Pigeon Forge Journals

I don’t care how cheesy it is-we love it there!

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A March 2011 trip to Pigeon Forge by bledpub

Drive through the mountains  Photo, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: We go there several times a year and always have a blast. There's always something new to see and do.

Melting Pot

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Restaurant | "Maybe not every night, but for special occasions..."

Melting Pot Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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I LOVE the Melting Pot. So wonderful...Yes, it's expensive, and yes you generally have to have reservations, but what a wonderful dining experience. You have to be into fondue though! (And it's not just about cheese!)I get the "Night on the Town" special, which is served for two. You start out with a choice of cheese fondue. I go with the sharp cheddar. From there they bring all kinds of vegetables (like carrots) and breads for you to dip them in. There's a burner right on the table and everything is prepared there. After the cheese, you are served salads. I try to skip these because I don't want to fill up. Unfortunately, even their salads are pretty good so this doesn’t always work out t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Melting Pot
166 2nd Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
+1 615 742 4970

Gumbo YA YA

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Restaurant | "Fast, friendly Cajun and Creole "

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We love Gumbo Ya-Yas. In fact, we used to drive an hour and half just to eat there. Now, I have been to New Orleans and had "real" Cajun food and I have spent tons of money on jambalaya at places where there are celebrity style chefs working in large white chef-looking official hats. However, I still prefer my $6 plates at Gumbo ya-Yas to almost anything else. It’s a small restaurant in a strip mall and basically serves "fast, friendly Cajun." It’s fast food and the menu changes every day, depending on what the guys feel like cooking. There’s always a veggie option and a yatwich or sandwich type deal and jambalaya is almost always on the menu. Other than that, it’s a toss up. M...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Gumbo YA YA
1080 S Broadway Ste 107
Lexington, Kentucky 40504
859-252-9292

Stages West Western Store

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Attraction | "Boots for everyone!"

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My husband, being from England, was never huge on the idea of cowboy boots, knives, or guns until he met me and moved to Kentucky. Now, he is more Southern than I am. Well, not really, but he’s getting there. On this trip I decided to talk him into getting cowboy boots. Stages West is the place to do this in Pigeon Forge. So Stages West is this really big store with this really big boot out front on the Main Strip. You can’t miss it. If you DO miss it by chance, then it’s close to the Comedy Barn which looks like…a really big barn. Inside, you will find all kinds of Western wear, boots, hats, and other things that you can use to clean and shape your boots and hats with. The pro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Stages West Western Store
2765 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
877-71-STAGE

Country Cascades Hotel

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Hotel | "Cheap, but respectable "

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We just needed a place to rest our heads for a couple of nights on our way to our final destination and since we have stayed at every other hotel on the "strip" in Pigeon Forge we decided to give this one a try for the price alone: $40 per night. At that rate, you can expect much. Well, I can, but I’m usually a little disappointed. This one was a pretty good surprise, though. It was very clean and modern and although it didn’t have a doorman, restaurant, or anything luxurious about it (and let’s be fair, most hotels in Pigeon Forge do not) it was adequate and great for the price. The room was spacious and had a flat screen TV. The pool area was very nice with a large pool and a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Country Cascades Hotel

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
1-877-325-5754

Smoky Mountain Knife Works

Attraction | "I love this place, too "

Smoky Mountain Knife Works Photo, Sevierville, Tennessee
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My husband LOVES the Smoky Mountain Knifeworks. It’s seriously one of his favorite places in the United States. He wasn’t into knives and guns before he moved here but now he is all about them. He subscribes to magazines, spends hours on the Internet, orders from eBay…it’s like an addiction. On this trip, I simply dropped him off and told him we would see him in a few hours. In all honesty, I like the place too. It’s massive and you really could spend hours in there. They have way more than just knives. You can find swords, camping equipment, rocks and gemstones, and lots of little gadgets that you’ll probably never use but still look cool. It’s has a couple of different levels...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Smoky Mountain Knife Works
2320 Winfield Dunn Parkway
Sevierville, Tennessee 37876-0557
(865) 453-5871

WonderWorks

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Attraction | "Fastest visit ever"

WonderWorks Photo, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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So I had this great idea of taking my son to Wonder Works while his dad visited the Smoky Mountain Knifeworks. He had been there the year before and had liked it and I thought that now that he was older he could really get into it. Err…I was wrong. For some reason, although he likes making noise himself, he has issues when other people do it. In short, the place was just too loud for him. It’s hard to explain Wonder Works if you haven’t been. It’s basically a building full of scientific things and attractions and optical illusions and stuff. See? It’s hard to explain. There are paintings whose eyes follow you, bubbles to play in, ride simulators, a rock wall, an earthquake stim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

WonderWorks
The Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
8658681800

Apple Barn & Cider Mill

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Attraction | "Not bad, but a little pricey "

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For dinner, we ate at the Apple Barn Restaurant. It’s not a place that we usually eat at because it’s kind of over-priced for what you get and it’s almost always crowded because I guess people figure that if it’s pricey it must be good. This time around, though, there was no wait, it was pouring the rain, and we were starving and couldn’t agree on anywhere else. So the Apple Barn is set up like a farm. The main restaurant has rocking chairs on the front porch and when you go inside you’re supposed to feel as though you are eating at Granny’s kitchen table. Except for the fact that you’re paying an arm and a leg. No matter what you order you get these side dishes that the whole ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Apple Barn & Cider Mill
220 Apple Valley Rd.
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
(865) 428-6850

Drive through the mountains  Photo, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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So, my title should say it all. I don’t care how cheesy Pigeon for is-I love it there! We visit at least once a year. We used to go more than that but then we started having things like car payments, credit card bills, student loans…you know, boring stuff that we had to deal with, and we couldn’t return as often as we liked. There are many reasons why people visit Pigeon Forge. Some go for the outlet shopping. Some go for the mini-golf. Some go for the pretty mountains. Some just go to hang out and chill. We do all of the above. So on this particular trip we stayed two nights on the way to Myrtle Beach to kind of break up the drive there. Well, that was our excuse anyway. In ac...Read More