Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fun Family Vacation

Family fun doesn’t have to be found at cookie-cutter resorts or Disney theme parks. In fact, the best vacations come from more eclectic places, vacation spots that have something for everyone. Check out Gatlinburg, the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains and a wonderland of family fun.

Get out of the stuffy, crowded resort hotels, travel to the Smokies and rent one of the many beautiful Gatlinburg cabins for your stay. In addition to the privacy afforded by having your own space, a cabin is a great way to keep the family close while vacationing. Getting separate rooms can be inconvenient and expensive for families with children— at a cabin however, you’ll get the comfort of home with the luxury of a vacation rental!

Whether or not you and your family decide to camp overnight or just spend the day, the hiking, fishing and incredible landscape of the mountains is sure to appeal to any visitor. Take a hike to Cade’s Cove to see settler’s cabins and churches that are over 150 years old. Take a poll of your family and choose whether to walk, hike, bike, drive or take a hayride around the valley. Pack a picnic and relax, taking in the uniquely wonderful views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Everyone likes pancakes. Lucky for families with picky eaters, Gatlinburg is the (unexpected?) pancake capitol of the south. Gatlinburg is home to Tennessee’s first pancake house, The Pancake Pantry, a down-home eatery that makes every delicious pancake confection from scratch. Or, check out The Log Cabin, River Road Pancake House, Little House of Pancakes, and the Red Rooster Pancake House, all of which are sure to leave you full and satisfied. If you have room for lunch or dinner, Gatlinburg’s many restaurants—from barbeque to fine dining—are at your disposal.

Want to show off your vacation? Take home some great souvenirs for your friends. Gatlinburg is home to many local artisans and specialty shops, full of perfect gifts for those who couldn’t make the trip with you. The Mountain Mall or the Smoky Mountain Outfitters are both good places to start the search. Both offer items from furniture to fudge, all made with the special touch of the Smokies.

Each new season offers a different series of festivals and shows in Gatlinburg. Before you plan your trip, check out the town’s calendar of events to see what is in town for your visit. All year round, Ripley’s Aquarium and Museums both offer endless entertainment that sparks the imagination. Gatlinburg’s Hollywood Wax Museum

No matter what you are looking for in a family vacation, Gatlinburg is sure to please. With affordable and accessible options for everything you need, this little town is a great choice for a big trip.

To learn more about vacationing in the Smokies, visit our website at www.PatriotGetaways.com and click through to our blog.
gives your kids a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite stars. And if rides are part of every family vacation, then check out Pigeon Forge’s Dollywood.

About The Author

Born and raised in the Smoky Mountain region, Bob Foster became a passionate expert on this part of the country even as a child. Years later Bob turned that childhood passion and expertise into a profession when Bob became a general manager for the family business that specializes in rentals of Gatlinburg cabins and Pigeon Forge cabins, both towns being in the heart of the Smokies. The company motto is "Creating guests for life by offering an experience of a lifetime" and it is with that thought in mind that Bob started a blog fully dedicated to information about the Smokies, which can be found at blog.patriotgetaways.com.

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