When most people refer to Gatlinburg, TN they are talking about Sevier County which includes Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley and Sevierville. There are so many activities to do year around. This first thing for a relaxing getaway is picking out a nice chalet such as Happy Daze overlooking Bluff Mountain:
You are likely to run into some traffic during the peak seasons of summer and fall. There was a misty rain, but it did not stop crowds of people from enjoying time with their loved ones.
Everywhere you go in Gatlinburg from restaurants to adventure attractions will have photo booth areas.
The Ober Aerial Tramway is a two-mile ride from downtown Gatlinburg to the Ski Area and Amusement park. The ride was packed with 120 people. The three cables will hold up to a million pounds. I wouldn’t recommend the tram ride for anyone who is claustrophobic or does not like heights.
Ice Skating is one of those skills that once you learn it, you are set for life.
For dining options, there is a newer place called the Local Goat. It must be good because the wait was almost two hours. A quicker place was a block up called, Bullfish Grill that did not disappoint with their shrimp and grits.
Applewood Farmhouse was the selection for breakfast, but they were on their lunch menu after 11 am. Their apple fritters served with a signature julep were nice appetizers. The Fall day called for a traditional pot pie and fried okra.
No restaurant on the Parkway in all of Sevier County could compare to the food that was prepared in the Chalet. No cap. Fresh salmon, jasmine rice and veggies prepared for “Lady Kel.”
No dinner is complete without dessert.
On a sunnier day, horseback riding at Five Oaks was a challenging, yet a beautiful experience.
My horse’s name was Sally. I let her do her own thing in terms of navigating the muddy trail. It reminded me how teachers need to allow their students to be creative instead of being in total control of everything.
The trail was so muddy in parts that I felt bad for using this horse for my amusement. I thought we were going to sink like the horse Artax on the movie, The Neverending Story.
They said this ride was for all experience levels, but I would caution taking this excursion if you need a lot of learning reinforcement. I was afraid most of the time, especially when the horse in front of me was getting wild near a cliff.
Like all valleys and mountains, I survived. Ms. Sally wanted to get some food after dealing with my attitude the whole ride.
When you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.