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February 2016

Ripley’s $5 Attraction Special in Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Gatlinburg is putting on a special for those living in select counties in East Tennessee starting yesterday and is good until this Thursday, February 25.

Ripley’s is treating anyone that lives or works in the counties of Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, and Union to $5 admission per person to any of the eight Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg. This includes Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Odditorium, Haunted Adventure, Moving Theater 5D, Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, Davy Crockett’s Mini-Golf, Mirror Maze, and Guinness World Records. Also included is a non-Ripley’s attraction–the Gatlinburg Sky Lift–that takes you up Crockett Mountain with stunning views of downtown and Mt. LeConte.

Any of these deals are absolutely fantastic, but the best deal is without a doubt the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Tickets at the door are $30 for an adult, but you can save by buying tickets online or rooting through coupon books in town. So you are saving as much as 80% off the regular price.

This is not only a great deal for the family living in these counties, it also benefits the Sevier County Food Ministries. For every $5 ticket bought, $1 will go here to buy four cans of food. To receive this excellent offer, the person must show their photo ID plus a current pay stub from their employer.

I would advise anyone to take advantage of this offer. Despite the fact that Gatlinburg can be overrun at times by tourists–like myself–keep in mind that it’s the end of February, and Gatlinburg is certainly not as busy. If you haven’t already done any of the Ripley’s attractions, this would be a great time to take the kids and have fun!


Ole Smoky Opens New Whiskey Line

Ole Smoky Moonshine is hoping to gain some new customers by cementing their footprint in Gatlinburg with the reopening and re-branding of the former Davy Crockett’s Whiskey.

Their new distillery, the Barrelhouse, is a new line that features whiskey. They are now open for business several months after news of their takeover of Davy Crockett’s Whiskey became public.

In the coming days Ole Smoky Whiskey will be available in many retail outlets across Tennessee. Ole Smoky Moonshine is already available in stores throughout the country and even internationally.

Robert Hall, CEO of Ole Smoky, says he is confident this new line will bring great success to the company and hopes it will be a great opportunity to expand their fan base.

Ole Smoky Whiskey will be available in Tennessee in four flavors that were staples of the old Davy Crockett brand: Straight Tennessee Whiskey, Blended Whiskey, Salty Caramel Whiskey, and Tennessee Mud.

So if you love the Ole Smoky brand, you will be excited to know they now have two locations in which to service the liquor lover in you. I personally love to visit the hollar–their original location–to see the many items and souvenirs they have available. I can’t wait to visit to see what they have done to remodel their newest venture. They are located at 650 Parkway, not far from The Village–another hot spot in town. As they used to and still say sometimes; Shine Responsibly!

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