Tennessee was not a state on my list of places to vacation. However, when my brother-in-law invited family members to go to the cabins in Pigeon Forge, TN, in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, I nonchalantly said yes.  I thought, why not?  I had never been to Tennessee, and I wanted to go somewhere with my son before he went off to college.  My brother-in-law and my sister, who recently passed loved Tennessee and frequently boasted about the many attractions for kids and adults.

Our travelling group consisted of 11 people – three kids under 12, two teenagers and six adults. I had forgotten what it was like to vacation with family – the camaraderie of bonding with people who genuinely love and look out for each other.  It was soothing.

The drive was approximately eight hours. After only a couple of stops, we had finally arrived.  Driving down Parkway, one of the main roads to get to our cabin was invigorating.  Exhilaration was slithering throughout my body as I ogled at the bright lights and billboards highlighting places pledging gratification.  I couldn’t wait to get to the cabin to get settled!

The log cabin looked like a picture from a postcard. It was beautiful!  It slept 13 and had everything that you needed – washer/dryer, dishwasher, dishes, pool table, hot tub, and all the amenities in a home.

Tennessee did not disappoint. There were plenty of activities for entertainment.  Our objective was to coordinate activities to appease everyone in our group, which ranged in age from 8 to 63.  We did, and some of our undertakings included the following:

  • Wonderworks, an upside-down house with plenty of rides and adventures.
  • Watching a 4D movie which, of course, compelled me to close my eyes due to fear, but it was fun.
  • Going to the magic show of the amazing Terry Evanswood.
  • Going on the Jurassic Boat ride where dinosaurs jump out and spray you
  • Going to the Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Visiting the Zombie house, which scared the crap out of two of the kids because there were a couple of people dressed as zombies to make the experience more frightening.
  • Going into a mirror maze.
  • Going to the Extreme go kart tracks – crazy fun!
  • Visiting the Ripley’s Aquarium where a beautiful young lady was dressed as a mermaid and swam with fish; and
  • Going to nice restaurants for dinner.

The only con for me was the mountain driving. The cabins were located deep into the mountains and in some areas, if you drove just a little too far to the left or right, the drop was over 50 to 100 feet.   The grass that lined roads were misleading because shortly behind them were steep plunges without warning.  Those harrowing images eliminated Tennessee nightlife for me.  However, the cabin offered many amenities for you to enjoy staying in along with significant privacy.  The mountains are beautiful, and I’m so glad I had a chance to visit Tennessee!  Check out my pictures from our adventure.

A view of the drive to the cabin:

At the Aquarium in the Gatlinburg area:

Beautiful mermaid swimming with the fish: