Anakeesta Spring Expansion
Are you over the cold weather and all you want is some sunshine? Are you counting down the days for Spring to make its way into town? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! Spring is one of my favorite seasons and it’s also one of the most beautiful ones to experience in the Smokies. Wildflowers start to bloom, the greenery is coming back on the trees, and the weather just can’t be beat, it’s no wonder why it becomes such a busy time for us here. With every new season comes new changes it feels like and we’re so excited to announce that we’re growing once again, but for now, it’s out in Gatlinburg. That’s right, Anakeesta is expanding and adding five new projects that we’re all bound to love! When you stay with us here at Whispering Pines, we offer beautiful one, two, three, and four bedroom affordable luxury condos with three different views to choose from to look out at from your private balcony. You’ll need a cozy place to come back to after a day out and about, and we can guarantee that you’ll love the feeling of home that our units will give you when you’re here. We’re also just minutes from the spur that will lead you over to Gatlinburg so you can be there in no time at all! We also have a FREE TICKETS program as a thank you for booking with us. This will get you a free adult ticket each day to numerous shows and attractions in the area, and one just so happens to be the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! You’ll be able to really have an amazing adventure while you’re in Gatlinburg. Are you ready to take a look at the Anakeesta Spring Expansion? Let’s check it out!
Anakeesta is a new outdoor family destination full of shopping, dining, attractions, zip lining, and most importantly – beautiful panoramic mountain views! You get to start your journey off with a scenic ride to the top of the mountain on one of their custom Chondolas, featuring views that are bound to take your breath away. Once you’ve reached the top, you will be able to see amazing and majestic views of Mt. Leconte (our favourite.) You will definitely want to have your camera ready to snap some incredible photos of our rolling hills, this is the best place to take some. Are you ready for the fun to officially begin? I suggest starting off with the Tree Canopy Walk which is 16 unique bridges above the green forest floor that you roam along at your own pace. My coworker and I tried this and we were laughing the entire time, it was truly a lot of fun! If you have some kiddos with you, they have a wonderful Tree House Village Playground that I can guarantee they will love and probably never want to leave. Are you ready for a true adrenaline rush? The most popular activity they offer is zip lining! Something really special about their course is that you can race side-by-side with your family and friends on their 1000 ft zip lines that reach an astonishing 125’ above the forest below you. Another special thing they offer here is the Memorial Forest Walk where you can learn about the wildfires that occurred here in 2016 and how they have truly impacted our community. Don’t forget to check out the magical Firefly Village that is full of adorable and quaint shops to explore and then you can pick up a sweet treat from Pearl’s Pie in the Sky! This place is full of fun from beginning to end and we’re sure that it’ll become a new family favorite. Now that you’ve learned a little bit about what Anakeesta already has, let’s check out what’s coming this Spring!
- Mountain Coaster – This brand new single-rail roller coaster is going to be one entertaining adventure from beginning to end. Soar through the forest when you reach the top speed of 25 mph and enjoy the views along the way! You will love traveling down the mountain, but don’t worry, you don’t have to be a speed demon the whole time. The best part of this coaster is that you can control your own speed, so if you’re wanting to just really take in the sights around you, you can do just that! We can guarantee that this will become a new family favorite and we can’t wait for it to finally open.
- Restaurant and Bar – The views up here are incredible and that is bound to make your dinner here even better. Imagine enjoying a delicious half-pound gourmet burger while you stare out over our rolling hills, it doesn’t get much better than that, am I right?! This new restaurant will be able to seat 240 people and will offer an amazing menu full of smoked southern favorites, burgers, and specialty salads and sides. They will also be offering craft beers and a full service bar. We’re sure their southern hospitality will have you wanting to come back every time you’re here. Best part of all? They will be offering sunset pavilion seating (yes!) so this will become a new prime spot to watch the sunset below our gorgeous rolling hills. We cannot wait to try this when it opens!
- New Zip Line – As if the ones they already have weren’t enough, they’re adding another line for us to fall in love with! This zip line will help to extend the already amazing course so you will now soar over the chondolas. You saw the views when you rode up in one, so can you imagine them when you’re flying by for one adrenaline packed adventure? Sign me up please, who’s ready to duel?!
- Garden Walk – If you’re looking to just take in the beautiful views around you then this was made for you! Featuring gorgeous blooming flowers and greenery, this walk will be unforgettable. You’ll start at the Memorial Forest Walk and finish over at the Tree Canopy Walk. We can guarantee that this will bring about a sense of serenity that you’re looking for while on vacation. If you’re a nature lover, you won’t want to miss this!
- Sunset Deck – As we mentioned before, this is going to become your new sunset destination. This new covered pavilion will offer the most incredible spot you can find to watch our magical sunsets. When winter comes, you’ll also get to see all the twinkling Christmas lights and displays that decorate the parkway in Gatlinburg. You will want to come here every night that you’re in town, we promise!
We hope you enjoyed this insider’s look at the Anakeesta Spring Expansion! We are so unbelievably excited for what’s to come at this outdoor family friendly destination. If you loved it before, you’re going to love it even more when we finally get our opening dates for all the enjoyment that is coming our way this season! We can guarantee that this will become a new family staple every time you come to see us here in the Smokies. So what are you waiting for? Book Your Spring Vacation now and get ready for one unforgettable trip. Come and join our family here at Whispering Pines, we would love to have you! It’s time to experience our beautiful town and the Anakeesta Spring Expansion, we truly cannot wait for all the fun to begin!