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Second Honeymoon for Park Lovers

Jun 12, 2006  Getaway from our hectic life long-time-coming! 3 kids did not attend!
3.5 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

We had a perfect weekend for two, hiking and hot-tubbing.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with teenagers, Active/adventure
  • 1. Sunset Cottage Rentals

    Fabulous private cabin rental with private hot-tub on deck overlooking woods. Very reasonably priced. Various locations available in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, some more secluded than others, some allowing pets. Our choice was secluded, and far off the beaten path. Clean. Nicely decorated log cabin, with rustic feel. Fully equipped kitchen. We chose the "Simba's Den" cabin and liked the african animals theme decor. (Tastefully done desipe the cheesy name.) The road to get to it was a bit scary- narrow and winding though steep hills - and the last two streets were gravel and rutted, but the privacy was worth the drive. The directions to get there were a bit complicated but they worked! The hot tub was blissful and so very private. The private deck had a small table and chairs, swing and a rocker. The checkout instructions were clear and basically asked us for common courtesies like adjusting the air conditioning, washing the dishes you used, and taking out your garbage.

  • 2. Alamo Steakhouse
    Alamo Steakhouse, Pigeon Forge

    Nice place with good food. A bit pricy, and no bar to have a cocktail while waiting, but the wait was short and the food delicious. Great service. Clean and pleasant atmosphere. Pricy for the area at $60 for two plus a tip.(We had one glass of wine each, dinner and an appetizer.) This restaurant was recommended by two people at our registration desk when asked for a nice place to have dinner. The traffic in Pigeon Forge is bad. Due to the Boulevard setup, if you need something on the other side of the street, try driving several blocks past your destination, and then turn back towards your target. This will allow you to cut in and get over. Crazy traffic.

  • 3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

    We took two hikes and a scenic drive. Sugarland Visitor Center just outside Gatlinburg was very helpful, and has a nice gift shop. They recommended these hikes to us for the views and our wish to hike along streams. Chimney Tops hike was gorgeous. Heed the rating: strenuous hike. The path is irregular, steep at times, and a great workout. Being a bit out of shape myself, I had to take several breaks, but enjoyed the hike tremendously. Several familes with small children turned back, but I saw others who made it the whole way. It is supposedly only a couple miles to the top, but feels like more due to the rocky, rooted path, and the incline. The view is fabulous at the top. If you go in the spring, the rhodedendrons are in bloom, and they are everywhere! Our second hike was the Trillium Gap Trail, a 1.2 mile hike to Grotto Falls. This would be a better hike for families who want a moderate to mildly strenuous, shorter hike. The falls are lovely at the end and you can walk behind them. A lovely area. The drive to the trails in this area, Roaring Fork trail is a lovely wooded drive.

  • 4. Calhoun's BBQ
    Calhoun's, Knoxville, Tennessee

    A good meal for a reasonable price. A bar to wait for your table, which was about 20 minutes. My husband had the ribs, which he said we average. I had a white tortilla soup and a ceasar salad, which I enjoyed. Our bill was $40 plus a tip, without an appetizer. The meal included rolls and the drinks at the bar before dinner were reasonably priced. There were some cute shops right up the street from the restaurant. There was some parking near the shops, but we didn't see it and paid $5 to park in a pay lot across the street. The traffic in Gatlinburg is HORRIBLE. Use the bypass when possible to save some time!