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Happy New Year!

The end of a year and the beginning of another year are exciting times. We reminisce about 2015 and we make plans for 2016... Read more

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Merry Christmas

Here we are, another Christmas is upon us. Hopefully you have been good this year and Santa will show up to get some ... Read more

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Zoder's on the Today Show

Have you seen which holiday destination is the most sought after in the US, according to an algorithm created by Trip Advisor? Gatlinburg in TN. In a Top 10 of the best tourist destinations in the world, Gatlinburg ranks #4. Not bad for a small mountain town of 4,000 locals. The Today Show picked up on these results from TripAdvisor and ran an article which mentioned a few details about Gatlinburg: the Cherokee Grill and Zoder's Inn got singled out as being favorites of people who spend their vacation in Gatlinburg. Zoder's Inn is a resort Gatlinburg can be proud of, especially with the new addition in the back. Look for more information in the near future. Here's the link for the Today Show article: Tennessee to Tulum: The 2016 travel destinations on the rise Read more

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The Holidays Are Coming

Life is short. Instead of buying more stuff this holiday season, invest in memories. Experiences last longer than gadgets because you carry them in your heart. Recently, I read an article about the spending habits of the rich and famous. Many of them will not give their children money or things, but they will invest in trips with them. Traveling with family and spending time together is the best gift. When all is said and done, nobody can take away our memories. Hotels near Gatlinburg or hotels at Gatlinburg TN are filling up quickly for the holidays. Make your reservation today and join our small town for a family celebration that will not soon be forgotten. Read more

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Plan Your Christmas Vacation

Hotels in the Smokies are decorated for Christmas. The Village area in downtown Gatlinburg looks like a European village Christmas card. The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge looks festive all year round, but I think they may have added a few extra lights this time of the year. If you are looking for a place to take the kids this holiday season, Sevier County is your best bet in the South East of the United States. The resorts in Gatlinburg Tennessee will soon be teeming with people, so reservations must be made soon. While you are here, make sure to see a Christmas show at Dixie Stampede or the Smoky Mountain Opry theater. Your vacation will then be complete. Read more

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All Aboard!

Gatlinburg makes it easy to get into the holiday spirit with all the fun Christmas activities and festivities available. One Gatlinburg Christmas institution that’s been around for over twenty years is the Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights, specially designated heated trolleys that take their passengers on a journey through Gatlinburg’s downtown, past huge and intricate light displays that have only been improved and added to as the years have gone by, featuring everything from classic holiday icons like Santa, snowmen, and reindeer to animals indigenous to the Smoky Mountains National Park, such as foxes, deer and rabbits. Located just minutes from our Gatlinburg hotel, the trolley rides run from now until January 31st. So hop aboard and take in all the lovely holiday lights! Address: Downtown Gatlinburg Read more

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Winter Fest Lights Are On

Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday season by turning on its thousands of Christmas lights. All over town, on the Parkway, East Parkway and Glades Road, the city has set up light landscapes which tell various stories. Some deal with obvious Ch Read more

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November Blues

When the rain does not seem to stop and the trees start looking bare, it is very easy todream about a vacation Gatlinburg could offer. Sitting in front of afireplace with a good book or soaking in the hot tub – who wouldnot wish to be at Zoders Read more

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A Very Dolly Holiday

October is over and that means it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit, and Dollywood is ready to do just that. Located about twenty minutes from our Gatlinburg hotel, beginning on November 7th and running through the beginning of January, v Read more

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Gatlinburg Resorts

Gatlinburg Falls Resort is one of several Gatlinburg Tennessee resorts. So is Zoder's Inn and Suites. The former is a log cabin development. The latter is a hotel. Because Zoder's Inn has several buildings spread over five acres, and what they call i Read more

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Glorious Foliage

This year, the weather patterns have created the most magnificent fall foliage I have ever seen in Gatlinburg, and I have lived here for ten years. Most of the leaves have stayed on the branches, but have changed colors gradually. The red, orange, ye Read more

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Zoder's Inn and Suites Receives Award

Once again, Zoder's Inn staff show creativity and flair in fall decorations. The Chamber of Commerce awarded Zoder's Inn & Suites Gatlinburg the first place in its category. Among all the romantic hotels Gatlinburg TN, Zoder's Inn and Suites Gatl Read more

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Bears in October

Believe it or not, there are people out there who ask the question “where is Gatlinburg in TN.” Despite the 10 million tourists who head to Gatlinburg every year, there are still some Americans who have never located it on the map. Of Read more

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So Fun It's Scary!

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy Halloween that has everything you’d want for spooky fun, head out to The Island in Pigeon Forge this October 31st for the 3rd Annual Halloween Celebration. Located just fifteen minutes from Read more

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Leef Peeping Season

Hotels near Smoky Mountains are gearing up for leaf peeping season. The pumpkins, hay bales and corn stalks are out. Gatlinburg boasts thousands of flowers on the streets, too, as usual. A friend of mine, visiting from Spain, thought all these flower Read more

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It's Fall, Y'All!

No doubt about it, the leaves are turning a different color. The temperatures are a pleasant 72F during the day and even higher. The nights are not coler than 65F. Scarecrows, hay bales and pumpkins are showing up in front of most businesses, to let Read more

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New Hotels

There may be some new hotels in Gatlinburg TN but most still prefer the experienced hospitality they receive at Zoders. Zoders Gatlinburg reviews testify to that effect. As a Smoky Mountains hotel, Zoders Inn Gatlinburg Tennessee will feature the opp Read more

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Apple Time

What is in Gatlinburg Tennessee this month? Fall is slowly entering the scene. Apples are ripe for the picking. Gatlinburg's Annual Taste of Autumn is coming soon. September 17, to be exact. You will want to get tickets from gatlinbur Read more

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Zoders Inn in Gatlinburg TN has been around for more than seven decades. Before there was a National Park, Wallace and Dorotha Zoder moved to Gatlinburg from Louisiana so that Wallace could accept a position with the CCC, a.k.a. Civilian Conservation Corps. An engineer by trade, Wallace Zoder designed the roads through the park-to-be, along others. Read more

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Take a Hike!

As summer winds down and the seasons (and leaves!) begin to change, now is a great time to get out and explore the outdoors of Gatlinburg. For 17 years, A Walk in the Woods has been one of the top Great Smoky Mountain National Park tour guide service Read more

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Fall Decor

As you walk through downtown and pass by the many Gatlinburg hotels on the strip, you will notice fall decorations popping up. The calendar may still point to summer, but folks in our mountain resort like to stay ahead of the game. Read more

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Gatlinburg Trail

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free, so it cannot be part of Gatlinburg vacation packages. As such, we strongly encourage you to make hiking part of your list of things to do in Gatlinburg. Read more

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At the End of the Rainbow

If you’re looking to spend some quality time in Gatlinburg's great outdoors, we recommend checking out Rainbow Falls Trail, and while there’s not a pot of gold at the end of it, there is a gorgeous waterfall and that’s almost as goo Read more

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Best Route to Zoder's Inn

You may know that I-40 is the main route people use to get to Sevier County, Gatlinburg, and Smoky Mountain hotels. Read more

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Summer In Full Swing

Summer vacations in Smoky Mountains hotels are in full swing and so you should get ready to sit in a bit of a traffic. Make sure you have audio books to listen to, snacks and water, too. It's a small price to pay in order to enjoy yourself in the Gatlinburg. Read more

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Taste of Summer

All over the nation, communities celebrate Taste of Summer Festivals. What is the taste of summer for you? Strawberries? Watermelon? A slice of cherry pie? A 4th of July picnic? Read more

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Summer Is Here

It's official: summer has arrived. Gatlinburg attractions beckon, so our streets are teeming with people. Some prefer to stay in Gatlinburg hotels on the strip. Others love staying at Zoders Inn, which is on the Parkway, but before you get to Light #3 and, as such, a bit tucked away from all the downtown bustle. Read more

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Gatlinburg Hotels on the River

When the summer heat reigns supreme, you need the coolness that comes from a mountain river. Gatlinburg hotels on the river welcome you to your perfect summer vacation spot. Read more

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Mountain Vacation

The best places to stay in Gatlinburg TN beckon and it is hard to resist. Summer is hot, but a vacation in the mountains offers both water fun through hotel pools or river fun and nature walks surrounded by green trees. Read more

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Almost Summer

One more week and it is officially summer, but you could not tell that from the temperatures. It is hot, hot, hot. So come stay with us and relax by the pool at Zoder's Inn or on your balcony overlooking the river. Read more

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Splash Pads

With temperatures soaring into the 80s, children belong in a splash pad. Did you know that Gatlinburg has a splash pad downtown, at Light #3? It is right next to the Visitor Center and the City's parking lot. Read more

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What Is In Gatlinburg, TN

When I moved from Oregon to Tennessee, a friend told me I should go visit Gatlinburg. I asked her, "What is in Gatlinburg TN?" Once she told me Gatlinburg was among the best places to stay around the Smoky Mountains, I had an interest. Read more

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Summer's On, Y'all!

With Memorial Day, summer rushes in. We see more and more white pants, dresses and shorts, although few still care about the tradition of "white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day." Read more

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Sip Some Shine

As summer makes its way to the Smoky Mountains, there's no better way to kick it off than by heading to the Sugarlands Distilling Company for a tour of the distillery and free moonshine samples, like American Peach, Apple Pie and Southern Sweet Tea, Read more

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Romantic Hotels in Gatlinburg TN

Can you believe it is May already? This is the fifth month of the year, folks, which means only one thing: four quick weeks and we are almost half way done with 2015. It is really difficult to believe. Read more

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Gallivanting through Gatlinburg's Arts & Crafts Community

Nestled on the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the historic Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is home to more than 120 artists. Watch potters, woodworkers, carpenters, glassblowers, weavers, painters and jewelers as they create hand Read more

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Getting Ready for Summer

Hotels in Gatlinburg TN are getting ready for summer. Flowers are blooming everywhere. The National Park is waking up from its winter sleep and the latest snow fall on the peaks. Read more

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Hotels in Gatlinburg TN

As the school year draws to an end, many families are planning their Gatlinburg vacation. Some book cabins, but many, many families still prefer the ambience of a hotel, with its amenities and free continental breakfast. Read more

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Learn The Ropes

Aerial accomplishment awaits ZipGatlinburg, where more than 100 obstacles keep outdoor adventurists on their toes. The beauty of the Smoky Mountains is the backdrop for an assortment of suspended bridges, zip lines, ladders and nets that serve to cha Read more

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Zoders.com Saves You Money

Booking websites have been all the rage for the past 10 years, whether for flying or staying in a hotel. Here's a tip that will save you money: don't use a third-party booking site. Really. Always book directly with the establishment where you want to stay and you will save money, guaranteed. Read more

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More Walk-In Guests Than Ever

One trend in the travel and hospitality business in post-recessionary times has been that people do not book their hotel stays in advance anymore. In other words, we have seen a lot more walk-ins than, say, 10 years ago. And if you don't really care about the best places to stay in Gatlinburg, that might be a good strategy. Read more

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Zoders Inn Gatlinburg Tennessee is a home away from home for many people. Thanks to Google Maps, you can type that phrase into your browser and get the latitude and longitude of our location these days. Read more

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The First Day of Spring

Soon, it will be the first day of spring. No matter what the weather will bring after that, we can rest assured that we have made it through the worst of winter and yes, sunny days and warm days are here to stay. Read more

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Spring Break Time!

People are looking for Gatlinburg hotels these days because spring break is just around the corner. What better place to spend spring break than in this quaint mountain resort. Read more

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Marching into March

The town Gatlinburg in Tennessee sports the only ski resort in the Volunteer State. As far as ski vacations Gatlinburg will get you covered. Some Gatlinburg hotels see as many guests during ski season as during July, traditionally our family vacation month. Read more

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Winter Fun for Everyone

Not a skier? Not a problem! At Ober Gatlinburg, the mountaintop epicenter of all things fun, you can enjoy snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating or simply sit back an enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or hot toddy in The Loft Lounge. Read more

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Resorts in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is the quintessential resort town because it offers tourists so many hotels in the Smokies. Sure, you will find many cabin resorts in Gatlinburg, but you will also find other types of resorts in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Read more

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In the Bleak Mid-Winter... We Plan Our Spring Break

It is beginning to look a lot like winter. The temperatures are hanging around 25F, it rains with a weird wet ice which looks like snow on cars and grass, and the weather man tells us to brace for more snow in the next few days. Read more

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Romantic Hotels Gatlinburg TN

Valentine's Day is around the corner and what are you going to do about it? Flowers and chocolates are just fine, but now and then a vacation in Gatlinburg TN sounds a bit more appropriate. Read more

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The Best Places to Stay in Gatlinburg TN

We all want the best for our lives, right? The best job, the best neighborhood, the best education for our kids, the best seat at a concert, the best places to stay near the Smoky Mountains, the best restaurant... Read more

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Plan Ahead for the Songwriters Festival

It doesn't roll around until late summer but it's a good idea to mark your calendar now for the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg. Scheduled August 19 - 23, this five-day fest celebrates our Appalachian musical roots, with free live music performed by songwriters ready to share the story behind their soulful songs. Read more

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Ripley's Aquarium

One of the Gatlinburg Tennessee resorts, Zoder's Inn and Suites encourages you to take a trip to the mountains in January. You may surprised to know that Gatlinburg boasts January temperatures in the 50s âÂ?" perfect for hiking in the National Park. Read more

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Tradition and Heritage at Zoder's Inn

If you are looking for new hotels in Gatlinburg TN, you will not find Zoder's Inn among them. Our establishment was founded shortly after the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

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Warmer Weather Turning Cold

If you want to learn some Gatlinburg, Tennessee news, here it is: throughout the New Year's holiday and the first four days of January, Gatlinburg enjoyed spring-like temperatures. We are talking 57F and even 65F on some afternoons. In spite of that, Read more