Smoky Mountains Winter Itinerary
Happy 2018 everyone, we hope it’s off to a good start! The best part of a new year coming into town is that we get to start planning our first vacation for it. Have the mountains been calling your name again? I think that means it’s time for a Smokies vacation! We welcome millions of visitors here each year from all over the world and it’s because there’s so many exciting things to do at every corner. From hiking to shows and attractions, there is something here for everyone no matter what age they are. Our Smokies ended up having another record breaking year, over 11 millions visitors came to see us in 2017! With so many things to do, it’s hard to narrow down the must sees. So we thought we would put together a Smoky Mountains Winter Itinerary for you! When you stay with us at Whispering Pines, we offer beautiful 1-4 bedroom luxury condos that are sure to make you feel like you’re at your home away from home. You’ll want a nice and relaxing place to come home to after a full day of adventuring, trust us! Another perk of Vacationing Better with us is that you actually get FREE TICKETS to numerous shows and attractions in the area. This rewards pass will be saving you $275 a day, talk about an incredible deal! Now let’s take a look at what our Smoky Mountains Winter Itinerary for the weekend has in store for us.
One of the most popular activities to do here in the Smokies is hiking, so I recommend starting your trip off with one! There’s no better way to see the mountains than up close and personally. Winter hikes are one of my favorites because I love the scenery that comes with it. As long as weather is permitting, I recommend checking out the Laurel Falls trail. It’s a moderate hike that is 2.6 miles round trip and it has a paved path. There are still some steep spots, so just remember to be aware of your surroundings (especially during the colder temperatures.) I love this trail because when it’s below-freezing, the falls actually become frozen themselves, so it’s like you’re getting to see our Smokies version of a Winter Wonderland! It’s absolutely beautiful, so you’ll want to have your camera ready to snap some pictures.
Once your hike is done, it’s time to grab a delicious meal. I recommend visiting Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant, it is sure to please everyone in your party. They have pancakes, omelettes, my personal favorite – biscuits and gravy, and so many other delectable choices, you’re sure to leave full and satisfied from this locally owned gem! Now it’s time for the fun to really begin when you visit some of the most amazing attractions around. I’d start with the museums. The Titanic is one of my favorite ones to visit. Pick up your boarding pass at a reduced cost at our front desk and get ready to board the ship. Feel like you were actually a passenger when you walk the Grand Staircase and see replicas of so many things while onboard. Touch a glacier that will show you exactly how cold the water was that night. It’s the best way for us to honor the crews and passengers that were on the ship on that fateful night. Now it’s time to pick up your tickets to the Alcatraz Crime Museum from the front office and save yourself a line! Get ready to take a look at American crime history when you visit this attraction. There are five different galleries here – History of Crime, Consequence of Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Fighting, and Pop Culture/Counterfeit Crimes. If you’re a huge fan of this particular topic, you will love it here.
Once you’re done there, it’s time to do a bit of shopping. I recommend visiting The Island! Here you will find numerous shops, attractions, and restaurants all in one place. Check out the oldest family owned 5 & 10 when you’re here. Do you want to see the mountains in all their glory? Well, you just so happen to get a free ticket for The Wheel while you’re staying with us so get your camera ready! You can also grab a quick lunch at Mellow Mushroom or Poynor’s Pommes Frites while you’re here. So now it’s dinner time and you’re wondering where you should go. Well, how about a dinner AND a show? Head on over to the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud with your free ticket and get ready to see two funny and crazy families as they try to settle their differences – mountain style! The food – oh my goodness – it’s delicious. We’re talking fried chicken, mashed taters, corn on the cob, and much more! You’re going to leave happy and full, trust us. Before you head back to your condo, don’t forget to pick up a couple FREE dvds at the office. Now it’s time to get ready for tomorrow.
I recommend starting your morning with a scenic drive through Cade’s Cove (as long as weather permits it!) You want to get here nice and early to beat the traffic and hopefully see some of our incredible wildlife. This 11 mile loop is one of the most popular things to do here in the Smokies, it’s a beautiful little tour so to speak. You can make as many stops as you want and check out our history when you see sites like Oliver Cabin and Elijah Oliver Place. Check out this loop road guide to get a feel for what you’ll see along your journey! It’s breakfast time and since you’ll be in Gatlinburg, I would definitely visit the Log Cabin Pancake House. They have some of the best food around, from pancakes to even a lunch buffet! I always visit this location when I’m in the area (ask for Wendy, she’s the bees knees!)
It’s now time to climb aboard the Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg for a day in the snow. Here you will find our own ski resort. Are you ready to hit the slopes? Pick a session and get your boards ready to hit some fresh powder! There’s also snow tubing and a kid zone for the kiddos to play in the snow. Inside you’ll find an ice skating rink and a bunch of shops to visit like Puzzled. There’s also a mountain coaster, alpine slide, and a scenic chairlift where you’ll see some of the best views of our Smokies around. You will love this amusement park! Before you leave Gatlinburg, don’t forget to visit the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies with your free ticket! See all different species of fish and other animals and get up close and personal with some sharks and penguins. There’s also hands on interactive booths where you can touch a jellyfish and pet a stingray! This will become one of your favorite attractions in Gatlinburg, we promise.
To end your fun weekend here in the Smokies, I recommend checking out the Comedy Barn (also with a free ticket!) This clean comedy show will have you and the family laughing so hard that you cry. It’s one of the best shows in the area and every show is different from the next one thanks to audience interaction. This is a must do when you’re in town! If you’re looking for a good meal when the show is over, Mel’s Diner is probably already calling your name. Feel like you’re back in the 50’s with dishes like the Fabulous Thunderbird and Buddy Holly Chili Cheeseburger, you’ll want to come here every time you’re in town! Your weekend has sadly come to an end, but you have so many incredible memories to take home with you now.
We hope you enjoyed this insider’s look at our very own Smoky Mountains Winter Itinerary! There are so many incredible things to do and places to see here, so we hope we’ve summed up quite a few for you to not miss while you’re here. Our beautiful Smokies just can’t be beat, especially in the winter, and it’s actually the best time of year to come right now since it’s a bit more quiet. So what are you waiting for? Book Your Smokies Vacation now and don’t forget to take advantage of our Winter Specials! Come and join our family here at Whispering Pines, we would love to have you!