Filled with endless activities, shows, restaurants, and of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s no wonder Gatlinburg is such a popular vacation destination. While visiting Gatlinburg will provide you with lifelong travel memories, there are a few things you need to know before you go.

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Gatlinburg Has Something for Everyone

Whether you’re on your honeymoon or traveling to the Smoky Mountains for a vacation with the kids, everyone will love spending time in Gatlinburg. Be sure to enjoy one or more of these iconic activities and attractions while visiting Gatlinburg:

Outdoor Activities in Gatlinburg

If you love the great outdoors, then a vacation in Gatlinburg is exactly what you need. When planning your Smoky Mountains vacation, make sure these outdoor activities are part of your plans:

 

Of course, this is only a handful of the exciting outdoor adventures that await you in Gatlinburg!

Shopping in Gatlinburg

Those visiting Gatlinburg for the first time need to take advantage of the prime shopping opportunities. Browse through these shopping malls during your trip to the Smokies:

 

If you’re looking for a handcrafted gift or work of art, head over to the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community where you’ll find shops such as:

 

Gatlinburg Attractions

When visiting Gatlinburg, there are specific attractions that you must experience in order to have a true Smoky Mountain vacation. In addition to exploring the magnificent national park, make sure these top-rated Gatlinburg attractions are part of your itinerary:

 

Whether you want to see the Gatlinburg landscape from high in the sky or your children want to play mini golf, there’s something for everyone in Gatlinburg.

Shows in Gatlinburg

Lastly, you have to reserve seats for one of the many jaw-dropping shows. From the mesmerizing production quality to the side-splitting humor, the shows in Gatlinburg and just next door in Pigeon Forge are a must-see. Get your tickets for one of these phenomenal shows:

 

From the great outdoors to show-stopping performances, Gatlinburg has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

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Where to Stay in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg offers visitors a wide range of lodging options. Visiting Gatlinburg is a breeze when you stay at one of the many hotels, cabins, resorts, or camping sites.

The hotels in Gatlinburg are second to none. With luxurious amenities and comfortable rooms, every type of traveler will enjoy staying at one of these top hotels:

 

For those who want a more laid-back vacation when visiting Gatlinburg, consider staying at one of the premium cabins available. Cozy cabins are located all over the Smoky Mountain region, so you can find one near the specific attractions and activities you’d like to experience. Reserve a cabin for your family with one of these cabin companies in Gatlinburg:

 

Perhaps you prefer the all-inclusive route when on vacation. The Smoky Mountain region offers several different resorts to choose from, including the Resort at Governor’s Crossing and RiverStone Resort and Spa.

Of course, if you want to rough it in the wilderness, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers plenty of campsites. Follow all rules, regulations, and guidelines laid out by Park Rangers and the National Park Service. Also, be on the lookout for wild animals such as bears. Should you choose to go camping when visiting Gatlinburg, make sure you understand what to do if you encounter a bear!

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Where to Eat in Gatlinburg

Now to the most important part of any vacation — the food. Gatlinburg is home to a wide assortment of restaurants, distilleries, breweries, cafes and so much more. Trust me, you won’t regret visiting or dining at any of Gatlinburg’s top food and drink spots:

 

From a home cooked meal to sampling moonshine, you won’t be disappointed with the food choices when visiting Gatlinburg on vacation!

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Tips for Visiting Gatlinburg for the First Time

Once you know what to do, where to stay, and where to eat, it’s time to answer your Gatlinburg vacation questions

When Should I Visit?
As you might have guessed, the Gatlinburg area can become extremely congested during the peak seasons, which are:

  • Early January
  • June through August
  • October
  • December

 

For fewer crowds, visiting Gatlinburg during the months of February, March, April, May, September, and November is your best bet.

How Bad is the Traffic?
Brace yourself for the infamous Gatlinburg traffic. No matter when you decide to travel to Gatlinburg, you will encounter traffic. One way to avoid this is to utilize the Gatlinburg Trolley. Not only is it a great way to see the area, it also eliminates parking fees and pesky traffic.

Also, driving through Gatlinburg at off-peak times of the day will help you combat traffic. Try driving in the middle of the morning or afternoon, rather than at typical rush hour times.

What Should I Pack?
The Gatlinburg area experiences all four seasons, so pack accordingly! Even if you plan on visiting Gatlinburg in the summer, you’ll want to have a sweatshirt or two on hand. It tends to be chilly during the evening and early mornings in the mountains.

In addition, don’t forget to bring:

  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Boots
  • A Swim Suit
  • A Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing

 

Will Visiting Gatlinburg Break the Bank?
With so many activities, attractions, and shows, it may feel as though visiting Gatlinburg will break your vacation budget. Not true! Thanks to discounted tickets and lodging rates at Reserve Gatlinburg, and free activities such as hiking in the Smoky Mountains, visiting Gatlinburg is incredibly affordable.

Now that you know everything about visiting Gatlinburg for the first time, start planning your vacation!

Are you one of the many people who’ve set their sights on a vacation in Gatlinburg? Millions of visitors flock to this mountain hamlet to explore The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, quirky downtown Gatlinburg and neighboring towns such as Pigeon Forge. If you’re short on time, though, and only have a weekend in Gatlinburg, I’m here to help.

Follow this guide touting what to do and where to go for a memorable weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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Day 1

Explore the National Park

My absolute favorite thing to do in the Smoky Mountains? Explore the great Outdoors. With the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Gatlinburg’s doorstep, it’s a prime location for doing just that.

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Breakfast: Start your day with breakfast Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. This restaurant serves hearty portions sure to fuel your day of activity.

I recommend stopping by the Sugarlands Visitor Center to pick up any hiking maps and auto-tour guides (and maybe a souvenir or two!). Afterwards, it’s time to begin exploring.

Auto-Touring: At over 800 square miles, there’s a lot of ground to cover in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Accordingly, auto-touring is one of the best ways to see the sights. There are plenty of overlooks to stop at, providing pristine views of the park. Below are a few of the most popular auto-touring routes.

  • Cades Cove Loop Road
  • Cataloochee Valley
  • Newfound Gap Road
  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

 

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Lunch: While you’re out exploring the National Park, there aren’t many places to stop for a bite to eat. I recommend picking up a to-go lunch so you’re not lost in the woods without a snack. Calhoun’s Restaurant will box up barbeque to-go. Alternatively, you can also stop by the local grocery for sandwich fixings, or hit up Subway.

Hiking: So many trails, so little time. This is always my struggle while at the National Park, as I want to do it all. When you only have a weekend in Gatlinburg, I’m sure you’ll think the struggle is real too. So, to make the most of your time I’ve highlighted a few of the most rewarding hikes in the Smoky Mountains.

 

Dinner: After a busy day of exploring, your belly will be rumbling. Treat yourself to one of the finest dinners in Gatlinburg at the Peddler Steakhouse. The food is superb, and the scenery is sublime.

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Day 2

Experience Gatlinburg Attractions

On day 2 of your weekend in Gatlinburg, it’s time to experience some of Gatlinburg’s best attractions.

Breakfast: A visit to Gatlinburg isn’t complete without a pancake pit stop. For breakfast, dine at the Pancake Pantry. Just be prepared for a wait, as this place is very popular.

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Horseback Riding: Sugarlands Riding Stables hosts guided trail rides through the Smoky Mountains, which is a unique way to see the sights just like the early settlers did.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift: For a bird-eye-view of the scenery, take an open air chair lift ride with Gatlinburg Sky Lift. As you ascend 1,800 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain, you’ll gain access to some of the most breathtaking views of Downtown Gatlinburg.

Lunch: For a quick and delicious lunch, you can’t beat the Smoky Mountain Brewery. From calzones to burgers, this Alpine lodge-style eatery will win your taste buds over. Likewise, if you didn’t pick up a to-go lunch from Calhoun’s the day before, you should stop in for lunch today.

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Ripley’s Aquarium: Home to a variety of exhibits exploring life under the sea, families can spend hours viewing tropical fish, coral reefs and interactive displays. There’s even penguins living here!

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster: Up next is a ride aboard the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. Relatively new to the Gatlinburg attraction scene, this mountain coaster puts you in the driver seat—literally. You control how fast you go on this silent track, which twists and turns through scenic forests and wilderness.

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Dinner: Loco Burro is a lively place to eat at night, especially if you can score a table on the rooftop. Twinkling lights, fire pits, live music and views of the Parkway set the scene. Of course, the large portions of fresh Mex and strong margaritas are a big draw too!

After dinner, be sure to visit a distillery or two for samples of moonshine. Ole Smoky Moonshine and Sugarlands Distillery serve some of the finest ‘shine this side of the Mississippi! Then, finish the night by going to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. From it’s vantage point, the entire hamlet of Gatlinburg twinkles.

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Day 3

If you’re lucky enough to have a 3 day weekend in Gatlinburg, it’s worth taking some time to hop over to nearby Pigeon Forge. The towns, while similar, offer different ways to experience Appalachian culture. Highlights of Pigeon Forge include:

The Island: Home to the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, Margaritaville, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and over 30 other rides and attractions.

Dollywood: A family-friendly theme park with over 40 rides and attractions.

The Old Mill: A fully operational 1830s grist mill anchors the Old Mill, which is home to multiple shops and a one-of-a-kind homestyle restaurant.

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Where to Stay

During your weekend in Gatlinburg, I recommend staying near the Parkway. This way, you’ll never be far from all the fun! Below are some of the best places to stay in Downtown Gatlinburg.

  • Bearskin Lodge on the River
  • Old Creek Lodge
  • Hilton Garden Inn

Get Ready for a Wonderful Weekend in Gatlinburg

With this helpful guide detailing what to see and do in Gatlinburg, you’re ready for an action-packed weekend in Gatlinburg. Be sure to check out our events calendar to take advantage of seasonal events and festivities. You never know what might be brewing in the Smokies!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg 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.

American HolidayCelebrate the 4th of July in Gatlinburg! For the 40th consecutive year, Gatlinburg kicks off America’s Independence Day celebration with the nation’s first parade, which takes place at 12am on Monday, July 4, 2016. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend.

The 4th of July Parade will feature a special tribute to our military personnel along with other patriotic salutes, as well as over 100 parade units that will make their way through Gatlinburg. Elaborately decorated floats, helium balloons, equestrian entries and a large number of our armed services will be included in the parade.

Then, on the night of July 4, Gatlinburg will host Fireworks Finale, a fireworks show that lights up the mountain skyline of Downtown Gatlinburg. The fireworks will appear around 10pm. The event is listed as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. The 100th Army Band will play prior to the fireworks in a free concert at 8:30 p.m. and then again following
the fireworks at 10:20 p.m. on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.

fireworks_gatlinburgAlso planned on July 4 is Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta. This popular event is open to anyone and takes place on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg near Christ in the Smokies. The unmanned river raft race allows for anything floatable, except for balls and plastic eggs. In the past, families have entered boats made of matchsticks, rubber ducks and even floating rocks. Registration for the event takes place between 10am-noon on July 4, with the regatta beginning promptly at noon.

Reserve from our selection of Gatlinburg hotels and Gatlinburg condominiums for the guaranteed lowest rates available. Some of the top places to stay in downtown Gatlinburg include River Terrace Resort, Mountain Vista Luxury Condos, Bearskin Lodge on the River and Park Place Condos. These properties will give you convenient access to all of the 4th of July Gatlinburg events.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg 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.

When you travel to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park you want to stay close to the mountains. That’s why reserving from our selection of hotels in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the perfect start to your vacation plans. Downtown Gatlinburg hotels place you in the heart of things to do in the quaint town, while also providing easy access to outdoor sights in the nearby national park.

There are several hotels to choose from, but these are some of the hotels in Downtown Gatlinburg we recommend:

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Bearskin Lodge promises the best that nature has to offer in Gatlinburg with its unique mountain charm located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy a relaxing float on the lazy river or a dip in the swimming pool that looks upon Mount LeConte. Features include fitness facility, free breakfast, gift shop, free Internet access, meeting facilities, and non-smoking rooms.

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Old Creek Lodge is located in Gatlinburg on a cool mountain stream where every room has a balcony over the water. It’s just a short walk to the many attractions including Ober Gatlinburg Tramway & Ski Resort and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Features include 24-hour front desk, express checkout, outside corridors, free breakfast, free Internet access, outdoor pool, and non-smoking rooms.

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Gatlinburg-Smoky Mountain is located in Gatlinburg’s Sugarlands Visitor Center Great Smoky neighborhood. Recreational amenities include an indoor & outdoor pool, spa tub, and fitness facility. All rooms feature fireplaces, washers/dryers, kitchens with stovetops, microwaves, refrigerators, and bathrooms with jetted bathtubs and hair dryers.

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River Terrace Resort and Convention Center is located along Little Pigeon River in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. On site amenities include two heated outdoor pools, picnic areas, Gatlin-Burger Grill, Duck Blind Lounge, pool table, fitness center, and motor coach parking. The Convention Center features 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including ballroom, breakout rooms & conference center.

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Park Place is surrounded by mountain views and all units line the banks of the rushing Little Pigeon River as it flows out of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is steps away from charming downtown shops, restaurants and attractions of Gatlinburg. It offers express checkout, fitness facilities, guest laundry, health spa/massage, hot tub, free Internet access, meeting facilities, and outdoor pool.

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Located in downtown Gatlinburg, Olde Gatlinburg Place offers all the comforts of home in well-appointed one and two bedroom condominiums. Within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Mynatt Park. Features include guest laundry, free Internet access, meeting facilities, smoking and non-smoking rooms, outdoor pool, and outdoor corridors.

Book any of these fine hotels in Downtown Gatlinburg today and enjoy comfort and convenience at the guaranteed lowest rate online.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg 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.

Start your day off right when you reserve Gatlinburg hotels with free breakfast.  You can choose from a variety of Gatlinburg hotels offering free breakfast, each of which cater to your early morning cravings.  Grab a cup of coffee and your favorite morning meal before you start your day of sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains.

Breakfast tableGatlinburg hotels with free breakfast offer several options, from your traditional continental to a more expanded choice of hot foods and cereals.  As Gatlinburg is a southern town, biscuits and gravy are an expanded breakfast staple, as are waffles and scrambled eggs.  Standard items like bagels, pastries, fruit, assorted cereals and yogurt can be found on most all continental breakfast options.
A few popular choices include:
Bearskin Lodge on the River
Quality Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane
Springhill Suites
Willow Brook Lodge
A free breakfast in the morning is a great start to any day in Gatlinburg.  Whether looking for a little cold cereal or complete hot meal, you’ll find a variety of options to ensure you find the perfect hotel for your vacation in Gatlinburg.
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Festive lights set the scene.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is beautiful any time of year but during the winter months it really shines.  To celebrate this magical time, the city hosts Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff.  Featuring mouth-watering chili recipes and the debut of the spectacular all-LED Gatlinburg Winter Magic lights program, this event officially kicks off the holidays in Gatlinburg.

Held from 5pm-8pm November 11, 2015, on the Downtown Parkway, the 26th annual event is serving chili from over 20 restaurants, attractions and organizations.   In total, more than 30,000 cups of chili are served and guests can sample all of the varieties by purchasing an $10 wristband. Admission to Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff is free.
All entrants are competing for coveted awards including the People’s Choice Award, Best Presentation, Best Chili Apron and Best Chili. Winners will be announced at 7:15pm. 
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During the Chili Cook-Off,  you can sample cups of chili from a variety of participating groups competing for several awards.  You can vote for your favorite chili and give your opinion on who should win the People’s Choice Award.  A panel of judges will cast their votes for other awards, including: Best Presentation, Best Chili Apron, and Best Chili.  New for this year is a hot chili eating contest.  Participants will consume chili with increasing levels of heat as the competition progresses.

Need to reserve a room for your visit?  Choose from Gatlinburg cabins and hotels from our selection on Reserve Gatlinburg.  You’re guaranteed to get the lowest room rate available and can enjoy Winter Magic without worrying about the cost. Some of the most popular places to stay in Gatlinburg include Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, River Terrace Resort, and Bearskin Lodge


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg 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.

When you’re on vacation you still want to be connected.  At Gatlinburg hotels with free internet service you can easily access your email, check your flight status or confirm any last minute tickets you might want to purchase through Reserve Gatlinburg.  A large majority of Gatlinburg hotels offer free internet service so it’s a breeze finding one that fits your vacation needs. 

A few of the Gatlinburg TN hotels with free internet service we recommend include:

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Bearskin Lodge on the River

Bearskin Lodge on the River
Bearskin Lodge promises the best that nature has to offer in Gatlinburg with its unique mountain charm located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Bearskin Lodge you’ll find state-of-the-art amenities among its traditional mountain craft decor and massive log beams. Downtown Gatlinburg shops, restaurants, and attractions are just outside your door.

Glenstone Lodge
Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Glenstone Lodge features a great location, phenomenal views, and abundant amenities. The Glenstone Lodge is set in the heart of Gatlinburg, within walking distance of all of the best Gatlinburg attractions, shops, and restaurants. Glenstone Lodge is also located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which features swimming holes, hiking trails, and even a Historic Motor Nature Trail.

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Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg North

Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg North
Always fresh, always clean, the Fairfield Inn guest rooms are full of thoughtful amenities, including a well-lit desk, remote control TV with free cable, and complimentary weekday newspaper. Relax while splashing in a refreshing swimming pool.  You’ll find that fun and excitement are right at your doorstep, with Davy Crockett Mini-Golf located in the shadow of the Inn.

Highlands Condominium
The Highlands Condominium has the very best view and location with easy access to Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pigeon Forge. Each condominium has a complete kitchen with fireplace and private balcony with an excellent view! There are two pools on site, one indoor and one outdoor, hot tub and an exercise room. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

Old Creek Lodge
Old Creek Lodge has all the amenities you expect and some you wouldn’t! You’ll find a fireplace in every room, remember this is the mountains. Take a dip in the pool and you’ll think you’re in a mountain stream – it’s so close. Enjoy your breakfast from our deck over looking where two streams meet at our property. We offer plenty of free parking for your convenience. Old Creek Lodge in Gatlinburg will be one of your favorites.

Park Place Condominiums

Park Place Condominiums

Park Place Condominiums
Park Place is a natural choice for the perfect vacation. Surrounded by lush hardwoods, firs and mountain views, all units line the banks of the rushing Little Pigeon River as it flows out of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Park Place is literally steps away from both the quiet solitude of the National Park and charming downtown shops, restaurants and attractions of Gatlinburg.

River Terrace Resort
River Terrace Resort and Convention Center is located along Little Pigeon River in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, adjacent to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition, River Terrace Resort is only a short drive from Pigeon Forge, Dollywood theme park, live entertainment venues, family-friendly restaurants, shopping opportunities and other area attractions, as well as hiking trails, championship golf, whitewater rafting and more.

Stay connected while on vacation and receive the guaranteed lowest rate available by reserving your stay today.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg 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.

Summer visitors are in for a treat in Gatlinburg as Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns to celebrate Smoky Mountain heritage.  From June 15 through August 11, visitors will be able to enjoy street performances featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as the 1800s. The event highlights the walkability of downtown Gatlinburg and provides guests with interactive, educational and entertaining experiences.

The performers get started nightly at 6pm in the center of town and perform until 11pm. As many as 14 nightly acts perform throughout the evening. The rotating cast of 20 acts includes storytellers, musicians and crafters who share their stories and skills. The Back Porch Cloggers, a group who performs clogging Appalachian-style, will also perform during Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales in Gatlinburg.
Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear makes special appearances during the event, as do Hammer and Strings, a dulcimer duo, the Gatlinburg Barber Shop Boys, with their five-part harmonies, and The Pea Pickin’ Hearts, with their 1930s and 1940s sound.
Bluegrass bands also perform, playing favorite bluegrass standards. A few of the bands set to perform include Steve Brown & Hurricane Ridge, The Holloway Sisters, Southern Skye and Flickertail Hollow. All performances are free!  Traditional mountain music will also be performed by Booger Town Gap, Rattlesnake Hollow, Earl & Pearl, and the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. 
Ready to vacation in Gatlinburg?  There are plenty of attractions and places to stay in the Smokies. Some of the  best downtown Gatlinburg hotels are Old Creek Lodge and Bearskin Lodge on the River and if you’re looking for a condominium, check out Mountain Vista Luxury Rentals
The Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn
The town of Gatlinburg celebrates Autumn with the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, scheduled for September 15 through October 31, 2011.
The fall foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which surrounds Gatlinburg, creates gorgeous scenery to enjoy. Plus, there are a variety of events and festivals in the area, along with Gatlinburg attractions, that make this time of year a great one to visit eastern Tennessee.

During the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is held. From October 6 through October 23, the Gatlinburg Convention Center is home to numerous artisans and craftsmen who are on-hand each day to demonstrate their skills, answer questions, and offer their unique art and wares for sale.

When you’re visiting the mountains, you’ll also want to stay in the mountains. Choose from a variety of places to stay in Gatlinburg, including Cramer’s Creekside Cabins, Old Creek Lodge, Mountain Vista Luxury Rentals, River Terrace Resort and Bearskin Lodge.

You can also choose from a variety of money-saving Gatlinburg vacation packages, featuring attractions like Dixie Stampede and Ripley’s Aquarium, for even more fun in the mountains.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns to Gatlinburg this summer to celebrate Smoky Mountain Heritage. From June 17 through August 13, visitors will be able to catch summer-long street performances featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as the 1800s. The event highlights the walkability of downtown Gatlinburg and provides guests with interactive, educational and entertaining experiences.
The performers get started nightly at 6pm in the center of town and perform until 11pm. As many as 14 nightly acts perform throughout the evening. The rotating cast of 20 acts includes storytellers, musicians and crafters who share their stories and skills. The Back Porch Cloggers, a group who performs clogging Appalachian-style, while also perform during Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales in Gatlinburg.
Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear makes special appearances during the event, as do Hammer and Strings a dulcimer duo, the Gatlinburg Barber Shop Boys, with their five-part harmonies, and The Pea Pickin’ Hearts, with their 1930s and 1940s sound.
Bluegrass bands also perform, playing favorite bluegrass standards. A few of the bands set to perform include Steve Brown & Hurricane Ridge, The Holloway Sisters, Southern Skye and Flickertail Hollow. All performances are free!
Be sure to catch a performance from this popular event of your Gatlinburg vacation.  Reserve a room at downtown Gatlinburg hotels like Bearskin Lodge on the River, Park Place Condominiums, Mountain Vista Luxury Rentals or River Terrace Resort so you can walk the area to enjoy attractions, shopping, dining and, of course, Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales.