Monthly Archives: March 2013

Experience the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show in Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show in GatlinburgIt’s that time of year again in Gatlinburg! Spring is right around the corner, and the Arts & Crafts Community will be putting their handcrafted pieces on display for visitors to enjoy. Gatlinburg is home to one of the largest collections of independent artisans in the world, and fine Appalachian arts & crafts are a way of life for many locals and an interesting pastime for visitors!

Experience the Splendor of Fine Appalachian Art at the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show

The Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show will feature unique handcrafted products, gifts, and pieces made by members of the Arts & Crafts Community. If you’ve experienced one of these shows before, you will be in for a special treat this year, as the artisans roll out their spring and Easter creations. The Arts & Crafts Show will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from March 28, 2013 – March 30, 2013. Make sure to schedule some time to stop by the incredible arts & crafts show while you’re in town!

Watch the Artisans at Work

While you enjoy the show, you will also be able to watch live demonstrations from the talented artisans present at the event. They will be putting their skills on display to show guests exactly how these fine pieces of art are made. So while you are browsing the many pieces of fine art and one of a kind crafts on sale, you can watch the artisans work and see first hand how they create the beautiful Appalachian art the area is so well known for.

About the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community

Gatlinburg’s Historic Arts & Crafts Community is home to more than 120 working artisans and craftsmen and is the largest group of artisans in North America. The 8-mile loop housing shops and boutiques is an established Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The Arts & Crafts Community hosts several events throughout the year showcasing true Appalachian artwork and demonstrating the techniques that the artisans use to create their coveted works. Some of the techniques used by the artisans include whittling, basket weaving, casting, candle making, photography, silver smithing, pottery making, leather making, painting, carving, sculpting, and more.

To learn more about the Arts & Crafts Community and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Show, visit:

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Join Gatlinburg for the Beautiful Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg

Easter Sunrise Service at Ober GatlinburgAs the sun creeps over the mountains on Easter morning, Ober Gatlinburg will host the annual Easter Sunrise Service from the top of Mt. Harrison. Soak up the spirit of the Easter season at Gatlinburg’s annual Easter Sunrise Service. This year, the community and visitors will be invited to watch the sunrise and experience a memorable Easter service. This once in a lifetime experience will allow everyone to celebrate Easter morning with stunning views of the Smoky Mountains in the background.

An Easter Morning to Remember in Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg will be hosting the sunrise service on Easter morning at 6:30 AM and will be providing free tram rides starting at 5:45 for everyone that will be attending the service. The tram will shuttle guests to the top of Mt. Harrison every 15 minutes until the service begins. The service will last approximately 30-40 minutes. Free parking will also be provided for those that would prefer to drive up the mountain rather than take the tram to the resort. After the service, Ober Gatlinburg will offer a delicious breakfast buffet from 7:15 AM – 10:30 AM.

An Easter Celebration in the Great Smoky Mountains

Celebrate Easter Sunday at the memorable service hosted by Ober Gatlinburg this year. Enjoy scenic views of the Smokies during the peaceful worship service and delight yourself after the service with the delicious breakfast buffet.   This is sure to be an Easter to remember in Gatlinburg, so plan ahead to make sure that you will be able to attend the service!

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Best Places to Visit in Gatlinburg in the Spring

Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, TN, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Spring in Gatlinburg, Springtime in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains, Smokies We love to show our visitors unique places to visit during peak seasons in Gatlinburg! With springtime fast approaching, we’re revealing some of the most beautiful areas in and around Gatlinburg to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking mountain scenery, Appalachian wildlife, and those striking views you just can’t find anywhere else. If you are planning a spring vacation to the Smokies, you don’t want to miss these signature spots!

LeConte Lodge

Hiking Mt. LeConte is a favorite trail for hikers all year long, but in the spring, the trail will be flourishing with lush greenery, wildflowers, and native wildlife. On your way up the mountain, make a stop by LeConte Lodge to enjoy the rustic charm of one of the area’s most popular destinations in the park. Featuring spectacular views, traditional accommodations, and hearty meals to satisfy any appetite, the LeConte Lodge is a peaceful place to rest on your journey to the top of Mt. LeConte. This is a perfect place to view the surreal springtime beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

Cades Cove

Cades Cove is beautiful all year long, but in the spring, you will be treated to verdant views that can only be enjoyed once a year. Wildflowers, horses, bears, deer, elk, and various other species of plant and wildlife will be covering the ground, which will be blanketed in green and full of color. The exquisite mountain views will exude the true spirit of Spring in the Smoky Mountains. Travelers can enjoy the majesty of Cades Cove on an auto tour, bike ride, or horseback ride through the area.

Mynatt Park

For a fun day out with the family, Mynatt Park is a local park situated in the center of downtown Gatlinburg. Located near the Park Vista Hotel on Historic Nature Trail, Mynatt Park is the perfect place to take the kids for a day outdoors. You can picnic on a park bench, play a round of basketball on the courts, strike up a game of tennis, take a walk on the trail, or have a blast with the kids on the playground.

Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, TN, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Spring in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains, SmokiesRainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is an exciting trail that allows travelers to enjoy a magnificent cascading waterfall. The “Rainbow” in Rainbow Falls can be seen on sunny afternoons when the sunlight hits the mist produced by the waterfall just right. This hiking trail is considered moderately difficult so strap up your boots and get goin’ so you can see this stunning waterfall in person! The trailhead for Rainbow Falls is located in the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

Where is your favorite place to go in Gatlinburg during the spring? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Google +

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Springtime in Gatlinburg: Discover Smoky Mountain Wildlife

Spring in Galtinburg, Gatlinburg, TN, Gatlinburg, TennesseeWhen you want to escape the everyday, Gatlinburg is the perfect place to plan a getaway. In the spring, Gatlinburg’s beautiful mountain scenery truly comes back to life, and visitors can enjoy breathtaking scenes of natural beauty. In the Smoky Mountains surrounding Gatlinburg, you can view some of the area’s incredible Appalachian wildlife and the diverse species of plants. During spring, Gatlinburg becomes an oasis of natural beauty for people of all ages to explore.

Discover all that Gatlinburg has to offer this spring on an excursion through the Smokies. Download your free 2013 Gatlinburg vacation guide here to start planning your trip!

Gatlinburg Bears, Spring in Gatlinburg, Springtime in Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, TN, Gatlinburg, TennesseeBears, Oh My!

Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains are a natural black bear habitat, and chances are high that once spring rolls around, you will be able to catch a first hand glimpse of these wonderful creatures. The bears are trademark of the Smoky Mountains. Remember to proceed with caution when in the presence of the bear, and do not feed them. To read Great Smoky Mountain’s National Park guidelines on bear encounters, please visit:

While the bears can be an endless source of entertainment for visitors, make sure to keep your distance – especially from the cubs! While they may look the least dangerous, the mother bear is often not far away and can pose the greatest threat. Enjoy viewing these majestic creatures from afar, and make sure to bring a camera with a great zoom lens so you can capture these once in a lifetime memories and relieve them for many years to come!

Explore Other Species of Wildlife in the Smokies this Spring

While bears are one of the most beloved species of wildlife in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, bird watchers can also enjoy viewing the diverse selection of birds indigenous to the area. Over 200 species of bird live in and around the Smoky Mountains, and most of them will be out in full view during the spring. Gatlinburg is also home to select species of elk and deer, so travelers can view many kinds of wildlife while visiting the Smokies!

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One of the reasons that so many people come to Gatlinburg is to view the stunning scenery of the Smoky Mountains. 95% of the park is covered by trees, plants, and forests, and spring is the perfect time of year to take it all in. The brilliant blues and greens interspersed coupled with the blossoming wildflowers make Gatlinburg the perfect place to enjoy a calm oasis of natural beauty and wonderment.

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