Every mother deserves a relaxing vacation, and what better time to surprise her with a cabin getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains than on Mother’s Day — a time-honored holiday on which the most important women in our lives are honored for all their time and effort spent not only looking after but also guiding their children through life?! Make this Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018) special with fun activities, fine dining, endless shopping, spa evenings, and breathtaking mountain views!
Let the Good Times Roll
Between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, there’s something for every mom to enjoy in the Smokies. For excitement seekers, spend an entire day (or 2) at Dollywood, an amusement park filled with daredevil rides, entertaining shows, unique shops, and quaint eateries. If tranquility is first on her wish list, visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to watch schools of fish swim and sway in the Ocean Realm, feel the smooth tops of rays as they glide past at Touch A Ray Bay, and giggle at the adorable waddles of the prime residents at Penguin Playhouse. For active moms, TopJump Trampoline Park will be an experience to remember with 21 climbing lines, a gladiator pit, ninja course, and — trampolines, of course!
A vacation for mom wouldn’t be complete without tasty breakfasts, scrumptious lunches, delicious dinners, and oh-so-sweet desserts. Head to Reagan’s House of Pancakes to tackle the breakfast buffet — complete with French toast, fresh fruit, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, eggs made to order, and pancakes! After a few in-town activities, stop by the Wild Plum Tea Room for a vegan-option lunch on the covered porch. Best of all, this restaurant is pet friendly, so her precious pooch can come, too!
Make supper an entertaining event by attending a dinner show — cheer, laugh, cry (from laughing), and leave with smiles for miles. We highly recommend Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures, one of the newest dinner show attractions in Pigeon Forge, featuring a Southern meal fit for a queen, acrobatic stunts galore, spectacular musical numbers, and a love story woven throughout the performance. After the show, choose from mini cheesecakes and dessert shooters at Heavenly Delights Cafe and Bakery in Gatlinburg for a dessert to live for!
Moms with a passion for fashion and an inherent gift for shopping will be thoroughly impressed by the array of stores the Smokies has to offer. Venture to Pigeon River Crossings, a large shopping outlet loaded with more than 80 stores, for a day of shopping bliss with fabulous tops, in-style jeans, flattering dresses, bargain shoes, fetching accessories…the works! Mosey down to The Village in downtown Gatlinburg — which harbors 27 charming shops and eateries — for fun apparel from Life Is Good, a midday treat from Coffee & Company, cooking blends from The Spice and Tea Exchange, exquisite scents from Candle Cottage, and adorable moccasins from The Hayloft.
For a unique experience, travel around the Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail to view local crafters at work and purchase a few one-of-a-kind pieces while you’re at it. From handwoven baskets, beautiful pottery, and oil paintings to handmade jewelry, stained-glass décor, and homemade candies, the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community has you covered — and then some!
Never Leave the Cabin
Tucked away in the mountains awaits a cozy cabin made for peace and quiet as well as rest and relaxation — just for her. Unwind in a rocking chair on the back deck while enjoying the immeasurable beauty of the Smoky Mountains, read a good book by a warm fire, snuggle up for movie night on the big screen TV (chick flicks are highly recommended), take an evening soak in the outdoor hot tub, and play a few rounds of pool in the game room — moms are the best at having fun!
Along with countless cabin amenities, make her stay even more exceptional with in-cabin gifts. From seeing wildflowers upon entry into the home and finding a bath basket filled with all things spa to brewing provided gourmet coffee blends in the morning and receiving her own personal chef for the evening, there’s an option for every mom!
For the Love of Nature
Nature-loving moms won’t be able to contain their excitement on the hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wondrous wildlife all around, trees as high as the sky, the sound of footsteps over rock and bridge, the rushing river waters flowing in tune with passing songbirds…what could be better? Well, maybe walking isn’t really her style; perhaps a drive through Cades Cove is the perfect way for her to get close to nature without the physical strain of meandering through the forest.
Why not take the more exciting route by scheduling a helicopter ride over Bluff Mountain and the Tennessee Valley with Scenic Helicopter Tours? Better yet, travel to Anakeesta for a day of exploring Firefly Village, strolling through nature on the Tree Canopy Walk and Forest Memorial Interpretive Trail, duel ziplining high above the forest floor, and snapping pictures aplenty to capture every moment.