Gatlinburg Tennessee Endless Activities

There are so many Things to see and do in Gatlinburg Tennessee.  I have been going there for years and still do not have many things on my Gatlinburg bucket list crossed off.  Mainly because I love doing certain things that I have to hit every time I am in the area.  Check out this you tube video for some highlights.

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Pigeon Forge Things to Do

This lovely little piece of Tennessee became the place that attracted travelers to the quiet community in the Appalachia beginning in the early 1960’s. From a small community with modest lodging and not much of a draw outside of the natural landscape, to a destination that draws up to 10 million guests a year, Pigeon […]

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Bluff Mountain Adventures ATV Rides

ATV rideATV Mountain Biking is probably something that you don’t normally do. Why not do it in the Smoky Mountains.  You may also choose to ride the Rhino if you don’t want to ride alone. There is also something called a side by side.

There are 6,000 acres of privately owned land with endless, challenging trails spread throughout. You will ride very nice ATVs over an array of challenging and fun terrain. You will go up hills so steep an ATV can’t make it up unless it’s in 4-wheel drive. You get to ride over very rough rocky patches, through creeks, through deep puddles. The lookouts give you an unbelievable view.

There are several rides to choose from.  Make sure you take the mountain View ride (1 1/2 hour – 2 overlooks) if you want to see some great views.  Ask at the check in about your options.  You will need to call for times.  Go on a clear day.  You will be stopping and taking pictures as well as riding through the wooded terrain.

You must be 16 to ride the ATVs unless you take the one hour tour (which doesn’t go to the overlooks).  The ride never goes over 15-20 MPH.  Most of the ride is about 10MPH.  So, may not be for the more experienced driver.  The guides are great and will help you with your equipment, safety, training, etc..

Don’t forget to wear closed toed shoes.  A scull rag or handkerchief might be nice to put under the helmets they give you. Also wear some old clothes.  Your clothes may get muddy.  You may want to put your camera and cell phone in a plastic bag.  There is a height requirement.  Go early in the morning or you may have to wait.  You may want to bring a bottle of water.

Website:  http://bluffmountainadventures.com/

Address to ticket office:  2186 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Phone:  865-428-7711

Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show

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This past weekend my husband and I had a little getaway. We left our daughter in the care of her grandparents and spent Saturday and Sunday in Pigeon Forge, TN. We’ve both been there numerous times in our lives and as such we usually end up feeling like we’ve already done it all and seen it all. So as we were wracking our brains for something Christmas themed to do, we passed a billboard advertising the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas show. We felt pretty confident that the show would already be sold out, but just to be certain I called the ticket office and to our surprise they had two seats available for us.  So we purchased them on a hope and a prayer that it would actually be entertaining and worth the money.

It was! I absolutely recommend that anyone in the Smoky Mountain area visit this theater during…

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Ober Gatlinburg

ober-gatlinburg-2012From downtown Gatlinburg, hop onto the largest aerial tramway in the U.S. for a ride to this ski resort with a 600-foot vertical drop, eight beautiful trails and an amusement park complete with indoor ice skating, miniature golf and water rides.  Ober Gatlinburg is a popular attraction for skiing and snowboarding.  It also has a 400 foot long Tubing Park.  The area is a beautiful area with different areas of entertainment.

At the top you will also find a  few shops and a small amusement area (arcade, carousel, outdoor rides).  If you want to ride the rides, see the animals, or go further up the mountain on the ski lift you have to pay extra.  The reviews all complain that everything is an additional cost.  There is a wrist band you can purchase instead of buying individual tickets for things.  Maybe this will be a better bargain.  The tram ride seems to be worth it.  It has a nice view.  The little amusement park is good for kids about 5-10 years old.

Website – http://www.obergatlinburg.com/

Season pass info – http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11173116.htm

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Our Pick for the best sports bar in Gatlinburg

vrbo-Legacy-Mountain-amenities-Picnic-Pavillion JudyWe were all set to see the game on the TV at our cabin.  We talked about going up to the pool and watching it at the pavilion.  We had snacks, drinks, etc…  The TV station said the game would be on next.  But when the time came for the game to come on, there was a documentary instead.  So, we looked up sports bars in Gatlinburg on the internet and set out to find a good sports bar to watch the game.

The first bar we came to (that was advertised as a sports bar on the internet) had one TV.  The gentleman could not find the game we wanted.  Our team was 10 hours away.  But, we thought a sports bar with multiple TVs would have our game.  Then we went up the strip to another bar.  This bar had multiple TVs.  There was one section with no one sitting there.  We asked if they could change the TV to our game.  They said the TVs are preset and they cannot change them.  So, off we went.  The next bar just handed us the remote and told us to find it.  Which we could not.  So, off we went.  We came to this bar called Drafts.  It is at traffic light number 6.  It is right across from the Ripley’s Aquarium.  It had several TVs.  it was not crowded.  It had cathedral ceilings and was very spacious inside.  We asked to watch the game on one TV and the race on another.  They were very accommodating.  The waitress, Karen, even offered to turn the fireplace on for us.  They had $.50 wings and $5.00 pitchers.  What a find.

Bears 3 cubsDraft’s had large glass windows all around the bar to give the bar an even bigger feeling.  You could watch the people walk by outside.  Someone came in the door and said “There are bears out here if anyone wants to see them”.  My brother went around the corner after them.  He got right up close and took some great pictures with his cell phone.  The bears came back around and I went out to see them.  They were on the other side of a little fence.  At first I thought great, there is a fence, but as I got closer to the bears, the fence looked awfully small.  So, I backed away.  There was a mom and three cubs.  I thought three cubs were unusual.  The cubs were almost as big as the mother.  It was really neat to see them right there in downtown Gatlinburg.bears with little fence

We went back into the bar and spoke to the manager and told him that he had the best sports bar in Gatlinburg.  He said that if our guests mention they are staying with Cabins in the Clouds, he will give them a discount.  What a great place to enjoy the game and Gatlinburg at the same time.

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