A Smoky Mountain Get Away

What better way to spend one of your best friends’ 30th birthday’s than in the Smoky Mountains for a mountain getaway?! The Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is a well-known weekend get away spot for many Tennesseans because it’s an easy drive, there’s plenty to do, and everyone could use some fresh air every once in a while. Am I right?!

As you head east from Nashville, one of the first towns you enter into along the Smoky Mountain Range is the town of Gatlinburg. And just north of that is Pigeon Forge, known to be home to the infamous Dollywood Amusement Park. For this past trip, we found an adorable cabin in Pigeon Forge, but spent most of our time exploring Gatlinburg. Here’s a few fun things we did while we were there!

Where to Stay: A Cabin in the Woods

When you’re staying in the mountains, it’s only appropriate to find a cute little log cabin to hideaway in, right?! Right. This cabin was perfectly tucked away in a winding, mountain side neighborhood with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, sleeping a total of 12 people. The two main suites even had large soaker jacuzzies in the bathrooms and electric fire places by the bedsides! I LOVED flipping the fireplace on at bedtime. SO cozy!!

We had plenty of room for entertaining in the cabin with a large island, high top dining table, living room, a loft with a pool and poker table, a movie room and a gorgeous, long, deck with tremendous views. We spent our nights soaking in the hot tub or gathered around the kitchen island playing games!

This cozy cabin was perfect for our 12-person birthday celebration getaway! I would 10/10 recommend this for any large group gathering.

Click here for more information on where we stayed: t.ly/Py1P!

Where to Visit: Downtown Gatlinburg

Downtown Gatlinburg is fun! There’s a strip about 1 mile long, lined with shops, restaurants, distilleries and entertainment. We popped into the gift shops, candle shops, and cheese shops first and then made our way to the wine and whiskey tastings. One of the most notable distilleries is the Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery.

This distillery was a lot of fun because you’re are able to taste upwards of 7 different flavors of moonshine for only $5 per person! The flavors are pretty unique, too- A couple of my favorites were the Apple Pie and Butter Pecan. The tasting lasts about 15 minutes so you still have plenty of time to explore the rest of the strip afterwards!

To  learn more about Ole Smoky Moonshine, click here: t.ly/D52y.

Where to Go Hiking: Laurel Falls

There are SO many great hiking spots in Gatlinburg that it made it difficult to choose which one to attempt, but we ultimately decided on Laurel Falls. The manageable length, terrain and waterfall views were perfect for our large group!

The roundtrip length of the Laurel Falls is 2.6 miles and is a moderately difficult hike. It was beautiful, with grand, winding trails covered in apricot and golden yellow leaves. As you reach the 1.3 mile mark, you voyage upon a beautiful waterfall and overlook. We spent about 20 minutes at the falls taking in the views and getting our photos in which were pretty magnificent!

I would recommend a Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge stay anytime in the month of September. The weather was brisk 55 degrees in the morning and climbed to around 72 in the afternoon, which meant that Autumn was in full-swing and so was the foliage!

To learn more about Laurel Falls, click: t.ly/y7DE.

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