Christmas Star and Lights

Two Terrific Ways to See the Christmas Lights of Gatlinburg

Come to Gatlinburg for an enchanted Smoky Mountain holiday season. Read more

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Romantic Christmas

Now that the Christmas lights have been turned on, Gatlinburg is magical at night. Romantic hotels in Gatlinburg TN are waiting for guests to come create memories. Read more

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Leaf Peeping

These days, leaf peeping is all the rage. The best kept secret of the Smokies is that leaf peeping is better during the first week of November. Read more

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It’s Time for Holiday Craft Shows

Visitors and guests will have much to be thankful for this November, with not one, but two fabulous holiday craft shows at the Gatlinburg Convention Center! Read more

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Snow in October

It snowed in Gatlinburg today. This may be the earliest snow Gatlinburg has seen in recent years - October 29. Read more

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Pumpkins and Scarecrows

Have you been through a corn maze this October? Sevier County farms organize some pretty fall festivals. Read more

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Fall into Halloween Fun

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are in for some scary good fun this month. If you’re looking for Halloween thrills, check out these Zoder’s Inn favorites. Read more

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Shine on with Sugarlands Distilling Company

The Sugarlands Distilling Company, named for the Sugarlands "moonshiners' paradise" region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a “savorin’ and sippin’” institution of downtown Gatlinburg. Read more

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Total Solar Eclipse

Gatlinburg experienced a near totality during the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Read more

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August in the Smokies

If you are looking for a quieter time to have your vacation in Gatlinburg, August is the time you want to head to the Smokies. Read more

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The Gatlinburg Farmers Market: Country Living at Its Most Delicious

In Tennessee we enjoy clean, simple country living, and that means taking advantage of all nature’s bounty amid these magnificent Great Smoky Mountains. On Saturdays from 8:30 to noon, you too can experience a bit of what makes our little region of the world so special at the Gatlinburg Farmers Market. Read more

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Hotels Near Gatlinburg TN

As August rolls around, tourists find that a vacation in Gatlinburg becomes even more attractive. Read more

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Hiking

Vacations in Gatlinburg TN must include hiking in the National Park. It's the first reason why Gatlinburg became a tourist attraction – for the beauty of the mountains. Read more

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Scorching Heat

If you stay in any hotel Gatlinburg TN has to offer, you are bound to find a way to get away from the extreme summer heat. Just find yourself in the Smokies and we will take care of the rest. Read more

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Last Minute Bookings

Booking a hotel in Gatlinburg TN these days is very easy. If you already know the name of the hotel, you can go straight to their website. If you don't, Google is your friend... Read more

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Happy Independence Day!

As Americans, we should all feel proud every day for the freedom and independence we have. But July 4th is especially grand. John Adams wrote to his wife about this day, "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  Read more

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Eight Miles of Authentic Appalachian Arts and Crafts

Gatlinburg has no shortage of natural wonders, and mother nature’s handiwork certainly claims the top spot when it comes to craftsmanship. Almost as impressive, however, are the many beautiful and charming creations of the artisans who’ve set up shop along the Arts and Crafts Loop. Read more

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Traditions

Many of the hotels Gatlinburg TN has have been around for decades. There is a lot of tender loving care that goes into maintaining these buildings through the years. Amenities which were added in the 50s as the latest and the greatest are either obso Read more

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Summer In Full Swing

As Gatlinburg prepares for the first 4th of July parade of the nation, which happens every year at midnight on the 3rd, tourists are taking advantage of every magical moment in our town. Read more

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Zoder's Inn Facebook Page

In case you have not seen our Facebook page yet, we invite you to go there and click Like so that you may receive our updates in your NewsFeed. Read more

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Motown Comes Down to Tennessee

At the Grand Majestic Theater, just a short 20-minute drive from our hotel, you can be transported back to the heyday of Motown fever with Soul of Motown, an unforgettable theatrical homage to some of the greatest voices that ever graced the stage or recording studio. Read more

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The Living Is Easy

There's nothing like relaxing during your summer vacation. Read more

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Wish Upon a Rainbow at Dollywood's Fun and Interactive Museum

At just 5 feet tall, Dolly Parton might not be a physically imposing presence, but when it comes to her contributions to entertainment, she’s a giant of the field. One of our favorite attractions at Ms. Parton's Dollywood, just a short 25 minutes from our Gatlinburg hotel, is the Chasing Rainbows Museum, which features fun, interactive, and illuminating exhibits on the life and work of Dollywood’s remarkable founder. Read more

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Hands-on With Gatlinburg Artisans

With the arrival of springtime our community of skilled artisans and craftspeople begin to cut and shape. Read more

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Irish Comfort at Fox and Parrot Tavern

If your family is in the mood to celebrate authentically this Saint Patrick’s Day, then look no farther than Fox and Parrot Tavern, a family-friendly British pub located in downtown Gatlinburg. Fox and Parrot has graciously hosted travelers and Read more

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Winter Fun for Daredevils and Novices

Ober Gatlinburg has winter activities for individuals at every skill level. Read more

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Unforgettable

Most hotels in Gatlinburg TN have re-opened to the public after the city was closed for ten days due to a wildfire at the end of November. It has been a quieter than usual holiday season, but now things are picking back up again, as people start planning their spring break. Read more

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Ober Gatlinburg Is Calling

The only ski resort in Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg is enjoying yet another good winter season. Read more

Downtown Gatlinburg At Night

What's left after the wildfires? More than you think.

What is in Gatlinburg Tennessee after the wildfires? A lot more than you might think. The downtown is intact and so are most hotels and cabins. Yes, a lot of devastation happened, but the town is here and most of the structures stand proudly. Read more

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Romantic Hotels in Gatlinburg

This is your week to make some plans to celebrate Valentine's with the loved one in your life. Have you seen all the romantic hotels Gatlinburg TN has to offer? Read more

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Dine Together in a Meal of Solidarity

These popular Gatlinburg restaurants score big with local taste buds. Read more

New Year 2017

A New Beginning

This year is drawing to a close and a new year dawns: 2017. A new year, a new beginning, a new adventure, a new vacation in Gatlinburg. Our community has pulled together through the national disaster at the end of November. Acquaintances have become Read more

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We Are Gatlinburg Strong

Two weeks after the wildfire devastation in Gatlinburg, life is slowly getting back to normal. Cleaning and re-building have begun. The city welcomed back tourists last Friday. Read more

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Gatlinburg Wildlife

Zoders Inn is one resort Gatlinburg offers which will not disappoint you. The Roaring Fork River runs through the property and bears, wild ducks, squirrels, raccoons and other wildlife treat the river as their home. Read more

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Gatlinburg Devastated by Wildfires

A fire started by a human on November 23 in the Chimney Tops 2 area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park spread to the city limits of Gatlinburg by November 28 due to high winds and extremely dry conditions. More than 1,400 structures have been affected by fire, over 140 people have been treated for injuries, and 14 people lost their lives. Talk about the abomination of desolation. Read more

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A Bright Gatlinburg Christmas

Decked with lights throughout the entire holiday season, Gatlinburg draws inspiration from its community of local artists. Read more

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Hotel Rates in Gatlinburg, TN

All hotels in Gatlinburg TN are not created equal. Some are older, some are newer. Some have extra amenities, others offer the barebone minimum one can expect in a hotel. Some have balconies overlooking a mountain creek, others have balconies overlooking the busy Parkway. There's something for everyone. Read more

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Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg

Is there life after such a contentious, demoralizing election season? Yes, there is. Our Gatlinburg Tennessee news is that the mountains are still here, albeit drier and smokier than ever. The town is still here and the locals go to work every day, making vacations memorable for fellow Americans. Read more

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Gatlinburg Craft and Sugarland Sound

In the colorful months of fall, Gatlinburg simply crackles with life. Read more

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Hotels Near Gatlinburg

If you want a Gatlinburg Tennessee vacation, you could stay in hotels near Gatlinburg, not necessarily in the ones within the city limits. There are plenty of options either way and it depends where you come from and how you want to spend your time. Read more

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Book Your Valentine's Weekend Now

It's the end of October and most people have Thanksgiving and Christmas on their minds. Let's think past the holidays, past the New Year's fireworks, past dreadful January, its emotional letdown and credit card bills (did we really spend that much?). Read more

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Oh-La-La October Fun

The leaves are turning and it's beginning to look a lot like October in Gatlinburg. Read more

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Resorts in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Zoders Inn and Suites Gatlinburg Tennessee is one of the premier resorts Gatlinburg has to offer. Gatlinburg Tennessee resorts can be either hotels with lots of amenities or cabin resorts in Gatlinburg. Read more

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The Haunted Hills of Tennessee

Ripley's haunted collection of the macabre, along with a ripping detective tale and candy carnival, test your Halloween curiosities during the month of October. Read more

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Many Vacation Choices

One could plan a vacation in Gatlinburg TN in many different ways. For instance, if one is planning a honeymoon, one could choose from several romantic hotels in Gatlinburg TN. Read more

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Zoders Gatlinburg Reviews

Savvy travelers do not book their vacation in Gatlinburg anymore without checking out TripAdvisor or similar sites. On the whole, Zoders Gatlinburg reviews have been positive and, over the years, the hotel has received many certificates of excellence from TripAdvisor. Read more

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Nice hotels in Gatlinburg TN have decorated for fall with lots and lots of pumpkins. You will also see corn stalks and hay bales and scarecrows, of course. The décor is so beautiful in all its glory all over downtown Gatlinburg, it reminds my mother, who grew up on a farm, of her childhood, when they picked corn by hand. Read more

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Sugarlands' Sweet Sounds

Gatlinburg’s own Sugarlands Distilling Company, a distinguished producer of craft whiskey and moonshine, regularly hosts a slew of regional folk and bluegrass musicians. Read more

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September Morning

If there ever was a perfect moment in a Gatlinburg TN hotel, it would happen on a September morning, as you wake up refreshed from a good night's sleep and head over to where they serve a hot breakfast. Read more

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Labor Day

You are so lucky if you find yourself in Gatlinburg during the Labor Day weekend. You have worked hard and not you play hard. Or hardly playing. Taking it easy by the mountain stream at Zoders Inn Gatlinburg TN counts very much towards rest and relaxation. Read more

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Gatlinburg TN Vacations

Gatlinburg TN Vacations do not end in August. Tourists still come this way in September, though it is a slower month. Read more

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Gatlinburg Hotels on the River

If you like the soothing sound of a rushing mountain stream, you should look into booking a room or a suite in one of the Gatlinburg hotels on the river.   Read more

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Gatlinburg Vacations

Gatlinburg vacations are all about making memories with your family and friends. At the end of the day, a successful life boils down to relationships and memories of good times with your people. Read more

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A Smoky Mountains Lifestyle

There’s nothing quite like breathing in the crisp and cool, high-altitude air. Read more

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Vacation Season Winding Down

Gatlinburg vacation season is winding down, as different school districts start another year of learning. It is still very hot, so as one walks by Smoky Mountains hotels with pools, one can spot lots of water fun. Every hotel Gatlinburg TN has will not offer a pool. As you compare prices, you have to keep that in mind. They may be asking $20 more per night, but look at all the things you get for that price. Read more

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August for Gospel and Bluegrass

A summertime tradition rolls again into the beautiful mountain town of Gatlinburg in Tennessee. Read more

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Pick Your Dates Carefully

Tourists come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year for some much needed R & R. Gatlinburg Tennessee attractions do not disappoint. One can lose himself in a mirror maze or the Guinness Book of World Records museum. Ripley's Aquarium immerses you in the relaxing atmosphere of aquatic creatures. Read more

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A Gatlinburg First

When the Fourth of July festivities crop up once again in Tennessee, you'll want a spot downtown. Zoder’s Inn & Suites is perfectly located to give families first-rate access to this most cherished of holiday spectacles, the street parade. Read more

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Gatlinburg Resorts

Many people prefer to stay in a log cabin. After all, that's why they come to the mountains: to see all those logs and not a square inch of drywall. Read more

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Obey STOP Signs Or Pay

When you drive through Gatlinburg, you should pay attention to the STOP signs. You should pay attention to stop signs anywhere you drive, for that matter. But in our tourist town, we have seen way too many tourists ignore STOP signs, especially on the secondary roads of our city.  Read more

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Things To Do In Gatlinburg

Now and then tourists come to Gatlinburg completely clueless about hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Read more

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The Dog Days of Summer

“Summertime and the living is easy,” goes the song. Maybe for tourists. Hotels in Gatlinburg TN are teeming with tourists and hotel staff work hard every day to keep everybody happy and safe Read more

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Gatlinburg Hotels TN

Hotels at Gatlinburg TN come in different shapes and sizes. There's a hotel room for everyone and for every budget Read more

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Location, Location, Location

Gatlinburg in Tennessee is a small town with big city traffic. They say they built this city not on rock-n-roll, but on arts and crafts Read more

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Tunes and Tales Has Begun

Every summer, the sidewalks of downtown Gatlinburg receive an infusion of song, story telling, and even clogging from local artists carefully selected by the Chamber of Commerce Read more

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Vacation in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Now that most schools are on summer break, we all look forward to a vacation in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Read more

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Zoder's Gatlinburg Reviews

Zoder's Gatlinburg Reviews Read more

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The Month of May I Have A Gatlinburg Vacation Please?

The month of May is here with its flowers and graduations and weddings and tears and joys and the satisfaction of a job taken to completion. It is also the month of Star Wars. They don't say “May the Fourth be with you” for nothing. Read more

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Chasing Rainbows Museum

Country music and Dolly Parton always come to mind when you think of the great state of Tennessee. If you want to take your love of country to the next level, then visit Dollywood, a theme park owned by country singer Dolly Parton.  Read more

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New Hotels in Gatlinburg

If you are planning your next Gatlinburg Tennessee vacation, you have a choice between new hotels, vintage ones, and everything in between. Read more

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April Showers

So it is April and sure enough, the rain has arrived. With so many indoor attractions, Gatlinburg still remains a great holiday destination or weekend getaway in April. Gatlinburg TN vacations are sure to thrill anybody who comes here to relax and recharge.  Hotels near Gatlinburg and hotels in Gatlinburg alike will be very pleased to welcome you and show you the quickest routes to your restaurant of choice in order to avoid the rain. Read more

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Can't Get Enough Cornbread

The Appalachian area is known for many things, the beautiful landscape, the moonshine, and definitely the down-home, delicious food. On May 12th, visitors can come celebrate it at the Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival. The festival, located in downtown Gatlinburg, right around the corner from Zoder’s Inn, will feature a beans and cornbread cook-off, foot-stomping folk and bluegrass music in the form of live bands, games and activities, and antique engines on display, showcasing the old way of doing things in the mountains. Read more

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Where Is Spring?

That groundhog in Pennsylvania is something else. Did he say early spring or was he just confused? Where is the heat? If you are spending your spring break in one of the many Gatlinburg cabin resorts or hotels near Smoky Mountains, you know temperatures have gone from 51F to – well – not much higher than that.  We were told two weeks ago that it was the last week of a cold front. Then, spring would start. It didn't. Hmmm… The weather man is wrong. Again. Read more

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Happy Easter!

Hotels in Smoky Mountains are decorated for Easter. Bunnies, eggs, chocolate and candy abound. My daughter, who is 6, saw a basket with a beautiful stuffed bunny in the lobby of a Gatlinburg hotel and asked me if it was something to win.  Read more

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How To Avoid Traffic

A lot of people who have been to the Smokies know that Gatlinburg is a small town with big city traffic. So how do you avoid it? You stay home. Well, you say, I don't want to stay home.   Read more

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Get It While It Is Cold

The snow will not be with us that much longer, folks, not even the artificial one produced at Ober Gatlinburg. If you want to get some skiing done before spring makes a triumphal comeback, come and get it while it is cold. Any Gatlinburg resort you check into will have information on the temperature at Ober as well as their slope report. You can also check all that on their website, naturally. Zoders Inn Gatlinburg TN has always stayed opened through the winter season. Forty years ago, for those who do not know, many Gatlinburg hotel owners shut down and went to Florida for the cold season. Not so much the Zoders. This hotel has always stayed open through winter to receive those who loved to make memories of winter in the mountains. Read more

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Winning Winery

The Smokies may have a reputation for their moonshine, but you might not know they’ve got their share of amazing wine as well! Located just a half mile from our Gatlinburg hotel is Tennessee Homemade Wines, a small winery that’s off the beaten path and one of Gatlinburg’s best-kept secrets, though with the strong following they’re already accruing among locals and visitors alike, it probably won’t be secret for much longer. In their tasting room, which is open seven days a week, visitors can try a sampler of the wines, including their popular concord grape and especially unique blueberry wine. Tennessee Homemade Wines’s helpful and friendly staff will guide you on your tasting journey, and if you like what you try, you can buy a bottle or two to take back with you to comfort of you room at Zoder’s Inn.  Address: 643 Parkway, Gatlinburg Read more

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Good for the Environment

Coming to the Smokies for a weekend or a vacation in Gatlinburg is good for the environment. “How's that?” you wonder. There's no telling what you will be inspired to do as you get in touch with nature through a hike in the National Park or by rocking on your balcony overlooking the Roaring Fork River at Zoder Inn. You might want to start recycling your plastic containers or bike to work if feasible on sunny days or plant a tree or volunteer at your local nature center. All we ask is that you give yourself a chance to get close to nature for a few days in Gatlinburg. The rest will come as the seed of environmentalism grows inside of you and bears fruit. Oh, and on your next visit to a Gatlinburg TN hotel, put the used towels on the rack to dry and re-use them the next day, just like you do at home. It saves electricity, water, and detergent and makes for a more sustainable hotel environment. Read more

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Souvenirs of the Heart

On my way home, I drive by Gatlinburg Falls resort. Pretty soon, I will probably see their landscaping crew planting pansies and other flowers. It's beginning to look a lot like spring. We have had a mild winter and I am not complaining. Smoky Mountains hotels are also waking up from the slumber of winter maintenance projects and gathering their landscaping crews together to plan this year's curb appeal. It is not March yet, but we all know it is coming. Reservations have been pouring in at Zoders Inn & Suites and we look forward to giving wonderful memories to our guests. Gatlinburg vacations are souvenirs of the heart.   Read more

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Looking Forward to Spring

With this new cold spell, we look forward to spring even more. What was Groundhog Phil talking about when he said “early spring?” Can we trust the little fellow anymore? Gatlinburg just had -5F and freezing rain and sleet on Valentine's Day. Talk about a day for snuggles and cuddles. Anyhow, if you are after a hotel in Gatlinburg TN for your spring break, we would like to invite you to check out our different rooms and suites. We offer free continental breakfast, an indoor pool, hot tub, and a manager's reception in the evening, which consists of wine and cheese. Later on, you can get some milk and cookies as well, all on the house. It is all happening at Zoder's Inn and Suites, year round.   Read more

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Chinese New Year

Whether you call it Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, its first day is here – February 8. It's the Year of the Monkey. And how can you not be about some monkey business in the Year of the Monkey? Hopefully it will be the playful kind of monkey business, like taking a trip to the Smokies for hiking and indulging in pancakes at the Pancake Pantry, not of the hurtful or dangerous kind like, well, you can think of something along those lines. Gatlinburg resorts and Gatlinburg hotels on the strip are open year round. In fact, during winter time, some will lower their prices, so it has never been better to head to the Smokies. If you prefer to hear the soothing white noise of a mountain stream, you can choose from a number of Gatlinburg hotels on the river. Read more

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Romantic Hotels

With Valentine's Day coming up, many are looking for romantic hotels in Gatlinburg TN. All hotels in Gatlinburg TN are romantic, some might argue. Just being here is a romantic experience, if you allow the National Park to speak to your senses and help you fall in love again with nature, life, and your significant other. And yet other tourists might be looking for cabin resorts in Gatlinburg. For some, being in a log cabin in front of a fireplace spells romance. To each his own. We know people who do not want to see drywall during their vacation in the mountain and then we know others who love a hotel room because it comes with breakfast and other amenities not found in a cabin. Either way, we would like to remind you that Valentine's is only two weeks away. Experiences and memories are better gifts than things you eat or hang on yourself. Just sayin'. Read more

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A Screaming Good Time!

Halloween may be a long way off, but thrill-seeking visitors looking for a fright can head to the Mysterious Mansion, Gatlinburg’s oldest haunted house, which delivers spooks and scares all year round. Located less than five minutes from our Gatlinburg hotel, what makes this haunted house unique is that it is self-guided, visitors are brought to a room and left there to find their own way out of the house, navigating several terrifying rooms and even a few secret passages! They also employ many talented actors dedicated to scaring people out of their wits as they try to find the way out. The Mysterious Mansion is in the top ten activities to do in Gatlinburg and has a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, so if you’ve got nerves of steel, check it out, and when you’re done, your (ghost-free!) room at Zoder’s Inn will be waiting for you. Address: 424 River Road, Gatlinburg Read more

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Zoders Inn Expansion

Zoder's Inn Gatlinburg is expanding. Recently, we purchased some of the lots in the back of the property – past the red gate. Construction crews have been busy putting in an additional parking lot, a cement slab for a future pavilion, a new fence, and landscaping. Please excuse our development as we work hard to improve the quality and variety of our services. Our guests' comfort and safety is our number 1 priority at Zoders Inn and Suites. We are already getting feedback from our guests who are very happy with the additional parking spaces. Also, the new black fence strikes everybody as elegant. We strive to continue to be on the list of nice hotels in Gatlinburg. Read more

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Skiing At Ober Gatlinburg

A Gatlinburg vacation in the winter time is not complete without stopping by Ober Gatlinburg. You can take the tramway or drive up there. They offer ski slopes and skiing lessons, tubing, skating, and snowboarding. If you wanted to, you could take snowboarding lessons, as well. There are so many Gatlinburg Tennessee attractions, of course. But Ober Gatlinburg is the only ski resort in Tennessee and it offers that difficult terrain which prepares one very well for skiing out west. According to one ski instructor, it's “Southern skiing.” The slopes out west can actually spoil you. If you can make it here, on the slopes of Ober Gatlinburg, you can make it anywhere, to borrow from a famous song. Most Smoky Mountain hotels will offer the daily slope report from Ober, in addition to general tips on parking, gear rental, and eating out at Ober. Read more

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Things To Do In Gatlinburg

One has so many things to do in Gatlinburg: hiking in the National Park, dining in restaurants that have become an institution, like Cherokee Grill and The Trout House, visiting the Aquarium, meditating in a museum dedicated to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ (Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens), riding the Sky Lift, ice skating, skiing, or snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg, playing mini-golf at Davy Crockett's course (light #1), admiring arts and crafts at Arrowmont and in the Glades Community, the list could go on and on. Of course, your visit to Gatlinburg would not be complete without a stop at the Pancake Pantry or the Donut Friar (in The Village complex downtown). Since there are so many things to do in Gatlinburg, we would recommend you keep coming back. In all the hotels Gatlinburg TN offers, there's got to be a room just for you, calling your name. All you have to do is make a plan. Read more

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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

Jack O' Lanterns

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

The Smoky Mountains at twilight

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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Tradition

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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Caesar

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

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Happy New Year from Zoder's!

One of the resorts in Gatlinburg, Zoder's wants to thank our guests in 2014 for staying with us. We invite you back in 2015 for more memories, gracious hospitality, and good times. Read more

Zoder's Inn Wins First Prize In Christmas Decorations

When people think of nice hotels in Gatlinburg TN, they think of Zoder's Inn. Year after year, our Christmas decorations warm the hearts of winter travelers and create a storybook-type backdrop for their memories. Read more

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Ober Gatlinburg Slopes Now Open!

During winter, Gatlinburg TN vacations are not complete without a visit to Ober Gatlinburg for skiing, tubing and snowboarding. Read more

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5 FAQ About Gatlinburg

  1. First things first: what is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? About 5,000 locals and 80,000 tourists on any given night. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park lies on either side of Gatlinburg. Lots of shopping and fun attractions. Skiing, tubing Read more

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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Christmas lights, Christmas music, Christmas sales; it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Hotels in Smoky Mountains are decorated for Christmas. Last winter, Zoder's Inn and Suites received a decorating award from the Chamber of Commerce. Read more

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Light The Way

Gatlinburg's Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights is so special, the lights stay up long after other holiday décor has been packed away. At Zoder's, we invite you to meet and mingle with Gatlinburg hotel guests as they soak up the spirit of the season just a little longer. Read more

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Gatlinburg by the Sea

Nothing says Gatlinburg for the holidays like snow, shopping, seasonal music... and a trip to the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Seriously, why not take a few hours away from your usual holiday activities and spend some time at this incredible aquarium? Read more

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Thanksgiving, Every Day

Some people choose to celebrate Thanksgiving at home or at the home of friends and relatives. Others travel to Gatlinburg, cook their turkey and fixings away from home, and make it a Gatlinburg vacation. Did you know you don't have to rent a cabin to get access to a kitchen away from home? Read more

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Snow on the Mountains

The Smokies look like a postcard, covered as they are with snow. As you drive from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge and then into Gatlinburg, the majesty and beauty of white-capped mountains transports you into vacation mode. Take a deep breath. Then, take another one. You have arrived. Read more

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Winter Fest Lights

It's that time of the year again, folks! Time to turn on the Winter Fest Lights all over Gatlinburg, have some chili, and relax by the fire. Winter Fest outshines all other Gatlinburg Tennessee attractions. Read more

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Best Choice Among Gatlinburg Resorts

Looking for Smoky Mountain hotels? We would like to suggest Zoder's Inn and Suites. Among all the Gatlinburg TN hotels, Zoder's stands out because of its being on a river The Roaring Fork River, to be exact. Read more

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Buy Tomorrow's Heirlooms Today in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is a wonderful place to visit all year long, but one of the very best times of year to go is late November for the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show. Scheduled November 25 – 30, this craft show is a true step back in ti Read more

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A Quiet Retreat

Zoder's Inn and Suites is not only one of the Gatlinburg hotels on the strip. It is also one of the Gatlinburg hotels on a river. In fact, because Zoder's Inn lies at the North end of town, also known as the "quiet end," it offers rest and relaxation in a busy and noisy tourist town like Gatlinburg, TN. Read more

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The Best Kept Secret in Gatlinburg - The Dudley Creek Bypass

With all the Gatlinburg attractions, no wonder the town fills up with tourists on weekends and during vacation months like June and July. But October is busy, too. Leaf peeping ranks high among things to do in Gatlinburg and October is the best month for it. Read more

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Zoder's Inn Wins First Prize in Harvest Festival Décor

Hotels in Gatlinburg decorate for fall in spectacular fashion. This year, Zoder's Inn and Suites entered the Harvest Festival contest for the first time and won! Read more

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Sweet and Saucy

Here in the Great Smoky Mountains, barbecue sauces (and their condiment cousins) are a dime a dozen and finding your favorite can be quite a culinary obstacle course. Need an assist? Read more

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Take A Shine to Moonshine

Few drinks match moonshine for its intoxicating mix of legend and lore, which makes a taste of Ole Smoky Moonshine about the most authentic Appalachian experience we can think of. Read more

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Artists In The Loop

Ask anyone who's been to Gatlinburg and they'll tell you that some of their favorite take-home treasures where found on the Arts and Crafts Loop, an eight-mile stretch that's home to the largest group of independent artisans in the country. Read more

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Tunes & Tales

Gatlinburg has always been known for its special brand of Southern charm. Now through early August, that charm spills out onto the sidewalks during Tunes & Tales, a nightly street performance event showcasing storytellers Read more

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FLOAT YOUR BOAT

Mark your calendar and start stashing away anything that floats, rubber ducks, Frisbees, your favorite flip-flops. It's time to start building a river-worthy raft for Gatlinburg's popular River Raft Regatta. Read more