Annual Fall Festival in the Smoky Mountains

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival Kodak TN

September 18-20, 2014

Harvest Fest Kicks Off September 2014

It’s not too late to book your room at Crossroads Inn or Twin Islands hotel for the area’s annual celebration of the fall harvest.  The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival isn’t just one day, weekend, or even week: it’s all season long! Businesses will begin decorating their storefronts with pumpkins, gourds, hay bails and scarecrows as a testament of gratitude for bountiful blessings and the forthcoming burst of colors!

Pigeon Forge starts fall with the rumble of the Shades of the Past Rod Roundup, taking place Friday and Saturday, September 5-6.  This annual car show takes place at Dollywood’s Splash Country just off Veterans Parkway.  Trolleys will run to and from Gate #2 or there is 15 acres of free parking directly across from the water park.  For $10/day, parking and tram transportation is available from Dollywood lot F.  This show features a giant exhibition area, vendors, swap meet, giveaways and cash prizes.  Spectator cost is $10/pp per day, ages 12-under are free.  Bring your camera!

The very next weekend brings the annual Pigeon Forge Grand Rod Run, bringing thousands of visitors and car enthusiasts to the Pigeon Forge Parkway.  For catching the best glimpses of the “oh so cool” hot rods, you’ll want to park a lawn chair along the sidewalk or plan to walk the strip!  Hot Rods will be in town from Thursday-Saturday, September 11-13.   In addition to the anticipated car shows, Pigeon Forge also hosts the October 4 “Stomp out Cancer 5k” walk, run, and stomp along the Rocky Top Wine trail, and Country Tonight Theatre features country legend Don Williams on October 17-18.

Fall Craft Show Gatlinburg

October 9-26, 2014

If you love fall, food, and blue grass, plan to be at the Dumplin Valley Blue Grass Festival September 18-20.  The festival takes place at Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park in Kodak, TN just off Hwy 66.  Two additional car shows take place in Sevierville; one is Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds October 4-5 and the 2nd is the Fall Corvette Expo at the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark happening October 17-18.

Gatlinburg keeps it simple with two great events.  On September 20, the special Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum is a fall harvest celebration that brings many different demonstrations to the public including but not limited to making soap, sorghum molasses, and more.  Planned for October 9-26 is the Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair, featuring over 200 booths of craftsman goodies. Live music daily!

Book your fall vacation with us and then check out additional information for great events:

September
5-6:  Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup
11-13:  Pigeon Forge Grand Rod Run
18-20:  Dumplin Valley Blue Grass Festival
20:  Mountain Life Festival

October
4:  Stomp Out Breast Cancer
4-5:  Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet
9-26:  Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair
17-18:  Fall Corvette Expo

2014 Labor Day Weekend in the Smokies

Holiday Fun Indoors and Out

Sevierville TN Traditional Country Fair

September 1-6, 2014

Labor Day festivities are planned all around Sevier County to help you celebrate the long holiday weekend in the Smokies.  In addition to having a traditional Labor Day cookout, plan to check out these events taking place in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge after you settle in at Twin Islands or Crossroads Inn.

There’s a whole bunch of family fun to be found in Sevierville at the Sevier County fair.  On Labor Day Monday, a holiday balloon drop will kickoff opening ceremonies at 3 p.m.  This traditional country fair will feature a “Fairest of the Fair” pageant; Poultry and Dairy & Cattle shows; carnival games; and Days Gone By children’s area.  Some not-so-traditional fun includes a Little Tykes Power Wheels derby, money pole, and a new Main Street Market.  And of course, you cannot leave the Sevier County fair without a taste of the traditional fair food and carnival rides.  Click to visit the Sevier Country Fair online for a full schedule of events and specific details.

Traditional Labor Day Holiday Picnic

Picnic in the Park

Bargain hunters and deal shoppers will be happy to know that Pigeon Forge has their Labor Day Sidewalk Sale planned at Pigeon River Crossings.  Beginning Thursday, August 28 through Labor Day, stores such as Nike, Rack Room shoes, Burkes Outlet, and Coleman will all be participating with great deals to be found.  Pigeon River Crossings is located on Teaster Lane, accessed from lights #2 or #3 in Pigeon Forge.  The Sevierville Tanger Outlets Sidewalk Sale begins on Friday, August 29 with hot deals and extended hours.

If you decide to stay in Gatlinburg, plan to shop at the Gatlinburg Farmers Market at Glades Road on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Pick up homemade baked goods, seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables for a special Labor Day picnic in the Park.  Gatlinburg has three city parks for your family to relax and play, go fishing, or just kick back and enjoy a good book.  After all, isn’t Labor Day about doing nothing at all?  Click for pictures and directions to the Gatlinburg Farmer’s Market.

Have a safe and fun-filled Labor Day weekend!

The Staff at Best Western Twin Islands & Crossroads Inn

Kids Fashion Camp in the Smoky Mountains

It’s KidSTYLE Camp at Tanger Outlets

School is about to begin and you’ve shopped for all the necessary supplies such as notebooks, pencils, crayons and backpacks.  But what about the cool clothes and awesome shoes?  Just in time for back to school, your young ‘diva’ can get her style on during a kid’s Fashionista Weekend at Tanger Outlet in Sevierville.  Fashion Camp takes place Friday, August 15 through Sunday August 17, 2014.

This weekend of style invites kids to quest for fun, fashion and fitness at participating stores while parents can indulge in big back-to-school savings.  Send your kids to school wearing the latest fashions and brand names at low prices!

Kids Fashion Camp in the Smokies

New Looks, Big Savings!

Visit the KidSTYLE Tour participating retailers below between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday to get started:

Bare Minerals
Direct Tools
Famous Footwear
Hartstrings
Lucky Brand
Naarjtie
New Balance
Nike
Reebok
Sketchers
The Fudgery
Tommy Hilfiger
Under Armour

Characters Sharkey from Ripley’s Aquarium and Newbie from New Balance will be greeting Fashionistas and perhaps cheering them on as they challenge inflatable activities at fitness fashion providers Under Armor, Nike, Reebok and New Balance.  Your kids can defy logic with an interactive activity by WonderWorks or visit the Fashion Photo Booth.  It’s not only fun and style, it could be a grand prize too!  There will be a grand prize sponsored by Wilderness at the Smokies for all kids who complete the KidSTYLE Tour!

The savings doesn’t end with the kids.  Not only can you save on your Best Western Twin Islands reservations when you arrive in town, but parents are invited and encouraged to visit the Tanger Tent to get extra 20% off coupons.  Dad not into kid’s clothes shopping?  He can enjoy a round or two of mini golf at Old MacDonald’s Farm, a bite to eat at The Chop House or a hot cup of cool coffee at Starbucks.  It’s a Mom, Dad and kids “Win-Win-Win” weekend!

Tanger Outlet Shopping Mall
1645 Parkway, Sevierville TN
(865) 453-1053 |  (800) 408-8377
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quiet Walkways

Best Short Hikes in the Smokies

Quiet Walkway River

Rolling Mountain Streams

A visit to Sevier County in East Tennessee wouldn’t be complete without actually putting your feet on the ground in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Millions of people visit the Smoky Mountains each year, yet most don’t take advantage of what the park has to offer even though the weather is seasonably mild year round and begs you to enjoy the ‘great outdoors.’  If you find the idea of hiking a little overwhelming due to physical abilities, trail lengths or congestion at popular trailheads, don’t be discouraged.  You can still get the full National Park experience at often unnoticed yet wonderful, marked paths known as “Quiet Walkways.”

Don’t let the name fool you; what quiet walkways may lack in distance and required physical endurance, they well make up for by joining you with Mother Nature.  If you aren’t specifically looking for the small, “Quiet Walkway” signs near a pullout with just enough room for a couple cars, you might miss them.  Entering a Quiet Walkway for the first time is a little mysterious because there is no indication of how far you’ll walk, where the path will lead you, or what you can see along the way.   It’s also not uncommon to be the only people along a quiet walkway, allowing for much needed solitude or an escape from the crowds.

Each walkway has its own unique qualities and can be enjoyed in 30-60 minutes.  On one you may stumble upon an old family cemetery leaving you to ponder life of the first settlers in the Smokies, and on another you may watch birds in their nest or see a bear in a tree.  Wouldn’t you love to discover a boulder just waiting for you to take a seat next to a mountain stream?

Plan to find a Quiet Walkway along your drive so that you can pull over, stretch your legs, and simply enjoy the moment.  This experience of being IN the park just might convince you that there is a hiking trail with your name on it!

The staff of Best Western Twin Islands hopes you have a wonderful and relaxing day in the park!

Quiet Walkways in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Island Mirror Maze New Attraction in Pigeon Forge

3-in-1 Indoor Attractions at The Pigeon Forge Island

What’s new in Pigeon Forge this year?  The Island is.  The Island is located between lights #3 and #4, and landmarked by a large Ferris wheel aptly named the Smoky Mountain Wheel.  The Island can be easily accessed from Island Drive off the Parkway or from Teaster Avenue near the Pigeon Forge Convention Center.

The Island has grown exponentially this year, and now includes some great attractions for family fun.  One attraction—The Island Mirror Maze—was voted the #5 “Must Do at The Island” by Coaster101.com out of all the attractions, restaurants and shops you’ll find there. Approaching The Island Mirror Maze will feel like you’re in store for innocent fun, but that is just the first illusion!  The Island Mirror Maze is actually three attractions covering over 3,000 square feet of indoor space.

The Mirror Maze features psychedelic reflections with dead ends, tunnels, circles and surprising corners with infinite reflections of you in every direction.  Will you attempt the maze with kaleidoscope glasses that intensify the effects of the dazzling rainbow lights?  The Laser Maze, also called the Mission Impossible experience, will have you crawling, jumping, bending and twisting as you try to complete the course in the fastest amount of time without breaking any laser beams.  And then there is Atomic Rush.  This high-tech arcade will pit you against family and friends to compete in three games that test your coordination, speed and agility.

TripAdvisor ranks this Pigeon Forge attraction #17 of 85 for guest excellence!

Mirror and Laser Maze Attraction at The Island Pigeon Forge

3-in-1 Indoor Attraction at The Island

So Much Fun!
“Not only did our 4 year old enjoy this, my husband and I enjoyed it too!! Employees are very friendly! Great family fun!!”

Awesome Fun!  GREAT Staff!
“My family of 8 did the mirror maze probably 15 times & enjoyed the other two games as well! :) The staff: Terry, Steven, & Matthew were all wonderful. LOVED the guided tour of the mirror maze by Terry!!”

Open daily from 10 a.m.-midnight, the Island Mirror Maze is great fun for all ages and you are welcome to enjoy the mirror maze activity as often as you like on the day of your visit.  Admission rates are $9.99-$12.99.  Large groups and birthday parties are welcome, with discounted group rates offered for 12 or more people.  Contact The Island Mirror Maze at (865) 365-0407 for party reservations and additional details.

Island Mirror Maze | View Website
131 The Island Drive #2102, Pigeon Forge TN
(865) 365-0407