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Tips and Tricks To Navigate The Pigeon Forge Car Shows

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is home to a few spectacular events which keep visitors coming to the area every year to indulge in all different types of car shows each Fall and Spring! These semi- annual shows are known for showcasing rods, classics, and customs of all makes and models! These weekend long shows are great for all enthusiasts to meet and greet while greeting the opportunities for amazing awards and cash prizes!


The Shades Of The Past Car Show and Pigeon Forge Rod Run are coming up quickly and we’re here to give you all the important information for the two biggest shows this fall in Pigeon Forge, TN. Aside from the weekend festivities, we’re going to give you all the information on how to maneuver Pigeon Forge the best way possible!


36th Annual Shades Of The Past Hot Rod Roundup

Experience over 2,300 different rods in one place! Walk around for a legendary swap meet and even stick around to see who will win amazing prizes! Free parking is available at the Pigeon Forge Parking Lot on Teaster Lane. Trolleys will pick up and drop off during show hours at .50 cents/ per person each way. Free parking is also available on Veterans Boulevard where buses will pick up spectators. Parking at Dollywood’s “F” lot will be available for $15 per / per day. 


Dates: September 7th- 8th

Location: Dollywood’s Splash Country

Admission: $10/ day. Kids 12 and under are free!

Prizes: 1932 Ford Hi- Boy Roadster, a $10,000 cash prize, and so much more!


Pigeon Forge Rod Run

This 3- day swap meet event offers so many prizes, show cars, and fellowship amongst all rod lovers. The Pigeon Forge Rod Run is an annual event and is definitely the largest car show event in the Pigeon Forge area.

Dates: September 13th- 15th

Location: LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN

Prizes: Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards, $10,000 cash giveaway!


Getting Around Town

A common question most travelers to the area have is, how to avoid traffic on the parkway during these weekend events? Although golf carts are the best way to maneuver around the high traffic volume areas, there are a few requirements in places to operate these vehicles.

All golf carts being driven on sidewalks, parking lots, and on the parkways are required to have safety equipment such as:

  • Head, tail, stop, and front and rear turn signal lamps
  • Reflectors- red on each side near the rear and also one red on the back of the cart.
  • Parking brake
  • Driver’s side exterior mirror, and either an interior mirror or exterior mirror on passenger side
  • Non- plexiglass windshield
  • Seat belts
  • VIN number


Rentals are always available in Pigeon Forge for your convenience. All rentals are certified to be used on the parkway, sidewalks, parking lots, etc. If you’re looking for golf carts or scooter rentals be sure to check out these options!


Cart Rentals

Convenience and style make getting around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg with ease during the busiest weekends in town. They offer low speed vehicles with 4 seat and 6 seat options from the best manufacturer in the business E-Z-Go.

Reserve your cart here


Scooter Sales and Rentals

Reserve scooters, wheelchairs, and strollers for your smoky mountain travels. Be sure to note special event pricing for the upcoming car show dates:

Sep 6 – 8 and Sept 13 – 15

$75/Day or $18/Hr or 3- day rental for $200

Reservations for 3 day rentals only during special events (call 865-366-3306)

Online Reservation system will be unavailable from Sept 1-15

Reserve your scooters and strollers here


Avoid The Parkway!

The main parkway that runs straight through Pigeon Forge is always pretty busy and car show weekends amplify this times 100! A few tips would be to take an alternate route/ road to get to either Dollywood’s Splash Country or The LeConte Center for these events.  Rather than taking the parkway, try hopping on Teaster Lane and Veterans Boulevard. Both of these roads connect and run parallel to the parkway to save you from the many traffic lights and other drivers!

If you’re staying in a hotel close to the event location, try walking the parkway! The walk is flat and allows you to either walk along the parkway or take a detour to the greenway for more scenic views! Enjoy walking by all shops, attractions, and restaurants without getting stuck in all the heavy traffic!

9 Packing Tips For Vacation

Friday, August 14th, 2015

9 Packing Tips For Vacation

We’ve all been there. You leave for vacation in 2 days and you haven’t even got the luggage from the attic yet. Instead of running around like a crazy person, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to make packing less of a nightmare.

1.Make A List

packing tips for vacationIt may seem like a no brainer, but by making a list of everything you need for your trip, it will make packing that much easier. Start this process about a week before you need to start packing. This will give you plenty of time to think about everything you’ll be doing on vacation so you can pack accordingly.Remember, only pack what you NEED. Do you really need 4 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip? Probably not. Think about every activity you’ll be doing while on vacation and planning your packing list around those activities. If for some reason you find yourself with nothing but dirty clothes and you still have a few days left of vacation, see if your hotel has laundry service. This will also make unpacking a breeze when you get home.

2. Tissue Paper

If you’re packing fragile items, or even jewelry, try wrapping those items with tissue paper. You can really only use the tissue paper once or twice, depending on the thickness of the paper. And, if you’re stranded somewhere…you’ve got tissue paper…just in case.

3. Roll Don’t Foldpacking tips for vacation

When it comes to fitting everything in your bag, space is limited. So make the most use of that space by rolling your clothes, rather than folding. Simply fold your clothes like normal, then roll them up from the bottom, to the top. You’ll be shocked at how much more you can fit in your luggage. This will also work well at home if you tend to find yourself cramming extra shirts in your drawers. Backpackers swear by this method and if it’s good enough for them, it should be good enough for us!

4.Airline Baggage Policies

If you’re flying to your destination, this part is just as important as this list we were talking about earlier. Several airlines have baggage limits and/ or baggage fees. Many airlines only allow you to check one bag for domestic flights. This research should actually play a critical role in deciding which airline to choose. Southwest is an example of an airline that permits at least one FREE checked bag on domestic flights.

5.Multi-use Outfits

If you can rock the same outfit twice while on vacation…DO IT! It’s one less thing to pack and if you’re staying somewhere with laundry facilities, you can even wash the outfit between uses! If you’ve got pants that have the zip-off legs for shorts…bang…you’ve just packed pants for 2 occasions.

6.Road Trip Must Have’s

packing tips for vacationIf you’ve decided to opt for a road trip, there are a few things to pack that will make it more enjoyable. Obviously, luggage policies is less of an issue when in your own vehicle, just don’t over pack and only bring the essentials. If you pack too much, you won’t have room to bring home those awesome souvenirs! Also, think about packing a cooler of drinks and snacks. It will save money and be more convenient than stopping every time you crave chocolate or a soda. Be sure you load up your MP3 player full of songs that everyone will enjoy. Depending on your route, you may not pick up radio stations, so having the MP3 player may save your sanity.

7.Use Those Shoes

Look at all the room inside your shoes! Fill those bad boys up with socks, underwear, or even tissue wrapped jewelry. Utilize all the free space you can when packing!

Extra Shoe Tip: Put your shoes inside of shower caps. This will prevent the dirt and nastiness from your shoes to spread to your clean clothes while in your suit case.

8.Pill Bottles

This one might sound crazy, but it really works. If you have some old pill bottles, you can fill them up with lotion, shampoo or even q-tips. It’s cheaper than buying the travel size bottles at the big box stores and it’s a great way to recycle those old bottles!

9.Pot Holders

Go to the kitchen and grab an extra (square) pot holder. You can put your hair straightener or curling iron inside the pot holder, and roll it up. It’s perfect even if your straightener or curler is still hot.

Other blogs you might be interested in…
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6 Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

6 Ways To Stay Fit on Vacation

We all just need to be honest here, one of the best reasons for a vacation is to eat, eat and eat. New restaurants, new cuisine, it’s so easy to let yourself go and come home with a few extra pounds. Believe it or not, you can stay fit on vacation. In fact, just a few simple tricks will keep the waistline down but still allow you to enjoy the same vacation as everyone else!

Before we dive into the best way to stay fit on vacation, let’s all agree that those calories add up fast. Only if our checking accounts added up as quickly as calories do! If you eat an extra 100 calories in a day, that adds up to just over 10 pounds per year. Let’s think about what 100 calories looks like…

•About half of a protein bar
•2 Oreo cookies (regular, not double stuffed, sorry!)
•Half a can of regular soda
•Less than 2 buffalo wings
•A banana

This adds up quickly! Now, with all this being said, some of these would make great snacks, but like everything in life, it’s about quality control when snacking. Being just a little more active while laying on the beach, in a cabin or hotel, can make all the difference in the world when trying to stay fit on vacation.

1. Book Your Stay Where You Can Play

One of the first things you will do when deciding on a vacation spot is finding a hotel, or cabin or bed and breakfast. Be sure the facility has a gym, swimming pools or even stairs! Walking up just a couple of flights of stairs will dramatically help you stay loose and will burn calories that the elevator won’t! Be sure to ask for a room with a mini-fridge or kitchen. This gives you plenty of options to store fruits, veggies and avoid room service. Great places to stay in Pigeon Forge. 

2. Pack For Results

stay fit on vacationIf you remember to pack sneakers and/or workout clothes, you’re more likely to actually use them!But remember to bring some plastic bags. Plastic bags are PERFECT for putting your sweaty clothes in. It’s best to let them air dry a little before stuffing them in a bag. This will help you avoid being knocked out by the odor when it’s time to wash them. You can also toss a dryer sheet in the plastic bag to keep things fresh.

Also, be sure to pack snacks for your trip. When you’re planning your day, bring those healthy snacks along with you. You’ll save money and the options will more than likely be healthier. Trail mix, granola bars and even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are great options that are healthy and easy to carry.

3. Ditch the Wheels

stay fit on vacationYou brought those sneakers for a reason, right? Wear them! Walk from place to place when you’r eon vacation. It’s great exercise, but most of all, you don’t have to deal with the stress of driving in traffic! You’ll save money on gas AND you can take in everything around you, unlike the motorist who are trying to make the turn they just missed.

4. Plan Fitness Into Your Day

A lot of what you may be doing on vacation requires a lot of standing, but maybe not a lot of movement. Museums and art galleries are a lot of fun but not a great way to get the blood flowing. Go for a nice long walk after your visit. Ask your hotel concierge for some walking maps in the area. If they don’t have maps, they can at least tell you the best places to go for a stroll.

Also, many places have scenic bicycle rides. In Pigeon Forge, KnuckleBusters will take you on a 2-wheeled tour through Pigeon Forge’s greenways and trails.

5. Exercise in Your Room

The idea of “working out” may sound daunting when you’re on vacation. Don’t feel like you need to train for the Tour de France. Just 10 minutes of exercise will help you feel more energized and keep those calories off. Here’s a simple workout that anyone can do in a hotel room.

•1 Minute- Jumping Jacks
•30 seconds- Rest
•1 Minute- Running in Placestay fit on vacation
•30 seconds- Rest
•1 Minute- Push Ups
•30 seconds- Rest
•1 Minute- Tricep Dips
•30 seconds- Rest
•1 Minute- Sit Ups
•30 Seconds- Rest
•1 Minute- Planks
•30 seconds- Rest
•1 Minute- Squats

By spending just 10 minutes a day you can improve your health, and make your vacation experience more fun since you won’t feel the need to take so many naps!

stay fit on vacationDon’t forget one of the best ways to exercise, increase energy and soothe any aches you may have is yoga and meditation. A combination of the 2 will help you clear your mind for the rest of the day and is a great, low impact, way of building lean muscle and flexibility. The best thing about yoga and meditation, you can do them practically anywhere!

6. R&R

You’re on vacation! There’s no need to go a mile a minute. Enjoy the time away from work. Resist the urge to check emails and stay away from doing anything work related. It will keep your head clear and your body relaxed.

Other blogs you might be interested in…
Whitewater Rafting in the Smoky Mountains
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5 Steps for Successful Weight Management from Vitamin World

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The holidays are a time to enjoy family, friends and a variety of traditional, special foods that add to the celebration of the season. From egg nog and pumpkin pie to cornbread dressing and brown gravy, these tasty delights can be filled with calories. Don’t Despair! Plan to enjoy all the tasty treats of the season in moderation. Here are 5 Steps for Successful Weight Management from our friends at Vitamin World to help you enjoy the season:

1) Evaluate Where You Are: A common mistake people make when embarking on a weight management program is setting a goal before taking an assessment of where they are starting from. This leads to unrealistic goals and is a recipe for almost certain failure.

2) Set More Than One Goal: Set a realistic overall goal and several intermediate goals that fill the space between where you are and where you want to be.

3) Tell Everybody What You’re Doing: Accountability and a cheerleading section are wonderful things.

4) Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself: Remember that you are only human and that you’re doing something that takes determination.

5) Reward Yourself: Pat yourself on the back every time you reach a goal, maybe in the form of a long look at yourself in the mirror followed by a big smile or a new outfit that shows off your new shape!

For expert advice, call (865-429-4778) or drop by the new Vitamin World location in Pigeon River Crossing at 2642 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge. And to get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions check out our friends at Any Body Fitness in Knoxville on Kingston Pike (865-247-6705.)

Vitamin World in Pigeon River Crossings

Vitamin World in Pigeon River Crossings