Welcome to Gatlinburg, Tennessee! We thought we were going to a quaint little country town, so Gatlinburg was quite a surprise. When we rolled in, it reminded us of a tiny, country-themed Las Vegas, up in the mountains, with no gambling. We’ve never seen anything like it!
We spent the first night and morning in our hotel because our hotel had it’s own WATERPARK inside of it!! In case you’re wondering, it’s the Holiday Inn Express in Gatlinburg. It was awesome. It also had an activity room for kids with tons of toys and crafts and two people working there to play with your kids. You have to stay there with them though, no dropping them off… Still – with a baby, toddler, and preschooler, just having an extra child-friendly place to hang out is a huge bonus! It was my favorite hotel experience of our whole trip!!
We finally left the hotel at 7pm and stroll to downtown Gatlinburg for dinner. We ventured off the beaten path to Tom and Earl’s Back Alley Grill. Then we walked around to decide which circle will be our icon for Gatlinburg.
The next day we drove over to Pigeon Forge to visit WonderWorks, an upside down house full of freaky experiences and curiosities! We see now why people call Gatlinburg “quaint” compared to Pigeon Forge. Pigeon Forge is sprawling and full of giant, competing tourist attractions and landmarks.
Guest editor: Kristin Lee Brown
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