Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains

Gatlinburg is a mountain town in eastern Tennessee and is known as a gateway to the roughly 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many of its key attractions offer sweeping views of the neighboring park, including the 407-ft. Space Needle observation tower and the Sky Lift, a 2.1-mile aerial cable car.

We had a rather large group going to Gatlinburg in late summer of 2012.  We left Cincinnati after breakfast and decided to stop for lunch in Knoxville at the Downtown Grill and Brewery.  I think if the name of a restaurant has the word brewery in it; the guys must stop to test the local beers.

After our lunch stop, we headed on to Gatlinburg.  Since there were so many of us staying, we rented a rather large house.  Everyone had their own room and there were two of everything in the kitchen; two stoves; two refrigerators; two dishwashers, etc.  Below is a picture of the house that we rented.  You can see just how big the place was.  I personally loved the views from the deck which you can see from the pictures below just how beautiful those views were!

There is lots of hiking in Gatlinburg and a number of our group did that every day.  Below are some pictures that they took during their hikes.

The not adventurous ladies decided to drive the artist loop.  The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, also known as the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, is a series of shops and galleries along an 8-mile two-laned loop in Sevier County, Tennessee east of Gatlinburg.  We had a great time going through all the shops along this loop.

And of course there was a brewery in Gatlinburg and the guys went there one day for lunch.

Going to Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a great weekend get away and we all had a great time!