Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Springfest 2012

April is when all the best parts of Springfest in the Smokies come together to bring a peak season of incredible beauty and special events going on in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Everything is blooming right now and the colors are so rich, you'll need to bring more than one camera to capture it all!

At Sidney James, we offer convenience to everything you want to see in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and luxury to come home to once you're done for the day. We offer a range of rooms courtside, with jacuzzis, pet-friendly rooms, cabins, and more. Whether you want to go out to Dollywood for the Festival of Nations and the Wild Eagle Rollercoaster, or if you want to go downtown for Ribsfest, you will never be far away from the action at Sidney James.

Here's a look at what's going on for April in the Smokies:

Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center/W.L. Mills Auditorium. Perfect Easter Time outing with the family. www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=30

Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg continues its tradition of offering a free breakfast buffet and a sunrise Easter service at their facilities at the top of the mountain. Tram service starts at 5:15AM and the breakfast buffet at 6:00AM. www.obergatlinburg.com

62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Celebrate and enjoy the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with over 150 different programs, including hiking tours, motorcades, demonstrations and classroom lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the great outdoors. For more information, call (865) 436-7318 ext. 22 or visit www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org. ($)

Ribsfest, Wings and BBQ

The mountain of ribs and wings blend nicely against the Smoky Mountains as Ribsfest, Wings and BBQ starts again at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. The price of admission buys you all the ribs and wings you can eat plus entertainment, vendors and an Ice Cream Eating contest just to name a few. www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=27.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Early Spring Preview

Spring is most definitely in the air here in Gatlinburg. We are blessed with a much earlier return to blooming flowers, 70 degree temperatures, mild and gusty winds, and even some wildlife, than we were expecting.

This makes it an extremely advantageous time for you to come to the Smokies and get a full-on burst of early Springtime fun without the Springtime crowds. It's still relatively quiet in the Smokies, so come out and hike Rainbow Falls, check out downtown Gatlinburg and enjoy all the amenities we offer for your Smoky Mountain Vacation!

If you're wanting to come a little later and enjoy the special events, here's a look at whats coming up for the next couple months.

The 18th Annual "A Mountain Quiltfest"

The city of Pigeon Forge hosts a very popular festival in which over 20,000 visitors participate in many classes and seminars, and view some of the most gorgeous quilts in the country. www.mountainquiltfest.com

ClausFest Parade

Gatlinburg's Spring Parade is back on for 2012. The Clausfest parade features, get ready for this, all your favorite Christmas and St. Patrick's Day icons marching together in a grand fashion down the main street of downtown Gatlinburg. It's a sight worth coming to see. www.clausfest.org

Dollywood "Festival Of the Nations"

Dollywood opens it's gates once again to the tune of world music as Festival of the Nations returns to captivate visitors to the Smokies. Groups from Ireland, South America, Africa, Germany and more will be coming and coming back to entertain us here in the Smokies. www.dollywood.com

Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show

Imagine if the Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, with dozens of other independent artists and artisans from whole states away gathered in one huge building in downtown Gatlinburg and you have the setting for the Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. www.gatlinburgcrafts.com.

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