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The sign and flower arrangement at the entrance to Dollywood.
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The Amazing History of Dollywood

Dollywood is far and away the most popular attraction in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. Co-owned by country legend Dolly Parton, this awesome theme park is visited by around 2.5 million people each year. For over 30 years, Dollywood has been wowing guests with its thrilling rides, world-class entertainment, incredible festivals, and delicious food. As we approach Dollywood’s opening day in mid-March, we thought it would be fun to look back at how the theme park has changed and grown over the years. So, without further ado, here is a brief history of Dollywood. Read more

The Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery at The Island.
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7 Wonderful Places to Go Shopping in Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg TN

No getaway in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains is complete without a shopping spree – or two! The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are home to a variety of unique shops and boutiques where you can find everything from handcrafted souvenirs to name brand clothing. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to seven of the best places to go shopping in Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg TN. Read more

Stunning photo of Gatlinburg TN at sunrise.
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6 Fascinating Facts About Gatlinburg TN

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is unlike anywhere else in the world! Situated at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our charming city offers unparalleled scenery and a wonderful collection of family-friendly attractions. To help you prepare for your next vacation in the Smokies, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together six fascinating facts about Gatlinburg TN. Read more

Crave Golf Club in Pigeon Forge at night.
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8 New Attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

One of the best parts of vacationing in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN is that there is always something new to experience! Our Smoky Mountain cities never stand still, and there are a number of new businesses that have recently opened in town (and a few that are slated to open in the near future). To help you plan your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to eight new attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Read more

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge.
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The 7 Best Pigeon Forge Parkway Attractions

Driving along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, TN can be a somewhat surreal experience! This iconic road is lined with all sorts of unusual sights, including an upside-down building, King Kong, a giant medieval castle, and a replica of the Titanic. No vacation in the Smokies is complete without visiting at least one of these famous destinations in the heart of the city. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the seven best Pigeon Forge Parkway attractions. Read more

Sunrise in the Smoky Mountains.
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The Ultimate Smoky Mountain Vacation Itinerary for a Weekend Getaway

There is so much to see and do in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains that planning a weekend escape in the area can feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, Hearthside Cabin Rentals is here to help! Our team has put together the ultimate Smoky Mountain vacation itinerary for two days in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Read more

A tasty Reuben sandwich.
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6 Amazing Sandwich Shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Going out for lunch is one of the simple pleasures of being on vacation! Whether you’re in search of a quick bite or a relaxing meal, sandwich shops are a great dining option. We are pleased to report that the Smoky Mountains are home to a number of fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy mouthwatering subs and sides. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to six amazing sandwich shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Read more

Stunning view of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.
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Top 7 Free Attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

One of our favorite things about vacationing in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a good time. In fact, there are a number of great things to do in the Smokies that don’t cost a cent! To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to seven free attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

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The Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge.
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Top 6 Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Attractions for Adults

Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains are famous for being one of America’s best family vacation destinations. However, the Smokies aren’t just for kids! The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg offer numerous activities that are perfect for a couple’s escape or a getaway with your best friends. To help you make the most of your trip, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top six Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions for adults. Read more

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge.
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7 Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart! The charming cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer a variety of romantic attractions and activities that couples are sure to love. When you stay at a 1 bedroom cabin from Hearthside Cabin Rentals, you will have the perfect homebase for enjoying everything the Smokies have to offer. To help you make the most of your getaway, we have put together a few tips for spending Valentine’s Day in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Read more