Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lowest Rates of the Year in January

Want to unwind from all that holiday stress, then why not kick back by the fireplace at our cozy cabin nestled on a mountain top in the Smokies. After a day of skiing on the slopes of Ober or snowtubing or just resting you will enjoy the coziness of the Beary Blessed as you snuggle by the fireplace and enjoy a movie on one of our three TVS, or soak in the hottub. Our low rates in the month of January of $75 per night make this the most affordable time of the year to visit the Smokies whether it is for a weekend getaway or a middle of the week sneak from work adventure. We hope you will come and visit with us and take advantage of our low rates and great snowtubing or skiing this upcoming January, call today to reserve your stay! You can visit our calendar at

To see what some of our past guest have enjoyed about their stay at the Beary Blessed visit

Snowtubing & Snowskiing in Smokies

Skiing in the Smokies

Ober Gatlinburg is your best choice for skiing in the Southeast! Why? With nine trails serviced by two quads, one double and one surface lift, you are sure to spend more time on the slopes than in line for the lifts.

We offer terrain for all abilities, from a beginner experiencing the joy of snow sports for the first time, to a seasoned expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. With our state-of-the-art snowmaking system as soon as temperatures drop the snow guns go on. Ober Gatlinburg offers 100% snowmaking on all of our slopes.

A state-of-the art Snow Tubing Park opened in January 2009 and a Freestyle Terrain Park was added for the 2009-2010 season. Ober Gatlinburg strives to enrich our guests’ experience at the resort. In 2009/10 we added a freestyle terrain park, and for the 2010/11 season we are going even bigger! We are doubling the number of rails and boxes, as well as varying snow features such as table tops and spines available during the season. Our park crew is dedicated to keeping the features freshly groomed throughout the day and making the best set-ups possible. Be sure to keep an eye on and!/oberfreestyle?ref=ts for park updates and events!

Don’t have your own equipment? Ober Gatlinburg has a rental fleet of 1,800 pairs of shaped skis and 300 snowboards, and our trained staff will get you set up and ready to hit the slopes. Renting at Ober doesn’t just mean skis and snowboards, our rental shop also offers ski pants, jackets, and helmets.

To learn more about Skiing at Ober in the Smokies visit us at

Snowtubing in the Smokies

To learn more about snowtubing at Ober visit

All sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes. Ticket sales are on first-come, first- served basis (no reservations accepted), must be purchased in person at the Tubing Ticket Booth, and sell out early. Tubers must be at least 6 years old and 42" tall to ride solo; children ages 3-5 must ride with an adult; children under 3 are not permitted to ride.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gatlinburg's Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

Its almost that magical time of year, thats right, Christmas!!! Why not bundle up and start the holiday season right with a good old fashion Christmas parade in the heart of the Smokes. When you ask, Friday, Dec. 3rd at 7:30 pm. This is Gatlinburg's 35th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.

With more than 100 parade entries including dozens of floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, lots of lights and helium balloons as well as special guest Santa Claus, you will surely see why the parade has been recognized as one of the “Top Twenty Events in the South” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Want to take the kids to get Santa's autograph then arrive early for Santa’s Autograph Party which cranks up at 6 p.m. at Riverbend Mall, in the midst of a main viewing area for the Parade at Traffic Light #3 in front of the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. The parade begins at Traffic Light #1A on Hwy 321 and ends about an hour-and-a-half later at Traffic Light #10.

Pre-parade performances by the Walters State Performing Arts Program, Elizabeth Williams School of Dance, and the Winter Tunes & Tales Whimsical Elves are also planned.

Crowded sidewalks and balconies along the parade route, will allow for a crowd in excess of 80,000 people to enjoy the illuminating festivities for Gatlinburg Winter Magic, the City of Gatlinburg’s popular holiday lights program which has received a $1.5 million injection of new displays plus a 100-percent conversion to energy-efficient LED bulbs.

To learn more about these and other events in Gatlinburg, call 800-56-VISIT (568-4748) or visit the Gatlinburg website at

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Stay 3 Nts/4th FREE Sept 10th Special

Looking for a great price on a 2BR/2Bath Cabin with a beautiful mountain view, then take advantage of our stay 3 nights/4th Free for only $395(this includes cleaning and taxes) the weekend of September 10th. Great little getaway for two couples, the family, ladies retreat or a quiet, romantic getaway. Reserve today, before these dates getaway! Contact us at 434)658-3203.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Special for our Blog Readers

We have one set of dates that have a special running on them, and you our Blog readers are the first to have dibs on these dates. September 30, Oct 1 & 2 for a total price(this includes taxes and cleaning) for only $375, must stay the 3 days to receive this offer. Great getaway for two couples or a long, romantic weekend cuddled up on a mountaintop with a beautiful view. You can shop, play, take in some shows, rest on one of three porches or soak your cares away in the hottub. This is a great package deal, contact us at to reserve.

Friday, July 2, 2010

First Penguins to Call Gatlinburg Home, now Living the Good Life at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies | Ripleys Newsroom

The playful colony of Blackfooted Penguins is now totally acclimated to their home in the new $5 million, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor habitat – ready to meet their public.

The unique, naturalistic exhibit is the largest and costliest expansion ever at the aquarium, now celebrating its 10th year in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. More than 12 million have visited the aquarium since its opening in December 2000.

Fast Eddie and the gang now reside in a habitat that closely models their native homes. Naturalistic rockwork surrounded by more than 30,000 gallons of temperature controlled saltwater depict the coastal island rookeries along the coast of South Africa.

Aquarium guests are able to view the penguins from both above and below water level and unique to this exhibit, visitors can crawl through clear underwater acrylic tunnels and pop up on the penguin’s private beach to view the birds nose to beak.

As visitors crawl through the tunnels, penguins swimming above and below them will have the opportunity to get a good close up of the human species!

The highly interactive habitat has two wave machines and multiple spa jets that create continual water movement which in turn creates an inviting watery playground for the birds.

“Our penguin habitat is a wonderful family experience that showcases these beautiful birds and adds a new dimension and added value to our guest’s aquarium visit,” said Ryan DeSear, General Manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. “Each penguin has its own little personality and charisma. The habitat is an entertaining and playful environment for both the humans and the penguins. I’m not sure which species is having more fun.”

Ripley’s Vice President of Husbandry, Joe Choromanski, who helped create the exhibit, notes that “we have studied penguin exhibits from zoos and aquariums around the world, as well as their natural habitat, and we are building what we believe to be the most realistic, interactive and fun exhibit in existence.”

“We are pleased to be bringing another world class fun attraction to Gatlinburg as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and also while marking our 40th year of family entertainment in this beautiful Smoky Mountain city,” said Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

The penguins who are now calling Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies home are all captive bred and are part of the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. When they reach breeding age, they too will contribute to the survival of this species in the wild.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Relive the Vovage of the Titantic

Pigeon Forge is now home to a new attraction, a giant 30,000-square-foot ship-shaped museum attraction situated on 5.69 acres, which exhibits one of the largest permanent collections of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia. Inside, guests enter a unique world where they can climb an exact replica of the most famous staircase - Titanic's hand-crafted Grand Staircase.

Guests will receive a boarding pass of an actual passenger/crew member. Experience first hand what Third Class and First Class accommodations were like on the ship. Grasp the wheel on the captain's bridge, tap out an SOS message on the ship's wireless system, and feel an iceberg. Plus there is an entire gallery devoted to the young visitors called - Tot-Titanic .

Each guest will believe they are on the Titanic, experiencing first hand what it was like when Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage April 10, 1912. The Titanic museum attraction commemorates the lives of the 2,223 souls who embarked on a voyage into history and tell the compelling story of the memorable events that took place April, 1912, that led to the loss of 1,517 of them.

This new $25 million permanent museum is a half-scale, three-deck reproduction of the Titanic. The museum houses 20 galleries that display hundreds of authentic Titanic artifacts that were carried from the ship and into lifeboats by passengers and crew and those found afloat soon after the ship sunk.

Inside the interactive attraction, visitors find full-size reproductions, built to actual Titanic blueprints, of a first class suite, first class hallways, third class accommodations and an exact reproduction of the grand staircase, the museum’s centerpiece.

Visitors will be able to dip their hands in water the same temperature as the ocean when the Titanic sank. There are plenty of interactive activities including the opportunity to sit inside a lifeboat and hear survivor stories. As guests enter the museum, each will be given a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. At the end of the tour, guests can then learn the fate of those individuals.

Titanic Pigeon Forge
2134 Parkway Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Toll Free: 1-800-381-7670 Local: (417) 334-9500

Enjoy your stay in the Smokies at the Beary Blessed Cabin nestled on a mountain top with a wonderful view! View our website for rates and availabilty.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wildflowers of the Smokies

The Smokies have many wildflowers and they are amazing in their diversity. The Park is home to close to 1,500 kinds of flowering plants according to the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association--including over 300 rare plants. The reason for this large number of species is due to several factors, including vast differences in altitude and temperature and lots of rain (averaging 90 inches per year), and the preservation efforts pursued by the National Park Service. If you want to learn more about these beauties we have provided a list below for your enjoyment.

The National Park Service offers some guides to enjoying the many different species of wildflower, we have listed a view below:

Alphabetical Index of Wildflowers

Quite Walkways

Driving Tours

NOTE: It is illegal to pick or dig wildflowers in Park. Poachers are prosecuted because they have been responsible for the decline of certain species over the years. It should be understood that most of these wildflowers don't survive in your home garden because the habitat conditions can't be duplicated.

Another great source with beautiful pics and ease to distinguish wildflowers of the Smokies is Very informative and worth the visit to this site just for the pics alone.

The rare tall larkspur, grows to heights of 2 to 6 feet, has fewer lobes in the leaves and blooms in the summer. This plant bluish purple flowers with 5 petals, the upper sepal extending backwards into an upright spur. The 4 petals are very small, with 2 of them extending into the spur formed by the sepals. The leaves are mostly basal, palmate, and divided into 5 to 7 irregular segments. This flower can be found in rich woods throughout in late March to early May.

Another site we have come across that offers a wealth of info, more wildflower walks, threat to wildflowers, a book you can order to take along with you during your wildflower explorations and so much more info about the park is at .

If you want to keep up with the latest wildflower reports you can visit

If you love flowers and the Smokies during the Spring of the year, this is an adventure worth taking your family on. Reserve your reservations with us at the Beary Blessed Cabin only about 10 minutes from the parkway and then order the wildflower book at

Plan to take one day and fill it with studying these delicate beautiful flowers and exploring the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Don't forget your blanket and to pack a picnic lunch and stop to relax and take in Gods creation.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dollywood's Festival of Nations

The 25th anniversary celebration of the Festival of Nations at Dollywood begin March 27th and concludes on April 26th. This years festival represents entertainment from around the world. Music, dancing food and art are among the things you will be able to enjoy.

2010 festival highlights the rhythms of the world with DRUM! , the enjoyment of 20 dancers, musicians, singer and drummers; South America rhythms of Jallmay; and Invaders, which is an ensemble steel orchestra.

Imagine' presented by Le Grand Cirque will be back this year by popular demand. You will be entertained by international acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, high wire artist, clowns, lavish costumes, music and breathtaking acts performed by this array.

To view more about this intriguing festival held only at Dollywood for one month, click this link for information and beautiful photos.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Looking for a Freebie!

Are you looking for a freebie, if so we invite you to take advantage of our Stay 3 Nights/4th FREE at the Beary Blessed Cabin. This offer is only good during the months of April and May. This free night gives you a savings of $100 to $110. Everybody loves a freebie, so we encourage you to save today and use the savings for a romantic dinner for two, an attraction or for gas for the trip.

We also have some last minute deals for March 22 thru 26th, nightly rate greatly reduced from $100 to $75, great for that last minute getaway! Call (434)658-3203 to reserve today!

Be sure to check back often, as we offer specials regularly, don't let our deals pass you by, sign up for our blog updates and be kept informed on whats happening at the Beary Blessed Cabin today!