Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 25 - 29, 2012 in the Great Smoky Mountains

Wildflowers, Nature Walks, Photography Tours, Art Classes, Indoor Seminars

As winter falls to the wayside and spring beings to re-introduce itself into our lives, we are reminded of the wonderful colors and majestic wildlife that surround us. Yes, we are very fortunate to live in the shadows of one of the most beautiful areas in the world: the Great Smoky Mountains. Now one might wonder, how can I take advantage of being in the proximity of such a wondrous place?  That is where the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage comes in.  The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is currently in its 62nd year and what it provides is a five-day event from April 25th to April 29th in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with unmatched access to the many leading botanical experts and wildlife authorities. These leading experts will provide access to over 130 professionally led walks and exciting indoor presentations as together you explore the culture, ecology, fauna and flora of the park.

Programs offered at the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage can help anyone get in touch with “Mother Nature.”  With over 130 events, there is something to interest the whole family whether just curious about nature or are extremely experienced. The programs can range from casual walks that explore various trails of the Smoky Mountains to vigorous hikes, or from presentations about the trees of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to birding for the experienced. As you can see, with the nearly endless amount of options available, there is something that everyone is sure to enjoy. More details of event times and descriptions can be found online when registering for the event.

In order to attend the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, attendees need to register. There are two ways that this can be done: one is registering online anytime between now and up to April 20. The second way to register is to do so on-site at the Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg (next to the Gatlinburg Convention Center) April 24 through April 28. Registration costs are for adults are $50 for a one-day pass or $75 for two or more days. Student fees are only $10 for one day or more (high school or college enrollment will be verified on-site) and children 12 and under get in absolutely free with a registered adult!  Visit the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage web site for general and registration information.

We look forward to welcoming you at Carr’s Cottages, bringing in the wonderful spring season and celebrating the Great Smoky Mountains at the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in April!

Easter Craft Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Annual Event

Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community Easter Show

April 5 - 7 at the Convention Center

Come experience some of the finest craftsmanship that Gatlinburg has to offer on Easter weekend April 5 – 7 as the Gatlinburg Convention Center hosts the annual Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show. This event, put on by the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, gives you an opportunity that is very special: to experience local artists and craftsmen produce unique, one of a kind products.  You will be able to see arts and crafts that have never been produced anywhere else, and will never be produced again.  Surely this is not an opportunity you’ll want to miss. The best part of it all? The Easter Craft Showis at a price that everyone can afford… it’s is free!

This year at the Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show you and your family can visit our local celebrities and watch as they make their one of a kind masterpieces. Each of these artists will also have their works for sale for those looking for unique Smoky Mountain souvenirs or heirloom quality gifts. With such a relaxed atmosphere and all of the local crafters under one roof, this show always has something for everyone.  For additional details and a full list of all the artists and craftsmen in the community, visit their official web site at http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com .   We hope everyone has the opportunity to come to Gatlinburg Easter weekend and support the local Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community during this memorable annaul event.

Experience a World of Culture in the Smokies

Dollywood’s Annual 2012 Festival of Nations

Have you ever wanted to attend a festival that is not only exciting, but also provides an unmatched cultural experience with performers from around the world? If you attend the annual Festival of Nations in Dollywood, you will experience just that.  Bring your family to Carr’s Cottagesand from March 24 through April 30 you will be able to experience nine different amazing performances that one would normally have to travel the world to experience. With such captivating entertainment all under one “roof,” this is an experience that cannot be missed.  Headlining performances, their dates, country of origin and a short description are shown below:

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  • Ashelin (Newfoundland, Canada): Ashelin is a band of five sisters singing and dancing to Newfoundland and Irish music. Their harmonious blend of vocals and melodies pays tribute to their folk roots.   Appearing April 11 – April 30.
  • Atahualpa (Ecuador): The group Atahualpa is composed of six members from the Andes region. Together they mix a blend of contemporary music with South American dance rhythms and traditional music played on native Incan instruments.   This group is a festival favorite and will be performing  March 24 – April 30.
  • Los Pampas Gauchos (Argentina): This group makes for a very high energy show from their native Argentine sounds to their powerful rhythms and their spectacular act of dancing with weapons.  Performing March 24 – April 30.
  • Russian Academic Band (Russia):  Together for over 28 years, the Russian Academic Band brings the traditional brass sounds of Russia to Dollyworld.  Appearing March 24 – April 9.
  • Spirit of the Dance (Ireland): After winning over nine Global Awards, including “Best Chorography,” Spirit of the Dance has proven to be a spectacular show as performers partake in a foot-stomping Irish dance.  Inspiring audiences March 24 – April 30.
  • The Paper World Show by Mimirichi (Ukraine): Dressed as clowns, this group uses paper scenery to create a fascinating show. If you like to participate, you will be excited to know that during this performance, the audience is encouraged to get involved.  Performing March 24 – April 30.
  • Veseli Begunjcani (Slovenia): Using upbeat Bavarian music, this group showcases their musicians and lively vocals as well as a Slovenian Polka party.  April 2 – April 30.
  • Zambian Vocal Group (Africa): Although each member of this vocal group comes from different African tribes, they perform acapella to preach the message that music unites us all.  Appearing March 24 – April 30.
  • Zebra Stelzentheater of Germany (Germany): A dance performance is one thing, but these performers dance on spring loaded stilts! Using colorful costumes and intricate choreography, this show is sure to provide guests with a brand new experience.  Performing March 24 – April 30.

We hope to see you all come and enjoy one, if not all of these amazing performances as you help Dollywood celebrate world wide culture in art, dance, food and music right here in the Great Smoky Mountains at Dollywood TNDiscount Dollywood tickets available at our front desk.  Combined with our low off-season rates, it’s a great opportunity to have a fantastic yet affordable vacation in Gatlinburg.

Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival – Townsend TN

Smokies Fiber Art Festival

March 16-17, 2012

A festival celebrating a style of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers is being held right here in East Tennessee!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the fiber arts? Maybe you wanted to spend a weekend having fun and learning something new?  You’re in luck because the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival is ideal for both!  March 16th through the 17th, join us in Townsend TN at the Townsend Visitors Center as well as the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for some interesting, interactive fun.  You’ll learn more about the raw materials of fiber arts by attending sheep herding and shearing demonstrations, or experience the creative process by participating in introductory to advanced classes.  There will be hands-on activities for children as well as adults, so all ages will have fun at the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival offering an educational, entertaining experience along with good food, vendor shopping and great friends!  See the 2011 SMFAF photo gallery.

One of the best ways to enjoy this art festival in the Smokies is to arrive early and stay late!  Sheep shearing demonstrations take place at noon and 2 p.m., with boarder-collie sheep herding at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  If you can’t make it on Friday, don’t worry because on Saturday each demonstration will have three different showings!  For demonstration times and locations, visit SmokyMountains.org here.

Alpaca at the Smoky Mountains Fiber Art Festival

Who Can Resist That Face?

Would you prefer to get more hands-on when learning about the fiber arts? With over 30 different interactive and informative classes, you are sure to find a class that piques your interest. Classes take place each day between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and include quilting, spinning, bobbin lace, rug hooking, weaving, crochet, basketry, and Cherokee finger weaving. Classes are for all skill levels and fees range from $15 to $100.  Class names with descriptions, instructors, and costs can be found on this printable Fiber Art Classes Schedule.

Once you’ve attended some of the great classes at the Fiber Arts Festival, you will undoubtedly want to put some of the new techniques you learned into practice. The good news is that there will be plenty of local vendors on location to help you get the supplies you need!  We look forward to seeing you and your family at Carr’s Cottages in March enjoying a free night stay and the fiber arts with the rest of us!

Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain Quiltfest – A Quilt Show in the Smokies

A Mountain Quiltfest 2011 Winner Peggy Garwood

Pastors Attic II – 2011 Best of Show

Are you a dedicated quilter with years of experience? Or are you a beginner who wants to learn more about quilting?  From Wednesday, March 14th through Saturday, March 17th Carr’s Cottages invites you to come to the Smokey Mountains and enjoy the timeless art of quilting at this annual quilt fair, no matter your skill level or experience. While at the A Mountain Quiltfest, there will be two avenues of quilting fun: that of attending quilting classes or quilt shows. In order to truly make this festival an experience to remember, why not attend both?

Quilting classes are a fun way to learn new techniques for quilting, as well as improving your own skills. No matter your level or expertise, with over sixty classes, there’s a class everyone can enjoy! Classes begin on Tuesday, March 13th and feature ten different instructors from all over the United States ranging from Alaska to Florida, ensuring very diverse learning opportunities.

The quilt show is another large part of A Mountain Quiltfest which will feature the stunning quilts that numerous quilters from novice to expert have put so much time and effort into. The quilters who submit an entry into the quilting festival are competing in ten different categories for prizes amounting to over $20,000! It is truly a sight to see since nowhere else will you experience the diverse amount of quilting that will be on display at the quilt show.  Check out the competition and see the winners from the 2011 A Mountain Quilt Festival.

Do you have a quilt that you have made that you would like to enter into Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain Quiltfest quilt show? That is great to hear and you are encouraged to enter! All entries must follow provided guidelines.

Further details about quilt show entries, quilt classes and class fees (which range from $40-$135), instructors and location can be found at www.MountainQuiltFest.com.

We hope to see you all for the A Mountain Quiltfest this March!

2012 Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies

Townsend Winter Heritage Festival 2012

February 2-4, 2012

Townsend, Cades Cove, GSM Heritage Center, Little River Railroad

Carr’s Cottages invites you to enjoy The Winter Heritage Festival in the Smokies!  This annual event is a celebration of human history, natural beauty, and cultural traditions of Townsend, Cades Cove, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The event involves many volunteer community groups and businesses, along with the National Park.

Highlights of the 3-day Festival include a Civil War exhibit, storytelling, music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, Appalachian music workshops, a Mountain Craft and Mountain Music Showcase, Cast Iron Cooking, a BBQ supper, hikes and tours, and history presentations by the Cades Cove Preservation Association.  Click here for a Printable Winter Heritage Fesitval in the Smokies Schedule.

Fiddler Carson Peters in Townsend TN

8-Year Old Carson Peters

Thursday, February 2 KickOff
6-8 p.m.: Thompson Brown Museum, Cades Cove
Civil War Exhibit, refreshments, and 6:30 p.m. storytelling, plus music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day

Friday, February 3
9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Venues throughout Townsend & the National Park
Variety of cultural and musical presentations and workshops, waterfall hikes, Walking Tour of Townsend from the Little River Railroad Museum, dinner and entertainment.

Saturday, February 4
9 a.m. – 9p.m.: Venues throughout Townsend & the National Park
Craft and music showcases, cooking demonstrations, “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band,” hikes to the Walker Sisters’ homesite and more, artist open house, BBQ dinner, and fantastic entertainment.

All events are free except for those that include meals. Events with meals require reservations and free music workshops require signup. Call 865.448.6134 for additional information, reservations, or cancellations due to inclement weather. Visit our full calendar of events for the Great Smoky Mountains area to fill your vacation with plenty of free, educational or simply pure fun events!

2012 Calendar Year Lodging Specials

Now Accepting Reservations for 2012 & 2013!

We’ve just posted our Gatlinburg motel specials and Gatlinburg cabin deals for the entire 2012 year!   We hope that you’ll be able to take advantage of these great rates and vacation with us all throughout the new year!

Gatlinburg Cabins, Cottages, Rooms and Suites

Several Lodging Choices, All Right Here!

Accommodations we offer:
Creekside Motel Rooms
Motel Rooms with Kitchenette
Jacuzzi Suites
Townhomes
Family Apartments
1 to 3 Bedroom Cottages
A 200-Year Old Log Cabin
4 Gatlinburg Chalets

No Reservations Fees!  No Upfront Cleaning Fees!  Our’s is a unique property in that we don’t raise our rates just because it’s the weekend and we don’t raise our rates because there is something fun happening in town.  We also don’t offer our discounts based on the highest rates of the season.   However, we do offer affordable rates all year long for clean, comfortable accommodations just 3 blocks from downtown with fantastic amenities!

We hope you’ll consider Carr’s Northside Cottage & Motel for your next visit to the Great Smoky Mountains.  We are ideal for family vacations, couples, and even large groups.  We welcome you to come by to see our beautiful and convenient location, and even ask to tour a room if you’d like!

Amy

Shadracks Christmas Wonderland in the Smokies

Make Shadracks Your New Christmas Tradition!

Baseball season may be out, but there’s still good reason to visit the Smokies Stadium this December. That’s because Christmas Wonderland is in! Shadrack’s is lighting up holiday nights during this beautifully magical and musical Christmas event now through January 8, 2012.

Shadracks Christmas Lights Wonderland features a drive through experience where guests tune in car radio’s to hear the sounds of the season while watching Christmas lights rhythmically dance in time to the music. Fill up the car or family van and experience the magic for $15-$20 per vehicle from dusk until at least 10 p.m.

This year Shadrack’s will also feature Santa’s Village with a free petting zoo, $5 pony and camel rides are available, and festive refreshments. There’s also Santa’s Train, an inflatable slide, trampoline bungee jump and more. In the spirit of the season, Shadrack’s Christmas believes in giving and donates a portion of proceeds to local and national organizations.

What a treat to be able to experience millions of lights and festive displays from Exit 407 on I-40 and all the way through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge to Carr’s Cottages in Gatlinburg! Plan to experience a Smoky Mountain Christmas this year with us!

THE Craft Show, Gatlinburg Christmas Arts & Craft Festival

Gatlinburg Craft Community Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Expo

November 22 - December 4

Gatlinburg Craft Community Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Expo

Many of our guests patiently await Gatlinburg’s arts and crafts fairs, and the time for another is near! Our 8-mile Arts & Crafts Community is home to the largest group of independent artisans in North America, and aptly designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The artists calling this area home will be gathering together November 22 through December 4 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center for their 2011 Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show.

The stars of the show will be the unique, Made in the USA handcrafted gifts and items of heirloom quality. Browse through the convention center amidst beautiful holiday decorations and the sounds of the season, and choose gifts that can last through generations.

Doors open each day at 10 a.m. and admission is free. You’ll be able to get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping AND give gifts that are more than just a gift… you’ll be giving a one-of-kind, timeless treasure!

Gatlinburg Festival of the Trees

Annual Tree Festival in Gatlinburg

This Thanksgiving Holiday, be sure to stop in and get your Christmas spirit primed at the 2011 Festival of Trees in downtown Gatlinburg.  Located in the Mills Conference Center, next to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, it’s an easy trolley ride to enjoy a wonderland of  beautifully decorated trees, twinkling lights, and holiday music.  There will also be craft projects for kids, Gingerbread House contest entries, and an opportunity to shop for locally made gifts and decorations.

This year, be sure to choose a wrapped box and get your photo taken next to your favorite tree… or have your picture taken with Santa!  Elf’s will be on hand to snap your picture and help you immediately send a personalized card to your family and friends back home.  You can also commemorate your visit by purchasing a Christmas tree ornament made by local artist Tim Weberding.

This is a free event that supports Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.  Local businesses and individuals sponsor and decorate trees, enter the Gingerbread House contest, and donate decorations and gifts.  Entrance is free; donations of any size are greatly appreciated and much needed.

We hope you’ll plan to stop in the Festival of Trees and have a wonderful time while supporting a fantastic local organization.  Open daily Tuesday through Saturday, and even on Thanksgiving Day!