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North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge December 11th 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012 To help us get in the Christmas spirit, we found a small window of weather opportunity and drove the 4 hours to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We had planned on going earlier, but decided we would have to bypass it this year because it was too cold to be walking around outside. However, as we watched the weather warming in Atlanta, we thought we would look again, and violá—a few days of warmer weather in Pigeon Forge, TN also. Hotel points were used to reserve a room for 3 nights, clothes were packed, snacks were packed, travel checklist completed, and off we went. You can go to Pigeon Forge from Atlanta through the SmokyMountains or up I-75. AAA said it was actually shorter through the Smokies, but about 4 minutes longer. ... read more
1212-2 Main entrance
1212-3 Bakery
1212-4 One of several Christmas scenes

North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge April 14th 2010

Damon is in a wedding this weekend and wanted to get a tan- so what better place than Dollywood? I managed to sneak my camera out on the one roller coaster and take a video of us in the double loop... read more

I found out what to do if you come across a bear. Don't run, don't climb a tree, just stand still. yeah right as the sh.. runs down your leg. Fortunately I spoke to a forest ranger and he said that as the bears were only just coming out of hibernation you don't have a lot to worry about as 'they are just like an old dawg'' I assume he means something like an old black labrador or similar. anyhow I have yet to see a bear but I am still looking. Pigeon Forge is a nice little town with a main street that runs for about 3 miles (5klms) with every second shop being either a race car track, a magic shop, or a fun parlor. The whole street is devoted to entertainment. It is ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge November 14th 2009

November 12, 2009 Today we went back into town and did a bit more exploring. We decided to go to Dollywood and take a look from the outside just to see what it was about. When we found it, you could see nothing from the parking lot. After hemming and hawing…it costs $50.00 a person to get in, Donna and I decided to go…after all, when would we be in Pigeon Forge again? Dollywood was quite a surprise! I expected a high tech type place with crazy rides. It wasn’t like that at all! If you’ve ever been to Clark’s Trading Post in New Hampshire…that’s what it’s like…only much much bigger. It even has the train ride! The Christmas lights were all on and when it got dark it was lovely. Of note is that within ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge November 14th 2009

November 11, 2009 We continue our stay in the mountain cabin. Today is Veteran’s day and we are mindful of our men…boys many of them, so far from home, putting their lives on the line so that people like us, have the freedom to enjoy a trip like this…may they be safe and return to us unharmed. We thank Tim, now home safely, for his courageous service and we send our hopeful prayers out to Tom, who is home from Iraq on leave but heading back shortly. We think of him often and wait for his final safe return. (Tom… DVWCS) We risked the gauntlet today and went down into town. It was still rainy and dark. We drove into Smokey Mountain National Park…it was beautiful even in the rain. The river that passes through it ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge November 12th 2009

November 9 and 10, 2009 We left our hotel in Memphis early this morning. We were on our way to Nashville and had many miles to cover. The ride to Nashville was uneventful and actually shorter than we thought. We had arranged for a hotel on the internet and got there around 2pm. We started to look for tours of the city but we had pretty much missed the day’s opportunities because of timing. We made arrangements to go on a “Music Tour of Nashville” tomorrow morning and head off after that. We spent the afternoon catching up on the blog…thanks for your comments… and then went to dinner at a place called Darfon. The food was quite good but while there, we were privy to a conversation in a booth behind us that could have ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge September 30th 2008

Sunday night was a total bust! Stephen Cochrane one of my favourite artists was back in town for a 2 night stint at the Wildhorse Saloon. He played Saturday night for an hour but of course I was too busy getting kicked out of the Opry and sometimes you just can't be in two places at once. There was mixed information about his Sunday performance. The wildhorse website said that it was a private event yet Stephen himself said he went on at 8:30 and it was a $6 cover charge. We got to the Wildhorse and it was definitely closed I stuck my head in the gift shop and found out that there was some stuffy very formal looking dinner happening for cracker barrel employees. The sales person said we weren't the first ones who ... read more
More than just boots at Boot Country
The sign says it all!
Dollywood pumpkin patch

North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge September 18th 2008

Orlando was good, did the usual theme park shananigans. Oh...I failed to read the small print when booking our hotel, should have known it was too good to be true. We ended up committed to a time share presentation as part of the terms and conditions of the booking...very painful. We then headed off to the everglades where Ron was set on finding a alligator to wrestle . Untold Mosquitoes and giantic spiders everywhere! In the time it took Ron to walk from one side of the car to the other there were already four Mossies feasting on his face, a good excuse for a slap or what! Whilst in Florida yet another storm hit the coast hard which meant that the florida keys were inaccessible. On the way back up the coast we stopped off ... read more
The everglades
Plantation, Savannah

North America » United States » Tennessee » Pigeon Forge August 2nd 2008

My wife and I stayed three days in Pigeon Forge to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Pigeon Forge is just north of Gatlinburg which sits at the northern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This area is in north eastern Tennessee south of Interstate 40. Overall: Enjoyable - I would love to visit again. Accommodations We rented a small cabin from Cabin Fever Vacations . I mention this rental service by name as one thing you notice between I-40 and the National Park are about two dozen cabin rental services. There are several thriving businesses making log cabins in the area. These "cabins" are machine-built homes that are typical of vacation homes in many parts of the U.S. They are covered on the inside with wood panelling instead of white sheet rock. The "cabin" ... read more

The Dixie Stampede is a dinner theater in Pigeon Forge. I knew little about it before having dinner there except that it was associated with the country singing star Dolly Parton. The audience is seated at long tables that face a rodeo arena. The show is centered about horses and horse riding - equestrian. There are few of these types of shows anywhere in the U.S. If you like horses and horse riding - this is the show you should see. The riding was accompanied by "canned" music, so I didn't like the music much as I far prefer live music instead. That is why my favorite part of the evening was the warm-up show held in the "carriage room." A four-piece band "Mountain Rukus" played mountain music - a cross between bluegrass and country. The ... read more

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