A Busy Fall In The Smokies

Thanks to cooler temperatures, gorgeous weather and the transformation of foliage, autumn is one of the most popular seasons in the Great Smoky Mountains. Visitation to the area dips a little after Labor Day but then comes back in full force from late September into early November. As a result, there’s always a dramatic increase in the number of special events and happenings in the communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

This week, we present an overview of just some of the things that are going on around the Smokies in the upcoming week. From music, to crafts to outdoor events, you’re sure to find something in the next few days that you and your family might enjoy taking part in.

On Saturday, September 27, the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge hosts its 11th annual Heritage Day event. The one-day celebration is a throwback to simpler times and features quilt demonstrations, a petting zoo, kids’ train rides, basket making, a farmers’ market and much more. It’s designed to give guests a glimpse of what life in the Smokies was like in the 1800s. You can even try your hand at making lye soap or apple butter. The day includes free tours of the historic Old Mill, which has been operating on the shores of the Little Pigeon River since the 1830s.

Also kicking off on Saturday and running through October 25 is the 29th Annual Pigeon Forge Rotary Craft Festival. Taking place under a giant tent at Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park, the event features talented crafts people from around the region, demonstrating their skills in the areas of woodworking, stained glass, Native American items, home décor and more. Daily hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is by donation only. Proceeds benefit a variety of charities, including Sevier Food Ministries, Boys & Girls Clubs and House of Hope as well as various scholarship funds and civic projects.

For a great way to get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having, you might want to check out the semiannual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. More than 20 miles of area streams will be stocked with more than 10,000 trout in preparation for this event, which is great for adults and kids, both local and visiting. Ten thousand dollars in cash and prizes is up for grabs at this competition, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday. Contact Rocky Top Outfitters in Pigeon Forge for more information.

Other events taking place in the near future include Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Children’s Whoadeo (9/27), Teacher Appreciation Days at The Tomb & Magiquest (9/28-10/12), Mountain Fest at the Inn at Christmas Place (9/28-10/5) and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Senior Day (9/30).

If you plan to visit the Smokies in the next month or so, you’ll want to browse our selection of cabins in Tennessee. From one-bedroom cottages to sprawling five-bedroom lodges, Timbercreek Cabin Rentals has plenty of options to meet your lodging needs.

 

Make Your Reservations Now!

We’re already starting to see some early hints that fall is right upon us here in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The days have been a little less humid, and the temps at night have been pretty comfortable.

That means that in no time at all, the leaves on the trees will be turning from summer’s greens to autumn’s reds, yellows and oranges. In turn, the Smokies experience one of their peak visitation periods, lasting from early October into early November. In addition to the color show, events like Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration, and an abundance of craft fairs make this one of the most popular times of year to be in the mountains.

Because of that, we’re recommending that anyone interested in staying in one of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals make their reservations as soon as possible. And if you look on our Web site, you’ll find a lot seasonal deals outlined on our Specials page.

Year Round Special – Book seven nights and only pay for five (two free nights).

Pre-Holiday Getaway (November 1 through 23) – Book any three nights and get one free.

Repeat Guest Special – Repeat guests receive 10 percent off any stay, any time.

And if you’re looking to come back here just before or after the Christmas holidays, we have more deals going then too:

Early Christmas Special (December 1 through 20) – Book any three nights and get one free.

Winter Special 2015 (January 5 through March 15) – Book any three nights and get one free.

All of these specials apply to the specific dates mentioned only and cannot be combined with other discounts.

At Timbercreek Cabin Rentals, we offer a wide selection of luxury rental cabins all year long, and we’re set up to accommodate just about any size group or situation. We have everything from cozy one-bedroom cabins that are just right for honeymoons or anniversaries or romantic weekend getaways to five-bedroom properties that can be a good base for a family reunion, corporate retreat or any type of group outing.

Most of our properties come with all the upscale features you could want from an overnight rental. These include outdoor hot tubs, porches and decks, outdoor gas or charcoal grills, indoor gas or log fireplaces, whirlpool tubs in bathrooms, large-screen TVs and gaming systems, game rooms with pool or foosball tables, laundry rooms and full kitchens stocked with cookware, utensils and appliances. We even include linens, towels and starter supplies of toilet paper and paper towels.

Our cabins are convenient to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. So no matter whether you’re looking to shop, visit world-class attractions, take part in special events or dine at a wide range of restaurants, you’ll usually be within a short drive of your destination. Our properties are also very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means you’ll be just minutes from hiking, fishing, picnicking and much more.

It’s Harvest Time In Tennessee!

The thermometer and the humidity levels may disagree for the time being, but it’s about to be harvest time in East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. Even though Mother Nature’s cooler fall temps and changing foliage may still be several weeks in the offing, we can say that the change of seasons becomes official this week thanks to the kickoff of the annual Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.

In the communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, you’ll notice a lot more seasonal décor put on display by the city governments as well as by local businesses. Traditional harvest trappings like hay bales, pumpkins, scarecrows and gourds set the stage for each city’s celebration.

In Gatlinburg, the fun gets going this week, on September 12. This month’s combination of warm, sunny days and cool, clear nights will make for a smooth transition into autumn and hopefully also be the perfect recipe for a brilliant fall color show when the foliage reaches its peak intensity in October.

In addition to the leaf transformation and fall decorations, each city will host its own slate of special events during Harvest Festival, including the many craft fairs found throughout the area. For example, the 39th annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair runs October 9 through 26 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Numerous artisans and crafts people will be on hand each day to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique works for sale.

Gatlinburg’s Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community will also be a busy part of town. Established in 1937, this eight-mile loop of crafts studios, shops and galleries is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The community proudly preserves the craft heritage of the Smokies and the Southern Appalachians year ‘round. Among the crafts you’ll find on this self-guided auto tour are pottery, woodcarving, candle making, quilting, weaving, broom making and painting, just to name a few.

Crafts in Gatlinburg also reign supreme at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in the downtown area. Founded in 1945, this school offers summer and spring workshops and an array of special conferences for all levels of students in craft-art media. Arrowmont’s galleries are open for tours of select collections throughout the year.

In Pigeon Forge, Dollywood theme park gets in on the harvest-time fun with its annual National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration. Taking place September 20 through November 1, this festival sees Dollywood all gussied up for fall with an abundance of traditional decorations throughout the park. And in addition to its usual array of resident craftsmen, the theme park will also welcome guest crafters from all over the country, set up in various locations throughout the site.

Of course, free gospel music concerts will be offered at multiple venues throughout the park during the event, all on top of Dollywood’s usual schedule of live music and variety shows. Finally, all of those fun rides will still be running throughout the National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration.

And remember that whether you’re celebrating the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville, Timbercreek Cabin Rentals has a large inventory of luxury rental cabins that are conveniently located near the places you plan to visit most.

Cabin Of The Week – Bear Hug

There’s still plenty of warm weather to go this summer, but it’s not too early to start dreaming about autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. The leaves will be turning, and the days and nights will both be noticeably cooler. It’s actually one of the best times to take a vacation or getaway in the mountains, and reserving a few days or a week in this Wears Valley cabin is a great foundation on which to build a trip to the Smokies you’ll never forget.

Bear Hug is a cozy and welcoming cabin in the mountains that sleeps eight guests, making it a good choice for a large family or maybe two small families traveling together. The master bedroom is on the upper floor and features a queen bed, whirlpool tub and satellite TV. The second bedroom, on the lower level, also has a queen bed as well as a twin trundle bed that’s just the right size for a child. Additional sleeping capability comes in the form of the sleeper sofa and love seat in the living room.

The living room is an inviting space thanks to the seating group, TV and fireplace. It’s a place designed for people to gather, whether they’re watching a TV or sporting event, warming up in front of a fire in winter, curling up with a good book or just enjoying conversation.

This cabin boasts a full kitchen that’s capable of allowing you to prepare your own meals, if you wish, and the large table in the dining area is spacious enough to accommodate everyone, even if you’ve maxed out your sleeping capacity. Additional food-preparation options include the charcoal grill out on the deck, which is a great option for dining al fresco on pleasant days.

Entertainment comes in the form of a new foosball table, or maybe the gamers in the family can have at it on the PlayStation 2 system connected to one of the TVs. Many of the families that have stayed at Bear Hug in the past have used the dining table to play board games or maybe put a puzzle together.

If you like the inside of Bear Hug, you’ll really embrace the outside of the cabin. The deck offers gorgeous views of your surroundings, and amenities like the hot tub and rocking chairs make relaxation a snap. You can soak any lingering stress away in the bubbling tub’s warm waters, day or night, or you can kick back in a rocker and just enjoy the peaceful views and the sounds of nature.

Bear Hug, however, is just one of many cabins in the Smoky Mountains that we offer in our inventory. We have properties ranging from one bedroom to five bedrooms, and they are in a variety of locations. So whatever brings you to the Smokies, and no matter how many people you’re traveling with, we have a property that will suit your needs.

Give us a call today or click on one of our cabins to begin reserving your accommodations today.

 

Smoky Mountain Day Trips

Let’s say you’re planning to stay for several days or maybe even a full week at one of our cabins in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley or Sevierville. There’s no doubt that there’s so much to do in each of those towns that you could easily fill up several years’ worth of vacation calendars and not experience the same day twice.

But sometimes, you might want to just break things up a little bit and spend a day away from your main Smoky Mountains destination. A change of scenery and a small road trip can add a little bit more zip and excitement to your vacation, which is why this week, we’ve got several suggestions for small day trips you can easily make from anywhere in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville area.

None of these places are more than a couple hours away by car, and they have lots of things to see and do while you’re there. The best part is that by the end of the day, you can be back here at Timbercreek cabins, ready to continue exploring the rest of the Smokies the next day.

• Cherokee, North Carolina

First of all, it’s a beautiful drive if you take U.S. 441 from the south end of Gatlinburg to the Cherokee side of the national park. Along the way, the curvy roads will take you by huge mountain peaks and sweeping valley vistas. Of course, the North Carolina side of the park has plenty of trails and historic sites of its own. Once you’re in Cherokee, attractions like Harrah’s Cherokee Casino draw a lot of visitors, but we recommend focusing on the more cultural offerings that pertain to the area’s Native American history. These include Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama, the Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery and the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

• Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville has gained a reputation in recent years for being a hip place to hang out and enjoy the Smokies, although the town’s main attraction, Biltmore Estate, offers insights into the opulence of early 20th century American aristocrats. Sitting on 8,000 forested acres, this 250-room French Renaissance chateau was the private residence of millionaire George Vanderbilt and his wife Edith. Today, tours welcome nearly a million visitors annually and include the house, gardens and a variety of cottage industries that have sprung up on this self-sustaining estate. Other points of interest in Asheville include the Folk Art Center and Grove Park Inn.

• Knoxville, Tennessee

Don’t forget about the city that’s in the Smokies’ own backyard. Knoxville has many points of interest, especially in the fall, when you can catch at least six Tennessee Volunteer home games during football season. Other attractions include the Sunsphere (there’s a restaurant at the top now), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Knoxville Zoo, McClung Museum of Natural History, the Knoxville Museum of Art and a couple of historic theaters that host frequent live events, including the Bijou Theatre and the Tennessee Theatre. Knoxville’s burgeoning downtown is also known for its great collections of shops, nightspots and restaurants. You’ll find these in areas such as the Old City, Market Square and downtown’s main street, Gay Street.

National Park Happenings

It’s a parent’s favorite time of year—when the kids go back to school and life returns to normal for the next nine months. This can also have other benefits, especially if you’re planning to visit the Great Smoky Mountains in the next few weeks. Between now and the fall color show, visitation in the Smokies drops off somewhat, which means visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a lot easier, especially on weekdays. Traffic is down, campsites aren’t as crowded, and it’s still a beautiful sight to behold

There’s always a lot to do in the national park, including hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, seeing historic sites, picnicking and more. But did you know that the National Park Service schedules dozens of special activities every week, each led by a park ranger? These events are fun, interesting, educational and usually free. Here’s just a small sampling of what you’ll find going on this week. Events are free unless otherwise specified.

• A Waterfall by Lantern Light – Wednesday, 8/20, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Sugarlands Visitor Center – See Cataract Falls on this lantern-lit night stroll through the Forks of the River community. It’s an easy walk, and sign-ups take place at the visitor center.

• Cades Cove Evening Hayride – Thursday, 8/21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Cades Cove Riding Stables – A ranger leads this open-air hayride through the cove, allowing you to see wildlife and discover the diverse life in this popular area of the park. $14 per person, and rides are on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Legends Of The Cherokee – Thursday, 8/21, 8 to 8:45 p.m., Elkmont Campground Amphitheater – Join a ranger for this introduction to Cherokee history, lore and rituals.

• Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! – Friday, 8/22, 3 to 3:45 p.m., Sugarlands Visitor Center – Learn about the park’s elk population and discover the best places within the park to see and hear them.

• Old Town Of Elkmont – Saturday, 8/23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elkmont Campground Entrance Station – A ranger leads this stroll through the old Elkmont community and shares its history from when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boomtown.

• Once Upon A Time… – Saturday, 8/23, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop – Discover the world of the black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains, including both myth and truth.

The Echoes Of Their Wings: The Life And Legacy Of The Passenger Pigeon – Sunday, 8/24, 1 to 3 p.m., Sugarlands Visitor Center – Naturalist and author Joel Greenberg leads this talk on what was once the most abundant bird in North America.

You’ll find more park happenings at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/events.htm.

And if you haven’t made your accommodations arrangements yet, be sure to browse our selection of Wears Valley cabin rentals. Our properties are very convenient to an infrequently used national park entrance that will get you to many of these event locations in good time.

10 Strategies For Your Cabin Vacation – Part 2

Last week, we shared some tips geared to help you get the most out of a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, particularly if you’re staying in a rental cabin. But whether you’re booking one of our cabins in the Smokies or have made other lodging arrangements for your next trip, you can still benefit from these helpful strategies. Last week, we presented the first five on our list of 10, so this week, we’ll finish up with the next five.

• Picnic in the park

We strongly recommend visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park if you’re staying anywhere in the area. But if you do, remember that there are few food vendors (Cades Cove picnic area is an exception). One popular activity is to pack a picnic lunch and take it into the park with you. There are several picnic and campground areas for you to take advantage of, or you might find an off-the-beaten-path alternative. Just be sure to clean up all your garbage and don’t leave food for the bears.

• Pack light

One of the great advantages of staying in a cabin is the presence of a washer and dryer. So instead of packing a different outfit for every day of the week and maxing out your luggage and storage space, go easier on the clothing and do a load or two of laundry. Be sure to bring your own laundry soap, however.

• Bring a bathing suit

This can come in handy any time of year. In summer, you may swim in a creek or river, visit a water park or swim in a community pool. But even in winter, you’ll need something to wear if you plan to take advantage of your cabin’s hot tub.

• Travel in small groups

Cabins are conducive to large groups like corporate retreats or family reunions. But if you’re heading out for the day, consider splitting up into smaller groups. Trying to move a large herd of folks can be time-consuming, not to mention the fact that most people probably won’t share the same tastes in activities. Maybe one group wants to go hiking, while another wants to go shopping, while another wants to go to Dollywood for the day. Stay flexible.

•  Schedule some down time

Let’s face it; even vacations can be hard work or stressful at times, especially if you have younger children in tow. They tend to get a little cranky as the day wears on. Not to mention that a long day on your feet in the national park or at Dollywood or in the outlet malls can wear down even the hardiest of souls. So make the most out of your mountain cabin and plan for some do-nothing time. Sit out on the deck and take in the views from your rocking chair or swing, de-stress in the hot tub, kick back and watch a movie, curl up in the loft with a good book or just stretch out on your bed and do some power napping.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you plan and execute a Smoky Mountains vacation that you’ll never forget.

 

10 Strategies For Your Cabin Vacation – Part 1

If you’ve booked one of our Timbercreek cabins for an upcoming trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, you can count on some great times ahead. Whether you’re planning to visit late this summer or some time this fall, the area’s natural beauty and abundant recreation, amusement, shopping and dining opportunities will add up to big fun for all.

Even if you don’t currently have a reservation with us, we’d like to pass along a few strategies for ways to make the most of your trip to the Smokies, especially if you’re staying in a cabin. These tips will save you some time and money and ensure that everyone has a blast.

• Share a cabin with family or friends

The more the merrier, right? Sharing a property with multiple people is just a lot of fun, and it also saves money, because generally, economies of scale help you get lower rates per person that way. At Timbercreek, we have everything from one-bedroom cabins to five-bedroom lodges that can accommodate as many as 15 guests or so. So we can easily make larger groups feel comfortable, with plenty of amenities to suit everyone’s needs. And of course, you can almost always book a cabin for a large party much less expensively than you can hotel rooms for the same number of guests.

• Arrive before dark

If it’s possible, arriving during the day will help you get your bearings, particularly in some of the more remote mountain roads. Plus you’ll still have some day left to enjoy attractions and restaurants in town or to simply settle into your lodgings and unwind from your journey.

• Buy groceries at home

When practical, plan your cook-in meals ahead of time and buy as many supplies as you can before you head to the Smokies. This may not work if you’re driving a long way and can’t keep perishables cold or frozen. But for non-perishables and sundry items, this strategy can save you a lot of money. Not to mention the fact that the grocery stores can get very busy on peak days, so pre-shopping will free up more of your time for fun stuff.

• Plan to eat breakfast and another meal in the cabin

Our kitchens come with most of the appliances, cookware, utensils and dishware you’ll need to prepare and serve a wide variety of meals, so take advantage of that for a meal or two each day. It will save you money, as opposed to dining out every meal, and it’s a convenient way for everyone to enjoy meals together. Most cabins have grills too, so you can even fire up some steaks or burgers out on the deck. Of course, there are lots of great restaurants to choose from in the Smokies, so don’t forget to take advantage of that selection as well.

• Pack extras

Our cabins come with starter supplies of toilet paper, paper towels and the like, as well as towels and linens. But you may want to pack other items that you’re more particular about, such as a favorite brand of coffee filter or your own pillow or DVDs from your video collection. If you’re not sure exactly what each cabin does and doesn’t offer, just check with us.

Next week, we’ll round out the list with five more great strategies for your cabin vacation in the Smokies.

Cabin Of The Week – An Indian Dream

It’s not just the name of this one-bedroom, two-bath chalet-style cabin that pays tribute to Native American history; you’ll see evidence of it as well when you step inside, thanks to décor inspired by that culture. This cabin also draws heavily on the heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains in general, resulting in a scenically charming place to stay on your next mountain getaway.

This cabin’s size and functionality make it versatile for any number of vacation scenarios. With one bedroom, it’s an ideal place for a romantic weekend, honeymoon or second honeymoon, while two sleeper sofas (one in the living room and one in the loft) make it flexible enough to accommodate as many as four additional guests, especially children.

On the main level, the living room, dining area and kitchen are all part of an open floor plan with a wide, spacious feel. The open cathedral ceiling that extends to the loft level adds to the effect. The living spaces have abundant panoramic mountain views out the main chalet windows, and those views extend to the loft as well. Guests gathered in the living room can also take advantage of a gas fireplace, wireless high-speed Internet and cable TV with VCR and DVD player.

The master bedroom can be found on the main level too. Its highlights include a handcrafted king bed, oversized whirlpool tub in the bedroom, adjoining bath, cable TV and full-size washer and dryer. The loft also functions as a sleeping area, thanks to the sleeper sofa, and it does double duty as a rec room. The loft’s pool table, cable TV, portable stereo and assortment of games and puzzles make it an ideal place for the kids to sleep, play or just hang out.

Of course, An Indian Dream wouldn’t dream of depriving you of outdoor amenities either. There’s a hot tub protected by the cover of the wraparound deck, or you could relax in a different fashion in one of the rocking chairs or in the porch swing out there. At mealtime, you might want to fire up some burgers, steaks or chicken on the outdoor grill and enjoy the ambience of the trees, mountains and nature sounds as you take your meals al fresco.

This beautiful cabin also benefits from a scenic location in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. It’s perfect for guests who want to feel like they’ve lost themselves in the mountains while maintaining handy access to all the attractions, shops and restaurants of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. You can be right in the thick of things within just five minutes by car.

Remember that even though there are still lots of summer weather left, fall isn’t too far away, so it’s never too early to be thinking about booking a getaway for when the leaves are turning and peaking this October. Or maybe your family would like to try spending Christmas in the Smokies this year. Whatever the size party or time of year, we have a great place for you to stay here at Timbercreek Cabins—Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley or Sevierville.

Wedding Bells Are Ringing In The Smokies

People from all over the world travel to the Great Smoky Mountains each summer to visit the national park as well as all the great attractions, shops and restaurants that are found in the communities that lie in the foothills. But that’s not the only reason that people come to the Smokies.

Every year, thousands of couples come here to say, “I do.” Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are already great places to travel on a summer vacation, so why not work your wedding plans into the itinerary? The Smokies make a scenic backdrop for any marriage ceremony, and you’ve already got one of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations in the country built right into the mix.

A good place to start is by contacting one of the dozens of wedding destinations in the area. These range from charming chapels that are dedicated exclusively to wedding ceremonies to flexible, multipurpose event venues to resorts and other lodging providers that not only make great honeymoon accommodations but also are able to perform ceremonies on site.

And then there are unique places to get married, such as the Hard Rock Café and the Titanic Museum Attraction, both in Pigeon Forge. You can even get married on horseback, on a boat or in a helicopter. When it comes to tying the knot, the Great Smoky Mountains can provide just about any experience you might be interested in.

No matter which way you go, you’ll often be working with a staff wedding coordinator who can provide you or connect you with all the services you’ll need for the big day, from cakes and reception services to flowers to photographers and videographers. Venues that don’t provide such services themselves can at least put you in touch with local vendors who can provide them. Of course, all venues are able to supply a licensed minister or officiant who will make sure that you get married all nice and legal-like.

Of course, honeymooning in the Smokies makes as much sense as getting married in the Smokies does, not just because of the beautiful mountains and scenery but because there’s so much to do in the area. Whether it’s horseback riding in Gatlinburg or ziplining in Pigeon Forge a ton of fun awaits newlyweds. There are also multiple shopping opportunities as well as dozens of restaurants that can provide a romantic setting for a just-married couple’s first meals together. And when it comes to honeymoon accommodations, our Tennessee cabin rentals include a large selection of one-bedroom properties that would be ideal for an extended romantic stay in the mountains.

Before you travel to the Smokies, don’t forget to obtain your marriage license, which you can get at the Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge City Hall or the Gatlinburg Shilling Center. Marriage licenses are affordable and easy to get; you just apply in person at any of the above locations and provide a valid ID. The cost for out-of-state-couples is $38.50 (cash) or $45.50 (credit card), while in-state couples pay $98.50 and $105.50, respectively.

However, no blood tests, waiting periods or witnesses are necessary to get married, all of which are just a few of the reasons why the Smokies are considered the Wedding Capital of the South.