Holiday Travel Tips

Click Here to Subscribe to the Blog by Email!Gatlinburg receives millions of visitors each year, in part, due to the fact that we are a day’s drive from half of the United States east of the Mississippi River. Travelling with your family in the car can be an adventure, but you need to be prepared. Thanks to Associated Content for assistance with this great list of car travel tips:

1. Keep Documentation – A week or at least a few days before traveling make sure that all travel arrangements have been secured and confirmed. The last thing you want is to get to your destination and not have a place to stay. Carry a copy of all documents you may need such as emails of cabin rental confirmations. If you pre-paid, we recommend that you hang on to your receipts. Have a valid identification card. Airlines require it as do the security agreements of most cabin rental companies. Keep all this information in a waterproof bag that will be kept with you at all times.

Take your car in for a tune-up before you travel!2. Vehicle Maintenance – If you have decided to take your own car then you need to make sure it is running properly and up for the trip. We recommend you take it in for a routine maintenance check-up. Request that your maintenance provider change and fill your oil as well as check your spark plugs and all liquid levels. Check all the exterior lights and electrical components. Check air pressure in the tires and take a fully functional spare in the trunk. Don’t forget to ask your cabin rental company if you need a 4-wheel drive to get to your cabin in case of inclement weather.

heck out this kit from!3. Carry an Emergency Kit – Bring an emergency kit with you. It is always better to be safe than sorry. The kit should include items that could come in handy if you are stranded. Including: a flashlight, emergency food items, water, warm clothing, first aid supplies, small tool kit, roadside assistance numbers, cellular phone and insurance cards. In case you get a flat tire, carry a tire iron and jack and learn how to change a tire.

4. Tell people where you are going – In addition to getting to boast about your phenomenal holiday vacation plans, telling someone where you are going ensures that at least one person can send for help for you in the event that you cannot. So many times you hear on the news of people not arriving home when they should have and therefore the authorities were alerted.

Don't forget your medications!5. Take Medications – Don’t forget to get your medication refilled and take them with you. If you have a chronic health condition, don’t forget to research the names and locations of appropriate health care providers and pharmacies in the area.

6. Beat the Rush – Try to travel a day or more before other people start traveling or try leaving on a day or two after the holiday. Staying longer not only prolongs your Smoky Mountain fun, but it will also help you avoid highway traffic. In addition, many cabin companies require that you rent for a minimum of 4 to 6 days during the holiday…so you might as well get your money’s worth.

Pack your entertainment items in the car not the trunk!7. Travel Light – Don’t pack every shoe in your closet. Not only will it be a hassle to carry but it would be devastating to you if they got lost or stolen. Packing wrinkle resistant clothing is always a plus, and don’t forget to ask if your cabin has a washer and dryer or whether you will need to find a local laundromat. Don’t forget that if you are travelling during a gift giving holiday, you’re going to need to leave room for presents too.

8. Pack Important Items in Smaller Bags – Pack the most valuable items in bags you can keep inside the car with you. For easy access and to prevent unnecessary stops on narrow, winding back roads, make sure all medications and entertainment items like iPods, gaming systems and cell phones don’t get left in the trunk.

Click Here for help finding a romantic gift!9. Secure Safe Lodging – If at all possible book your cabin well in advance. Make sure you ask if there are any available discounts and review company policies regarding security deposits and payment. If you have concerns about the security of your family or your items, make sure you ask if your cabin comes with a security system.

10. Presents – If you are spending a gift-giving holiday away from home…think small like gift cards. If the present is huge, maybe you could leave the present at home and let your loved one have a picture of the present instead. Don’t try to cram the presents you receive into your luggage because we all know your clothes don’t fit back in the same suitcase they came in…much less the presents.

For info on local dining and attractions, click here!11. Eat Light and Healthy – Your stomach will surely suffer if you eat all the fast, greasy fried food when traveling. Try to keep it light and healthy like fruit and vegetables. Once you get to Gatlinburg, ask a local for their recommendations for local dining. From the best local burger to their favorite pizza joint, local residents are likely to help you find the best food as well as the best bang for your buck.

12. Take Bathroom Breaks – Take breaks every hour and a half if you are driving. It’s unhealthy for you to hold it when you need to use the restroom. Think of it as an opportunity to get a little fresh air, stretch and consult a map. Tennessee has many beautifully renovated, clean and spacious visitors’ centers that offer bathroom and picnic facilities as well as visitor information like maps, coupons and attraction brochures.

Don't forget your map!13. Pull Off the Road if You Feel Tired – Please don’t try to drive tired. Enjoy your trip and don’t try to rush it. Many cabin rental companies offer a late or after-hours check in, so take your time and enjoy the sites. If you truly are too tired to drive, consider checking into a motel at the midway point.

14. Take a Map – You could stop and ask for directions but what if you are in the middle of nowhere? With a map you can take the nearest cross street to find your location. It can be difficult to find a map these days, but you can always use Mapquest or Google Maps to find your way. When travelling to the Great Smoky Mountains, we don’t recommend relying upon GPS. With many roads being new or privately-owned, GPS is often inaccurate in Gatlinburg. In addition, the mountains often cause spotty or no satellite communication. We recommend you stick with a map or atlas; luckily, your cabin company should provide you with a detailed map to your cabin from your check in location.

Wear comfortable clothes for your car trip!15. Travel Comfortably – Wear clothes that are comfortable and loose. Dress in layers because Gatlinburg is likely to be hotter or colder than your home state depending on your location. In addition, differences in elevation means the temperature can drop significantly as you climb a mountain road. Make sure you are prepared.

To see Associated Content’s full article including flying tips, click here.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday…we’ll see you soon!

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.

Fall Leaves in the Smoky Mountains!

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Hobblebush photo courtesy of Harvard ForestWhy are fall colors so remarkable in the Smokies? One reason is the area’s amazing diversity of trees. Some 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies and the vast majority of these are deciduous.

How do colors change? As summer ends, the green pigments in leaves deteriorate, giving other colors a chance to shine. Carotenoids, the pigment that makes carrots orange and leaves yellow, are exposed as the green fades. Reds and purples come from anthocyanins, a pigment that is formed when sugars in leaves break down in bright autumn sunlight.

Bring the family to see the leaves change!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 are impossible to predict in advance.


Elevation profoundly affects when fall colors change in the park. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway!
At higher elevations, where the climate is similar to New England’s, leaves begin to change as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush (above right) & pin cherry.

From early to mid-October, fall colors develop above 4,000 feet. To enjoy them, drive the Clingman’s Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway (right), or the Foothills Parkway. Support the Park, buy the Cades Cove Story!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.

Autumn is both a beautiful and a busy time in the Great Smoky Mountains. The annual show of fall colors attracts huge numbers of sightseers, especially during the last three weeks of October. Areas in the park which experience the longest traffic delays are Cades Cove (see book pictured left) & Newfound Gap Road. Try some of these less crowded autumn hikes & drives:

  • Check for current discounts!Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, a narrow, steep, but paved one-way road that winds through rich forests and offers glimpses of rollicking Roaring Fork creek. As the name implies, this road is designed for leisurely travel and enjoyment of nature.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway follows the crest of the mountains for 469 miles, all the way to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Frequent auto pullouts along the first few miles provide spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains in all their autumn finery.
  • Balsam Mountain Road offers intimate views of northern hardwood forest at the top, transitioning to cove and southern hardwoods toward the bottom. The road eventually leaves the park and enters the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

There are no rental cabins located within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park; however, take a look at some of these cabins with phenomenal views:

  • Stay a week or Stay a lifetime!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.
  • At Trail’s End– This luxurious cabin is located in a peaceful setting off the beaten path
  • Almost Heaven – This 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin is located minutes from the National Park. You can enjoy the fall color from your hot tub or porch –no hiking necessary.
  • 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!

ERA In The SmokiesSpecial thanks to the Smokies Guide, the official newspaper of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as for providing the fall color update information.

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.

Dollywood’s Wild Eagle- America’s First Wing Coaster!

Wild EagleDollywood may not be open to visitors at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get excited about their upcoming season and new roller coaster, Wild Eagle! Without a doubt, this will be Dollywood’s most impressive coaster to date, and we’re going to give you a sneak peek!

The Wild Eagle will be the first wing coaster in the US. What is a wing coaster, you ask? Strapped into a forward facing seat, with your feet dangling over nothing but the scenery below, you will be suspended either to the left or right of the track, on the wings of an eagle! From that point of view, you will climb 210 feet above the ride’s loading station, catch a quick, but spectacular view of the Great Smoky Mountains, before plunging into a 135 foot first drop to take your breath away! The nearly two and a half-minute journey includes, among many thrilling swoops and turns, a giant loop, a zero-G roll, and a giant flat spin.

Even after spending $20 million on this spectacular new coaster, Dollywood commission the country’s largest flying eagle steel sculpture to accompany it! Canadian metal sculptor Kevin Stone  worked for six months to create the sculpture, which included the creation and welding of thousands of intricate feathers! With a wingspan of 48 ft, this will surely be a massive thing of beauty!

For a sneak peek of what it will be like to ride the new coaster, watch the video below! For more information, videos, and pictures, visit Dollywood’s Wild Eagle site.

Winter Magic 2011 – 2012

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Get a Discount on your Cabin for the Winter Magic Kickoff!The holiday season will soon be upon us, and no one celebrates the holidays like Gatlinburg. I don’t know how many towns celebrate the start of the winter holidays with fireworks, but it is a heart warming way to have it all begin. If you are one of those folks that cry at parades, you’d better bring your Kleenex. Here are just a handful of ‘bright” ways to celebrate the season starting the first week of November each year and stretching through to February!

Check out our deals this month on Gatlinburg Cabins!1. Gatlinburg Winter Magic Lights. 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. The light display has received a $1.5 million injection of new displays plus a 100-percent conversion to energy-efficient LED bulbs over the past three years reduced the City’s electricity cost for the program by some 85 percent. Check out this map of all the light displays. Gorgeous holiday lighting displays–and fireworks to boot!

Stay in Pigeon Forge close to Dollywood3. Smoky Mountain Christmas. See one of the Smokies’ most spectacular light display and a lineup of live Christmas shows that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, all at Dollywood. 4 million lights drape the park in holiday splendor, casting a warm glow that sets the scene for a winter wonderland like no other. Don’t miss Santa’s Workshop, where larger-than-life-sized toys and an 18-foot-tall Christmas tree fill guests of all ages with wide-eyed wonder as they discover a giant wagon, sailboat, dollhouse and more amid the hustle and bustle as Santa and his helpers ready for their big night!

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

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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.

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Labor Day 2011 in the Smokies!

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesWhat better way to celebrate Labor Day than to come to the Smokies, and relax in the PERFECT weather for enjoying the great outdoors! It’s still warm enough to swim, but it’s starting to get cool enough to enjoy hiking, camping, cookouts, and more!

Sevier County FairGet a peek into local culture! Visit the Sevier County Fair while you’re here in the Smokies! Enjoy fair rides, food vendors, livestock and gardening competitions, a beauty contest, live music, watermelon seed spitting contest, and much much more!! For more information, visit their website!

Come to Dollywood's Splash Country!Visit Splash Country for their last weekend of the season! They will be open Saturday through Monday that weekend! Enjoy one last weekend of thrilling rides and slides, or soaking in the wave pool or lazy river. Or maybe you just want to bring your kids and lay out in the sun!

The Trails of Cades CoveEnjoy the prime season for hiking in the Smokies! It’s the perfect temperature for hiking. Start early in the morning for the best hiking weather. Make sure to bring plenty of water and appropriate snacks to keep you going! Avoid hiking alone, and be mindful of the wildlife around you! When choosing what trail to take, consider what you hope to see (flowers or other beautiful plants, animals, waterfalls, expansive mountain views), how steep of a hike you can handle, how long of a hike you can handle, how long it will take, etc. For more information, visit the Park’s website, or stop in at the Sugarland’s Visitor Center.

Smoky Mountain Riding Stables near downtown Gatlinburg!Go horseback riding! Take your pick of riding stables in the area, and enjoy the flora and fauna of the Smokies from the back of a trusty steed! Maybe you would rather take a carriage ride? Got it! Want something even more unique? Try a camel ride!

Picnic out in the Fall color!Have a picnic in the Park! Pack sandwiches and chips, bring your own meal and grill out, or pick up lunch to go from your favorite restaurant! No matter how you slice it, a picnic is super fun! There are 10 different first-come, first-serve picnic areas. Big Creek, Cades Cove, Chimney Tops, Cosby, Greenbrier, Deep Creek, and Metcalf Bottoms are open year-round. And there are 3 other picnic areas that can be enjoyed during this warm and sunny season!

Tanger Outlet MallIf you love shopping, go on over to the Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet, and hit the stores! The Tanger Outlet offers over 100 band name stores just off 441! Tanger is probably the favorite shopping destination in the Smokies of most of the people I talk to! It includes every type of store you can imagine, as well as a few delicious places to eat, and right next door is the Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, where you can drop off the members of your family who don’t enjoy shopping while you hit the stores!

Black Bear CoveAnd saving the best for last… rent a luxurious log cabin ! Cook out on your own charcoal grill, enjoy the view from rocking chairs on the porch, or maybe from your hot tub. If it rains no worries! Come inside and enjoy TV, comfortable surroundings, and maybe even a game room with a pool table, foozball table, or who knows what else!

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.

4th of July 2011- Celebrate In the Smokies!

Subscribe to A Day In The Smokies!People love to come to the Smokies to celebrate Independence Day! Parades, concerts, fireworks, cookouts, hiking, water activities, and more compel people to return for the excitement year after year! Take your pick, or do your best to join in every celebration!

Midnight Parade4th of July Midnight Parade- Gatlinburg
Join in the first Independence Day celebration in the country, as the 4th of July Midnight Parade kicks off in Gatlinburg at 12am on July 4th! People begin lining the streets with their folding lawn chairs as early as 7am on the 3rd to save their spot. And “the 100th US Army Band from Ft. Knox, Kentucky, will feature concerts of different groups on Sunday, July 3, with all performances on Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. The Sunday lineup will include the Dixieland Band at 10 a.m., the Brass Quintet at noon, the Jazz Ensemble at 2 and the Rock Band at 4. On Monday, July 4, the entire 100th Army Concert Band will perform on the Plaza beginning at 8:30 p.m. before the Independence Day fireworks finale at 10 p.m.”

“Catherine Bach, famous for her role as “Daisy Duke” in the hit series “Dukes of Hazzard” will appear in Gatlinburg’s 36th annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade, courtesy of Cooter’s Place. Rick Hurst, a.k.a. “Cletus,” also from the series will be in attendance. An escort of vehicles from Hazzard County including the famous “General Lee” will also be in the parade.”

All this and much more will be featured in the parade!

River Raft Regatta4th of July River Raft Regatta- Gatlinburg
If you don’t stay up too late for the parade, or perhaps if you just stay up all night, you can take your kids (or the young at heart) to join in the festivities at the river raft regatta. Kids may register to enter anything floatable in the regatta that will begin at 9am at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road. “There will be prizes for the top three places in these divisions: Hand-made Decorated, Floatable Object (no creativity), Small Entry (pill bottle sized), Oldest Entry, Youngest Entry, Judges Choice (or most unique), Ripley’s Believe It or Not Entry. Trophies will be supplied by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.” During registration there will also be tons of games available on the lawn. Come on down!

"Stand Here" Fireworks Finale in Gatlinburg!“Stand Here” Fireworks Finale- Gatlinburg
You’ll probably need a nap in the afternoon, but make sure you wake up in time to see the fireworks finale at 10pm. This has been designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society! The best way, in my humble opinion, to enjoy the parade is from the comfort of your own cabin. Granted, there is something to be said for the excitement of being down on the street. But I prefer the more comfortable, laid back atmosphere of a cabin Stay in Sunset Ridge and catch this view of the fireworks!with a view of downtown. Share drinks and h’ordeuvres (snacks!) with that special someone or maybe a small group of friends as you relax and enjoy the fireworks from the decks of your own Smoky Mountain cabin! ERA in the Smokies (as of the writing of this blog) still has two rentals available with a perfect view of the fireworks. Call and reserve soon before they’re gone!

Restless Heart will be preforming at the Patriot FestivalPatriot Festival- Pigeon Forge
“Celebrate our nation’s independence during the Patriot Festival of Pigeon Forge. Our Fourth of July Party is a family friendly explosion of entertainment, food, fun and games, with fireworks! All of this will be presented against the backdrop of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Get set for an outstanding lineup of entertainment, a free Kids’ Karnival area and a tasty selection of foods.” Festivities begin at 1pm, and the fireworks will occur once it gets dark, usually around 9:30 or 10.

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.