Monday, September 15, 2014

Five Free Things to Do with Kids in Pigeon Forge

If you're a parent of a little one, then you know traveling with kids can be expensive – even in budget-friendly destinations like Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Luckily, there are free things to do with kids in Pigeon Forge that make a vacation here even more affordable.  There are a variety of family activities available in the Smokies, but these five free things to do are an added bonus!


Tour the Old Mill:  The kids can see the historic Old Mill in action, sample free fudge at the Old Mill Candy Kitchen and feed the ducks along the Little Pigeon River.
Go for a Scenic Drive:  Auto-Touring in the Smokies is a favorite activity of many visitors.  There are hundreds of miles of gorgeous roads in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Kids get a great view from the back seat!

Watch a Free Show:  The Island in Pigeon Forge presents a light show choreographed to music.  Featuring geysers spouting nearly 60 feet in the air kids are really dazzled by this spectacle.  Plus, at Country Tonite kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Attend a Smoky Mountain Festival:  There’s always a special event or festival being held in Pigeon Forge.  Many offer free admission, too!  Attend Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, Grand Rod Run and Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage to experience some of the best Smoky Mountain events.

Visit Cades Cove:  Take the kids to this historic loop for some fresh air and sunshine in the Smokies.  Along the 11-mile route, you can spot historic churches and building, as well as wildlife.  Stop and explore, and let your kids run through the scenic valleys.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pigeon Forge Car Shows Featured this Fall

Cars shows are a signature of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Visitors roll into town to showcase their unique automobiles and hot rods, creating quite the spectacular for car enthusiasts.  During the fall season, several rod runs rev their engines in the Smoky Mountains. 

These five fall Pigeon Forge car shows are featured September and October 2014:

Pigeon Forge Fall Grand Rod Run: This year’s event is located at the all-new LeConte Center September 12-14.  The Fall Rod Run is one of the most popular due to the cooler weather and autumn avitivities available.  Plus, it features thousands of hot rods and muscle cars of all makes, models, years, and colors.  This year's event features Courtney Hansen, host of PowerNation, who has personally invited 12 featured cares to be displayed during the Rod Run.
True Blue Fall Ford Truck Festival: The Ford Truck Festival is a must if you love classic American trucks.  Held September 18-20, attendees can enjoy family-friendly events and check out some of the country’s best Ford trucks.  Sponsored by True Blue Truck Magazine. 

Fast Cars ‘n Mason Jars:  Back in the day, the faster the car the speedier the moonshine delivery.  This festival celebrates that link and features music, muscle cars and moonshine.  Held at Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery September 26-27 in Downtown Gatlinburg, this event has quickly became a fan favorite.
Circle Yer Wagons: Unique German imports are spotlighted during Circle Yer Wagons. That’s because the wagons I speak of are Volkswagens!  Classic bugs and VW vans take over the Sevier County Fair Grounds October 4-5.
Fall Corvette Expo:  Almost 4,000 ‘vette lovers flock to the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort for the Fall Corvette Expo.  Scheduled for October 17-18, everything from classic Stingrays to Z06’s will be on display.

Reserve your Pigeon Forge hotel room to stay and play during these unique car shows.  

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pigeon Forge Fall Foliage: Peak Color Guide

Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains is a beautiful time of year.  The mountains and valleys are painted with stunning colors that light up the Smokies.  Curious about when you should visit Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to see the magnificent Fall colors?  Use our Pigeon Forge Fall Foliage peak color guide for helpful tips and insights. 

September
Fall in the Smokies begins in September, with the emerging changes occurring above 4,000 feet. Red, orange and yellow colors can be seen on sourwood, dogwood, maple, sassafras and birch trees.  Drives recommended for September viewing are Parsons Branch Road, Newfound Gap Road and Clingmans Dome Road.
Early October
Be the beginning of October the mountains of the Smokies are awash in brilliant color.  To see the bold yellows of the American beech and yellow birch to the rich reds on mountain ash, pin cherry and mountain maple trees, the viewing is best on roads including Newfound Gap Road, Heintooga Ridge Road, Foothills Parkway and Rich Mountain Road in Cades Cove. 
Mid-October
In mid-October, the Great Smoky Mountains are about a week away from peak color of the lower elevations.  However, the valleys and higher elevations are at a peak.  They are painted with bold reds from black gum, dogwoods, sumac and sourwood trees and golds from the tulip tree, black walnut, birch, beech and hickories.   Recommended scenic drives include Cove Creek Road, Balsam Mountain Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Foothills Parkway and Newfound Gap Road.
Late October
The peak colors are very impressive in late October.   From low to high elevations, the marvelous colors of fall can be seen through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It is not unusual to see autumn color last through the mid-November.  Suggested drives are Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway and Heintooga Ridge Road to Balsam Mountain. 
Reserve a Smoky Mountain vacation today to experience autumn in the Smokies. There are a wide range of Pigeon Forge vacation packages available or you can create your own package.  Either option allows you to see the splendor of the Smokies in all their beauty. 

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pigeon Forge Events: October 2014

Plan on attending these October Pigeon Forge events:

October 1-31:  Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Enjoy fall in the Smokies with autumn displays around the county and special events all month long in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Townsend.


October 1-November 4:  Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
Hear the Bavarian Fun Makers Band and get a taste of Bavarian-style food and drink during Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg. Enjoy special beers along with German wurst, schnitzel, strudel, and more.
October 2-November 1:  Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
Dollywood will features southern gospel music along with handmade displays from craftsmen. All concerts are included with regular park admission and take place throughout the park.


October 3-5: 10th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
Located in Downtown Gatlinburg at Arrowmont School of Arts& Crafts Campus, adjacent to Arrowcraft Shop at Light #5. Hours are 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm.
October 3-31: Ripley’s Fright Nights
Visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October for a scary good time.

October 9-26: Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Art, crafts and music lovers can find almost 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment.  Admission is free.


October 17: Don Williams
Don Williams will perform at Country Tonite Theatre at 8pm.  Williams is known for hits such as "Good Ole Boys Like Me", "Amanda", "Tulsa Time", "You're My Best Friend" and "I Believe In You.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Highlights Beauty of Autumn

The Smoky Mountains are beautiful any time of year but there’s something special about visiting during Autumn.  Fall in the Smokies brings brilliant colors to the mountains and valleys of the National Park.  Plus plenty of activities and events are planned during the season, including the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.  Residents and locals alike can take part in festivities planned throughout Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Townsend. Plan your visit to see the splendor of the Smokies this fall.

A variety of harvest-themed displays, decoration and crafts will be on display throughout each community.  The spirit of the harvest season is celebrated in its own unique way in each town, making September and October and lively time in eastern Tennessee.  The backdrop of mountains vibrantly painted in reds, orange and yellow create a magnificent vacation setting. 
Some of the events planned for the 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival include:
Pigeon Forge
September 5-6: Shades of the Past Rod Run
September 12-14: Fall Rod Run
September 19: The Three Generations Acoustic Tour: Bobby Bare, John Anderson, and Darryl Worley at Country Tonite Theatre
September 22-November 1: Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration
October 17-18: Don Williams at Country Tonite Theatre
Gatlinburg
September 26-27: Fast Cars N Mason Jars Moonshine Festival
September 27-28: Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
October 3-5: Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival
October 9-26: Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair:
October 28: Taste of Autumn

Townsend
September 26-27: Fall Heritage Festival & Old Timers Day
September 27: Blue Ribbon Country Fair
October 1-31: Saturday Nights Pickin' on the Porch
Maryville
October 17-19: Foothills Fall Festival

Sevierville
September 1-6: Sevier County Fair
September 18-20: Dumplin' Valley Bluegrass Festival
October 17-18: Fall Corvette Expo
Several other events are planned during  Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.  It’s a popular time to visit, especially October when fall foliage colors are at their peak.  Many find it enjoyable to stay in a Smoky Mountain cabin on their vacation.  The mountain setting puts you right in the middle of the natural, scenic beauty of Autumn. 

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spend the Evening at Pigeon Forge Music Shows

Smoky Mountain Opry
Are you ready for a night of fantastic entertainment in Pigeon Forge?  If so, get tickets to Pigeon Forge music shows for a fun-filled night on the town.  From country to pop and everything in between, music shows in Pigeon Forge perform a variety of musical styles. Special discounts are available on Pigeon Forge show tickets, too, making a night at a show even more affordable.

Some of the most popular music shows in Pigeon Forge include:
  • County Tonite
  • Smoky Mountain Opry
Country Tonite has been performing in the Smoky Mountains for 17 seasons.  Each season has brought new talent and fresh shows to the Country Tonite Theater.  Appealing to a wide variety of ages and musical tastes, song selections include old country, new country, today’s top hits and even a few gospel and patriotic numbers.  Plus, the show is a great bargain as kids 12 and under get in free!

The Smoky Mountain Opry opened just a few years ago but the show has already landed among the best in the Pigeon Forge.  Audiences have raved about the fast-paced, energetic performances showcasing everything from country hits both old and new, to big band, today’s pop hits and yesterday’s disco.  Throw in some hilarious comedy and excellent choreography and you’ve got one of the most popular music shows in Pigeon Forge! 

The Soul of Motown is a supreme tribute to some of the greatest vocal groups ever to hit the charts, with live harmony, grooving dance moves and inspiring talent.  Featuring songs from The Drifters, The Platters, Sam Cooke, Smoky Robinson, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & the Pips plus many more.

Cyrus Family Theater is a production themed on family, music and traditional values.   The music leans towards being more classic country but there is a nice blend of standard songs, current country songs and some heartwarming original tunes.  Plenty of comedy by Billy Goldsmith keeps the laughs coming too!

America's Hit Parade is a singing and dancing sensation taking you through many of the greatest hits of the decades. Celebrate this musical evolution with music from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond, featuring Classic Rock, Rock-n-Roll, Disco, American Pop and a "One-of-a-Kind Military Tribute" to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Comedy & Intrigue Combine at Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Ready for a night of suspense and intrigue?  Then head to the Murder Mystery Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  This Smoky Mountain show serves up comedy, mystery, a delicious meal and more. 

The Murder Mystery Dinner Show presents three different shows on alternating nights.  With the purchase of Murder Mystery Dinner Show tickets you’re treated to one of the following productions:
Marcia Marcia Murder: The sugary sweet family is back! Now 20 years later, Bobby and Jan have escaped. But their siblings all still live at home! Our story unfolds as Mike and Carol depart for a needed vacation, leaving the kids home alone for the first time in their lives! The gang begins planning a surprise welcome back party and each wants to bring their own far out song and dance flair to the party. Everything's groovy until Marcia decides the entertainment should be all about her. Unbeknownst to Marcia, Cindy, Peter, Greg and even Alice are determined to push her out of the spotlight for good!

Moonshine Murders: The Lukes have been running shine for years in the Sevier County hills. Boss Boar and his henchwoman, local law officer Roscette P. Ketrain, have pursued them to no avail. But now Sevier County has become a prime tourist area, increasing traffic and making it harder for the Lukes to outrun the incompetent law woman. So, Uncle Bessie has decided to sell his highly sought-after Top Secret Shine Recipe to the local distillery at the Bi-Weekly Boss Boar Celebrity Speed Trap Concert featuring “Elvis”. The only problem is that Uncle Bessie hasn’t discussed the sale of the family business with the rest of the family. The evening of the concert has the whole county vying for the Top Secret Moonshine Recipe and is full of murder, mayhem, and of course, moonshine.

Whodunnit Lucy?: Everyone’s favorite redhead is up to her old tricks and involving the whole gang and a few new characters! Welcome to Club Tropicana where Ricky Bacardi is getting ready to debut his brand new show! Ricky has enlisted the help of his friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Hertz, and famous Vaudeville singers, The Gabor Sisters, to star in his new show, “Babaloo Broadway!"
During one of these entertaining shows you’ll dine on a meal consisting of soup, pork loin, oven-roasted chicken, fresh-cut green beans, homemade mashed potatoes, dinner roll, and a delicious cheesecake. Soda, coffee and iced tea is included with the meal.  Beer and wine coolers are available at an additional charge.  If you’re a vegetarian, a penne pasta substitution is available.
Come on out to the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery and see if you can figure out “whodunnit.” 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Mountain Jacks Serve Up Fun at the Lumberjack Feud

When you attend the Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, be sure to arrive early!  Why you ask?  Well, they just so happen to have an all-new pre-show starring a one-of-a-kind bluegrass band – The Mountain Jacks.  Read on to find out why these veteran musicians should be a part of your Lumberjack Feud experience.

The Mountain Jacks are comprised of Grammy nominated banjo player Darrell Webb, Kentucky Opry alumni guitarist Bo Isaac, Dollywood veteran of twenty years bass player Joe Sharp, and Bluestone banjo player Chris Monk.   The dynamic group performs two shows every night as a trio, allowing the four members to rotate shows. The carousel of band members allows all four members to change instruments, to change vocal parts, and change character roles every show.

Infusing comedy into the musical act makes for great fun too.  The whole band is in characters, feuding for their “lumberjack family.”  They mix in humor, pop culture references, and even some hilarious dance moves into a show that has the audience on their feet and roaring with laughter before the dinner show even begins.
Get a sneak peak of The Mountain Jacks:


The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with guests coming in an hour early just to catch the band’s performance. What started as something for guests to listen to as they found their seats, has turned into a whole new show of its own. From true mountain music to chilling gospel songs, the Mountain Jacks have come out of the wood work and are proving themselves as a cut above the rest in their new lumberjack home.
The Lumberjack Feud is a unique dinner show in Pigeon Forge offering its guests real athletes, real competition, and real family fun. Discount Lumberjack Feud tickets are on sale now.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pigeon Forge Car Shows Rev Their Engines This September

Two of the Smokies most popular car shows roll into Pigeon Forge this fall.  Millions of car lovers flock to the area for the Shades of the Past Rod Run and Grand Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run. These Pigeon Forge car shows feature rare and unique autos as well as swap meet items and interactive displays.

The Shades of the Past Rod Run features classics, rods, and customs through 1972. The 32nd annual event is scheduled for September 5-6, 2014 at Dollywood’s Splash Country water park.   Top 25 judging will take place on Friday, September 5, with winners announced at 5pm. The Winners Showcase will be on Saturday, September 6.  Cost to attend is $10 per day.  Children 12 and under are free.

The Fall Grand Rod Run, located at the LeConte Center, is scheduled for September 11-13, 2014.  This is the sister event to the Spring Grand Rod Run in Pigeon Forge.  The Pigeon Forge Rod Run is completely made up of hot rods and is very popular with car enthusiasts.  This year's event features Courtney Hansen, host of PowerNation, who has personally invited 12 featured cares to be displayed during the Rod Run.  In addition, there will be a kick-off party Thursday night, September 11, at The Island.  A huge indoor/outdoor show and swap meet is also planned during the show. 
If you are not a fan of cars shows, I would plan a Pigeon Forge vacation on another weekend.  These cars shows, especially the Fall Grand Rod Run, fill up the town and line the streets with automobiles.  Driving is congested because everyone takes their time to cruise and look at the cars on display.  But, if you do love cars be sure to come out for two of the best cars shows in the Smokies. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pigeon Forge Events: September 2014

Check out these Pigeon Forge events planned for September 2014:

September 1– October 31:  Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Pigeon Forge joins Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Townsend during this county-wide fall celebratio
n. Harvest-themed displays and activities can be found throughout the towns during this beautiful season in the Smoky Mountains.

September 1-6: Sevier County Fair
A true hometown experience, bring to the family to the fair in Sevierville, Tennessee.  Enjoy a carnival midway with games, rides and lots of food, as well as exhibit halls, barns and live concerts. 
September 5-6:  Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup
The 32nd Annual Shades of the Past will be held at Dollywood’s Splash Country. For participant and spectator details, visit their website.


September 11-13:  Grand Fall Rod Run
Held at the LeConte Center, the Grand Fall Rod Run is a must for all car enthusiasts.
September 18-20:  Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Get your fill of bluegrass music during this three day festival. See bands from around the country as the music starts at 9am and goes all day. The Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park is located in Kodak, TN.


September 19: The Three Generations Acoustic Tour: Bobby Bare, John Anderson, and Darryl Worley
Mark your calendars for this very special concert, scheduled for 8pm at the Country Tonite Theatre. 

September 20: Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum
Celebrate the fall harvest as the Mountain Farm Museum comes alive with history. Demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more.
September 22 – November 1: National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
Dollywood will feature six weeks of southern gospel music along with handmade displays from craftsmen. All concerts are included with regular park admission and take place throughout the park.
September 26-27:  Fast Cars and Mason Jars Moonshine Festival
Live music, fast cars, and moonshine combine for this unique event at popular Ole Smoky Moonshine in Downtown Gatlinburg.
September 27:  Old Mill Heritage Day
From 10am-5pm join in the festivities at the 11th annual Old Mill Heritage Day in Pigeon Forge. Watch authentic Smoky Mountain demonstrations, hear mountain music and storytelling, and get a taste of real Appalachian food.


September 27-28:  Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Adults and kids are welcome during the annual fall trout tournament. 10,000 trout will be stocked over 20 miles of streams. Prizes will be awarded for multiple categories like biggest trout and smallest trout. Register online for $25 for one day or $40 for both days.