Life Lately: Smoky Mountain Mini Vacation

Dewy morning mountain trees and cool cold mountain air.

Hoodies, songs, and toddler chatter as we tracked our way up.

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Waterfall views and fruit snacks.  (Don’t drop any for the bears!) 

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At the bottom of the mountains … Healthier dark chocolate dipped frozen bananas on deep fried avenue.

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Fried pickles, deep fried corn and the most amazing ribs ever glazed in honey BBQ sauce.

Worms in dirt for the little man (chocolate pudding with gummy worms)

Overalls, banjos and moon, moon, mooooooonshine. (Cocktail and jello shot recipes coming soon!)

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A cheery patio lunch at Mellow Mushroom (caprese pizza) and their mason jar dream of a bar.

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Great Smoky Mountain and Gatlinburg TN Travel (with toddler) Tips
Eat: Bennett’s BBQ  Do it. Don’t think about the calories. It’s worth it.
Drink: Ole Smoky Moonshine FREE taste testing on the Gatlinburg strip and a drink at Mellow Mushroom called the Gatlinburg Kiss.  SO GOOD.
Sleep: We stayed at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa. It was decent but by no means a “resort or spa”. Our view was blocked by construction and the indoor waterpark (Wild Bear Falls) was a little stinky. Austin loved it though. I think next time we would rent our own cabin or try the Park Vista Hilton.
Play: One of the dozens of go-cart tracks along the strip in Pigeon Forge. Austin was tall enough to be strapped in a double with Nick and he LOVED it. Anything with a steering wheel ya know? The pirate ship playground at Joe’s Crab Shack. Mom and dad are allowed to bring their drinks (that are the size of your head) out there while the kiddos get their pirate on. Arrrrrrr. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Aquarium is a must. The shark tank walk through was so cool.
Hike: Abram Falls and Laurel Falls (Laurel Falls is paved and a little easier but the waterfall at the top is still gorgeous) both are doable with kids in packs and you could probably do Laurel Falls with a running stroller.
Kiss: Romance is hard to find with toddlers in tow but if you make sure your cabin or hotel has a fireplace the night will be yours.

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One Response to “Life Lately: Smoky Mountain Mini Vacation”

  1. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) posted on April 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm (#)

    Glad you were able to have a mini weekend getaway. I loved your photos of the hikes!

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