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Gatlinburg Worth the Drive

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A September 2006 trip to Gatlinburg by Jaysour

Pancake Pantry Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: Traveling to Gatlinburg indeed was a vacation in the truest sense of the word.

Gatlinburg Worth the Drive

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Overview

High Above Gatlinburg Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Highlights cannot really capture the time we had in Gatlinburg. We stayed in Sieverville just outside the Smokey Mountains. it was still close enough to drive and enjoy all the this area had to offer.While you may be hit in the face with the touristy strip, tucked inside are some nice shopping and dining in Gatlinburg from burgers to pancakes. While we did stay at a cabin, we did not delve too much into the fine eateries across the area. We found it best each evening to come back and cook some great pasta or grill some chops on the weber. Of course the beauty of the Smokey Mountains draws people to this area and it did not disappoint. On our first scenic drive through Cade's Cove ...Read More

Oak Haven Resorts

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Hotel

Oak Haven Resorts Photo, Sevierville, Tennessee
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Sevierville is a town out from Gatlinburg, however, still close enough to drive into the shops, eateries, and attractions yet still far away that you are not stuck in the traffic and hubbub of Gatlinburg. We stayed in a cabin/resort tucked away in the hills of Seveirville, called Oak Haven Resorts.We showed up late on a Sunday and checked in. The staff at the time offered us an upgrade to a larger cabin at no extra cost. We followed the winding road up and down the hillside until we came to our cabin. From the outside in the late night light, the cabin looked very inviting and homey while still giving off that air of the 'country.' However, when we walked in that all changed. I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

Oak Haven Resorts
1947 Old Knoxville Hwy.
Sevierville, Tennessee 37876
(800) 652-2611

Pancake Pantry

Restaurant

Pancake Pantry Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Pancake Pantry is on the Gatlinburg strip, near the middle of the area. You will notice it by the old whorl feel of the building. And apparently this was the "place" to go and when you hear that you still have to keep a certain sense of reserve as always.We hit the pantry around 9:30 in the morning and waiting lines had already started to form. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a spot and within that time period the waiting line had grown very long. My advice: Come early!We were seated at a table/bench seating arrangement and the seats are close. They basically pack you in like sardines so get to know your neighbors.The service was quick and I guess ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-4724

Dollywood

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Attraction | "Dollywood in Pigeon Forge"

Dollywood Photo, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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We took a day out of our trip to Gatlinburg to drive over the Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, at first thought, for the kids but as it turned out, the whole family had a good time. Good enough to stay until they closed the park.A large parking lot and tram system provided easy access for all, no matter how far you may have parked from the park entrance. While on the tram, our tour guide mentioned some things to do as well as any new or exciting festivals that were happening that day.We were lucky to hit the park on a day (mid September) when the crowd was quite light allowing our daughter (as well as myself) to ride the rides without any long or extensive waits. The ThunderHead is a great w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

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

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Attraction

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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You hear the word Ripley's and you think of the crazy show from the 80s where we watched all the strangest things you could imagine. However, Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg is the farthest from what you would think. This huge facility has everything you might want to see and know about aquatic life. The tickets were a little pricey but as on any vacation, we are there to spend a little cash. The aquarium follows a path where we go thru tunnels and passageways full of marine life from jellyfish to pirhannas. One of the largest array of sea life I have seen. The creme of the crop is the huge shark tank that you can view both from a top and right in the middle of the action via a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 430-8808

Biltmore Estate and Gardens

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Attraction | "Biltmore Estate"

Biltmore Estate and Gardens Photo, Asheville, North Carolina
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During our vacation to the Gatlinburg area, we put aside a day to go to Asheville, NC to visit the famous Biltmore Estates, located about 2.5 hours from Gatlinburg. I must say the drive there was picturesque to say the least with mountains on each sides of the road most of the way.I will preface by saying to try and get discount tickets either from a website or from eBay. We did that and saved about 15 bucks per ticket which are quite expensive.The parking area is quite a walk to the actually estates, however, the walk through the nature trails are very serene and open up to a glorious view of the entire front area of Biltmore Estates. It's a perfect photo op.The actually ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2007

Biltmore Estate and Gardens
1 Approach Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
(828) 274-6333