Monthly Archives: December 2010

Smoky Mountain Cabins Versus Condos

Ah, to be in a mountain cabin during a winter storm with the beautiful snow covered scenery. Sounds nice, doesn’t it. Think twice.

Being one who lives in the mountains here in Sevier County, winter time can be an eventful season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy where I live and would not want to be in town. I am also prepared for winter as I have four wheel drive with tire chains for all four wheels but many times that vehicle is parked down by the main road as I am hiking up the steep, winding mountain road to our home, due to too much snow and ice.

Is this how I want to spend my vacation, hiking up a snow covered road carry my possessions to find out when I get to the cabin the electric service is out because snow or ice covered trees have taken down the wires? Do I want to listen to my kids complain that they can not play their video games that I drug up the mountain? How are we going to cook with out electric for the stove? No TV?

This is in no way to belittle the fine cabin rental companies in this area. Most are very reputable and try to get you to your cabin. They attempt to get the roads clear and safe, but sometimes that is impossible. The sad thing is, there are few cabin companies that feel it is your problem not theirs; “We can’t control the weather”.

Think about a condo when making that winter getaway. The majority of the condominium complexes locally are in town with city road service and underground utilities. Basically a condo is a cabin in town. Many have indoor pools, game rooms and restaurants within walking distance. Enjoy the shopping, shows and attractions; don’t be stuck on that mountain the one time of the year you can get away with the family.

10th Annual “Dance with the Sharks”

Celebrate New Years Eve at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies with their 10th annual “Dance with the Sharks”. Join in the festivities as Ripley’s will have 2 bands, Hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, plus the opportunity for personal souvenir photo to remember the closing out of 2010. At midnight you will be able to enjoy the city of Gatlinburg’s fireworks display as we close out the old and bring in the New Year.
Tickets for this year’s gala are available on-line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies web site or by calling 888-240-1358.

First Annual Ice Sculpture Event

1st Annual Ice Sculpture Event

1st Annual Ice Sculpture Event

The Titanic Museum Attraction, in Pigeon Forge, will hold its first annual ice sculpture event on Saturday, January 22nd. Professional ice carvers will start with 250 pound blocks of ice and transform the blocks into works of art.

This free event will be held in the Titanic’s parking lot between 10AM-4PM.