to drive.

Make Winter Adventure your new Family Tradition!6. Winter Adventure. There are lots of activities that shut down in the Mountains during the winter due to the temperature or precipitation; however, there are just as many that are great fun regardless of the weather. Take a wild and wacky and snowy roll inside an inflatable Zorb ball or take an off-road Hummer tour with the whole family! And Walden Creek Stables offers horseback riding even in December!

See the lights at Dollywood this holiday season!7. Twinkling Lights. Does your home town offer a beautiful lights display? So does ours. Gatlinburg loves holiday lights so much that they are up from the first week in November to mid-February each year. From Dollywood to Downtown, whimsical LED light displays are a beautiful reminder of the holiday season and a great reminder of Gatlinburg’s vow to go green. Read more about Holiday Lights locations.

See Yuletide Madness at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre!8. Fa La La La La. Most of the Smoky Mountain musical shows that your family loves have special holiday editions. From the always-funny Sweet Fanny Adams and to the brand new Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular, holiday music abounds. You won’t miss caroling either. Each year the City of Gatlinburg sponsors roving minstrels, carolers and story tellers. The Village even has photo opportunities with old Kris Kringle himself!

Start your ornament collection in Gatlinburg!9. Buy an Ornament. Did you buy an tree ornament for your baby’s first Christmas? First year in school? Why stop there? Gatlinburg offers a varied assortment of shops dedicated to just holiday decorations. The Christmas Tree offers a quaint shopping experience in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg where you can buy your Department 54 favorites or a hand-painted one-of-a-kind. Christmas Eve Gift is a world of Christmas all year long and is located in the heart of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community. In addition, many of the Downtown Parkway’s shops carry souvenir Christmas ornaments as well as other ornaments and souvenirs for each and every holiday. Make collecting ornaments part of your family’s tradition.12 Drummers Drumming

10. 12 Days of Christmas. This is one of my family traditions. Pigeon Forge puts up a light display featuring the 12 Days of Christmas from the Partridge in a Pear Tree at the Sevierville end to the 12 Drummers Drumming on the Gatlinburg end. Each year, my family piles in the car and sings the song as we pass the individual displays for each day. Of course, traffic lights and placement mean we end up singing v – e – r – ys – l – o – w – l – y or sometimes very very fast to keep up, but it always ends in laughter. I’ll photograph the 12 Days of Christmas light display this year and feature it in a separate blog post. Don’t miss this light display.

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.

Dollywood’s Southern Gospel & Harvest Fest 2012

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesDollywood’s Annual Southern Gospel & Harvest Festival returns this year October 3 – November 3, 2012! This is, in our experience, Dollywood’s busiest time of year. It’s so exciting to come and see all the hustle and bustle!

The PerrysIf you enjoy Southern Gospel music, this is the time for you to come! Your Dollywood admission covers entrance to all the concerts. You could stand in line for hours and still miss the show you want to see if you don’t plan ahead, though, so here are some tips!
1. Plan to arrive 30 minutes earlier than when the park opens! They will often go ahead and let you into the park this early and you can make a beeline to the door of the first concert you want to see! If nothing else, planning to be 30 minutes early ought to get you there on time even if you hit traffic or other delays on the way.
2. Want to avoid waiting in line for those indoor shows? Get a Q-Bot! The Q2Q system will hold your place in line for rides and indoor shows while you enjoy everything else the park has to offer! It only costs $15 per person, and the 6th person is free! If you have a gold season pass, it’s only $12 per person. They have a limited number of Q-bots available, so you will still want to plan to get to the park 30 minutes early!
3. If you’d rather wait in some lines than spend a little extra on the Q-bots, make sure to plan out your goals for the day in advance, and then prepare to be flexible. You can find the show schedule ahead of time on the Dollywood website. Plan to make a beeline for the first show you’d like to get into as soon as you get to the park. Then plan to get in line at least an hour and a half before show time for any other indoor shows you’d like to see. If you are looking forward to some of the outdoor shows, plan to arrive about 5 minutes before the end of the previous showing, in order to jump on some decent seats, as soon as the audience from the previous showing leaves. If you get there late for the outdoor shows, you may not be able to see, but at least you will be able to hear!

Southern Gospel and Harvest FestivalThere are plenty of other wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes to enjoy! Talented crafters will have booths set up all over the park, demonstrating their skills and offering their goods for sale. Special fall recipes will be tantalizing you all over the park, including Dollywood’s signature fried green tomatoes, a true Southern dish! And beautiful fall decorations will delight you everywhere you set your foot. Don’t miss out on this year’s Southern Gospel and Harvest Festival!

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.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Start now with your fall planning, and book your lodging to enjoy smoky mountain fall. September marks a wonderful time of year to vacation to Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This month kicks off the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, a three month long event featuring fall activities, events and concerts! Many families choose the fall time to visit Pigeon Forge, and it’s no wonder why. With the breathtaking changing of the leaves, the fresh, in-season produce, and the variety of events and activities in Pigeon Forge and nearby towns, there are endless entertainment options to take advantage of.

Check out these events below and begin planning your fall time Smoky Mountain vacation. All events take place in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, which are neighboring towns only a short drive from one another. Reserve your cabin with ERA In the Smokies and begin planning your trip itinerary today!

Sevier County Harvest Festival Events:

September Events

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“Hearts That Survive” Book Signing – guest author Yvonne Lehman comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

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Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670

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8th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival  Free outdoor family event located at Arrowmont  School of Arts and Crafts. This festival features skilled artist from all over the country, great cuisine and fun music for all!

3 – 8

Sevier County Fair – Enjoy the last moments of summer with an evening at a country fair. Enjoy carnival rides, games, contest, food and concerts at our hometown fair.

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Star Gazing in the Smokies – Come out to Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a wonderful night of star gazing on Friday, September 7 beginning around 7:30 p.m. Call (865) 926-6251 for reservations.

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Shades of the Past – Thousands of classic car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Pigeon Forge each year.

8 – 9

Teacher Escape Weekend – Escape to  the Smokies and join Tremont’s teacher/naturalists for an exciting look at what Tremont has to offer. This weekend is an opportunity to meet other teachers, share ideas, learn about new Tremont programs and answer questions you may have before your school’s visit. It is also a time to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery and make new friends.

13 – 15

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – This three day festival is jam packed full of Bluegrass performers that will start playing at 9 a.m. and keep playing well on into the night.

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Grand Fall Rod Run – The changing colors and bright leaves falling are the perfect natural backdrop for viewing the colorful selection of cars during this huge event. Car enthusiasts enjoy cruising and meeting on the main parkway amid the fall displays in every restaurant, hotel, and attraction.Located at Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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Stargazing in Cades Cove Field – beginning at 8:00 pm.  Park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to Cades Cove Loop Road, where a ranger will escort the group about one-third of a mile to a nearby field.

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Classic rock bands ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, TN. Tickets for the show are $46.50 for general admission, $67.50 for VIP seating. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Smokies Stadium box office, by calling (865) 656-4444,or by visiting knoxvilletickets.com.

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Don Williams in Concert – at Country Tonite Theatre. For more information please call 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

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Gerald Charles Dickens Performances: Guests of The Inn at Christmas Place have two opportunities to see Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens perform his one-man show “Dickens is Coming!” This is Mr. Dickens’ third appearance at the hotel, and he is a real favorite.

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“Maritime Artist from England, specializing in Titanic Art” Book Signing – guest author Ed Walker comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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“Maritime Artist from England, specializing in Titanic Art” Book Signing – guest author Ed Walker comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Taste of Autumn – supporting the United Way of Sevier County and featuring the fare of the area’s finest restaurants and businesses plus live music at Gatlinburg Convention Center 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

28 – Nov. 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

28 – 29

Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day – Come out to the Townsend Visitor Center in Townsend, TN for bluegrass music, clogging, beautiful antique tractors, crafts, food, quilting, apple-butter making, beekeeping and blacksmithing.

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Railroad Days at the Little River Railroad Museum in Townsend, TN

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13th Annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament – Come out for great prizes and fun as we stock over 5,000 trout prior to this two day event! (865) 661-3474

30 – Oct. 28

Autumn Workshops at Arrowmont  – From September 30 – October 28, 2012, thirty-six one-week and weekend classes will be offered in baskets, brooms, clay, drawing, enamels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, special topics, and wood. Call (865) 436-5860 for more info.

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Smokies Half-Marathon, 5k and Fun Run – 8:00 am Be here for the first ever Smokies Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run which will start and finish in the historic “Old Mill District”, nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Plan to make a long weekend out of it! Stroll the Parkway and enjoy some of the area’s great attractions.

October Events

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Autumn Workshops at Arrowmont – From September 30 – October 28, 2012, thirty-six one-week and weekend classes will be offered in baskets, brooms, clay, drawing, enamels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, special topics, and wood. Call (865) 436-5860 for more info.

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

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“1912 Facts About Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Lee Merideth comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670.

1 – Nov. 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

5 – 31

Ripley’s Fright Nights – Every evening at 6:13 p.m. beginning with a New Orleans-style character parade. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating its 14th Annual Fright Nights show entitled “Backwoods Terror: You Just Made A Wrong Turn”, a show dedicated to all things Halloween!

6 – 7

Teacher Escape Weekend – Escape to the Smokies and join Tremont’s teacher/naturalists for an exciting look at what Tremont has to offer. This weekend is an opportunity to meet other teachers, share ideas, learn about new Tremont programs and answer questions you may have before your school’s visit. It is also a time to relax, enjoy the mountain scenery and make new friends.

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Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming – Come out to the pumpkin patch for old fashioned games, bluegrass music and the unveiling of Robert Tino’s latest print.

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Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival – held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, located in the peaceful gateway community of Townsend, TN. Through an assortment of artifacts dating from 3000 B.C. to the 1930’s, visitors catch a glimpse of Native American life and its pottery.

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Titanic Honors Pastors and Clergy, October 10-16, 2012 – Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Learn about the religious heroes of Titanic and what they did in those final hours to spread the gospel and save the unsaved.

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Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – One of the Southeast’s favorite events featuring over 200 booths of artisans finest work. Live entertainment daily!

Foothills Fall Festival – one of the most anticipated events in the southeast! Nestled at the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville, Tennessee hosts three days of amazing world class concerts, juried arts and crafts, and activities, shows, and much more for the whole family. We’re setting the stage for you this October!

15 – 20

Mountainfest at The Inn at Christmas Place – Mountainfest event located at The Inn at Christmas Place includes bluegrass music, singers, storytellers and demonstrations of mountain crafts.

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Women’s Backpack – What better way is there to enjoy early fall than with a group of adventurous women on the trail and around the campfire. It’s “Girl Power” all the way as we climb mountains, ford streams and leave our hectic lives behind.

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Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop – Willard Clay, widely recognized as one of our nation’s preeminent landscape photographers, leads this annual workshop. Unlike many photography workshops, our price includes meals, lodging and instruction by one of the finest teams of photography instructors anywhere in the country.

22 – Nov 5

“The Sinking of the Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Bruce Caplan comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Ray Stevens in Concert (two performances 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) – at Country Tonite Theatre. For more information please call 1-800-792-4308 or visit www.firstclassconcerts.com

November Events

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“The Sinking of the Titanic” Book Signing – guest author Bruce Caplan comes aboard the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. to sign books and talk about Titanic history with guests. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

1 – 4

Oktoberfest at Ober – Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music. You don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun!

1 – Dec 31

Titanic Honors Homeschool Students, September – December 2012 – Special Home School Rate on Selected Dates. Reservations Required. Call 800-381-7670. Use the ‘ship’ as a classroom! Students can learn life lessons, along with traditional education in History, Science, Geography, language arts, and Social Studies.

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Behind the Scenes of James Cameron’s Titanic – Titanic Museum Attraction – an exclusive behind the scenes of Titanic movie, including costumes  Jack and Rose wore. For more information call 800-381-7670.

2 – 4

Climate Change in the Smokies – Join rangers and scientists from Great Smoky Mountains National Park along with Tremont staff to learn the current state of climate change in the Smokies and possible future outcomes for the park.

5 – 12

Titanic Honors Veterans, November 5-12, 2012 – Military Members Receive VERY SPECIAL OFFER with Military ID during Pigeon Forge Veterans Week. Guests must present a Military ID/Papers.  Call for details. 800-381-7670.

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Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff

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2nd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade: Join us in Pigeon Forge as we salute the men and women of America’s military during this annual parade through the city.

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23rd Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

6 – Feb 28

23rd Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest  – Join all the fun this winter with activities in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and all over the Smoky Mountains as we celebrate Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. Enjoy holiday lights Nov. 6, 2012 through Feb.28, 2013.

6 – Dec. 31

Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights – Nov. 6, 2012  until  Dec. 31, 2012 at Patriot Park. Come out and experience the stunning light displays on board a Pigeon Forge trolley. The Tour of Lights begins and ends at Patriot Park. Please call (865) 453-6444 for specific departure times.

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Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff – Sample mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili. Grab a spoon and savor everything from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous. The City of Gatlinburg hosts the 23rd Annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in downtown Gatlinburg.

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Veterans Day Celebration – Join Gatlinburg in saluting America’s veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute. This popular free-admission event on Sunday, November 11 will be held in the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at 2:00 p.m.

20 – 24

Festival of Trees – Dozens of decorated Christmas trees amaze visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. This annual display is a fundraiser for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry.

21 – 25

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Autumn and holiday items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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Veterans Day Celebration – Join Gatlinburg in saluting America’s veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute. This popular free-admission event on Sunday, November 11 will be held in the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at 2:00 p.m.

20 – 24

Festival of Trees – Dozens of decorated Christmas trees amaze visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. This annual display is a fundraiser for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry.

21 – 25

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Autumn and holiday items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

22 – 24

Real Snow off the Bow of Titanic Museum Attraction – 7:00 p.m. Free in Parking Lot – Bring your Cameras! Each night, November 22-24 and every Saturday in December, the Titanic will produce real, falling snow off the bow of the ship. AND…the entire ship inside and out will be aglow with Christmas lights and decorations.

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Fireworks at Titanic Museum Attraction – 7:30 pm (or when it gets dark) The night sky will be filled with a major fireworks show to celebrate the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers. It will be the largest fireworks event on the Parkway since the Titanic Museum Attraction’s grand opening in 2010.

26 – Dec. 2

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – Authentic items crafted by Smoky Mountain artisans who are members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  Christmas items for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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.

Springfest 2012

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesDon’t miss the chance to watch the Smokies bloom into Spring brilliance while enjoying all the colors, crafts, food, history, and fun of the Smoky Mountain Springfest! Springfest includes a wide array of activities and events to delight and satisfy your springtime cravings!

Easter Arts & Crafts ShowEaster Arts & Crafts Show

What would the Smokies be without our Arts and Crafts Community? Come to the Easter Arts & Crafts show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, April 7 to inspire the creativity in your own soul, and take home some of these beautifully crafted items to grace your home, office, or other organization!

Ober Gatlinburg Easter Sunrise ServiceOber Gatlinburg’s 14th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

What better way to experience a glorious Easter Sunrise than from high on the slopes of the Smoky Mountains?! Join us for Ober Gatlinburg’s Easter Sunrise Service, on April 8,  enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding mountains! Free tram rides to the mountain top begin at 45 minutes before the service and continue in 15 minute intervals until the service begins at at sunrise. Complimentary parking at the resort will be provided for those who prefer to drive. A breakfast buffet will be waiting and available at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant beginning directly after the service.

Ribfest & WingsRibfest & Wings

Join us as we entice summer to come more quickly by filling the streets with the smell of hickory-smoked barbecue and the sounds of live entertainment! Vendors from all over the Southeast will come together on Thursday, April 26 to show off their secret sauces and succulent meat at this unforgettable street party! Don’t miss out!

Wildflower InformationThe 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & Greener Living Expo

As wildflowers bloom, join the Wildflower Pilgrimage for more than 150 different hiking tours of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, exhibitions, demonstrations, classroom lectures and delightful motor excursions into the wonderful season of spring in the Smokies. The Wildflower Pilgrimage is set to run Wednesday, April 25 through Sunday, April 29.ERA In The Smokies Realty & Rentals!

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