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Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Donut Friar – Gatlinburg, TN.

The Donut Friar in Gatlinburg, TN. where donuts are cooked fresh daily.

The Donut Friar in Gatlinburg, TN. where donuts are cooked fresh daily.

If you walk through the narrow path in the village that leads around to the backside of the main water fountain you will inevitably stumble onto one of our very favorite places in Gatlinburg. You may not see it as fast as you will smell the

Cinnamon Twists made fresh daily at the Donut Friar in Gatlinburg TN.

Cinnamon Twists made fresh daily at the Donut Friar in Gatlinburg TN.

fragrant aroma of the luscious donuts cooking every morning and afternoon. They offer a wide array of donuts and they don’t have the same commercialized taste that you might find at a grocery store or large donut chain, they have a very down to earth home cooked taste that would remind anyone of grandma’s house with the very first bite.

The green farm style half door is always open, allowing you to see just enough to realize what is inside looks as good as it smells. If you love the taste of a fresh glazed cake style donut, or if your favorite is a white powdered sugar covered donut with raspberry filling you are in luck because they are made fresh right in the donut Friar kitchen daily. We have always treasured Fridays because these are the days that they make their famous chocolate, glazed crullers that are tasty enough to break even the strongest  of diet will powers. If you can’t wait until Friday you can special order them any day of the week and they will have them ready for you either that afternoon or first thing in the morning.

A freshly brewed cut of coffee or hot chocolate is always brewing and the perfect side kick for any type of donut you might choose, and if donut’s aren’t your thing they also have cookies and muffins baked fresh daily that are also available at the Donut Friar. You can relax at one of the small tables downstairs or venture to their second floor and sit down and enjoy your snack with a book or the newspaper. It makes for a wonderful escape from

You order of fresh donuts, made fresh daily at the Donut Friar, located in the Village in Gatlinburg, TN. Go pick up a batch today!

You order of fresh donuts, made fresh daily at the Donut Friar, located in the Village in Gatlinburg, TN. Go pick up a batch today!

the cold or warm weather and I can promise once you have visited the Donut Friar you will keep coming back time and again.

It is the small nooks and uniquely rounded places like the Donut Friar that give Gatlinburg its charm and keeps people coming back year after year. So if you happen upon the Donut Friar and the line is long, just sit outside by the fountain or journey around to a few other shops if you like, but make sure you come back because they are definitely well worth the wait!

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Ghost Haunt and Tours – Gatlinburg, TN.

Ghost Haunt and Tours - Gatlinburg, TN. orbs outside one of the churches in downtown Gatlinburg

Ghost Haunt and Tours - Gatlinburg, TN. orbs outside one of the churches in downtown Gatlinburg

If you are looking for an evening full of adventure and fun then you should definitely check out the Ghost Haunt and Tour while you are in Gatlinburg! It is one of the only tours I have ever heard of that actually guaranteed that if you brought a digital or video

Orbs caught on digital camera while on the Ghost Haunts and Tour of Gatlinburg, they do request that all guest of the tour are respectful of the cemetery and do not disturb or desecrate the graves in any way.

Orbs caught on digital camera while on the Ghost Haunts and Tour of Gatlinburg, they do request that all guest of the tour are respectful of the cemetery and do not disturb or desecrate the graves in any way.

camcorder on the tour you would see evidence of  some type of paranormal event. The reason they can say this is because they have done the research to back up the tour, they know the area history and the tragic events that have occurred that might cause a spirit to be trapped in our realm. Because of this you will find that the tour guide doesn’t have a need to wear a costume or put on a spooky voice while telling their tales. The facts back up the haunts and when you trace the facts it is inevitable that you will come across one or two paranormal events, it’s just as simple as that.

The tour takes approximately 90 minutes and anyone is welcome to join, strollers and wheelchairs are often seen on the tours. The guide leads each tour at a leisurely pace through the different areas of downtown Gatlinburg, and tells the tragic tales and events

Orbs captured while on the tour with Ghost Haunts and Tours of Gatlinburg, one of the many paranormal events you will experience throughout the tour.

Orbs captured while on the tour with Ghost Haunts and Tours of Gatlinburg, one of the many paranormal events you will experience throughout the tour.

that have taken place at each documented haunt. They encourage the use of digital and video cameras along the way so that you can capture and share the experience with friends and family. Each tour has around ten stories, half of the stories are history and the other half will consist of tall tales and legends.

The tour leads you to the Gatlinburg White Oaks Flat Cemetery which has been named in the National Historic Registry. There you will be able to capture many images of orbs, there also have been sightings of a white apparition and even a dark apparition. I can tell you from past experience that you can not walk away from the cemetery in the evening without at least one hair raising experience. Many guests of the tour have captured images of orbs and EVP recordings of voices all along the tour, they have often shared these experiences on the Ghost Haunt and Tours of Gatlinburg Facebook

Orbs caught near a historic home in downtown by a guest of the Ghost Haunt and Tours of Gatlinburg.

Orbs caught near a historic home in downtown by a guest of the Ghost Haunt and Tours of Gatlinburg.

page www.facebook.com/pages/Ghost-and-Haunt-Tours-of-Gatlinburg . You can visit their pages and find many different examples of what to expect should you take this exciting tour.

The tours run from March 1st through October 31st, reservations are required and you can make them both via phone (865).366.5834 and online www.GatlinburgGhosts.com there is a slight discount if you book your tour online. There must be at least six adults in your group in order to book a tour, there is a group rate for groups of 20 and above. The tours generally depart at 9:00 PM nightly from the Smoky Mountain Resort on The Historic Nature Trail, adult tickets are just $18.00 and children are just $10.00 (children are classified as 8-14 years of age) children ages 7 and under are free of charge. Make sure and book your tour early because they do tend to book up fairly early. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, it is an easy and leisurely walk for everyone.

Directions to the tour: go to light #8 in Gatlinburg and turn onto the Historic Nature trail. Travel 2/10ths of a mile and pull into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Smoky Mountain Resort (located on the right side of the street – 404 Historic Nature Trail). Park in the lot for FREE, please go into the lobby and see the guide for a parking pass – if guide is not there yet you can get a pass from the front desk and place it on the dashboard so that it is visiable. Vehicles do need to be gone by midnight. If the lot is full go to the back of it and there are lower levels below ground to park in, proceed to the lobby for check in.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not of Gatlinburg!

Ripley's Believe it or Not, in Gatlinburg TN has many interesting and odd collections that people of all ages would enjoy.

Ripley's Believe it or Not, in Gatlinburg TN has many interesting and odd collections that people of all ages would enjoy.

Have you ever seen a two headed cow? Or maybe a shrunken head? No? Well lucky for you Gatlinburg Tennessee has them! No this isn’t a freak town, and we don’t have nuclear mutations, but we do have Ripley’s Believe It Or Not of Gatlinburg. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has everything weird and freaky, you’ll leave with more questions than you will ever find answers for.

All of the display’s at the exhibit are of either real people, animals, or objects, no matter how impossible they seem. The wonderful thing about Ripley’s is that everything has an explanation of what exactly it is, where it came from, and why it’s so freaky. No one can possibly explain what sits beyond the entrance of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, not because it’s not really, its real alright. But one can not fathom the insanity that it truly has to offer, you just have to experience the shock yourself!

The fun doesn’t end there though! Gatlinburg has plenty of Ripley sights to see! For every age, and taste! There is the Ripley Aquarium, Ripley’s Mirror Maze, Ripley’s Super Fun Zone, Ripley’s  Mini Golf’s, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, and more!

Ripley's Believe it or Not, in Gatlinburg TN has many interesting and odd collections that people of all ages would enjoy.

Ripley's Believe it or Not, in Gatlinburg TN has many interesting and odd collections that people of all ages would enjoy.

I guarantee you’ll love it! Ripley’s offers more fun and excitement for the whole family than you can imagine!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is located in downtown Gatlinburg, the large building is as weird and what it holds, it looks as if it is breaking apart. You can’t miss it! You’ll know you’re there when you walk up to the large marble rolling ball water fountain. Enjoy!

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Hollywood Star Cars – Gatlinburg TN Favorite

Hollywood Star Cars, a very interesting peak into how Hollywood Stars live and the cars used in movies or on TV

Hollywood Star Cars, a very interesting peak into how Hollywood Stars live and the cars used in movies or on TV

If you have ever dreamed of owning your own spy car, or sitting in the same seat that maybe someone like Elvis then you really need to make a visit to Hollywood Star Cars in Gatlinburg, TN. The first time I ever had the pleasure of touring this multi floor museum I was in awe of all the different realms of stardom the collection they have covers. Right as you first walk in you can’t help but be blown away by the Batmobile, not just any old bat car; but the original Batmobile. Herbie the Bug is also there and he even has blinking headlights just like on the show!

You can touch the cars and have your picture made with them, you can even sit inside some of them! The cars range from the Munster’s Dragula, The Beverly Hillbillies Truck (which we found to be very apopro considering the origins of the show), to the Bond BMW that is equipped with every gadget that any normal BMW would not typically come standard with such as heat seeking missiles in just case the random evil guy pulls out in front of you.

It may seem a little kitschy at first, however you can’t fight the star power of all the cars they have for your to explore. They all have awesome history and we won’t ruin the tour by telling you about each individual car that is inside, lets just say that you won’t be disappointed by what you find at Hollywood Star Cars in Gatlinburg and there will definitely be a car for every persons taste in your group. From small child to elderly adult, everyone will enjoy the tour and leave your groups both large and small with plenty of memorable photo ops that will create lasting memories of your trip to Gatlinburg.

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