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Episode 007 – Touring Cherokee and Bryson City

Recently I read a travelers Facebook post and someone asked if there was anything to do in Cherokee or Bryson City and someone answered quickly with an abrupt “NO”. How wrong they are. If your spend any time touring Cherokee and Bryson City you’ll quickly find out what an important historical area this really is. Plus a bevy of beautiful waterfalls, hikes, tubing and a great railway. Did I mention the casino?

Cherokee culture can be seen as a book filled with 13,000 years of artistic invention and intellectual achievement, survival and perseverance, featuring a peace-loving people who proudly dealt with the savagery of war and overcame.  While touring Cherokee and Bryson City you can explore the age-old arts and crafts of the Cherokee artisans at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.; see them made and demonstrated at Oconaluftee Indian Village, with its incredibly vivid recreation of an historic Cherokee village. Attend the spectacular outdoor drama “Unto These Hills” under a starry night or take a hike to Mingo Falls to feel the spray that the ancient Cherokees have felt on their faces through history. Don’t forget the interactive cultural exhibits waiting at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, or the hundreds of opportunities to find the Cherokee culture outdoors. 

Attractions in Cherokee:

Santa’s Land Fun Park • It is great for kids. There is no waiting for the rides, there is a zoo, a pond with paddle boats, a train, magic show, and more….plus you can visit with Santa! Small kids need to experience the Rudycoaster, the Ferris wheel, playgrounds, there’s tons of shaded areas. This is a classic amusement park and zoo, a great slow down day.

Pan Fer Gold •“Pan Fer Gold” is the perfect family adventure, located in the heart of the Smokies. The suspense of washing away dirt in hopes of striking it rich by discovering natural gold or gems is fun for everyone. Everyone takes home a treasure!

The Bears Project •The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. There are 20 bears in Cherokee that are decorated.

Fire Mountain Trails • Fire Mountain Trails are Cherokee’s newest source for big adventure—a multi-use trail system that’s made to mountain bike, hike, or run. The network of trails is more than 10.5 miles total, so there’s plenty of room for everyone. If you like your trails with a nice flow of features, with fun berms and quick hits of elevation that are manageable and fun, Fire Mountain is made for you.

Bryson City Attractions:

Smoky Mountains RailwayNantahala Gorge This 4-1/2 hour excursion makes a 44 mile round trip to the Nantahala Gorge, crossing the historic Fontana Lake trestle. There’s a 1-hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), and options for packages including rafting, zip-lining and jeep tours. Trains to the gorge in summer and fall also include an all-adult first class moonshine car – The Carolina Shine – featuring spirits from NC craft distilleries.

Tuckasegee River This 4-hour excursion makes a 32 mile round trip to the quaint village of Dillsboro, passing by the train wreck set in The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and through a tunnel. There is a 1-1/2 hour layover in Dillsboro. 

Themed Trains:  Polar Express Christmas excursion making it one of the most popular holiday events in the Smokies. Other family-oriented excursions include two PEANUTS-themed events — the Easter Beagle Express in spring, and the Great Pumpkin Patch Express in October. As well as the July 4 Freedom Train. Special dining events include BBQ & Brews and “Uncorked” wine experience.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Zip Line Adventure Park : Race on dual zip lines at over 550’ in the air and enter NOC’s Zip Line Adventure Park – a multi-level ropes challenge course with over 16 aerial obstacles! Our signature course is NOC’s Mountaintop Zip Line Tour. There are many zip line canopy tours, but there are none like the Mountaintop. The Mountaintop is perched on the rim of the Nantahala Gorge, over 600 feet above the Nantahala River below, featuring 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala Gorge. 

These are just a few of the attractions we’ll talk about on the podcast Touring Cherokee and Bryson City.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

Like our Pizza Bear? Check out the other great artwork from Kenton Visser https://www.kentonvisser.com/

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Episode 006 – Tips on Renting the Perfect Cabin

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than staying in a cabin that’s dirty, poorly maintained, hard to get to, misrepresented in its listing and has no cell service or Wi-Fi.  Join Chuck Schmidt, travel host for his tips on renting the perfect cabin. Save yourself time, money and aggravation by following some common sense advise and maybe a few things you hadn’t considered.

In Episode 006 – Tips on Renting the Perfect Cabin, Chuck Schmidt pulls no punches with honest advise taking to task both guests and cabin owner/managers when it comes to renting cabins. From the dead relative excuse in cancelling reservations to cabin owners posting ten year old pictures of their cabin in their listings, you’ll get 20 different pieces of advice on how to avoid these situations.

With the popularity of Airbnb, VRBO and others, renting cabins has never been so splintered between individual owners and property managements companies. Making an informed decision has never been so complicated. Hopefully these tips will help you make a smarter decision.

Tips such as: Importance of doing proper research, Why low cost cabins are not necessarily your best bargain, Location, location, location, The price you’ll pay for a cabin with a view and we’re not talking money, What to do if something in the cabin is broken, Right-sizing your cabin, Being honest with the owners, How technology is breaking up the party scene, Learn what “RTFM” means and more.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

Like our Pizza Bear? Check out the other great artwork from Kenton Visser https://www.kentonvisser.com/

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Episode 005 – Visiting Smoky Mountains National Park

Finally we’re visiting Smoky Mountains National Park on the podcast! Join Chuck Schmidt, Travel Host on a look at the Smokies. Whether you want to hike, drive or tour historical settlements then podcast has information for you to use.

We take a closer look at some of the most popular things to do when visiting Smoky Mountains National Park including; waterfall hikes, historical settlements, driving tours, hikes for kids and what to bring with you to be prepared. Waterfall hikes include: Laurel Falls, Grotto Falls, Abrams Falls, Rainbow Falls and Ramsey Cascades. Other hikes include interesting items to find including; tunnels, steam engines, abandoned fire towers and more.

This podcast also contains information on visiting Cades Cove, Clingman’s Dome great driving tour including Roaring Forks Motor Trail, Foothills Parkway and some other less traveled tours. Lear about which hikes are the most family friendly and which hike will help you to be a bit more challenged.

Other tips when visiting Smoky Mountains National Park include; what to pack, what to wear, pets in the park, bears bells and bear spray. This is a must listen to episode for anyone planning on visiting the park. So grab your maps and let’s make some plans for visiting the Park.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

Like our Pizza Bear? Check out the other great artwork from Kenton Visserhttps://www.kentonvisser.com/

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Episode 004 – Touring Sevierville

We’re moving on to Episode 004 – Touring Sevierville. When Touring Sevierville you’ll notice this is the largest and most established of the three town feeding into the Smoky Mountains from the north.

Join Travel Host Chuck Schmidt as we go Touring Sevierville and it’s rich history. Don’t miss the town square near Court Street and Bruce Street. Not only is this the center of the town and it’s history it’s also home to some pretty inventive dining establishments and of course the Dolly Parton Statue.

Take in some of the exciting attractions while Touring Sevierville such as Forbidden Caverns, Foxfire Mountain, and Sky High Air Tours. Or seek out some unique eateries; Graze Burgers, Courthouse Donuts or Crust and Crumb.

There’s plenty to do in Sevierville!

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

Like our Pizza Bear? Check out the other great artwork from Kenton Visserhttps://www.kentonvisser.com/

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Episode 003 – Touring Pigeon Forge

We’re up to our 3rd episode on our podcast “An Outsider Guide to the Smoky Mountains”. This episode is on Touring Pigeon Forge, the attractions, the shows, dining, some things to make your visit easier and some things to avoid.

Pigeon Forge is home to 11 millions visitors a year. In Episode 003 Touring Pigeon Forge we discuss tips on visiting Dollywood, which restaurants have long lines (The Old Mill), when to avoid traveling to the area such as during the multiple car show events.

Find out which remnants from a long gone theme park are still part of a popular attraction today in “Bearly Accurate History”.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

Like our Pizza Bear? Check out the other great artwork from Kenton Visserhttps://www.kentonvisser.com/