The Black Bear Jamboree Dinner Show is in their final days of operation! There’s a new dinner show coming to town!
The Hatfield-McCoy Dinner Feud and Stunt Show will be replacing the Black Bear Jamboree in April of 2011. It will still be a dinner show, with the same food as the BBJ but a completely different show. The show is based on the true story of the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. The audience will be divided into the Hatfield and McCoy seating sections and will watch the feud, complete with dangerous and comical stunts, singers, actors, musicians and highly trained stunt people. The show will feature lots of comedy and family fun and will keep you on the edge of your seats! Stay tuned for more info on the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud!
Make sure you don’t miss the final days of the Black Bear Jamboree! The original show is currently showing and the Black Bear Christmas Spectacular Show will begin November 1, 2010 and will continue through Christmas.
There is so much work and time that goes into weddings these days, but a lot of times it’s the little things that make them so sweet. This couple had a very simple, sweet ceremony and changed into these adorable, customizable converse sneakers for the ceremony.
Another couple handed out flower seeds as a gift to their guests for a special way to remember their day.
Simple table decorations and white flowers are so elegant and pretty, yet don’t distract from the overall look of the wedding reception.
Farmer’s Market, Outdoor Movies, and More on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville.
Part of the East Tennessee experience is not only the Smoky Mountains but the host of arts and cultural activities. While visiting the Smokies for fall colors and Christmas lights make a trip over to Knoxville’s Market Square. From a Farmer’s Market to outdoor movies, there are activities going on almost daily. Rich in history, the square is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops.
Stay at the historic 28-room Hotel St. Oliver (pictured below) to wake up and walk out your front door for breakfast outside on the square. Then walk to a host of activities like visiting the beautiful East Tennessee History Center, modern Knoxville Museum of Art, latest exhibition at The Emporium, or a live show at WDVX. Shop-till-you-drop and relax before heading out to dinner at any number of restaurants like Tomato Head, La Costa, Downtown Grill & Brewery. Cap off the night with a Jazz Orchestra concert at the historic Tennessee Theatre, a play at the Bijou Theatre, movie at the Regal Riviera 8, or any number of live music acts.
Farmer’s Markets are every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The square will be a hot spot for New Year’s Eve. Check with the Market Square District Association and the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation for a calendar of events.
Pigeon Forge visitors love to bring their furry companions along to enjoy the Smokies with them, but there are plenty of things you should know before you bring them along.
First make sure your accommodations are pet friendly! A lot of the cabins or private rentals in the area are pet friendly, but thehotels on the parkway are not always as accommodating to your pets. So make sure you ask first before booking. Also, make sure you have read the guidelines of bringing your pet into the National Park. You are not allowed to bring dogs into the backcountry of the park or on hiking trails, they allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. What to do if you decide you would like to visit Cades Cove or go on a hike? The Barker Lounge is a cage-less daycare center for your pup. He/she will have plenty of play time with other friends, snack time and nap time. It’s a vacation for your pet, if they can’t tag along with you!
As for what you can do with them while you’re out and about in town, there are lots of fun places that are very dog friendly! The Smoky Mountain Dog House is a small boutique dedicated to dogs! Of course, dogs are allowed in the store, but be sure they are on a leash and be very careful of the breakables in the store. The Comedy Barn Theater is the only place where you can enjoy a show with your pet! This is a family friendly variety show that actually features a group of rescue dogs as part of the show. Well mannered pets are welcome to attend the show with their owners. Excessive barkers or aggressive dogs will not be allowed to stay in the theater. Any other dog can sit on your lap or curl up at your feet while you are entertained! Also, there are plenty of great restaurants in the area that have patios where you are welcome to eat outside in the company of your pet!
Beautiful fall colors in the Smokies! The leaves in the higher elevations, above 3,000 feet, are currently at their peak. In the lower elevations there is a lot of color change, but we won’t be at the peak for another week or so. Tom Harrington of the Great Smoky Mountain Association suggests the peak in the lower elevations will be around October 18 – 24. Check out what it looks like today on the National Park Service’s webcam!
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great scenic drive to enjoy the fall foliage, the Huffington Post actually even named the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the “Most Scenic Drives in the U.S.” Also, if you’re looking for things to do in the Smokies this fall, or even something you may not know about. Check out our list of 20 things to do this fall! The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is also going on through the rest of October, so make sure you check it out before it’s too late!