Harrah’s Cherokee Resort is the Hottest Ticket to Big-Name Entertainers in the Smokies in 2016!


Harrah's Cherokee Resort Concert Events 2016

Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center in North Carolina has some of the hottest entertainers coming to the Smoky Mountains in 2016! Check out these great shows in the beautiful 3,000-seat event center. All guests must be 21 years of age or older and must present valid identification.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
The Southern blues rock legend will warm up the winter evening with his vast array of hits that have inspired and entertained audiences for generations. Don’t miss the one and only Gregg Allman! Tickets $19.50 – $34.50 per person.
Saturday, February 6, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Jennifer Nettles, who did a great job recently portraying Dolly Parton’s mother in the NBC movie “Coat of Many Colors” joins fellow superstar girlfriends Brandy Clark, Tara Thompson and Lindsay Ell for an evening of country music and fun. Tickets $43 – $68 per person.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Thank goodness this funnyman is back making audiences laugh all over the world. See Tracy Morgan live at his Picking Up The Pieces 2016 Tour. Welcome Back Tracy! Tickets $19.50 – $30.50 per person.
Friday, February 26, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
This alternative metal band with their signature “crunching” guitars are in town for an evening of  good ol’ post grunge rock ‘n roll! Tickets $18 – $20.50 per person.
Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
As the most frequent musical guest on NBC’s Tonight Show, Dwight Yoakam orginally made his mark on country music in the 1980’s and he has been a force ever since. Now an actor, director and biscuit maker (Bakersfield Biscuits), Yoakam still charms audiences with his brand of hip, honky-tonk, country music. Tickets $34.50 – $54.50 per person.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Don’t miss this legendary band from England on their Fly Me High Tour 2016! The Moody Blues have been combining classical music, rhythm and blues, and rock n’ roll since the ’60s…and they are better than ever! It’s an evening with the pioneers of the genre progressive rock. Tickets $39.50 – $59.50 per person.
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
As founder of the rock group Staind, which recorded seven albums, Aaron Lewis has since ventured into the country music scene and is making quite a splash there too. His hit song “Country Boy” features the likes of Chris Young, Charlie Daniels and George Jones. With a new album coming out in 2016, you can be the first to hear all his great new songs live! Tickets $17.50 – $22.50 per person.

To purchase tickets for any of these events, visit harrahs-cherokee/shows.

INSIDER TRAVEL TIP: Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Hotel is pet-friendly. They even have a special PetStay Luxury Room for up to two of your four-legged family members of the canine persuasion.

If you love Monopoly and you love the Smokies, you’re really gonna love the Smoky Mountain-opoly Board Game!

Get the board game Smoky Mountain-opoly! Relay for Life of Sevier County acquired exclusive rights to create a Smoky Mountain version of the beloved board game to help raise funds for cancer research. Filled with the iconic amusements and attractions in the Smoky Mountain region, your family and friends will have big time fun playing Smoky Mountain-opoly!smoky-mountain-opoly-game-heysmokies

Which game piece will you pick? The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge, the Helicopter from Scenic Tours, a Wine Bottle from Rocky Top Wine Trail, a Pick from Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, the Cable Car from Ober Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tramway, or the cutest Bear from Three Bears General Store.

“Proceeds from sales of the board game will benefit American Cancer Society and our fight to end cancer,” says Relay for Life of Sevier County Chairman, Sophia Conerly, “We are so excited about Smoky Mountain-opoly because it is something that both locals and visitors can enjoy.”

Get a Smoky Mountain-opoly Game and make someone’s holiday. Visit these fine establishments today and pick up a board or two or five! And help in the fight against cancer!

SAVE THE DATE! Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017 at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. For more information visit Relay for Life of Sevier County of Facebook.

Enjoy a Drive on Scenic Highway 129 near the Great Smoky Mountains and Experience the Tail of the Dragon!

Scenic Highway 129 starts in languid Chiefland, Florida, a far cry from the blue haze and cooler temperatures of the Great Smoky Mountains. Hundreds of miles from its inception, this iconic highway enters Tennessee west of the Smokies near the banks of Chilhowee Lake. The stretch of Highway 129 between Knoxville, Tennessee and Robbinsville, North Carolina winds through some of the best views and most exciting, motorcycle-friendly curves in the world in an 11 mile stretch known as the “Tail of the Dragon.”

Scenic Drive in the Smokies along Highway 129

Just before the start of the world-renowned “Tail of the Dragon,” drivers are treated to a stunning view of the majestic Tennessee hills rising behind Chilhowee Lake. Year-round, the blue of the water reflects the mountains in a display that makes drivers instinctively stop for photographs. The famous Foothills Parkway may be accessed to the left of Lake Chilhowee. This parkway offers stunning vistas, including some that span a hundred miles or more. There is no commercial development on the Parkway, which allows for the visitor to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature unfettered by urban clutter and noise.

In the few miles leading around Lake Chilhowee and prior to the start of the “Tail of the Dragon,” outdoorsy types can take a left onto Happy Valley Road and follow the signs to Abrams Creek Campground, a National Parks Service campground under the lush canopy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Convenient to Look Rock and a variety of park-maintained hiking trails, Abrams Creek offers a great place to set up camp prior to enjoying the amazing “Tail of the Dragon” by car or motorcycle.

Motorcycle and sports car owners from all over the country pack this portion of 129, especially on weekends, three seasons out of the year, with a steady, but much thinner, stream making the drive in winter. The route, also known as Deal’s Gap, features a Harley Davidson store, other stops geared toward feeding and selling souvenirs to the cycling set, and at least three professional photography companies set up along the way, snapping away and then offering the weekend’s photographs for sale online.

The eleven miles of the “Tail of the Dragon” pack 318 curves with names like “Horns of the Dragon” and “Copperhead Corner.” Passengers are the only ones who can enjoy the view of surrounding forests and mountains as the road, while beautifully banked in the turns, forces the full attention of the driver. In the last ten years, 28 people have lost their lives in this short stretch, 27 of these were on motorcycles.  This year, in the month of September alone, 177 traffic citations were issued and seventeen crashes took place. Sport bikers roar around Goldwing cruisers out for a Sunday drive. Sports cars of every make and model meet scooters and trikes, sometimes traveling in small entourages as friends make a special event out of the Dragon. The highway is alive with visitors with an appetite for fun.

The Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort offers motel and camping amenities on the North Carolina end of the Dragon, where 129 meets Highway 28. The resort, which also features a restaurant and store, is a hub of activity in every season except winter, when it is temporarily closed.

Check out this video of the world’s fastest rider, the Dragon Slayer, who is part of the USA129Photos.com Race Team!

If you choose to head south to Robbinsville, North Carolina as you exit the “Tail of the Dragon,” you’re in for a real treat. The community has a tucked-away feeling that makes one instinctively grab for real estate tracts. Lake and forest vistas and small-town charm foster a sense that all is right with the world. The Native American community of citizens in Robbinsville reminds the traveler that these hills have a history longer than our nation. The area around Scenic 129 has seen buffalo stampedes, British troops and Civil War intrigue and angst. It’s wonderful to know that the area is now devoted, by and large, to the joys of nature and the fellowship of family and friends.

laurie-crater-battles-heysmokiesPost by Laurie Crater Battles – journalist, blogger, hiker, biker, mom, animal and coffee lover who makes her home in Knoxville.

The Cades Cove Experience in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The 6,800-acre valley comprising Cades Cove, one of the most visited areas of the park, provides a glimpse of a bygone mountain lifestyle. Travel in your car or truck (no RVs or commercial vehicles) on a one-way, 11-mile paved loop road. Sightings of deer, turkeys, black bears, coyotes, ground hogs, raccoons, butterflies, and other animals are exciting and common.

Great Smoky Mountains Sunrise in Cades Cove

A Great Smoky Mountains Sunrise in Cades Cove.

Those seeking an out-of-the-vehicle experience may enjoy cycling the loop or hiking the many trails found in Cades Cove. One of the most popular hikes is to the picturesque Abrams Falls. Midway of the loop, the Cades Cove Visitor Center, home to the John Cable Grist Mill, the Gregg-Cable House, a Cantilever Barn and other farm buildings, is the perfect place to pause. Grassy meadows and banks of the babbling stream provide great picnic venues. Graveyards, located beside several historic churches in the cove, bear mute testament to early residents.

 Cades Cove Need to Know

  • The path into the cove is open from sunrise to sunset year-round.
  • It can sometimes take more than four hours to complete the 11 mile one-way loop during the busy summer and fall seasons, and on most weekends. Sparks Lane and Hyatt Lane offer shortcuts out of the cove.
  • The road is closed to motor vehicles until 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays from early May to late September.
  • The loop is closed to cars until noon each Saturday in December to allow bicyclists and hikers a quiet journey. Bike rentals available at the Campground Store. Enjoy an ice cream cone from the Campground Store too!
  • Cades Cove Riding Stable offers guided trail rides on horseback, hayrides, and carriage rides from early March through late November. For more information and prices, visit CadesCoveStables.com or call 865-448-9009.
  • A self-guiding booklet is available for a small fee at the Orientation Shelter at the beginning of the loop.
  • Cades Cove Picnic Area has charcoal grills for cooking or consider packing a basket for a picnic in the cove. Don’t forget a blanket and chairs.
  • Please pack out all your trash!
  • Bring binoculars for optimal wildlife viewing.

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All You Need To Know About an Overnight Stay at LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

leconte-lodge-cabin-matthew-gjedde-heysmokiesLeConte Lodge is the only overnight lodging, other than camping, available within the borders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You cannot drive to LeConte Lodge. You must hike one of the five trails that access this rustic retreat located near the top of the 6,593 foot Mt. LeConte. An overnight stay at LeConte Lodge is an incredible experience you won’t find any place else in the world! Just ask anyone who’s witnessed an awe-inspiring sunrise or sunset from LeConte’s Myrtle Point.

LeConte Lodge is open from late-March to mid-November and with a maximum capacity for only 60 guests a night, reservations are often made more than a year in advance.

The traditional ringing of the dinner bell each evening promptly at 6:00 p.m. welcomes overnight guests to a hearty family-style dinner with next morning offering another family-style breakfast feast at 8:00 a.m. Sack lunches, along with lemonade hot chocolate, coffee, and baked goods are also available from the lodge’s dining hall. Adults, be sure to pre-order wine service for your dinner!

Although you should take care to pack your backpack lightly, these items are a must to bring along for your adventure on Mt. LeConte:

  • Sturdy and durable hiking boots or shoes, that are already broken in, along with more than one pair of  non-cotton socks. Trust us, wet feet are no fun. Waterproof boots are shoes are even better.
  • A raincoat or poncho is a must along with lightweight clothing that will dry quickly and can be layered. In spring and fall nighttime temperatures can dip into the teens with snow. Summer nights can even drop to a chilly 30 degrees, so a lightweight fleece jacket is needed year-round.
  • Adequate water supply and a snack or lunch for your hike up the mountain to the lodge. For the safety of your health, please don’t drink water directly from mountain streams.
  • A headlamp or flashlight. There is no electricity at LeConte Lodge. We prefer a headlamp to keep your hands free. Kerosene lamps provide lighting in the cabins with propane heaters providing warmth.
  • A hand towel, washcloth and personal items like toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Although there are no showers, wash basins with soap are in all cabins. You will be happy to know there is modern privy building with flush toilets. All bedding linens, including pillows and cozy Hudson Bay wool blankets, are provided.
  • Credit card or cash for additional food or souvenir purchases at LeConte Lodge.

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