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10 THINGS NEVER TO FORGET ON VACATION (GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE)

 

 

  1. Driver’s License/ ID — This could get you in trouble with a police office or disallow the fun nightlife
  2. Camera –Don’t you want proof of your fun & memories?  Well, at least, most of them!
  3. Sunglasses — It’s never cool to squint
  4. Cell Phone including Charger — This is good to have for emergency use, calling for information, & staying in touch with those you left behind
  5. Credit Cards/ Travellers Cheques — A cash only approach could get you in trouble, especially if you tend to burn through it or lose it
  6. Sunscreen — It’s important to use this when hiking, swimming, or just walking the town.  It’s very important to apply during the Summer heat!
  7. Good Shoes — You should have the proper shoes for any activities.  Flip Flops will not get you through an entire vacation.  If you are hiking the mountains, walking the City, or checking out a trendy hotspot, you will want to wear the proper shoes
  8. Kid’s Gear — Remember to bring the kids’ necessities.  That is more often than not, more important than the adults’ Stuff & will make for a happier vacation getaway
  9. Medical items — prescriptions, band-aids, pain relievers, bug repellent
  10. Auto/ Health Insurance Card

These items are important whether you are going to Dollywood or Disney World, New York or Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains or the Carribean!  When you are well prepared for a romantic getaway or family vacation, you will feel better about the future of your trip and relieve much stress from the start.  So, make your list, check it twice, and have fun on your vacation.  It will be so nice!

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Dandridge & the Douglas Dam near Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

When visiting the Smoky Mountains, people always ask where the nearest lake might be to do boating and water sports.  The answer is Douglas Lake.  This area also features a historic district, fine restaurants, a hydroelectric dam, several marinas, and the Summertime playground of locals & tourists alike.  When visiting Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville, I recommend taking a ride to Douglas Lake for a meal, boating, or wave runner ride.  The beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains is a grand sight for people looking to do something different than the Parkway, the Smoky Mountain National Park, or Dollywood.

Located 32 miles above the mouth of French Broad River, this hydroelectric dam was built by TVA in world-record time in the 1940s to meet emergency energy demands during World War II.  The project required the purchase of 33,160 acres of land and the relocation of 525 families and 32 cemeteries before the area was flooded, creating Douglas Lake.  As the citizens of Dandridge faced the scheduled flooding of their town, they appealed to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, pointing out that the town was the only place in the U.S. named for the country’s First Lady — Martha Dandridge Washington.  Mrs. Roosevelt made certain that a saddle dam was built to protect downtown Dandridge, and the town was spared.

Dandridge is one of the oldest towns in the state.  During the western expansion of the late 1700s, the fertile valleys, fresh water and abundant game of this area brought permanent settlers in 1783.  In less than a decade, the settlement grew large enough for William Blount, Governor of the Territory South of the Ohio River, to carve out a new county named Jefferson in honor of the Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson.  Today, downtown Dandridge is a National historic District featuring the 1845 courthouse & four original taverns on the district’s walking tour.  The town has the unusual backdrop of the Dandridge Dike, constructed in 1942 to save the downtown area from the waters of Douglas Lake when TVA constructed a dam across the French Broad River.

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Large Group Vacations in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

A Perfect Destination Vacation for your Group

After you view the magnificent natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take time to lose yourself in the many activities of Gatlinburg. A world-class saltwater aquarium, five mile round-trip tram ride, lifelike dioramas and museums of the unusual provide hours of fun downtown. Our deep cultural heritage of arts & crafts thrives in over 100 galleries and shops clustered nearby. And the flavor of unique local restaurants and cafés scattered throughout Gatlinburg is unparalleled, as is the convenience of lodging along streams.

Gatlinburg has so much to see and do – no matter the age or interests of your family members, we promise a lifetime of wonderful memories for everyone!

You’ll want plenty of space for mixing and reminiscing, and optional activities from golf to fishing, shopping to sightseeing.  Every accommodation, attraction and restaurant has a person on staff to cater to your needs, and we’re ready to make the task of planning you reunion a whole lot easier!

Sense the inspiration that surrounds you in this natural haven, flowing from the misting mountains, the cascading streams and the exquisite landscape. This is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Surrounded on three sides by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg takes pride in its mountain heritage and the local culture of this gateway city to the Smokies. Small town goodness is everywhere you look – from quaint shops and unique art and crafts galleries to the walkable downtown area bustling with friendly faces, fun attractions and hometown restaurants. This is truly a place to relax, reconnect, and Reach Higher Ground.

5 to 8 bedroom Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals and Pigeon Forge cabin rentals are available for your next Smoky Mountain Reunion, Retreat or Corporate Event!  Large group lodging in and around downtown Gatlinburg is available with the top log cabin accommodations as an option for your stay.  Our Large log cabin rentals give you privacy and seclusion with mountaintop views or a great downtown location with convenience to Gatlinburg Attractions & Pigeon Forge Attractions with the sights and sounds of the Parkway.  Whichever large group rental you choose, we are sure you will enjoy fine amenities such as hot tubs, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, game rooms, free play video arcades, and spacious living areas.

Our cabin rentals are in the mountains or near the Dollywood Park for your enjoyment.  We have cabin rentals with indoor pool access or their own private indoor pools.  If you are interested in multiple games, rock climbing walls, or saunas…we have that too!  For the best in group accommodations, family reunions, or corporate retreats, try our large cabins in the Smoky Mountain area on your next destination vacation.