Winter Games in the Smokies

Winter TN Special Olympics Jan 28-30th

One of the more rewarding events you can experience in Gatlinburg are the Winter Special Olympics  that occur every January at Ober Gatlinburg.  It’s a great way to not only enjoy all the amenities offered at Ober, but also a way to cheer on some of the most deserving athletes you’ll ever meet.

Visitors are encouraged to come cheer on our Tennessee Special Olympics athletes as they compete for the gold and earn medals at their annual Winter Games.Over 150 athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding and Speed Skating.

Special Olympic athletes have a real passion for what they do and live up to their highest potentials both on the field and off.  Not only are the Special Olympics about competing with one another for medals and prizes, but it is also about having fun, meeting new friends, becoming part of a team and learning new skills along the way.

Whether you have friends and family that are competing in the Tennessee Winter Special Olympics or are simply visiting the area, this is an amazing event to attend.  There is a tram available at the bottom of the mountain that can take guests up to Ober Gatlinburg.  Watch competitions in Speed Skating, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding at different levels from beginner to advanced.

 

Featured Listing:

1166 Ski View Dr.   Gatlinburg, TN
$349,900   ID#: 213840

Beautiful 4 BD/2 BA, nearly 1,900 sq ft, log cabin, located off Ski View Drive, complete w/amazing views of Mt. LeConte & Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort from two levels. Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental.  More info

Ring in 2018 in the Smokies!

Gatlinburg Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

On the evening of December 31, vacationers and locals alike will gather in downtown Gatlinburg for a party unlike anywhere else in the nation. All of the restaurants and bars on The Strip will be open for business, and the downtown area will be aglow with beautiful Winter Magic lights.

The climax of the Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve celebration is, of course, the Ball Drop and Fireworks Show at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Located at the intersection of the Parkway and Historic Nature Trail, the Space Needle will be outfitted with special LED lights and a collection of state-of-the-art fireworks manufactured by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, TN.

When the clock strikes midnight, the ball will drop and fireworks will shoot off from the peak of the 407-foot tall Space Needle. Gatlinburg’s fireworks displays get bigger and better each year, and we can’t wait to see the spectacular show this New Year’s Eve!

We wish everyone a Happy New Year!

 

Featured Listings:

Stunners in Gatlinburg, Tremendous Rental Potential
Price Reductions

1011 Margit Worsham Way  Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$1,599,000   ID#: 211111
5BD/5BA, 2-half BA, 5,400+ sq ft.  Amazing views of Mt. LeConte.  Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental.  Massive and luxurious.  More Info

 

 

Lots 13 &14 Riversong Way  Gatlinburg TN 37738
$299,900   ID# 189860

Rare riverfront on almost 4 acres.  Build 1 large or 2 smaller cabins for yourself or as a rental.  It feels as though you are inside the national park.   More info

 

Winter Fun in the Smokies

Lights, (bring your) Cameras, Action!

A seven-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival Nov. 4 -Jan. 3, 2018, features 4 million holiday lights and spectacular performances including It’s a Wonderful Life.   Dollywood brings a Christmas classic story of love and generosity to life.

 

The Slopes are open at Ober Gatlinburg

 For many people, winter in the Smokies means one thing: skiing and snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg. There are 10 different ski trails at the park with varying levels of difficulty.  Everyone, from beginners to experts, can have a great time.

Not up for skiing, but still love the snow? Snow tubing is a great option for everyone.  The Ski Mountain Coaster is open in the winter when the tracks aren’t frozen. You can also head inside to check out the plethora of shops, the food court, or even go ice skating!

Ring in the new year in the Smokies!

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2018 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31.

Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31 to ring in the New Year.  At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2018, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the show.  The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.

 

 

 

Featured Properties:
Amazing Views, Great Income

1437 Arbon Drive,  Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$329,900   ID#: 213518

5 BR/BA Chalet. 51K+ Income, Close to Ober, a walk to the pool.  Summer and winter fun.  More info

 

 

 

2215 Lone Eagle Drive,  Sevierville, TN 37876
$314,900   ID#213544                                                                                            
2 BR/2 BA Log cabin. 43K+ Income. Close to Dollywood, minutes to Gatlinburg.  More info

Local musician is rebuilding after the fires

Local musician is rebuilding,
creating new songs and a new home:

Last November, Kirk Fleta came back to the Smokies from a trip to Nashville to find that he lost everything: family heirlooms, guitars and dozens of journals and recordings of his songs, photos and recordings of his mother (famed Spanish singer Paloma Fleta) and his grandfather (world famous opera tenor Miguel Fleta), all of the songs he had down on paper, the audio and video recordings of his performances, and journals of his travels from all over the world.

Fleta is slowly rebuilding. He got money from FEMA, crowdfunding and other organizations.

“Everybody’s really wanting to chip in and help the recovery process,” Fleta said. “It’s kind of reinstated my faith in humanity because there’s so much kindness…We’re a strong, mountain tough community. It’s real.”
He says he wants to write songs that stand the test of time and wants to build a house that stands the test of time, too.

Fleta is writing songs for a new album, some of which are inspired by the fires. He is an optimistic guy and says he says he doesn’t like to dwell too much on the past.  Fleta says he is ‘leaning on a promise of a bright future’ with new songs and a new house.

Here is a link to his website, and here is a link to his fundraising fund:  https://www.crowdrise.com/kirk-fletas-wildfire-recovery-fund

Stephanie Haines interviewed Kirk Fleta for WBIR Ch 10 news.

Featured Properties:

Remarkable Houses, Remarkable Land

1215 Wiley Oakley Dr.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$799,900   ID# 205840

4 BD/3.5 BA, 2,800+ sq ft mountain chalet, sitting on 14+ acres, complete with amazing mountain views. More info

 


2924 Nuns Cove Rd.
Sevierville, TN 37876
$495,000   ID#  211855

3 BD/3 BA, 2,200+ sq ft, contemporary-style mountain chalet on 76 acres.  More info

Don’t miss OktOBERfest!

                Enjoy Oktoberfest in Ober, Gatlinburg though Oct. 29th

OktOBERfest is being celebrated with Gatlinburg-style roots of merrymaking from September 22 through October 29th.  Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort commemorates the 207th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

One of the highlights of OktOBERfest is the food.  Most of the food is German inspired and is derived from recipes and cuisine from traditional Bavarian festivals.  Cuisine includes but is not limited to schnitzel, bratwurst, strudel, turkey legs, pretzels and sauerkraut.  During this month-long celebration, along with multiple daily shows, the Seasons Of Ober Restaurant switches to their OktOBERfest menu.  Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served including several local favorites.  If German food isn’t for you, there are other eateries on site that will offer meals suited to your taste and overall budget.

And, of course, along with great memories, you’ll want to take home souvenirs of this month-long celebration. They have a wide variety of OktOBERfest  souvenir apparel, gifts and accessories available in the outdoor vendor tent.  Inside the mall, you’ll also want to check out the retail shops… most especially the unique and specific  Beer Necessities kiosk,  which provides an eclectic selection of gifts and accessories for the true beer aficionado.

Enjoy the Bier Garten!
An Outdoor Bier Garten is open for beer sampling for festival-goers who are 21 and over. Different featured breweries will be included each weekend, with a company representative from each of these present on Saturdays.

 

Along with the authentic German cuisine and beer, you can also look forward to outdoor games and the Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band.  The band dresses in authentic lederhosen while performing traditional Bavarian folk dances, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels, and more!

 

Featured Listings

Three Charmers Near Ober:

Beautifully crafted 2 BD/1.5 BA, 1,400+ sq ft, mountain chalet.  Ideally suited as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental.   More Info

2220 St. Moritz Court , Gatlinburg, TN 37738   $219,900  ID#: 211874

1 BD/2 BA, 1,350+ sq ft, contemporary-style mountain chalet. Spectacular mountain & city views.  Currently on a well-established rental program.  More Info

 1536 Zurich Road   Gatlinburg, TN 37738
$215,000     ID#: 208705
3 BD/2 BA, 1,600+ sq ft mountain chalet with amazing mountain & city views.  Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental.   More info

 

Outdoor fun this weekend in the Smokies

Kick up your heels!

Sugarlands MountainFest, a music and outdoor festival (September 28 – October 1, 2017) produced by Sugarlands Distilling Company, is a spirited celebration of the great outdoors. For four days this fall, outdoor enthusiasts will gather to enjoy over 30 live musical performances, running, biking, & fishing competitions, craft cocktails, award-winning spirits and brews—all in the breathtaking mountains of East Tennessee.

Experience the world class attractions and shopping of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Enjoy the natural splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Featured Properties:

5000+ sq ft, 4 Bedrooms & 3 Baths.   Views of the mountains, convenient location. Lovely home. 1.49 acres includes another lot.  What more can you ask for?  More Info
304 Village Way  Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
$265,000  ID# 212285

4 BD/3 BA, 2,200+ sq ft, mountain chalet. Currently a well-established VRBO rental.  Walking distance to shopping and dining.    More info

Fall into the Smokies!

Fall Events in Gatlinburg:

Looking for things to do in Gatlinburg? The Gatlinburg fall calendar of events is jam-packed with seasonal Gatlinburg TN attractions that you won’t want to miss this fall.

 

Event Name: Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Date(s): October 8 – 25
Season: Fall
Category: Arts, Entertainment
Description: More than 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artists demonstrating on site, selling art. Live music.
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Website/Link: http://www.craftsmenfair.com
Admission: $5.00

Event Name: Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Date(s): September 18 – October 31
Season: Fall
Category: Arts, Entertainment, History
Description: Fall decorations, old fashioned hayrides, events, entertainment, and local craft exhibits.
Location: throughout Gatlinburg
Admission: FREE

Event Name: Fall Foliage in the Smokies
Date(s): September 15 – November 15
Season: Fall
Category: Entertainment
Description: The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills.
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Website/Link: http://www.gatlinburg.com/
Admission: Yes

Event Name: Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Date(s): November 4
Season: Fall
Category: Entertainment, Fundraiser, Food
Description: Gatlinburg lights up the city with millions of winter lights, an award winning chili contest and live entertainment. Come join us!
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Admission:  Yes

 

Beautiful and affordable lots in prestigious Pinnacle Vista:
Pinnacle Vista subdivision in Pittman Center among $1,000,000+ cabins

 

714 Pinnacle Vista Lot 28  Gatlinburg     $35,000   ID# 206795

5 bedroom septic permit, which is increasingly rare.  Great opportunity to build a High income vacation rental cabin.  1.94 Acres.

 

 

Lot 27 Pinnacle Vista Rd.  Gatlinburg,    $39,900  ID# 206353

Great area for rental, second or permanent home site. Easy access with paved through the development.  No HOA fees.  1.9 Acres.

 

 

 

Lot 90 Pinnacle Vista Rd.  Gatlinburg  $ 29,900  ID # 206361

3.19 Acres.  Close in proximity to Greenbrier entrance for the Great Smoky Mtn. National Park and only about 10 mi. to dwtn. Gatlinburg.

 

Update: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

 

Everything you need to know:
Solar Eclipse Broadcast from our very own, Clingman’s Dome:

The National Park Service in collaboration with NASA, the National Institute of
Aerospace, and Southwest Community College is hosting a staged event to celebrate the 2017 total solar eclipse as it passes over Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 4-hour broadcast will explain the science and physics of the eclipse, offer musical sounds of Southern Appalachia, and help viewers create their own stories about this once in a lifetime experience. Join NASA 360 on August 21 as we witness the ecliptic shadow across this majestic landscape from one of the highest points on the east coast.
For more information visit: http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

ECLIPSE Who? What? When? Where? and How?
Follow the link below to get all of the scoop!
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

This website is a great one for an interactive map:
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html
Use the zoom feature on the bottom right then click on any spot and a pop up will give you details of duration for that spot.

Don’t have the protective glasses?  All sold out?  How anyone can enjoy the eclipse, simply:

This website has great ideas and instructions on how to make a pinhole box, how to simply use just your hand in a fist (with a tiny hole for light) for a pinhole projector, and how to use binoculars flipped around also projecting the eclipse onto paper or flat surface:
http://www.businessinsider.com/solar-eclipse-pinhole-camera-viewer-instructions-2017-8

When is the next Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S. and where?
The next total solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024, and will cross through 13 states (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine), according to EarthSky.org.

Featured Properties:

New Construction:

2 BD/2.5 BA, 1,400+ sq ft log cabin, currently under construction, located on a relatively level lot that is 1/2+ acre in size, &  just mere mins. to dwtn. Gatlinburg. Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental – has enormous rental potential.   More info

Price Reduction:

1321 N. Baden Circle   Gatlinburg, TN 37738        $159,900     ID#: 209328
Private, cozy, well-located, 2 BD/1.5 BA, log cabin, only minutes from dwtn. Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. Ideal as a permanent or 2nd home, or as an overnight rental.  This rustic-style log cabin is all on one level in a beautiful wooded setting.   More info

Who has a parade at midnight?

Gatlinburg!  That’s Who!

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The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation!

Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, the 42nd Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade steps off at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 to the cheers of close to 80,000 spectators. For more than 40 years, the parade has honored our nation’s Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes with this classic, small town American parade.

The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation has garnered national attention and award recognition for excellence in entertainment.The parade has been named by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the US”.

Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July celebrations will come to a close at 10:00 p.m. when visitors will enjoy the spectacular 20-minute fireworks display in the heart of downtown, with the best viewing areas around traffic lights #3 and #5. The 100th Army Band will play prior to the fireworks in a free concert at 8:30 p.m. and then again following the fireworks at 10:20 p.m. on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.

In addition to the Fourth of July events, the streets of Gatlinburg are filled with Appalachian music from Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales every night through July 29.  The City offers free Parkway Trolley service, spanning the full length of the Parkway, daily through August 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Come Join Us in the Celebration!

Featured Property: 

1005 Ski View Lane  Sevierville TN 37876       $169,900       ID#: 210533

Private, cozy, 1 BD/2 BA log cabin, located only mins. to dwtn. Gatlinburg,  in the well-established Sky Harbor subdivision. Currently on a well-established rental program, & has tremendous rental potential in an ideal, private, & beautifully wooded location. On the outside, this property includes a private side yard, small picnic area, a partially wraparound deck area, a private back porch w/hot tub, & is in a beautiful setting that creates a true sense of mountain living in the Smokies.

Springtime Events in the Smokies

Here’s a 2017 Smoky Mountain Calendar of Events for you to help with your vacation planning.  We hope to see you soon!

Dolly’s Annual Homecoming Parade

May 05, 2017

Dolly’s Annual Homecoming Parade has local entertainers, floats, military veterans and marching bands.  The parade starts at 6 pm.  Come early and get a good spot so you can be sure to see Dolly.

May 09, 2017 – May 13, 2017

For all the adventurers – come and take some guided hikes, attend seminars and workshops. Visit vendors and see some wildlife up close, purchase some gear or homemade crafts at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.   Free and open to the public.

Our Very Own Agent, Keith Garnes will be leading a hike to Andrews Bald on May 9th.  He will give a talk on Saturday May 13th on Waterfalls in the Smokies, and another one on Arches and Natural Bridges on Tennessee Trails.

 

Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival

May 11, 2017

Beans and cornbread cook-off show-down in downtown Gatlinburg.  5-8 pm.

Dollywood Barbeque & Bluegrass

May 26, 2017 – Jun 04, 2017

 Award Winning Bluegrass Music and amazing BBQ.  Bring a chair and just enjoy yourself.

And after all of that good cooking…

a good run for a great cause might be in order!

 

Relay For Life 2017

Jun 02, 2017

Finding cures. Fighting back. Relay For Life 2017. Join us on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4 p.m. until midnight at Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge (Traffic light #7) for a great cause.

Synchronous Fireflies!  

Late May-Early June

Friday April 28, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET: Lottery for Vehicle Passes Opens.

Important Lottery Information

 

Come see the Jason White Team to find your home away from home!

Take a swing on the porch of this well-built 2 BR/2BA Pigeon Forge log cabin.  Currently on a very successful, self-managed rental property (VRBO #564845) generating nearly $40,000 in annual rent.