Thursday, June 21, 2007

Gatlinburg's Very Own Tunes & Tales

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

It's early evening in downtown Gatlinburg and in the distance you can hear a dulcimer playing a chorus and the crowd has gathered around him and are clapping their hands to the rhythm. Down at the bridge in front of Ripleys, you may find Trout Catch Cal with his fishing line dangling over the side of the bridge telling tall tales while he demostrates fly fishing. Or maybe Horse Jaw Johnny who creates songs on the spot from information he gathers from the guest will be your favorite.
Somewhere around the next bend you hear those naughty Moonshine Boys who are drawing a crowd. Goose, the youngest of the brothers, brags on the moonshine mischiefs of himself and his kin at their hidden still nestled in the mountains. His brothers, Buck, Teeter and Skinny Bill, sit patiently by until Goose decides to “strike up a tune for the folks”. You will find their spirit contagious!

For those of you with a more serious side and who like history you may find Miss O’Shea, an actress who travels and has come into town to give a historical representation of the well-known local personage of Martha Jane Huskey Ogle facsinating, as she peaks your interest in the history of the area.

These lively characters bring the streets of Gatlinburg to life in the evening with all their stories, tall tales and songs. You will leave Gatlinburg feeling like you have been to a musical and a comedy show combined with a richness of history scattered throughtout everything you will see and feel.

The shows are performed 15 to 20 times each evening in 15 minute productions done simultaneously. They start at 5:30 in the evening and run till 10pm. The Tunes & Tales season began June 8th and will continue until September 3rd. Be sure to get into town early and eat at one of the wonderful restaurants and then take in this delightful entertainment. Great, clean family fun!

Cades Cove Is A Must For All Who Come to the Smokies

Cades Cove is an 11 mile loop one way that leads you through a scenic valley. Throughout this loop you can stop and let yourself drift back into time when life was much simplier. Visit historic cabins, churches tucked here and there and incredible wildlife is all around you. John Cable Mill is at the halfway point of the loop and offers a visitor center, where you can buy stone ground corn that is milled by a the huge water-powered millstone. Learn how food was preserved before the days of refrigeration at Elijah Oliver's spring house or visit one of the finest examples of craftmenship in the sawn log cabin built by Henry Whitehead.

Wide-open fields give you the enjoyment of viewing white-tail deer and beautiful mountains for a backdrop for those who love taking pictures. You may get a chance to see a bear, fox, turkeys or maybe even a wild boar as we did last spring. Maybe you like hiking, then Cades Cove offers you some wonderful trails. You can enjoy the beauty of Abrams Falls and the Cades Cove Nature Trail.

Cades Cove can have very heavy traffic during the summer and fall season. If possible tour Cades Cove on a weekday and arrive early in the morning to avoid delays. Bring your own food and drink, since none is provided on the Loop Road. Restrooms are located at the halfway point along with the Vistors Center. If you have never been through Cades Cove we do recommend purchasing the park's auto tour booklet so you can get a better understanding of the life that was lived in the valley so many years ago.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Smoky Mountain Wedding

The Great Smoky Mountains has become, "The Wedding Capital of the South," and is voted the second most popular wedding place to get married in the United States. It is estimated over 600,000 people a year come to the Smokies to either get married or witness the marriage of family or friends. More and more couples are looking to combine their wedding vows and their honeymoon and do so at one destination. For many it is as simple as wanting to share their wedding vows with family and friends in a cental location, convenient for both in a tasteful but beautiful location.

The lure of the mountain beauty lends to a fairy tale wedding, with settings in quaint little chapels with candlelight with a mountain stream babbling closeby or a mountain top wedding with a breathtaking view as grand as the love the couple shares. There are many chapels within the Smokies and weddings can range from stand alones, Victorian, woodsy, hillbilly to horseback, whatever style suits your taste.

If you are someone you know will be planning a wedding in the near future, consider the lure of the Smokies in a romantic setting or a themed wedding in one of the many chapels. Below are a few links to help you get started in planning that special day.

Don't forget to consider the Beary Blessed Cabin tucked upon a mountain top with its inviting hot tub, jacuzzi, king size beds, mountain view for your honeymoon getaway. Let us help in making your honeymoon an affordable and romantic memory to cherish for years.

Chapel At The Park
Gatlinburg's Five-star chapel. Wedding packages are create your own.

Creekside Wedding Chapel
Storybook weddings

Heartland Little River Wedding Chapel
Beautiful candlelit chapel overlooking the Little River

Stellar Wedding Services
Get married in the privacy of your honeymoon cabin, outdoors, a mountiantop gazebo or a charming log chapel. Simple Christian ceremonies, pictures, flowers, cakes, etc.

Chilhowee Bluff Gardens
A perfect setting for any occasion. Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, celebrations, catering & cakes.

Meadow View Wedding Chapel
Secluded country log chapel and gazebo weddings

Mountain Valley Chapel
Commit your vows in crystal elegance at magnificent mountain top chapel

Wedding Bells In The Smokies
Known as the "Economy" wedding chapel of the Smokies.
OfferingMore For Less:
24 Photos~Video~Flowers~Wedding Cake~Garter~Bride & Groom Toasting Glasses~Ordained Minister~~~~~All for $275.00~~~~~

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Swimming & Bowling Fun in Pigeon Forge

If you want the comforts of a cabin with a mountain view and privacy, but the kids want a swimming pool and activites, don't fret. You can make a compromise. The Pigeon Forge Community Center offers 80,000 square feet of things to do, from swimming to bowling. You can enjoy a daily guest pass for as little as $6.00 to access most of the complex, bowling has an extra charge. Or if you just want to take the kids to the outdoor pool, which has a waterslide and a wading area you can do so for only $1.50 to $2.00 per day, per guest.

It is conveniently located near the Pigeon Forge Kroger store off of Wears Valley Rd., Light#3.
Pigeon Forge Community Center
170 Community Center Dr.
Pigeon Forge, TN
Phone (865)429-7373

or check out more info by viewing this PDF with photos and more information.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Did You Know??

The gossip here in these hills is some of you critters have never been here for a visit.

We 've been looking for you and you just don't know what your missing! All the fun and entertainment these here mountains offer, not to mention the peace and quiet you can find right here at the Beary Blessed Cabin.

To all the mama, papa and baby bears that have visited, we hope the scenes and the news in our buzz blog will bring happy memories and lure you to come back soon. We sure do miss you kind folks and our door is always open for you to come and stay for a spell.

We are all kind of snuggled in for the winter, snow showers they come and they go, I always like hibernation season. It gives me a chance to relax in one of our king beds or sip a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace.

You can find papa bear kicked back in the recliner zipping through the remote on any one of these 3 TVs with satellite and DVDs that he has.
Now baby bear she likes to color pictures and go into town to play at
Wacky Bear occasionally. As I said our winters are kind of slow and thats the way we like them, but every now and then we like to have company you know, so what are you waiting for, come on by.
Visit us at to see dates we do not have company coming and we would be glad to have you.

We will be stirring about in a few more days, starting to venture out and come down the mountain and munch on the fresh twigs of spring, until then........Sweet Dreams