Just as the change of seasons brings new life to the Smokies, it also brings new things to do and places to see for visitors to the mountains of East Tennessee. From attractions and theater shows to restaurants and shops, there are lots of new businesses and special events popping up all the time.
This week, we thought we’d share several ideas for places to go that are new for 2015 as well as some that just made their debut within the last year or two. After all, it may have been a few years since you’ve been to the Smokies. So if you happen to be staying in one of our Wears Valley cabin rentals in the next few months, you’ll be up to date on all the fun that awaits you here in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Segway Rentals and Sales of Pigeon Forge – This shop is set up in the Old Mill neighborhood of Pigeon Forge, and lets guests take those fun, mobile Segway scooters out for a uniquely efficient way to get around town.
The Island – This multipurpose destination in Pigeon Forge continues to grow and already offers visitors a wealth of choices when it comes to shopping, dining and entertainment. Restaurants like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Timberwood Grill are already open, and Paula Deen’s new restaurant will be open within just a matter of weeks. You can also browse a host of specialty shops, and construction continues on a Margaritaville-themed hotel on the property. Of course, don’t forget about fun attractions like the giant Smoky Mountain Wheel, a Ferris wheel that gives passengers fantastic 360-degree views of the Smokies.
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster – This fun attraction, located on the Parkway – just as you’re entering Gatlinburg from The Spur – takes riders on a twisty, curvy downhill ride on a track-mounted coaster car. Passengers control their own speed with hand brakes.
Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster – This attraction is similar to the coaster mentioned above but is located on Wears Valley Road near Pigeon Forge.
The Coaster at Goats on the Roof – And here is yet another alpine coaster ride, this time at the Goats on the Roof attraction. Located on Wears Valley Road on the outskirts of Pigeon Forge, this attraction also features goat-feeding, gem-mining and lots of sweet treats.
Tribute Theater – This Pigeon Forge theater takes audiences back in time with a production that showcases the life and times of Patsy Cline. It’s a 90-minute show featuring her most popular country/pop songs, as performed by Carol Glass-Cooper. More than 20 songs are presented in this tribute, which also includes Mike Cooper performing hits by George Jones, Conway Twitty and others.
Sable Theater – In an all-new show called Imagination on Sand, this Pigeon Forge production features acrobats, dancers, comedians and trick horse riders performing to the inspirational narration of a sand artist. A truly unique live experience.
Check back with us on next week’s blog to learn about even more new finds in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains!