48 Hours in Gatlinburg

Updated: Dec 1, 2019

In May 2019 after going to MomCongress we found out our house had flooded. Knowing it was going to be a long couple of months dealing with the flood, we decided to go to Gatlinburg, TN. Our family was so excited!

Driving into Gatlinburg is so fun. I’m serious just driving in you see all the things to do in Pigeon Forge then you drive through the Great Smokey Mountains into Gatlinburg! We wanted to eat everywhere and do everything!!!

We stayed at the GlenStone Lodge. It was great for the price ($60/night). It has a neat indoor pool. My complaint would be Humidity control in the hotel rooms needs an upgrade. But the staff was AMAZING and SWEET. The hotel is walking distance to everything.

So in our 48 hours, we drove through the Great Smokey Mountains! We saw a Mama Bear and 3 Cubs! O-my-goodness, soooo cute!!! My kids thought it was so amazing to see real-life bears. In Texas, we have deer, coyote, other smaller animals never seen or heard of a bear. So that was a big deal for us. We also saw a fox. Which was also neat (We saw them in Wyoming too).

Our family really enjoyed walking through Gatlinburg. We went to the Donut Friar. When you are walking through town there is a Candy Shoppe Old Fashion - meaning you get to watch them make taffy and other candies. TONS of Shops! We plan on going back in December 2019. We will visit Aneeska, Ripleys Believe It Or Not Aquarium, and hopefully Dollywood.

We are at a couple of places like Dicks Last Resort ( see

Some other restaurants we checked out Bennett’s Pit BBQ, Pancake Pantry, & Red Oak Bistro.

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