Itinerary

Review, download and get excited about 5 days of exciting activities for you to enjoy in Pigeon Forge, TN and the Smoky Mountains. Check out the itinerary below and make note of events that interest you. Event selection will take place during conference registration.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

MTJA conference attendee arrivals. Registration will be located at the LeConte Center (pictured below) at Pigeon Forge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttle service to lodging properties will be offered for the duration of registration with late arrivals accommodated as necessary.

Wednesday evening features a welcome reception at the Titanic Museum Attraction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests will open the door to the past in a one-of-a-kind way with an exclusive dinner on the ship’s third floor with a special presentation. Later, an after-hours tour of tnhe museum lets attendees experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and grand staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts (a collection valued at more than $4.5 million) directly from the ship and its passengers. Transportation from lodging properties traveling to the Titanic Museum Attraction will depart at 6 p.m. Transportation will be available at the conclusion of dinner to return to lodging properties.  

Wednesday, May 8 – Afternoon Tour Options

  1. Start time TBD — Competitive Sports in Pigeon Forge Tour — 2 hours
    Visit the baseball diamonds of the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge (pictured     below) and Wear Farm City Park as well as the 232,000-square-foot LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge which includes a 100,500-square-foot, clear-span exhibit space. See each of these facilities at work and the participants having fun! From travel baseball and volleyball tournaments to competitive gymnastics and cheerleading, many families are making first-time visits to Pigeon Forge—and returning. Learn how each uniquely fits into Pigeon Forge’s destination offerings by welcoming thousands of young athletes, their coaches and their families to the Smoky Mountains
  2. Start time TBD — Pigeon Forge Sweet Treats Tour — 2 hours
    Come along on a culinary journey through a selection of Pigeon Forge’s sweetest kitchens. This tour will take you behind the scenes and get you up-close as tried- and-true recipes are demonstrated. Returning visitors seek out many of these     kitchens each time they visit, gathering their favorite confections to take home. Attendees will visit with the candy makers as they provide hands-on demonstrations and share the stories behind some of their best recipes.
  3. Start time TBD — Pigeon Forge Spirits Tour — 2 hours
    Tennessee’s Whiskey Trail features more than 30 stops, with 13 distilleries located in East Tennessee. Craft distilling popularity continues to expand and the Tennessee Distillers Guild gains new members, some of whom are located in Pigeon Forge. We’ll visit a couple and listen in as the distilleries explain how once illegal moonshine is now marketed and sold as whiskey. The tour also will showcase the area’s best wineries as attendees learn more about this local process that yields French- and German-style wines.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

5 a.m. — Optional sunrise photo opportunity at Clingmans Dome
(pictured below; Tennessee’s highest elevation) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (breakfast provided enroute.)  5 a.m. departure from attendee’s lodging property

7:30 a.m. — Great Smoky Mountains National Park (an all-inclusive tour)
The country’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is located just six miles from Pigeon Forge. There will be a 7:30 a.m. departure from attendee’s lodging property. Attendees will begin the day with breakfast at the Elkmont Appalachian Clubhouse and a national park overview provided by GSMNP officials. The day continues with a selection of seminars conducted by park officials covering history, the biosphere’s diversity, and recreational opportunities. The half-day session concludes with an optional Jake Creek hike. Depart at noon, returning to Pigeon Forge for lunch at the Old Mill restaurant at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 9 – Afternoon Tour Options

  1. Start time TBD — Pigeon Forge Spirits Tour — 2 hours
    Tennessee’s Whiskey Trail features more than 30 stops, with 13 distilleries located in East Tennessee. Craft distilling popularity continues to expand and the Tennessee Distillers Guild gains new members, some of whom are located in Pigeon Forge. We’ll visit a couple and listen in as the distilleries explain how once illegal moonshine is now marketed and sold as whiskey. The tour also will showcase the area’s best wineries as attendees learn more about this local process that yields French- and German-style wines.
  2. Start time TBD — Pulse of the Pigeon Forge Parkway Adventure Tour — 2 hours
    From rolling around one of Outdoor Gravity Park’s water-filled orb to indoor skydiving, Pigeon Forge offers a variety of adventures. Attendees will participate and/or observe as facility representatives explain why Pigeon Forge visitors seek out these attractions. Learn more about the how and why behind the country’s first indoor snow facility and a new three-in-one drop tower called the Mountain Monster (rendering pictured below).
  3. Start time TBD — Family Fun in Pigeon Forge Afternoon Track — 2 hours  
    Pigeon Forge prides itself on offering something to do for everyone across all age         groups. Multi-generational families enjoy visiting because so many of our attractions offer experiences that are perfect for the entire family, which means more quality family time! We’ll sneak in a little education at the museums, test attendees’ skills on the (mini) links, coast a little on an Alpine Coaster (pictured below) and unwind behind the wheel on a fast-paced track. Facility representatives will offer tips and insights as to how they are constantly updating and improving to offer unforgettable memories for our city’s visitors.

Thursday, May 9 – Dinner
Return to lodging properties for brief refresh before dinner from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Dinner at 6:15 p.m.: Attendees will choose from three evening dining options:

  1. Bullfish Grill
  2. Huck Finn’s Catfish
  3. Gaucho Urban Brazilian Steakhouse

Thursday, May 9 – Evening Entertainment Options

Pigeon Forge is widely known for its stellar lineup of entertainment, including Broadway-style reviews, country, bluegrass and gospel-filled performances and highly skilled and trained lumberjacks. This evening offers three shows from which attendees can choose an evening entertainment option. Transportation will leave lodging properties at 7 p.m. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

  1. Option 1 TBD
  2. Option 2 TBD
  3. Option 3 TBD

Friday, May 10, 2019

8 a.m. — Breakfast
In Pigeon Forge, it’s all about pancakes. We love ‘em. Attendees will enjoy breakfast at either Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast, Flapjack’s Pancake House or Smoky Mountain Pancake House.

Friday, May 10 – Morning Activity Options

Start time TBD — Mountain Crafts & Heritage Tour at Old Mill Square — 2 hours
The Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge are filled with talented artisans who continue a rich tradition of making items once considered necessities that are now regarded as art. This track centers around Old Mill Square, the city’s oldest attraction and home to a working grist mill that dates back the 1830s. Attendees will tour the grist mill and chat with the miller (pictured below), see the potter at work, stop by the candy kitchen and watch sparks fly while the blacksmith works. Great storytellers along the way will describe how the mill served as the first center of town and how it remains today as a thriving part of the Old Mill’s living history.

Start time TBD — Family Fun in Pigeon Forge Morning Track — 2 hours
Pigeon Forge prides itself on offering something to do for everyone across all age groups. Multi-generational families enjoy visiting because so many of our attractions offer experiences that are perfect for the entire family, which means more quality family time! We’ll sneak in a little education at the museums, test attendees’ skills on the (mini) links, coast a little on an Alpine Coaster (pictured below) and unwind behind the wheel on a fast-paced track. Facility representatives will offer tips and insights as to how they are constantly updating and improving to offer unforgettable memories for our city’s visitors.

Start time TBD — Pigeon Forge Sweet Treats Tour — 2 hours
Come along on a culinary journey through a selection of Pigeon Forge’s sweetest kitchens. This tour will take you behind the scenes and get you up-close as tried-and-true recipes are demonstrated. Returning visitors seek out many of these kitchens each time they visit, gathering their favorite confections to take home. Attendees will visit with the candy makers as they provide hands-on demonstrations and share the stories behind some of their best recipes.

12:30 p.m. — Dollywood Theme Park (all-inclusive track; everyone attends)
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park (pictured below) is every bit as unique as its namesake. An award-winning theme park, Dollywood is known for its captivating entertainment, thrilling rides, master craftspeople, all set amid a stunning Smoky Mountains backdrop. While attendees will only visit the theme park, park officials also will provide information about the Dollywood Company’s other resort properties, including Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountains Cabins and more. Attendees will spend the afternoon experiencing the park, with opportunities to choose from different areas of focus, taking advantage of the Dollywood staff to make recommendations and answers questions. A Dollywood dine-around lunch is included. Transportation departs Dollywood at 3 p.m.

3:30 p.m. — Vice President’s Hours at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge (room TBD)

4:30 p.m. — Professional Development at LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge (room TBD)

Transportation to lodging properties for brief refresh before dinner departs the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge immediately following Professional Development

Friday, May 10 – Dinner Show Entertainment Options
Transportation departs lodging properties at 7 p.m. Pigeon Forge is widely known for its stellar lineup of entertainment, including great dinner shows. The stars range from magnificent horses and equestrians to amazing acrobats to top-notch musicians and dancers. This evening offers three shows from which attendees will choose; each show includes dinner. (Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is pictured below.)

  1. Option 1 TBD
  2. Option 2 TBD
  3. Option 3 TBD

Saturday, May 11, 2019

8 a.m. — Breakfast
The day begins with breakfast served family style at Mama’s Farmhouse.

9:15 a.m. — Media Marketplace (Room TBD) — 2 hours
Building will be accessible prior to for setup.

11:30 a.m. — MTJA Business Meeting (Room TBD) — 2 hours
(Media Marketplace hours were scheduled    based on availability of the LeConte Center, which provides for meeting and exhibit space. Also, Saturday is a high-volume traffic and attendance day for the city, it is most practical, from a scheduling perspective, to offer Media Marketplace on Saturday (versus various tracks that would require extensive transport and logistics). Snacks will be provided.

1:30 p.m. — Lunch — International Dining in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge is home to several stand-alone international dining options offering Cuban, German, Mexican, Japanese, and all-American cuisine. Attendees will choose the restaurant of their liking for lunch.

Saturday, May 11 – Afternoon Activity Options

Start time TBD — Competitive Sports in Pigeon Forge — 2 hours
Visit the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, Wear Farm City Park and the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge (featuring volleyball in the photo below) and see each of these facilities at work. Learn how each uniquely fits into Pigeon Forge’s destination offerings by welcoming thousands of young athletes, their coaches and their families to the Smoky Mountains.

Start time TBD — Mountain Crafts & Heritage Tour at Old Mill Square — 2 hours
The Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge are filled with talented artisans who continue a rich tradition of making items once considered necessities that are now regarded as art. This track centers around Old Mill Square, the city’s oldest attraction and home to a working grist mill that dates back the 1830s. Attendees will tour the grist mill and chat with the miller (pictured below), see the potter at work, stop by the candy kitchen and watch sparks fly while the blacksmith works. Great storytellers along the way will describe how the mill served as the first center of town and how it remains today as a thriving part of the Old Mill’s living history.

Start time TBD — Pulse of the Pigeon Forge Parkway Adventure Tour — 2 hours
From rolling around one of Outdoor Gravity Park’s water-filled orb to indoor skydiving, Pigeon Forge offers a variety of adventures. Attendees will participate and/or observe as facility representatives explain why Pigeon Forge visitors seek out these attractions. Learn more about the how and why behind the country’s first indoor snow facility and a new three-in-one drop tower called the Mountain Monster.

Start time TBD — Explore the Pigeon Forge River Walk Greenway — 2 hours
For Pigeon Forge visitors who want to unplug and enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery, the Pigeon Forge River Walk makes it so very easy — and fun! Attendees will encounter various experts along the trail who will highlight some of the available activities, including many that are free. Measuring nearly two miles —  and growing — the Greenway is paved and is located on the east bank of the Pigeon River along which the city was founded. While it continues to grow, the goal is to completely connect the city for those who want a chance to disconnect and take in the scenery and nature while biking, walking, running, fly fishing or bird watching. Attendees will learn all about the possibilities along with a little history of the forge and pigeon.  

4:30 p.m. — Arrival at Accommodations for a Refresh
Departing at 6 p.m. for closing reception and dinner

6:30 p.m. — Closing Reception & Dine Around at The Island (all-inclusive tour;        everyone attends)
Everyone will gather in the meeting room for closing remarks from MTJA and destination representative, presentation of skit followed by dinner’s first course. The following courses will be served at locations throughout The Island. The Island in Pigeon Forge offers the best of everything. Delicious dining, 35 specialty retail shops, a four-star Margaritaville Island Hotel and the Margaritaville Island Inn, and a variety of rides, games and attractions, including the 200-foot-tall Smoky Mountain Wheel. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore The Island, take in some incredible sunset views from the observation wheel, shop, and, of course, dine! Once the sun goes down, we’ll gather to watch an amazing dancing waters fountain show, choreographed by the same company that works with the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and listen to a bluegrass concert from the Old Smokey Moonshine stage. Meeting space at the Margaritaville Island Hotel will be provided for a final gathering space (with PA) and closing address by board president and local host.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Breakfast and departures for the post-tour conference. Transportation to McGhee-Tyson airport in Knoxville will be provided for attendees who are not participating in the post-conference tour.