Gatlinburg Trip

Every year, Chris’s family goes to Gatlinburg after Christmas. We went several years prior to Zoe, but haven’t been since she was born. I figured that this year was a great age to start going on trips like this!

View from our chalet
The little white specs is downtown Gatlinburg. Crazy how high up we were!

We were up there for 7 days and we got to do a lot of things that we love! We walked around downtown a few times, being sure that we stopped by a few of our favorite stores, grabbed a farkle dog and foot-long corn dog at Fannie Farkles, had hot chocolate from the Donut Friar, and played many games at the Space Needle arcade!

Zoe was obsessed with all the snowmen around downtown, and needed photographed with all of them. So cute!

The arcade was definitely one of Zoe’s favorite things to do. Is she our kid or what?

We went mini-golfing at Crave, which was a really cute indoor/outdoor place that was ice cream themed. We even got Zoe an ice cream bowl with her name on it for home.

We visited The Island in Pigeon Forge twice. The first time, we shopped around the stores, Zoe’s favorite being the toy store! We played games at the arcade there, got some yummy cheese fries at Poynor’s Pommes Frites, rode the merry-go-round and Zoe talked me into riding the huge Ferris Wheel….despite my crippling fear of heights. Which was honestly challenged the entire trip with all the switchbacks and steep mountain roads with no guard rails. White knuckle driving at it’s finest! I was proud for conquering that fear, and got some amazing pictures and views from the top!

View from the Ferris Wheel

The second visit to The Island involved eating at Paula Deen’s restaurant. OMG!!! The food was so so so so good! We lucked out and only had about a 15-minute wait and were seated right next to the windows with beautiful views of the whole area. When we were leaving, the wait was up to almost 2 hours.

One of my favorite things about the trip was getting to meet up with Andrea!!! I don’t even remember if it was on her blog, or on Instagram that she mentioned she was going to be there at the same time as me…and as soon as I read that I messaged her immediately. A meet up had to happen! We met in The Village in Downtown Gatlinburg and had hot chocolate and donuts from The Donut Friar. Chris and Zoe were with me, since we were going to do other things down there after and both of them even commented on how sweet and genuine she was. She brought Zoe a dog that has basically followed us around everywhere since. And you know pictures had to go down. We are bloggers!

We ate at No Way Jose’s and Loco Burro in downtown Gatlinburg, Mama’s Farmhouse and Bennett’s Pit BBQ while we were there as well.

We went gem mining twice. I am on the lookout for a really cool way to display these for Zoe in her room.

And we visited Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Aquarium while we were there.

My favorite display at Ripley’s was Hogwarts made from matchsticks! Incredible!!!!

I hate that I didn’t get to go shopping at the outlets, or eat at Apple Barn while we were there. We will just have to make a trip another time soon with Zoe! It was insane how crowded it was at Christmas this year. It is always really crowded, but it seemed even more so this time! I would like to visit another time of year when we can fit more in.

And I have to share the amazing views the last day. We were above the fog. It was so thick, you couldn’t see anything driving up the mountain the night before. And in the morning, it almost looked like a white lake. Incredible!!!!

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  • Reply Andrea Nine January 15, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Oh girl, just love you all. Such a sweet treat and how perfect it this was the year you decided to return. Zoe looks like she had the time of her life! You guys packed it all in. And I think you found the perfect phrase for the switch backs, white knuckle driving for sure! We can’t thank you enough for the recommendation to go to the island. We wish we would’ve had more time there. Such a lovely area! I just love the comments you left on my Gatlinburg post. It just warms my heart to know how precious and real you are, the epitome of sweetness and good hearts in you all! xoxo

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent January 15, 2020 at 9:09 am

    We havent been to Gatlinburg in years & this post just made me miss it so much.
    We love those arcades like we’re Zoe’s age!!!
    & The Donut Friar… mmmm… that & the Pancake Pantry. GIVE ME ALL THE CARBS
    I love Andrea brought a dog for Zoe – she is just precious – glad you two got to meet.
    Our honeymoon was on a road like that – the edge of a freaking mountain – it horrified me. Now, I look at how to get to cabins before I book them. I’ll never do that again.

  • Reply laura January 15, 2020 at 9:51 am

    I can’t wait until we schedule a trip up to Gatlinburg! Everything looks like so much fun!! How fun that you and Andrea got to meet up – yay for blates!! Do people still call them that?? Also, you know what else I love? Your damn face in all of those pictures. 🙂

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen January 15, 2020 at 10:33 am

    What a fun trip! I love the mountains and it looks like Zoe enjoyed her first trip! So glad you got to meet Andrea, I hope to meet her and you one day too! Those fog pics are insane, we have been having some of that here as of late.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer January 16, 2020 at 8:55 am

    I wish we could have made the trip. Next time! We haven’t been in years and it looks like it’s changed so much.

  • Reply Lauren January 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    We grew up going to Gatlinburg all the time, but I haven’t been in forever. Looks GORGEOUS, and like a wonderful trip!

  • Reply Kaitlyn January 17, 2020 at 1:45 am

    She’s getting so big, omg! Love Gatlinburg! We were in Knoxville back in October for the UT vs. UGA game, so Mom and I popped over and checked out the views from the new SkyBridge. I love how they decorate and go all out for every season. The fall decor was beautiful too! Pumpkins and hay bales everywhere. My favorite part of the shopping strip in Gatlinburg is all the sweet shops. I just pop in one at a time, request a fudge sample, and move on to the next lol. That Hogwarts matchstick display is amazing. Wow. Hope you and the family are doing well! <3

  • Reply Megan January 17, 2020 at 7:27 am

    I haven’t been to Gatlinburg since I was in high school, probably because it’s so close to home. But the mountain photos and especially the fog reminded me why I’m so ready to leave Charleston… I NEED the mountains in my life.

  • Reply SMD January 20, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    The last photos are amazing!

    What a great trip with family, food, conquering fears, blogger meet ups, a new dog friend to follow Zoe everywhere!

  • Reply Audrey January 21, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Holy cow, those views!!!! You guys had such a fun time! Now I want to go there! And so cool to meet up with a blogger! I hope to do that some day!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag January 22, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve only been to Gatlinburg once, but I’m hoping to go sometime later this year and I’m excited. It looks like you had a blast, and I love all the pictures of Zoe with snowmen. That’s adorable. And how fun you got to meet a fellow blogger!


  • Reply StephTheBookworm February 4, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    HOLY COW, I cannot believe your view! I really, really want to visit here now! I just looked and it’s a 12 hour drive from me… not too bad, right?! LOL. Thanks for sharing about this… I don’t think I knew about it before so I saved your post so I don’t forget to add it to my bucket list.

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