The Winter Sports of Ober Gatlinburg

Before Dollywood (and the amusement parks that property was before it was Dollywood), our big mountain family fun draw was Ober Gatlinburg in, you guessed it, Gatlinburg. Ober’s been an iconic fixture of Sevier County’s highlands since the days when color television was considered a luxury and one of the biggest reasons it remains even…

Things To Do in Gatlinburg After the Holidays

January, February, & March 2017 After the summer party dies down, after the bright, shining multi-colored leaves have fallen, after the turkey has been cooked, the presents opened and the fireworks celebrating the new year have exploded, the city of Gatlinburg gets to take a well deserved break from January on to the start of…

The Gatlinburg Craftmens Fair

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, has long been one of the great centers of Appalachian culture with their legacy of arts and crafts here in the Smoky Mountains. Not only do we have one of the biggest arts and crafts communities in the country, but we celebrate that heritage and its continued economy with events such as the…

2016 Renovations for our Historic Gatlinburg Hotel

The Gatlinburg Inn, Gatlinburg’s most historic downtown hotel renovations are almost complete. Since we had announced our renovation plans in a previous blog post, we’ve had quite a few questions about how long the renovations were planned to go on for.  At this moment, we are expecting the renovations to be completed by early June and…

80 Years Down And a Lot More To Go!

Downtown Gatlinburg Hotel Open Year Round The year is 1937, 3 years away from the park officially being dedicated at Newfound Gap, and the tourism industry of the Smoky Mountains are virtually at their infancy compared to the city today. The stops are few, the roads even fewer, but the magic and majesty of the…

2015 Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival Events

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is designed to be a showcase for songwriters, the importance of a songwriter and songwriting, as well as an economic booster for the Smoky Mountains area. Below is a list of the Showcases we are presenting. Every 2nd Monday of the month, from 6 to 9 pm, Smoky Mountain Songwriters…

Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale

Finish off the 4th in style with a magnificent fireworks show visible from the downtown streets of Gatlinburg! Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a magnificent fireworks show. Designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.

First Independence Day Parade In The Nation

Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, this 40th annual showcase is the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day. The Historic Gatlinburg Inn is the perfect viewing locationfor this exciting annual event as we are located right on the parkwayin…

The Historic Gatlinburg Inn has a rich, musical heritage

The registration book of the Historic Gatlinburg Inn shows that Mr. and Mrs. Boudleaux Bryant checked in at the Inn on August 28, 1967. They were assigned room 388. The rest, as they say, is history. The husband-wife team of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, co-writers of many great songs including many hits for The Everly…

The Historic Gatlinburg Inn received the Community History Award

The Gatlinburg Inn received the Community History Award for preserving the history of Gatlinburg. Built in 1937 by R. L. Maples, Sr. this historic inn remains in the hands of the Maples descendants and is the oldest lodging facility in Gatlinburg. It was the first home of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, the town’s first…

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