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Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and an amusement park that guarantees a good time for the whole family. Great winter activities at Ober Gatlinburg include skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and tubing. There are many attractions designed just for kids such as the wildlife encounter, carousel, mini golf and an arcade.

For the times when it is just too cold to be outside, visit a museum or one of the many haunted houses in Gatlinburg. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has educational presentations, exciting dive shows, and hands on stations where kids can pet a stingray or hold a horseshoe crab. Not to mention the 12-foot sharks and thousands of exotic sea creatures.


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Hosting a party? Need a lot of hot chocolate? Look no further, here is a recipe that will serve a large crowd and keep everybody happy.


  • 5 cups baking cocoa
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 quarts water, divided
  • 10 quarts milk
  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and additional baking cocoa


  • In each of two large stockpots, combine 2-1/2 cups cocoa, 1-1/2 cups sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Gradually stir 5 cups water into each pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Whisk in the milk, cream and remaining water; heat through. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Garnish with whipped cream and additional cocoa. Yield: 65 (1-cup) servings.

Visit http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Cocoa-for-a-Crowd-2 for more information.

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This week is Wilderness Wildlife Week, a weeklong celebration of the wildlife here in the Smokies. This is just one of many events held during WinterFest. Wilderness Wildlife Week features 9 days of nature seminars, interactive exhibits, guided hikes, and music by legendary performers. All events during Wilderness Wildlife Week are free of charge and open to the public. This year, the Music Road Hotel Convention Center will serve as headquarters. For more information, please visit mypigeonforge.com/wildlife.

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Contrary to popular belief, black bears living in the Smoky Mountains do not truly hibernate. They enter long periods of sleep but occasionally leave the den for short periods if they are disturbed.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of just a few locations in the eastern part of the United States where black bears can live in wild, natural surroundings.

During winter, bears find shelter in hollow stumps, tree cavities, and other safe places. Bears in the Smoky Mountains are unlike bears in other regions in that they often den high above the ground.

Check out this site for more information: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/black-bears.htm.

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12Built in 2001, the  Museum of Aviation is located in Sevierville near Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge airport runway. This unique location allows for the history of aviation to be brought to life by the vintage aircrafts flying overhead for the visitors. The mission of the museum is to honor the history of aviation and to advance aviation education. The museum offers daily tours, children’s programs, school field trips, an in-museum theater, lecture series, a modeling expo, and more. A few exhibits you will find in the museum are the artifacts gallery, a huge aircraft hangar, and a PBY-5A 104 wingspan aircraft. Warbirds Weekend is once every spring and every fall, which attracts numerous visiting airplanes providing extra photo opportunities and exciting flyby formations. This is truly a place that everyone must see to appreciate.  

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11By renting a cabin the Smokies, you can fully experience all the surroundings have to offer.  Appalachian Lodge is a great place to relax and enjoy the mountains around you. With a 145-degree panorama view, this 4-bedroom cabin is perfect for the family. The double-decker porches on the back of the house are perfect for entertaining and grilling out. Enjoy the sunset behind the mountains in the large hot tub. This cabin sleeps 16 people, and welcomes the family pet. The cabin is only 3 miles from downtown Gatlinburg so you will not be far from all your favorite Gatlinburg attractions. If this specific one does not suit your needs there are many more that would be perfect for you and your family. 

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The Amazing View Lodge offers more than just an amazing view. This 8 bedroom lodge sleeps 29 guests and has 7 full bathrooms. Other amenities include: 2 jetted tubs, 3 fireplaces, a pool table, washer/dryer, 13 TVs (including two 50” plasma HDTVs in living room and game room, 42” Plasma HDTVs in living room and master suites, and 32” LCD HDTVs in bedrooms and game room), 2 home theater systems, 3 full body massage recliners, a wet bar, foosball and air hockey tables, and a hot tub.

For more information including booking and rates visit our website by clicking here.

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