Spending Thanksgiving in the Great Smoky Mountains is what you could call a family tradition. Every year, thousands of visitors make their reservations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, cabin rentals and gather their families from far and wide. Coming together from hundreds of miles around, spending Thanksgiving in the Smokies provides us with a time to reconnect, rejuvenate, and relax during the busy holiday season.
There are dozens of reasons to spend Thanksgiving in the Great Smoky Mountains! Gatlinburg is within a day’s drive of one-third of the United States, making it a convenient meeting place for families, no matter where they reside. The wonderful weather and spectacular scenery are some other wonderful benefits, adding to the list of reasons why the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are a great place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday. Here are our top reasons to spend Thanksgiving in the Smokies.
Our famous restaurants will do the cooking for you.
The restaurants of Gatlinburg and eating places in Pigeon Forge are filled with restaurants that are renowned for their dining experiences. Over Thanksgiving you can find some down home cooking that will delight your taste buds and make you feel like you are right at home! Don’t spend your vacation hours slaving over the stove to prepare the Thanksgiving spread – let the professionals do the hard work for you.
The Seasons Of Ober restaurant at the local ski resort serves up Thanksgiving dinner where you can overlook the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The local Applewood Farmhouse in Sevierville also serves up an impressive home cooked Thanksgiving spread all day long. Even better, you can order your Thanksgiving dinner to go, complete with a 12-pound turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, gravy, and stuffing. Topped with dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and a gallon of sweet tea, you can’t go wrong!
Our cozy cabin rentals feel like home.
As you arrive and unpack your bags and begin to settle in to your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin rental, you will feel right at home. Our cabin rentals feature amenities such as inviting log interiors, crackling fireplaces, and covered decks with stunning views of the Smoky Mountains. A stay in our cabin rentals over Thanksgiving may make you forget that the holidays are often stressful!
Curl up with your family in front of the fireplace, clutch a mug of apple cider, and reminisce about your favorite family memories. Spend an evening in the hot tub, warm despite the chilly mountain air under the expansive Smoky Mountain sky. All of our cabin rentals come complete with full kitchens as well, providing you with all that you need to prepare your traditional Thanksgiving meal. Just bring along the groceries or buy them in town!
Nearby activities make for the perfect holiday weekend fun.
A Thanksgiving in the Great Smoky Mountains can never be dull! Nearby downtown is filled with attractions that can entertain your family of all ages. There are arcades, mini golf courses, laser tag arenas, and mazes for the children, and plenty of shopping, breweries, and wineries for the adults. No matter what you’d like to do, the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have it all.
You can even consider packing your hiking boots and spending an afternoon exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are more than 800 miles of hiking trails, many of which are the ideal length and intensity for a pleasant day hike. Explore waterfalls, sweeping valleys, old homesteads, and incredible mountain views, all within a short drive from your Smoky Mountain cabin rental.