If you’ve done any research or had friends or family who’ve visited the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ve probably heard about the changing of the leaves in fall or the sparkling holiday lights in winter. But did you know that the two mountain towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer fun all throughout the year? While fall and the holidays are popular times for visitors, so are spring and summer.
1. Fall Colors
First on our list are the unparalleled colors of the Smoky Mountains each fall, making this season one of the most popular for visiting Pigeon Forge. The variety of trees dotting the Smoky Mountain hills and the mild climate of East Tennessee make for a perfect combination when it comes to enjoying the oranges, golds, and reds of the changing leaves on the trees. For one of the best seats in the house when it comes to fall colors, we recommend a ride on the 200-foot Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at Pigeon Forge’s The Island.
Whether you’re seeking a picturesque mountain backdrop to enhance your portfolio or the coolest Instagram shot to boost your followers, the Great Smoky Mountains provide unmatched photo-worthy beauty as far as the eye can see. From wondrous wildlife and historic buildings to cascading waterfalls and alluring landscapes, the Smokies has you covered — and then some.
Despite popular opinion, pumpkin is not exclusively reserved for pumpkin spiced lattes when fall rolls around. And although we’re the first to grab a hot drink and head to the deck of one of our cozy Smoky Mountain cabins, there are plenty of other ways to make the most of this seasonal ingredient.
1. Hiking boots. Besides booking one of our Smoky Mountains cabins with impressive mountain views, one of the best ways to experience fall foliage this year is to get out and explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ! With more than 800 miles of hiking, you’re sure to find a trail that fits your fitness level, and some of the recommended hikes for fall include Andrews Bald, Gregory Bald, Mount LeConte, and the Sugarland Mountain Trail. So bring your hiking boots or a good pair of sneakers, and get ready for some crisp mountain air this fall!
Sometimes misplaced stress can really get in the way of relationships and romance. Just remember: your partner didn’t pile on all that extra paperwork before the weekend or make your passive-aggressive work schedule that leaves you worn out. So, when life is causing your relationship stress, get away! Go back to the basics and escape together to the Smoky Mountains for a romantic cabin vacation. The Smokies are considered one of the most affordable romantic areas in the country for plenty of good reasons!
August is FAMILY FUN MONTH, just another great excuse to plan a big Smoky Mountain vacation or a quick weekend away with the kids. And what better place to get away than Gatlinburg (or Pigeon Forge), where the Parkway is lined with arcades, mini golf courses, go kart tracks, and family-friendly attractions.
Everyone has their own vacation style. For some, a weekend of spas, wine, hot tubs, and lounging couldn’t possibly be topped. Others love exploring what a city has to offer, from restaurants and shops to attractions and local events. Some travelers are all about the great outdoors. What are the best trails? How many miles can I log? What’s the best mountaintop view? Still others are focused on the food, want to stay busy for a whole week, or just want to get as much family time as possible.
1. Hot Apple Fritters
First on our list for fall comfort foods in the Smokies is a hot apple fritter at the Apple Barn and Cider Mill in Sevierville. If you haven’t visited this unique Smoky Mountain restaurant before, you should definitely check it out this fall. You won’t find a sweeter way to warm up than with a perfectly flaky fritter and a glass of fresh-made apple cider in your hands. You can also hang around and eat dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant before heading back to the cabin with your very own bottle of locally made apple wine from the Apple Barn Winery.