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Happy Holidays!

No, I'm certainly not afraid to say "Merry Christmas". But with all of the stores stocking shelves with a mixture of Fall seasonal items and Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, it only seems appropriate to combine them all into one big ole Happy Holiday! 

Ernie and I are spending this Thanksgiving week at Asbury Cottage 2 here in Pigeon Forge. We brought our son and his friend this trip, so we've been busy keeping them busy and haven't had much time for work. But we needed a break.

 I have decorated both of the ACs for Christmas. We spent a day at Dollywood, and I have to say it puts my Christmas decorating skills to shame! haha Oh my goodness - the lights, more lights, and more lights... Every single limb on the trees are wrapped with lights and every light on the buildings are turned the exact same direction and perfectly, evenly spaced. It is really something to see!

 Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are no exception. The light displays all over town really put you in the Christmas spirit. We stopped in at The Island for a few hours yesterday and it is decorated with some fabulous Christmas displays - great for photo ops, so be sure to get some selfies to share with us on our Facebook page.

 In September, Ernie swapped out the dishwasher and refrigerator at Asbury Cottage 2 for updated stainless models. The refrigerator has an icemaker, so that's a useful update. We also replaced the flooring in the living room, hallway and first bedroom with a nice wood-look vinyl tile product.

 We enjoyed sitting along the Parkway in the evenings watching the old cars drive by and Ernie went to the Shades of the Past car show at the Splash Country parking area.

 We have some major remodeling planned at Asbury Cottage 2 later in the Spring, so watch our Facebook pagefor those updates. Ernie took measurements this week (for about the 3rd time - ha - measure twice, cut once - right??) and he has his materials list started. I can't wait to see the changes!

 As always, there is so much happening in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains! I'm not sure where to start, but I'll give it whirl...

 Hope to hear from you soon!

 Blessings for a very Merry Christmas,


We have heard some exciting announcements for Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in 2019. 

* Dave & Buster's is coming to the area located near The Bluffs. Dave & Buster's is the adult version of Chuck E. Cheeses, and they serve alcohol! It's going to have virtual reality, bowling, billiards, Dance Dance Revolution, a Sport's Bar, and can't forget about their Wings!
* Pirate Voyage! 2018 is the last season of Dolly Parton's Celebration. So if you haven't seen the show, get out and see it now for the Christmas Celebration. Celebration is closing its doors in January and the theater is getting a major makeover the first-half of the 2019 as they prepare to reopen as Dolly Parton's Pirate Voyage! Pirates, Mermaids, and SEA LIONS are coming to the Smoky Mountains! It's going to be exciting!
* Pirate Revenge!  Fee/Hendricks Family Entertainment is preparing to compete with Dolly Parton's Pirate Voyage by opening up their new Pirates Revenge Dinner & Show. What does this mean? Smoky Mountain Opry and Magic Beyond Belief will be closing to make way for the huge renovation to the current Opry building. Nothing is really known other than that the Pirates Revenge is going to be nothing like the successful Pirate Voyage show. Fee/Hendricks says it's going to be a one-of-a-kind and never-been-seen before. Sounds exciting! Pirates Revenge is set to open late 2019.
* SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyLift. SkyBridge is going to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. Yes, in North America! SkyBridge is set to open this year. 
* Ole Red Gatlinburg- Blake Shelton is moving in. The new 16,000 square-foot entertainment venue is set to open Spring 2019 across from Anakeesta. The new venue is going to be a 2-story bar and restaurant with retail and live entertainment. 
* National Enquirer Museum- construction has already started across the Parkway from Titanic on the new 18,000 square-foot museum. One of the main attractions inside the museum will be a state-of-the-art interactive exhibit that will allow visitors to create their own Enquirer-style headlines and share them all over social media.
* Tower Shops, Mountain Monster and the Mountain Mile!  Coming to Teaster Lane across the way from The Island is the Mountain Mile's Tower Shops and it's 200-foot-tall Mountain Monster; it's going to be the first of-its-kind thrill ride All of this is going to be located at the old Belz Mall and is the first phase of the major development expansion containing over 170 acres of family fun. The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile is expected to open May 2019. The new area will reshape the retail, restaurant, lodging and attraction scene in Pigeon Forge. Among some of the new attractions planned also include: a Drive-In Theater (you park outside and the inside has replica cars from the 50's), a Gastro Pub, a Bowling Alley, concert venue, and a proposed water park, mountain coaster, sky lift, and so much more.
* Rocky Top Mountain Coaster opened Thanksgiving week. It is located on Veteran's Blvd below Dollywood. Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is said to be the largest of its kind on the East Coaster with over four lifts, four 360-degree turns, and major features include four tunnels, and bursting through a barn on the way down the mountain. 
* River Walk Crossing is going to be the newest shopping center in Pigeon Forge that's going to occupy over 14-acres between Teaster Lane and Little Pigeon River, across from Jake Thomas Blvd. The River Walk Crossing is going to include a new Food City as well as another large retail tenant.
* Dollywood's Wildwood Grove is Dollywood's largest expansion in the history of Dollywood expansions. The new 5-acre expansion is costing Dollywood $37.5 million and is going to feature new rides, a new coaster, a new restaurant, play area and a 55-foot-tall Wildwood Tree that will be the centerpiece. New rides are: Sycamore Swing, Frogs and Fireflies, The Mad Mockingbirds, Treetop Tower, Black Bear Trail and the Dragonflier. 

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves the Smoky Mountains?

 I am now taking orders in our Etsy Store for our 2019 Smoky Mountain Calendar.
 $12.95 (includes tax and FREE shipping)

 Save $ on Etsy and lots of other websites by signing up for Ebates Cash Back! It's super easy and it's free to sign up! Just click on the link below:

The Ultimate Smoky Mountain Planner - 2019 Calendar - Bear & Outdoor/Mountain Theme

40 pages of printables to keep track of all the you have to do in 2019 and use it as a planner for your numerous activities and household chores. This bundle includes all the pages you will need to create a useful and organized planner for 2019 and beyond.

The Ultimate Smoky Mountain Camping Journal Bundle - Bear & Outdoor/Camping Theme

 Use these cute 36 pages of printables to keep track of all the campgrounds you have visited. Use it as a reference for future camping trips to be sure you choose the right campground and camp site for your unique setup. This bundle includes all the pages you will need to create of personalized camping journal to organize your trips and journal all your camping memories.

Have you checked out Asbury Cottage's new Facebook Group yet?

Smoky Mountains - Family Friendly Fun! is our online Facebook group created to help guests and travelers find all the latest information about what's happening in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies.

 Anyone can create posts, share pictures, ask questions or just browse the content.

 Check out the group...I think you'll like it and hopefully we can get more folks active with sharing information in the group.
 Smoky Mountains Family Friendly Fun:

I am currently working on a Smoky Mountain Travel Guide website - I hope to have it up and running in early 2019. I'd love to hear your ideas for content that would be helpful and interesting to travelers like you.

Now Accepting Bookings for 2019

As you know, our calendars fill up fast. Even now with two rental properties, we still get lots of inquiries for dates that are already booked.

 Our rates for 2019 remain the same as previous years - $75 to $120/night (depending upon the season and day of the week) + taxes & cleaning.

 Be sure to get your vacation planned in advance and watch for our occasional specials to save you some money.

 Check our Facebook page, emails and Special Offers section on our website for discounts.
Check Rates, Availability & Book Online
 Book 4+ Nights in 2019 and get $15 off the total price!
 Offer expires November 30, 2018. Use COUPON CODE: PF2019

My Personal Bear Encounter in the Smoky Mountains

If you haven't already heard about my encounter with a black bear this fall on Rich Mountain Road near Cades Cove, please take the time to read about it. It was a scary experience and it could happen to YOU!

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Challenge Youth Conference

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Fun Fact

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 522,419 acres and covers 816 square miles!

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Asbury Cottage - Pigeon Forge

Two vacation rental homes in downtown Pigeon Forge, TN
3 Bedrooms/2 Baths

Mailing Address:
Ernie & Connie Johnston, Owners
230 Sapp Run Rd
Walkersville WV 26447
Call or Text: (304) 550-4161
Rates: $75 to $120/night (depending on day
of the week and season/events)

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