Gatlinburg’s Wild Plum Tea Room Ranked Among 10 Best Restaurants in Tennessee

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The Tennessean newspaper recently released a list of the 10 best restaurants in the state, and we’re pleased to report that a local favorite made the grade! The Wild Plum Tea Room in Gatlinburg was praised as “quaint and whimsical…a refreshing lunch option with attentive service set off the beaten path”. Here at Visit My Smokies, we couldn’t be happier that one of the area’s hidden gems is getting the statewide recondition that it so richly deserves. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a guide to everything you need to know about dining at The Wild Plum Tea Room. Continue reading

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5 Spooktacular Ways to Spend Halloween in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

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If you’re a fan of spooky thrills and chills, Halloween is one of the best times to visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! Our Smoky Mountain cities always get into the holiday spirit in a big way, so visitors can expect frighteningly good entertainment during the entire month of October. Visit My Smokies has put together a convenient guide to all of the ways you can celebrate Halloween in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Hit the Trails: Top 4 Smoky Mountain Guided Hikes

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With over 800 miles of scenic trails, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place to go for a hike! If you don’t have much (or any) hiking experience, you may want to consider hitting the trails with a local guide. Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Ranked Among 10 “Most Gorgeous Fall Towns” in North America

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To help leaf-peepers plan their autumn travel, CarRentals.com recently released its list of the 30 Most Gorgeous Fall Towns. We are pleased to report that one of our favorite Smoky Mountain cities made the list! Gatlinburg, TN was named the 8th best place for a fall road trip, beating out cities in Michigan, Maine, New York, New Hampshire, and Canada. Continue reading

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Which Smoky Mountains Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving?

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Will you be spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains? Get a jumpstart on your holiday meal planning today by deciding which of the many excellent Smoky Mountain restaurants open on Thanksgiving you and your family will want to visit. Here, you will find the name, address, phone number, and holiday hours of all the best Smoky Mountains restaurants that will be open this Thanksgiving. Continue reading

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WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge to Host Astronaut and Special NASA Exhibit

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This fall, visitors to Pigeon Forge will be able to take one small step for vacationers and one giant leap for vacation-kind! From October 5 – 8, 2017, the popular WonderWorks attraction will host a temporary exhibit called “NASA Journey to Mars”. This eagerly anticipated exhibit will feature a meet and greet with a former astronaut, an actual moon rock that guests can touch, a virtual reality experience, and even more fun. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Visit My Smokies has put together a convenient guide to this special event at WonderWorks. Continue reading

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Where the Locals Eat in Pigeon Forge TN and the Smoky Mountains

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There is no shortage of wonderful restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! With hundreds of eateries to choose from, you could spend the whole year dining out in the Smokies and not eat at the same place twice. Continue reading

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Dollywood Shows and Rides Win Golden Ticket Awards

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Our favorite theme park recently earned some major recognition! Dollywood cleaned up at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards, taking home four of the coveted “best of” prizes. The Golden Ticket Awards are a huge honor – essentially the Academy Awards for theme parks. The Golden Tickets are awarded based on surveys given to well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts from all over the world. Read on to learn which Dollywood shows and rides were singled out for the awards. Continue reading

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Longtime Dollywood Performer (and Dolly’s Niece) Heidi Parton to Release Album

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Musical roots run deep in the Parton family tree! This October, Dolly’s niece Heidi Parton will release her very first album. Regular visitors to Dollywood may recognize Heidi from her appearances in the My People show at the theme park. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Heidi’s debut record. Continue reading

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Viral Story from Pigeon Forge: Old Mill Restaurant Manager Helps Hurricane Evacuees

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A heartwarming story from Pigeon Forge, TN is going viral on social media! On Monday, Deanna Feist wrote a post on Facebook about the unexpected kindness the general manager at The Old Mill Restaurant showed her and her husband when their car broke down at the popular eatery. Deanna’s post has since been liked and shared over 33,000 times, attracting the attention of newspapers and TV stations. Read on to hear about the act of generosity that meant so much to these two Hurricane Irma evacuees. Continue reading

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