Relaxing Things To Do In Gatlinburg

early morning view of the smoky mountains among many things to do in gatlinburg

Planning a visit to Gatlinburg?  Well, there’s certainly a bevy of entertaining activities available, depending on the time of year and your personal interests.  But what if you just want to relax for the day and avoid theme park attractions and outdoor adventures.  Here are just a few ways to enjoy a slower pace but still have fun in the Smokies. This is the first post of the “Things to Do in Gatlinburg” series.

Things To Do In Gatlinburg In The Morning

8:30 AM:  Start the day with a delicious breakfast!  If you’ve rented a cabin for the weekend, you may be tempted to fix breakfast yourself.  But why not let someone else do the cooking instead. Want pancakes?  Gatlinburg’s got ‘em and so much more!  Sample the local favorites including The Pancake Pantry, Atrium Pancakes , Log Cabin Pancake House, and Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin. For those with a big appetite, don’t miss the all-you-can-eat breakfast bar at Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que.  There’s also a variety of incredible local coffee and tea shops waiting to help you start your day.

9:30 AM – Noon: No matter what you are looking for, you’ll find it among the shops and malls in Gatlinburg.  But don’t make it a “shop ‘till you drop” event.  Take your time to peruse the arts and crafts and find a few special treasures to take back home.  Check out Mountain Mall or Smoky Mountain Outfitters, along with the many specialty shops in town.

Mid-Day Things To Do In Gatlinburg, TN

Noon – 2:00 PM: What’s better than a leisurely lunch to break up the day?  Whether its time for a family meal or a mid-day social gathering, Gatlinburg restaurants offer everything from down-home cooking to upscale dining.

2:00 – 5:00 PM: Spend the afternoon among the stars, well, more or less.  Wandering through some of Gatlinburg’s one-of-a-kind museums, like the Hollywood Wax Museum is a great way to get away from it all.  Or, take time to pamper yourself just like a Hollywood star with a full body massage.  The Spa at Pine Mountain offers a full range of services to sooth away any troubles.

Things To Do In Gatlinburg Evenings

a recommended thing to do in gatlinburg is stay at a cabin rental where you can catch magical mountain views of the smokies7:00 – 11:00 PM:  Wrap up the day with dinner and a little entertainment.  After a great meal in one of Gatlinburg’s amazing restaurants, enjoy a little night time entertainment.  Whether you want music, a movie, or some live theater, Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge offer some of the best in shows and seasonal events!

11:00 PM:  Return to that great Gatlinburg cabin you’ve rented and snuggle up for a good night’s sleep.  And don’t forget, there’s still plenty of great Gatlinburg fun waiting for you when you get up the next morning!

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