The Best Places to See Bears in Gatlinburg

Black bear cub with paws on trees.

The black bear is by far the most beloved animal in the Great Smoky Mountains! Millions of visitors come to Gatlinburg, TN each year to catch a glimpse of these amazing critters. With roughly 1,600 bears in the national park (around two bears per square mile), there are lots of opportunities for seeing these popular…

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Top 5 Cool Facts About Gatlinburg TN You Should Know

The city of Gatlinburg TN in the mountains.

Gatlinburg TN is a popular little town in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. People come from all over the world to visit our city, and we want to share some cool facts about it with you! Look at these top 5 cool facts about Gatlinburg TN you should know: 1. It was named after…

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3 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg to Celebrate a Birthday

strawberry dipped in chocolate

If you are visiting Gatlinburg for your or someone you know’s birthday, you will be excited to know that there are tons of fun ways to celebrate the occasion! The town is full of unique attractions, tempting restaurants and exciting activities, so there is no better place to have a birthday than in Gatlinburg! Here…

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5 Outdoor Things to Do During Winter in Gatlinburg

A beautiful winter scene in Gatlinburg.

It’s never too cold to enjoy winter in Gatlinburg. Summer gets a lot of hype — and deservedly so — but winter brings plenty of opportunities for just as much enjoyment. While there’s indoor fun and shopping too, we’re going to recommend you get outside with the following 5 activities that make for a great…

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Who Was Wiley Oakley?

Black and white photo of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.

Vacationers who have stayed at Chalet Village before may remember that our office is located on Wiley Oakley Drive in Gatlinburg, TN. Have you ever wondered about the origin of this road’s unusual name? While he isn’t widely remembered today, Wiley Oakley was one of the most famous Gatlinburg residents back in the 1930s and…

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The Best Pancakes in Gatlinburg: Top 5 Restaurants

The famous Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg.

Philadelphia has its cheesesteaks, Chicago has its deep dish pizza, and Gatlinburg has its pancakes! As any visitor to the Smoky Mountains can tell you, Gatlinburg, TN is undeniably the hotcake capital of the United States. Everywhere you look in Gatlinburg, you will see a different pancake house or breakfast joint. With so many different…

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3 of the Best Places to Get Ice Cream in Gatlinburg

Kilwin's ice cream in Gatlinburg.

When the weather gets warm in the Smokies, nothing hits the spot quite like a scoop (or three) of ice cream! Gatlinburg is home to a number of excellent creameries and ice cream shops that are perfect for the dog days of summer. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Chalet Village…

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5 Things We Love About Visiting Gatlinburg in the Summer

Sunrise in the mountains near Gatlinburg.

Summer will be here before you know it, and we couldn’t be more excited! Boasting beautiful weather and a number of special events, Gatlinburg, TN really comes alive during the summer months. To help you make the most of your vacation, Chalet Village has put together a guide to the top five things we love…

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