(Closed) gatlinburg tn honeymoon?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@imanw:  I’m in Gatlinburg right now, on vacation. There really is stuff galore here. It’s a huge tourist mecca and has all kinds of tourist trappy stuff, horse rides in summer, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (which my Fiance and I are here to see). I suspect you could easily stay busy here for a honeymoon but the traffic getting into town (especially by Pigeon Forge) is crazy! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Hey! I live 3ish hours from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, so we vacation there a lot. It is very “touristy” with lots of silly attractions (think 3D rides, Ripley’s museums, aquarium, outlet malls) but it is nice. Some areas have BEAUTIFUL cabins, condos, and chalets. You can find something super secluded or you can be right near all the action.

I love the more natural scenery down there, myself. There is also a theme park/amusement park called Dollywood (by Dolly Parton) and a matching water park. Both are pretty fun…well, I haven’t been since I was a kid but it will defnitely kill a day!

Outlet shopping is fun, but I MUCH prefer the antique stores/thrift stores/flea markets down there. There are a TON of them in Pigeon Forge (right next to Gatlinburg).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I’ve been to Pigeon Forge 2 times and I personally wouldn’t go there for a honeymoon. It’s much too commercial for me. Gatlinburg is nicer though. We stayed at a cabin my former employer owned in Pigeon Forge. It was set back so almost like you weren’t even in Pigeon Forge. I think they rent for 165/night but it might have gone up. It’s a 3 bedroom with 3 king sized beds and a jacuzzi. If you like touristy, you should have plenty to do.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I went with a friend and her family for spring break last year. We went to Pigeon Forge to the Titanic museum, on a one-mile hike in the mountains, to the aquarium, ate at a little English-style pub once, and we spent every night shopping on the strip that was really close to our hotel. There was tons more we didn’t get to do, and I’d definitely go back if I could ever talk SO  into it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We went to Gatlinburg for our honeymoon and LOVED it!  We spent 1 day in the actual city and that was enough for us.  We loved the Aquarium!  Definitely worth the ticket price!!!  The Guiness World Records museum was lame and not worth going to at all.  There’s some fudge shops that we got chocolate from and sat by the river to eat it (that was fun!) and we also bought some Maple Pecan syrup to bring back with us.  We’ll reminise about our honeymoon everytime we use it 🙂 

Days 2 & 3 we spent hiking in the park.  There’s a couple trails that are easy to do and a lot of fun.  The Sugarland Visitors Center has a lot of information on all of them.  We did Laurel Falls trail and the RiverWalk (wear clothes that can get wet for this one!  We jumped on the rocks in the river for 4 hours!) and a couple other small ones.  Picnic in Cades Cove (you can stop along the route and eat on anyone of the hills.  The view is great!)  We also hiked up to Clingman’s Dome.  It was great!

We went out for dinner on our last night to the Melting Pot.  It was pricy, but so well worth it!  The atmosphere is great – reservations are best and plan on 2-3 hours for dinner).  

We rented a cabin through Mountain Rentals in Gatlinburg.  Super easy to work with and our cabin was perfect.  This is the one we stayed in: http://www.mountainchalets.com/rentals/unit_leap.aspx (If it doesn’t bring up the specific unit, it was Lover’s Leap.) We were about 1/2 way between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and it was a great spot.  I’d recommend it and we’re looking at going back for our 1st anniversary 🙂 

Feel free to PM if you want any more info. I’d be happy to share!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We are planning on going to Gatlinburg TN for our honeymoon, or near it anyways.  We’ve been wanting to go to TN for years now.  We love country music and the outdoors.  I’m excited about going to Dolly World and checking out Pigeon Forge. Staying in a cabin just him and I out in the middle of mountains sound amazing, and with a jacuzzi…Oh yes! Yes! Yes!  I think TN sounds like a great honeymoon!!!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

There is plenty to do in Gatlinburg and I agree with previous posters that I like Gatlinburg better than Pigeon Forge. There are plenty of opportunities to go hiking, there is a driving tour of the Smokies known as Cade’s Cove (there are points of interest that you can get out of the car and explore a bit). I’ve been to the aquarium, which I’d recommend. Clingman’s dome is the highest point in the Smokies (and man was the hike up painful, but the hike down was easy). The Appalachian Trail is also nearby.

There are lots of cabin rentals available in the area. Townsend, TN is nearby and I think has a lot of rentals as well. Most of your restaurant options will be in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge though.

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