Thursday, January 30, 2014

ROCKY TOP WINE TRAIL-FROM GATLINBURG TO KODAK, TN

Tennessee wineries crushed more than 1.5 million pounds of grapes in 2011, and Rocky Top Wineries crushed 850,000 pounds of that total. The Rocky Top Wineries use several grape varieties purchased from 38 different local farmers.
Rocky Top Wine Trail - Pigeon Forge, TN

 There are five wineries in the Rocky Top Wineries family. Mountain Valley Winery, Pigeon Forge, started producing wine in 1991 and now produces many popular award-winning varieties. They focus on making French and German style wines along with a great selection of sweet- fruit wines.

Hillside Winery is located in Sevierville, TN and produces Italian style and Bubbly wines. They offer educational and family friendly tours to help you learn about the wine making process.
Rocky Top Wine Trail - Pigeon Forge, TN
The Apple Barn Winery is located next to the world-famous Apple Barn General Store & Cider Mill in Sevierville, and they offer a unique twist on wine. Their wine is hand crafted in small lots on the farm to provide each customer the best possible wine from local fruit.  Open daily for tasting and sales.

Wineries in the Smoky Mountain AreaSugarland Cellars is a fully operating winery in Gatlinburg, offering tours and complimentary tastings of all wines available. The gift shop is a great experience filled with plenty of wine related gifts as well as other area related items. The rich history of Gatlinburg is showcased on their labels as well as throughout the guided tours.





And the newest winery in the Rocky Top Wineries family is Eagle Springs Winery, located just off of Exit 407 on I-40, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains!  Eagle Springs Winery is proud to offer honey wines along with its limited selection of dry and semi-sweet wines.

Rocky Top Wineries also have two wine clubs that send out six bottles of wine, carefully selected by their Master Winemaker, twice a year. Members get to try the new wines first and get discounts on most purchases.

There is free tasting at all wineries and a free gift when you visit. Visit 3 Wineries and get a wine glass, visit all 5 and get a T-Shirt. For more information visit www.rockytopwineries.com.

For more information on the area visit www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.



Thursday, January 23, 2014

WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK, PIGEON FORGE-AN EVENT FOR ALL AGES



 Wilderness Wildlife Week Pigeon Forge, TNThe 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week (WWW) begins Saturday, January 25th, and will be held at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

WWW started from an idea by Ken Jenkins, a Smokies Wildlife Photographer and has grown into 8 days of hikes, seminars, classes, exhibits and a Photo Contest, all designed to connect visitors with the great outdoors. Of course our great outdoors is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photo Gallery at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon ForgeYou can attend and browse through the Exhibit Area and the Photo Gallery. Or you can be more involved and attend the classes and seminars. And you can sign-up and take to the trails with the guided hikes in the Smokies.
Classes and presentations at Wilderness Wildlife Week




Classes range from lectures and video presentations about Wildflowers, Fly Fishing, Bears, Hummingbirds, Snakes and Salamanders and doing photography in the Smokies.

 Hike and field trips at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN
Hikes and field trips begin on Sunday the 26th and continue through the following Saturday. There are several hikes per day and there is a difficulty level and length for everyone - from Easy to Moderate to Strenuous. You sign-up in advance and you re bussed to and from the trailhead for each hike. Hikes include a Cades Cove Photo Trek, Hiking Tour of Wear Cove, Ramsey Cascades, Walker Sisters via Laurel Falls, and Owl Prowl and more.


Titanic Explorer at Wilderness Wildlife Week, Pigeon Forge, TN
There is also The Titanic Dive & Dine Excursion that will include an escorted tour of the Titanic Museum Attraction, a First Class Dinner and a personal introduction to Titanic historian John Joslyn. John was the co-leader of the group that took TV viewer "Live" to the wreck of the Titanic in 1987.

This is the ultimate Smoky Mountain Adventure and everything but the Titanic Dive & Dine Excursion is all FREE.

And for information on where to stay, eat and play in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, please visit www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com .

 Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN
 Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SHOPPERS PARADISE - FLEA MARKET STYLE!


Imagine 40,000 square feet of Shopping in the Smoky Mountains, with almost everything one can imagine. There are dolls, hats, embroidering, Antiques, T-shirts, Jewelry, Art and a lot more, all under one roof! And if that's not enough, there are more vendors outside.
Flea Traders Paradise Flea Market Sevierville, TN
Flea Traders Paradise Flea Market Sevierville, TN
You could spend the day at the Flea Traders Paradise so wear your comfortable shopping shoes. And if you get hungry, there are food stands available to keep your nourished so you can continue your shopping adventure.
Flea Traders Paradise Flea Market Sevierville, TN


Flea Traders Paradise is located on Highway 66, 4.5 miles north of Sevierville Highway 411/Main Street. It is on the right as you are headed toward I-40. They are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for sure, and to check for hours of operation and other days that they are open, call (865) 429-2716.


 For more information go to www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

SMOKY MOUNTAIN ATTRACTIONS-OPEN ALL YEAR!

When you are coming to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee you will find plenty of Outdoor Activities during the winter months of January, February and into March, giving you another reason to visit the Smokies! There are Pigeon Forge Outdoor Activities, Gatlinburg Outdoor Activities and Sevierville and Sevier County Outdoor Activities. Please read on to discover the opportunities and be sure to call before you go as the weather will impact the outdoor activity.

Zipline in the Smoky MountainsIf you want to get off the ground, you can take to the air outdoors in a number of ways. Wahoo Ziplines will he you zipping flying and soaring through a canopy trees, and Jayell Ranch not only offers ziplining, but also ATV rides and horseback riding. They are open 7 days a week. Foxfire Mountain Adventures will take you ziplining, on a Bear Crawler Adventure, or across the Bridge to Prosperity, one of the longest swinging bridges in the U.S.

More airborne activities include a trip up the mountainside on the Gatlinburg Skylift, helicopter tours of the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area with Scenic Helicopter Tours or Sevier County Choppers. A balloon ride will take you 400' over Pigeon Forge at the Wonders of Flight Balloon Ride located behind WonderWorks.

Ride 4 Wheelers in the Smoky MountainsThere are more ATV Activities. You can traverse 6,000 acres of mountain trails at Bluff Mountain Adventures and get a discount if you stay in one of their lodging facilities. At Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa you can take a one-hour ATV ride up the mountain, go horseback riding, take the kids to the petting zoo or gem mine. For more gem mining you can go to Cherokee, NC to the Smoky Mountain Gold & Ruby Mine.

Smoky Mountain Deer Farm not only offers horseback riding but also has a wonderful exotic petting zoo. Kids and adults enjoy seeing animals up close and feeding them also. Waldens Creek Stable rides through 500 acres with trail rides and offers special packages and a phone call is suggested for times of operation and more details.

Ride the Alpine Coaster in Pigeon ForgeFor more ground-based activities you can ride on Pigeon Forge's newest attraction the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster where you can "ride the hill and feel the thrill". Play miniature golf at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and Firehouse Golf, or "become a kid again" at the FunStop Family Action Park in Pigeon Forge, where you can enjoy a full day of family activities including thrill rides and go-karting.


Speaking of go-karting, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge have some of the best go-kart and fun centers in America. NASCAR Speedpark Smoky Mountains offers 24 rides and attractions and all-day admission is only $19.99. And The Track Family Fun Park in Pigeon Forge offers dozens of rides and you can pay for 2 rides and get one free! Adventure Raceway has a three-story, wooden track and bumper boats  Tracks are open most days and some nights, weather permitting

Play golf in the Smoky Mountains.
And last but not least, Sevierville Golf Club offers two, 18-hole courses, a driving range and a beautiful club house with food and beverages.

So if you thought Smoky Mountains Attractions were just for the summer, think again. There are plenty of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville Outdoor Attractions to enjoy all year long!