Dollywood Kidfest – Now through July 29, 2012 in Pigeon Forge

Dollyworld Kids Festival

Through July 29, 2012

Dollyworld Festival #3

“There’s nothing to do…..”, “I’m bored…..”   What parent hasn’t heard these statements from the back seat of the car while on vacation?  Well, Dollywood TN has an arsenal of fun things for the whole family to do this summer.  One of them is called KidsFest and it runs June 22-July 29, 2012!

KidsFest is the largest kid’s festival in the South!   Kidsfest features a series of family-friendly musical, comedic, and magical entertainment acts that will please and delight everyone, no matter their age.  All summer long, besides the amusement park rides and live music that is always available at Dollywood, KidsFest will entertain you with puppets, music, dogs, juggling, bubbles, and illusions!  Here are just some of the highlights for 2012:

The Gazillion Bubbles Show is back!  Astounding bubble artistry as you have never seen or imagined takes bubbles from the bathtub to an interactive world filled with lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.

The Imagination Playhouse will host the Penguin Players as they bring three storybook favorites to life. Each of the three lively 20-minute musicals has sing-along songs written by Dolly herself!

New for 2012:  Keep a look out for flying dogs! You may have seen Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience on Oprah or Animal Planet.  Chris’ show consists of a dozen of America’s most gifted canines that defy gravity, perform unbelievable jumps, tricks and stunts!  Beware – every child will leave this show wanting their own dog!

Make your reservations at Carr’s Cottages so that you can head to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge this summer and be a kid—with discounted tickets!! We guarantee you will not hear your kids complaining there is nothing to do!

The park is open every day during the month of July.  Dollywood hours July 5-29 are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 29-30.  July 29 marks the beginning of Dollywood Nights with extended park hours through August 12, 2012.

Gatlinburg Girlfriends Getaway at Carr’s Cottages

Girls’ Weekend Away!

You know you have been thinking about it for some time now and have probably even discussed it with your closest girlfriends.  Well, it’s time to do something about it.  The first thing to do is to admit it out loud:  You want a Girls’ Weekend Getaway and the Great Smoky Mountains is exactly the place to go!

You already know about the endless opportunities for relaxing at Carr’s Cottages including a soak in the hot tub, a dip in the swimming pool, or sitting beside Roaring Fork creek with a good book.  You and all of your friends can indulge in plenty of daytime fun and then retreat to Carr’s for some much needed girl time in comfortable accommodations.

And, you also probably already know about the shopping Gatlinburg is famous for.  The downtown strip is filled with handcrafted gifts by local artisans, freshly made fudge and candies, t-shirts, hand-poured candles and Smoky Mountain souvenirs galore.  But there is more!

Here some suggested activities for a great Gatlinburg getaway:


Girlfriends Getaway in Gatlinburg TN

Girlfriend's Getaway Weekend at Carr's

Smoky Mountains Spas
Nothing says “Girls” like the spa experience!  Melt your cares and worries away while you catch up with each other and get the pampering you deserve.  Visit one or visit them all!

Gatlinburg Day Spa:  The area’s most exclusive spa!  Book online and receive special discounts!  Open daily, 362 days a year!

About You Salon:  All the services you would expect at a Gatlinburg spa set in a unique atmosphere, surrounded by the majestic Smoky Mountains.  Retreat to a place that is all about you!

Utopia Spa Retreat:  A full service day spa and salon where each session is personally designed to provide you with a unique, individual experience.  This spa is located in Sevierville.

A Mountain View Spa:  The spa that comes to you!  Yes, you read that right; this spa comes to YOUR cabin or cottage right here at Carr’s!  What could be more relaxing and luxurious than this?

Tennessee Laser & Skin Rejevenation:  Not a spa, but definitely rejuvenating!  Return home and having everyone saying how wonderful and relaxed you look after a microdermabrasion, total FX laser treatment, or even BOTOX.  Who will be the wiser when you return home?

Wine Tours
How about a winery tour with your besties?  Imagine the fun of watching wine being made and then sampling the creations for free!  And you can even sample other Tennessee area products or buy a decorative wine bottle stopper to commemorate your tour.  Ride the Gatlinburg trolley to avoid parking or driving issues after sampling approximately 10 wines at each winery!  There are several wineries through the Smokies, with at least one in each Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

Apple Barn Winery, Hillside Winery, Mountain Valley Winery, Smoky Mountain Winery, Sugarland Cellers

Read our previous article for additional winery information.  After you sample the glorious grape and fruit flavors in the Smoky Mountain region at these wineries, head out to dinner and a show!

What better way is there to end a great day with the girls than dinner out and one of the many live shows for which Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are famous?

Dinner & Shows
Comedy Hypnosis with Jon Dee:  Because the show is based solely on audience participation, every show is unique.   Located at the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Country Tonite Theatre:  One of the longest running shows (16th season!) in Pigeon Forge combines country classics with the latest country hits.

The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show:  This entertaining show infuses comedy by way of an interactive mystery for guests to solve as they dine on a fantastic four-course meal.  Near The Pottery Barn in Pigeon Forge.

So, stop talking about doing something with your girlfriends and y’all come on over and enjoy all that the Great Smoky Mountain area can dish out!  It will be a getaway you will want to repeat for years!

Smoky Mountain Winery Tours – It’s a Sweet Adventure

Wine Tours of the Smokies

Wine Makers in the Great Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountain Wine Tours

Wine connoisseurs and novices alike will enjoy the wineries of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, TN.  Each winery offers an exciting, out-of-the-ordinary, Southern style experience!  Just like the characteristics of people in the South, many wines made here are on the sweeter side of the spectrum.  Each winery also has skilled staff to welcome you and they are ready to share their special knowledge of producing their wine.

Here is a sampling of just some wineries located in the Smoky Mountain area:

Hillside Winery
229 Collier Drive
Sevierville TN
(865) 908-8482

Hillside Winery in Sevierville TN is the second newest winery in the mountains of East Tennessee.  Winner of 7 “Wines of the South” awards in 2011, Hillside Winery focuses on producing Italian style and Sparkling wines. Many of the varieties of wine available at Hillside are made from grapes and fruit that are locally grown. Also, they cap their wines, as opposed to using corks!  A tour is available for you to experience how they make wine from the crushing and pressing of the fruit, to the moment it is ready to be bottled. Tastings are always free, and other Tennessee products are often available for sampling.

Hours:  Open Daily
January 1st – March 31st
Sunday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

April 1st – December 31st
7 Days a Week: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Christmas Eve: Close at 6 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: Close at 5 p.m.

Mountain Valley Winery
2174 Parkway
Pigeon Forge TN
(865) 436-7551

A national award-winning winery, Mountain Valley Winery in Pigeon Forge, TN, produces 15 kinds of French and German style wines that vary from dry to semi-sweet.  They also offer a great selection of dessert wines. Located just past the Titanic Museum attraction in Pigeon Forge, Mountain Valley Winery is in the heart of the Smoky Mountain vacation area.  During September and October there is a possibility of seeing them bottle wine or crush grapes!  Tours and samples are free!  They also sell a quality selection of Tennessee farm products that complement their wines.

Hours:  Open Daily

January 1st – March 31st
Sunday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

April 1st – December 31st
7 Days a Week: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Christmas Eve: Close at 6 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: Close at 5 p.m.

Sugarland Cellars

1133 Parkway
Gatlinburg TN
(865) 325-1110

Sugarland Cellars is an elegant new addition to the family of wineries in Gatlinburg TN.   Sugarland Cellars is a sister winery of the Rocky Top Wine Trail (Hillside Winery, Apple Barn Winery, and Mountain Valley Winery).  Sugarland Cellars carries a mix of wines from the Apple Barn Winery and the Hillside Winery.  However, Sugarland also offers their own line of fun wine freezers and their amazing Sangria for sale!  Sugarland Cellars offers tours from noon to 6 p.m. and complimentary tastings of all wines available.

Hours:  Open Daily
January 1st – March 31st
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

April 1st – December 31st
7 Days a Week: 10 a.m. -9 p.m.

Christmas Eve: Close at 6 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: Close at 5 p.m.

 *Don’t miss out on The Rocky Top Wine Trail!  Three wineries located within three miles of each other:   Hillside Winery, followed by the Apple Barn Winery, and finally the Mountain Valley Winery. Please plan ahead if you are driving as you will sample roughly ten different wines at each location.  A nice surprise: they usually give out Smoky Mountain souvenir wine glasses after the tastings!

Shopping in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Shopping Malls and Stores

Do Your Shopping in Gatlinburg!

Outlet Malls, Specialty Shops, Arts and Crafts

Shopping in Gatlinburg TN is done on an entirely different level than anywhere else in the USA.  Many of the stores and items found in Gatlinburg can’t be found anywhere else.  Shopping in Gatlinburg is an adventure all by itself!

From old world shops on brick-laid streets featuring modern galleries, quaint shops and boutiques, to watching craftsmen demonstrate their specialty right in front of your eyes and stores full of Smoky Mountains souvenirs, there are delights for everyone in your group AND back home!

Just some of the items Gatlinburg is famous for: hand-made jewelry, original art, homemade candy, crafts, books, dolls, collectibles, magnets, candles, clothing, leather goods, magic tricks, and quilts.  And so much more!

Shops in Gatlinburg:

While there are literally hundreds of individual stores in and around the Gatlinburg area, here is a list of seven Gatlinburg malls to get your started:

1.  Mountain Mall, 611 Parkway, Suite F15
Mountain Mall is an indoor mall with a mountain theme from cedar walls to the whiskey barrel trashcans (which are the same barrels used to make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whisky).  Mountain Mall features 36 different businesses.  It’s located in downtown Gatlinburg at traffic light #6, across from Ripley’s Aquarium.

2.  Shops at Carousel Gardens, 458 Parkway, Suite 1
The Shops at Carousel Gardens consists of over 50 businesses, all surrounded by a beautiful garden setting.  The Shops at Carousel Gardens is filled with art, antiques, furnishing, crafts, a cookie shop, hand made musical instruments, and other items inspired by the local traditions of the Smoky Mountains.  The Gatlinburg Heritage Museum is also located here.  This mall is at traffic light #3, at the corner of Parkway and Hwy 321.

3.  The Village Shops, 634 Parkway, Suite 29
The Village Shops is so much more than just shopping.  It’s a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries, and clothiers all set in a quaint European village atmosphere.  It is just a few steps off Gatlinburg’s busy main strip.  The Village Shops is just past traffic light #6, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry.

4.  Baskins Square Mall, 631 Parkway
Baskins Square Mall is tucked away in downtown Gatlinburg and full of cool specialty shops like Guinness World Records Museum, Mountain Woodcarvers, The Lollipop Guild, Doc’s Magic Shop, the Mountain Edge Grill and many more.  Baskins Square Mall is conveniently located between traffic lights #6-#7.

5.  Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Mall, 1001 Parkway
While you wait your turn to ride the aerial tram to the top of Ski Mountain at OberGatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Mall wants you to be entertained, as well as show off a variety of Gatlinburg crafts, gifts, and collectibles.  Their stores showcase such items as homemade candy and fudge, Native American pottery and jewelry, old time photos, clothing, and of course, souvenirs!

6.  Covered Bridge in the Glades, 849 Glades Road
Just up the road from Carr’s, you’ll find premium brands and locally made crafts at the shops and boutique of the Covered Bridge Village where you can enjoy leisurely shopping in a friendly atmosphere.  Shops and restaurants located here include Esther’s Gala Feminine Finery, Hills Creek Gallery, Jack Hess Glass Blowing, Misty Mountain Soap Company, More Than A Candle, Pizza Express, Shaconage Stone Art & Jewelry, Smoky Mountain Pottery, and others.

7.  Winery Square Mall, 446 East Parkway/Hwy 321
Just a walk over our covered bridge and across East Parkway is Winery Square.  Along with Flap Jacks Restaurant and Papa’s Johns, there’s plenty of shopping to do.  Stop in  at Paws Etc. for Dog & Cat Lovers, Smoky Mountain Angler, Smoky Mountain Farms Jelly House, Smoky Mountain Outfitters, Smoky Mountain Spinnery, the Smoky Mountain Winery or Whole Earth Grocery.

Arts & Crafts Community Shops

Arts & Crafts Community Shopping

Arts and Crafts:

There is an 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Hwy 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road in Gatlinburg where the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans resides.  The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here spend their lives creating, with their hands and hearts, beautiful and useful things using techniques handed down for centuries.

In Gatlinburg there is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. There is a fantastic array of original paintings and artwork capturing scenes of Smoky Mountain landscapes and mountain life everywhere you look.  And of course weavers and potters who work their magic with cloth and clay can be found honing their craft in Gatlinburg!

So what other hidden treasure can you expect to find in the fantastic shops of Gatlinburg’s artisans?  How about exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, gorgeous quilts, leather items, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, dulcimers, and stuffed bears just for starters.

Come explore our Smoky Mountain crafts!  Below is a list of Gatlinburg’s major arts and crafts fairs for 2012:

Gatlinburg Summer Craftsmen’s Fair:  July 20 – July 29, 2012
One of Gatlinburg’s most enjoyable craft fairs each year!  Along with almost 150 arts and crafts booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work at this event, you will also enjoy being surrounded by live country and bluegrass entertainment!  In their booths artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival:  August 31 – September 2, 2012
The campus of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts holds a family oriented fine arts festival featuring juried artists from around the country, as well as music on Labor Day weekend.

Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen’s Fair:  October 11 – October 28, 2012
This is Gatlinburg’s second most enjoyable craft fair each year!  A sister event with the July Craftsmen’s fair, almost 200 arts and crafts booths featuring unique, unusual, and fun creations are here for your enjoyment along with more live country and bluegrass entertainment!  Artisans and craftspeople again demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale.

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show:  November 21 – November 25, 2012
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community hosts their annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  The members offer unusual and interestingly themed Thanksgiving gifts.  Lots of great early Christmas gifts can be found here, too!

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show:  November 26 – December 2, 2012
Members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community host their annual Christmas Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center and offer one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts.  You know you will have fun shopping for others here, as well as yourself!

Pizza Places in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg’s Best Italian Pizzerias

Everyone’s taste is different.  However, when it comes to pizza pies we can all agree that we want it hot, fresh, loaded and savory!  After that, it’s anyone’s guess: thin crust or thick, brick oven or not, spicy red sauce or white sauce, tons of mozzarella cheese or very little?  The pizza restaurants in Gatlinburg strive to bake pies that everyone will love no matter how they choose to build them.  Here are some of the locally owned pizza places Gatlinburg has to offer along with their pizza menus, if available:

Ogles Brick Oven PizzeriaPizza Menu
Sit Down Restaurant
702 E Parkway – (865) 430-9867
Just around the corner from Carr’s!  Ogle’s believes in quality and uses only the best available ingredients for our fine line of cuisine. Stop by and experience the flavor!  Appetizers, salads, wide variety of pasta and Italian entrees, brick oven pizza and calzones.  Large groups welcome indoors or on the patio.

Pizza Places in Gatlinburg and Pizza Menus


Capeli’s Pizza – They Deliver!
815 E Parkway
(865) 430-5656

Flying Saucer Italian Bistro – The Flying Pizza – Pizzeria Menu
Inside the Gatlinburg Space Needle
(865) 430-5550
Delicious Italian food and the best New York style pizza, pasta, and calzones in Gatlinburg, all made with fresh, homemade ingredients.  Open 7 days a week.  Voted ‘Best Pizza in Gatlinburg 2011’ on TripAdvisor.

Geno’s Pizza – They Deliver!  Pizza Menu
385 E. Parkway
(865) 430-9300
Offering delicious pizza, bread sticks, sandwiches, cheese sticks, hot wings, calzones, salads & more!  Geno’s uses 100% real cheese, all natural ingredients, and their dough is made fresh daily!  Family-size pizzas at family-friendly prices.

New York Pizza and Pasta
Sit Down Restaurant
611 Parkway, Suite B5 and 634 E Parkway
(865) 436-9300

Maybe you prefer your hometown chain favorite pizza places?

Domino’s Pizza – They Deliver!  Gatlinburg Menu
446 E Parkway
(865) 436-2020

Papa John’s Pizza – They Deliver!  Gatlinburg Menu
466 Brookside Village Way, Suite 1
(865) 430-7777
Just across East Parkway from Carr’s Cottages in Winery Square

Pizza Hut – They Deliver!  Gatlinburg Menu
738 Parkway, Suite 5
(865) 436-6512

When you’re in town and have a great pizza in Gatlinburg, please share your experience with our Fans on Facebook so that they can have some of the best pizza in town too!

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 25 - 29, 2012 in the Great Smoky Mountains

Wildflowers, Nature Walks, Photography Tours, Art Classes, Indoor Seminars

As winter falls to the wayside and spring beings to re-introduce itself into our lives, we are reminded of the wonderful colors and majestic wildlife that surround us. Yes, we are very fortunate to live in the shadows of one of the most beautiful areas in the world: the Great Smoky Mountains. Now one might wonder, how can I take advantage of being in the proximity of such a wondrous place?  That is where the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage comes in.  The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is currently in its 62nd year and what it provides is a five-day event from April 25th to April 29th in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with unmatched access to the many leading botanical experts and wildlife authorities. These leading experts will provide access to over 130 professionally led walks and exciting indoor presentations as together you explore the culture, ecology, fauna and flora of the park.

Programs offered at the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage can help anyone get in touch with “Mother Nature.”  With over 130 events, there is something to interest the whole family whether just curious about nature or are extremely experienced. The programs can range from casual walks that explore various trails of the Smoky Mountains to vigorous hikes, or from presentations about the trees of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to birding for the experienced. As you can see, with the nearly endless amount of options available, there is something that everyone is sure to enjoy. More details of event times and descriptions can be found online when registering for the event.

In order to attend the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, attendees need to register. There are two ways that this can be done: one is registering online anytime between now and up to April 20. The second way to register is to do so on-site at the Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg (next to the Gatlinburg Convention Center) April 24 through April 28. Registration costs are for adults are $50 for a one-day pass or $75 for two or more days. Student fees are only $10 for one day or more (high school or college enrollment will be verified on-site) and children 12 and under get in absolutely free with a registered adult!  Visit the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage web site for general and registration information.

We look forward to welcoming you at Carr’s Cottages, bringing in the wonderful spring season and celebrating the Great Smoky Mountains at the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in April!

Easter Craft Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Annual Event

Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community Easter Show

April 5 - 7 at the Convention Center

Come experience some of the finest craftsmanship that Gatlinburg has to offer on Easter weekend April 5 – 7 as the Gatlinburg Convention Center hosts the annual Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show. This event, put on by the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, gives you an opportunity that is very special: to experience local artists and craftsmen produce unique, one of a kind products.  You will be able to see arts and crafts that have never been produced anywhere else, and will never be produced again.  Surely this is not an opportunity you’ll want to miss. The best part of it all? The Easter Craft Showis at a price that everyone can afford… it’s is free!

This year at the Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show you and your family can visit our local celebrities and watch as they make their one of a kind masterpieces. Each of these artists will also have their works for sale for those looking for unique Smoky Mountain souvenirs or heirloom quality gifts. With such a relaxed atmosphere and all of the local crafters under one roof, this show always has something for everyone.  For additional details and a full list of all the artists and craftsmen in the community, visit their official web site at .   We hope everyone has the opportunity to come to Gatlinburg Easter weekend and support the local Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community during this memorable annaul event.

Experience a World of Culture in the Smokies

Dollywood’s Annual 2012 Festival of Nations

Have you ever wanted to attend a festival that is not only exciting, but also provides an unmatched cultural experience with performers from around the world? If you attend the annual Festival of Nations in Dollywood, you will experience just that.  Bring your family to Carr’s Cottagesand from March 24 through April 30 you will be able to experience nine different amazing performances that one would normally have to travel the world to experience. With such captivating entertainment all under one “roof,” this is an experience that cannot be missed.  Headlining performances, their dates, country of origin and a short description are shown below:

Discount Dollywood Tickets at Carrs Cottages in Gatlinburg

Discount Dollywood Tickets at Our Front Desk

  • Ashelin (Newfoundland, Canada): Ashelin is a band of five sisters singing and dancing to Newfoundland and Irish music. Their harmonious blend of vocals and melodies pays tribute to their folk roots.   Appearing April 11 – April 30.
  • Atahualpa (Ecuador): The group Atahualpa is composed of six members from the Andes region. Together they mix a blend of contemporary music with South American dance rhythms and traditional music played on native Incan instruments.   This group is a festival favorite and will be performing  March 24 – April 30.
  • Los Pampas Gauchos (Argentina): This group makes for a very high energy show from their native Argentine sounds to their powerful rhythms and their spectacular act of dancing with weapons.  Performing March 24 – April 30.
  • Russian Academic Band (Russia):  Together for over 28 years, the Russian Academic Band brings the traditional brass sounds of Russia to Dollyworld.  Appearing March 24 – April 9.
  • Spirit of the Dance (Ireland): After winning over nine Global Awards, including “Best Chorography,” Spirit of the Dance has proven to be a spectacular show as performers partake in a foot-stomping Irish dance.  Inspiring audiences March 24 – April 30.
  • The Paper World Show by Mimirichi (Ukraine): Dressed as clowns, this group uses paper scenery to create a fascinating show. If you like to participate, you will be excited to know that during this performance, the audience is encouraged to get involved.  Performing March 24 – April 30.
  • Veseli Begunjcani (Slovenia): Using upbeat Bavarian music, this group showcases their musicians and lively vocals as well as a Slovenian Polka party.  April 2 – April 30.
  • Zambian Vocal Group (Africa): Although each member of this vocal group comes from different African tribes, they perform acapella to preach the message that music unites us all.  Appearing March 24 – April 30.
  • Zebra Stelzentheater of Germany (Germany): A dance performance is one thing, but these performers dance on spring loaded stilts! Using colorful costumes and intricate choreography, this show is sure to provide guests with a brand new experience.  Performing March 24 – April 30.

We hope to see you all come and enjoy one, if not all of these amazing performances as you help Dollywood celebrate world wide culture in art, dance, food and music right here in the Great Smoky Mountains at Dollywood TNDiscount Dollywood tickets available at our front desk.  Combined with our low off-season rates, it’s a great opportunity to have a fantastic yet affordable vacation in Gatlinburg.

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival – Townsend TN

Smokies Fiber Art Festival

March 16-17, 2012

A festival celebrating a style of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers is being held right here in East Tennessee!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the fiber arts? Maybe you wanted to spend a weekend having fun and learning something new?  You’re in luck because the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival is ideal for both!  March 16th through the 17th, join us in Townsend TN at the Townsend Visitors Center as well as the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for some interesting, interactive fun.  You’ll learn more about the raw materials of fiber arts by attending sheep herding and shearing demonstrations, or experience the creative process by participating in introductory to advanced classes.  There will be hands-on activities for children as well as adults, so all ages will have fun at the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival offering an educational, entertaining experience along with good food, vendor shopping and great friends!  See the 2011 SMFAF photo gallery.

One of the best ways to enjoy this art festival in the Smokies is to arrive early and stay late!  Sheep shearing demonstrations take place at noon and 2 p.m., with boarder-collie sheep herding at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  If you can’t make it on Friday, don’t worry because on Saturday each demonstration will have three different showings!  For demonstration times and locations, visit here.

Alpaca at the Smoky Mountains Fiber Art Festival

Who Can Resist That Face?

Would you prefer to get more hands-on when learning about the fiber arts? With over 30 different interactive and informative classes, you are sure to find a class that piques your interest. Classes take place each day between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and include quilting, spinning, bobbin lace, rug hooking, weaving, crochet, basketry, and Cherokee finger weaving. Classes are for all skill levels and fees range from $15 to $100.  Class names with descriptions, instructors, and costs can be found on this printable Fiber Art Classes Schedule.

Once you’ve attended some of the great classes at the Fiber Arts Festival, you will undoubtedly want to put some of the new techniques you learned into practice. The good news is that there will be plenty of local vendors on location to help you get the supplies you need!  We look forward to seeing you and your family at Carr’s Cottages in March enjoying a free night stay and the fiber arts with the rest of us!

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

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