The month of May in our household is usually overcome with excitement and anticipation of our upcoming summer Gatlinburg vacation. Once again we’ll be doing a few new things and some that always bring us joy while we’re taking in the fresh Smoky Mountain air and incredible scenery. The following is a sneak peak of what our plans are, and hopefully you can gain some insight on some of the awesome new happenings that are also making Gatlinburg a growing tourist destination—as if it needs any help in the first place. Here are some of the plans we can’t wait to explore in this year’s episode of our travels to the Burg!


This list is subject to change, but we have a pretty good idea of our daily food agenda at the moment. The way it stands there may not be a new place that we visit on this Gatlinburg vacation, however, we do have Mama’s Chicken Kitchen as a possibility, depending on how the day’s events go and other factors, including the weather.

Breakfast in order of our vacation is the usual Crockett’s Breakfast Camp on the first day, and Log Cabin Pancake House starting off our hike day. After a couple of Donut Friar mornings—always a winning option for my morning walk—we’ll finish it off with a visit to Little House of Pancakes. This will be our son’s first visit here, as we went last year on a brief couple’s trip in August that had us thinking about returning for those decadent pancakes!

Lunch and Dinner will be spent at familiar favorites, Big Daddy’s Pizzeria and sister restaurant, Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que, Cherokee Grill, and Alamo Steakhouse. Tom and Earl’s was a great stop last year, but it might be a casualty this time due to time and stiff competition from the favorites I listed. All in all, we are tastily looking forward to this aspect of our trip.


Our accommodations will be new this year with a stay in a condo from someone I met on social media that owns a few. These condos are located down Baskins Creek Road and give us ample space for my wife, son, cousin, and me to spread out and relax. We are looking forward to staying here, and if we like it as much as we’re expecting, I will post a separate review on here for you all to read. Follow him on Twitter here to see available dates and news


Of course, a Gatlinburg vacation isn’t complete without taking advantage of some of the many things to do in town. This week the Gatlinburg SkLift will unveil their highly anticipated and ambitious Skybridge, and it is our hope that we have enough courage to experience this. See, we’ve never even taken the Skylift up Crockett Mountain, so this will take a little convincing. The Skybridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country, and I have no doubt it will be an instant hit with tourists to an already popular attraction that had experienced a slight hiccup due to the 2016 Gatlinburg fires.

Photo courtesy of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park – Facebook

My son and his cousin had a great time at Gatlin’s Games last year, and this will be another attraction worth visiting again this summer. Here, you can bundle everything together for a great price—the attraction include: Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, 2 mini-golf courses, and a few skill games that test your brain and motor skills. The Space Needle is a favorite of my son’s too, as well as Arcadia, so these will be guaranteed. There is so much to do, and I will let you all know if we decide to do anything different on our trip review that will come next month!


We’ve decided to return to Clingmans Dome this year. We wanted to take our son—who has never actually been here yet—on a previous trip, but scrapped those plans when the weather wasn’t to our liking. Hopefully, after a satisfying breakfast, the weather will be picture perfect and we can experience some of the most glorious views in all the Smokies on that morning. After stopping at a few lookouts, we will make our way back to Sugarlands Visitors Center where we will do our first hike on the Fighting Creek Nature Trail. Somehow we’ve missed this and only done the more popular trail to Cataract Falls. Our hike day is never really a full day, but when we’re done, our aging bones usually need a rest. Nevertheless, it’s still an amazing first half of the day on our Gatlinburg vacation soaking in the incredible views that the Smoky Mountains have to offer.

That pretty much sums up my preview of our Gatlinburg vacation. Feel free to comment and recommend anything to us, as we have an open mind for activities in the area. It’s hard to be disappointed with anything here. We are certainly looking forward to our much needed vacation, and I’ll finish by saying: Thanks for reading!