Appalachian White Lightnin’: A Brief History of Moonshine

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You can’t say you’ve experienced these dusky peaks if you’ve never sat outside on the porch with a mason jar full of moonshine cocktail while listening to bluegrass music. After all, white lightnin’, as the locals call it, is one of the most famous novelties of the Great Smoky Mountains. So how did Appalachian moonshine […]

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A Guide to Hiking the Great Smoky Mountains in the Fall

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Can you believe it? Fall is already upon us! As the kids return to school and the spooky Halloween decorations go up, the leaves come down and the REI gear comes out. “Leaf season,” as the locals call it, is the best time to visit the Smoky Mountains for hiking. Rather than their usual lovely […]

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Faith-Based Experiences in the Smokies

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Your higher power is with you no matter where you are. Yet, you may feel a stronger connection with the divine when surrounded by ancient beauty and graceful grandeur. Impressive, timeless, yet gentle – the Great Smoky Mountains inherently generate such a sense of sacredness. It’s no surprise that there is a wide variety of […]

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Best Burgers in Gatlinburg & Beyond

The truly spiritual need for caffeine to wake you up in the morning? It doesn’t compare. What about the universally-felt longing for your cat to come and sit on your lap? No, that doesn’t compare either. Nothing compares to the ravenous craving we can feel for a thick, juicy, twelve-story-high burger! Sometimes, the simplest things […]

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Mini-Golf Your Way Across the Smokies!

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While there is so much to love about mini-golf, the most exciting part is how it is used as a storytelling medium. Mini-golf courses often create an entirely unique experience centered around a fantastic adventure that develops with each hole. Get swept away into a wondrous story for an afternoon of family fun with exciting […]

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Top Spots for Lunch in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

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Just as you reach the trail’s end, where a majestic waterfall splashes over slippery little red salamanders, your stomach starts to rumble. As you spot the parking lot past the trailhead, you wonder how many hours it’s been since breakfast. The moment you finish taking a sip of water and buckling up in the driver’s […]

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Best Handicap Accessible Hotels in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

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In one suite, there is a lively grandmother who communicates in American Sign Language to supplement her hearing aid. Across the hall, there is an adorable family whose child was born with cerebral palsy, which affects her movement and walking. There is an intelligent young man on the ground floor who suffered a traumatic injury […]

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Soar Into Summer With These Amusement Park Rides

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There will never be a lack of goals to work toward. There will never be a shortage of chores to catch up on, after-school activities for the kids to try out, or DIY home improvement projects. All these things can be fantastic opportunities to move us toward our dream lives. On the other hand, if […]

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Your Smoky Mountain Brewery & Distillery Crawl Checklist

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The art of liquor distillation has long been integral to the unique culture and history of East Tennessee. It all began when Celtic immigrants fled to the Appalachian region to escape religious persecution at the end of the 17th century. They didn’t just bring their religion across the Atlantic but also their folk traditions, music, […]

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