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 all the activities that take place right downtown. For the 6th straight year, the city is sponsoring the Annual Gatlinburg Halloween Carnival that will take place at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and includes costume contests, games, and live entertainment. Kids and adults alike will be decked out in their Halloween best costumes to enjoy a full afternoon of fun from Noon-5 p.m. Afterwards, beginning around 6 p.m., downtown businesses will be welcoming all of you to fill your bags with sweets and treats until they run out. The amount of loot that gets doled out is almost scary!
Before or after Trick-or-Treat, here are some Halloween recipes we thought you might enjoy. They are quick and easily prepared right in your motel room or cabin.
Slurp Some Slime!
Green Slime Punch
Recipe adapted from Parenting.com and MomsWhoThink.com. ‘Those’ mom’s are super creative and offer recipes and tidbits for all holidays.
½ Gallon Lime Sherbet
2 Quarts Ginger Ale
½ Cup Corn Syrup
Green Food Coloring
Optional: Gummy Worms
1. Ahead of time, pour corn syrup into a small dish (wide enough for the rim of the glass). Add food coloring until you get a green color you like. Dip rim of glasses in corn syrup and turn right side up so that it ‘slimes’ down the sides. Set aside.
2. Just prior to serving, add a scoop of sherbet to each glass and slowly pour in Ginger Ale.
3. Garnish with gummy worms. These will stick to the corn syrup.
Do You Feed YOUR Kids Trash?
This yummy snack recipe from SouthernLiving.com is a sweet and salty combination that the kid’s will love to eat and make. The recipe will provide (16) 1-cup servings, so adjust as you see fit for the amount you’ll need.
1-16 oz. Bag Candy Corn
1-15 oz. Bag Pretzel Nuggest
1-12 oz. Box Crunch ‘n Munch
1-15 oz. Bag Banana Chips
1-15 oz. Bag M&M’s
1-15 oz. Bag Dried Mangos
1-15 oz. Bag Dried Pineapple
1-10 oz. Package Toffee Pretzels
1-6 oz. Bag Craisins or Dried Cranberries
1-6 oz. Package Gummy Worms
16 Small Brown Paper Bags
1. In a really big bowl or soup pot, lightly mix all ingredients.
2. Roll and scrunch top of brown bag. Place 1 cup of trash in the bag.
For a crafty activity, let your kids decorate the brown bags prior to filling and then use your own imagination for different ingredients! Anything from Chex or Coco-Puffs, different dried fruits, and a variety of nuts would taste great.
In addition to the Halloween Carnival and downtown Trick or Treat, Ripley’s Fright Nights (not suitable for young children) is going on at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Shocktober takes place at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. New this year includes Extreme Face Painting at the Space Needle with advance ticket purchase.
We hope you’ll stop by our office before heading downtown so we can see your spooky Halloween costumesand that you have a safe and fun holiday!
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 else but right here in the Smokies are the one’s that offer a little something special.
If you’re in the mood for a great steak, Gatlinburg offers four steakhouse restaurants that you might like to try. Each offers its own “red meat” flair, unique atmosphere and southern hospitality that will have you coming back for more!
Black Angus Steaks
705 East Parkway, Gatlinburg
Surrender your hunger at the door and attack your appetite at the Alamo Steakhouse that was voted “Best Steaks” by locals in 2011 and 2012. Serving hand cut, oak-fired Black Angus steaks and in-house ground burgers. The dinner menu features appetizers, soups, salads, steaks, chicken, pork, and fish and shrimp.
Group dining and private receptions for up to 60 people can be accommodated at the Pigeon Forge location prior to 4 p.m. daily.
Although the Alamo doesn’t accept dinner reservations, you might like to enjoy a romantic meal with intimate dining. These “by reservation only” private tables are tucked away from the main dining area. Call (866) 299-9295 to reserve your private table. You can also inquire about a romantic meal “to go” featuring all the great fixings for a wonderful meal and steaks to grill at your cabin or condo.
Greenbrier Restaurant is housed in a historic log cabin built in 1939 and offers fine dining in a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere. It’s known for its daily Chef Specials and also offers appetizers, salads, soups, steaks and seafood entrees.
Private parties and groups of up to 25 people are welcome to reserve the private dining area and choose from a custom menu or regular menu ordering options. They welcome wedding parties, family reunions, birthday parties and business groups. *Sorry, the private dining room is not wheel chair accessible.
Lounge Music 6 Nights a Week
The Park Grill
1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg
Sunday-Friday: 5 p.m.-Close (Lounge Open at 4:30 p.m.)
Saturday: 4:30 p.m.-Close (Lounge Open at 4 p.m.)
The Park Grill restaurant boasts sensational service and offers a contemporary, mountain lodge atmosphere. They offer appetizers, a salad bar, sandwiches, fish, chicken and hand cut, Hickory grilled steaks. Park Grill also partners with a local bakery to provide a wonderful array of desserts. Kids menu along with wine and bar menus available.
Every Tuesday through Sunday night from 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by pianist Bobby Aiken playing show tunes, soft pop, smooth melodies, and your favorite requests in the lounge.
Groups from 5-150 people are welcome to enjoy private and semi-private rooms with ordering from our regular or all-inclusive group menu.
Grilled Over Tennessee Hickory
The Peddler Steakhouse
820 River Road, Gatlinburg
The Peddler offers a mountain setting next to the Little Pigeon River with tabletop dining. The three dining areas are handicapped accessible and include fireplace dining, riverside dining and a main dining room. Naturally aged steaks are cut at your table and then grilled over Tennessee Hickory charcoals. Entree choices include steaks and prime rib, chicken, fish, and shrimp all served with a fresh salad bar.
Groups of 5-30 guests are invited to enjoy semi-private dining with a regular or customized menu.
After an awesome steak dinner, come on back to Carr’s and kick your feet up next to the creek. Your full and happy tummy will thank you!
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 at Carr’s Cottages have done a little homework to cover the basics that will apply to most all the zipline companies in our area.
Most Open Year Round!
The first thing you need to know is you’re going to have some major fun! You’ll want to wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The zipline attraction will provide necessary safety equipment including helmets, gloves and harnesses. Loose hair should be restrained, and backpacks, fanny packs, chewing gum and hard candy are not allowed. Some companies will allow cameras as long as they are strapped to your body.
Age and weight limits will vary by attraction. Most require a minimum age of 8 years old and weights between 90-250 lbs. These limits do vary so be sure to confirm these ahead of time.
All participants should be of good physical condition, able to follow instructions, climb stairs and use brake handles, and not have injuries to back, legs or knees. Everyone will be required to sign a Waiver, and parents will have to sign for and accompany children under the age of 18. Pregnant women and any one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to ride.
Zipline tours generally operate 7 days a week in season, and tours take place rain or shine. Tour operators may cancel during treacherous weather that includes high winds or lightning, and generally will provide a return voucher or reschedule your tour. Cancellation policies very greatly and not all companies provide refunds or attempt to reschedule for missed reservations.
Now that you know the basics for taking a zipline canopy tour, here are the zipline attractions to choose from in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Seviervile, Wears Valley and Townsend:
Canopy Tour Zip Lines at Foxfire Mountain
800.840.1945 Ext. 1028
3757 Thomas Lane, Sevierville TN
Begin at Foxfire Mountain Base Camp and experience 7 zip lines over 150 acres of rich forest, mountain creeks and historic farmland. Lines as long at 1500’. No hiking and no tower climbing required. Participants must be at least 8 years old and weigh less than 275 lbs. Also offers a base camp swinging bridge adventure, ATV tours, and BBQ restaurant. Visit FoxFire Mountain Canopy Tours online.
Smoky Mountain Zip Lines and Canopy Tours
509 Mill Creek Road, Pigeon Forge TN
Fly at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! Canopy tours start off slow and low and gets longer, higher, faster and more exciting. Participants must be ages 8 or older and 60+ lbs. to ride solo, but children ages 5-8 may ride tandem with a guide. Maximum weight limits for women is 200 lbs. and 250 lbs. for men. Zip line packages and discounts available by visiting Smoky Mountain Zip Lines specials online.
Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours
3555 Hartford Road, Hartford TN
The only Zipline canopy tour over the Pigeon River with 15 scenic and historic acres of flying area. Unique features include 12 zipline sections between elevated platforms & treetop decks, 4 sky bridges and the “Cliff Hanger” platform perched on a 100’ rock cliff. Adventure packages available that include canopy tours along with whitewater rafting, a Jeep tour and lunch! Visit Zipline Canopy Tours by Wildwater online for more information.
Adventure Park Ziplines
1628 Parkway, Sevierville TN
Located at Five Oaks across from Tanger Outlets, Adventure Park Zip Lines at Five Oaks has the most conveniently located ziplines in Pigeon Forge. Experience 9 zip lines up to 2500’ long with speeds of up to 50 mph across a 70-acre nature park offering beautiful Smoky Mountain Views. Children as young as 3 may zip tandem with a guide. Weight limits are 70-270 lbs. Zip at Night! Visit Adventure Park Ziplines online.
Adventure Zip Lines of Pigeon Forge
2820 Legacy Vista Drive, Sevierville TN
Legacy Mountain Premier Ziplines is the LONGEST zip line in the USA! Fly on 4.5 miles of zip lines 450’ off the ground and up to 2500’ long across 400 acres of Smoky Mountain beauty. Weight limits are 100-275 lbs. Children as young as 3 can zip with a guide tandem style. Visit Adventure Zip Lines of Pigeon Forge online for promo code discounts.
865.430.9475 or 865.430.9442
125 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg TN
Ages 5 and older and experience an outdoor adventure in Gatlinburg next to the National Park where you’ll trek through trees overlooking the Space Needle and downtown Gatlinburg. No experience necessary! For Early Bird and prepay specials, visit Zip Gatlinburg online.
Wears Valley Ziplines
1911 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville TN
Located on 43 private acres, Wears Valley Zip lines say “NOBODY BEATS THE VALUE WE OFFER!” Ride 1.25 miles of ziplines 275’ high. You’ll get to see gorgeous views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mt. LeConte. Visit Wears Valley Ziplines for attraction coupons saving $10 or more per person and watch their video!
Next To Heaven Zipline Adventure
1239 Wears Valley Road, Townsend TN
Experience 3 ziplines soaring above the trees for $49.95. Ask about package pricing with their only unguided horseback rides in the Smokies! For complete information, visit Next to Heaven Zip Line Adventures online.
Jayell Ranch Zipline in the Smokies
1131 Jayell Road, Sevierville TN
The full zip line course includes 6 lines and 2 miles of high flying adventure with weight limits up to 275 lbs. Zipline packages starting at $44. Mention the website for $5 off the full zipline course! Visit Jayell Ranch online for complete details.
605 Stockton Drive, Sevierville TN
All zipline thrill seekers ages 5 and up may come and enjoy a tour at Wahoo including 6 unique ziplines up to 250’ above ground. Advance reservations required. Zipline tours take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Visit Wahoo Ziplines Attraction online for full details.
SkyZip Attraction at Dollywood
Dollywood Theme Park
After a safety briefing, you’ll experience Black Bear Drop, Red Fox Run, Brook Trout Gorge, Cougar Plunge and the Bald Eagle Swoop that will having you flying high above Dollyworld. Explore the unspoiled forests, mountains, and valleys on the farthest reaches of Dollywood as you trek through the hills, zip across 5 lines and cross a swinging cable bridge. SkyZip offers a Night Flight at 8 p.m. throughout the Dollywood Great American Summer Celebration. SkyZip rates of $49 and $69 are in addition to your Dollywood admission ticket. Substantial passholder discounts are available. Visit the Dollywood SkyZip online.
CLIMB Works Canopy Tours
155 Branam Hollow Road, Gatlinburg TN
Closed on Sundays. Ages 8 years and older with a maximum weight of 270 lbs. can experience the ultimate treetop zip line adventure! Take the fun 4-wheel adventure to the top of the mountain and your feet won’t touch the ground for the next 2.5 hours of extreme adventure fun! Visit CLIMB Works Canopy Tours online for additional information.
Canopy Tours at NOC Gatlinburg
877.938.3595 or 865.277.8209
1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN
The Nantahala Outdoor Center, located at light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg is open everyday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Zip the first 3 lines before riding their eco-friendly safari vehicle to the top of the mountain where you begin the second leg on zip lines ranging from 600-1500′ long. Weight limits are 75-275 lbs. and ages 8 or older. Visit NOC Canopy Tours online and call to ask about discounted adventure packages when teaming up rafting, hiking and biking with your zipline adventure.
Zipping in the Smokies by RITS
Ziplines: Hartford TN
Office: Hwy 321, next to the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
Rafting in the Smokies invites you to cross the swinging bridge to their Family Adventure Island to enjoy their new lines and skybridges added for 2013! Value packages available that include ziplining, ropes challenge, and whitewater rafting. For reservations and discounted tickets, visit Rafting in the Smokies online.
Most zipline companies require advance reservations and offer online reservations for your convenience. Be sure to look for or ask for any discounts or attraction packages they may have available in order to save yourself some bucks. To make advance reservations with posted discounts, purchase your tickets through Carr’s Cottages right here!
Whoa! No kidding… this place is spectacular! The best barbecue restaurant in Gatlinburg is hands down the Hungry Bear BBQ just across the road from Carr’s Cottages’ back entrance. You will know you’re close when your mouth starts watering from the smoky smells wafting through the air.
Tell Them Carr’s Sent Ya!
This is not your typical restaurant. The Hungry Bear is located in a blue house with a big white porch and HUGE smoker off to the side. When you enter, you’ll be greeted by the sweet scent of what’s cookin and probably a ‘be right with ya’ from Laurie. Laurie is a staple at Hungry Bear who works most every day serving guests & stirring up homemade potato salad and coleslaw.
The main area of the ‘restaurant’ is where you’ll find the big white board menu beside the fireplace, and plenty of chips and cold drinks including bottled Cherrwine and Pepsi on ice. If you’re like us and have a hard time deciding what to choose, mix and match! (We ordered TWO sandwiches instead of just one because making the choice between the smoked chicken and the pulled pork was way too difficult.)
After ordering, take a look around into the quaint dining rooms or have a seat outside on the picnic table. Both inside and out are quite relaxing and comfortable, and clean. It didn’t take us but a minute to notice and appreciate the “94” Health Score posted on the wall! If you get a chance, say hello to Paul. He’s the nice man doing ‘the heavy lifting’ and cooking up the succulent meat you’re about to sink your teeth into.
It won’t take long for your meal to be ready, so listen for a yell or watch for Laurie to bring it to you. On the table is your choice of bbq sauces so go ahead and dig right in!
Our meal was terrific from start to finish… from our sandwiches to the homemade red potato salad, to the pleasant conversations with Laurie and Paul. We were so impressed by how proud of the Hungry Bear that they are and how much they enjoy their job, and that was BEFORE we ate the food. They both take a lot of pride in their quality food and hospitality, and it shows.
Just to give you a little sampling, here is a portion of the Hungry Bear BBQ menu:
Hospitality at Its Finest!
Corn on the Cob
Macaroni n Cheese
Pork / 2 Pints of Sides / Buns
Beef / 2 Pints of Sides / Buns
Quartered Chicken / 2 Pints of Sides / Rolls
Slabs of Ribs / 2 Pints of Sides / Rolls
The Hungry Bear is open 7 days a week in season and the hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday. They offer daily specials, dinner platters and a kid’s menu available for dine in or carry out. The picnic packs are ideal for taking into the National Park or bringing back to Carr’s to enjoy by the creek. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to drop a little something in the tip jar and tell ‘em Carr’s sent ya before you go.
For menu questions or call ahead ordering, call 865-325-1084.
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 any one of the lip-smacking, finger-licking ribs, pulled pork sandwiches or roasted chicken dinners is making me hungry! And nothing goes better with food than music – good old fashioned bluegrass music that is. We don’t know which to tell you about first!
Dollywood is nothing if not thorough when they have a festival. Along with the savory 50,000 pounds of Tennessee pulled pork, succulent chicken, and delicious ribs, throughout the park chefs will be giving BBQ cooking demonstrations so you can be the “King of the Grill” in your own neighborhood when you get back home. Again this year, there will be a dandy Sauce Tastin’ Station where you can try some mind-blowing barbecue sauces that will rock your world! And, of course, along with BBQ there must be sweet, savory desserts. You surely don’t want to miss out on eating a 3-pound slice of pie from a 25-pound apple pie.
There is great music too… Mountain Bluegrass to be sure! Down-home, hand-clapping music from the likes of Ricky Scaggs, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, and Riders in the Sky, plus 16 days of 250 more performing artists. Music just flows in and around the whole park and it just makes you happy!
Carrs Cottages in Gatlinburg wants to welcome your family or large group reunion while you are here enjoying our Southern Hospitality. Located just a few blocks off the Main Street in Gatlinburg, we offer location convenience along with a park-like, natural setting. We know between our Great Smoky Mountain cabin rentals, vacation cottages, suites, townhouses and motel choices, we have exactly what you are looking for in accommodations to make your vacation or retreat perfect. We also have discount Dollywood tickets available at our front desk to sweeten your trip!
Dollywood certainly knows how to be the neighborhood family reunion spot in Pigeon Forge TN, so get your own family to Carrs Cottages and get ready to join in this thoroughly Southern cookout!
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 staying at Carr’s Motel for generations. In the Smokies, you can do just about anything including peaceful walks and hikes, thrilling amusements, excellent outlet shopping, and live music theaters with up and coming talent. All that and extreme sports too!
Have you ever been whitewater rafting in Gatlinburg? If not, you’re in for an awesome outdoor adventure if you’ll face any fears and agree to meet the challenge of Class III-IV rapids. Everyone age 8 or older can experience whitewater rafting and brag to their friends and family about defeating the rapids such as Veggematic, Lost Guide or Aftershave.
A little hesitant? That’s OK because if you’re not up to the challenge of white water rafting, you can enjoy a leisurely river float trip instead! Might not be as challenging, but just as enjoyable for ages 3 and over. There’s nothing like taking in all the scenery during a relaxing float on the Lower Pigeon River.
Trips Available March – November
Not only do you have your choice of wild white water rafting or a mild river float, you also have your choice of six great rafting companies ready and waiting to help you cross rafting off your bucket list or take your grandbabies on their first river ride. Each company offers trips from late March – November with trained river guides, your choice of Upper Pigeon River or Lower Pigeon River trips, and excellent discounts when booking your tickets online through Carr’s Cottages.
Downtown Gatlinburg Walking Tour
During the first three weeks of the month, the City of Gatlinburg is offering guided tours of downtown to introduce Gatlinburg’s past and present. The tours are free to every one of all ages and begin at 2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Space is limited, so call Jennie now at (865) 436-0505 to reserve your spots.
Easy Hikes in the Smokies
Join a Naturalist, retired Park Ranger and Biologist for fun, informative guided hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These free guide-lead hikes also take place during the first three weeks of this month–on Tuesdays and Thursdays–and include morning and afternoon starting times. You and your entire family can search for wildflowers, explore bird watching and simply enjoy the great outdoors along the Rainbow Falls, Cove Hardwood, Old Sugarlands, and Trillium Gap trails! Click here to view the dates, times and specific hiking trails. Again, space is limited so call (865) 436-0505 to make a reservation.
We are really excited to share the news about the newest festival to come to Gatlinburg TN. It’s the Smoky Mountain Wine Festival and it’s being held on April 27 from 1-6 p.m. at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza.
In addition to seminar sessions that include wine making talks and recommendations for “what wine goes with” food pairings, all participants will be offering wine tastings. Everyone age 21 and over is invited to purchase a wine festival wristband for $20 and that includes a souvenir wine glass.
Participating wineries are coming from across Middle and East Tennessee, and the majority of these wineries are members of the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance. Participating Tennessee Wineries are:
Pirates Ball at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
THE place to be on Thursday, March 7 is at the aquarium for the annual Pirates Ball! Put on some tropical attire and treat yourself to an evening of live entertainment and great food while supporting our Mountain Hope Good Shepard Clinic. There will be plenty of appetizers and a buffet feast, live music by the Tim Keller band, and the opportunity to view all of your favorite exhibits throughout the entire aquarium. The Ball begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are$50 for adults and $10 for kid’s ages 3-11.
Gatlinburg Improv Fest
If you didn’t attend last year, you are in luck that the fest is back again for 2013. On Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9, you can have some great laughs during improvisational comedy at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre for only $10 per show. Show times are 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. See one or see them all! Tickets available at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre box office.
Smoky Mountain Springfest
Sevier County jumpstarts spring as Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg proudly display their new plantings and flower baskets, and welcome everyone to come to the Smokies and watch them spring to life!
Easter Arts & Crafts Show
The talented folks for the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community leave Glades and Buckhorn Roads and head to the downtown Gatlinburg Convention Center March 28-30 for their annual Easter craft fair.
See? Lots and lots of fun stuff to do. Course, if you’d like rest and relaxation more than being entertained, simply choose one of our Jacuzzi Suites and forget what’s going on “out there.” We’ll give you a wake up call when you’re ready to go.
Star, Log Cabin, Pinwheel, Texas Star, Block…. What do all these terms have in common? Those who quilt know. And those who quilt or would like to learn more about quilt making will be coming to the 19th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge TN March 12-16, 2013.
This timeless art of expression, recycling, and necessity is proudly carried forth into the 21st century. Included in the five day A Mountain Quiltfest are classes, contests, and vendor booths. Not only is there the passing down of the art form, but there is a fabulous quilt show with more than 10 categories competing for over $18,000 in cash and prizes. Some of the categories include professional and non-professional divisions, hand quilted and machine quilted, and there is even a youth quilting category. If you admire the artwork quilts express, you will not want to miss viewing these throughout the week. To see what’s in store for you, check out the winners of last year’s A Mountain Quiltfest 2012.
A Mountain Quiltfest is bringing 12 luminaries in the field of quilting to speak throughout the week including Cindy Blackberg, Harriet Hargrave, and Klaudeen Hansen. With more than 60 classes available during this quilting event, there will be something new to learn and be of interest to you no matter your level of experience.
Need specialized supplies? New pattern ideas? Want different fabrics than what you can find in the stores at home? Looking for expert advice regarding a technique? Then do not miss the quilt vendors that will also be available during the show. Booth upon booth of quilting vendors attend A Mountain Quiltfest every year. You can expect to find a variety of fabrics, threads, patterns, notions, and more!