Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Mountain Quiltfest and Festival of the Nations 2014

Yes indeed, this week is the week the special events and the "visitor's season" comes back to the Smokies. We have two big events going on within 7 minutes of each other in Pigeon Forge.

The first starts today, 3/19, and goes on to 3/22 with the "A Mountain Quiltfest" going on at the LeConte Conference Center in downtown Pigeon Forge. This is, to put it simply, a huge quilt festival, but it is surprisingly popular and very enriching, whether you're a fan of Appalachian culture or not. Lots of beautiful works of art will be on display, and those initiated can find quilting workshops to learn professional skills, plus there will be a quilting contest with a prize of $20,000 at stake. Yes, quilting is serious business here in the Smokies!

And then on Friday, 3/22, is the grand opening for the 2014 season of Dollywood with perennial favorite "Festival of the Nations" opening the revelry. This year the headlining act is "Mother Africa", at the main theater on park, while many newer performers play at venues throughout alongside returning favorites like Zambia Vocal Group and Atahualpa coming back again. You better believe this is the real start to Spring in the Smokies!

Both are no more than 20 minutes driving distance from Cove Mountain, and wouldn't you love to have one of our luxury cabins to go home to after an awesome day at Dollywood or downtown Pigeon Forge? Not sure? Take a look at our houses at and see for yourself!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Wears Activity Coming for Spring and Summer

A press release from GSM Outfitters here in Wears Valley.

WEARS VALLEY, TN – A brand new program opens up in the heart of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains allowing locals and visitors to better understand and appreciate the nature of the Appalachians in our region. This program is a collaboration between the owners of GSM Outfitters in Wears Valley, and wildlife biologist Liz Domingue.

“Just Get Outdoors!” will feature lectures, workshops, interactive activities for kids, photography and much more. Day and evening classes will be available. The following is a list of the classes and activities scheduled:

* Wildflowers, Wildflowers, Wildflowers!
April 10, 2014

* Wildflower Walk With a Naturalist
April 11, 2014

* Nature Photography Workshop
May 24, 2014

* Salamander Capital of the World!
July 25, 2014

* Salamander Foray
July 26, 2014

Group size will be small and space is limited. Participants will be asked to arrive 15 minutes ahead of time, to bring their own lunch and drinks and rainwear. Hiking boots also recommended.

To sign up for the outings and evening programs, contact Michael or Heather at 865-366-2608 or at

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's and Saddle Up! 2014

It's that time of year again where we celebrate a beautifully romantic month in the Smokies. Valentine's Day or not, the Winter atmosphere of the mountains during February provides a pleasant solitude and a quiet dignity perfect for couples to enjoy each other in.

May we recommend "Alone At Last", "Dogwood", or the appropriately named "Lover's Lookout"? Then you can compliment your visit with a gift basket from Romantic Gift Baskets in the Smokies. It will be an amazing time for the both of you!

Another item worth talking about this month is the return of Saddle Up! in Pigeon Forge between February 19-23 for 2014. Western fans local and guest rejoice as a cavalcade of Western entertainment, singing, dancing, poetry, chuckwagon breakfast, Cowboy Church and much more will be spread out all across the city (admission fees may apply). Featured entertainers this year include Andy Nelson, Belinda Gail, Don Edwards, Joyce Woodson, Ray Doyle, Red Steagall and more.

You can bet after a weekend of western singing and dancing, a relaxing vacation house to go home to at night will be just what you need, and even if you aren't able to make it for Valentine's Day, any day of this month can perfectly function as a romantic getaway at Cove Mountain. See our other houses at

Friday, January 17, 2014

Winter Festivals Coming Up In The Smokies

It's been a very quiet start to the new year here in the Smokies. That's the way it's always been, and that's the way we like it! While we love the thrills and excitement the area brings during the holidays and vacation seasons, we love to get a break too, and this month gives us a chance to break away from some of that for quieter reflections of the mountains.

For those of you who want something more natural to enjoy in the Tennessee Smokies, you should check out both the Wilderness Wildlife Week at LeConte Conference Center in downtown Pigeon Forge (January 25th-February 1st for 2014) and the Winter Heritage Festival in Townsend, TN. The Wilderness Wildlife Week is 7 full days of lectures, guest speakers, exhibitions, guided walks and hikes into the mountains, and it's all free. You can see more on this at

The Winter Heritage Festival is February 7th and 8th for 2014, and it features a number of events, including a kickoff reception, photography workshop, hike to the Walker Sisters House, music performances and more. See the full schedule and events at

And both are easy to get to from our houses at Cove Mountain. Reserve a luxury house in between your expeditions into the mountains at

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas in the Smokies 2013

Just in time to get to some of the other Christmas events going on starting this month, here's what you can look forward to in December.

Christmas in Wears Valley
Now - 12/31/2013

Don't forget we have a new Christmas celebration here in Wears Valley! Every weekend at the Wears Valley Ranch, we're having traditional Appalachian Christmas items like hayrides, carolers, storytelling and much more!

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Now - 1/4/2014

Nowhere else in the entirety of East Tennessee will you find an area that brings the Winter Wonderland to life like Dollywood during their Smoky Mountain Christmas. Lots of Christmas shows, parades and performances, a Santa's workshop, and most incredible lighting displays throughout the park you've ever seen. Definitely a must-see on your list!

Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Parade

The Fantasy of Lights Parade is a wondrous sight to behold and many who come to see it have been making it part of their holiday tradition for over a decade. All of your favorite characters and seasonal icons march down the street, from Alamo Steakhouse on Highway 321 to Stoplight #10 at the end of the downtown parkway in Gatlinburg, will be appearing and marching down the street for your entertainment.

Bill Landry at Cove Creek RV in Wears Valley.

Bill Landry is famous in East Tennessee and some parts beyond as the host of "The Heartlander Series" and for his storytelling appearances throughout the area. Now he's bringing his stories and his books to Wears Valley for a performance and a meet and greet to sign some of his books. Bill Landry will be appearing at 4:00PM, Saturday, December 7th, Cove Creek RV on the main street through Wears Valley.

New Years Eve

Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are indulging in New Years fireworks this year, Gatlinburg will hold their traditional entertainment of music and revelry downtown and then fireworks shooting off from the Space Needle, but Pigeon Forge will also be having New Years Eve shows and apparently fireworks at several places as well. You'll need to visit and for more information on those.

We look forward to 2014 and we hope to see you before then!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Smokies Reopens For One Week

We wanted to wait on our monthly blog post for when the colors were starting back up again, and this week is the week! A cold front is coming up later this week and the colors are sweeping through the mountains more and more each passing day.

Also making for good news this week is this: Meaning the Smoky Mountain National Park will open back up between October 16th to October 21st. If you've been waiting for the right time to come out for your Harvest Festival trip, this is it!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Harvest Festival 2013 - The Start of the Color Change

We don't want cry wolf, but it's been confirmed that the color change has already started in Pigeon Forge and we could see the full Autumn Bloom as early as two weeks ahead of schedule. Visitors hoping to get a colorful Autumn trip to the Smokies might need to make arrangements to come sooner than later.

Luckily there will be plenty of special events waiting for you should you come within the next few weeks. Just a sampling of the festivities going on in town around then include:

Pigeon Forge:
10th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day (September 28, 2013)

Rotary Club Craft Fair (September 28, 2013)

MountainFest (October 1-7, 2013)

Dollywood's National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration (October 2-November 2, 2013)

Fast Cars 'n' Mason Jars (September 26-28, 2013)

Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg (September 27-November 3, 2013)

Fine Arts Festival (October 4-6, 2013)

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair (October 10-27, 2013)

If this looks good to you, come out and spend the Autumn season with us at Cove Mountain! Close to Pigeon Forge and Townsend without much of the traffic and two camera memory cards worth of views guaranteed!