Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spend Opening Day with the Nationals in Washington D.C.

It’s that time of year again, when American’s Past-Time returns. The Washington Nationals host their first home game on April 12, making this month the perfect time to visit the nation’s capital. Washington D.C. is full of family-friendly activities, so grab all of your baseball-lovers for the first home game of the season and cheer on your favorite national team against the Reds. While you’re visiting, make sure to check out all of D.C.’s popular historical and entertainment attractions.

Book a room at the Capitol Hill Suites and be ready to go when the game starts. The hotel is only just over a mile away from the ballpark, so you can make a quick drive or walk over to the stadium. Stay in luxury with one the hotel’s junior or superior suites, complete with a kitchenette for an at-home feel, and lounge in a separate living room. Bring your pet and avoid the hassle and worry of a boarder. Many of Washington D.C.’s historical landmarks are in the area, including the United States Capitol and The Library of Congress, so you can make the most out of your stay.

Then go and root for the Nationals! Nationals Park, home to Washington’s team, redefines the modern architecture of sports facilities, with over 41,500 seats and a design made of steel, glass, and concrete. The structure of the building is reflective of the architecture of the city, and each seating deck creates a variety of neighborhoods, each with a unique identity and viewing experience. The park is also a “certified Green Building,” accredited as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Last year the Nationals went 80-81, which was their second-best record since they moved to Washington from Montreal. This season, help Steve Lombardozzi, Gio Gonzalez, Wilson Ramos, and Roger Bernadina bring Washington their best season, starting with a win against the Cincinnati Reds. The Nationals play Cincinnati Thursday through Sunday at home, so you have plenty of games to choose from, if you can’t make the opener.

Make an entire weekend out of your stay in Washington. Catch an IMAX movie at the National Air and Space Museum, just a mile and a half away from the stadium. A free presentation of “The Stars Tonight” is included in your admission to the museum. Museum experts uncover the mysteries and wonders of the night sky, teaching you about stars, constellations and more. Or take the younger kids to “One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” for an exploration of the night sky with Sesame Street characters.

Explore the world of crime and punishment at The Crime Museum, where a variety of hands-on activities and displays are available that will entertain the entire family. Test your shooting skills at a “Wild West” exhibit, try your hand at breaking into a safe, and experience the action of a high-speed chase. The museum is also home to many displays, including a life-sized police station, complete with a lie detector test, an electric chair, a lethal injection machine, and a jail cell. Learn more about the latest in forensic technology, walk through a crime scene, and visit the set of television’s America’s Most Wanted. Get a unique look into the criminal justice system throughout history and into today.

For a full-day adventure the whole family will love, take a trip to Six Flags America. The amusement park is only a thirty-minute drive from the Capitol Hill Suites and includes a wide selection of thrill, family, and kid rides. Soar down the tracks on Batwing at up to fifty miles per hour. Shoot twenty stories high at seventy-five miles per hour, then take a two hundred-foot long plunge towards the ground on Superman: Ride of Steel for a flying experience. The whole family will love crashing into each other on Coyote Creek Crazy Cars and spinning in the over-sized tea cup ride. A play area and climbing complex is designed specifically for kid-sized fun at Looney Tunes Prop Warehouse, and a train ride through Tinsel Town is always a favorite with the little ones. The park has over fifty rides, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Meet and greet your favorite Looney Tunes friends and join them in a dance party, or enjoy the fantastic shows the park presents, including Pirate’s Quest: A Stunt Adventure.

Then head back to your hotel, or enjoy a delicious and unique meal at the Hard Rock Cafe. Great food and music combine together for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. While there is plenty of sightseeing in the restaurant’s neighborhood, such as the Crime Museum, there is even more to see inside. Memorabilia from throughout musical history deck the walls in a celebration of the rock ‘n’ roll genre. Enjoy delectable burgers and sandwiches while reveling in the music.

Washington D.C. always has a lot going on. This April, however, celebrate the country’s past-time as the Washington Nationals play their first home game. Enjoy the sights, museums, and attractions for an exciting family vacation this spring.

Enjoy the Best in Southern Cuisine with a Savannah Food Tour

If you love food, and we imagine you do, then Savannah, Georgia is an excellent place to visit. With culinary tours and dinner cruises, Savannah offers some of the best options in southern cuisine. With the Savannah Foody Tour and the Paula Deen Culinary Tour, you can explore unique and delicious baked, barbecued, and fried food and visit historical and specialty food locations, including Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, owned by the culinary master herself. Take a ride down the river on a Savannah Riverboat Cruise and marvel at the beautiful water and coastline sights, enjoy incredible entertainment, and indulge your tastes with southern cuisine. In addition, the Savannah Martini Tour will take you through the city after dark for a bar hop exploration to some of the hottest night spots.

“A person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food” – that’s how Savannah Movie Tours describe a “foody.” If you fall into that description, then the Savannah Foody Tour is the option for you. Bring your appetite, because this guided tour will take you to some of the local restaurants and specialty food shops for an incredible food-tasting journey. Hop on a bus or put on your walking boots and sample some of the best in Southern cooking as you visit locations made famous by “Food Network” and the “Travel Channel.” Restaurants and shops you may visit include menus consisting of Southern pork barbecue, fried green tomatoes, artisan-baked pastries, shrimp and grits, and more. Although the restaurants visited vary each time, every tour visits Lady & Sons, a restaurant owned by Paula Deen, queen of the Food Network. Enjoy a buffet of southern fried or baked chicken, collard greens and black eyed peas, banana pudding, peach cobbler, gooey butter cakes and more, or enjoy any of the delicious sandwiches and entrees the restaurant has to offer for an unforgettable meal.

Speaking of Paula Deen, when you take her Culinary Tour through Savannah, you will have the option to savor even more delicious southern-styled food. A Savannah resident, Paula used to frequent many local eateries in the city. Visit some of these restaurants and shops and sample delicious food that inspired the culinary idol as she created her own cooking techniques. For lunch, stop by Paula’s own Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House restaurant. Try out buckets of crab legs, shrimp, oysters, and mussels, straight from the turf. Or, if you’re not a seafood fan, Uncle Bubba’s offers delicious fried, grilled, and blackened chicken, cooked-to-order hamburgers, delicious pastas, and more. Gain an understanding of the Food Network star and her southern-style of cuisine in a comprehensive, guided bus tour through the city – and enjoy the delicious food along the way!

If an afternoon of southern cuisine wasn’t enough, take a two-hour dinner showboat cruise. With a Savannah Riverboat Cruise, you have many different options to choose from. We recommend the Dinner Entertainment Cruise, where you will bring your appetite and your dancing shoes for an evening of and buffets and music. The cruise features a delicious dinner buffet of shrimp and grits, beef top sirloin, citrus marinated boneless pork loin, herb roasted chicken, seasonal vegetables, and a variety of fruit, salads, and desserts for you to try out. Don’t worry if you feel like you ate too much of the scrumptious dishes, because the after-dinner entertainment is about to begin. Dance the night away with a live band present, playing hits from the 1950s to today. This dinner cruise is not one to be missed, especially if you are looking for a new and exciting experience, and if you love food.

Finally, if you are over the age of twenty-one and looking for a unique experience of Savannah, the Martini Tour is the option for you. For two hours, go on a guided bar hop through Savannah’s nightlife. Infamous bar hop tour guide Hollywood Ron guarantees to show you a good time during your Savannah visit as you travel through the beautiful city on foot. Make stops at four of the hottest club spots, each unknown to most tourists, but frequented by locals. Visit Prohibition-era venues and try a Cosmo martini from the 1990s. Hear some of the city’s history, trivia, and celebrity gossip as you hop from one bar to the next to try out some of Savannah’s famous martinis.

Foodies love these Savannah tours. Each one is unique and offers the opportunity to try out the best in Southern cuisine. Your taste buds will be craving for more, and you can take home tips to treat their needs. Experience the best of the south with a food tour or cruise through Savannah. Each of these adventures is the perfect way to spend your Savannah vacation.

Spring Adventures in Branson

Pack your bags and get ready for a spring vacation full of excitement and entertainment when you visit Branson, MO. Fly through the trees, climb to great heights, and dive into the lake for an adventurous weekend the whole family will love. Amusement parks, ziplines, and more fill Branson with family-friendly activities that will keep you moving and enjoying the warming weather.

As the days get longer and the temperature rises, it’s the perfect chance to shed some layers and spend more time in the outdoors. Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours have a selection of exciting adventures to choose from. Climb your post and soar above the treeline as you shoot from one platform to the next. Look around, above, and below at the scenic, vibrant nature. Take a canopy tour for the opportunity to search for different plant types and native wildlife. Trek through suspension bridges and learn about the nature you’ll be seeing when you strap in and zip across the path. Friendly, experienced guides lead each excursion and are always ready to calm your nerves and prepare you for your zipline adventure. The Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours are appropriate for both kids and adults and always provide a memorable time.

Then get an even more “inspiring” experience with nature when you ascend to the top of the Inspiration Tower. On a beautiful spring day, from atop the two hundred and thirty-foot tall tower, you can see across the landscapes ninety miles. The panoramic view is incomparable to anywhere else in the Ozarks. Scan the brilliant, green treetops for signs of life, three hundred and sixty degrees around. The tower stands tall, as a tribute to the natural beauty of the Ozarks. An audio tour is available to tell you what you’re looking at as you stare out the windows or venture out to the observation deck. Experience from the horizon the awe and magnificence of nature as it blossoms in the spring.

Kids and parents alike will love the Ride the Ducks adventure. Board one of the two cruises and travel through Branson in a unique way. Ride the Ducks gives you the opportunity to tour Branson’s land and water. Grab a duck-billed noisemaker and quack along with the captain and the music as your guide drives you through the streets, from the 76 Strip to the city’s landscape. Then, splash into either Table Rock Lake or Lake Taneycomo for the next portion of the tour. Float along the water for a relaxing and scenic cruise. Spring is the perfect time to hop on a duck and drive across Branson. The cool breeze and warmer weather combine together for the perfect temperature, and the plants are coming to life in vivid and bright colors for an incredible view. For a different kind of adventure, Ride the Ducks takes you through the beautiful scenery of Branson’s city-life and nature.

Of course, Silver Dollar City is a Branson adventure you cannot miss out on. Rushing roller coasters, treetop fun houses, and majestic caves make this amusement park the perfect spring destination. While it may not be quite warm enough yet for the park’s three exciting water rides, the whole family can join together for a thrilling journey through the Ozark’s past on Fire-In-The-Hole, or board a barn swing and soar pendulum-style on The GIANT Swing. While the younger kids will love playing in the Half Dollar Holler play area, Mom, Dad, and the older kids will find some more thrills on the coasters. Board Thunderation and cause a rumble in the treetops, or fly high, loop, and roll on WildFire. On the Frisco Steam Train, take a ride through the beautiful countryside surrounding the park. Even the occasional train robbers who interrupt your ride only add to the adventure. The park also consists of riveting shows that will bring amusement to the entire family. At McHaffie’s Homestead, take a step back into the late nineteenth century for a different kind of backwoods adventure. Silver Dollar City’s many rides, attractions, and shows always cater to your adventurous needs.

With park rides, unique land and water cruises, incredible sights, and ziplines, a visit to Branson this spring is guaranteed to be full of fun and excitement for the entire family. These activities are just a few of the thrilling choices Branson offers for family fun. Horseback riding, wine classes, showboat cruises, and more all add to your adventurous experience. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the spring season in Branson, MO this year.

Country Music Celebrations with Grand Ole Opry Packages

Country fans do not want to miss out on the opportunity to visit some of the greatest landmarks in country music history. When you book a Grand Ole Opry package, you receive the best in service, events, and lodging. Go to Nashville for the weekend, or for the week, and make memories you will never forget. With the Grand Ole Opry or Nashville Country Vacation packages, you can visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and more, all while staying in a luxury hotel located in the scenic Gaylord Opryland.

If you need a weekend away, book the Grand Ole Opry Package for three days and nights of incredible performances, exciting adventures, and luxury lodging in resorts like the Radisson Hotel at Opryland. Enjoy the comfort of your private room, with spacious, soft beds and everything you need to make you feel at home. Utilize a full-service spa and nearby hair salon, as well as an indoor pool. Spend the afternoon lounging by the pool and then catch dinner at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, the Opry Backstage Grill. The grill combines live entertainment with a delicious meal, so you can enjoy Southern-style dinner and music before catching the great performances at the Grand Ole Opry. Other lodging opportunities include the Best Western Suites Near Opryland, where you will have a close locations to the Grand Ole Opry, the General Jackson Showboat, and more, and can enjoy comfort, confidence, and convenience in your lodging choice.

Come together with your favorite country artists for a night of entertainment at the Grand Ole Opry. Newer artists like Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, and Steel Magnolia have joined the long list of popular classic country musicians on the Opry stage. The Grand Ole Opry originally came to life as a radio show in the 1920s before maturing into the landmark it is today, becoming a home to many of the top name musical performers throughout the years. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and more have performed on this stage, making it a significant piece of musical history. Your Opry package allows you the chance to spend the evening in the building where many of these classic performers sang your most favored hits and add some of today’s top artists to your favorite artists list as they take the stage for incredible performances throughout the night.

On day two of your Grand Ole Opry package vacation, catch the General Jackson Showboat Lunch and Dinner Cruise for fresh air and incredible sights. Grab some lunch with Steve Hall and Shotgun Red in an amazing, interactive show. This duo’s comedy will make it hard to keep the delectable ham and potato lunch in your mouth. Marvel at the enticing Cumberland River and the breathtaking Tennessee countryside while cruising on the paddle wheel riverboat along the banks. If you’re there for dinner, watch the sun sink towards the water on a relaxing and elegant cruise. Enjoy a delicious dinner of roasted chicken while the sounds of Opry icons and modern hits take you on a musical journey down the river.

When you book the Nashville Country Vacation Package, you can spend even more time with the Opry and its stars. The Opry House Backstage Tour takes you behind the scenes of one of the biggest homes of country music in an all-access tour. Learn more about the Opry’s active history, from the radio show beginning to making a home in the current Grand Ole Opry venue. Stand where the stars stood during rehearsals and performances, get a first-hand look at what happens behind the scenes, and learn how the magic happens for every great show.

The Nashville Country Vacation Package offers you five nights in a luxurious hotel of your choice, admission to the Grand Ole Opry, the backstage tour, and more. Take a stroll through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to learn more about the extraordinary history of your favorite style of music. Walk through exhibits filled with artifacts, including clothing, records, instruments and more, of some of the biggest names in country. Take a tour through the museum with an audio guide and go back through the years with Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and more. Add audio to a studio tour and get a unique chance to visit the Historic RCA Studio B, a one-of-a-kind studio tour in Nashville. As one of the world’s most valuable recording studios, Studio B has brought to life over thirty-five thousand songs, including more than one thousand top ten hits and one hundred and fifty Elvis Presley recordings.

As if this wasn’t enough, the Nashville Country Vacation Package also offers you the opportunity to mix country music, home cooking, and the spirit of Nashville into one incredible night. The Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater treats you to an endless buffet of  home-style cooking, including homemade rolls, chicken, baked potatoes, cobbler, and more, alongside the “Best of Country” performances. The dinner show celebrates the genre throughout the years, with special guest stars such as Tommy Cash and Steve Hall. After the show, take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with these talented performers and more for pictures and autographs. You won’t get this chance anywhere else.

Spend the week or weekend in country music style with one of these great package opportunities. You and your fellow country-lover will have the time of your lives, creating memories you will never forget, and spending time with each other and your favorite musical genre in the heart of country music.

Grand Canyon Air, Land, and Water Tours

Experience the Grand Canyon from the air, land or water when you take one of these tours of the exciting national landmark. See the colors of the canyon come to life when flying over, floating under, or driving through the landscapes. The Helicopter Explorer, South Rim Bus Tour, and Canyon River Adventure are just three of the incredible opportunities that give you a personal and interactive experience with the canyon and its surroundings. Learn about the history, explore nature, and see the sights for yourself when you take any of these tours.

Soar above the canyon rocks and hills on the Grand Canyon Helicopter Explorer for an incredible bird’s-eye experience. From the skies, get panoramic views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Black Canyon, and Fortification Hill. When you stay in a Las Vegas area hotel, the tour guide will pick you up and drive you to the Boulder City airport terminal, where you will depart into the skies on a comfortable and safe helicopter ride. Breathtaking scenes fill your view. Powerful cliffs stand tall, deep blue water shines in Lake Mead, and the colors of nature stand proud on Fortification Hill. For an unparalleled viewing experience, the Helicopter Explorer tour takes you through all of these sights and more, including tribal lands of the Hualapai and incredible drop-offs at Guano and Eagle Point. Add to your helicopter tour an ATV or horseback tour across the rugged terrain for a full Grand Canyon experience, through the desert mountains, forests, and trails.

If heights make you queasy, the Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour takes you on a journey through the landmark’s most popular viewing areas, including Mather Point. From the bus, watch the scenic landscapes of the canyon cliffs, desert ground, and unique wildlife close-up, while learning about the history and the culture of the land. Your knowledgeable driver and tour guide entertain and inform you about Spanish explorers and Western settlers that discovered and lived in the canyon hills. Stop at Mather Point, to look over the edge at the colorful plant life and powerful rock walls. Catch a quick lunch, provided by the tour, before hopping back on the bus for the rest of the day of exciting sights and adventure.

Take all forms of travel when you go on the Canyon River Adventure. Start your tour with a flight over the east rim to Page, Arizona, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast, provided for you. Then, hop into a four wheel drive vehicle and ride to Antelope Canyon, where beautifully structured sandstone shapes were created by nature over the years. Finally, take a motorcoach to the bottom of Glen Canyon Dam to your raft for a seven mile float down the river. Incomparable sights fill the tour. Look down to see the blues and greens of the Colorado River. Each side of the river is shaped with scenic landscapes of lush plants, strong rock walls, and native wildlife. Above you, the canyon walls stretch towards the sky in a scene not found anywhere else. After your seven mile float, stop for a quick lunch and a hike to discover Native American hideouts, where hieroglyphics and petroglyphs are left over. Return back to the river for the remaining eight and a half-mile float and more inspiring sights. The Grand Canyon Adventure offers you the unique opportunity to see the national landmark from the air, land, and water in one exciting tour.

Visit the Grand Canyon in an entirely different way. Soar above the rock walls in an exhilarating helicopter ride, drive through the landscapes with a knowledgeable guide, float down the Colorado River, or do all three on one of these once-in-a-lifetime tour opportunities. Experience the wonder and beauty of this impressive national landmark up-close and personal in an exciting adventure for unforgettable memories.

Family Easter Weekend in Williamsburg

As parents hunt through the grocery aisles for food coloring, eggs and chocolate bunnies, Spring-themed events begin to bloom in Williamsburg, Virginia. With some of the most exciting interactive educational activities heating up at the Virginia Living Museum and Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia is the best place to be for an Easter learning experience the whole family can enjoy.

For a fantastic Easter weekend, be sure to visit the Virginia Living Museum. On April 6th from 6-8 pm only, the museum is holding a Bunny Party for the younger members of the family, complete with a scavenger hunt, live animal demonstrations, Easter-themed games and crafts as well as some light refreshments. There is a small fee attached to the regular admission price ($7.00) that will be paid at the gate.

Aside from its Easter festivities, the Virginia Living Museum features several interactive exhibits and galleries that take hands-on learning to the next level. Some of the galleries include the Mountain Gallery, which exhibits the above and below-water animals that can be found in Virginia’s Mountains, the Coastal Plain Gallery and the World of Darkness Gallery, where nocturnal animals like ghost crabs, flying squirrels and the iridescent moon jellyfish can be seen. The museum also has four Discovery Centers, where kids get up-close and personal with lessons in life science, space science and geology. This includes a visible bee hive, the Chesapeake Bay Touch Tank and more. Fascinating exhibits like the Abbit Plaetarium and Observatory, the Coastal Plain Aviary, the Living Green House and the Butterfly Garden offer incomparable learning opportunities.

The museum also has enrichment activities like Aviary and Aquarium Feeding, an educational tour with a staff astronomer, or a fascinating laser light show, to mention a few, so be sure to check out some of the extra activities offered daily. If you’re not a Williamsburg native, the La Quinta Norfolk Hampton is an easy five miles from the museum.

Also during Easter weekend, Colonial Williamsburg is holding several educational family-friendly activities, including the Hands on History exhibit at the Powell House. Here, children of all ages can experience what life was like for children during colonial times. They will learn the lessons that their ancestors probably learned, play with replica toys and try out some of the games that have long since been forgotten by the general populace.

Colonial Williamsburg has several children’s programs available daily. At the Colonial People exhibit, children can explore the different lives of the colonial people, like a hired tutor, a farm family of seven or an enslaved family of two. Kids can also rent costumes at the Costume Rental Center for a realistic and consuming day of fun. If you’re interested in staying in the area, several hotels are within two miles of Colonial Williamsburg, including the Clarion Hotel Historic District, the Westgate Historic Williamsburg and the Rodeway Inn & Suites.

With several activities available at both the Virginia Living Museum and Colonial Williamsburg, families can get in touch with the science of their current world and also engage in activities of the past. From feeding the aquarium animals at the Chesapeake Bay Touch Tank to living as a young colonial farm child, this Easter will prove to be an exceptional one!

Spring to Life at The Smoky Mountain SpringFest in Gatlinburg

As spring starts, the city of Gatlinburg becomes enlivened with the songs of the birds, the blossoming of the flowers, the regaining of the colors in the trees, and, best of all, the Smoky Mountain SpringFest. This festival brings riveting events and entertainment, from art displays to hickory-smoked barbecues. Come out of hibernation and join the dozens of performers, merchants, and artists in this three-month festival of art, music, food, and history.

SpringFest lasts from March 9 to June 3, but throughout the month of April is the best time to go. Easter weekend brings an exciting arts and crafts show and a sunrise service, and the end of the month is packed with exciting nature adventures. Look below for a vivid view when you ride the Gatlinburg Sky Lift over the downtown streets and mountain hills. Or take the kids to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to visit some of the beauty under the sea, just a block and a half from Sleep Inn & Suites.

Bountiful flowers and live musical entertainers line the streets of Gatlinburg for an animated atmosphere, as you stroll along the rows of merchants at the Easter Arts & Crafts Show. In early April, for three days only, local artists come together and put up their crafts for display and sale. When staying at the Sleep Inn & Suites, hop on the Gatlinburg trolley and be taken straight to the event. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is a group consisting of talented artisans from the Gatlinburg area who specialize in woven baskets, hand-crafted jewelry, exquisite quilts, ceramic pitchers, and more. When you visit this spring, you will find these incredible works of art and be able to take a little piece of the Smoky Mountains home with you.

The Easter celebration brings more than arts and crafts. On Easter morning, join the locals in a celebratory tradition of Christ’s resurrection with a beautiful sunrise service. The sun ascends beyond the powerful Smoky Mountains for a magnificent view. This free event provides a beautiful backdrop for your Easter service, as well as a tram ride to the top of the mountain and a delicious breakfast buffet.

There are also a number of lodging and hotels in the area. The Sidney James Mountain Lodge is located on a mountain stream in the Smokey Mountains and is just three blocks from all the downtown attractions. You’ll never be far from any of the exciting activities throughout Gatlinburg when you stay at this resort.

Nature-lovers will be delighted with the Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage at the end of April. Ken McFarland, a botanist and professor at the University of Tennessee, describes the pilgrimage as “a rare opportunity for those with a personal love of flowers.” Participants hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the opportunity to explore nature as a researcher. A photography contest is held in which anyone can enter their portraits of flowers, wildlife, and landscapes. The hike through the mountains provides the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty spring brings to nature, with brilliantly-colored flowers, active wildlife, and rich and alluring plants.

When you’ve worked up an appetite from the hike, don’t miss out on the Ribfest, Wings & BBQ event. Spring weather is the perfect temperature for barbecues, and Gatlinburg never fails to bring out the best of ribs and wings. The sounds of live musical performances and the smells of delicious, hickory-smoked barbecue fill the air. Compete in a hot wing eating contest and test out the flavorful variety of ribs and wings before cooling down your mouth with an ice cream eating contest. Vendors, including Texas Roadhouse and TGI Friday’s, assemble alongside the locals on the streets with unique flavors, competing to be the best-tasting barbecue. The Hard Rock Cafe is another vendor and if you like what you tried at Ribfest, Wings & BBQ, it’s within a mile from your hotel.

SpringFest in Gatlinburg is the perfect way to spend the season. For three months, exciting activities and events fill the city in celebration of spring. So get out of your winter slump and trek to the Smoky Mountains for these incredible festivities.