It looks like Ghost Town in the Sky could be up for foreclosure in June. According to the article below, if additional funding is not found before then, foreclosure could take place. I would imagine this is a bad economy to be looking for funding in. This all boils down to a nearly $10 million dollar loan BB&T has with the park. They are giving the owners of Ghost Town until June to work something out, or be foreclosed on.
The sad thing is, Ghost Town is one of the bigger tourist draws in Maggie Valley. About 200 people work at Ghost Town in the Sky, so this will surely be bad news for those folks.
I hope, for the sake of Maggie Valley, that something can be worked out. If I get more information on this, I’ll post it.
***This post brought to you by www.SmokyMountainTower.com. When you’re in the Smokies, you want to stay here. This is a great place, in a perfect location with only the best views. Trust me. Or just click on the site to see for yourself:)***
Posted in business, Ghost Town in the Sky, great smoky mountains national park, Maggie Valley, March, north carolina
Tagged economy, Ghost Town in the Sky, Maggie Valley, north carolina, smoky mountains, travel
It looks like another, smaller rock slide has taken place just a few miles away from the site of the major rock slide that workers have been trying to clear up for the past several months. The good news is, officials still estimate they will be able to get the road open again in March.
While this one is smaller, it was still big enough to have a boulder the size of an SUV. I’d hate to see that coming down the mountain at me. This was also along the portion of I-40 that has been closed as they clear the larger rock slide, so it didn’t disturb anyone who may have been driving along I-40.
Apparently the slide happened sometime late Friday or early Saturday morning. A crew member discovered the slide Saturday morning.
I’m working on getting someone from the NC DOT to come on the GoSmoky.com Internet Talk Show to discuss the slide, as I’ve had LOTS of traffic on the blog on stories concerning the rock slide. More info at the link below on the most recent slide…
***Another reminder, in just 3 days, I’ll be back in the Smokies with my 2nd annual ski trip to the Smokies. I’ll be blogging and I’ll host a 2010 show on skiing in the Smokies in the coming week. We’ll also post a number of photos and some videos from the trip. The trip is being brought to you by www.cataloochee.com and www.holidaymotel.net. We’ll be skiing Friday and Saturday, and possibly snow tubing Sunday at Cataloochee. We’ll be staying at A Holiday Motel. We’re looking forward to it, and I’m sure it will be another fantastic trip to the Smokies. Check out http://www.holidaymotel.net/skipackages.htm for the $129/person THREE DAY/TWO NIGHT SKIING PACKAGE… Yes, you read correctly… $129!!! Keep in mind, www.holidaymotel.net is listed as the number 1 hotel in Maggie Valley on Trip Advisor Reviews***
Posted in Cataloochee Ski Area, GoSmoky Trips to the Smokies, GoSmoky.com Internet Radio Show, great smoky mountains national park, Holiday Motel, i-40, January, north carolina, Rock Slides, skiing, snow, Winter
Tagged a holiday motel, Cataloochee, Cataloochee Ski Area, gosmoky, gosmoky.com, Holiday Motel, i-40, i-40 rock slide, north carolina, rock slide, skiing, smokey mountains, smoky mountains
If you heard the end of my last episode of the GoSmoky.com Internet Radio Show (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gosmoky/2010/01/12/smoky-mountain-author-j-greg-johnson-joins-us-on-t) you may have heard me mention that I am planning another trip to the Smokies in a couple of weeks. Well, I’m working out some details, and I thought I’d share them with you, my readers.
Last year, we did our first of what I’m planning to make annual ski trips to the Smokies on the GoSmoky.com Internet Talk Show and Blog.
This year, I plan to take many more photos, as well as some videos to post on our youtube page. (www.youtube.com/gosmoky) Right now, the only thing on the page is a short video from Laurel Falls (great way to take a 30 second “vacation:)
Due to the I-40 Rock Slide, and possible winter weather, this year we will not be able to ski in Gatlinburg and Maggie Valley. We’ve decided to ski for 2 days at the Cataloochee Ski Area (www.cataloochee.com.)
We will also be staying in Maggie Valley at the Holiday Motel (www.holidaymotel.net.) I’m excited about our stay there. We chose their motel because they are ranked number 1 in TripAdvisor.com’s Maggie Valley section (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g49313-Maggie_Valley_North_Carolina-Hotels.html.)
We’ll be in the area from Jan. 28-31st. I’ll get lots of photos and at least a couple of additional videos posted to the site when we get back.
I’m also planning another episode of the GoSmoky.com Internet Talk Show on the area. I’ll post details on that once I have the show planned.
***This year’s trip is brought to you by Cataloochee Ski Area (www.cataloochee.com) and the Holiday Motel (www.holidaymotel.net.) Check out their sites to see why this is going to be a fantastic trip!***
Posted in Cataloochee Ski Area, GoSmoky Trips to the Smokies, GoSmoky.com Internet Radio Show, great smoky mountains national park, Holiday Motel, i-40, January, Maggie Valley, north carolina, skiing, snow, Winter
Tagged catalooche ski area, Cataloochee, Holiday Motel, Maggie Valley, north carolina, ski, skiing, smoky mountains
The Smoky Mountains are seeing a major impact ever since the huge rock slide closed portions of I-40 in North Carolina October 25th. The traffic through the park (from Cherokee to Gatlinburg) as people take that route around the rock slide. According to this story… http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091228/NEWS01/91228004/2066/NEWS03, officials are seeing about 1,000 cars per day more than what they usually see this time of year. That’s a significant impact on a winding 2 lane road.
While I haven’t been up there since the rock slide, my mom and grandmom went to Knoxville a couple of weeks ago, and they said HOURS were added to their detour (around the rock slide via interstate.) If I were driving up there during the day, I’d take the road through the park. If I’m going to spend an extra hour or two in the car, I just assume it’s driving through the park.
Business is also seeing a major impact. I told you back in November… https://gosmoky.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/rock-slide-work-continues-some-businesses-may-get-federal-assistance/… that some businesses that are seeing less business due to the slide may be getting Federal aid. Well, it appears that the traffic moving through the park may be helping improve the bottom line for other businesses. In this article, http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091228/NEWS01/91228005/I-40+shutdown+is+a+blessing++curse+for+businesses one business owner says they have seen a 20-30% increase in business since the rock slide.
I’m hoping to get back up there myself in a month or so for a long weekend. I’ll let you know how things go when I take that trip.
***This post brought to you by www.smokymountaintower.com . Check out Dave’s blog post about their 2010 deals. You can now stay there (a full house) for less than $100/night when you stay for a week. There are lots of other specials you can find at his site and blog. Check them out!***
Posted in business, cherokee, gatlinburg, great smoky mountains national park, i-40, January, Newfound Gap Road, north carolina, Road Closures, Rock Slides, Winter
Tagged cherokee, gatlinburg, i-40, i-40 rock slide, north carolina, rock slide, smoky mountains, tennessee
The rock slide on I-40 in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains is causing big problems for businesses in the area…. it looks like they could soon get federal assistance. I’m generally a hands-off kind of guy when it comes to govt. aid. However, a natural disaster that impacts business is an exception. The rock slide might not seem like a major natural disaster, but when a small business that depends on people driving down I-40, it’s a major disaster when those drivers are re-routed away from their businesses. You can read more about the federal aid here… http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20091122/NEWS01/911220314&theme=ROCKSLIDE
The work on the rock slide is going to take awhile. 12 trucks are working on carrying away the debris… as of Thursday, they had already taken 130 loads of debris away from the interstate. It looks like they are keeping the debris for future use in road-work. That’s a great way to recycle the materials. Read more about moving the debris here… http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/1064623.html
Posted in business, north carolina, November, Road Closures, Rock Slides, Uncategorized
Tagged i-40, north carolina, roads, rock slide, rockslide, smoky mountains
UPDATE: I’ve had a guy asking me to update this page. Cataloochee.com is where this story came from. They had the breaking news below on their website. Now it says they ended up NOT opening due to warm temperatures. You can see that from the link provided below, but I wanted to update here as well so it wouldn’t be so confusing.
Check out the webcam at Cataloochee ski area in Maggie Valley. Snow cannon is blasting the snow right now. They plan to open for the season today. A copy of their “breaking news” on the opening is below…
Well…the weather is here and we know you’re all beautiful and we hope to see each of you on Monday! You heard it right, we began making snow for the 2009/2010 snowsports season on Sunday, October 18 at 6:45am and with a weather forecast for lows in the 20’s for tonight, Cataloochee plans on making snow as long as temperatures permit on Beginners Easy Way and Beginners Rabbit Hill and plans to kick off the 2009/2010 season at 1pm on Monday, October 19.
www.cataloochee.com to find out the latest on skiing at Cataloochee.
***We skied at Cataloochee last winter, and stayed at www.smokymountaintower.com while we were there. It was a blast, and we hope to do it again this year.***
Posted in Cataloochee, Cataloochee Ski Area, Fall, Maggie Valley, north carolina, October, skiing, snow
Tagged Cataloochee, Maggie Valley, north carolina, ski, skiing, smoky mountains, snow
I know this article was originally posted a couple of weeks ago, but I just found it, and I thought it looked like a great detailed account of a day-hike to Clingmans Dome. This is one of the must see places in the Smokies. As a matter of fact, if you only have one day in the Smokies, or perhaps you are just driving through, and want to spend an hour or two exploring before continuing on your way to some other destination, you really should go to Clingman’s Dome. It is the one place that we almost ALWAYS visit no matter how often we go to the Smokies. It is also a wonderful “taste of the Smokies” if you don’t plan on visiting the park, but are planning on visiting Cherokee. It’s just about 7 miles off the road to Cherokee from Gatlinburg. I also added a video from Clingmans Dome from Youtube. Check out the article, you’ll enjoy it!
**************************Please visit www.smokymountaintower.com to see the place we stay when we’re in the Smokies. It has the best views of any cabin/condo we’ve ever stayed in, and it’s right between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Best of all, you deal directly with the owner. Tell Dave or Angie Raymond said hi!******