Somewhere between the hectic back-to-school activities and the chaos of the holiday season, you'll find a few weeks of peace and quiet and just enough time to enjoy a quick getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Pigeon Forge, TN, and enjoy some of the many festivals and events that celebrate the season.
Music Lovers Take Note
The South is known for its rich musical history, and you'll hear an incredible selection of country, blues, and bluegrass this October 11th through the 13th at the Foothills Fall Festival. Each day features names such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kix Brooks, Rascal Flatts, and more. In total, 15 bands will perform, giving you a chance to see your old favorites and get to know some new talents.
In between shows, be sure to check out Adventure Land, which offers 16 acres of fun for the entire family. You'll find a climbing wall, a 150-foot zipline, and outdoor laser tag. For the youngsters, Tiny Tot Adventure Land features a hay maze and kid-friendly climbing toys. Older kids will have a blast on the Velcro wall or the giant slide.
Love to shop? Head downtown for ArtWay, a juried show of nearly 100 artisans. Booths will line the streets of Maryville, giving you an opportunity to pick up a few one-of-a-kind gifts – or even some décor for your own home. You'll find handcrafts in a wide variety of mediums, including pottery, woodworking, jewelry making, and quilting, so there truly is something for everyone here.
Remembering the Past
No trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is complete without a visit to Titanic Pigeon Forge, and this year a special exhibit pays tribute to the 133 children who were onboard the ship. You'll experience what it was like to travel aboard the Titanic and get to see what life was like for both the wealthy passengers and those who were traveling third class. You can even steer the ship or touch an iceberg. It's a history lesson you won't soon forget, and one even your kids will enjoy.
The Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum celebrates the fall harvest in a way you won't find anywhere else. Demonstrations include the making of molasses, soap, and apple cider, plus you'll enjoy traditional Southern Appalachian music performed by talented locals dressed in period costumes. The Mountain Farm Museum is surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and includes a log cabin, cider mill, spring house, and more for you to explore.
For history of a different kind, be sure to visit during the Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run. Muscle cars and classic rides line the streets, showing off their stuff and turning heads everywhere they go. If you're a fan of Detroit's finest automobiles, you won't want to miss it.
Pigeon Forge, TN, and the surrounding countryside offer an amazing variety of sights that are sure to entertain and enlighten everyone in your family. From music to history to unique arts and crafts, you'll find everything you want in a weekend getaway, and isn't a little relaxation just what you need before we head into the hectic holidays?
Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain rental cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at http://www.volunteercabinrentals.com to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.