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1 June 2017

Come Back to the Smokies

By | 2017-07-27T17:28:30+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Recovery. It’s the process of getting back to normal. In all things, God has a plan and that plan is beautifully illustrated in a new message from Dolly Parton. I was lucky enough to be in the studio the day Dolly sat down to communicate her heartfelt thoughts about the November fires in the [...]

31 March 2017

Make Your Dollywood Trip Easier…Use this Spring Break Guide

By | 2017-07-27T17:34:48+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

I’m one of those people who plan family vacations and excursions well in advance. I know everyone is not like me, but I feel I can make the most of our trip (and money spent) if I’ve done a little research in advance to make sure I know more about the locations and attractions [...]

13 March 2017

I Never Thought I’d See That at Dollywood

By | 2017-07-27T17:37:29+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Attractions, Trip Planning|0 Comments

With motherhood comes many of those, “I never thought I’d (fill in the blank here)” realizations. Dinnertime conversations, for example, can include topics I’d never DREAM to discuss above a whisper three years ago. (Somehow, I did not know that the tiniest humans can make the BIGGEST, smelliest messes?!) One of these newer realizations [...]

6 March 2017

The World Comes to Dollywood!

By | 2017-07-27T17:37:58+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Attractions, Festivals, Trip Planning|0 Comments

Let’s go ahead and state the obvious—when Dolly Parton is involved, the finished product is going to be spectacular. Dollywood’s entertainment offerings are more proof of that. In fact, the park’s shows have won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Entertainment for the last eight years! While I work here now, I’ve been [...]

27 February 2017

Top 5 Joints to Grab a Bite in the Smokies

By | 2017-09-11T11:38:03+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Dining, Trip Planning|0 Comments

My family and I love to go off the beaten tourist path and to check out the local haunts to grab a bite to eat when we are on vacation.   The Great Smoky Mountains may not be your first thought of a culinary mecca but there is a great variety of locally owned joints [...]

22 February 2017

Girls’ Weekend Getaway in the Smokies

By | 2017-07-27T17:39:34+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Dining, Lodging, Trip Planning|0 Comments

I looked over my notes one more time. My vote would be the tie-breaker. This girls’ weekend in the Smoky Mountains was full of promise—three nights with good friends AND three nights without wife/mom responsibilities. This decision is BIG: resort stay or luxury cabin for our home base? One of my friends argues that [...]

13 February 2017

S is for Smokies – and So Much Fun!

By | 2018-01-10T15:51:01+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Every year, thousands of people have some part of the Smoky Mountains experience on their list. But I can tell you that if it’s not part of your winter “must do” list, you’re missing out on a great time of year to experience this area’s attractions, outdoor, shopping and dining options. Ski and Soak [...]

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