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August Fun with Lenzner Tour & Travel in the Smokies

We just had an amazing FAM here in the Smokies.

My clients had an absolute blast. We did so much in two days!!!

The Island of Pigeon Forge, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Timberwood Grill, The Wheel, The Incredible Christmas Place, Park Tower Inn, Dixie Stampede Dinner Show, The Smoky Mountain Opry, Bush's Museum, Cafe and Store, Titanic Museum, Dollywood, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Mountain Valley Winery and Country Tonite, The Cliff Dwellers, Hills and Hollows(Mountain Music & Storytelling) and Smoky Mountain Tour Connection - better not leave us out!  - what a great 2 days.

Whew Im tuckered out! We are so blessed here in the Smokies. We have so many great shows, attractions, etc. Such great customer service! It was just perfect!

I actually had not been to Dollywood for sometime. I spent my time there exploring all the areas. I am as always struck by just how pretty Dollywood is with it's large trees and beautiful landscaping. There are also so many things we did not get to do! Guess that means that everyone will have to come back! I am still not an early morning person but I enjoyed every moment with the group sharing our area. Our guide Kathy is the best - she kept the group laughing and informed and I even learned a few things. I love it when that happens. 


New for 2015

2015 Featured Tour The “Scruffy City Tour” – Knoxville, TN- approximately 6 Hours On this tour you can relive the golden era of Knoxville, from the 1880’s to the 1920’s. Stroll down historic Gat Street with its vintage street lights and art deco theaters: including the Tennessee Theatre, where the movie “Thunder Road” premiered. Childhood memories cone to life again as we visit an old time 1920\s type general store complete with penny candy, farmers almanacs, and creaky wood floors. Just across the tracks is the “Old City” or what was known as the “Bowery? Home to the scruffy city’s opium dens, bordello and rag-tag saloons. You can eat and shop at the historic “market square”, Knoxville’s original farmers market. This area is also home to many country music stars; here performers like Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others got their start. See where Hank Williams Sr. spent the last night of his life. Knoxville is also full of history; it was the territorial and state capital, see where the Volunteer state began – at the house of many eyes. Next we cross the “T: (Tennessee River) to see the home of the “Running T” 0 Neyland Stadium. Civil war history comes to life as we travel down Kingston Pike once the dividing line between the union and confederate forces. Here you can see the antebellum homes once used by both sides during the war. Lastly, well stop at “Worlds Fair Park”, home to the 1982, Worlds Fair. You’ll hear stories about the fair, find out why Knoxville became known as the “scruffy city” and ride the elevator to the top of the “Sun” – the Sunsphere. Additions $$ for this tour: John Sevier Home, East Tennessee History Center, Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, Grey Cemetery, or James White Fort and more.



Make Dollywood your ultimate family vacation destination 
thanks to the thrilling FireChaser Express dual-launch 
family coaster in 2014 and 
my beautiful new Dollywood's
DreamMore Resort opening in 2015!


The Island Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a new retail and entertainment center in the heart of the Smokies, featuring restaurants, shopping, attractions, and The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200 foot tall Ferris Wheel attraction. The Island in Pigeon Forge is close to Gatlinburg, and features restaurants, gift shops, rides, eateries and more. A giant state of the art arcade, a beautiful flying horse carousel ride and more are just part of the fun things to do at The Island. Everyone will enjoy Mellow Mushroom, Timberwood Grill, Island Yogurt and Dude’s Daiquiri’s, as well as The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. The Island in Pigeon Forge is open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily. Store hours vary by location.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park News Park Announces Upcoming Roadwork on the Gatlinburg Bypass .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park News Park Announces Upcoming Roadwork on the Gatlinburg Bypass Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced upcoming roadwork plans on the Gatlinburg Bypass involving overnight closures and single lane daytime closures beginning in mid-August. Charles Blalock and Sons was awarded the contract to mill and resurface the Gatlinburg Bypass roadway and parking areas beginning August 19, 2013 through September 27, 2013. The Bypass will be closed to all traffic nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning. Motorists should also expect daytime single lane closures Monday through Thursday. No work will occur during October, weekends, or holiday periods. From November 2013 through May 2014, motorists should expect daytime single lane closures while crews complete additional improvements along the bypass including reconditioning roadway shoulders and the replacement of damaged guardrails and bridge expansion joints. The Gatlinburg Bypass is a well-traveled road which received an interim surface treatment in 2011 that temporarily extended the life of the pavement surface. The upcoming full resurfacing treatment is expected to last 15-20 years. "The Gatlinburg Bypass offers a unique experience for Park visitors who enjoy the scenic views of Mt. LeConte from overlooks and it also serves a need for our neighboring communities by relieving heavy traffic," said Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. "We realize this work will cause traffic delays and we make every effort to minimize these impacts to our visitors and park neighbors by restricting closures during our busiest times." Park officials also remind motorists about the ongoing rehabilitation work Newfound Gap Road. Beginning on August 15, motorists should expect daytime single lane closures through Spring 2014 on 6.1 miles of the roadway from Chimney's Picnic Area south towards Newfound Gap. No work of any kind will be permitted on federal holidays or during the month of October. Park officials expect the next and final phase of this multi-year project from Chimney's Picnic Area to the park boundary at Gatlinburg to begin in November 2014 and be completed by November 2016. For more information about road closures, please visit the Park's website or call the Park's Road and Weather Information Line at 865-436-1200.


2nd Annual Princess Tea Party on Saturday, April 27

Titanic Princess Tea Party The Titanic Museum Attraction hosts the 2nd Annual Princess Tea Party on Saturday, April 27. Young ladies, ages 5-15, are invited to be part of the traditional Tea Time, just like it occurred on the Titanic. Participants will receive lessons in manners and etiquette, enjoy finger sandwiches and cookies, tour the museum and take home a commemorative patch. Reservations are required and limited; call 1-800-381-7670 to be part of the fun.


Festival of Nations March 23 - April 22, 2013

Festival of Nations March 23 - April 22, 2013 (Closed on Tuesdays & Easter Sunday) Dollywood Festival of Nations features a world of entertainment that is sure to delight all ages! This year Festival of Nations is proud to announce their exciting new lineup. See The Paper World Show by Mimirichi, which features hilarious clowns from Ukraine that literally tear up the stage. Returning for another year is, Los Pampas Gauchos, an action-filled, fast-paced family act from Argentina. This show features Argentina’s traditional folk dancing as well as drums, boleadoras, knives, capes, and whips. Spirit of the Dance takes you on a journey to Ireland as performers showcase their Irish foot-stomping skills. Zebra Stelzentheater of Germany is a stilt dancing extravaganza that is sure to make everyone smile. Familiar favorite, Atahualpa features the music of the Andes and the Zambian Vocal Group shares a cappella songs from Africa. Don’t forget the great food at Dollywood Festival of Nations. You can sample cuisine from all over the world while learning about the different countries.


19thAnnual A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN March 12-16th, 2013

The Pigeon Forge Quiltfest preserves the timeless art of quilting. No matter what your quilt making level is, there is something for everyone with more than 60 quilting classes offered by 12 of the most talented quilting instructors. During the quilt show a variety of quilts from all over the country will be on display for viewing. Quilters can compete in the show for over $18,000 cash and prizes, after reviewing the 10 categories and filling out the quilt show entry form. For everyone who enters a quilt, please notice on your Quilt Entry Form the option of paying $10 per quilt to have each of your submissions critiqued by our AQS-certified judge. When submitting your quilt, please include a check made payable to: City of Pigeon Forge. Booths upon booths of quilting vendors attend the Pigeon Forge Quiltfest every year. Quilters can expect to find a variety of fabric, threads, patterns, notions, and more! A Mountain Quiltfest is produced by the City of Pigeon Forge and hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds.


The secret is out! Wild Eagle lands at Dollywood in March 2012.

The secret is out! Wild Eagle lands at Dollywood in March 2012.
The first ride of its kind in the U.S., Wild Eagle is perched 21 stories above Dollywood and takes riders on a unique experience that feels as if they are actually soaring high above the Smoky Mountains.

Instead of on the track, Wild Eagle seats riders on either side of the track so that there’s nothing but air above and below the rider!

Want to learn more about the biggest addition in Dollywood’s history and watch the progress as Wild Eagle rises above the park? Visit Dollywood2012.com for more Wild Eagle details, behind-the-scenes construction photos, ride animation and more. And make plans now to visit Dollywood in 2012 and soar on Wild Eagle!

Minimum Height Requirement: 50 inches
Maximum Height Restriction: 78 inches (6 feet, 6 inches)





PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—To accompany the historic opening of Wild Eagle, the country’s first steel wing coaster in March 2012, Dollywood theme park commissioned the country’s largest flying eagle steel sculpture which features a horizontal wing span equivalent to a four-story building.

Created by Canadian metal sculptor Kevin Stone, the one-of-a-kind three-dimensional sculpture weighs more than two tons and is made primarily of stainless and mild steel.  It includes the individual creation and welding of thousands of intricate feathers.

“When we initially conceptualized the art piece, we wanted it stand as a sentinel to beckon would-be riders to Wild Eagle but also celebrate our Smoky Mountains heritage,” Dollywood’s Director of Construction and Development Brian Dudash said.  “The sculpture is rugged and natural and certainly compliments its environment and the surrounding architecture.”    

Stone worked for six months creating the sculpture in Metal Animation Studio in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Once ready for installation at Dollywood, the $250,000 sculpture will travel five days in a semi to its new home.  Stone will travel to Tennessee to oversee the sculpture’s installation in mid-February.

The eagle’s head hovers more than two stories above the entrance to Dollywood’s Wild Eagle coaster in the park’s Wilderness Pass area.  The eagle sculpture is symbolically posed with outstretched talons, ready to swoop down, and its keen eyes focused precisely on its prey.  From tip to tip, its wingspan measures 48 feet.