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For a fifth season, the City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to summer visitors along the length of the Parkway during the peak tourist season.
For a fifth season, the City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to summer visitors along the length of the Parkway during the peak tourist season. Visitors and local residents can board the specially designated trolleys at no charge along numerous stops on the Parkway. The shuttle service will extend from traffic light #1 at the north end of town to light #10 at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The free open-air trolleys will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily from Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, August 15. All Gatlinburg trolleys are handicap accessible.
Approximately 800,000 patrons use the Gatlinburg trolleys annually, making it the fifth-largest mass transit system in the state. It originated in 1980 with only six trolleys, but the fleet has grown to 20-plus trolleys servicing approximately 50 miles in and around Gatlinburg and surrounding areas.
You can hop aboard the Gatlinburg Trolleys all day long for just $2 a day with unlimited access to the Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow and Green Trolley Routes. The $2 Pass is sold at City Welcome Centers as well as City Hall and the Mass Transit Center, plus numerous Gatlinburg lodging facilities.
For more information about the Gatlinburg Mass Transit System, visit www.gatlinburgtrolley.org. There you can find routes, an informational video, or track the current location of Trolleys en route via a GPS Trolley locator.
For further information, call the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-588-1817 or visit our website at www.Gatlinburg.com.
The season of summer fun has arrived in Gatlinburg, and it comes with no shortage of activities for the whole family. This summer, visitors will have the chance to spend their evenings enjoying live entertainment, attending award-winning Independence Day festivities or getting a firsthand look at unique items hand-crafted in Gatlinburg for generations.
Gatlinburg’s award-winning 4th of July Midnight Parade is the First Independence Day parade held in the country and has garnered much national attention and award recognition for excellence in entertainment. For 40 years, the Parade has honored our nation’s Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes with this classic, small town American parade. The parade steps off at the stroke ofmidnight on July 4th. The Army Band from the 129th Army National Guard Unit in Nashville will performFriday night leading up to the parade. The following night, Saturday, July 4th, a 20-minute fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. near traffic lights #3 and #5.
Back for its 10th season, Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is a one of a kind experience for Gatlinburg visitors. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as 1800. Tunes & Tales runs from June 12 to Aug. 1 every night beginning at 6 p.m.
Arts, crafts and music lovers can explore more than 150 booths filled with work from America’s largest group of independent artisans at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair held July 17 to 26 daily at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Artists and craftsmen will be on-hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and sell their fine works of art. Live country and bluegrass music will also be on site for entertainment.
Best of all, navigating the summer festivities are made easy for visitors with the availability of free trolley service throughout the summer. From June 13 to Aug. 15, the open-air trolleys will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The shuttle service will extend from traffic light #1 at the north end of town to light #10 at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For more information about the events in Gatlinburg this summer, call 1 800 588-1817 or visit Gatlinburg.com.
It's beginning to look a lot like... Winterfest in Gatlinburg!
November Harvest Specials Offer Good: 11/01/2014 - 11/30/2014
Stay for 2 nights, get the 3rd night free for 11/1-11/22
Minimum night stay reduced to 2 nights 11/1-11/22
Details: Only available on new reservations booked after October 21. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay.
December Winter Magic Specials Offer Good: 12/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
Come see our beautiful Winter Light displays and get some holiday shopping done!
Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2 December 1 - 18.
2 night minimum from December 1 - 18.
3 night minimum from December 19 - 31.
Details: Only available on new reservations booked after November 14. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay.
The Bear’sDen is decorated for the holidays and you may reserve by clicking on the cabin name or by calling the Jackson Mountain Homes office at 1-800-473-3163 and ASK for the Bear's Den! We look forward to hearing from you!
The three-day festival showcases artists at the top of their fields. Participating exhibitors are chosen by jury in 16 categories, ranging from ceramics and glass to watercolor and woodworking. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the best in fine arts and crafts, talk to the artists, hands-on activities for children, Appalachian music and southern barbecue.
While the festival is free to visitors, the event serves as a major fundraiser for Arrowmont, the Sevier County Arts Council and the Gatlinburg Boys and Girls Club art program. The Fine Arts Festival is at traffic light #5 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg adjacent to the McMahan Parking Garage.
For more information about the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival, visit www.gfaf.net or call 800 588-1817.
The City of Gatlinburg has changed fire codes concerning grills at rental cabins. We and the staff at our property management company (Jackson Mountain Homes) have been proactive by conducting a grill assessment at the Bear's Den to ensure that it meets the new fire code. Our installer also contacted the the Fire Inspector to inspect the final installation to insure that the Bear's Den is in compliance!
Here are some photos of the newly installed Broilmaster Natural Gas Grill .
The new grill has been removed from its former location on the porch (near the steps) to the new retaining wall on the entrance side of the cabin. A safety railing, along the stairs and retaining wall, was also added last year.
The new pedestal style grill has been securely attached to the masonry retaining wall and a 60 minute timer/shutoff valve has been added for additional safety.
The new grill looked so great . . . .That we decided to spruce up the porch with a couple of fresh coats of stain too!!
New and repeat guests can expect a bunch of changes to the Bear's Den since March of 2013 until now. Some of the MOST noticable changes will be when you walk through the door into the Great Room.
In January, Ogle Furniture delivered our custom queen-sized sleeper sofa and matching lounge chair in a leather style finish.
You'll also notice that we've added two matching oak end-tables and lamps on either end of the sofa. We hope that you'll really enjoy the new utility that this furniture affords AND the additional space that the arrangement provides.
The changes didn't stop THERE! I'll post some additional photos and features on what's happening outside and in the bedrooms and baths!
Back in February a guest from another cabin tried to head into town while the roads were covered with ice and had to use our retaining wall as their "emergency brake"! No one was hurt but the wall was compromised and had to be replaced.
The project started at the beginning of May and took three weeks to complete. The GOOD NEWS is that it is stronger, more beautiful, and safer than the original one. We had the builders incorporate a safety railing along the top of the wall nearest the steps. That's something that we had always meant to do . . .but never got around to doing.
While they were there, we had them install gutters over the porch/deck roof and re-do the footers on the porch supports.
Here's a photo of demolition process -
AND here's one of the final stages of construction . . . .
Mother "May" I check out these great May Specials? Offer Good: 05/01/2013 - 05/31/2013
Mother's Day is coming May 12 - you still have time to surprise Mom with a visit.
Pay for 2 nights, get the 3rd night free.
Stay for 7 nights, pay for 5!
Get one FREE rafting ticket with every stay.
Can't come now? Buy a Gift Certificate!
Details: Includes Memorial Day Weekend. Only available on new reservations booked after May 3. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay.
School's Out for the Summer! Offer Good: 06/01/2013 - 06/30/2013
Enjoy these June specials to celebrate another successful school year!
Pay for 3 nights, get the 4th night!
Stay for 7 nights, pay for 5!
One free rafting ticket with every stay!
Details: Only available on new reservations booked after May 3. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay.
You may reserve the Bear's Den by clicking on the calendar here or by calling the Jackson Mountain Homes' office at 1-800-473-3163 and asking for The Bear's Den! We look forward to hearing from you!