[caption id="attachment_919" align="alignleft" ]Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg TN Have fun at OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg![/caption]

If you arrive in Gatlinburg near the end of September you can get a head start celebrating OktOBERfest. Ober Gatlinburg, the only wintertime ski resort in the state of Tennessee, also offers a number of other attractions that make it a year-round destination for visitors to this area. Beginning September 27, 2013 and running through November 3, 2013 Ober Gatlinburg's OktOBERfest at Ober creates an authentic Bavarian atmosphere high above the city. Visit Ober Gatlinburg at 1001 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN and you'll find traditional OktOBERfest food favorites like schnitzel, sauerkraut, German wurst, pretzels, strudel and more. Beer will flow freely and you can enjoy the Bavarian Fun Makers Band in authentic costumes. Sing along, yodel and immerse yourself into the party atmosphere that harkens back to celebrations from over 200 years ago in Bavaria. See this short video from last year's event to give you a feel for OktOBERfest; remember the dates this year are September 27, 2013 through November 3, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAAUXfAtldY

While you are at Ober Gatlinburg for OktOBERfest, don't forget to check out all of the attractions they offer including the Wildlife Encounter, alpine slide and ice skating rink. Check out these details about the alpine slide. Get ready for some awesome thrills sliding down an 1800' track through gorgeous Smokies scenery!

Kids and adults alike enjoy the Wildlife Encounter which features a birds of prey aviary, an otter house with underwater viewing area, a nocturnal house that includes skunks, raccoons, snakes and other creatures native to the area, and a section dedicated to black bears, probably the animal that is most identified with Gatlinburg. Last year two new cubs were born at the Wildlife Encounter. Admission is only $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids and it makes a fun addition to your OktOBERfest activities. While the bears are a popular attraction, be sure to see the otters; their antics highlight most people's visits here.

This is a good year to visit Ober Gatlinburg as its Aerial Tramway celebrates 40 years of operation. Visitors board it in downtown Gatlinburg and are whisked up to Ober. A ride on the Aerial Tramway during autumn definitely gives one a sense of awe as it climbs high amongst the trees aflame with color. Visitors report that it's a refreshing way to get an awe-inspiring view, especially this time of year. But don't stop with the Aerial Tram. After you get up to Ober take the Scenic Chairlift (the South's longest chairlift) up to Mt. Harrison for a truly breathtaking view of the countryside. Remember to bring your camera along for some truly unique photography opportunities.

Take a look at this video to get a feel for the grandeur you'll experience when you ride the Scenic Chairlift: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc5KGL2liBY

Enjoy the free bluegrass band when you get to the top!

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