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Tax Free Weekend

Would you guess that one of the most popular times to visit the Smokies during August, (you know, "that" month) is the Tax Free Weekend Tennessee holds just before school starts? It's true and this year we'll seeing almost as many visitors coming into the Smokies between August 7th and August 9th for 2015 as we do for Memorial Day!

The Tax Free Weekend is when certain items have their sales tax taken out to ease the cost of school supplies. Clothing and other school-related items less than $100 each, as well as computers less than $1,500 in value are eligible to have their sales tax taken off. How does that translate into increased traffic for the Smokies? Well, the logic is that, since you'd have to get those items for your kids (or yourself if you're a college student) anyway, you might as well use the money you DIDN'T spend to have one last little Summer party here in East Tennessee.

And why not? If you missed out on a Smoky Mountain blast with the family or would like one last memorable trip to seal the season, this is as good a reason as any to do so. Add the luxury of a Chalet Village cabin with passes to our Chalet Village Owners Clubhouses for outdoor pools, tennis courts, ping-pong and more!

Reserve today by calling us at 1-800-262-7684.

Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, TN

What is Rocky Top Sports World? Probably the most important thing to happen on Highway 321 from Gatlinburg to Cosby since the completion of GPHS. Rocky Top Sports is a huge sports facility complex that was completed in 2014 to allow a new industry to come into our area and a whole new series of events for those of us living between Gatlinburg and Cosby to enjoy.

This complex offers a dizzying array of amenities, including:
* 86,000 square foot indoor facility. Total property covers 80 acres.
* 10 basketball courts.
* 17 volleyball courts.
* 6 synthetic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, ultimate frisbee and more.
* Picnic tables.
* Children's play area.
* Bleacher seating.
* Champ's Grill eatery.
* Event planning space.

And with that, dozens of different kinds of sports, tournaments and other events will be featured throughout the year! You can get full information on Rocky Top Sports World at www.rockytopsportsworld.com.

Rocky Top Sports World is only about 15 minutes (give or take a few) from most of our houses for rent in Chalet Village and we have rental units that can perfectly accommodate a group coming to watch the tournaments or a team coming to participate. See what we can offer you at www.chaletvillage.com.

Free Things To Do in Gatlinburg For Families

One of the great things about vacationing in Gatlinburg is that a luxury trip to the Smoky Mountains doesn't need to have a luxury price tag attached to it. If you've only got a budget to work with for your family vacation this Summer, here's some ideas for free entertainment.

* Mynatt Park. Within a few minutes of driving is Mynatt Park up on Airport Road from the main downtown Gatlinburg strip. This park features outdoor grilling stations, a wading creek, playground equipment, a baseball diamond, plenty of room to run around and play other sports in. Pavilion is also provided.

* Herbelt Holt Park. A few minutes more of driving and you can visit this park at the Northern end of Gatlinburg going towards Pigeon Forge. This area features a trout rearing facility, picnic tables and outdoor grill, children's fishing stream and playground equipment.

* Mills Park. Finally, the furthest Gatlinburg park but arguably the best one is located on Highway 321 near Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. This park offers the most facilities including a baseball diamond, soccer field, track running field, two sets of playground equipment, wading/fishing stream, disc golf course, horseshoe pits, and covered pavilion.

* Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This road starts up at the top of Airport Road in downtown Gatlinburg and is exactly the kind of sightseeing adventure you should take the family to see! The Motor Nature Trail is a 6 mile, one way loop that offers a multitude of items worth breaking the camera out for. Rushing streams, old-growth forest, well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and some of the most popular waterfalls in all the Smokies.

* Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales. This nightly ritual of the Gatlinburg Summer schedule provides free entertainment ambiance to the downtown strip. Old timey music, storytelling and other talents are performed throughout the town. Really encapsulates and completes the Appalachian experience of the Smokies!

* The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Full of hiking trails that range from family-friendly to expert level treks to appease any group, walking through the untouched nature of the Smokies is literally the best thing to do in our area!

* Sugarlands Visitors Center. The Gatlinburg headquarters of the National Park Service offers a visitors center that could provide anywhere between an hour to a reasonably full day of free entertainment for a family or group. Sugarlands offers a museum, bookstore, special ranger-led programs, two hiking trails and quite a bit more. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

That should make up a few days worth of fun at least. Complete the experience and mix some luxury into the vacation with one of our 3-bedroom cabins that would be perfect for a family such as yours. See our bedroom cabins right here.

Honoring Memorial Day 2015


In commemoration of Memorial Day, there are several events going on in and around Sevier County, but certainly one of the largest events going on this weekend is the Dollywood Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival, which starts Saturday, May 23rd, and runs through June 7th, at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Park admission during the Festival time will include access to many different bluegrass artists and concerts, along with plenty of barbeque for everyone! For more on the Festival, please go to the official Dollywood website to find out more on this event.



As we honor Memorial Day here in the Smokies, we truly consider ourselves fortunate to live a great country and to be a part of a great area like the Great Smoky Mountains. Please take some time this weekend to remember those who sacrificed everything for all of us enjoy the freedoms that we have today, and we want to thank all of those who served our great country, past and present.

Gatlinburg Parkway Circa 1952

Here Is the Downtown Parkway Around 1952, The bridge and Rd. to the left is LeConte Street and is now where the Ober Gatlinburg Tramway Mall is and directly across the street is Calhoun's Village.

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