2013 Tax Free Weekend

2012 sales tax holiday hits Sevierville Aug. 5 and shoppers can save at Tanger Five Oaks outlet mall as well as other shopping destinations around town.

Take note all you coupon-clippers and bargain hunters – the 2013 Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee takes place on the first Friday of August (Aug. 2) starting at 12:01 a.m. that Friday and lasts until 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. This is a perfect time to visit Sevierville, TN if you love to shop! Sevierville’s outlet malls and stores will be loaded with back-to-school essentials and other items to save on. Be sure to peruse Five Oaks Mall in Sevierville, TN, which has plenty of great stores such as:

  • Under Armour, Rockport, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, J.Crew, Old Navy, Pac Sun, Gap, Sunglass Hut, Carter’s, Children’s Place, Polo Ralph Lauren, Strasburg Children, Hartstrings, Bath & Body Works, Disney, Adidas, Lids, and so much more!

There are tons of items that can be bought and not have to pay taxes on. According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, here are the following guidelines for what can be purchased tax-free:

Clothing – $100 or less per item
School & Art Supplies – $100 or less per item
Computers – $1,500 per bundled package

If you have questions about the tax free weekend in Tennessee, you can call (800) 342-1003 Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm and they can help you understand what can be bought and how much can be spent in order to not have to pay taxes on it.

What’s better than not having to pay taxes on your purchases? Well….not much…but coupons help out!!! Be sure to visit our coupons for Pigeon Forge page to find the best discounts and Pigeon Forge and Sevierville coupons for your shopping spree…you can also save money on food, entertainment, and accommodations with our list of coupons!

You can also visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at www.tntaxholiday.com to learn more about the weekend’s exempt items.

Enjoy your tax free weekend of shopping in Sevierville, Tennessee!

The Fourth of July in Sevierville

The Fourth of July holiday weekend means a handful of celebrations in and around Sevierville, TN including Gatlinburg’s Midnight Independence Day Parade.

As with every year, the July 4 weekend looks to be an especially busy one around Sevierville as a number of festivities have been planned in celebration of our Independence Day. This all leads up to the Gatlinburg Midnight Parade – a favorite in the area and widely known as the country’s first Fourth of July parade. Not withstanding, here are a few other happening around town that starting with a BIG SALE:

July 4-7: You’ll find great savings this weekend at numerous stores during the big 4-day 4th of July Weekend Sale at Tanger Five Oaks in Sevierville. Check out Tanger Five Oaks’ latest coupons and sale offers.

July 4-8: Step up to the plate and begin your Independence Day festivities early with Tennessee Smokies Baseball. The Smokies face off against the Huntsville Stars followed by a rousing fireworks display each night.

July 3: See America’s first 4th of July Parade (which begins at 12:01am on July 4) in downtown Gatlinburg.

July 4: The Grand Majestic Theater has invited everyone to a big afternoon cookout during their ALL-AMERICAN DAY! Included is free live entertainment before experiencing a one-of-a-kind show honoring our veterans, servicemen and women. A military ID equals complimentary free admission. “America’s Hit Parade” will be performed along with special guests Michael Keating of “Grand Magic” and “The Stylistics”. Event begins at 1pm. Call (865) 774-7777 for reservations and group rates.

July 4: 23nd Annual Patriot Festival at Patriot Park. Enjoy great entertainment from country band Restless Heart and more, plus a free Kids Karnival. A spectacular fireworks display finishes the evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Taste of Tennessee

If you’re really wanting to get a taste of what this state has to offer food wise, let us direct you to the aptly named Taste of Tennessee in Sevierville. It’s Tennessee country cooking at its finest with nothing left to the imagination.

We’re talking everything from fried chicken and catfish to creamed corn and fried okra. Appetizers include fried pickles, chicken wings, and breaded cauliflower to name a few. On down the menu, tasty fare like the black & bleu salad stick out along with sirloin and ribeye steaks, grilled salmon and shrimp, chicken parmesan, burgers, and various sandwiches like the hot roast beef are mixed in with the numerous southern staples Taste of Tennessee is known for.

To take on the old clique’, Taste of Tennessee makes dinner just like grandma used to make. It’s all made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients. Everything is served in a warm and inviting atmosphere by some of the best staff in the area. Taste of Tennessee is located just a short 15 minute drive from the attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. If you’re looking for a place for a large family dinner and/or a great lunch, Taste of Tennessee is the spot in the Smokies for that down home taste.

Thinking about bringing in an organization, church group, or even planning a reception, Taste of Tennessee can accommodate your group. Taste of Tennessee also provides catering services for parties, their staff will do the work for you. With quality food and great service we promise that Taste of Tennessee will be your favorite restaurant in the Smokies.

Our Hours:
Thursday – Saturday 11am – 8:30pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

Closed January and February.

Taste of Tennessee
2657 Newport Hwy
Sevierville, TN 37876
865-453-4033

Walden Creek Stables – Horseback Riding Sevierville TN

Man horseback riding in Sevierville TNAn easy way to make the most of your trip to the Sevierville area is to combine one of the area’s greatest attractions with the national park. That’s right, we’re talking horseback riding Sevierville at a place like Walden Creek Stables, one of the Smokies’ premiere horseback riding attractions.

Walden Creek Riding Stables in Sevierville, TN is a true Smoky Mountain adventure rolled up in a great time for you, your friends and your family. Located at the footsteps of the Great Smoky Mountains, at Walden Creek Stables in Sevierville, you have more than 500 acres of trails to ride on and more than 100 horses to choose from.

Never been horseback riding before? No worries – there are 50 cowboys at Walden Creek Stables who can teach and guide you during your riding adventure.

This Sevierville horseback riding experience offers a wide variety of rides ranging in length from 1 hour to an overnight excursion. Reservations are recommended in order to avoid a lengthy wait and to ensure the ride of your choice. Walden Creek Stables also features designated Wild West Show nights where you’ll be able to enjoy hay rides, cowboy shootouts, trick riding, live entertainment and bonfire cookouts.

For the ultimate experience horseback riding in Sevierville, be sure to start making your plans today!

Where Can You Find 600 Live Animals in Sevierville?

You don’t have to look twice at the title, you read it right the first time. Yep, 600 live animals in one place, in Sevierville, TN. It’s called Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo and it’s a great place to take the family for an exciting day in the Smokies.

A tropical rainforest isn’t the first thing you probably think about when vacationing or taking a trip to the Smokies, but you can now add it to the itinerary. From snakes, turtles, and crocodiles to kangaroos, lemurs, and hedgehogs, there are species here so abundantly found in rainforests you won’t believe your eyes.

In all, the Rainforest Adventures complex houses more than 600 animals which represent 150 species including reptiles, mammals, bugs, birds, and amphibians. And all in a tropical environment, for East Tennessee at least. On average, the building temperature is set at 80 degrees.

The Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm except December 25. Children 2 years and younger are admitted free, children 3-12 years of age are $6.99, adults 13-54 years of age are $11.99, and seniors are $9.99. If you are a Zoo Member, besides admission, you receive discounts on birthday parties and purchases in the gift shop. Groups of 10 or more and school groups also receive a discounted rate.

RainForest Adventures has been open since June 2001 and in that time has welcomed millions of visitors into its facilities. The RainForest Adventures has thrived since its inception and become a destination for those coming to the Smoky Mountains. It’s lauded as one of the finest small zoos in the country to this day with hundreds of animals representing 140 different species.

Check out their website to get a FREE discount coupon to Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo.

Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo
109 NASCAR Drive
Sevierville, TN 37862

River Rage Tubing

Tubing in the Smoky Mountains is as much a part of a Smokies summer vacation as planning a trip to Dollywood, or taking a hike to Mount LeConte. It’s just something you do around here in the summer. If you’re in Sevierville, there are plenty of opportunities to get out, float a tube, and just relax on down the river.

Tubing is also one of the cheapest ways to enjoy the Smokies. And places like River Rage Tubing in nearby Townsend specialize in tubing FUN. For a mere $8 you can rent a tube and spend all day on the river. Each time down you can simply ride the shuttle back then ride down again. It’s still only $8 there are no additional fees for as many trips as you’d like to make.

As for the river itself, River Rage provides for tubing on the Little River in the Smoky Mountain towns of Sevierville and Townsend, TN. If you’re looking at other tubing options, you’ll likely be charged in the $12-16 range to tube the Little River. At River Rage Tubing you can choose from different size floats . Pick the one that you’ll feel the most comfortable in. You’ll also enjoy private access to the Little River, 3 different locations to choose from, etc.

When you’re not floating down the Little River, River Rage’s BBQ restaurant is a great place to take a break and get some good grub. Besides a restaurant, River Rage has a place to ride Go-Carts on site and there are restrooms for those who might need to change clothes following a day on the river. Is there a better way to spend a day in the Great Smoky Mountains? It’d be hard to find one. You don’t have to take a class or anything to go tubing, just start floating and enjoy the ride!

The River Store at River Rage Tubing offers river shoes if you’d like them. They have other products you could by to make your trip down the Little River more enjoyable too. The minimum age is 3 years old and children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult. River Rage Tubing is open from 10 am to 7 pm April through September.

The Battle of Fair Garden

Recently, a new sign commemorating the Battle of Fair Garden was dedicated as part of Sevierville’s annual Arbor Day celebration. For many, the Battle of Fair Garden brings about puzzled looks and questions like, “What is the Battle of Fair Garden?”.

While the marker was placed for the Civil War Trails program, which promote awareness of Civil War sites with driving tours, the site is one of the more unknown battles in terms of popularity. A multi-state program, Civil War Trails highlights over 200 sites in Tennessee. If you’d like a list of these trail sites, maps can usually be found at the various welcome centers across the state.

“With interesting connections to nationally known figures such as Colonel Eli Lilly, who fought in battle and later formed the world renowned Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company, and General Sturgis, for whom the town of Sturgis, S.D., was named, the Battle of Fair Garden Marker is sure to attract a large number of visitors,” said officials in attendance at the marker dedication.

As for the battle itself, it has become known primarily for being the largest skirmish between the Blue and the Grey in Sevier County. History tells us that Confederate Gen. James Longstreet commanded Gen. William Martin to drive the Union calvary from an area south of the French Broad River on Jan. 25, 1864. This was an area that stretched 8 miles from Dandridge to the Little Pigeon River and encompassed three Sevier County farms – Rose Glen, the Stuart Dickey Farm, and the McNutt Farm.

General Samuel Sturgis led the Union forces in advance of the approaching Confederate army at Rose Glen. Three days later, the Union had lost 65 lives and 100 Confederate soldiers had perished at the Battle of Fair Garden.

The Battle of Fair Garden will celebrate an anniversary in January, a 150th anniversary to be exact.

An interesting story about the times. Most Sevier Countians were Union sympathizers during the Civil War, living in a Confederate state. Then, no one really knew who to trust, many point to those issues as reasons the Battle of Fair Garden is just now being recognized after so many years.

Parker’s Greatest Knife Show

Parker’s Greatest Knife Show is the biggest antique knife show in the Great Smoky Mountains region in Sevierville, Tn.

Parkers’ Greatest Knife Show is one of the premiere antique knife shows in the country and definitely in the Smoky Mountain region.

From June 13-15, Parkers’ knife show will be at the Sevierville Events Center at Bridgemont. This new, state-of-the-art events center is located right off Highway 66 in Sevierville, TN. You can even see it from the road, just look for the Music Outlet and then pull across the bridge into the events center. This astounding facility only makes the knife show that much better. Countless knife and hunting-related vendors and knives as far as the eye can see. There will be knife collectors from around the region and across the country to trade with, converse, and talk shop with all day.

The knife collecting community is one of the greatest set of hobbyists around. The information obtained over many years from shows to personal research about their collectibles makes any collector you’re sure to run in to a veritable scholar on knife history. Whether you’re searching for pocket knives or fixed blades, WR Case or Boker you’ll find some amazing blades and learn a lot about the history of the particular knife itself. The vendors that will be on hand have been in the knife collecting business since they were children. It’s not uncommon for many to relay stories about getting their first knife handed down to them from a parent or grandparent. There are sure to be a number of one-of-kind pieces or knives that were limited production runs available for purchase as well.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the late Jim Parker, part of the original Parker Knife family, and the work he did to make this such a successful show. Parker’s Greatest Knife show has now been around for 20 years and has grown considerably. In the knife world, the Parker name is held up with the likes of Case. From owning their own knife company to selling and trading the biggest brands in the knife world, this is the show to experience. Even if you are not a knife collector you will enjoy the greatest knife show on earth! If you are in the Pigeon Forge area in June, set aside some time for this special event.

The show begins Thursday, June 13 at Noon and runs till 6 pm. Friday, doors open at 9 am and close at 5 pm. Saturday, things get started at 9 am and go till 2 pm. Admission is $7 per day, or $15 for a 3-day pass. For those of you who want to get a head start on things, you can purchase an early bird pass for $20 which allows for special entry time each day and Free parking at the event.

Holston’s Kitchen

Holston’s Kitchen in Sevierville has been open for only a few weeks, but it’s already made its mark in Sevierville. Situated on Dolly Parton Parkway across from Tennessee State Bank, it’s positioned on a brand new site to capture all those people who use Veteran’s to reach Dollywood.

This brand new upscale eatery features American fare with a splash of Tex-Mex and Irish if you count the Fish and Chips. Several half-pound burger variations including the newly-crafted Mexico City burger, as well as sandwiches like the smoked turkey club, Tennessee pulled pork, French dip and the Reuben highlighted the lunch and lighter side of the menu.

As for dinner dishes and entrees, grilled Hawaiian chicken jumps out at you from the start and on down the menu the Smoky Mountain Grill featuring a marinated chicken breast topped with bacon, barbecue sauce and Monterrey Jack cheese would make any mouth water. Back on the Tex-Mex side of things, the Margarita Grilled Chicken with its pineapple mango sauce, tortilla strips, and pico de gallo will surely get its share of orders in the near future.

Holston’s signature dishes included such favorites as country-fried steak, spare ribs, pork chops and open-face prime roast beef. And when it comes to steak choices, have your pick. From the filet to the 10-ounce sirloin to the 12-ounce rib-eye, you really can’t go wrong if you’re craving steak straight of the grill and marinated to perfection.

Now, don’t leave before you try something off the desert menu. The carrot cake, strawberry short cake, and mudd cake are all worth the wait. Next time you’re in Sevierville, or you find yourself with a little time before or after a trip to Dollywood, stop by and have a bite at Holston’s Kitchen in Sevierville.

Holston’s Kitchen
639 Dolly Parton Parkway
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Dumplin Creek Development

New backing means a new start for the Dumplin Creek Development project off Interstate 40 in Kodak. A group representing Neyland Land Associates recently took ownership of the 200-acre project that has literally sat untouched for a period of time. The City of Sevierville is also involved.

Sevierville’s end of the deal includes application for $4 million in grant money, which would be matched by the city, to be used toward road improvements in the area. Included in those plans are a brand new Sevierville exit along Interstate 40. If everything goes according to plan, work could begin as soon as this fall.

John Turley, the creator behind Turkey Creek in Knoxville, presented the idea 5 years ago to the city. The development was expected to bring shopping, hotels, restaurants, and even a theater to area. Those plans still remain.

Local leaders are adamant that another access point (Exit 408) from the interstate is needed for this area. Not only that, but there have also been talks about widening Bryan Road over to Douglas Dam Road, then widening Douglas Dam Road to State Route 66.

Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, pointed out that a new interchange would only be considered when improvements to the current Exit 407 were completed.

“An Exit 408 interchange was considered when planning was being done for improvements to the Exit 407 interchange,” Nagi said. “We need to wait until the Exit 407 improvements are completed and evaluate its operation to determine what additional measures may be needed, if any. TDOT will look into an interchange at Exit 408 in the future.”

At the moment, plans for the Dumplin Creek development are in the discussion phase. Sevierville has given no money to fund Dumplin Creek as of yet.