Gatlinburg Area Information

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Top 5 Reasons You’ll Love Spring in Gatlinburg

Spring is one of the very best times to take a vacation in Gatlinburg, TN! When the weather starts to warm up, the Smoky Mountain area comes alive with a number of great seasonal activities and special events. To help you prepare for your getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five of our favorite things about spring in Gatlinburg. 
One of the beautiful suites at the best hotel in Gatlinburg.

4 Reasons Your Family Will Love Staying at the Black Bear Inn – The Best Hotel in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg TN is a wonderful place for a family vacation because of all the fun attractions, delicious restaurants, and entertaining shows. It’s easy to have hours and hours of fun exploring the city, and that makes it especially important to have a convenient and comfortable place to rest at the end of each day. Luckily, the Black Bear Inn is not only affordable but also located close to all the most popular area attractions, making it the best hotel in Gatlinburg! Read below to learn about all the things that make the Black Bear Inn the best place to stay in the Smokies! 
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5 Tips for a Romantic Getaway at Our Downtown Gatlinburg Hotel

Gatlinburg, TN is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway! Our Smoky Mountain city offers spectacular natural beauty and a variety of fun attractions and activities that couples will love. When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be minutes away from all of the best things to see and do in the area. To help you make the most of your retreat, we have put together five tips for planning an amazing couple’s escape at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel. 
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Top 4 Things Guests Love About Staying at Our Gatlinburg TN Hotel

Here at Black Bear Inn & Suites, we love to hear about your vacation! There is nothing we enjoy more than getting positive feedback from our guests. Our Gatlinburg TN hotel has hundreds of online reviews, and certain amenities are mentioned again and again. To help you with your vacation research, we have put together a guide to the top four things guests love about staying at Black Bear Inn & Suites. 
Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

7 Awesome Attractions You Can Walk to From Our Gatlinburg Hotel on the Strip

Downtown Gatlinburg, TN is unlike anywhere else in the world! Known as “The Strip,” the heart of the city is filled with seemingly endless things to see and do. When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be just a short walk away from some of the most popular places to visit on the downtown Parkway. To help you plan your vacation, we have put together a guide to 7 can’t-miss attractions within walking distance of our Gatlinburg hotel on the Strip. 
aerial tram to ober gatlinburg and the smoky mountains

5th Annual OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg

The 5th annual OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg is a must visit this fall.  Celebrate the Autumn season at Ober Gatlinburg the right way.  With Bavarian-style food, drink and music you’ll feel like you’re in Munich, Germany.   The event begins this Friday, September 26th and runs through November 2nd.  Book your stay here at the
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First Independence Day Parade in America

      If I was to say that the first Independence Day Parade in the country annually occurs in Gatlinburg would you believe it?  You should because it’s true!  For 39 straight years Gatlinburg’s Independence Day Parade has started at the stroke of midnight on the 4th (night of the 3rd) of July.  There
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Synchronous Fireflies in the National Park

          Synchronous Fireflies are one of many types of fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  BUT the park is one of only two places in the world where this phenomenon occurs (Asia being the other).  Since 1993 the peak time has varied from the last week of May to