Unusual Gatlinburg Museum at Winery Square

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum at Winery Square

If you thought Guinness World Records Museum was different, bet you never imagined there would be a museum for Salt and Pepper Shakers.  It’s true and Gatlinburg’s got it!  They are not only the home of the LARGEST collection, but the ONLY Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in the world.  And it’s full.  Over 20,000 sets full!  They also have the largest Pepper Mill collection (1500) from around the world.

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Gatlinburg TN

Over 20,000 Sets of Shakers!

Owned and operated by Belgium-born Andrea Ludden and her husband Rolf, Andrea found that as her personal collection grew over the years, so did her enchantment with them.  She just knew she had to open a museum.   With her archeological background, Andrea could discern the societal changes that the shakers represented and wanted to share them with others. As you walk through the museum you will see these changes from ancient times to the 1500’s, 1800’s, 1920’s, 40’s, 60’s all the way to present time.

The salt and pepper shaker collection is delightfully displayed by theme and color.   Frequently, Andrea creates little stories within the displays about the shakers that will delight those young of heart.  There are dozens of penguins, Amish farmers, glowing space aliens, hundreds of chefs and countless variations of every vegetable on the planet.

There are also shakers honoring such eclectic subjects as the Apollo XI moon landing, the Beatles, and McDonald’s menu items.  And of course, there is a bounty of unusual salt and pepper shakers. Some people evidently don’t mind pouring their seasoning out of a toilet or a human foot!

The gift shop sells many of the same shakers that you can see in the museum.  Most of them are duplicates that family and friends would purchase for Andrea as they traveled; unaware that she already had them.  These fun and unique shakers have found their way to the gift shop so you may have the pleasure of a set in your home.

Not only is this museum unusual, so is the admission price.  Children 12 and under are FREE and the $3.00 admission charge per adult goes towards any Salt and Pepper Shaker purchase in the gift shop.  How unique is that?

The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum is just across East Parkway from Carr’s.  Head across our footbridge to Winery Square and enjoy a little history, a little whimsy, and the great folks eager to share their hobby with you!

Hours: Monday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cool All Day Fun at Dollywood Splash Country

Dolly’s Splash Country Water Park

It’s summer.  And it’s HOT, even in the Great Smoky Mountains!  For a full day of ‘gettin cool,’  head to Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge.

Splash Country Water Park Pigeon Forge TN

Hurry! Last day is September 3

Dolly’s Splash Country is more than just a water park.  Of course there are exciting water adventure slides and thrill rides – 23 of them – but there are also two interactive children’s playground areas:  the Cascades, an 8,000-sq.-ft. lagoon-style pool that features a cascading waterfall and interactive slides, and Little Creek Falls, an exciting and safe place for the younger kids to play for hours in a pool with slides and an activity center.

There are so many exciting and thrilling rides, you won’t know which ones to try first!   Here are just a few descriptions to “wet” your appetite!

Slick Rock Racer is multi-lane mats slide spanning 300 feet and features four lanes. Positioned belly down on mats, each rider travels head first on a channel that includes an initial dip to build speed. Multiple bumps along the length of the slide allow riders to gain additional momentum that propels them to the finish.

Raging River Rapids is a raft ride that gives you endless adventure and the experience of riding the white waters of the Great Smoky Mountains.  You will get soaked on the 700-foot Raging River Rapids. Each raft holds up to five people, but there’s no limit to the fun on this exciting ride.

Big Bear Plunge - Take the “plunge” on this extreme white water rafting adventure ride that takes you banking through dark caverns with winding bends and steep drops reminiscent of challenging river expeditions. You’ll crash through a wall of water just before sliding down the bumpy cliff that sends you splashing into the pool below.

Splash Country is open every day through August 19, after which it will be open weekends only.  The last day of the 2012 season is Labor Day, Monday September 3.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Discounted Dolly’s Splash Country tickets are available at our front desk through August 12.  After August 12, you can click here to check out your Splash Country ticket options.

Better hurry and make your Carr’s reservations… time sure flies when you’re planning to have fun!!

Spirits of the Smokies – Gatlinburg TN Good Old Mountain Dew

Moonshining in Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountain Moonshine Distillery
Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler
903 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN
(865) 436.6995

Ever wonder if the stories told about moonshine-making in the backwoods of the Smoky Mountains, strangers suspected of being government “revenuers” going up into the mountains—but never seen again—and hot rod cars running a fresh batch of Tennessee “corn liquor” at midnight were true?

Well, they are.  And the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery is living proof!  At the distillery, you will be able to see the East Tennessee raised corn that has been transported to the family mill ground and the grains converted into the clear corn liquor this part of the country is famous for:  Good ole Tennessee moonshine!

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is run by local families.  Their Scottish-Irish ancestors brought their knowledge of whiskey making, a.k.a. moonshining, with them.  They soon discovered that the conditions in the area were good for growing corn, and it didn’t take long for them to realize a lot more money could be made off of a gallon of corn liquor than a bushel of eatin’ corn.

Many families here share a history of making, running, or selling whiskey for over two hundred years.  Recipes and traditions have been passed down through these generations who have been growing corn and making whiskey even before Tennessee was a state.

Ole Smoky is the first federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee.  Stop in and take home a sample of Tennessee history for all your friends and family back home.  Try Original Moonshine for sippin, White Lightnin’ for mixin, Moonshine Cherries, and seasonal favorites including Apple Pie, Blueberry and Peach.  Be sure to print a copy of Moonshine Recipes to go along with your souvenirs!!

Hours: Every day from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m.
Hours may vary based on the season, so please call ahead.  No alcohol sold on Sundays

Carr’s Cottages and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ask that you Shine Responsibly®!

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!  GatlinburgDaySpa.com

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!  AboutYouSalon.com

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.   UtopiaSpaRetreat.com

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?  AMountainViewSpa.com

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?  TennesseeLaserandSkinRejuvenation.com

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

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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 http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com .   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.