Gatlinburg Journals

Gamboling in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

A June 2003 trip to Gatlinburg by Library Dragon

Quote: In need of a family getaway, we visited Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We don't do all-you-can-eat buffets, arcades, or many of the other activities found in the gateway to the Smokies. Still, we had a great time. Find out what we did.
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We had booked this place because it listed two beds, divided by a wall, with a view of the creek and mountains. It was not worth it! The room was small and the bathroom miniscule. The carpet had a damp, spongy feel.

The beds were supposed to be queen size (I even asked to be certain). They were not. We have a queen-size bed at home and these beds were much smaller.

The swimming pool was across the street and I wouldn't let my teenage son walk there by himself. The free breakfast was a box of donut holes. The view from your balcony is of the campground across the creek and everyone's laundry.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 23, 2004

Creekstone Inn
4034 River Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37865
(865) 453-3557

Park Vista Hotel and Convention Center

Hotel | "Park Vista Hotel"

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Full disclosure--We didn't select the Park Vista Hotel. My husband had a conference to attend at the hotel. It was the nicest lodging I've had in Gatlinburg. The hotel is located at the end of a steep road, about 500 feet over the main street. This road takes the guest to a fresh experience in Gatlinburg. It is quiet and beautiful. The hotel is a circular, 15-story building, so "every view has a room." Our view was spectacular. Each room has a narrow balcony. We stood out one night and watched the full moon peek in and out of clouds, over the silhouette of mountain peaks. The rooms are nice. We had a room with a king-size bed and fold-out couch. The room was large...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2005

Park Vista Hotel and Convention Center
705 Cherokee Orchard Rd
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(877) 814-9408

Alamo Steakhouse

Restaurant

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On a previous trip to Gatlinburg, my son and I had eaten at the Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg. We had a nice, quiet meal. After a busy, wet day at Dollywood, we were looking for someplace to eat. Promoted on a large sign was that the Pigeon Forge Alamo was voted the locals’ favorite steak house. Why, I do not know. Where the Gatlinburg version was quiet and friendly, the Pigeon Forge Alamo was loud and too bright. The food didn't compare well either. If this is the locals’ favorite place, it must be because they all have family that work there. My husband ordered an Angus burger, medium rare. It came out resembling a charcoal briquette. It was clear that they real...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 23, 2004

Alamo Steakhouse
3050 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
(865) 908-3956

Dollywood

Attraction | "Hurray for Dollywood"

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Let me say that Dollywood is one of the best bargains around. If you first enter the park after 3pm, you can return the next day using the same ticket. That's really two days for the price of one. While this is plenty of time to spend at Dollywood, you have the opportunity to spend it on your favorite rides. For those connected to the military (my husband is retired Army), the entrance price is half off. Fifty percent of the regular admission price and you can spend two days at the park. An excellent deal! There are many standard water rides. Nothing too outrageous or spectacular. The shows are mostly so-so, but we did see an excellent singer (and we don't do country and western...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2004

Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
(865) 428-9488

USA Raft

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "White Water Rafting on the Little Pigeon"

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I had never been whitewater rafting before. Being the un-athletic, bookish person that I am, I was hesitant. I was fearful of spilling into a cold river. All I can say now is...When can I go again? We traveled for an afternoon trip on the Little Pigeon River. We were outfitted with life jackets, helmets, and paddles, and told to wait. We would be assigned to a raft with another group and a guide. Since our group of three are rather - let’s be nice - out of shape, we thought they would pair us with some strong, athletic types. When we saw the other family we knew...we were the athletes of the group! We were bused to the river and given guidance on what to do and how to survive...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2004

USA Raft
Pigeon River
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

Attraction | "Sweet Fanny Adams"

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This is broad, vaudeville-style humor. It has great phyical jokes and music, but it doesn't have anything your 10-year-old can't see or hear.

We attended the show "Once Upon A Trunk." This musical comedy lasted about 1 hour. There is then a "sing-along." Beware--you'd better sing! This is followed by song and dance routines.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2005

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
461 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
(865) 436-4039