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.

Find out more about the Lumberjack Feud experience »
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. 

Find out more about September events in Pigeon Forge »
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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Discover the Past during Old Mill Heritage Day

Bring your family to the Old Mill Heritage Day.  The 11th annual event lets visitors experience life as it was in the 18th century.  Learn what it was like to be a Smoky Mountain pioneer from demonstrations, crafts, and storytelling. Take a free tour of the 184-year-old Historic Old Mill and see how antique engines and farm tractors were used.  Mark your calendars for September 27, from 10am-6pm, for a fun-filled day of music, food, games for all ages, demonstrations, crafts, storytelling and best of all – tradition. 

Here’s a sneak peak at festivities planned for Heritage Day:
Authentic Mountain Demonstrations
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Quilting Demonstrations
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Sorghum Making Demonstrations
  • Cake Walk
  • Bingo
  • Moonshine Demonstration
  • Old Fashioned Games
  • Antique Engine & Tractor Association
Mountain Music & Entertainment
  • World-Class Bluegrass
  • Traditional Folk Songs
  • Cloggers
  • Dancers
  • Twirlers
Appalachian Food
  • Pinto Beans & Cornbread
  • Chicken & Dumplings
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Potatoes & Onions
Children's Arts, Crafts & Games
  • Petting Zoo
  • Old-Fashioned Games
  • Train Rides
  • Live Music for Kids
  • Arts & Craft Tent
Step back in time and experience life from a bygone era during this Pigeon Forge event.  Heritage Days celebrates tradition and the history of The Old Mill.  In operation since 1830, the Old Mill still produces corn and other grains for use in the Old Mill Restaurant and the Pottery House CafĂ© and Grille. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Find out more about visiting The Old Mill »
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, August 1, 2014

Free Concerts Featured during Dollywood's National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration

The fall season in the Smokies is one of the best times of the year.  Dollywood celebrates the bounty of the season with the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration.  The event, which is slated for September 22 through November 1, 2014, features southern gospel concerts and an array of handmade arts and crafts.  Plus, all concerts are included with Dollywood tickets creating an even better value for you and your family! 

Southern gospel music takes center stage during this Dollywood festival.  The theme park hosts free daily concerts, with more than 300 planned.  Check out the performers planned for the event:

Featured Artist



Guy Penrod

Celebrity Theater

September 29 - October 1


Pines Theater

September 29 - October 1

The McKameys

Celebrity Theater

October 3 - 5

The Browders

Pines Theater

October 3 & 4

Karen Peck & New River

Celebrity Theater

October 6 - 8

Michael Combs

Pines Theater

October 5

Freedom Quartet

Pines Theater

October 6

The Martins

Pines Theater

October 7 - 8

The Isaacs

Celebrity Theater

October 10 & 11

Wilburn & Wilburn

Pines Theater

October 10

The Nelons

Pines Theater

October 11

Gordon Mote

Celebrity Theater

October 12 & 13

The Beelers

Pines Theater

October 12

Brian Free & Assurance

Pines Theater

October 13 & 14

The Kingsmen

Celebrity Theater

October 14 & 15

The Cavaliers

Pines Theater

October 15

The Perrys

Celebrity Theater

October 17 & 18

The Bowling Family

Pines Theater

October 17

The LeFevre Quartet

Pines Theater

October 18

Dixie Melody Boys

Pines Theater

October 19 & 20

Tribute Quartet

Pines Theater

October 21 & 22

The Taylors

Showstreet Theater

October 24 & 25

Gold City

Pines Theater

October 24 - 26

Mark Bishop

Showstreet Theater

October 26 & 27

The Whisnants

Pines Theater

October 26 & 27

Booth Brothers

Pines Theater

October 27 - 29

Ball Brothers

Showstreet Theater

October 28 & 29

The Talleys

Pines Theater

October 28 & 29

Old Paths Quartet

Showstreet Theater

October 31 & November 1

Jeff & Sheri Easter

Pines Theater

October 31 & November 1

Mark Trammell Quartet

Pines Theater

October 31 & November 1

Along with these amazing concerts, Dollywood will present unique artisans sharing their crafts.  You can meet and socialize with the craftsmen as they demonstrate their talents and sell their unique wares.  Browse through their custom creations and find a piece of art to take home as a souvenir of your time in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The cooler weather is the perfect time to take advantage of all the great rides and shows at Dollywood during the festival. If you’re looking for deals on lodging make sure to take a look at all of our Dollywood vacation packages. They feature combo ticket deals as well as money-saving hotel packages.

Find out more about visiting Dollywood »
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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shopping in Pigeon Forge: Tanger Outlet Mall

Ready to go shopping in Pigeon Forge?  One of the must-shop stops is Tanger Outlet Mall.  Home to numerous name brand stores, all of which offer discount prices, Tanger Mall lets you spend a little for a lot!

Photo Credit: Tanger Outlet Center
Tanger Mall Pigeon Forge stores include:
  • American Eagle
  • Disney Store
  • Banana Republic Factory Store
  • Coach Factory
  • Chico’s Outlet
  • J. Crew Factory
  • LIDS
  • LOFT Outlet
  • Michael Kors
  • Nike
  • White House Black Market

Tanger Mall is an outdoor mall, so dress for comfort when you go.  Also be sure to check out Tanger Mall’s deals page to see what sales and coupons might be available.  You sure to save anywhere from 20-40% or more when you shop at Tanger Outlet Center.  For extra benefits, join TangerClub for exclusive offers and free gifts.  I frequently receive 20% off coupons for Tanger Mall that are good at almost all center stores.  Couple that with the already low prices on apparel and it’s an easy way to pick up a new favorite clothing item without feeling like you splurged too much.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pigeon Forge Cabins are the Perfect Smoky Mountain Retreat

Nothing enhances your vacation in the Smoky Mountains like a comfortable cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Whether you're looking for something remote and isolated or closer to town, there are plenty of cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge available that will fit your vacation needs.  Reserve Pigeon Forge’s cabins come with great amenities like internet access, hot tubs, and fabulous views of the Smoky Mountains.

Hearthside Cabin Rentals
A few recommended Pigeon Forge cabin rentals include:

Cramer’s Creekside Cabins:  Choose from a variety of cabin sizes and locations when you stay at Cramer’s Creekside Cabins.  Cabin options include gas or wood burning fireplaces, hot tubs, pool tables, Jacuzzis, cable or satellite TV, DVD and/or VHS players, charcoal or gas grills, relaxing decks and porches, and beautiful wooded or mountain views.
Eagles Ridge Resort:  This log cabin community is located within minutes to all Pigeon Forge attractions and is situated one mile from the Pigeon Forge Parkway.  Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this property makes you feel right at home in their nicely furnished and amenity filled cabins.  Guests also have clubhouse and swimming pool privileges at the resort.
Hearthside Cabin Rentals:  Hearthside Cabins are located throughout the Smoky Mountains.  Choose the location perfect for you, all of which provide a high level of coziness and a true Smoky Mountain retreat.  Plus, at Hearthside Cabins you’re welcome to bring your pet! 
White Oak Lodge Resort:  Tucked against the Great Smoky Mountains, White Oak Lodge and Resort is the perfect place for vacation property.  This property is perfect for those who want the cabin experience but still desire the amenities of a resort. 

Find out more about staying at the White Oak Lodge Resort »
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, July 23, 2014

Budget-Friendly Dollywood Vacation Packages Perfect for Families

It's not too late to start planning your summer vacation!  If you’re looking for a budget-friendly getaway look no further than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home to Dollywood Theme Park and numerous other family-friendly attractions.

Dollywood and Reserve Pigeon Forge have partnered to offer Tennessee visitors a great way to purchase Dollywood packages.  These Dollywood packages are available in a variety of combinations so that families can choose the exact vacation package that fits their needs and budget. Combine your Dollywood tickets with passes to Dollywood’s Splash Country or the most fun dinner show in town – Dixie Stampede. 
Plus, these all-inclusive packages allow customers the ease and convenience of reserving Pigeon Forge hotels too, so a convenient money-saving package is just a few clicks away.

Choose from the following Dollywood Vacation Packages and ticket combos:
  • Dollywood + Hotel Vacation Package 
  • Dollywood and Dixie Stampede Vacation Package
  • Dollywood and Splash Country Ticket Combo
  • Dollywood and Dixie Stampede Ticket Combo
These packages are not offered anywhere else but through Reserve Pigeon Forge, so make sure you book now and save.

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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. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Pigeon Forge vacations from Ashley.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dollywood's Splash Country Named One of America's Top Water Parks

Visitors to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee know Dollywood’s Splash Country is one of the top water parks in the country.  Apparently, TripAdvisor thinks so too as the park has landed on the company’s list of the nation’s Top 10 Water Parks.  Ranking at No. 8, Splash Country is definitely the best place to cool off this summer in eastern Tennessee.

The full list of the best water parks in the United States:

1. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando, Florida
2. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Orlando, Florida
3. Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
4. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana
5. Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Virginia
6. Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, Wildwood, New Jersey
7. Noah's Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
8. Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
9. Wet 'n Wild, Orlando, Florida
10. Cedar Point - Soak City, Sandusky, Ohio

Water park enthusiasts rank lazy rivers, water slides and wave pools as their favorite attractions.  At Dollywood’s Splash Country, guests rave about the new RiverRush ride.  It's Tennessee first and only water coaster! Race through trees four stories high as you experience four drops along a track filled with multiple hairpin turns and dark tunnels—all combined with rushing water! Of course, the Pigeon Forge water park is also home to a relaxing 1,500 foot lazy river, the quadruple drop slide that is Mountain Scream and Mountain Waves, a 25,000 square foot wave pool. 

Find out more about visiting Splash Country »
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, July 18, 2014

Hotels Near Dollywood in Pigeon Forge

Cherokee Lodge
Searching for a hotel near Dollywood?  Check out our selection of hotels near Dollywood and stay close to the park. Spend less time driving and more time enjoying the great rides, shows, and food at Dollywood.  They are guaranteed to put you in the heart of the action with easy access to both Dollywood theme parks.

A few of the recommended hotels near Dollywood in Pigeon Forge include:
  • Bear Crossing Condominiums
  • Cherokee Lodge
  • Comfort Inn at Dollywood Lane
  • Dollywood Vacations Cabin Rentals
  • RiverStone Resort
  • Shular Inn
  • Willow Brook Lodge

When you stay at any of the hotels near Dollywood you’re sure to make the most of your time in Pigeon Forge.  Not only are you located close to Pigeon Forge’s premier theme parks, you’re also in prime location to the Parkway and all the attractions and shows available in the Smoky Mountains.  And don't forget - all of our lodging choices have the guaranteed lowest rates online.