Gatlinburg Day 1….Arrival


To be honest, we had NO clue what the place we were staying was going to be like.  Websites can seem to make places look better than they really are.  I was completely surprised at the amount of traffic.  Although it was a Saturday, and I am sure that Saturday’s are busier, but it was crazy!  It is like Branson at Christmas time!  Tons of stoplights that take you through Pigeon Forge down to Gatlinburg.

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We were pleasantly surprised when we opened our door to our “condo”.  Fireplace, kitchen, Jacuzzi….just a very cozy feeling. 

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Our Turn In                                       From Front Door Looking in

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   Fireplace and balcony                      Bedroom with tub in it!?

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Living room looking at kitchen                    Jacuzzi tub


                              Looking off of our balcony

We were excited to go see the town, even though it was dark.

We made the walk from our condo down to the “strip” of downtown Gatlinburg.  What a fun place!  Gatlinburg reminds me of Eureka Springs, AR X 100. Pigeon Forge reminds me of Branson, MO.  

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We went to eat at No Way Jose, a local Mexican restaurant.  IMG_0311                    IMG_0309

It was really good! That was the extent of our Day 1.  We made it to our place, unpacked and went to eat dinner. 

List from friends on things to do! (Probably won’t get to these, but so grateful to have somewhere to start)


Cades Cove – Hiking (don’t you worry, Adam HAD to stop by the welcome center to get maps so we will have a plan)

Ripleys Aquarium

Dixiestamepede – Probably won’t be doing this, as we have both been to it before and we are cheap:)


Moonshine Distillery – Adam is very excited about this one!

Zipline through the Smokies

Places to Eat:

Chop House

Best Italian in Gatlinburg

Old Mill Pottery Barn Cafe and Restaurant

Cherokee Grill

No Way Jose

Pancake house

The Peddler

Park Grill- Probably will go here for V-Day

Smokey Mountain Restaurant and Brewery

Until next time!