ARTICLES ON FEATURED ATTRACTIONS
OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Nashville
Updated – June 1, 2021
Tennessee’s first legal Moonshine Distillery
Whether you are visiting Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Nashville, you can still get your shine on! Ole Smoky Moonshine was the first to legally distil and sell moonshine in the state of Tennessee. Now we all know the good stuff has been around for a lot longer, but this family recipe is now available to everyone to enjoy. When you visit any of their locations your group will get a complimentary tour of how they make their product as well as a tasting where you can sample their best stuff including White Lightning, Apple Pie, Blackberry, and more. They also feature great seasonal flavors like Shine Nog and Candy Cane. The original “Holler” is located on the Parkway in Gatlinburg and pairs very well with a guided tour of the Great Smoky Mountains. “The Barn” is located on The Island development in Pigeon Forge and is a great way to pass an afternoon. In Nashville, “6th & Peabody” is located near the Music City Center and features Yee Haw Brewing Company as well with a great beer garden and some great food options on property.
Call us at 1-800-533-3993 for more information or to add Ole Smoky to your next trip!
BELLE MEADE PLANTATION - Nashville
Updated – April 28, 2021
Steeped in Nashville history, senior adult groups love Belle Meade Plantation
Are you looking for something exceptional to add to your group’s trip to Nashville? Look no further than Belle Meade Plantation. French for beautiful meadow, Belle Meade Plantation was established in 1807 and has been called the “Queen of Southern Plantations.” Never a farming operation, Belle Meade provided services like a cotton gin, grist mill, blacksmith shop and sawmill until it became an internationally renowned Thoroughbred farm and showplace.
Throughout the 45-minute guided tour, a century of Belle Meade’s history is told through the eyes of the Harding and Jackson family and the skilled laborers who collectively worked to make this America’s premier thoroughbred horse farm. After the guided tour, groups can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting (age 21+) in the on-site Winery. At the conclusion of the wine tasting, groups are encouraged to enjoy a self-guided tour of the Grounds and explore the massive 1892 Carriage House and Stables, Outbuildings, Outdoor Game Court, various Gift Shops, and Ice Cream and Homemade Fudge Shop.
In the mood for some spirits?
There are also some wonderful options you can add to your tour to make the experience even better. You can add a delicious Southern lunch in Belle Meade’s 1800s Carriage House, a private Bourbon tasting, or a wine chocolate and cheese pairing just to name a few.
Come and step back in time at Belle Meade Plantation.
It will be an experience that lasts long beyond the trip home.
Call us at 1-800-533-3993 for more information or to add Belle Meade to your next trip!
COUNTRY TONITE THEATRE - Pigeon Forge
Updated – March 26, 2021
Looking for true Pigeon Forge entertainment?
Look no further than the Country Tonite Theater. For 25 years Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge has delighted audiences with their special blend of country and gospel music, and comedy all performed by a talented cast of singers and dancers. 2021 will deliver an exciting show that will surpass all expectations which means new production numbers, new choreography, new lighting effects, new side-splitting comedy, and new costumes. In this fast-paced production, you will enjoy a combination of your favorite classic country songs and hot new country hits, powerful gospel, and American patriotism. Country Tonite is the only show in Pigeon Forge with youth performers — so it is fun for the whole family! The great thing about this show is that you don’t even have to be a fan of country music to LOVE Country Tonite! It’s that “feel-good” kind of show that will stay with you long after your vacation is over.
Have you been missing live concerts as much as we have?
You’re in luck! Country Tonite Theater also offers their Celebrity Concert Series for 2021. This series features live performances throughout the year by some of your favorite Country artists like Diamond Rio, the Oak Ridge Boys, Tracy Lawrence, Shenandoah, Ronnie Milsap, and Gene Watson.
Come see why this spectacular Pigeon Forge show has won so many awards including “Show of the Year”, “Best Live Country Show in America” and “Best Show in the Smokies”!
RCA STUDIO B - Nashville
Updated – March 1, 2021
Are you looking for a great experience that will enhance your group’s visit to Nashville?
A guided tour of historic RCA Studio B may be just what you are looking for. Located on Nashville’s famed Music Row, Historic RCA Studio B is the oldest surviving recording studio in the city and one of the most celebrated studios in the world. What started in 1957 as a sketch on a dinner napkin quickly became the birthplace to more than 35,000 legendary songs and more than 1,000 popular hits. RCA Studio B produced such classics as Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” and even more recently, songs by Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood. Hear the stories behind the legendary recordings and view some of the original instruments, including Elvis’ piano, used in producing over 1,000 hit records on your private guided tour.
But the fun doesn’t need to stop there! You can add an optional recording session for your group and following the guided tour, gather around the the legendary microphone for a recording session with a professional sound engineer. Everyone in your group will get a souvenir cd of your group’s recording. You can continue being a “Star for a Day” as you head over to the world famous Wildhorse Saloon for lunch and line dancing. You will kick up your heels as the Wildhorse Saloon plays your group’s recording over their state-of-the-art sound system. How cool is that?
Pirates Voyage - Pigeon Forge
Updated – March 1, 2021
The Pirates Voyage Dinner Show invites ye to join Captain Blackbeard, the most famous pirate to ever sail the seven seas, and his quartermaster Calico Jack as they lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews in an epic battle for lost treasure onland, on deck, in water and high above full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor hideaway lagoon! Ye will thrill at the swashbuckling excitement of spectacular acrobatic competitions, aerial feats, sea lions, tropical birds, beautiful mermaids and much more! Which camp takes the treasure may be up to you as ye cheer your buccaneers to victory, all while ye enjoy a fabulous four-course feast including Voyager creamy vegetable soup, Buccaneer biscuit, Cracklin pan fried chicken, sugar cured ham, corn on the cob, herb basted potato, non-alcoholic beverage, and Walk the Plank peach turnover for dessert.
For an even more memorable experience, don your best Pirate attire. Landlubbers of all ages agree that Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is an exciting, inspiring, and swashbuckling experience for all hands on deck! Aye, me hearties! The fare is fit fer families, friends, and groups of any size! Missing out on this show would be worse than walking the plank! Savvy?
5TH & BROADWAY - Nashville
Updated – January 22, 2021
5th & Broadway, opening in March, is the new hotspot in downtown Nashville and will make a great addition to your group’s trip to Music City.
At the center of 5th & Broadway is the
National Museum of African American Music. As the only museum in the nation with a dedicated focus on the impact of African American music, NMAAM will strengthen and diversify the “Music City” brand with compelling connections to both local and national music distinctions. Additionally, Nashville is a place where significant African American music events and artists thrived. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, and Little Richard are just a few of the pioneering artists who were a part of the Nashville music scene in the early stages of their career.
5th & Broadway is also a fantastic stop for free time and lunch in the downtown area. The dining options are almost endless and include cuisine such as Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Shake Shack, Slim and Husky’s, Steamboys Chinese comfort food, Edley’s BBQ, just to name a few. Looking to shop and get a light snack? 5th & Broadway has you covered. Browse Ariat for a new pair of boots, hop over to Ray Ban to peruse sunglasses, stop into Elixr for a delicious coffee or grab a treat at Le Macaron. Another great plus is that you can walk a few short blocks and enjoy the music and atmosphere of Honky Tonk Row.
5th & Broadway has something for everyone and is a must for your next group trip to Nashville.
ANAKEESTA - Gatlinburg
Updated – January 22, 2021
With beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery and unique activities, Anakeesta has quickly become one of Tennessee’s premier attractions.
Enter Anakeesta via the scenic Chondola – the World’s only fixed-grip Chondola where your guests choose to ride in an open-air 4-person chair with a safety bar or select an enclosed gondola cabin with seating for 6 or ride to the top in one of their specially equipped trucks. As you ride up the mountain over the forest below, you might just catch a glimpse of a bear if you are lucky! The Chondola ride is just the beginning of the magic at Anakeesta.
Once you arrive at the top you can enjoy a plethora of activities. Browse locally owned shops Catching Fireflies and the Mercantile for that perfect souvenir. Enjoy many delicious food offerings including Cliff Top Restaurant, the Smokehouse, and Pearl’s Pie in the Sky. Feeling adventurous? Take a spin on the Mountain Coaster or dueling ziplines.
AnaVista Tower is downtown Gatlinburg’s highest point! With 360⁰ views of the Smokies and the only one of its kind in the world, it is surrounded by Vista Gardens, a lush botanical garden with meandering walking trails and interactive areas of play. From the top deck, scenic views as far as Kentucky will surround you. Interpretive signs identify mountain ranges and peaks, and two glass panel floors allow guests to peer down into the garden 60 feet below! For those that prefer a more relaxed adventure, take a leisurely stroll through Vista Gardens and the Memorial Forest Walk. Have a seat in a rocking chair by the fire in Black Bear Village and bask in the stunning views of Mt. LeConte.
You will want to make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture your memories at Anakeesta. The opportunities for the perfect selfie are endless!