Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Winter Magic Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2015

November 27-December 19th

Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event! 

 Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event! 

he City of Gatlinburg spices up the holiday season with free weekend entertainment by presenting the Gatlinburg Winter Magic version of its Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales program live on the Parkway on Friday and Saturday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

During Gatlinburg Winter Magic, the City magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays throughout town, featuring all LED bulbs. The length of the Parkway is lined by a forest of branches and scrolls, accentuating the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past years including animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, busy black bears, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children, toy soliders and a shiny rocking horse.

Come visit and take a step back in time when things were simpler and get in the true spirit of the Christmas Season! 

When you enter Sevierville all through out town over in to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg the entire town is twinkling with millions of spectacular light and the air is filled with the smells and sounds of the holiday season! 

Here at the Lodge you will find true Southern hospitality and the true joy of the Christmas Season! 

Patrick & Sue have taken great care in making sure the Lodge is warm and welcoming and you will feel right at home. 

Whether you want to snuggle by the cozy fire in our spacious living room or sit out on the back porch sipping a hot cup of coffee, apple cider or homemade hot cocoa. 

We have it all here and it is put together with love and care just for you! 
We hope to see you very soon!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pigeon Forge Yama Con 2015


- 12/6/2015
Yama-Con is coming to Pigeon Forge! This convention focuses on Anime and the Japanese culture, but will also feature other events that are related to video games, cards, board games, comics and more.  

 Registration fees range from $25-$75 and can be completed online at  Come celebrate everything nerdy, geeky and otaku!

Smoky Mountain Convention Center

4010 Pakway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Local: 865-908-3015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Tour Of Lights

 November 11, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.

Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well.
Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three days of electricity.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.
Call us today or visit our website and make plans to come see us during this magical time of year! Our decorations are going up Nov. 16 & 17 Hope to see you soon!
Not only will you experience the beauty but we will also be making delicious breakfasts and desserts that reflect all the flavors of the holiday season!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Gatlinburg's 26th Annual Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff 2015

 Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 26th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.

 Gatlinburg will kickoff the 26th year of Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic Kickoff on Wednesday, November 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.

This year, Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic Kickoff fall on Veterans Day and in tribute, Gatlinburg will honor all service men and women with the annual Veterans Day Celebration on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza at 11 a.m. Gatlinburg’s Veterans Day Celebration is recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an official site for the observance of Veterans Day. In accordance with honoring our military, The Ladies for Liberty will provide entertainment for Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic Kickoff. The Ladies for Liberty perform in WWII Andrews Sisters style with their own rendition of vocals, costumes and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s. The Ladies have performed at patriotic ceremonies around the U.S. and their act is done in order “to honor America – the Greatest Nation on Earth!”

Smoky Mountain Winterfest has had significant economic impact on holiday tourism in Sevier County. Since its debut in 1989 to 2013, the unemployment rate dropped from 14% to 4.5% for the months during Winterfest. Lodging occupancy increased from 20% to 65% in that same time frame across the county.

Participants in Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation and Best Apron. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase.
We have rooms available for this special event. Call or visit our website and book your stay today! We look forward to seeing you very soon! We will be decorating the Lodge the following week. So make plans to come see us during Winterfest you will be happy you did! Wish you were here!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pigeon Forge 26th Annual Winterfest Kick-off at Patriot Park

  - 2/29/2016

Join us as for the 26th Annual Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, the nearly four-month celebration of winter in the Smokies.

This year’s celebration begins with Winterfest Kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Patriot Park. The free event starts at 5 p.m. with live musical entertainment.

Beginning at 6 p.m., free rides aboard our Trolley Tour of Lights will show off more than five million twinkling lights on our Winterfest displays.

Enjoy the light displays at your leisure on our Winterfest Lights Driving Tour. Pick up your tour guide at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center at traffic light #0 or at the Fun Time Trolley office in Patriot Park. Winterfest light displays will shine through the end of February. 

Visit the Pigeon Forge theaters as they present holiday shows during November and December, bringing the spirit of Christmas to our Winterfest celebration.

We will also be all decorated up for the Winterfest holidays here at the Lodge!
Please call or visit our website and come share this special time of year with us! We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
This time of year is very special to us and we want to make it special for you too!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration 2015

Veterans Day Celebration

Nov 11, 2015 

Join Gatlinburg in saluting America's veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute on Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. Every year since 2000, Gatlinburg, Tennessee hosts a very special event on November 11 to honor our nation’s veterans in a fitting and appropriate manner.

 The title “Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration” is an accurate description of the event in that the service and sacrifices made by our veterans are celebrated with the intent to thank those who gave – and continue to give - so much to keep our nation free. The ceremony at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza starts at 11 a.m. and is free to the public.

 Gatlinburg is among only 2 cities in Tennessee to be recognized as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. This is a prestigious distinction, given by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to only 41 sites total in the United States. The distinction affiliates this celebration with the one occurring at the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery. A number of ceremonies will be performed during the celebration, including music by bands from Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and Walters State Community College. There will also be a military flyover, a bald eagle presentation, and the recognition of present veterans.

Come visit with us and help us thank and celebrate our brave men and women who fight for our freedom! 
 Call us or visit our website and make plans to attend this special event! We hope to see you soon!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen's Fair 2015

Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen's Fair

Oct. 8- 2

 Fall in the Smoky Mountains is a complete transformation from lush green colors to spectacular burnt orange, golds, radical reds, and brilliant yellows. 


 The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events... the 40th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 8 through 25, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.

A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

We hope you get a chance to visit during this beautiful time of year! Right from our back porch the colors are spectacular!
Please call us or visit our website and make reservations to come experience the beauty of all these gorgeous colors and fall festivities happening all around town!