(Closed) Gatlinburg

posted 8 years ago in Tennessee
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Are you staying in one of the cabins there?   There are lots of really nice ones there, and we had an awesome one for New Year’s Eve this past year.  Hot tub, pool table, great fireplace….we loved it!  Personally, I’d love to just hang out in a cabin & relax for most of the time.  It’s kind of tourist-y there, so there’s plenty to do, just depends on what you’re looking for. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

we are going there for our second honeymoon in the beg of October! how exciting! how long will you be there? we might be there at the same time!

Alot of my friends have been and have suggested a ton of things to me but i was lazy and did not write them down bc oct seems so far away (its not!). 

Chalet is a must and shopping! i dotn have any details yet ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Okay, I personally dislike Gatlinburg, too much commerce *for me* in some of the prettiest parts of America.  With that said, my Fiance and I will be honeymooning in a cabin on the other side of the mountains, that way we can visit Asheville, NC and the Biltmore, go hiking in the Great Smoky National Park, and visit some Cherokee things.

EDIT:  My sister and some of my friends LOVE Gatlinburg.  I’m more a person who wants to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Mountains, far away from city.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

-eat at pancake pantry—always a line but best pancakes ever!!
– hike in smokies– let me know if you want hiking spots> laurel falls is paved and pretty mild but gorgeous. if you want more of a challenge trya abrams creek falls or chimney tops.

– Dollywood!

– go tubing on the river. http://www.riverragetubing.com/

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I second hikergirl08 – Pancake Pantry!!! We always go there when we’re in Gatlinburg. Sooo yummy! We’ve also gone ice skating at Ober-Gatlinburg (sp?), really fun if you haven’t done it before. There are some really nice dinner-theater places; I wish I could remember the names.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We used to go every year when I was younger and now my friends and I (5 to 6 couples) go each year and rent a huge cabin in the mountains. So I have been a ton!  You should go hiking or drive up into the mountains, the leaves should be changing when you are there. It will be beautiful. If you like shopping the outlet malls in Piegon Forge are great. Banana Republic outlet is my favorite (I think it is at the Tanger Outlets). Piegon Forge is only 10 minutes from Gatlinburg and has a lot of things to do as well. Dixie Stampede (dinner and a show) is cute and the food is pretty good. Dollywood is fun like ther others said. The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge is wonderful if you like home cooking. We ALWAYS eat there! There is a chair lift in the middle Gatlinburg that takes you to the top the mountain (you will see it), they take your pic at the top and it has the date on it, so that would be a cool keepsake since it is your honeymoon. Also just walking through downtown Gatlinburg is fun. There are a lot of unique little stores, candy shops and restaurants.

Have fun!! =)

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Dangit! Dixie Stampede, that was the place I was trying to think of! COULD NOT remember the name for some reason! Cough medicine does things to your head lol.

Oh, and the outlets! How could I forget! Embarassed

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love Gatlinburg!! Along the main drag, they also have great mini golf and go-karts if you’re feeling like some silly fun. And you HAVE to get fudge somewhere!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If your fiance is a man’s man type who loves guns and knives, take him to Smoky Mountain Knife works. It will be like Christmas for him.

If you’re activity people who like acting like kids, do the Zorb ride! It’s a big ball that you sit in and they roll you down a hill.  It’s awesome with a capital A.  And then there’s always golf carts and laser tag and mini golf.  If you’re a Harry Potter fan, go to Magi Quest.  There will be alot of kids buy my fiance and I had SOOOO much fun!  You can’t miss it.  It’s the only medieval castle on the main strip, lol!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

Yeah, Smoky Mountain Knife Works is pretty fun–even if you’re not a man.  I got some great jam and things there, so tasty :D!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We go to the Smokey Mountain area every year for Thanksgiving.  I am not a huge fan of Gatlinburg, but I definitely agree that the Pancake Pantry has pretty tasty food ๐Ÿ™‚

My fiance and I got a map of the Smokey Mountain National Park and always drive to the top of the mountain (New Found Gap), which is nice.  Cades Cove Loop is definitely great to drive around. 

One year we drove from the Pigeon Forge area all the way to Cherokee.  If anything, it was a nice drive and the Indian Reservation was definitely an experience.  If you’re outdoorsy, get a hike in when you’re at the park.  You’ll see where pull-offs are.

There’s a Brewpub in Pigeon Forge, which is pretty tasty called the Smokey Mountain Brewery Restaurant.  I always try to convince my fiance to go to one of the jamborees just to be a part of the kitsch in Pigeon Forge, but he always refuses ๐Ÿ™‚

If you guys have an extra day or two, I definitely recommend running to Asheville.  I believe it’s a 3 hour drive.  I love Asheville!  The Biltmore Mansion is awesome (a little pricey, but worth it) and they nearby area is wonderful.  More good hiking to do.  I keep trying to convince my fiance for us to go there before we hit Tennessee for Thanksgiving.

But, honestly, I don’t know where you’re staying, but if you’re in one of the beautiful cabins around the mountains, just enjoy staying there.  My favorite time in TN is when we sit in the hot tub with some wine and just enjoy each other!

PM me if you have any extra questions!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

OH!  And you’ll see a lot of brochures & stuff for caverns.  I always want to go there, but we always get to TN too late!  Fordbidden Caverns is the big one they promote a lot, but there’s a smaller one called the Tuckaleechee Caverns not too far from Gatlinburg.  I always get bummed that I can’t go!

I also tried to get my fiance to do a zipline last year, but we didn’t end up doing it.  I’ve done a zipline before and it’s awesome!  Definitely recommend trying it if you’re feeling adventurous & are not afraid of heights.
http://www.zipgatlinburg.com/

Also, if you go through the moutains the long way to Pigeon Forge, you’ll see lots of little places to horseback ride.  We passed by this place a lot and it looked like kitschy fun ๐Ÿ™‚  http://www.waldencreekstables.com/

I think in the area, it’s all touristy and kind of cheesy, same with in Pigeon Forge.  You kind of have to think outside of the box and look for the less obvious stuff to do that might be fun.  At least that’s how I approach it, but you might go & enjoy those things! 

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