The Carrenas go to Gatlinburg/Sevierville, TN – The Great Smoky Mountains

Visiting the Sevierville/Gatlinburg Area

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

This year we headed up to a cabin (for the first time) and stayed in Sevierville for the first half of Thanksgiving week. We booked our cabin through Airbnb very last minute (so thankfully we found something) and stayed with my sister and her family.

Although we were very late in planning and booking this trip, it all turned out amazing. The cabin was so cute and quaint. The weather was pretty cold, but the views were so delightful!

We stayed at the Blackberry Woods Cabin. It was decorated with all things bears. It was nice and cozy and was my first time using a fireplace! There was a pool table inside and a Jacuzzi for entertainment. The cabin was nice and cozy and felt very homey.

Sevierville, Tennessee Cabin Travel

Sevierville, Tennessee Cabin Travel

Sevierville, Tennessee Cabin Travel

Sevierville, Tennessee Cabin Travel

As far as our favorite thing to do it was definitely to go to the Great Smoky Mountains. Such amazingly beautiful views of the mountains! We never tire of seeing mountains, especially when living in the flatlands of Florida, mountains offer such a nice change. Also, the high elevation means for even cooler weather so we made sure to stay bundled up (well mostly me, my skin is made for tropical weather only). Were were lucky enough to see and spend some time in the snow!

Throughout this trip were on the hunt to find a bear throughout this trip but unfortunately didn’t see any. I did see some shadows moving throughout the motor trail that looked like baby cubs, but that was more my imagination running wild.

We checked out Clingman’s Dome

Drove through Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Hiked Grotto Falls

*Pictures below are from the drive and trail to Clingman’s Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

Great Smoky Mountains - Trail to Clingman's Dome

*Pictures below are from Grotto Falls

Great Smoky Mountains - Grotto Falls

Great Smoky Mountains - Grotto Falls

Great Smoky Mountains - Grotto Falls

After all our of daytime hiking and adventures, at nighttime we would go back to the downtown strip and grab some hot coffee and go into some souvenir shops. My sister also had some free tickets to all the Ripley’s events so we’d go to a few each night to keep the night going since it would get dark pretty early. Nice way to stay warm and keep some family time going.

Now let’s talk about something really important. Our hands down favorite place to eat was: The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge.

We went during lunch time and our meals came with corn fritters and corn chowder. Wow can I say I had never had corn fritters or corn chowder before? They were sooooo gooooddd! As for the meal I ordered the fried chicken and everyone at the table agreed that was the best tasting meal. Sadly we have don’t have pictures of the food because we were starving and gobbled them up. Oops.

Waiting time was about an hour and a half, which was pretty long, but went by quickly as we stopped by a souvenir shop next door and then checked out the Old Forge Distillery next door. There they give 5 free samples of moonshine. That was a fun way to kill time, and the chocolate moonshine and coffee moonshine were tied for my favorite from the ones we tried.

*The Old Mill Restaurant

The Old Mill Restaurant - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Old Mill Restaurant - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

*Old Forge Distillery

Old Forge Distillery - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Another restaurant we tried out was at the Apple Barn. There we had some delicious Apple Fritters. Have I said that what we learned on this trip is if it says “fritters” it is going to be delicious? These came accompanied with some also amazing apple butter. WOW! The food was pretty good as well. You can share your entrée and for an additional charge have your own sides, so you can eat as a family. Sadly we got there late so we weren’t apple to enter their store to purchase Apple Pie or Apple Butter. That is something we’ll have to do next time.

*Apple Barn 

Apple Barn Restaurant - Sevierville, Tennessee

Apple Barn Restaurant - Sevierville, Tennessee

All in all it was a great trip! Enjoying the outdoors and some good southern food, while cozying up by the fireplace at night. This might be the start of a new tradition.