Gatlinburg is one of the most popular destinations around the Smoky Mountains, and once you’ve been in town, you can see why! There aren’t many places that still feel like a small community and have plenty of exciting things to do at the same time! If you want to visit the area but have no idea what you should do when you’re here, we can help with that! Find out some of the best things to do for your next Gatlinburg weekend getaway!
After you’ve checked into your hotel or cabin rental, you’re ready to grab a bite to eat and have some fun!
Eat Dinner at No Way Jose’s
You find yourself in the mood for chips, queso, and a margarita, so you should head straight to No Way Jose’s! This Mexican cantina is part of our family of restaurants, so you can rest easy knowing you’re going to get excellent service and mouth watering food! No Way Jose’s has all the favorites, from quesadillas to fajitas to burritos. If you want to try something new, the chicken picante or Jose’s baja chicken are great options! No matter what food or drink you get, you’ll have a great time!
Once you’re full, you should head across the street to see Anakeesta! You’ll find thrilling attractions like the Dueling Zipline where you can race down the mountain alongside your friends and family, or you can hop aboard the mountain coasters! Kids will have fun on the obstacle courses and playgrounds, and the adults can relax and take in the gorgeous views.
After a full night’s rest, you’re ready for the full day of your Gatlinburg weekend getaway!
Get Breakfast in Gatlinburg With Us
The first stop you should make is at our breakfast restaurant in Gatlinburg! There’s no better place to fuel up for the day ahead, and we have just about anything you could want! Our Aretha Frankenstein griddle cakes are legendary, and our giant cinnamon roll is also a fan favorite. You can’t go wrong with a breakfast platter full of eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, and more. We also have signature dishes, like the pot roast eggs benedict, you won’t be able to resist!
Visit Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
After eating breakfast with us, you’ll be ready to do some exploring! Your first stop should be Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. You can’t plan a Gatlinburg weekend getaway without seeing some of the most breathtaking views in the area! Once you’re on the viewing deck, you won’t be able to believe your eyes as you look out at the mountains. Plus, it’s fun to get your heart racing as you cross the SkyBridge, and you’ll have a blast walking along the SkyTrail!
Grab Lunch at Smith & Son Corner Kitchen
Once you come back down from the mountain, you may find that you’re hungry for lunch! Just head across the street to Smith & Son Corner Kitchen! Another one of our sister restaurants, this eatery has a huge variety of foods, from smokey barbeque plates to grilled sandwiches. You’ll also want to try one of their signature drinks made with Ole Smoky moonshine!
Have Fun at Ober Mountain
When you’re finished eating, you may be wondering what’s next on your to do list. You should head to Ober Mountain’s mall and hitch a ride on the Aerial Tramway! This scenic 2-mile ride to the ski resort is beautiful any time of the year, and once you’re at the resort, you’ll find all kinds of exciting things to do! If you’re here in winter, you can enjoy learning how to ski, snowboard, or snow tube. Summer brings guided hikes, water slides, and hill tubing. All throughout the year, you can enjoy kiddie rides, rock climbing, alpine slides, and much more.
Eat Dinner at Cumberland Jack’s
After you’ve come back to downtown Gatlinburg, you’re probably ready to eat dinner! That’s when you should head over to Cumberland Jack’s. This Gatlinburg restaurant’s theme is an homage to the first owner and caretaker of LeConte Lodge, and it is named after his furry companion, Jack. Each meal comes with a bucket of bread and vegetable stew, just like this famous duo enjoyed on their travels. For your main course, you can’t go wrong with pot roast, meatloaf, or crispy fried chicken!
It’s your last day of the Gatlinburg weekend getaway, and you still have a little time to enjoy fun activities before you head home!
Try Five Oaks Farm Kitchen for Breakfast
You’ve packed up and are almost ready to head back home, but not before you grab a bite to eat and check out one more attraction. Drive from Gatlinburg through Pigeon Forge to stop at Sevierville and eat at another sister restaurant of ours, Five Oaks Farm Kitchen! You can still enjoy huge griddle cakes, cinnamon rolls, and other breakfast platters, but Five Oaks also has classic southern breakfast casseroles you will want to try!
Check Out SkyLand Ranch
After filling up on a delicious breakfast, you should head up the hill to explore Sevierville’s newest attraction, SkyLand Ranch! The whole family will enjoy meeting miniature ponies and donkeys, goats, and sheep, and you can even learn how to rope cattle from a professional! Try your hand at making chocolate bars, or just enjoy the great outdoors from the observation deck or picnic tables. Don’t forget to browse through Williford Mercantile for some last minute souvenirs before you head home!
We know you’ll have a great time on your Gatlinburg weekend getaway when you stack it full of exciting things to do! Of course, your first priority should be to snag a spot at our restaurant for breakfast in Gatlinburg! Do you have questions about us? Reach out to our staff, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have!