Life in Gatlinburg, TN

Autumn Snow in the Smokies

The last week of October 2012, the long arms of Hurricane Sandy produced a Smoky Mountains wonderland of snow in autumn. The Smokies offered stunning Read More »

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair!

It’s that time of year again. Time to pack up the van with framed Smoky Mtns photos, display panels and all the rest of our gear. The GatlinburgRead More »

Smoky Mountains History: Mountain View Hotel

These pictures were taken by Dutch Roth. The text from his journal below describes the fascinating history in the early days of Smoky Mountains tourisRead More »

Great Smoky Easter Craft Show

Once more, it’s Craft Fair time in Gatlinburg!  The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community begins the annual Easter Show this week (Thursday AprRead More »

Dreaming of a White Smoky Mountain Christmas

What a cozy scene! Snuggled in a winter wonderland, a fire warming the cabin, family or friends gathered for the holidays. No need for White ChristmasRead More »

Rod Run Returns!

It’s that time of year again. The classic cars strut their stuff on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for the Fall Smoky Mountains Rod Read More »

Happy 4th of July!

  Happy 4th of July everyone! Eat a burger, have a picnic! Enjoy the day.   The William Britten Gallery on Glades Rd in Gatlinburg will be oRead More »

Try the Sky Lift for Great Smoky Mountains Photos!

The Sky Lift in downtown Gatlinburg (near stoplight #8) offers great opportunities for dramatic Smoky Mountains photos. The ride itself is a fun activRead More »

Craft Fair Time!

Excitement builds for the first craft fair of the season at the Convention Center here in Gatlinburg.  The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community putsRead More »

Mr. Ed?

We had another dusting of snow not too long ago, and I was out roaming around, looking for winter scenics. Just across from the Greenbrier entrance toRead More »

Chapels of Love

What to write about on Valentine’s Day?  Smoky Mountain weddings! Gatlinburg is second only to Las Vegas in the number of wedding ceremonies eaRead More »

Gatlinburg on a Saturday Night

These are our friends Gary Wayne and Jane Morris, aka New Rain, down at The Ship on Glades Rd in Gatlinburg last Saturday night. It was a reunion of sRead More »

More Cold Water Under the Bridge

Emerts Cove Bridge is one of only two covered bridges near the Smoky Mountains in Sevier County (the other being Harrisburg Bridge off Rt. 339).  EmeRead More »

Chalet Village after Snow

Continuing this week’s snow theme. Dozens of cabins perch on the mountainsides surrounding Gatlinburg. The area just to the west is known as ChaRead More »

Looming LeConte

The picture above is Mt. LeConte and the Smoky Mountains looming over downtown Gatlinburg. Taken from the observation deck of the Space Needle two weeRead More »

New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg

It’s New Year’s Eve!  Last weekend’s big snow has melted a bit, but it’s still very festive here in Gatlinburg, and the SmokyRead More »

White Christmas in Gatlinburg!

The folks who rented this cabin Christmas Eve got their money’s worth!  It’s been snowing ever since … all through Christmas Day, aRead More »

Cold Mountain

It has been frigid cold here in Gatlinburg! Temperatures in the teens for several days. The morning light has a watery winter translucent quality. OurRead More »

Festival of Trees

Happy Friday everyone!  I recently took a break from our craft fair and stopped in at the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees, at the Mills Center just afteRead More »

Along the Roaring Fork: Ely’s Mill

When you come down the hill at the end of the Roaring Fork Motor Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stop in at Ely’s Mill. ItRRead More »

Over the River and Through the Woods

HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone!  I’ll be spending the day down at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Fair. Come oRead More »

First Winter Storm for 2010-11

First storm of the season!  Little ice pellets raining down. Mt. LeConte shrouded in a snowstorm. Travel over Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains notRead More »

Appalachian Trail Hiker

Say hello to Ulli. I gave him a ride from Gatlinburg up to the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap early this morning. Ulli is a television producer froRead More »

Morning Mist Village

Along Glades Road, in the heart of Gatlinburg’s historic Arts and Crafts Loop, you will find Morning Mist Village.  Take a break from your SmokRead More »

The Day Elvis Died

This day in 1977 Elvis Presely died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, TN. Just down the road from Gatlinburg, in Pigeon Forge, the memories live onRead More »

Artfair Time: Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair!

Set-up today for the July 2010 version of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Running from July 16th through thRead More »

Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

If you are in Gatlinburg on a Smoky Mountain vacation, don’t forget about one of the most fun and unique activities … a leisurely shoppingRead More »

Bear Tracks!

This morning, out walking the usual loop through the deserted development behind my cabin, suddenly there are big, muddy bear tracks crossing the roadRead More »

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Gatlinburg kicked off the fabulous Farmer’s Market this past Saturday. The inaugural season will run through the weekend before Thanksgiving, evRead More »

Down at the Gatlinburg Aquarium

Ok, I know it’s a tourist attraction, but it’s really very good. My four grandsons can tour me through this place and identify every singlRead More »

On the Streets of Gatlinburg

You might see almost anything on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, a quiet mountain hamlet near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For example, strolliRead More »

Night Work

One of the ways that I survive here in the paradise of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains is by taking photographs of the many resort rental proRead More »

Still Winter in Gatlinburg

Usually by the end of February, winter is losing its grip in our quiet little village on the edge of the Smoky Mountains. But this year we’ve stRead More »

Walkin’ around My Town

Still the snowcap on Mt. LeConte, still the cabin fever. So head downtown for a walk-around. Gatlinburg on a winter weekday can be slow, with few tourRead More »

More snow today, and cabin fever setting in.  There’s only so much relaxation a person can stand, gazing out at the Smoky Mountains, silent andRead More »

The finishing touches are done, the sign put up, and the welcome mat put down. The William Britten Gallery of Smoky Mountain images is officially openRead More »

Sarah and I ventured out to dinner last night at the Cherokee Grill in downtown Gatlinburg.  It was a magical evening as we sat by the fireside with Read More »

Happy New Year! Another season begins along the Arts and Crafts Loop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, near the Smoky Mountains.  And there are lots of changRead More »

Christmas is over, but this time of year Gatlinburg, TN is aglow with thousands of lights. I like to venture out into the cold nighttime with my camerRead More »

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