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, [...]

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 [...]