Friday, March 28, 2014

Museums of the Great Smoky Mountains Area

Did you know there are several museums in the Smokies for your family to enjoy!  Museums activate the mind and cause us to think and gain knowledge and once again the Smokies do not let you down as they have a vast assortment for your enjoyment.  Here is a run down on the list I have put together for you to check out and to help you in knowing which ones your family will definitely want to take in on your visit.

The Titanic lets you spend the day viewing the artifacts from the original ship, walk the grand staircase, take on the role of one of the passengers of the ship and find out at the end of your tour whether you survived or not.   The Titanic Museum offers over 30,000 square feet of family fun that can be enjoyed by all family member young and old, as you learn about the history of one of the most memorable voyages of all time. 


Wax Museum of Hollywood pose for a photo next to your favorite stars! Real Life look a likes take you from back in the past with Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, all the way through to the present with Brad Pitt and Anne Hathaway figures. Your family is sure to enjoy inspecting these life like characters and posing with them.


The Salt & Pepper Museum has over 20,000 salt and pepper shakers (and growing)! Short ones! Tall ones! Cute ones! And small ones! See celebrity ones, or find your favorite cartoon!
Be sure to visit this exciting museum, and go by the gift shop and pick out a pair of unique salt and pepper shakers to take home!


Christ In The Smokies Museum and Gardens will help in bringing the Bible to life for your family. 
Watch the eyes of Jesus as they follow you and see waxed Bible characters come to life through special effects and lighting.  A one of a kind museum that your family will be talking about long after you have left the Smokies.


The Elvis Museum takes you back in time to the 60's & 70's style Rock & Roll and back to the stage with live shows featuring two Elvis impersonators.
Be sure to check out Elvis' 1972 tour jump suit, his guitar, guns, clothing, car, furniture, and so much more!
Be sure to stop by the Elvis gift shops to pick up that souvenir to take home! 


Hollywood Star Cars Museum the 1966 Bat mobile and many more from TV shows and movies can be checked out in these exhibits. Something the men will enjoy and movie lovers will be sure to appreciate.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum where you can spend hours rambling through over 500 artifacts of strange oddities.  You can come to your own conclusions as to whether your going to choose to BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

You'll be amazed with some of the most interesting exhibits Gatlinburg has to offer at the Guinness Book Of World Records. View the uniqueness of the goals that have been met and some wax figures of the most unusual people.  You can be inside Noah's Ark or stand beside the tallest man!  Be captivated with the  "real life experience" exhibits the museum has to offer!

Last but not least, Wonderworks an imagination station! Enjoy over 100 exhibits, all interactive!  You can travel upside down on a bike, ride a virtual roller coaster you create yourself and so much more! This is one museum that will flip you upside down...literally! One the kids are going to have a blast at.

My personal favorite was the Titanic, my husband's was the Hollywood Star Cars and my daughters, Wonderworks. There is something for everyone in these unique learning experiences of the Smokies, called museums!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Mountain Life Festival at Oconaluftee Museum in Great Smoky Mountains


Experience old-time mountain ways at the annual Mountain Life Festival, held at Oconaluftee Mountain Farm Museum every September. Living history demonstrations will get you in touch with the many activities that kept people in this area busy, like making molasses, apple cider, apple butter, cornbread, and greens, and crafting brooms and rugs. The Mountain Farm Museum is located two miles north of Cherokee, NC on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Be sure to reserve your stay with us at our cozy 2 bedroom/2 bath cabin nestled in the heart of the Smokies between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg close to all attractions, but away from the hustle and bustle.  Many September dates available, check our calendar for dates open and learn more about the cabin at the Beary Blessed Cabin website to reserve your stay today as you visit the Smokies.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Winter Life In Early Days of the Smokies



As you can imagine cabin fever was abundant when the long hard winters settled in the nooks and grannies of the Smokies back in the early settler days.  Activities from making music, lessons learned, to stitching, and what they ate during the difficult winters can be learned more about at
http://www.nps.gov/grsm/historyculture/winter-stories.htm

In reading the articles and learning more about the history of the Smokies at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Service site, you will come to love and appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the Smokies in a whole different way.  It is my most favorite site about the Smokies, there is always a wealth of information on this site and the shop is simply awesome for those wanting to learn more in depth about the history, wildlife, and beauty of the Smokies.

We encourage you to take some time and get to the Smokies in a way you never knew.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Want a Fun Vacation in the Smokies, On A Budget, Payment Plan Options

Hey we understand that vacations are expensive and in today's economy it can be tight to have a fun filled vacation for a family of four.  But I do believe we can help your family experience the Great Smoky Mountains on those few dollars you have to spend.  First of all where else during the summer months are you going to find a 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin rental, with a partial mountain view that sleeps 6 and has a great location between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, close to all attractions, for only $99 a night?  Plus that offers a Payment Plan Option?  No where, they don't exist, most owners are going to charge you a security deposit and pay half now and the remainder 30 days before arrival.  We don't charge a security deposit either, is it getting better for you, are you breathing a sigh of relief.  Good, cause we want your family to have a great place to stay and not bust the bank.  But wait, there are several things to do in the Smokies free that will keep your family entertained for a few days, like what your asking?

1.  A picnic lunch packed and off to Cades Cove for the day, where the kids can play in the streams and get their feet wet and see deer, fox, bears, turkeys and other wildlife and trails to hike and waterfalls to listen too.  We suggest buying your kids one of those cheap, disposable cameras and let them take pictures of all the things they see and experience in the Smokies, when they get home and get their pics developed they will be tickled to look back and relive their memories of their vacation highlights.  Then scrapbook and start a tradition.    

2.  A day in the Arts and Craft community and the kids can see candles being made, see Santa Claus even during the summer, sample all sorts of treats along the way and hear toe tapping mountain music being played.

3. Take a ride through the Great Smoky Mountain National Parkway and visit the Cherokee Indian shops and see Indians as they live and work and once again play in the stream that runs through Cherokee.

4.  Ride the Trolley in Gatlinburg, Enjoy the Great Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales every evening, Enjoy Free Samples at the Pepper Palace and sample some of the free fudge from some of the candy shops.

5.  Plus you guys can always enjoy the hottub at the cabin and foosball table for an afternoon of relaxation, play some board games and rent a movie from Redbox.

Be sure to browse through our blog an find many exciting things to do in the Smokies and be sure to reserve your stay with us, we only have a few more weeks and then all our summer dates will be filled.  But their is always Fall, where the Smokies bring on a whole new dimension bursting with color and festivals. Check out our website where you can view the calendar for available dates and the video of the cabin as well.  Hope to hear from you soon and lets squeeze that Smoky Mountain vacation in on a monthly payment plan, by paying half now and the remainder in monthly payments until 30 days before your arrival date!  The Smokies are Calling!!    

    

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ghost Town in the Sky, A Smoky Mountain Attraction

Ghost Town in the Sky, located in Maggie Valley, NC was always a favorite of mine as a child.  I knew as my family made its way to the Great Smoky Mountains on our family vacation, this would be one of our go to attractions.  I can still remember the anticipation of the the next move, the squeal with each gunshot and the silliness of Festus the undertaker, as I watched the gun shows.  If your children have never experienced the thrill of a showdown, a Western gunfight in the street, then this is a must, a memory they will always remember of their vacation.  We cannot forget the saloons, two of them with music and can-can girls, a schoolhouse, jail and so much more in Western Town.
 


Ghost Town in the Sky also has a Level Fun Park, with ziplines, three levels(even one for children 4 years and up), chairlift ride, and many kiddie rides for the little ones.  In 2014 the arrival of the Resurrection phase is to be completed.  Resurrection Mountain, projected to open in 2014 will be built on the highest-elevated portion of the mountain and will be a replica of Jerusalem’s Holy Land.  So as you can see Ghost Town is coming back to life and offers something for all ages, be sure to Visit Their Website

Make it a day, start out on your adventure as you leave Gatlinburg, by taking in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park through the parkway, then off to Cherokee for a a visit with the Indians and their way of life, then onto Maggie Valley for a live Western town complete with all the trimmings of an old-fashion gunfight and can-can girls.  Be sure to get an early start as you leave the Beary Blessed Cabin, as this will be a busy, fun filled day, crammed packed with tons of memories for your family.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Fountain Light Show at the Island in Pigeon Forge, TN

The Island in Pigeon Forge has one of the newest attractions in Pigeon forge.  A multi-million dollar water fountain show that takes place every 30 minutes and is coordinated with music. There are 70 nozzles shooting water 35-70ft high in the air and dancing around. There is planned to be 13 different water shows rotating daily each with their own music. At night the fountains are lit up for a spectacular nighttime water show! Check out the video below to see the fountains in action:




The Island offers restaurants, an Arcade, a Carousel, coffee shops, and many more neat and fun things for the family to explore. Now is the time to plan that Spring getaway to the Smokies or maybe you would like to visit during the Summer, now is an excellent time to take advantage of our Payment Plan Option at the Beary Blessed Cabin and enjoy a cozy, mountain top cabin close to all attractions in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fishing in the Smokies

Its that time of year again when a man's mind turns to fishing.  I know for a lot of your wives this article will be a plus for your husbands.  There are lots of different places to fish in the Smokies and you will find below a list that will help to know where these spots are located.  The laws and regulations for fishing in the Smokies and the state of TN.  As for the men who may be reading this article, you may be thinking, now I can do something I would like to do and the Mrs. can go shopping.  Its the best of both worlds, plenty for both of you to do, to find fun and relaxation in the Smokies.


Douglas Lake & Fishing

TN Fishing Guide

Smokies Angling

Plan Your Visit

 Smoky Mountain National Park Fishing

Fly Fishing