When it comes to planning for the perfect vacation getaway you know you can always count on a great time here in Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains surround our travel destination and offer plenty of activities and attractions nearby. The summer kicks off this year with Memorial Day for a long weekend of fun and excitement. Spend your Gatlinburg Memorial Day weekend with us and experience the area with the warming weather and plenty to see and do. Take a look at why you should stay in Gatlinburg for Memorial Day this year:
Ober Gatlinburg Mayfest
While Gatlinburg does not typically host any specific Memorial Day events over the holiday there are plenty of events in the area to join in on. Each year Ober Gatlinburg, where you will find some of the best ski slopes in the state during the winter, hosts their Mayfest Celebration. Mayfest is a traditional German event that highlights the history and culture of German heritage while also highlighting the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. The festival features plenty of authentic German food and drinks such as brats, sauerkraut, and plenty of German beer on tap. Obergarten is the event’s beer garden where you can also find plenty of domestic beer too. Ober Gatlinburg will be decked out in beautiful wildflowers all over the property. This year’s Ober Gatlinburg Mayfest Celebration will take place from May 20th through the 30th ending just over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Hike the Great Smoky Mountains, National Park
The biggest attraction in Gatlinburg will always be the Great Smoky Mountains National Park making it a must-see during your Memorial Day stay. This expansive park features several different areas to hike and explore. The warmer weather around Memorial Day is completely inviting and the shady trees will always keep direct sunlight off of you. The park features windy hiking trails of various difficulty levels but most not being too challenging. Visitors can pay their respects during their hike along the Cades Cove Loop where the Pearl Harbor Tree is located at. Expect to see incredible views such as wildflowers, lush forests, waterfalls, rivers, and much more. Best of all, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park never has an entrance fee so you can visit for absolutely free. The park will most likely be on the busier side during the holiday weekend so make sure to hit the trails early!
Visit Nearby Attractions
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both offer a variety of attractions that will be open during the holiday weekend for you to visit. This includes Ripley’s Aquarium which features some incredible aquatic animals and fish on display. You can pair a visit to the aquarium with other Ripley attractions such as the Haunted Adventure or Believe It or Not! Odditorium. The neighboring city of Sevierville offers some thrills with its Soaky Mountain Waterpark. This 50-acre waterpark has a variety of slides, rides, and pools for you to splash off in. Memorial Day weekend is when the park starts its extended summer hours. You can explore the outdoor playground that is Anakeesta right here in Gatlinburg. This adventure hub has everything you want to keep you entertained such as zip lines, gondola rides, suspended bridges, treetop walkways, and so much more. Anakeesta typically offers a special discount for service members for Memorial Day so make sure to take up their offer. Additionally, Anakeesta also provides honorary ceremonies for the holiday too.
Host Your Own Memorial Day BBQ
Of course, the one activity that most people think of Memorial Day with is a BBQ. Most of us around the country celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family around the BBQ grill to make a delicious meal. Just because you are visiting Gatlinburg does not mean you have to skip out on this typical tradition. Our vacation rentals offer a variety of amenities to keep you comfortable all stay long. This includes most of our rentals offering gas BBQ grills located in spacious yards. Each grill is ready to use so you can purchase your meat of choice in town and grill it to perfection back at the vacation rental. Large backyard spaces allow everyone in your group to hang out in the beautiful weather of Tennessee. These rentals also have plenty to enjoy inside too, such as gourmet kitchens where you can prepare a variety of side dishes. Dining room tables let you all sit down at once. Do not miss out on these special amenities exclusive to our rentals!
Memorial Day is Almost Here
Memorial Day is a popular travel weekend so make sure to book your vacation rental in advance. Browse our selection of rentals today and see which rental is calling out your name in Gatlinburg.
Each year families all over the country get excited for the arrival of spring and with it comes warmer temperatures and plenty of reasons to get out and explore somewhere new. If you are looking for the perfect vacation destination look no further than Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge right here around the Great Smoky Mountains. You will find plenty to do for Easter Weekend giving families access to all ages events and wonderful spring time activities. Here is how you can celebrate Easter in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this year:
Easter Arts & Crafts Show
This upcoming Easter holiday the residents of Gatlinburg will be hosting their annual Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show inside the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This event features a variety of handcrafted gifts and unique products for you to browse from local vendors and artists. Live demonstrations will also be given so you can see some incredible art work created right in front of you. The Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show is completely free to attend and will take place April 13th through 16th.
Bunny Hopper Express
Neighboring city Bryson City is the location where you can find the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, a popular attraction in the area. This year the railroad will host their annual Bunny Hopper Express Easter Train that travels down the Nantahala Gore River for some beautiful scenery. Tell the kids to keep a look out for some Easter bunnies who have snuck aboard the train for a free ride and to hand out goodies. Guests of the train will also be able to enjoy an Easter egg hunt, tasty snacks, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. The Bunny Hopper Express is a 4 and a half hour ride that departs at 10:30 AM on April 15th and 16th. Tickets are required to ride this holiday themed train ride.
Easter Egg Hunt at Wear Farm City Park
Pigeon Forge gets on with the Easter celebrations too with their annual Easter Egg Hunt located at Wear Farm City Park. This annual event always takes place the Saturday before Easter with an exciting Easter egg hunt for children ages 0 to 12. The egg hunt is staggered, allowing specific age groups to hit the fields to join in on the fun. This year’s event will take place on April 16th with the first age group starting at 11:00 AM. Guests will find the hunt taking place on the four baseball fields at the park. The Easter Egg Hunt is completely free to attend making it a great activity for your Easter weekend in Pigeon Forge.
Easter at Mama’s Farmhouse
Most Easter events taking place in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg take place on the days leading up to Easter. For a celebration on Easter Sunday look no further than Easter at Mama’s Farmhouse right here in Pigeon Forge. This special event will be held at Mama’s Farmhouse where a delicious Easter dinner will be hosted. The meal will complete Easter dinner specialties such as honey baked ham, turkey with dressing, fried chicken, veggie soup, chicken and dumplings, casserole, deviled eggs, and a variety of tasty sides. Don’t forget about dessert with sweet treats such as banana pudding and peach cobbler. Guests will be able to enjoy their dinner between 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM so you can plan your day accordingly. Easter would not be complete without an Easter egg hunt. Mama’s Farmhouse will host two separate Easter egg hunts that day at noon and 2:00 PM. This allows guests and their children to take a shot at finding the many hidden eggs for some delicious treats. Easter at Mama’s Farmhouse is an Easter celebration like no other!
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies also gets in on the Easter fun with their annual Easter Eggstravaganza taking place April 16th. This fun event takes place at the Ripley’s plaza located in front of the aquarium and is free for all to attend. KinderJoy Candy Company sponsors the event providing everyone with delicious candy and treats along with arts and crafts. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to taking photos with all the little ones. The event will take place from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Once you are done with Easter Eggstravaganza use the rest of the day to explore Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to see some truly incredible fish and other marine life; a must see attraction for all of Gatlinburg!
Easter Fun in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
As you can see there is quite a bit of fun planned for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for Easter this year. Start preparing for your journey by reserving a vacation rental right here in the area. Be just a short drive from these events while having access to comfortable amenities.
When it comes to the holiday season it is always wonderful to spend it in an exciting new environment to start new family traditions. This year, look no further than Gatlinburg for an exciting Christmas holiday with your loved ones. The area is known for its wonderful holiday events and activities. Gatlinburg and the surrounding communities also offer winter-based fun that can be enjoyed during your stay. Take a look at how you can enjoy Christmas in Gatlinburg this year:
Fantasy of Lights
One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is seeing all of the Christmas lights be set up around Gatlinburg. Christmas lights always make the holiday so much better. This year Gatlinburg will be hosting the 45th annual Fantasy of Lights Parade. This delightful parade takes place at night as the holiday lights are decorated on the trees and light poles in downtown. You will see some incredible displays of floats and marching bands that will participate in the festivities. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Don’t miss out on this long-standing tradition here in Gatlinburg!
Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
If you are looking for some exciting holiday gifts for loved ones this season, look no further than the Christmas Arts and Craft Show taking place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This free event brings together a variety of arts and crafts vendors who will be selling their handmade goods. The hosts are the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, the biggest organization in the country of independent artisans. You will find handmade goods such as hand dipped candles, pottery, stuffed animals, woven baskets, and much more. This year’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Show is taking placed from December 1st through December 5th and starts at 10:00 AM every morning.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Christmas Light Show
Another great way to see a dazzling display of Christmas lights is by joining the Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Christmas Light Show right here in Gatlinburg. You can experience your own Tennessee Christmas with this massive tunnel of lights. The Christmas Wonderland is made up of a giant light up display of Santa and a 300-foot drive through tunnel. The 70-foot Christmas tree is also decked out for this special event. Once you are done, explore Santa’s Village, where you can get a photo with Santa Claus himself. Additional activities include concessions, a train ride, and animal viewings. This experience is one to not be missed so make sure to visit the Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Christmas Light Show taking place December 9th through the 12th.
Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival
If you are looking for a truly unique holiday experience look no further than our neighbors in Seviereville that is just a short drive away. They will be hosting their annual Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival on Saturday December 4th. This incredible festival is all things blue grass so any music fans will not want to miss this. Prepare for an all-day event that starts at 11:00 AM with a different blue grass artist playing on the hours. Local bands who will be performing include Deeper Shade of Blue, Larry Efawy and Bluegrass Mountaineers, and Jesse Alexander Band to name a few. This year’s Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival will be taking place at the Sevierville Convention Center.
Breakfast with Santa
Pigeon Forge will also be hosting a fun Christmas event with their annual Breakfast with Santa at the Smoky Mountain Pancake House. On December 11th, Santa Claus himself will be stopping by the pancake house for some tasty flapjacks along with taking pictures with the kids. This exclusive event does not require any tickets or reservations. Simply stop by between the hours of 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM to get your chance at meeting Santa. Make sure to stick around for a stack of pancakes for yourself too!
Of course, you will want to experience all of the fun winter activities that can be enjoyed in Gatlinburg too. The Great Smoky National Park will continue to remain open for some hiking; don’t worry, hiking in winter is just as fun and local wildlife are more likely to be out too. Just make sure you are prepared for any cold temperatures by layering up. Visitors can escape the cold by visiting local attraction such as the many museums in the area. Having a winter journey to Gatlinburg is one of the best ways to spend your holiday break.
Time to Plan for Christmas 2021
As you can see, there are plenty of options for you and your family when it comes to exciting events and activities for Christmas. Book one of our vacation rentals today to get ready for the best holiday season yet.
The winter season is already just around the corner, and the holiday season will be in full swing soon enough. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. This traditional holiday often sees families get together to spend time with another. Of course, one activity that is always looked forward to is the Thanksgiving feast someone in the family will cook up. You can keep your family tradition the same by spending Thanksgiving at home again, or you can live it up and schedule a vacation getaway to Gatlinburg! Our Tennessee home is the perfect spot to create new family traditions while also exploring the area. Take a look at how Thanksgiving can be enjoyed right here in Gatlinburg this year:
Cook Up a Thanksgiving Feast
No matter where you spend your Thanksgiving holiday, you will want to have a delicious feast waiting for you. Our vacation rentals have all the space to comfortably prepare a meal just for the family. The gourmet kitchens inside each property are very spacious and can come with extended countertops, separate islands, and full-size appliances. You will find there is more than enough room to prepare each entrée such as the turkey and mashed potatoes while also storing any leftovers you will probably have. Cabinets are equipped with all the needed utensils and pots and pans. Once everything is said and done, find room at the dining room table where everyone can sit down at once. No one ever said you had to skip out on your favorite meal of the year when you visit Gatlinburg!
Enjoy a Meal Out on the Town
If spending your Thanksgiving in the kitchen does not sound like a great time, you can always hit the town and see what restaurants will be open. Pigeon Forge down the road has several different restaurants that can host your family for Thanksgiving. Old Mill Restaurant is open every Thanksgiving with their special Thanksgiving menu full of classic favorites such as turkey, veggies, and of course dessert. There are several other restaurants that will also be open with their normal menu, including Calhoun’s Restaurant and JT Hannah’s Kitchen. You will have plenty of options when it comes to finding a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day nearby Gatlinburg.
Lights Over Gatlinburg
During your stay around Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg you will also have plenty of exciting activities to join in on. One popular favorite is Lights Over Gatlinburg at SkyLift Park. Each year from November 1st through January 31st the SkyBridge and SkyDeck at SkyLift Park are covered in over 40,000 holiday lights. A variety of decorations will also be set up to help brighten the mood just in time for the holiday season. SkyLift Park offers some of the most incredible views in town and is a worthy activity no matter what time of year you come to visit Gatlinburg.
Shadrack’s Christmas Lights Show 2021
Another close town that is just a short drive away from Gatlinburg is Kodak, where you can find this year’s Shadrack’s Christmas Lights Show. This is a drive through light show that is lit up with thousands of holiday lights. The event takes place at dusk (around 6:00 PM everyday) at the Smokies Stadium in town. The event is open every day including Thanksgiving so you can start your holiday tradition early after your meal and get ready for Christmas.
Winterfest Sevier County 2021
As you can see, there are plenty of light shows taking place across all of Sevier County, where you can find Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Another incredible event you can visit is the Winterfest, a county wide celebration that is one of the largest in the state. Altogether the county lights up over 5 million holiday lights and holiday décor for you to see. Winterfest has its kick off on November 11th at 5:00 PM for the annual Chili Cookoff where you can sample some of the best chili you have ever had.
Ice Skating at Wilderness at the Smokies
Last but not least, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation getaway by trying out ice skating. Sevierville will have their annual ice skating event taking place at Wilderness at the Smokies. This 3,200-square-foot pool is transformed into a huge ice skating rink. This is the perfect all ages event to try out ice skating for the very first time. Sevier County knows how to bring in the holidays the right way!
More Thanksgiving Fun in Gatlinburg
As you can see, there is no shortage of fun and excitement right here in Gatlinburg this year for Thanksgiving. Book one of our vacation rentals today and find your new family tradition.
2021 is starting to take shape and look a lot better than what 2020 had to offer. Get your summer season started this year with an exciting vacation getaway to Gatlinburg. The Smoky Mountains are the perfect destination for those looking to escape the everyday beat and find something exciting. Take a look at what to expect from a Gatlinburg Memorial Day weekend here:
Perfect Time to Travel
If you are like most, you have probably been stuck at home over the past year. The country was practicing social distancing and slowing down the spread of the virus. Fortunately, things are slowly returning to normal, allowing families to travel safely and enjoy some much-needed time off. Memorial Day Weekend is typically a busier time of year around Gatlinburg, ensuring you will find plenty of fun activities from which to choose.
Professionally Cleaned Vacation Rentals
You will be able to rest easy knowing that our selection of vacation cabins is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival. This allows us to make these properties as safe as possible for you and your family. No one wants to spend their much-delayed vacation getaway worrying about any contamination at your vacation rental. Our vacation cabins are also spacious, including several full-sized homes from which to choose.
Hotel rooms often just offer a single room with a bed or two and bathroom. There is no way a family can comfortably stay in a single room, let alone have enough room for extra amenities. Our properties are full-sized homes that offer plenty of space and amenities inside. You will find spacious living areas and a kitchen. Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms throughout the home allow your family plenty of privacy. We provide comfortable linens for each bed and the necessary toiletries in each restroom. Additional amenities found in most of our homes include complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs in the living area, cookware for the kitchen, full size appliances, AC/heating, and more. The rentals offer a rustic cabin feel that is perfect for the area. Do not pass up on the chance to stay in these rentals that provide much more than your standard lodging!
Summer Time Fun
Everyone knows that Memorial Day Weekend is the start to a much-needed summer season. It has been a cold winter this year, so be sure to come warm up with us in May. The Smoky Mountains experience all four seasons of the year, and you can expect warm but not hot weather when you visit for Memorial Day. Average daily temps are usually in the high 70s with nightly lows in the 50s. This means you can relax with a light jacket and even shorts during your stay. This weather also means that all of the fun activities of summer will be ready for you.
Gatlinburg Memorial Day Activities
You will have all of Gatlinburg and the surrounding area open for you to explore this Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy your days exploring the outdoor playground of the Smoky Mountains. Little Pigeon River is a few miles away and offers incredible rafting experiences. The Smoky Mountains National Park offers nearly endless opportunities for fun. Head up Clingmans Dome for a short hike that takes you to the top of the mountains. The park also provides over 2,000 miles of streams where you can jump in the water and cool off after a long hike.
Downtown Gatlinburg is also a great place to explore. Go window shopping as you walk by all of the unique restaurants and boutiques that are open. Many of the local restaurants continue to offer dine-in and take-out services, letting you pick which dining option you are most comfortable with. Once you have seen everything downtown, make sure you head over to SkyLift Park and the famous SkyLift gondola. You will see a whole new view of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Adults will love stopping by the local distilleries and wineries that produce hand-crafted spirits and wines. There is no end to the fun you can have here with us in Gatlinburg!
Book Today for Memorial Day
There has never been a better time to start planning for your Gatlinburg Memorial Day vacation. Our rental properties will keep you comfortable throughout your stay and keep you close to all of the exciting activities in the Smoky Mountains. Book today before they’re all reserved for Memorial Day!
It has been one heck of a year, but 2021 is now in full swing and allowing things to return to normal. If you are like most, you are itching for a getaway. Travel restrictions have finally been lifted, allowing you to make your way to beautiful Gatlinburg. Our wonderful travel destination sits in the heart of the Smoky Mountains and offers a variety of activities to enjoy. With the Easter holiday just around the corner, you have the perfect excuse to come enjoy our fun town. Take a look at why Easter in Gatlinburg 2021 is the perfect time for your well-deserved vacation getaway to Gatlinburg:
The Spring Season
It has been a colder winter than usual this year but luckily winter is just about to end. Come celebrate the spring season with us here in Gatlinburg. The weather is finally warming up with average high temps in Gatlinburg around 71 degrees during April. This allows for warm and enjoyable days and cool, crisp evenings.
Clean and Safe Vacation Rentals
The cleanliness of our vacation rentals will help any concerns you have about traveling this Easter. Each of our vacation rentals are professionally cleaned before any arrival. We make sure that any risk of contamination is taken out of the picture. Our rental services will also be on hand for any assistance you need during your stay.
Spacious Homes Perfect for Families
Easter is a family holiday; however, spending Easter cramped inside of a hotel room is not fun for anyone. Reserve one of our spacious vacation rentals that will allow everyone in the family plenty of room to move around. The rentals come in a variety of sizes, from smaller 2-bedroom homes up to large homes that feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Each bedroom has linens provided so everyone in the family can have a comfortable night of sleep. The bathrooms also feature all the necessary toiletries so you will not need to make any trips to the market. Living areas and dining rooms are spacious and allow everyone to spend time around each other.
Fine Amenities in Our Rentals
Our vacation rentals also offer fine amenities that will help make your stay as comfortable as it can be. You will notice that each rental offers full-size appliances so you can wash clothes or prepare a delicious dinner. Living areas come furnished with comfortable furniture and flat-screen TVs. Complimentary Wi-Fi access lets you stay connected to your favorite shows or school work. Spacious yard areas are perfect for children to run around and play; some rentals even allow dogs, so your canine companion can join you for a vacation too. These yard areas are the perfect spot to create your own Easter egg hunt for the younger children to enjoy. Since the weather is nice, you can easily grill up dinner on the BBQ grills. You will not find any of these amenities in most hotels in the area!
Spring Activities in Gatlinburg
Easter weekend is the perfect time to enjoy some of the spring activities found around Gatlinburg. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the 150 trails found around the Smoky Mountains. Over 800 miles of hiking terrain lets you get incredible views of the area. Dad will love the beautiful green fairways found at Gatlinburg Golf Course. Take the kids out for a day of mini-golf or to a local aquarium. Adults will find plenty of adult beverages to enjoy. Gatlinburg features plenty of breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Grab a bottle of your favorite vintage of wine or a 6-pack of local craft beer to take back to your vacation rental.
While most large gatherings will not be allowed this year, you can still find some enjoyable Easter events in Gatlinburg. Head over to the Gatlinburg Convention Center where you can find the Great Smokey Easter Arts & Crafts Show take place from April 1st through the 3rd. Enjoy hands-on activities that are perfect for children of all ages. The adults can have plenty of fun too. The Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament will take place Easter weekend, where you can visit local rivers to reel in a trophy-sized catch. Plenty of prizes are available for those looking for some competition. Easter weekend is a great time for spring events!
Get Ready for Easter in Gatlinburg 2021
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why you should spend your Easter in Gatlinburg 2021. Reserve one of our vacation rentals in the area today to have a safe and enjoyable time here in Gatlinburg.