Save a Bundle with Ripley’s Attractions

Big Savings on Gatlinburg Fun If you’re looking for activities to keep the whole family busy during your visit to Carr’s Northside Cottages, you’ll be able to fill up a whole week with trips to all of the Ripley’s Attractions. You save a lot when you bundle your tickets, so plan to take in several […]

Sweets and Treats in Downtown Gatlinburg

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Gatlinburg covers a lot of ground and you’ll get around most of it on foot. That’s a lot of walking including some of it uphill. You’ll be burning a lot of calories, right? You’re practically exercising on your vacation, so you will have earned yourself a treat or two (or three, […]

Perfect Smoky Mountains Souvenir

Heirlooms from the Arts and Crafts Community For generations, the mountain community surrounding the Gatlinburg area has been known for its skilled artisans and craftsmen. Visitors can find excellent representations of arts and crafts of all kinds throughout the region, especially in the Great Smoky Arts & Craft Community, part of the Tennessee Heritage Trail. […]

Vacation in Gatlinburg

A Destination for the Generations Carr’s Northside Cottages & Motel has been offering a quiet getaway in Gatlinburg for over 70 years. In that time, many a couple has started their lives together by enjoying a honeymoon in one of the many cozy and romantic spaces. The location is perfect for newlyweds as it’s close […]

Kid-Friendly Hikes

Short, Easy Smoky Mountain Hiking Trail One of the best hikes for families with young kids or elderly members who cannot walk a great distance is the .5 mile (1 mile round-trip) hike to the waterfall on the Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail. This trail is an ideal introduction to hiking. Walking sticks and multiple bottles […]

Free Family Fun Vacation Activity

Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Carr’s Cottages prides ourselves on not only offering affordable vacations, but also for being knowledgeable about the sights and activities in the Gatlinburg area that will help you have a great family vacation.  You’re going to like this! One unique, family-friendly activity is The Little River Railroad and Lumber […]

Fun for Kids at the Wonderful World of Ripley’s

Ripley’s Gatlinburg Aquarium and Special Events Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is pulling out all the stops this summer to entertain your kids! Even if you’ve been to the aquarium a number of times and think this might be the year that you can skip it… DON’T! There is a new exhibit appropriately named “Slime,” […]

Kids Junior Ranger Program

Great Smoky Mountains National Park When you vacation at Carr’s Cottages, you join the ranks of generations of families that have been enjoying affordable, family vacations in East Tennessee.  We love families and kids of all ages, and hope that your kids will come to love the great outdoors as much as we do.  One […]

Synchronous Fire Flies in the Great Smoky Mountains June 2015

Don’t Miss the Lightning Bugs in East Tennessee Once a year in early summer, a most unusual light show descends upon the Smoky Mountains. With the silhouetted forest as a backdrop, thousands of fireflies flash and dazzle in sync with each other. The visual of this synchronized bioluminescence is at once enthralling and awe-inspiring. Even […]

Cades Cove TN

Cades Cove is a Smoky Mountains “Must See” Cades Cove is a well-known, 500-million year old valley in the Townsend area of East Tennessee.  (Also sometimes called Caves Cove by those not from around these parts.)  Most folks who vacation at Carrs and visit the Great Smoky Mountains will surely have heard of Cades Cove, […]