Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain Quiltfest – A Quilt Show in the Smokies

A Mountain Quiltfest 2011 Winner Peggy Garwood

Pastors Attic II – 2011 Best of Show

Are you a dedicated quilter with years of experience? Or are you a beginner who wants to learn more about quilting?  From Wednesday, March 14th through Saturday, March 17th Carr’s Cottages invites you to come to the Smokey Mountains and enjoy the timeless art of quilting at this annual quilt fair, no matter your skill level or experience. While at the A Mountain Quiltfest, there will be two avenues of quilting fun: that of attending quilting classes or quilt shows. In order to truly make this festival an experience to remember, why not attend both?

Quilting classes are a fun way to learn new techniques for quilting, as well as improving your own skills. No matter your level or expertise, with over sixty classes, there’s a class everyone can enjoy! Classes begin on Tuesday, March 13th and feature ten different instructors from all over the United States ranging from Alaska to Florida, ensuring very diverse learning opportunities.

The quilt show is another large part of A Mountain Quiltfest which will feature the stunning quilts that numerous quilters from novice to expert have put so much time and effort into. The quilters who submit an entry into the quilting festival are competing in ten different categories for prizes amounting to over $20,000! It is truly a sight to see since nowhere else will you experience the diverse amount of quilting that will be on display at the quilt show.  Check out the competition and see the winners from the 2011 A Mountain Quilt Festival.

Do you have a quilt that you have made that you would like to enter into Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain Quiltfest quilt show? That is great to hear and you are encouraged to enter! All entries must follow provided guidelines.

Further details about quilt show entries, quilt classes and class fees (which range from $40-$135), instructors and location can be found at www.MountainQuiltFest.com.

We hope to see you all for the A Mountain Quiltfest this March!

2012 Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies

Townsend Winter Heritage Festival 2012

February 2-4, 2012

Townsend, Cades Cove, GSM Heritage Center, Little River Railroad

Carr’s Cottages invites you to enjoy The Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies!  This annual event is a celebration of human history, natural beauty, and cultural traditions of Townsend, Cades Cove, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The event involves many volunteer community groups and businesses, along with the National Park.

Highlights of the 3-day Festival include a Civil War exhibit, storytelling, music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, Appalachian music workshops, a Mountain Craft and Mountain Music Showcase, Cast Iron Cooking, a BBQ supper, hikes and tours, and history presentations by the Cades Cove Preservation Association.  Click here for a Printable Winter Heritage Fesitval in the Smokies Schedule.

Fiddler Carson Peters in Townsend TN

8-Year Old Carson Peters

Thursday, February 2 KickOff
6-8 p.m.: Thompson Brown Museum, Cades Cove
Civil War Exhibit, refreshments, and 6:30 p.m. storytelling, plus music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day

Friday, February 3
9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Venues throughout Townsend & the National Park
Variety of cultural and musical presentations and workshops, waterfall hikes, Walking Tour of Townsend from the Little River Railroad Museum, dinner and entertainment.

Saturday, February 4
9 a.m. – 9p.m.: Venues throughout Townsend & the National Park
Craft and music showcases, cooking demonstrations, “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band,” hikes to the Walker Sisters’ homesite and more, artist open house, BBQ dinner, and fantastic entertainment.

All events are free except for those that include meals. Events with meals require reservations and free music workshops require signup. Call 865.448.6134 for additional information, reservations, or cancellations due to inclement weather. Visit our full calendar of events for the Great Smoky Mountains area to fill your vacation with plenty of free, educational or simply pure fun events!

2012 Calendar Year Lodging Specials

Now Accepting Reservations for 2012 & 2013!

We’ve just posted our Gatlinburg motel specials and Gatlinburg cabin deals for the entire 2012 year!   We hope that you’ll be able to take advantage of these great rates and vacation with us all throughout the new year!

Gatlinburg Cabins, Cottages, Rooms and Suites

Several Lodging Choices, All Right Here!

Accommodations we offer:
Creekside Motel Rooms
Motel Rooms with Kitchenette
Jacuzzi Suites
Family Apartments
1 to 3 Bedroom Cottages
A 200-Year Old Log Cabin
4 Gatlinburg Chalets

No Reservations Fees!  No Upfront Cleaning Fees!  Our’s is a unique property in that we don’t raise our rates just because it’s the weekend and we don’t raise our rates because there is something fun happening in town.  We also don’t offer our discounts based on the highest rates of the season.   However, we do offer affordable rates all year long for clean, comfortable accommodations just 3 blocks from downtown with fantastic amenities!

We hope you’ll consider Carr’s Northside Cottage & Motel for your next visit to the Great Smoky Mountains.  We are ideal for family vacations, couples, and even large groups.  We welcome you to come by to see our beautiful and convenient location, and even ask to tour a room if you’d like!


Shadracks Christmas Wonderland in the Smokies

Make Shadracks Your New Christmas Tradition!

Baseball season may be out, but there’s still good reason to visit the Smokies Stadium this December. That’s because Christmas Wonderland is in! Shadrack’s is lighting up holiday nights during this beautifully magical and musical Christmas event now through January 8, 2012.

Shadracks Christmas Lights Wonderland features a drive through experience where guests tune in car radio’s to hear the sounds of the season while watching Christmas lights rhythmically dance in time to the music. Fill up the car or family van and experience the magic for $15-$20 per vehicle from dusk until at least 10 p.m.

This year Shadrack’s will also feature Santa’s Village with a free petting zoo, $5 pony and camel rides are available, and festive refreshments. There’s also Santa’s Train, an inflatable slide, trampoline bungee jump and more. In the spirit of the season, Shadrack’s Christmas believes in giving and donates a portion of proceeds to local and national organizations.

What a treat to be able to experience millions of lights and festive displays from Exit 407 on I-40 and all the way through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge to Carr’s Cottages in Gatlinburg! Plan to experience a Smoky Mountain Christmas this year with us!

THE Craft Show, Gatlinburg Christmas Arts & Craft Festival

Gatlinburg Craft Community Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Expo

November 22 - December 4

Gatlinburg Craft Community Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Expo

Many of our guests patiently await Gatlinburg’s arts and crafts fairs, and the time for another is near! Our 8-mile Arts & Crafts Community is home to the largest group of independent artisans in North America, and aptly designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The artists calling this area home will be gathering together November 22 through December 4 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center for their 2011 Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show.

The stars of the show will be the unique, Made in the USA handcrafted gifts and items of heirloom quality. Browse through the convention center amidst beautiful holiday decorations and the sounds of the season, and choose gifts that can last through generations.

Doors open each day at 10 a.m. and admission is free. You’ll be able to get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping AND give gifts that are more than just a gift… you’ll be giving a one-of-kind, timeless treasure!

Gatlinburg Festival of the Trees

Annual Tree Festival in Gatlinburg

This Thanksgiving Holiday, be sure to stop in and get your Christmas spirit primed at the 2011 Festival of Trees in downtown Gatlinburg.  Located in the Mills Conference Center, next to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, it’s an easy trolley ride to enjoy a wonderland of  beautifully decorated trees, twinkling lights, and holiday music.  There will also be craft projects for kids, Gingerbread House contest entries, and an opportunity to shop for locally made gifts and decorations.

This year, be sure to choose a wrapped box and get your photo taken next to your favorite tree… or have your picture taken with Santa!  Elf’s will be on hand to snap your picture and help you immediately send a personalized card to your family and friends back home.  You can also commemorate your visit by purchasing a Christmas tree ornament made by local artist Tim Weberding.

This is a free event that supports Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.  Local businesses and individuals sponsor and decorate trees, enter the Gingerbread House contest, and donate decorations and gifts.  Entrance is free; donations of any size are greatly appreciated and much needed.

We hope you’ll plan to stop in the Festival of Trees and have a wonderful time while supporting a fantastic local organization.  Open daily Tuesday through Saturday, and even on Thanksgiving Day!

Gatlinburg – Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day

Honoring American Veterans of All Wars

11 a.m. - Ripley's Aquarium Plaza

Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 but fighting ended months earlier when an armistice (temporary cessation of hostilities) went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, a day set aside to honor World War I veterans.   However, after World War II occurred, veteran services organizations urged to have the name changed to Veterans Day, in order that the day honor American veterans of ALL wars.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance…”  Proper and widespread observance includes parades, flags displayed at half mast, and moments of silence.

To learn more about the history of Veterans Day, country-wide celebrations, and Veteran services, please visit the site which provided much of this information, The US Department of Veteran Affairs.

Gatlinburg is honored to hold the distinction of being a Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day, and invites all community members and visitors to gather for the ceremony. Observance begins at 11 a.m. Friday, November 11 at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This free-admission event will feature The Adjutant General of Tennessee, Major General Terry “Max” Haston, as keynote speaker. Other activities will include recognition of veterans, patriotic music, a military flyover, and an American Bald Eagle presentation. Your presence will be greatly appreciated by all veterans and their families in attendance.

More Time for Smoky Mountains Fall Colors

While the upper elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains are bursting with color, there is still time over the next few weeks to enjoy a beautiful autumn in Gatlinburg.  The air is crisp morning and evening, but plenty of sunshine warms our days so that you can get out and enjoy the National Park trails, streams and picnic spots.  What could be better than an autumn picnic in the park or beside Carr’s own portion of the Roaring Fork?
GSM National Park Service Purchase Knob Web Cam

October 16, Purchase Knob Fall Colors

What fall colors do you like most?

The yellows and golds of the Buckeye and Cottonwoods?  The silver, purple and red of the Sweet Gum?  How about the barely orange of Sassafras, brownish rust of Oaks and Sycamores, or the most brilliant scarlet of Sugar Maples and Dogwoods?

Well… come on down and see them in person!  We have some units remaining for October weekdays and during the first two weeks of November.  Give us a call at 800.370.5593 to check availability and pack your bags.  We would be happy to have you!

Can’t getaway?  Whether you are here or at home, you can keep you eye on the fall colors with Foliage Reports provided by The Foliage Network (also posted on GatlinburgTNWeather.com) and by visiting the National Park Service to view photos from their Purchase Knob and Look Rock web cams.  These photos change daily, so enjoy them often!

Happy Fall, Y’All!

3rd Annual Hazzard Run in Downtown Gatlinburg

3rd Annual Dukes of Hazzard Run

Parade Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Dukes of Hazzard General Lees are Coming!

Make your way to the downtown Gatlinburg Parkway, just a 3-block stroll from Carr’s Cottages, by 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 to witness a parade of General Lees and other Hazzard County vehicles completing their run from Cooter’s Place in Nashville.

There could quite possibly be hundreds of orange 1969 Dodge Chargers from across American joining the parade and the following car showcase at Cooter’s Place.  Stop in for the Meet-n-Greet to get actors Ben “Cooter” Jones and Rick “Deputy Cletus Hogg” Hurst autographs and enjoy some great food and live entertainment!  From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, hear the talents of the New Mountain Grass bluegrass band and on Sunday, The Holloway Sisters & Outta The Blue from 10 a.m.-Noon.

The Hazzard Run celebration takes place downtown at Cooter’s Garage, a free admission museum that features pictures, props, costumes, and other memorabilia from the Dukes of Hazzard television show.  Ride Duke’s themed go-karts on the indoor slick track for $8.95 and play the 18-hole Hazzard County Club mini golf course for $5.59.

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Planning a Roadtrip #4 – Road Worthy Travel

Planning a road trip to Gatlinburg should include a check up for your family vehicle

Worry-Free Road Trip

Plan Ahead for Care-Free Motoring

Is the family vehicle ready for your road trip?  Probably, if it has been properly maintained and isn’t currently giving you signs of trouble. However, there are some preparations you should go through before setting out. Nothing short of a natural disaster can ruin a Gatlinburg vacation like car problems along the way.

If this isn’t a spontaneous roadtrip to the Smokies, plan ahead a couple of weeks and get the car, truck or SUV ready for trouble-free travel.  You’ll enjoy your travel time so much more just having the peace of mind that you’ll arrive at Carr’s Cottages safe and sound!

Consider new filters all the way around—oil, fuel and air. An oil change is a must, but do it a few days before you leave and check the level every time you stop for gas just to be sure.  Check and top off all other fluids: coolant, power steering, brakes, and don’t forget the windshield washer fluid. After all, a clean windshield makes for stress-free driving. If the vehicle has more than 75,000 miles, you may consider a transmission flush and refill.

Tires should be properly inflated to the pressure recommended by your owner’s manual, not the max noted on the tires. Tires with tread depth of less than 1/8 inch should be replaced.  Deep treads disperse water and help prevent hydroplaning.  Proper wheel alignment is also important.

Finally, if it’s been a while, you may want to get a complete tune up.  They can cost anywhere from a few dollars to a couple hundred, but the return may be increased fuel mileage.

If your trip is spur-of-the-moment, the very least you should do is get an oil change and ask your mechanic to give you a complete ‘road worthy’ check up.  You’ll be glad you did and we’ll be happy to welcome you as you arrive!