Planning a Tennessee-mountain getaway with your sweetheart? Thinking fireplaces, cozy couches and hot tubs. Great!
First, start with a gorgeous cabin at American Patriot Getaways. Now, make a plan for some fun and adventure – there’s so much to do in the Smoky Mountains. From moonshine tastings and indoor skydiving to a tour of the Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum to musical dinners shows and helicopter rides, there’s something for every couple to enjoy.
Moonshine – known as white lightning, corn liquor, wildcat, cat daddy, skull cracker and a host of other names – can now be made legally in Tennessee with a proper license. It is still illegal to own a still in your home for making alcohol, but distilleries have popped up so everyone can have a taste and even take some home. The first legal moonshine distillery opened In Tennessee in 2010.
The clear liquor is made by fermenting a sugar source to produce ethanol. Unlike bourbon and whiskey, it is not aged. So, the resulting spirit has a high alcohol content – often greater than 100 proof. Traditionally, moonshine is made from a mash of corn and sugar. The alcohol is separated from the mash by a distillation process.
Ole Smoky –
Ole Smoky has several unique distilleries in the Smoky Mountains – in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
The Holler in Gatlinburg is “America’s most visited distillery,” according to Ole Smoky. It also produces all of the company’s signature flavors including: Salty caramel, mango habanero, root beer, and pecan.
Ole Smoky describes the experience: “As you approach the entrance, the distinct smell of cooking and fermenting grains takes over your senses. Here, you’ll see authentic-working moonshine stills and take in the entire process – from beginning to end. Our distillers like to visit with folks. They’ll be glad to answer your questions about the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee.”
After the tour, $5 samplings are available all day Monday through Saturday. The distillery is located at 903 Parkway Suite 128, Gatlinburg. Reach them (865) 436-6995.
For Ole Smoky’s history.
Doc Collier –
Located at 519 Parkway Gatlinburg, 1 (800) 398-5132, Doc Collier partners with English Mountain Spring Water to make its moonshine. “English Mountain Spring is located in a quiet, little hollow in the Great Smoky Mountains and became a “discovered” water source in 1883. The English Mountain Spring Water company takes great pride in bottling their water 900 feet from the source, thus bringing a taste of nature’s perfection to its loyal customers. English Mountain periodically delivers 300-600 gallons of their spring water to use in the fermentation and blending process. When making his moonshine, William “Doc” Collier himself used water from English Mountain known then as `the Promised Land’ by the locals.”
Another distillery is Sugarlands in Gatlinburg, whose moonshine is now the official moonshine of NASCAR. Located at 805 Parkway, (865) 325-1355, Sugarlands opened in downtown Gatlinburg in 2014. Locally owned and operated with a funky fun vibe. Check out this Sugarlands video for a taste of what you’ll be tasting.
Wine Tastings for Those Who Prefer Grapes to Corn
Prefer wine? Check out the Rocky Top Wine Trail – five local Smoky Mountain wineries within 12 miles of each other. With 70 unique wines to taste, you might want to make a couple days of the trail.
Smoky Mountain Winefest takes place each spring in Gatlinburg and is a wine-tasting and culinary experience worth planning to attend.
If you’re looking for some physical adventure, check out Flyaway indoor skydiving in Pigeon Forge.
In its vertical wind tunnel, Flyaway offers a skydiving experience without jumping from a plane or falling from the sky.
“You can break the bonds of gravity and body fly.” Check out this video for what to expect.
Flyaway’s instructors will teach visitors all they need to know to body fly indoors so no experience is necessary. Participants attend a 15-minute training class where body control techniques and safety procedures are discussed. Flyers receive a suit, helmet, and other safety equipment. Following a short review of the basics, a group of five flyers then enters the wind tunnel with their instructor and take turns flying during a 15-minute session. Each person receives about three minutes of airtime, according to the Website.
Flying through the air together – talk about romantic and thrilling!
Flyaway is located at 3106 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, 1-877-293-0639
Whirlybird Fun and Fantastic Scenery
Want to fly outdoors, take a Smoky Mountain helicopter ride and see the beautiful national park from up high while holding your partner’s hand and enjoying the exhilaration of being high above the treetops.
Scenic Helicopter Tours in Sevierville offers a variety of tours and pricings – from $29 for an 8-mile for a “birds-eye” view of the surrounding area to $1,200 for the 100-mile Smoky Mt. Spectacular tour.
Check out this YouTube video of the 30-mile tour and make plans for your own high-flying adventure.
While Scenic Helicopter’s heliport is in Sevierville at 1949 Winfield Dunn Parkway, its ticket office is located in Pigeon Forge at 1965 Parkway, 865-453-6342.
Take to the Slopes Together at Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg is another great place to go when you want some fun outside your cabin. Skiing, ice skating, snow tubing and even ice bumper cars make for fun couple time.
Start the adventure at Ober in Gatlinburg by boarding the Aerial Tramway in downtown and take in some of the best views as you soar above Gatlinburg for more than 2 miles. Check out this video for a taste of what you’ll experience!
Once you reach the top, head to the slopes on skis or snow boards. Or hit the snow tubing slope. If indoor adventure is more your style, hop on the ice rink to skate romantically holding hands or holding on to one another as you sore around the ice. Or, compete against one another in bumper cars on ice – a lot of silly fun on about 1/3 of the entire ice rink.
Read our recent blog on Ober for even more information, videos and pictures.
On the High Seas – Titanic Museum of Pigeon Forge
The true story of the RMS Titanic and the passengers on the ship that went down on April 14, 1912, is one that will make you hold tight to your loved ones and perhaps inspire joy with the heartwarming tales of heroism and sacrifice for love. Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge offers an experience like no other to learn about the voyage of the ship that was deemed “unsinkable.”
Located at 2134 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Titanic Museum is hard to miss. The ship-building was designed half-scale to the original luxury cruise liner, which was 882 feet in length. At the time, the largest man-made moving object on Earth. The museum ship seems to be in motion cutting through the sidewalks and onto the streets of Pigeon Forge – towering above and beckoning visitors.
Walking through the ship is a romantic trip through the museum as you take the self-guided tour and learn how your passenger ate, slept, worked and played on the voyage, a trip of a lifetime. The Titanic, a White Star Liner ship, set sail from Southampton, England. It was headed to New York City when it hit an iceberg about 370 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Contact the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, at 800-381-7670 417-334-9500.
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