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There are so many places and things to see and do when on vacation in our area. Here is a list of 5 of our favorite things for you to experience while enjoying your vacation.

1. See the Smokies from Clingmans Dome

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Although Clingmans Dome Observation Tower is open year-round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require. It's seven miles to the end of Clingmans Dome Road and there are scenic pullouts with endless views of ridges and valleys along the way. The road ends in a large parking area from which a 0.5 mile trail leads to the summit. The trail is paved but steep, and leads to an observation tower on top.

We found that the best time to see the views are late fall and early spring when there isn't as much humidity in the air.

NOTE: Clingmans Dome observation tower is closed for renovations till the end of 2017. Parking area is open. 

2. Ziplines, ziplines, ziplines

This growing attraction in the Smoky Mountains is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping!  Zipping along and reaching heights well over the treetops, taking in wonderful views - you’ll will be bragging about this unique, breathtaking adventure for years to come! Most Smoky Mountain zip lining tours are located in the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge area, with some also located in Gatlinburg - all within easy drive from our cabins. Zip lining involves being strapped around the waist to a cord mounted on an inclined cable.   From newlyweds to retired couples and from friends to families - this activity will make a day to be remembered  by everyone.  Some, like Foxfire Adventure park offer additional activities such as ATV tours as well.   Check out other local ziplines here and here

3. Tour Cades Cove on a bicycle

Visiting Cades Cove is a must for your Smoky Mountains experience. The Cove is a broad valley surrounded by the mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokiy Mountains National Park. Some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park are found here. Motorists can tour the cove by a one-way loop road that circles the cove, sightseeing at a leisurely pace. Better yet, experience it up close and personal riding a bicycle. The full Cades Cove loop is 11 miles, but there are turnoffs at two different points if you’d prefer a shorter ride. Along the way, you’ll see numerous historic buildings – the homes, churches, and workplaces of Cades Cove residents during the 19th and early 20th centuries. You’ll also have access to several hiking trailheads. 
The loop road is open to bicycle and foot traffic only until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from early May until late September, so get there early! You can rent bikes here  - they start renting at 7 AM. 

Photo: Jim Bennett

4. Visit Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Trail

On the way to of from our cabins, you will be driving through parts of  so called Arts and Crafts Loop . This historic 8-mile loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, these artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original collectibles such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry, dolls,  pottery, scrimshaw, silver smithing, leather, stained glass, wearable fashions, fine photography, frameable art, oils, watercolors, and also lodging, restaurants, cafés, tea room, soda fountain and candy shops. There are several Trolley stops along the loop, so you can park your vehicle and ride the Yellow trolley route (seasonal).  Browse the shops, see the crafts being made. Our favorite was visiting Alewine Pottery on Glades Rd in December. We watched signature real leaf-print pottery being made while warming up by the great big woodburning fireplace.  

5. Alpine Coasters - Awesome family fun in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Alpine coasters are the latest must-have experience during your Smoky Mountains vacation. There are several to chose from - Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg  in Gatlinburg,   Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster   and Coaster at Goats on the Roof , in Pigeon Forge. This is the ultimate family experience any age can enjoy.  Riders may choose to leisurely cruise the coaster track or reach speeds up to 25 MPH, while hugging turns and dips down the mountain. Don't worry - you are in control of your speed, it is fun for young, old, and everyone in between.  
​The coaster at Ober Gatlinburg is located at Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park which offers Wildlife Encounter, plenty of shops, indoor ice skating and other activities any time of year.  You can ride the Aerial Tram to Ober Gatlinburg and enjoy the stunning views of the town and the mountains. 

Besides the thrill ride itself, the Coaster at Goats on the Roof , in Pigeon Forge offers you to interact with well.. goats! Visitors can  feed the goats, try their luck with gem mining and taste the sweetness of homemade ice-cream and fudge.  

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Meet the owners

I came to the Smoky mountians with a friend in 2009 for the first time during winter snowfall. It was so pretty! Living in Florida, we missed having seasons. Todd and I (Victoria) came together several more times, and we knew - Smoky Mountains was the place! We bought our cabin in 2010. For now, we are living and working in Tampa FL,  and looking forward to making Sevier county our permanent home one day. 
Photo taken day after Christmas 2010 when Blue Mountain Lodge was almost complete.

We love DIY projects, and we have restored or made many furniture and decor pieces you will see in our cabin. 

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