Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

WELCOME TO TENNESSEE

This past Halloween weekend, I was able to take a mini road trip to The Smoky Mountain National Park with my second family. My older cousin Sarah (who is basically my big sister) had married into this fun-loving family and they basically took me in as one their own! We had packed up the van of 13 people and stayed in a BEAUTIFUL cabin in the mountains in a town called Sevierville with a total of 16 people. The Smokies are only a 9 hour drive from the Chicagoland area (but I will use that term loosely).

Surprisingly enough, I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought I would on this trip. On the side of keeping up with my homework, I was somewhat unplugged for the time being. Pictures didn’t even do justice how beautiful these views were. And I can now cross off one more state I’ve visited (state # 15)! We stayed in this huge cabin just 20 minutes from Gatlinburg and the main grounds of the national park. Click here to rent out the cabin we stayed in!

Gatlinburg, TN

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SMOKY MOUNTAINS RECAP

WHAT TO PACK:

  • Bug repellent
  • Camera
  • Bathing suit
  • Air mattress
  • Portable charger
  • Book/Magazine
  • Sneakers
  • Workout clothes
  • Ugg boots
  • Parka jacket

WHAT TO DO:

  • Grocery shop at Kroger’s – we made food at our cabin the majority of the Time
  • Moonshine tasting
  • Ride the Alpine Coaster
  • Go karting racing
  • Hiking in the mountains –  Laurel Falls (beginners hike)
  • Stopping throughout the drive of the National Park
  • Antique shopping

WHERE TO EAT: 

  • Bennett’s Pit Barbecue
  • Little House of Pancakes
  • Crystelle Creek’s
  • The Peddler Steakhouse
  • Calhoun’s

xoxo — Bree

P. S. I highly recommend visiting in the fall because the weather was the perfect autumn temperature and it was beautiful seeing all the leaves change colors. ❤️

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