Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Wyile Cider in Sevierville

Gorilla Climbing Wall near GatlinburgYou know Foxfire Mountain Adventure as the place to go in the Smokies for great outdoor adventure thrills like Ziplining, the Swinging Bridge to Prosperity, the Gorilla Climbing Wall, the Head-Rush Plunge, Tree-Climber Aerial Ropes Course and the Little Adventurer Obstacle Course for kids under 7 years old . And the Whispering Winds Canopy Bridges, the Wild and Woolly Watusi Farm and and the Bear Crawler ATV Tours. Whew! That's lot to do!

Appalachian creatures WyilesNow you will be able to sample and buy several kinds of cider made at Foxfire Mountain, with the help of those Appalachian Mountains, cider-making Wyiles. Wyile's are mythological creatures that came over from Scotland and Ireland when those settlers moved to America, and they settled in the Appalachian Mountains. They stand a little over 3 feet tall, live in the wilderness and build their homes in trees. They are fun-loving tricksters who can speak with the animals and are cider makers. Legend has it that they even helped Johnny Appleseed spread the joy of apples throughout America.

Matt Postlewaite Cider MasterMatt Postlewaite studied cider making through Cornell University and apprenticed at Foggy Ridge Cider in Virginia. He is now the Cider Master at Foxfire Mountain and he describes cider-making as a fermentation process. Apples are naturally sweet and only yeast needs to be added to eat the sugar and produce alcohol. Apples are washed, ground and put into an Apple Press and the juice goes into a tank. Yeast is added and they experiment with different yeasts for different tastes. Once the sugar has been converted to alcohol the batch is 'Cold Crashed' down to 31 degrees and any particles fall to the bottom. The liquid is drawn off and put into huge plastic bags that are inside a Bagging Box. The cider is aged, then the Blending process begins.

Blending is the art form of the process where different batches are tasted and recipes created. Concentrates like Blueberry and Apple Juice concentrate may be added to create different flavors, and carbonated bubbles can be added to create yet another style of cider. The product is then bottled, capped and pasteurized and once the bottles are dried, the labels are applied.

Foxfire Mountain's Prosperity Mountain in the SmokiesFoxfire Mountain pays homage to Appalachia by naming their ciders after the Wyile's of Foxfire Mountain, and you can take home bottles and jugs of the Wyile Ciders and interesting souvenirs not only from your Foxfire Mountain Adventure, but from your Cider Experience. Both will be memorable because the good folks at Foxfire Mountain will show you a good time and take good care of you when you are there. The Wyiles know this, that's why there live at Foxfire Mountain


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Jayell Ranch, Pigeon Forge next to Dollywood

Come on out to Jayell Ranch in Pigeon Forge next to Dollywood, and relax on the porch while you de-stress from a day of running around int he Smokies. while you are chilling out you can decide on the activity to pursue, horseback riding, ATV ride, Off-road Go-Karts or Ziplining or all four!
Horseback riding in the Smokies

So step off the porch and head over to the corral. Mount up on one of the safe, friendly horse, then follow your guide out to the trail. You will ride for one-hour on a 4-smile, shady trail through 260 acres of some of the best scenery in the Smokies. Along the ride you will see sites of North Carolina, Shield's Mountain Mt. Leconte and beautiful woodlands. Your guide will point out interesting and historical facts as well as answer any questions you might have.

ATV and UTV rides near Gatlinburg

Pick-up the pace a bit on the Off-road Go-karts or the ATV rides. The ATV ride is guided but they promise a mud-slinging, gear-shifting good time as you climb hills, cross creeks and go through mud holes. This 9-mile, one-mile adventure promises to be awesome!

Come prepared to get muddy and wet because you will be crossing creeks and going through mud holes!

Ziplining - aerial fun for all ages

Then take to the skies and ride the longest ziplines in the Smokies. Six lines and over 2 miles of aerial fun and adventure. Your guide will lead you through the harnessing-up, safety checks and pre-flight instruction, and will take you to the first launch point. There your high-flying adventure begins! You take off from he first platform and soar through the canopy of trees enjoying breathe-taking views of the Smokies. As you come in for a landing at the end of the first line, your heart is racing and you cannot wait to do this again. But at the beginning of the second line you become a little more adventurous as you even jump off of the platform to gain more speed. Soon you are running of off the platform, secure in the knowledge that your harness is keeping you safe so you can concentrate on the ride and the scenery. This is not just a fun and thrilling experience, but a confidence booster as well.

Jayell Ranch is located just off Veterans boulevard on Jayell Road. For more information click this link - -
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Scenic Helicopter Tours

     Scenic Helicopter Tours has been giving aerial tours of the Great Smoky Mountains area for over 40 years with safe and FAA and National Park approved tours of the Smokies and the surrounding area. Their tours are designed to accommodate any budget or time frame and you will see amazing views of the Great smoky Mountains, Douglas Lake, area rivers, and the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, depending upon the tour you choose.

See the Smokies from the air
Taking off!
     There is nothing like taking flight in a helicopter. The oneness that you feel with your surrounding is amazing and the birds-eye view that you have of the sky ahead and the land below is simply indescribable. Scenic's goal for each tour is to raise your awareness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by proving an entertaining and educational aerial adventure that will leave you with a greater connection to the beautiful area that we call home.
Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville
The Great Smoky Mountains

     You can choose from over 12 different tours in which you will experience the vastness and sheer beauty of the Smoky Mountain region. Your magical Scenic Helicopter Tour over the Smoky Mountains will take you in comfort over mountains and valleys to see areas where few men have set foot. You will get a true understanding of the awesomeness and grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains. Reservations are not required but are recommended, and you can ask to design or customize your own trip.

     Find out more about Scenic Helicopters and other attractions, restaurants, theaters, accommodations and shopping at, the Best Read Guide website.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Comedy Barn Theater Pigeon Forge

The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN, is celebrating its 22nd year of entertaining audiences with good, clean comedy and fun. They have assembled a crew of funny men and women, talented musicians and incredible animals that will make you laugh, entertain you and astound you with amazing pet tricks and world famous skits.
World famous human xylophone routineWorld class jugglers and comedians in the Smokies

Top notch ventriloquism near GatlinburgClogging at the Comedy BarnDanny juggles ping-pong balls - in his mouth...

Eric plays the human xylophone...

Stephan does ventriloquism, singing and talking no less!...
Katie Ann clogs (this is a type of folk dance)...

and Farmer Klemm does magic with kids from the audience as his helpers.

Amazing Animals in the Exotic Pet show
Other stars include the Amazing Animals in the Exotic Animals and Pet Show where pigs, parrots, house cats, dogs and miniature donkey all perform together on the Comedy Barn stage. These Comedy Critters have performed on The Tonight show, Animal Planet's "Pet Star" and with the Royal Hanneford Circus.

The musicians always hate it when they follow the animals - for obvious reasons - but they are stars in their own right. Clyde, Steve, Charlie and Buddy have been pickin' and grinnin' for years and they light-up the Comedy Barn stage with excellent country and gospel music. Between the laughter the boys in the band keep the mood light and the evening rocking. It all adds up to one of the most enjoyable nights of entertainment that you can find anywhere in the Smokies.

There's lots of fun and entertainment in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, so check it all out and prepare for your vacation at, the Best Read Guide website where you will find coupons and information on shows, attractions, restaurants, accommodations and shopping.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Track Family Recreation Center

     The Track Family Recreation Center in Pigeon Forge has long been a favorite attraction destination at Stoplight #3 in Pigeon Forge, and now you can double your fun at their second location near Stoplight #10 in Pigeon Forge. The familiar "The Track" sign is in place at location #2, but under the sign is another sign that says "Bear Country".

Carousel in The Smokies
Kid Friendly Cub Country in Pigeon Forge  You can ride all of the exciting rides at The Track at Bear Country that you can at The Track's original location, and you can use all of the tickets too. But there are some slight differences. At Bear Country the go-kart track surface is concrete but is wooden at the original location. At Bear Country the Kid's Country has some different rides and is called Cub Country. One of the rides is a beautifully decorated Carousel that features painted horses, swans and dragons for the kids and their families to ride upon.

Water Fun in Blaster Boats at Bear Country
Aerial Thrills at Pigeon Forge's TrackThe Track at Bear Country also features the popular Blaster Boats, the Go-Kart Track and of course, the indoor Arcade. At the Stoplight #3 location you can also play Mini-Golf, take a 65 foot plunge on the Bungee Jump, drive and interact on the Bumper Cars or experience the sensation of Sky Diving on the SkyFlyer! Skip the lines with a Fast Fun Pass or buy a Best Value or Great Value package to save money.

Plan to spend a day or more at The Track during your next Smoky Mountain vacation. You can get more information on things to do, other attractions, shopping, restaurants and theaters from the Best Read Guide website at