Hearthside Cabin Rentals’ Blog

Sign at the entrance to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.
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Top 7 Places to Find Great Smoky Mountain Souvenirs

Bringing home some souvenirs from your trip to Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains is the perfect way to keep those precious vacation memories alive. The cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are home to a number of great shops where you can find unique keepsakes and gifts that capture the spirit of the Smokies. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top seven places to buy Great Smoky Mountain souvenirs. Read more

Ripley's Old MacDonald's Farm Mini Golf in the Smoky Mountains.
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Top 6 Places to Play Putt Putt in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

Playing putt putt is the perfect family vacation activity! Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding towns are home to a number of awesome mini golf courses with unique themes and features that you won’t find anywhere else. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top six places to play putt putt in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Read more

Stunning view of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.
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The 8 Best Views in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

Over 11 million people visit Gatlinburg, TN each year, and it’s not hard to see why! Located at the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our charming little city is minutes away from some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to enjoying the eight best views in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Read more

The Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg.
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7 Amazing Places to Eat Breakfast in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains

If you love going out for breakfast on vacation, Gatlinburg, TN is the place for you! The Smoky Mountain area is filled with more pancake houses and breakfast restaurants than just about anywhere else in the country. With so many options, deciding where to start your day can be a tough decision. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to seven of the best places to eat breakfast in Gatlinburg and the Smokies. Read more

A delicious apple pie on a table with apples.
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4 Places to Enjoy Fall Food in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville

Fall is one of the very best times to visit Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains! While the stunning leaves are definitely the main attraction, autumn is also a paradise for food lovers. During the harvest season, locally grown apples, corn, pumpkins, and other fruits and vegetables are brought into town to create some irresistible treats. The fall months also feature a number of special festivals and events that showcase seasonal food and drink. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to finding the best fall food in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville. Read more

The Mysterious Mansion in Gatlinburg.
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7 Frighteningly Fun Ways to Enjoy Halloween in Gatlinburg and the Smokies

In addition to breathtaking foliage, fall brings lots of Halloween fun to Gatlinburg, TN! Throughout the month of October, our Smoky Mountain city hosts a number of special events and activities that are sure to delight ghosts and ghouls of all ages. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a convenient guide to enjoying Halloween in Gatlinburg and the Smokies. Read more

Barns in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains.
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4 Amazing Historic Sites in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains

History buffs will love visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Our Smoky Mountain city is filled with remnants of our days as a frontier town from hundreds of years ago. Even if your kids aren’t fans of museums or history class, they will love visiting the area’s historic cabins and buildings because they offer an interactive window into the past that you won’t find behind a glass case or in a textbook. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to four popular historic sites in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains. Read more

A scenic mountain road near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
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Top 5 Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Attractions Off the Beaten Path

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN are home to some of the biggest attractions in the Southeast! The Dollywood theme park is the most popular ticketed attraction in the state of Tennessee and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is the second most popular. In addition to these well-known destinations, the Smoky Mountains are also home to a number of smaller attractions that are definitely worth a visit. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top five Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions off the beaten path. Read more

The sign at the entrance to Dollywood.
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Your Complete Guide to All of the Annual Dollywood Festivals

Dollywood is the most popular ticketed attraction in the state of Tennessee! Owned by legendary country singer Dolly Parton, this amazing theme park in Pigeon Forge is visited by 3 million annual guests. Throughout the year, Dollywood hosts a number of awesome festivals that bring special entertainment, decorations, and food to the park. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to all of the incredible Dollywood festivals.

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A black bear cub in a tree.
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Where to See the Most Popular Animals in the Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are famous for their beautiful wildlife! Inside the borders of the national park, you can find some 240 types of birds, over 80 varieties of reptiles and amphibians, and around 65 species of mammals. Each year, millions of people visit the Smokies for the chance to catch a glimpse of their favorite critters. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guided to seeing the most popular animals in the Smoky Mountains. Read more