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: http://www.gatlinburg.com/experience/features/arts-crafts.aspx

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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!

For more information on the Easter Sunrise Service, visit: http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=41

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm.

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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Best Spots in Gatlinburg to Take Your Sweetheart

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Sweethearts can experience a great meal before they go out and enjoy everything Gatlinburg has to offer.

Gatlinburg is definitely made for romance, and there are hundreds of places to visit with your sweetheart in February. Indoors and outdoors, there are enough activities to keep you busy and also quiet getaways for the moments when you want to unwind.

Sweethearts need to keep up their strength before they start a full day visiting all of Gatlinburg’s attractions. There are many good places to get a hearty breakfast in Gatlinburg, and pancakes are a favorite food served in several restaurants. One of Gatlinburg’s signature foods is fruit, and the apples, peaches and berries grown here are made into some of the most mouth-watering jams and jellies you’ll ever spread on a biscuit or toast. So start off with some pancakes, waffles or eggs, spread that jam on thick and fortify yourselves for a fun day ahead.

Start Your Sweethearts Tour at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

First on our sweethearts tour is the Gatlinburg Trail at Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This less than two mile hike starting at the Sugarland’s Visitor Center takes you on a picturesque walk along the Little Pigeon River. Walk off that big breakfast and enjoy the beauty of nature while you walk the easy course that includes a foot bridge over the river. This can be a very enjoyable walk as you’ll pass through a thick forest, cemetery and homestead. Dogs (on leashes) and bicycles are allowed.

Try Cades Cove for a Romantic Drive

Next you may wish to take to your car for a romantic drive to the Cades Cove Loop Road. This one way road offers an 11 mile trip into the past, where fascinating homesteads from hundreds of years ago dot the landscape. This is a beautiful drive where you can see black bear, deer, turkeys and other wildlife. Sunrises and sunsets offer a misty magic you’ll always remember, and be sure to bring your camera to take photos of deer in the meadow. The serene atmosphere is even more prevalent this time of year when most of the tourists are gone. If you go on a sunny day, February is still kind of chilly, but you can bring your lunch and stop to grab a bite and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Ice Skate and Dine at Ober Gatlinburg to Wind up Your Day

Even though Ober Gatlinburg’s skiing and snow tubing slopes can be a full day’s activity in and of themselves, try Ober’s indoor ice skating rink if you’re looking for a more intimate way to spend the afternoon. Hold your loved one close and while away the afternoon skating. The rink is very large, at 140′ x 75′, and with 400 pairs of rental skates, it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to wait to skate.

The night is young, and you’ve probably worked up an appetite with all that skating. Take your sweetheart to dinner at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant and Lounge. This fun casual restaurant can satisfy your big appetite while immersing you within impressive scenery and local hospitality. While you dine on steaks, chicken, pork, pasta, burgers and more take in the views of the ski slopes and mountain scenery. This restaurant also features a large fireplace and live entertainment. As you toast the end of your romantic day, try some Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie to top off your excursions with a taste of good, down home cooking.

It’s easy to plan your trip. Download your free Gatlinburg vacation guide now.

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Gatlinburg Wedding Chapels: How to Plan a Perfect Valentine’s Wedding

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Gatlinburg is one of the most popular destinations for weddings and honeymoons

Gatlinburg is one of the most popular destinations for weddings and honeymoons, and it’s no wonder, as the city’s natural beauty and serenity make it a perfect spot for couples to take their vows. If you are coming from out of town as most of Gatlinburg’s couples do, it’s important to do some research and find a chapel and wedding coordinator you feel comfortable with. Long distance wedding planning might seem a bit daunting at first. While you can start by viewing some of the available Gatlinburg wedding chapels and their packages here, interviewing several chapels and their staff can help you learn about what types of packages are available. There are over 20 wedding chapels in Gatlinburg. While at first glance many of them may appear to offer similar wedding packages, it’s important to take some time to compare them so you can find a chapel that offers the type of wedding you want.

Let Gatlinburg Wedding Planners Make Your Day Special

Pre-wedding jitters are common with most couples. Fortunately the friendly staff at the Gatlinburg area chapels take the worry out of wedding planning, to ensure that your special day is memorable and that it goes off without a hitch. Your chapel’s wedding coordinators can remove the stress of planning a wedding and replace it with a professional and personal touch that helps your dreams for your special day come true. Their goal is to put you at ease so you can focus on enjoying your wedding day.

Everything you could want from a ceremony can be arranged, right down to flowers, music, photography and a cake, at prices to fit most any budget. You can enjoy any type of wedding ceremony you can imagine, from an intimate candlelit ceremony, to an outdoor gazebo wedding, bridge wedding, a wedding with a waterfall backdrop — You can even get married on horseback!

Select the Gatlinburg Wedding Package That’s Right for You

One of the first things you’ll want to work out when researching wedding packages is the difference between a basic package, an all-inclusive package, and the available add-ons and upgrades. Typically each chapel offers several ceremonies and packages that vary according to the number of guests, type and quality of wedding photography, cake size and the honeymoon cabin or room stay included with the package (if applicable). Upgrades are often available to accommodate greater numbers of guests, provide better quality photography and video services, limo service, honeymoon stay upgrades and more. Depending on your budget, you can work with the chapel’s wedding coordinator to create a ceremony and honeymoon that’s right for you.

Package upgrades can really add up, but also take into account that they can help make your day memorable, too. Ask about whether the photography and DVD production services are included in the wedding packages. These vary from package to package and you’ll want to choose one that’s right for you, or ask for upgrades so the photos and DVDs of your special day are perfect. Some packages let you select from a variety of photography services, including traditional wedding portraits, photo books and more. The pricing depends on many factors, and one of them will be the type of photography you select; i.e. number and size of portraits selected.

Plan a Romantic Honeymoon in Gatlinburg

Many wedding packages include a honeymoon cabin, but each package is different, so ask if the package that you are considering includes honeymoon accommodations. Some people like to buy all-inclusive packages that take care of everything; from ceremony to honeymoon. Others like to purchase a wedding and reception package and plan their own honeymoon getaway. Gatlinburg offers many options for honeymooners, as the area is home to some of the finest cabins, chalets and luxury hotels in the Smokies. For those people who would rather plan their own honeymoon in Gatlinburg, you can get started by viewing your lodging options here. Staying in town may be a preferred option if you would like to be closer to shopping, dining and attractions, but most out of town accommodations are located within just a few minutes of downtown Gatlinburg.

Here’s an example of how you could plan out your wedding package selection:

  • Package at Chapel A offers: Ceremony for 10 guests, bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere, music, DVD and photos, two tier wedding cake. Honeymoon cabin for two nights.
  • Then to upgrade this standard package, a couple could elect to move up to a ceremony that would accommodate 25 guests, request additional photo portraits, a three tier cake, and a honeymoon cabin upgrade to three nights.

The idea is to figure out if you would like to upgrade an existing standard package or move up to one of the next tier packages. Each chapel will have its own selections and policies, so it’s a good idea to make up a list of ‘must haves’ for your wedding before you interview the chapels. Then you can make a true ‘apples to apples’ comparison.

Whew! After digesting all of this information, you might ask, ‘If a person had to pick the very best place for a Gatlinburg wedding, what would it be?’ That question is hard to answer, as there are dozens of beautiful settings in this area, but one place just might be as close to perfect as there is…A ceremony with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a backdrop!

Check back soon as our next post will discuss romantic places to take your sweetheart, and we’ll go in depth about the National Park and you can judge for yourself if that is one of the most romantic places in Gatlinburg.

It’s easy to plan your trip. Download your free Gatlinburg vacation guide now.

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Enter Gatlinburg’s Facebook Video Contest in February for the Chance to Win a Free Vacation to Gatlinburg!

You Could Win a Spring Break Getaway to the Smoky Mountains!

We are excited to announce that Gatlinburg will be holding a Facebook Video Contest in February! Everyone will have the chance to shoot a video about “Why You Love Gatlinburg and Why You Deserve to Win a Trip to the Smokies.”

The 1st place winner will receive a FREE 3 night stay in Gatlinburg, attractions passes, and dinner certificates to one of Gatlinburg’s best restaurants. Show Gatlinburg the love this month by entering our video contest!

How to Enter the Contest

We’re hosting our video contest on Facebook. To enter, please submit a video of yourself, your friends, your family, anyone that tells us why you love Gatlinburg and why you deserve a vacation to Gatlinburg.

Follow these contest rules for your chance to win a FREE Spring Break Getaway to Gatlinburg!

  • Like our Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/gatlinburgtn)
  • Fill out your information
  • Submit your video telling or showing us why you love Gatlinburg and why you deserve to win a free trip to the Smokies.*
  • Videos must be between 1 and 3 minutes long. Any video longer than 3 minutes will only be judged on the first 3 minutes of the video
  • Contest participants must live outside of Sevier County

*By submitting your video into the video contest, you give the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau rights to that video.

How the Winners will be Selected

Judges will choose 5 videos at the end of the month after the submission deadline on February 28. Everyone will have the opportunity to give their opinion about the final 5, and then the panel will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners on March 5th!

Contest Prizes:

1st prize: FREE Spring Break Getaway to Gatlinburg: Includes 3 night stay at Chalet Inn on the River, dinner certificates, and attractions passes.

2nd prize: Admission for 4 to all of Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg

3rd prize: Admission for 4 to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg

Make sure to be creative with your videos – maybe sing a song, dance, do a skit, have babies and kids in your videos doing cute things, do a PowerPoint presentation, voice over for animals, anything you can think of! We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Good luck to all of our contestants!

Enter the contest here: http://www.facebook.com/gatlinburgtn/app_95936962634

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Top 10 Ways to Spoil Your Valentine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, TN, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, It’s time to start planning a Valentine’s Day surprise for your sweetheart! If you haven’t already, you might want to consider all of the ways that you can spoil your Valentine in the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg is one of the most romantic places in the world, and it is the perfect place to cozy up together to kindle or rekindle your romance. Here are 10 ideas to help you give your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day she’ll never forget!

#1. Surprise her with a Trip to Gatlinburg for Valentine’s Day

If your sweetheart would love a vacation for two, plan a trip to Gatlinburg to rekindle your romance. Taking a trip together can help you build lasting memories and rekindle your flame. Come to a higher love in Gatlinburg, and plan a perfect Valentine’s Day surprise in the Smoky Mountains!

#2.  Rent a Cozy Cabin for Two

One of the best ways to pamper your significant other is to rent a cabin, chalet, or hotel room that will allow you to reconnect, relax, and unwind together. A cabin or chalet will give you the chance to take some time away from the hustle and bustle to get to know each other all over again and experience the bliss of a cozy fireside chalet while it’s cold outside.

#3. Plan a Dinner at her Favorite Restaurant in Gatlinburg

If your sweetheart loves a certain type of food or one of the restaurants in town, make reservations or plan an evening where you can enjoy some wonderful food and an intimate conversation. Planning a special dinner for two will show how much you care and that you want to enjoy some time together just the two of you.

#4. Take her for a Romantic Ride through the Smoky Mountains

Take a drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park with your significant other to experience the natural beauty of the mountains in a quiet and peaceful environment. You can enjoy some amazing views together and maybe even spot some Appalachian wildlife!

#5. Warm up by the Fire

When the sun goes down, snuggle up next to your loved one by the fire. This would be a great time to ignite your passion and enjoy your time together while you enjoy gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains in the background.

#6. Take her Shopping

Gatlinburg is home to hundreds of shops and boutiques. If your significant other loves to shop, go for a stroll down the parkway and stop by the Village and the Arts & Crafts community to find some of the finest handmade gifts and treasures around!

#7. Plan a Romantic Outing for Two

Make Valentine’s Day extra special by planning an outing for you and your loved one. Does your loved one like to sit by the fire, explore the mountains, carve up the slopes, or relax in the hot tub? Plan the perfect day around what you and your partner love to do most together!

#8. Pick up Some Delicious Treats to Share

You can find delicious fudge, taffy, and candies all over Gatlinburg if you know where to look. If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, pick up some of her favorites at one of our area shops and surprise her!

#9. Make Memories to Last a Lifetime

While you’re in Gatlinburg, you can make memories with your partner that will last a lifetime. Whether you are enjoying the views, sipping hot cocoa by the fire, or participating in winter sports, make your memories count on Valentine’s Day.

#10. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words 

While you’re enjoying each other in Gatlinburg on Valentine’s Day, indulge your partner and take lots of pictures so that you can reminisce on your memories years down the road.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to light your fire, and Gatlinburg is a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway, a special engagement, or a wedding!

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Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg during the Winter Months

Gatlinburg, TN, Gatlinburg Tenneseee, Gatlinburg in the Winter, Smoky MountainsMany people ask, “What is there to do in Gatlinburg in the winter other than skiing or snowboarding?” Gatlinburg has so many fun things to do during the winter, so we thought we’d compile a list of the best activities to help you plan the perfect winter getaway to the Smokies. If you need more help, download a free Gatlinburg vacation guide so that you don’t miss anything while you’re in town!

Gatlinburg’s Incredible Winter Events

Over the last 25 years, Gatlinburg has become the place to be during the holidays. This time of the year is full of great winter events, and a few of them stand out as some of the best of the year – Winter Magic and Chili Cookoff and the New Year’s Eve countdown in Gatlinburg! The Winter Magic and Chili Cookoff are fun and exciting. Visitors can test chili perfected by businesses and organizations all over town in a fun-filled atmosphere as Gatlinburg turns on their iconic winter lights and lighting displays. Winter Magic will be active in Gatlinburg until the end of February, so visitors will have all winter to enjoy the spectacular beauty of millions of twinkling lights situated all throughout Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg’s New Year’s Eve celebration is an electrifying event and truly a sight to behold Thousands of travelers from all over flock to the streets in Gatlinburg to wait for the New Year to begin. Below the space needle, visitors can watch the ball drop and ring in the New Year in stunning style. Immediately after the cock strikes midnight, viewers can enjoy a spectacular fireworks display! With couples kissing in the streets to ring in the New Year, families celebrating with their children, and thousands of laughs and cheers, New Year’s Eve is a magical time here in Gatlinburg.

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The Chair Lift and Scenic Chairlift in Gatlinburg are two distinctly different lifts with very different views. The Chair Lift is located in downtown Gatlinburg. You can purchase your ticket at the booth office on the corner of the street (across from Ripley’s Believe It or Not). When you get to the top, you will see a little shop and viewing area. You can find food, drinks, and souvenirs in the shop and then stop by the viewing area so that you can take a look at the beautiful view. Once you get settled in at the top, you can take a moment to relax at one of the patio tables to take in all of Gatlinburg. The view is comparable to looking down at the floor below your feet. When standing at the top of the Chair Lift, you are standing above the city and can look down on it through a very unique perspective.

The Scenic Chairlift is located at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park. This chair lift takes you to the top of Mt. Harrison. From here, you will be able to see the City of Gatlinburg off in the distance, but even more impressively, you will be able to see amazing views of the National Park. During the winter, snow-capped mountains and clear blue skies are as far as the eye can see. Usually, there will be live music on the mountain for your enjoyment depending on the weather. If you want a picture riding through the mountains, those are also available after your ride on the scenic chairlift. The viewing area for the Scenic Chairlift is immediately adjacent to the National Park, so you will be able to view the natural beauty in stunning detail.

Shopping in Gatlinburg

All of Gatlinburg’s shops are open during the winter, and since there are fewer people in town, it’s the perfect time to go on a shopping extravaganza through Gatlinburg. With all of the amazing shops that you can choose from, you can find unique arts & crafts, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, custom t-shirts, delicious sweet treats, and much more!

Are you planning a trip to Gatlinburg this winter? Tell us all about your plans on Facebook, on Google + or on Twitter @travelgburg!

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How to Stay Warm Hiking in the Smokies this Winter

Hiking in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Gatlinburg, TN, Galtinburg, Smoky Moountains, Smokies With piercing cold winds and temperatures that can drop below negative in the flash of an eye, it’s important to know how to keep yourself warm while hiking through the mountains in Gatlinburg, TN this winter!

Compressions and Extremities

Have you ever wondered why your fingers and toes get cold first? There’s a very interesting reason for that. Our bodies have developed a survival technique to protect our vital organs. Capillaries restrict in our outer extremities to bring blood flow and warmth back to our core to keep it safe. So to stay warmer longer, it is vital to protect the extremities first.

If you plan to hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the winter, we recommend wearing wool socks (double up for extra protection) with wind resistant and water resistant hiking boots. Make sure that you get gloves that are also wind and water resistant to keep your hands and feet protected from the extreme elements. Another investment that you might want to make before you go hiking in the winter is to purchase some good headgear to protect your face and cover your head (where most of your body heat escapes) with the same wind and water resistant technology.

Compression clothing is a great start to keeping your core warm. Compression clothing acts as an extra layer of thick skin and is designed to keep body heat inside. Although just like skin, once the heat escapes, it is gone, so make sure to couple compression clothing with other gear. If you are unsure of exactly what you need to keep your core warm while hiking in the winter, consult an experienced retailer to ensure you make the best decision.

Wear Baggy Clothing over Compression Gear

If all you needed was an extra layer of skin, we could all just wear compression clothing during the winter to stay warm. However, we need more than that to keep our bodies warm and toasty. Baggy or loose clothing traps in heat, so it’s always a good idea to wear baggy clothing over your compression gear. With the right outerwear, you can trap heat inside your clothing. You will need a degree-tested jacket that is also highly wind resistant and water resistant. If you can keep your core nice and toasty, your body will act in kind by opening capillaries in your extremities to get blood flow and warmth to those areas in need.

Stay Moving

This is the most important advice of all. Staying active forces the body’s muscles to move and work, producing heat as a byproduct. Be careful of the amount of energy that you exert because you don’t want to overextend yourself or become hot and sweaty. If you do, a coupe of things can happen – you may get sick, dizzy, or disoriented.

So our three main pieces of advice to keep you warm and safe while you hike in the winter are to make sure to wear the right kind of clothing, protect yourself with wind resistant and water resistant gear, and keep your body moving!

Are you going hiking this winter in Gatlinburg? If so let us know when and where in the comments, on Facebook, on Google +, or on Twitter @travelgburg!

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