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Saturdays at The Gatlinburg Farmers Market

In Tennessee, we enjoy clean, simple country living, and that means taking advantage of all nature’s bounty amid the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains. Read more

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Memorial Day

The last Monday in May is celebrated as Memorial Day in the US. Did you know Memorial Day is also called Decoration Day? On this day, we honor those who died in any war while serving the United States. Read more


Summer Is Here

We did not exactly have winter in Tennessee, but we sure had a beautiful spring and now we are having a summer. The Roaring Fork River flowing by Zoder’s Inn in Gatlinburg TN helps to cool things down around our property. Read more

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The National Park Reopened

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has opened on May 9, as part of a phased reopening process. Most trails are open and the restrooms are open as well. The picnic areas or camping sites are still closed at this time. Read more

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Many Restaurants Reopened in May

On our website,, as well as on our Facebook page and Instagram account, you can find a list of 40 restaurants that have reopened in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  Read more

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Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

One of the latest additions to an already exciting list of Gatlinburg attractions has been Anakeesta. This Cherokee Indian name means “place of the balsams,” with reference to high ground. Many peaks around Gatlinburg, like Charlie’s Bunion, Chimney Tops, and Mount Kephart, comprise the Anakeesta Formation, a massive rock layer, for instance.  Read more

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Home away from home

Families across the southeast enjoy the hotels Gatlinburg TN offers. These hotels have a clean, family-friendly atmosphere, and many have pools and free breakfast.  Read more

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Happy Easter

Gatlinburg hotels on the strip are beautifully decorated for Easter.  Read more

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A View to a Thrill

Most of our frequent guests know that Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the best facilities of its kind in the region, and they offer a variety of special events and activities for their visitors. Read more

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Vacation in Gatlinburg TN

If you are planning your summer vacation in Gatlinburg TN, you might want to take stock of your hiking gear. Read more

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Spring Break

What are you doing for spring break? Why not come to the Smokies? Read more

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Don’t Stop Believin’

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jonathan Cain from the iconic band Journey came to Gatlinburg to give a concert on February 28, 2020, as part of the 2nd annual Tennessee Songwriters Week. He told stories about how he came up with some of his music and sang both Journey classics and Christian rock pieces he had written since his conversion. Read more

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Lamb and Lion Weather

They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. This may be more of a saying and a rhyme rather than a true weather predictor, but we like it. Read more

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Gatlinburg’s 75th Anniversary

This year, Gatlinburg celebrates 75 years since its incorporation as a city. Read more

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Chills and Thrills at the Wax Museum

While the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is one of the area’s most popular attractions, many folks don’t realize that the center offers much more than realistic wax replicas of Hollywood stars and pop music celebrities. Read more

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Leap Year – 2020

How will you celebrate Leap Day? Will you leap for joy? Read more

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Presidents’ Day – 2020

Tennessee and Texas are connected in many ways, not just through Davy Crockett and the Alamo story.  Read more

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Happy Valentine’s Day - 2020

For your Valentine’s Day celebrations, may we suggest the Smokies? Read more

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Winter or Wimper?

This winter has not exactly done much to earn its name. Read more

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A Berry Special Wine Trail

This Valentine’s Day, we suggest making the day extra special by trying something completely different. Read more

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Sunshine and Remodeling

We all enjoy seeing sunshine, especially during winter. No matter how cold it is outside, if the sun is shining, we feel better about our day Read more

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Winter Doldrums

To banish the winter doldrums, make your way to the Smoky Mountains. Many hotels in Gatlinburg TN offer reduce prices in winter, so a mountain vacation is more affordable than ever. Read more

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Winter Wonderland

Depending on where you live, you might have a lot of snow, or none at all. At Ober Gatlinburg, in January, you will find a winter wonderland for sure. Read more

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Happy New Year 2020!

For those of us born before the year 2000, it feels surreal to think about 2020. But here we are, saddling up to another year Read more

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Get Your Shine On

Moonshine has come a long way from the bad old days. Today’s moonshine is a legal, finely distilled, and flavored product that is worthy of the term “spirits.”  Read more

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Ring in the new year in Gatlinburg

Can you believe it will be 2020 soon? Those of us born before the 1980s are stunned to see the calendar change to such a round figure. Even the Millennials are coming of age now. Read more

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Jingle All The Way

Jingle bells, jingle bells. If you do not hear bells ringing by now, something must be wrong. No matter what kind of Christmas you celebrate (secular or religious), we hope you experience peace, joy, and love now and every day. Read more

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Zoders Inn Instagram

In case you did not know, Zoders Inn is on Instagram now. Follow us for updates about what’s new, remodeling projects, bear sightings, contests, and giveaways. You know you want to. Around the holidays, Gatlinburg becomes magical. Read more

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Drive Safely

The other day, at Light #1 in Gatlinburg, I had to stop as the light turned red. There were cars coming from the other direction and my intention was to turn left to use the Dudley Creek Bypass. Tourists on their way to Gatlinburg Falls Resort know this road. Locals use it as a shortcut towards Highway 321. Read more

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Christmas Lights

Welcome to the last month of 2019! Many a Smoky Mountains hotel are teeming with guests this time of year. Winter is just as exciting in Gatlinburg as any other season. The Christmas lights are on, so bring the little ones to experience the wonder of the season. Read more

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Don’t Skip Over Thanksgiving

Are you ready for Christmas yet? We barely started the month of November and people ask you that question already. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving, right? Read more

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We Gather Together

Do you remember that old hymn, “We Gather Together?” Read more

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Making Memories

Are you making memories with your children in the Smokies this year, for Thanksgiving? We hope so. Read more

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Resorts Gatlinburg

There are several resorts Gatlinburg offers, but many may not exactly know their locations. Read more

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Lights, Lights, and More Lights

This holiday season, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are offering visitors the ultimate holiday light experience—a multitude of brilliant displays in a variety of venues. Read more

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Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Gatlinburg Tennessee news would not be complete in the fall without a report on the Craftmen’s Fair. Read more

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Tunes and Tales

Actors, dancers, and musicians put on a show in different locations to help you relive Appalachian culture from a hundred years ago. Read more

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Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is in full swing. Read more

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Fall Equals Romance

Things are right on track with fall: decorations, green leaves turning yellow, orange, and red, and lots of apples and pumpkins everywhere. Read more

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Three Ways to Have a Ghostly Good Time

Have you ever heard of the Gatlinburg Witch? Read more

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Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

A free event throughout Gatlinburg, this is your chance to experience fall like nowhere else. Read more

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Fall is Here

It’s official. It is fall. Or autumn, depending on what you want to call it. Read more

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Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Did you know that Gatlinburg in Tennessee has a thriving community of farmers? Read more

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We will never forget

You know exactly what you were doing eighteen years ago, on September 11 Read more

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“Fall” in Love with Gatlinburg

Each autumn, the Great Smoky Mountains foliage changes from the vibrant greens of spring and summer to brilliant hues of gold, red, orange, and bright yellow, until the mountains are ablaze with bright fall color. Read more

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Labor Day, Hurricane Week

With Hurricane Dorian headed for the US, many Floridians have made their way to Gatlinburg Read more

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Zoder’s Inn, the Resort

One resort Gatlinburg has had for a long time is Zoder’s Inn and Suites. Read more

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Gatlinburg 101

Where is Gatlinburg in Tennessee? Read more

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Wardrobe Capsules

This time of year, many look for style ideas to transition from summer to fall. Read more

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Peaceful vacations

Are you in the market for a peaceful vacation in Gatlinburg Tennessee? August is the time to visit. Read more