Saturday, June 18, 2016

4th of July, 2016


 There is a lot to love about Summer - backyard BBQ, city park picnics (also BBQ), municipal swimming pools, frisbee, baseball, fireflies and so much more - but the moment everyone looks forward to is a single 20 minute segment in early July, and you already know what it is.

But in the Smokies of East Tennessee, the magic of the 4th of July isn't just 20 minutes after sundown, it lasts the whole day starting 5 minutes after 11:55PM on July 3rd with the Midnight Parade in downtown Gatlinburg. This parade has been a tradition in Gatlinburg for years and years and for more than an hour, you and the whole family can watch an amazing patriotic parade - and that just BEGINS the 4th of July celebration!

Then after that, starting at 10:00AM is the River Raft Regatta at Christ in the Smokies in downtown Gatlinburg where you can race any unmanned, floatable objects toward the goal at Ripley's Aquarium. This event is sponsored by the City of Gatlinburg Special Events Office and the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.

In Pigeon Forge, Patriot Park is having Patriot Fest at 12:00PM. The whole park becomes a center of activity with a huge sound stage, lots of activity, food tents, cooling off station, music by half a dozen acts on the stage that is specifically built for the occasion (headlined this year by singer-songwriter Joe Diffie) and much more that go on until the fireworks start between 9:30PM and 9:45PM. The fireworks in Gatlinburg start at 10:00PM and if you're already downtown, you won't have to go far. The fireworks in Gatlinburg are designed to be seen from anywhere on the downtown sidewalk.

No matter which city you'd like to celebrate 4th of July in, you'll be able to get there and back with plenty of time to relax in our luxury cabins before bedtime at Cove Mountain! See our luxury accommodations at www.covemountain.com.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tax Free Weekend 2016 Info

We received this email some time ago and felt it was relevant to share here. You'll need to click it to see it clearly as the size of the notice goes beyond our blog content boundaries.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wilderness Wildlife Week


May is the last chance to enjoy Spring in the Smoky Mountains - where you get mid-80s temperatures and snow on the peaks just a few days from each other, beautiful golden fields and pastel colored flora and a chance to indulge in it to your heart's content.

Did you miss the Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge this January? It's because they moved it to May where nature fans can enjoy the Smokies up close and personal during one of the peak seasons of ecological thrive. We have so many flowers, bugs and wildlife that comes alive in May that it only seemed, forgive the unavoidable pun, natural to have Wilderness Wildlife Week come to May.

Wilderness Wildlife Week will be offering a variety of nature programs daily and the event will be centered at the Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge. You can get more information on this event at www.mypigeonforge.com/events/wilderness-wildlife-week/.

Find the vacation cabin that can best serve as your headquarters for Wilderness Wildlife Week at www.covemountain.com.

Monday, April 11, 2016

New Developments in the Smokies For April 2016


Have you been to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains lately? If not, here's a whole bunch of new stuff in or coming in this season you should check out.

* New Publix
2016 seems to be the year of the grocery store! At least it feels that way with the new Publix grocery store coming to downtown Pigeon Forge right next to Wears Valley road. We've already seen increased competition from Krogers and Food City to gear up for it, and that means visitors and local consumers win all the way around!

* Goat Coaster
Goats On the Roof on Wears Valley Road has been one of those success stories where no one really saw it coming or expected it would be as big a hit as it is, but it has, and now the attraction is expanding to offer an alpine coaster on the premises as part of their "one-stop-fun" approach. http://thecoastertn.com/

* Cal Ripkin Experience
This project was long in the making on Teaster Lane and it's finally open! The Cal Ripkin Experience is a sports complex with six baseball fields (made with synthetic turf), a 14,137 square foot clubhouse, a concession stand and more. There will be plenty of tournaments, events and more featured there. https://www.ripkenbaseball.com/youth_baseball/pigeon_forge

* Pearl Harbor Ripley's Aquarium
Ripley's Aquarium keeps things fresh by having one section of their Aquarium change with new exhibits and themes, and this Spring we will see that exhibit turn into Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is a changeable, interactive exhibit featuring models of ships, planes, President FDR, an Arizona BB-39 Forward Magazine, info on the attack itself and the animals native to Hawaii. www.ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com

* Retro Running Weekend in the Smokies
April 29th to the 30th sees a throwback to our favorite eras - the 60s, 70s and even the 80s at LeConte Center. How will retro Running Weekend celebrate those eras? With entertainment by Woodie and the Longboards tributing Glenn Frey, the Eagles and the Beach Boys, a complimentary three hour running school by olympian and coach Jeff Galloway, workshops and more! https://goretrorunning.com/

* New WalMart on Dolly Parton Parkway
For those who might find the Walmart SuperCenter too packed when it comes to needing groceries (which can happen once we get into the spring and summer months), the new Walmart Marketplace on Dolly Parton parkway just 5-7 minutes away offers an excellent and reasonably convenient alternative. http://www.walmart.com/store/5908/whats-new

* New Chipotle in Sevierville
Can you believe we've never had a Chipotle in Sevierville before? It's true, but these days we're getting all kinds of new restaurants and chains we'd never had before and Chipotle is a welcome addition to our local palatte.

* Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure Dinner and Show
The Lumberjack Feud was/is such a good show that the same management company owning Dollywood and Dixie Stampede decided to add it to their high quality brand of entertainment. The new Lumberjack Adventure will celebrate the Appalachian history of Tennessee lumberjacks, offer new content, food and more. http://dollyparton.com/lumberjack-adventure

* New Show at Iris Theater in Gatlinburg
Starting on March 17th, the Iris Theater at the Space Needle complex welcomes The Impossibilities magic show featuring magical comedian Chris Collins and master mentalist Erik Dobell. You and the whole family will see magic, stunts and other things you could swear were impossible - expect to spend the rest of the night trying to figure it all out! http://www.iristheater.com/

* New Escape Game in Gatlinburg
If 2016 is anything, it's the year of the Escape Game, or rather the year of the grocery store AND the Escape Game, and the new one coming to downtown Gatlinburg is The Captured coming to the base of the Space Needle. We won't spoil anything further other than to say any additional info you want to find will be at www.thecaptured.com.

* New Zaxbys in Gatlinburg
The city of Gatlinburg has surprisingly few chain restaurants when it comes to quick-service food, so it was a very pleasant surprise when Zaxbys moved into the ground level of the Mountain Mall. Up until now, the closest one was all the way out on Highway 66 towards Sevierville. A welcome edition and convenient place for food.

If you still need more good reasons to stay in the Smokies with Cove Mountain this season, check out many dozens more on our cabin page at http://www.covemountain.com/cabin_index.html.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Upcoming Events in the Smokies For Spring 2016


 A Mountain Quiltfest
March 15th - 19th, 2016

The city of Pigeon Forge hosts a very popular festival in which over 20,000 visitors participate in many classes and seminars, and view some of the most gorgeous quilts in the country. More than 60 classes and seminars will be featured and a vendor mall will be onsite for enthusiasts to purchase supplies. http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events_quiltfest.aspx

Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg
March 27th, 2016

The Sunrise Service is a Christian lead Easter service at the top of our provided. Tram rides start at 5:45 AM in downtown Gatlinburg and are complimentary to visitors for this event. http://www.obergatlinburg.com

Dollywood's Festival of Nations
April 1st - April 18th, 2016

Dollywood opens every season with the most exciting Spring festival you'll find in East Tennessee - the Festival of Nations gathers many of the countries of the world to Dollywood where many cultures will add to the entertainment of the park. Africa, India, China, France, Poland and more will all be there and providing some of the best shows you will see all year! http://www.dollywood.com

Smoky Mountain Wine Fest
April 9th - April 9th, 2016

A fun mix of party and class, the Smoky Mountain Wine Fest is a favorite Springtime event for visitors and local alike. This event is being held at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and features samples of the best wineries around - Apple Barn Winery, Cades Cove Winery, Eagle Springs Winery, The Winery at the Old Mill, Reedy Creek Winery and more. Ticket prices are $25 and advance ticket prices at $20. See more at http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=127.

Stay tuned with us as always here at Cove Mountain for news going on in the Smoky Mountains. See our houses at www.covemountain.com.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016


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. That it gives a wonderful opportunity for a romantic getaway is obvious, but how or where does one start in planning a romantic getaway to the Smoky Mountains?

With Cove Mountain, of course!

May we recommend Teaberry, Smoky Mountain Dreams, Lakeside Rendezvous, A Piece of Heaven, Bears Inn or the appropriately named Alone at Last?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!

We can also recommend the following for romantic dining in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:
www.alamosteakhouse.com
www.bestitalian.com
www.crystellecreek.com
www.greenbrierrestaurant.com
www.pancakepantry.com
www.parkgrillgatlinburg.com
www.peddlergatlinburg.com



Another item worth talking about this month is the return of Saddle Up! in Pigeon Forge between February 17-21 for 2016. Western fans local and guest rejoice as a cavalcade of Western entertainment, singing, dancing, poetry, chuckwagon breakfast, Western workshops and seminars, Cowboy Church and much more will be spread out all across the city (admission fees may apply). Featured entertainers this year include Andy Nelson, Brigid Reedy, Chris Isaacs, Jay Snider, Sourdough Slim and many more that you can see here: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/141805/323424/

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 www.covemountain.com.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Winterfest After the Holidays



It's that time of the year when it's not really a time of the year at all - the big holidays are over with, the mountains are bare, and things are quiet for the most part until mid-March... but don't go thinking that this some sort of despondent time for the Smokies. The low traffic and even lower temperatures afford those who choose to come out the opportunity to enjoy East Tennessee at it's most solemnly dignified. No color in the hills, but they project a haunting beauty all the same, and the atmosphere lends itself well to romantic getaways and vacations you couldn't take during the holidays because the holidays themselves were no holiday at all!

Such are just a few examples of why you should consider a trip to the Smoky Mountains here in January. If you'd like some more, consider the following:

1. We currently have low traffic, low prices for gas ($1.65 as of current) and many places in town running specials for their attractions or restaurants. Alamo Steakhouse and Bennetts BBQ run B1G1 free specials for this month, just for starters.

2. Romantic bliss in all the air - from the peaks on down to the valleys, there is a stillness to the ambiance in the mountains that makes one reflective, introspective, and finally amorous to their romantic partner. If the bare mountain in the distance holding up the snow-capped peaks in the distance while the the quiet, crisp winter air blows over you doesn't make you feel like baring your soul to your partner and to nature herself, nothing will.
3. We have plenty of luxury Smoky Mountain cabins waiting for you here at Cove Mountain Resort! Anywhere from 1 bedroom to 7 right here in Wears Valley between Pigeon Forge and Townsend, TN (some cabins are even pet-friendly!)

See more on what a January trip to the Smokies with Cove Mountain could mean for you at www.covemountain.com.