Gatlinburg’s LARGEST Family Fun Arcade Attraction

When I was young, we used to go to game rooms.  This was before everyone had gaming systems in their homes.  This game room brings back memories.

arcadia-in-gatlinburgEnjoy over 100 of the hottest games in this 25,000 square foot amusement center . Located below the Gatlinburg Space Needle, Arcadia was established in 2009.  Friendly staff will greet you, ready and eager to supply you with play cards for the ultimate gaming experience. You can pick up play cards purchased online, or use one of our many kiosks on location.

Delight yourself with a vast variety of amusement games, simulators, and activities. Earn as many tickets as you can and redeem them at the elite redemption counter.

http://gatlinburgarcade.com/

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Ogle log cabin

IM000925.JPGGatlinburg, Tennessee is a place which boasts a very rich history. Of course, all the attractions and shops lining the Gatlinburg Parkway are fun, but behind all the touristy stuff lies quite a few historic sites you can visit to experience the essence of what makes our quaint Smoky Mountain town so special.

In about 1802, William Ogle laid claim on what was to be the site of the first home in Gatlinburg, then called White Oak Flats. He cut and hewed the logs for the cabin and returned home to South Carolina to get his family, telling them they were moving to the “Land of Paradise.”    William Ogle came down with malaria and died in 1803, before he could bring his family to his newly-discovered paradise.  His wife, though, followed through on his plans — four years after his death, she gathered the family and they traveled to White Oak Flats, found William’s hewed logs, and finished the cabin.  She raised 7 or 8 children in that little home.  It’s humbling to go through and think about the lives of people during this time. http://www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/culture-history/

The Ogles modern day descendants own most of the land around Gatlinburg. The business you see are mostly long term ground leases, not Fee Simple ownership of the land.

The nature trail behind the house is very beautiful and peaceful (the trail head says easy, but is rocky).   The streams and creeks are very relaxing to hear.

Address – Corner of Parkway & Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN  Directions-to-Ogle-Cabin

We had a hard time finding this cabin.  It is right at traffic light number 6.  This is a big intersection where the Aquarium and the bar Draft’s is.  If you take the trolley and get off at the Ripley’s Aquarium, you will see a gift shop across the intersection.  To the right of the gift shop there is the cabin hidden by some trees.  We did not see a trail.

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore-Estate
George Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. It was built between 1889 and 1895. A visit to the 8,000-acre estate in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina provides limitless activities. The Biltmore Estate consist of a house, gardens, Antler Hill Village, and the winery. The house and gardens are three miles from the front gate. Antler Hill Village & Winery are five miles from the house. Plan on 5-6 busy hours to see only the major attractions and have lunch. Plan on arriving early. Some attractions close as early as 3:30 on the off season. The Self Guided Main House Tour Offers The Best of Biltmore House. At 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2)[2] and featuring 250 rooms Biltmore is “The Largest Private Home in America”. It stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, and of significant gardens in the jardin à la française and English Landscape garden styles in the United States. In 2007, it was ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects

The estate is about 2 hours from the Pigeon Forge area, but I have had some really good reviews from past cabin guests at “Nothin But Views” and family friends about the estate.

Address – 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
Website – http://www.biltmore.com/