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A concert at Dollywood.
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The Best Spots for Live Music in Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg TN

Music lovers will not be disappointed when they visit Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains! The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are famous for their spectacular live entertainment, which can be found at attractions, theaters, businesses, shops, restaurants, bars, and (sometimes) right on the sidewalk. Country and bluegrass have deep roots in the Smokies, and our musical heritage is on full display all around town. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to all of the best spots for live music in Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg TN. Read more

The city of Gatlinburg and the mountains covered in snow.
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Top 5 Winter Attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Winter is one of the very best times to visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN! Offering skiing, snowboarding, seasonal decorations, and plenty of indoor activities, our Smoky Mountain cities are perfect for a getaway with the whole family. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top five winter attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Read more

Sign at the entrance to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.
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8 of the Best Shops and Restaurants in the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community

If you’re looking for some Smoky Mountain souvenirs to take home from your vacation, a visit to the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is an absolute must! This 80-year-old community is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Situated off of the East Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN, the Arts and Crafts Community consists of an 8-mile loop that is lined with wonderful galleries, studios, and shops (not to mention some great places to eat). Whether you’re in search of fine art or handcrafted products that you can use around the house, you are guaranteed to find just what you’re looking for in the Arts and Crafts Loop. Read more

Welcome to Pigeon Forge TN sign
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7 Tips for Your First Trip to Pigeon Forge TN

If you have never been to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, it’s high time that you came to visit! Located minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our charming city is frequented by over 11 million vacationers each year. Filled with awesome attractions and breathtaking scenery, Pigeon Forge is the ultimate destination for a family getaway or romantic retreat. To help you make the most of your first trip to Pigeon Forge TN, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together these seven tips. Read more

The Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery at The Island.
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The 4 Best Distilleries in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

No trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN is complete without sampling some of the area’s signature moonshine! For hundreds of years, Smoky Mountain locals have drawn upon their Scotch-Irish roots and distilled corn whiskey. Historically, this Celtic tradition was an illicit activity for some distillers who refused to pay the government’s whiskey tax. In order to avoid the long arm of the law, these men would venture into the mountains under the cover of darkness to make their liquor. The resulting whiskey was known as “moonshine” because it was distilled by the light of the moon. Read more

Scenic photo of downtown Gatlinburg.
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Top 6 Things to Do in Downtown Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg is truly a world unto itself! Although it is only a few blocks long, the heart of the city is overflowing with fun things to see and do. Spending the day on The Strip is very convenient, because once you find parking, you can walk over to all of the awesome attractions, restaurants, and shops. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the top six things to do in downtown Gatlinburg. Read more

Butterfly flower arrangement at Dollywood.
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7 New Things to Do at Dollywood for 2018

We’ve got some big news for all you Dollywood fans out there! The beloved Pigeon Forge theme park recently released its plans for 2018, and we’re excited to report that there are lots of exciting additions on the way. According to Dolly Parton herself, 2018 is going to be called the “Season of Showstoppers” because the park is spending $1 million dollars to bring some of the world’s best entertainment to the Smokies. To help you plan your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to all of the new things to do at Dollywood for 2018. Read more

A variety of foods from a breakfast buffet on a table.
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7 Incredible Pigeon Forge Buffets and All You Can Eat Restaurants

When you’re in the mood for a hearty meal, nothing compares to a buffet! Pigeon Forge, TN offers a variety of excellent buffets that serve everything from breakfast to seafood. In addition to these great buffets, our Smoky Mountain city is also home to a number of traditional restaurants that offer bottomless portions. To help you make the most of your vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to seven of the best Pigeon Forge buffets and all you can eat restaurants. Read more

Beautiful Christmas lights in Gatlinburg.
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Christmas in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge: Top 7 Holiday Activities

They say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s certainly true in the Smoky Mountains! Throughout the entire month of December (and even in November), the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN come to life with a variety of wonderful holiday activities and attractions. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to seven of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Read more

A young boy feeding deer from his hand.
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10 Incredible Animal Attractions in Pigeon Forge TN and the Smokies

Animal lovers are sure to have a blast in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! Our Smoky Mountain city features a host of attractions where you can see, and in some cases interact with, a variety of beautiful critters. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to 10 incredible animal attractions in Pigeon Forge TN and the Smokies. Read more