Hearthside Cabin Rentals’ Blog

Barns in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains.
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The Fascinating History of Cades Cove

Cades Cove is far and away the most popular area to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Attracting over 2 million tourists each year, this breathtaking valley is famous for its gorgeous mountain views, well-preserved historic buildings, and phenomenal wildlife. All of the cove’s major landmarks are conveniently located along an 11-mile loop road, so visitors can easily tour the valley by car. Read more

A group of friends whitewater rafting on a river.
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Top 8 Ways to Stay Cool in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies This Summer

With average highs in the mid-80s, Pigeon Forge, TN boasts gorgeous summer weather. While we absolutely love soaking up the sun, sometimes it can be nice to cool off for a little while during the dog days of summer. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to eight of our favorite ways to say cool in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Read more

Crave Golf Club Pigeon Forge
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6 Pigeon Forge Attractions You Can Enjoy for Free When You Stay in Our Cabins

When you stay with Hearthside Cabin Rentals, you’ll get to take advantage of free attraction tickets we provide to our guests! With our Freedom Fun Pass, you’ll get free admission tickets to some of the best things to do in town. Here are 6 Pigeon Forge attractions you can enjoy for free when you stay in our cabins: Read more

The historic Old Mill in the Smoky Mountains.
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Top 6 Things You Have to Do When You Visit The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge

The Old Mill is one of the top places to visit in Pigeon Forge. The Old Mill itself was built in in the early 1800s and provided electricity for the town until 1935. Now, visitors flock to The Old Mill Square to see the giant water wheel, browse the shops and dine on delicious Southern food. Check out the top 6 things you have to do when you visit The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge: Read more

Your Ultimate Guide To Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge 4th of July Events

patriotic babyIt’s almost that time of year again. It’s time for fireworks, grilling out and celebrating all things patriotic! Join us this year in celebrating the 4th of July by attending one of the many exciting Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge 4th of July events. Read more

The Rockin' Raceway arcade in Pigeon Forge TN.
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The 4 Best Arcades in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies

Visiting an arcade is a classic family vacation activity, especially on a rainy day. If the forecast is calling for showers during your getaway in Pigeon Forge, TN, you’ll find a variety of awesome arcades where you can have some fun until the rain passes. With everything from traditional video arcades to a state-of-the-art virtual reality attraction, the Smoky Mountains are guaranteed to have an arcade that you love. To help you make the most of your next escape, Hearthside Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to the four best arcades in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies. Read more

A beautiful photo of downtown Gatlinburg and the mountains.
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Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Restaurant Coming to Gatlinburg

Dolly Parton isn’t the only country star making big business moves in the Smoky Mountains! It was recently announced that popular country artist Blake Shelton will open a new Ole Red location in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN. Named after Shelton’s hit song of the same name, Ole Red will be a restaurant and entertainment venue featuring mouthwatering Southern food and awesome live music. Ole Red Gatlinburg will be the third location in the small franchise, joining restaurants in Nashville, TN and Tishomingo, OK. Read more

The outside of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.
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Top 8 Things to Do at the Gatlinburg Aquarium for Families

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the top family-friendly attractions in the Smoky Mountains. It’s even been rated one of the top aquariums in the country! This Gatlinburg aquarium is full of fascinating things to do that everyone in the family will enjoy. To prepare for your visit to Ripley’s, check out the top 8 things to do at the Gatlinburg aquarium for families. Read more

A stunning sunset in the Smoky Mountains.
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3 Heartwarming Smoky Mountain News Stories You Have to See

While watching the news can often be a downer, there are lots of great things happening right here in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains! When we saw the following news stories on TV, we knew that they were simply too good not to post about. To help you get in the mood for your next vacation, Hearthside Cabin Rentals is sharing three heartwarming Smoky Mountain news stories from the last few weeks. Read more

Incredible mountain views from the deck of the Bluff Splendor cabin.
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Top 10 Tips for Your Family’s Summer Vacation in Our Gatlinburg Cabins

Planning a family vacation is easy when you choose to spend it in the Smoky Mountains. Our Gatlinburg cabins provide you with the perfect place to stay that has all the comforts of home, along with all the added benefits of being on vacation. To help make sure you have the best time while you’re here, we’ve come up with the top 10 tips for your family’s summer vacation in our Gatlinburg cabins: Read more