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About Ellen Liston

If it has anything to do with East Tennessee, this Dollywood blogger loves it. Ellen Liston was born in Kingsport and grew up in a rural environment that she says has many similarities to the Sevier County area and the beautiful Smoky Mountains here. When she’s not at Dollywood or enjoying the multitude of activities and attractions in these mountains, Ellen can usually be found cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, particularly at football and Lady Vols basketball games, or hanging out with her family – sometimes cheering on the Vols together! Some of her favorite things are reading almost any kind of book imaginable, history, crime dramas (especially Perry Mason and Forensic Files), old movies, ‘80s music, and most anything to do with her Scottish heritage, including kilts and bagpipes. She and her husband Scott live in South Knoxville on 6 acres with their yellow labs, Charlie and Rudy, and a Maine Coon cat with a major attitude, Sam.
11 December 2020

Glass Artist Retiring After Decades at Dollywood

By | 2020-12-09T12:13:43+00:00 December 11th, 2020|Shopping|0 Comments

What started as a hobby when Rob Parkin was 10 years old turned into a career crafting unique items and creating lasting memories for countless guests in four decades. His first job crafting glass was at Disneyland in California, and then he was sent to Disney World to work. “I was there for the grand [...]

30 November 2020

Dollywood Christmas Merchandise Available Now

By | 2020-12-22T09:20:04+00:00 November 30th, 2020|Shopping|0 Comments

Christmas memories are often wrapped up in special gifts from past holidays. For that festive gift that gives you the holiday feels, Dollywood has options galore that will provide you an easy way to accomplish the gift giving “To Do” list! For the Tree Ornaments are great keepsakes that offer enjoyment year after year, [...]

25 November 2020

The 2020 Santa Experience at Dollywood

By | 2020-11-25T09:26:34+00:00 November 25th, 2020|Entertainment, Family Visits, Festivals|0 Comments

I believe in Santa Claus. From as early as I can remember until last year, I have always believed in that wonderful man in the red suit with the white beard and the bag filled with presents and yumminess and the love that wraps it all up in a bow. But as the 2020 [...]

11 November 2020

Dozens of Christmas Shows Scheduled Daily

By | 2020-11-11T14:45:43+00:00 November 11th, 2020|Entertainment|0 Comments

Dollywood’s holiday entertainment is at the heart of many cherished Christmas traditions. This year during Smoky Mountain Christmas, you will enjoy a blend of beloved holiday favorites and new entertainment options that are sure to quickly become new traditions and special family memories. In all, we have about 40 scheduled performances each day during [...]

10 February 2020

Dollywood Passholder Savings to Use in the Off-Season

By | 2020-09-24T15:01:03+00:00 February 10th, 2020|Community|0 Comments

If you don’t come visit the Smokies and take advantage of some of the great Dollywood Season Pass bonuses to be found during the winter months, you really are missing out. I love the slower pace of life in our tourism town that starts at the beginning of the year and lasts until early [...]

3 April 2019

Pirates and Buffaloes and Cloggers – Oh My!

By | 2019-11-05T14:59:04+00:00 April 3rd, 2019|Area Entertainment|0 Comments

When it’s time to try to figure out what to do for an evening out, it usually comes down to this question: dinner or a show of some kind? As luck would have it, the best answer to this question when I can spend a night in Pigeon Forge is both! Whether I want [...]

7 November 2018

Christmas Fun and a Holiday Run

By | 2018-11-08T08:52:56+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

Holiday lights. Getting together with friends to make memories at Christmas events. Being outside in the crisp November weather for some fresh air and the sense that Santa is on his way soon (preferably with some of those cute reindeers). Ever wish there was a place and time when all of these come together? [...]

2 April 2018

Cast with Love: Explore the new Aunt Granny’s Restaurant

By | 2018-08-20T09:04:16+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

One of my favorite Dollywood originals, Aunt Granny’s Restaurant, has been “re-cast” this year. It’s all thanks to a delicious new menu and the involvement of another of my favorite family traditions - the iconic cast-iron from another great Tennessee company, Lodge Manufacturing Company. I’ve been spending time at Dollywood and eating delicious food [...]

19 March 2018

Takin’ It To The (Dollywood) Streets.

By | 2018-03-19T15:57:17+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Festivals|0 Comments

Spontaneity, entertainment and Dollywood – three of my favorite things about life.  And when the three of these are combined together at the theme park’s Festival of Nations that started March 16 – well, it just doesn’t get any better in my world! Now I love the fancy choreography and special effects and spiffy [...]

9 March 2018

Mountains of Museums: Six Museums You Can’t Miss When Visiting the Smokies

By | 2018-03-09T14:45:49+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Community|0 Comments

No trip to the Smokies should be complete without a hike on a mountain trail, some delicious Southern cooking and – believe it or not – a trip to one of the area’s amazing museums.  Here are some of my favorite museums here in our mountains. All Things Dolly.  I have probably been in [...]

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