Thursday I spent the day cleaning house, and packing for our weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge, TN. That night after the hubby came home from work, he loaded up the car for us and we were on our way! It’s about 3 hours to our destination. A had been fast asleep for hours before, but B was wide awake and was singing song after song after song! After driving for about 90 min, she finally fell asleep though. She was awfully excited to be going to the “big mountains”. We arrived at the condo at about 3:30-4:00am, where we met up with my in-laws. We stayed at Whispering Pines.. it’s a great place, I highly recommend it!
Friday morning we got up and got ready. We all slept in so instead of going for breakfast, we just went for lunch, at the Hard Rock Café. B never eats hardly anything, but it was a huge hit with A who chowed down on some pasta. They even had cute little guitar-shaped plates for the kids!
Unfortunately, it was pouring the rain most of the day. But it worked out because after we ate, we went to one of the many arcades on the strip and of course spent way too much money! It’s all worth it though, B had such a fun time playing all the games. We went to The Christmas Place, which is like the greatest store ever. It’s huge and It has anything you could ever want, Christmas related. I especially love the Christmas village house collection. But I mainly wanted to go to get personalized Christmas ornaments for this year. They have FREE personalization.. So that’s def a plus! I also made reservations to the Dixie Stampede – which was awesome! This is def a must if you travel to this area. They put on a really neat family show with horses and their talented riders. It’s a funny show, and they get many volunteers from the audience to include in the show. Including kids chasing chickens! (Which I did when I was little!) The best part of the show, in my opinion, is the amazing food! Seriously. It’s THAT good. You eat entirely with your hands, no silverware allowed! All of the servers are very friendly, fast paced and extremely careful and good at what they do.
Saturday, we slept in again (lazy people!) haha. So again, we went out for lunch instead of breakfast. This time we went to The Island and ate at Timberwood Grill – I think that’s what it was called. The Island is a really great place, they have lots of little shops to check out and nice restaurants such as Paula Deen’s and Margaritaville. They also have a huge Ferris wheel, (can’t miss it). We rode the Ferris wheel of course, and had a great view from the top! They have a few different kiddie rides, as well as a ropes course and a small ropes course for the smaller ones.
We spent a lot of time at The Island, and then we went down the road to The Track. It’s somewhere my husband always went as a kid and he wants to take our kids there so they can have a lot of the same fun memories. They have a couple of go-kart tracks, mini golf, bumper boats, bumper cars (which were B’s favorite!) and plenty of kiddie rides as well as an arcade. Even bungee jumping.. But we aren’t brave enough to tackle that.. Ever. Lol After a busy day of riding rides and walking around, we were pretty tired. Mainly my poor leg, haha. We went back to the condo for a bit, and the girls got in the swimming pool with their grandparents and me and the hubby got some alone time and went to eat at Joe’s Crab Shack.
Sunday we woke up early and got ready and packed everything up. We had to be out by 11. So after we left we went to ihop to eat. Then my in laws and us went our separate ways, they wanted to do some more shopping before heading home. And we headed into Gatlinburg. We actually drove up to Ober Gatlinburg, we had never drove up there before. From there, we walked around inside and watched people ice skate. I was really hoping B would try ice skating, but she didn’t want to, and I don’t blame her! They also have a chair lift and more kiddie rides outside, as well as a ski slope in the winter and water rides in the summer, but we didn’t go out there. We just hopped on the tram, that took us down into Gatlinburg and walked around there. I love visiting all those many many shops that line the street. We stopped and of course got the girls airbrushed t-shirts, being A’s first time in the Smokey Mountains. B got a shirt with Elsa on it of course, since that is her current obsession! And A just got a pretty scenery of the mountains and sunset on hers. We walked and walked and walked. We finally stopped and enjoyed a funnel cake (yum!) and then made our way back to the tram. B really enjoyed the tram and seeing all the “big mountains” in her words. By the time we got back to our car, we were all so pooped and ready to get home. We had plans on stopping again at an arcade, but B was passed out within minutes, so we hated to wake her.
But that was our trip, we all really enjoyed our stay, and it was great to get out and do something different. This is def one of our favorite vacations spots and we hope to go back again really soon!