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Here at 'Cabins in the Clouds', we have tried to compile a list of attractions and things to do in the area. It would truly be impossible to list all of the attractions and activities in the area. Here are a few attractions.

when, where, how

The third annual Smallmouth King Bass Tournament will take place from June 5-6, 2021. The tournament will take place on the Little Pigeon river and allows anglers to fish from the shore, wading or on a kayak.

This tournament is a catch-photograph-release event with winners being determined by their two-day total of smallmouth bass greater than 12 inches in length. Prizes will be awarded to the top three anglers on the last day of competition.

how to register

The entry fee is $50 for individuals registering before 11:55 am on June 4, or $75 for day-of registration. An official measuring device is included in your registration fee. The tournament runs from 7 am to 5 pm on June 5 and from 7 am to 2 m on June 6. Awards will follow on June 6 at 3 pm.

contact

For more information, please contact Tournament Director, Greg Ward, at 865-661-3474 or follow the link.

New restaurant on the block

Now open for lunch and dinner – opening for breakfast soon! 

Feaster's on Teaster's is a brand-new Native American themed dining experience on the Parkway of Pigeon Forge.

in their words

Our menus are sure to satisfy any craving with a wide variety of choices!

Enjoy a tasty Indian Taco for lunch and come back for an Omaha steak for dinner.

our take

I am looking forward to trying this new restaurant because I have heard a lot of good things from all of you. 

If you have tried it, let me know what you think!

If you haven’t tried Dollywood’s delectable cinnamon bread, you’re truly missing out. Not only is it known for being absolutely delicious, but you usually have to wait in a pretty long line to grab a loaf to take home from your trip. Now, you can skip the lines and have a slice of this sweet treat any time with this awesome copycat recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water or fresh lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Coat two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 -inch loaf pans with vegetable oil cooking spray
  2. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish and set aside.
  3. Cut the dough lengthwise into two pieces. Make 4 crosswise slits in each piece, taking care not to cut all the way through. Brush the loaves all over with butter, making sure to cover the creases. Roll each loaf in the cinnamon mixture, packing the cinnamon into the creases with your hands. Place the loaves in the prepared pans and set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes. While the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  4. Bake the bread, turning the pans around once, for 35 minutes, or until the top is golden and a tap on the bottom of the pan yields a hollow sound.
  5. Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a small bowl, vigorously stir together the powdered sugar and water until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. Turn the breads out onto a rack while they're still warm and drizzle with the glaze.

We found this cool farm that we’d like to visit and we thought we’d share it with you. Here’s what they say:

Mountain Mist Farms – Where Flavor is an Experience!

Our farm is family owned. We sit in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. As our cover photo portrays, the beauty is indescribable. Early morning visitors will have the pleasure of the gorgeous mist that the Smoky’s are named for.  Great for pictures. If you're traveling through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and need a break from the traffic and hustle and bustle, take a step back in time and visit the farm. You’ll walk away refreshed and relaxed. I hear many times from our guests how surprised they are that they took a turn away from traffic and “found a piece of heaven.” If you’re in town looking for a place for family photos this is the place.

We have acres of Blackberries, Concords, Muscadines, Raspberries and last year we added Red and Black Currants, Elderberries, and Gooseberries. Our newly added peach trees are coming right along and should have peaches for the 2018 season and beyond.

We serve the community with our You-Pick berries. A perfect spot for a quiet picnic also. Or just a walk through the farm. Caney Creek runs through the farm and our pond is a must see for the kids, they will love the fish!

We are a farm winery and our fruit goes into the wines we sell. Stop by for a taste. You’ll be surprised.  

contact


722 Caney Creek Rd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Current Hours:

Nov. – Dec. 2020

Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM

Jan. – Apr. 2021Thurs.-Mon. 10AM-5PM

Have you ever been here? We’d love to hear your feedback!

Guy Fieri is the latest celebrity to bring his restaurant to the Pigeon Forge area! Most people have heard of Guy from his television shows on the Food Network – "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and "Guy’s Grocery Games." 

Guy Fieri Restaurant Coming Soon to Pigeon Forge

The restaurateur, author and TV host has partnered with a franchise to expand his Chicken Guy! restaurant across the state of Tennessee. He is slated to open several of his restaurants in East Tennessee, including one in Nashville, Johnson City and Gatlinburg too. "I've shot 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' and eaten all over the state and I know how much the great people of Tennessee love their real deal chicken," Fieri said in a statement. 

His restaurant includes a simple menu so pretty much everyone can find something to eat. It includes all-natural chicken tenders, skewers, sandwiches and salads, with the option of pairing it with more than 20 house-made sauces. Favorites include Donkey Sauce, Curry Mayo, Ranchero, Wasabi Honey, Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ, Honey Mustard and Garlic Parmesan. You can read about all of the sauces here. They do not call Guy the Boss of Sauce for nothing after-all! The chicken tenders are brined with lemon and pickle juice buttermilk and a selection of herbs and spices. Full of flavor! 

Chicken Guy! Menu

Some of the choices you will find on the menu: 

Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ (crispy fried chicken tenders, pepper jack, bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce, special sauce, slaw, pickles & BBQ kettle chips)

Big Bite B.L.A.T (crispy friend chicken tenders, crispy smoked bacon, lettuce, avocado crema, tomatoes & buttermilk ranch)

Southwestern (crispy fried chicken tenders, pepper jack, special sauce, avocado crema, cumin lime mojo, charred corn, roasted peppers, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes & crispy tortilla strips)

Chicken Tenders

Salad Bowls (they have a chopped chicken ceasar, mexican street corn or bbq chopped chicken as options)

Sides such as fried pickle chips, fries, slaw and mac dadd mac 'n' cheese

Shareable sides like loaded fries and loaded mac daddy mac 'n' cheese

They also offer a kids menu that consists of chicken tenders, grilled cheese or mac n cheese

Then, to end your delicious meal you can order one of their faved flavortown frozen treats! 

His Pigeon Forge location is said to be opening in the new Mountain Mile off Teaster Lane in 2020 sometime. We do not have a lot of information on it quite yet, but as soon as we do we will send that information out! His other Tennessee locations and opening dates have not been announced yet either so we will keep you posted as we hear ourselves. All I really know for sure is that I am very excited about the Guy Fieri Restaurant coming soon to Pigeon Forge! It looks delicious and I have heard excellent comments and reviews about the food and atmosphere.

It doesn't cost much money to have fun when you visit Gatlinburg, TN! We want to offer you a guide to some of the best budget-friendly attractions in the area. Although they might not be free, these activities are definitely light on the wallet. Here are eight of the most popular cheap things to do in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains:

1. Visit the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg is home to over 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers from all around the world! Admission to the museum is only $3 and that money is applied to any set of shakers purchased in the gift shop.

2. Feed the Ducks at The Old Mill

The Old Mill is home to one of the best Pigeon Forge restaurants fine dining.

The Little Pigeon River beside The Old Mill is frequented by ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. For about $1, you can pick up a bag of bird food at The Old Mill General Store and make some new feathered friends. Other budget-friendly activities in The Old Mill Square include free moonshine tastings at Old Forge Distillery, complimentary samples at the Candy Kitchen, and tours of The Old Mill (which typically cost $3 when available).

3. Visit Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler

Another one of the best cheap things to do in Gatlinburg is visit Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler! Here, you can sample the distillery's famous moonshine flavors, like White Lightnin' and Apple Pie, for just $5. Even better news — that $5 can go toward any purchase in the store, including their jars of moonshine! You'll also be able to see the authentic-working moonshine stills and take in the process from beginning to end.

4. Enjoy Cider and Donuts at the Apple Barn

Located next door to an apple orchard, the Apple Barn is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh apple cider and apple cinnamon donuts. An 8-ounce glass of cider is about $1 and a dozen donuts costs around $5. The Apple Barn Cider Bar also serves mouthwatering fried apple pies, apple dumplings, apple stack cakes, and other treats that cost just a few dollars. The Apple Barn Winery, which is just steps away from the general store, offers free wine tastings for guests who are over 21.

5. Conquer the Rock Climbing Wall at NOC

A visit to Nantahala Outdoor Center in Gatlinburg isn't your typical shopping experience! This awesome outdoor outfitter includes an excellent rock wall that you can climb for around $5. Other highlights of the shop include a "bear cave" for the kids, swinging rope bridge, and large fireplace.

6. Watch a Movie at The Forge Cinemas

forge cinemas

If you're looking for a cheap night at the movies during your vacation, you can't beat The Forge Cinemas. Tickets are around $6 for new releases! Concessions at the theater are also reasonably priced.

7. Take in the Views at Friendly Falls

Friendly Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located right off of Wears Valley Road. It doesn't cost anything to admire the waterfall from a distance, but visitors can enjoy even better views if they pay $1 or purchase something from the Friendly Falls craft store or snack shop. This one-of-a-kind attraction also offers awesome light shows at night for just $5.

8. Use Coupons and Discounts from Visit My Smokies

You can find tons of coupons and discounts right here.

in their words

The Chop House in Sevierville, TN has the best steaks and chops in town! Enjoy delicious appetizers, along with the finest steaks, chops and fresh U.S.D.C. inspected seafood. We work hard to create a warm, inviting atmosphere and strive for 100% guest satisfaction. We strongly encourage you to reserve a table online or call-ahead about seating. During peak hours—and especially on weekends—we are often fully booked and cannot accommodate walk-ins. For reservations of 5 or more, please call (865) 774-1991.

our take

We haven’t had a chance to sample their food yet, but those chops sure look appetizing! And those cocktails don’t look bad, either. 😉 If you’ve been, we’d love to know what you think.

contact

The Chop House
1649 Parkway Drive
Sevierville, TN 37862

(865) 774-1991

As the weather is getting warmer, there will be more and more people heading to the Pigeon Forge /Gatlinburg area. In these conditions, traffic can get a little hectic. We are not the only ones who know what a great area this is. Here are some tips to getting around without getting stuck:

  • Call ahead – This is probably the most important tip. The worst thing you can do is travel through traffic and find out your destination is closed or you need reservations. 
  • Plan accordingly – If you have a longer stay, schedule hikes, driving tours, horseback riding and other less populated / controlled events on the weekends. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are great days for the most popular attractions. 
  • Go early – Schedule events you would like to go to early in the day like dinner theaters and shows. If you want to go to a great restaurant go for lunch or an early dinner. Go to Gatlinburg early and avoid the crowds at night. Early, early, early… When we stay at cabins with friends and family we like to go to a big lunch and get snacks, appetizers and our favorite beverages and spend the evenings in the cabin and on the decks.  Sometimes a little moonshine suddenly appears…  
  • Fridays after 3 and Sunday afternoons – Avoid the Parkway during these times at all cost! Use roads like Toaster and Veterans to get around. 
  • Take the Trolley – This is a great way to get around to avoid traffic. Get a schedule and see if it works for you. We used to do this all the time when visiting Gatlinburg during busy times. 
  • Watch for big events – Rod Run, car shows, parades and other big events can change the traffic patterns and cause delays.

Have fun and be safe!!

in their words

If you want to know what we’re all about here at Best Italian, just look to our name. We keep our title by sticking to the classics: golden garlic knots, traditional pizzas, creamy pastas, and our homemade strawberry cheesecake, just to name a few. 

Sure, we’ve taken some liberties with our signature dishes (just look at the size of our calzones), but at the end of the day, we know it’s our hearty, comforting flavors that keep our customers coming back year after year.

our take

We haven’t tried it yet, but those garlic knots sure sound delicious! If you try them out, we’d love to hear your feedback.

They have two locations, both in Gatlinburg, you can find the contact details below.

contact details

968 Parkway Suite 9
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-430-4090

710 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-4345

in their words

From our hand cut ribeye's and our center cut sirloins, to our fresh produce daily, the experience is honest, real, and inviting! We prepare all our meats, seafood, chicken, desserts, and sauces fresh daily.

Quality

We strive for the highest quality in all things – beverages, food, service and ambiance. The experience for our guest must be exceptional!

Value

We are committed to providing value to our customers. Our goal is to provide quality and freshness in a traditional way, all while keeping our prices as low as possible.

Traditionalism

We do things the old fashion way; we earn it! We buy only the best, maintain high standards, preserve the physical appearance of our restaurants, and strive to satisfy every guest.

Service Commitment

Service is what separates us from the pack. We are simple, quality based, knowledgeable, helpful, and people oriented. Our commitment to service cannot be matched.

OUR TAKE

We recently got take out from Holston's and it was really good. My wife ordered Hawaiian chicken and I ordered the Chicken Fajitas.  The food was very good, the prices were reasonable and the service was good as well, as far as take out was concerned. I really wanted to try the steak, but I will wait until I dine in to try it. Highly recommended.