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, [...]

Where is Wears Valley TN

Discover the Jewel of the Smokies Wears Valley sits at one of several entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It provides direct access to Cades Cove and a back entrance into Gatlinburg, as well as functioning as a corridor between Townsend and Pigeon Forge TN.  Wears Valley, or Wear Cove as many of [...]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Welcome Center

Sugarlands Visitor Center As you head into the Smoky Mountains area, you’ll see a welcome center or two as you make your way to Carrs.  One of the most popular and also a favorite of ours is the Sugarlands Visitor Center.  Sugarlands is an ideal place to start your Smoky Mountain National Park tour because [...]

2013 Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

Bavarian Festival in the Smokies If your idea of entertainment is hoisting high an authentic German “cold one” while watching grown men wearing lederhosen sing and dance, you’re in luck!  After booking your Gatlinburg lodging with Carr’s Cottages, head on over to Ober Gatlinburg anytime between now and November 3 to join in their Annual [...]

2013 Halloween Food and Fun in Gatlinburg

Annual Halloween Carnival and Recipes Bring your kids’ Halloween costumes to party in Gatlinburg!  And bring your own for that matter as Gatlinburg continues to celebrate the holiday with all day fun and Trick or Treat throughout downtown. When you plan to spend Halloween at Carr’s, you’ll find yourself just a couple of blocks from [...]

Best Places to Eat in Gatlinburg: Steaks!

Steakhouse Restaurants in Gatlinburg Let’s face it; we all know that sampling local fare is on the top of the vacation things to do list.  Carr’s staff is regularly asked, “Where’s the best places to eat?”  The number of Gatlinburg restaurants seems almost endless, but those that are “home grown” and can’t be found anywhere [...]

Zipline Canopy Tours – Ziplining in the Smokies

The Most Scenic, Highest and Longest Zip Lines When it comes to adventures in the Smokies, canopy tours are on the top of the list.  And believe us when we tell you, your list of zip line attraction choices is long one. Before you move to choosing which canopy tour you’d like to take, we [...]

2013 Dollywood BBQ and Bluegrass Music Festival in Pigeon Forge TN

Stay at Carr’s Cottages and Play at Dollywood We hope you’ve brought your wet-naps, cause you are going to need them if you are anywhere near Pigeon Forge TN May 25-June 9, 2013, ‘cause that is when Dollywood is putting on their annual BBQ and Bluegrass Festival! Oh, my gosh, just the thought of trying [...]

Go Whitewater Rafting in the Smoky Mountains

Wild to Mild Pigeon River Rafting Trips  The Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are famous for their free National Park, scenic byways and expansive mountain views, their vacation destination towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and their mild seasonal weather.  It’s a perfect place to vacation and one of the reasons guests have been [...]

Guided Hikes and Tours of Gatlinburg Tennessee

Smoky Mountains “It’s a SPRING Thing”  Gatlinburg is really pulling out the stops this April with new events and the much anticipated Smoky Mountain Wine Festival.  We hope you’ll plan a family vacation or weekend getaway with us so that you can explore the National Park and downtown Gatlinburg as you might not have before! [...]