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Pet Friendly Accommodations Make a Gatlinburg Vacation Extra Special

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Stay in an awesome cabin like this with your pet!

You look forward for months to your vacation and there’s so much to do to get ready. If you are a pet owner, one of the tasks that may need to be taken care of before you leave is deciding who will take care of your pet. Some people have friends or relatives stop by to feed the animal, and others take their dog, cat, bird or other pet to a boarding facility. In either case someone other than the pet owner cares for the pet and this can cause stress for both the owner and the animal. Changing routine is something that not only animals worry over; it also causes anxiety for people. Instead of worrying about how your pet is doing when you are away, why not take Fido or Kitty or Tweety with you? In the last few years more travelers have taken vacations with their pets, and many people wouldn’t dream of leaving their beloved companions behind.

A range of accommodations from hotels, cabins to luxury chalets allows you to choose the most comfortable and convenient lodgings for you and your pets. Many of the pet friendly lodgings offer 5 star amenities to keep you and your entire party comfortable. You can even stay in cabins and hotels that offer all the comforts of home; including flat screen TVs and wireless Internet, fully equipped kitchens, satellite TV, stereo systems and Jacuzzi tubs.

Imagine these perfect vacation scenes: Losing yourself in the beauty of the Smokies as you luxuriate in a hot tub overlooking breathtaking mountain scenery. Walking your dog on a nature trail and feeling yourself relaxing in the clean country air. Playing with your cat inside your hotel room as he or she explores all the new nooks and crannies that are perfect for a game of pounce!

It’s important to make a few inquiries of some of the local cabins and hotels before you decide on accommodations for your trip. Here are a few questions you can ask to help plan for your pet’s stay with you:

  • Some hotels and cabins have limited availability – Ask about it and book well in advance.
  • Ask what kind of pets the hotel allows and if there are size limitations.
  • See what amenities are included (such as dog crates).
  • Ask about fees that need to be paid to accommodate your pets.

Thankfully there are many pet friendly cabins and hotels in the Gatlinburg area. Some of the cabins in Gatlinburg offer expansive living areas with two and even three levels, including wrap around porches at some of the larger cabins. Evenings sitting on the porch with your dog or cat at your side would certainly be preferable to worrying if they are adjusting to you being away.

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Consult Our Pinterest Boards to Plan Your Gatlinburg Trip

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Visit our Pinterest boards to see more great photos!

If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words then our new Pinterest account should transport you in spirit to Gatlinburg. We began creating our 43 boards in September and we add to them regularly. The reason we created them was to give you more ways to discover Gatlinburg beyond what we provide on our website. So many of you have been so kind to follow the boards. As of this writing we have over 3200 followers. The diversity that Gatlinburg offers provides us with many opportunities to visually highlight the area on Pinterest. While Pinterest provides a variety of ways to display the photos we’ve collected, we’ll continue to brainstorm new board ideas. Our goal is to make these Pinterest boards useful for you; new and returning travelers to Gatlinburg.

Join us now for a short tour of our Pinterest boards. Perhaps you’ll find something inspiring to pin to your own boards.

We’ll start with our ‘Gatlinburg Travel Information’ board. This board provides a great pictorial summary of some of the top info you’ll want to know for planning your trip. We have a picture of the Aerial Tram set against amazing fall foliage. There’s info on convention and meeting space if you’re planning a corporate trip. We even include a link to our downloadable vacation guide.

You’ll want to see our Things to Do’ board. Here we feature shots of the Aerial Tram and the scenic chairlift at Ober Gatlinburg. Take a look at our photo of the Gatlinburg Zipline Family Adventure. With 27 different activities this attraction may require several repeat visits. Fishermen will be right at home in Gatlinburg as our area offers some of the best fishing in this part of the country. Be sure to see our fishing photos on our ‘Things to Do’ board.

A big part of your trip will likely be spent visiting all the attractions in Gatlinburg. Try our Attraction Information board for tips. You’ll see photos of penguins from Ripley’s Aquarium, info on the Dukes of Hazzard Store and Museum, pics of Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium, photos of Arcadia’s 145 interactive games and so much more. This is one of our biggest boards full of the color and excitement you’ll find in Gatlinburg.

Next we invite you to check out our ‘Scenic Gatlinburg’ board. Here you’ll see everything from mountain beauty to stunning cloud formations to gorgeous rivers and streams. The photos range from overlooking the city of Gatlinburg to some of the most beautiful scenery in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We even have a ‘Gatlinburg at Midnight’ photo.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of our Pinterest boards. There are many more boards for you to explore on our Pinterest page. Have fun repinning the photos to your own boards. You can collect them to build anticipation for your trip to Gatlinburg!

Do you love Pinterest? Which is your favorite photo on our boards? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, on Twitter @travelgburg, or on Google +!

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Fun Places to Take Your Sweetheart

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There’s always something fun to do in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg offers many romantic places to take your sweetheart, and one of the best things about this small city is that you don’t have to drive to get to most of the attractions. Gatlinburg’s Trolley system offers a fun way to get around that’s affordable and easy. Each fare is only 50 cents, and All Day Trolley Passes cost just $2.00 per day – except Tan and Pink routes. The trolley schedules vary throughout the year, and depending on when you come to visit, a little advance planning with this handy trolley schedule will keep you up to date on how to get around Gatlinburg.

Visit the Arts & Crafts Community

One of the most enjoyable places you can get to on the trolleys is the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community. With shops, restaurants and cafes open year round, this group of artisans offers a splendid display of their skills, including handmade pottery, basket weaving, painting, woodcarving, sculpting and more. During most of the year, you would take the Yellow Route trolley to get here. However that route is not running this month so during February, you can take the Blue Route and still get off close to the Arts & Crafts area.

The Aquarium Offers Activities for Every Age

After a fun excursion to the Arts & Crafts Community, a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is an easy trolley ride, since all trolleys stop at the aquarium. This attraction is one of the most loved in Gatlinburg. TripAdvisor voted it the #1 aquarium in the United States! There are so many things to explore, and some people even have their weddings at the aquarium!

This isn’t just any aquarium, as Ripley’s Aquarium is famous for its special experiences like Penguin Encounters. Now who wouldn’t want to pet a penguin? Times and dates vary for this and other experiences at the aquarium, so it’s best to check ahead to see what’s offered when you come to visit. When you inquire, be sure to ask about the ‘Create Your Own All-In-One Aquarium Experience Day.’ This unique opportunity allows you to combine several awesome activities like Splash with the Stingrays and Behind-the-Scenes-Tour with Penguin Encounters, for a money-saving, all-inclusive price. Call ahead to make reservations.

Gatlinburg Restaurants Satisfy Your Hearty Appetite

After such an exciting day, you’ll likely work up a big appetite. Fortunately Gatlinburg is home to a variety of restaurants that cater to just about any taste. You’ll love that there are a dozen restaurants close to the Aquarium. Any of these can satisfy a hearty appetite. You can even try some area favorites such as rainbow trout, shrimp, pancakes, Italian food, crab, smoked oysters, pecan chicken and tasty pulled pork. Mmm, sounds like a perfect way to end an active day and start a great evening.

It’s easy to plan your trip. Download your free Gatlinburg vacation guide now.

Where is your favorite place to go in Gatlinburg? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, on Twitter @travelgburg, or on Google +!

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Gatlinburg Wedding Chapels: How to Plan a Perfect Valentine’s Wedding

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Gatlinburg is one of the most popular destinations for weddings and honeymoons

Gatlinburg is one of the most popular destinations for weddings and honeymoons, and it’s no wonder, as the city’s natural beauty and serenity make it a perfect spot for couples to take their vows. If you are coming from out of town as most of Gatlinburg’s couples do, it’s important to do some research and find a chapel and wedding coordinator you feel comfortable with. Long distance wedding planning might seem a bit daunting at first. While you can start by viewing some of the available Gatlinburg wedding chapels and their packages here, interviewing several chapels and their staff can help you learn about what types of packages are available. There are over 20 wedding chapels in Gatlinburg. While at first glance many of them may appear to offer similar wedding packages, it’s important to take some time to compare them so you can find a chapel that offers the type of wedding you want.

Let Gatlinburg Wedding Planners Make Your Day Special

Pre-wedding jitters are common with most couples. Fortunately the friendly staff at the Gatlinburg area chapels take the worry out of wedding planning, to ensure that your special day is memorable and that it goes off without a hitch. Your chapel’s wedding coordinators can remove the stress of planning a wedding and replace it with a professional and personal touch that helps your dreams for your special day come true. Their goal is to put you at ease so you can focus on enjoying your wedding day.

Everything you could want from a ceremony can be arranged, right down to flowers, music, photography and a cake, at prices to fit most any budget. You can enjoy any type of wedding ceremony you can imagine, from an intimate candlelit ceremony, to an outdoor gazebo wedding, bridge wedding, a wedding with a waterfall backdrop — You can even get married on horseback!

Select the Gatlinburg Wedding Package That’s Right for You

One of the first things you’ll want to work out when researching wedding packages is the difference between a basic package, an all-inclusive package, and the available add-ons and upgrades. Typically each chapel offers several ceremonies and packages that vary according to the number of guests, type and quality of wedding photography, cake size and the honeymoon cabin or room stay included with the package (if applicable). Upgrades are often available to accommodate greater numbers of guests, provide better quality photography and video services, limo service, honeymoon stay upgrades and more. Depending on your budget, you can work with the chapel’s wedding coordinator to create a ceremony and honeymoon that’s right for you.

Package upgrades can really add up, but also take into account that they can help make your day memorable, too. Ask about whether the photography and DVD production services are included in the wedding packages. These vary from package to package and you’ll want to choose one that’s right for you, or ask for upgrades so the photos and DVDs of your special day are perfect. Some packages let you select from a variety of photography services, including traditional wedding portraits, photo books and more. The pricing depends on many factors, and one of them will be the type of photography you select; i.e. number and size of portraits selected.

Plan a Romantic Honeymoon in Gatlinburg

Many wedding packages include a honeymoon cabin, but each package is different, so ask if the package that you are considering includes honeymoon accommodations. Some people like to buy all-inclusive packages that take care of everything; from ceremony to honeymoon. Others like to purchase a wedding and reception package and plan their own honeymoon getaway. Gatlinburg offers many options for honeymooners, as the area is home to some of the finest cabins, chalets and luxury hotels in the Smokies. For those people who would rather plan their own honeymoon in Gatlinburg, you can get started by viewing your lodging options here. Staying in town may be a preferred option if you would like to be closer to shopping, dining and attractions, but most out of town accommodations are located within just a few minutes of downtown Gatlinburg.

Here’s an example of how you could plan out your wedding package selection:

  • Package at Chapel A offers: Ceremony for 10 guests, bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere, music, DVD and photos, two tier wedding cake. Honeymoon cabin for two nights.
  • Then to upgrade this standard package, a couple could elect to move up to a ceremony that would accommodate 25 guests, request additional photo portraits, a three tier cake, and a honeymoon cabin upgrade to three nights.

The idea is to figure out if you would like to upgrade an existing standard package or move up to one of the next tier packages. Each chapel will have its own selections and policies, so it’s a good idea to make up a list of ‘must haves’ for your wedding before you interview the chapels. Then you can make a true ‘apples to apples’ comparison.

Whew! After digesting all of this information, you might ask, ‘If a person had to pick the very best place for a Gatlinburg wedding, what would it be?’ That question is hard to answer, as there are dozens of beautiful settings in this area, but one place just might be as close to perfect as there is…A ceremony with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a backdrop!

Check back soon as our next post will discuss romantic places to take your sweetheart, and we’ll go in depth about the National Park and you can judge for yourself if that is one of the most romantic places in Gatlinburg.

It’s easy to plan your trip. Download your free Gatlinburg vacation guide now.

Where would you have your dream wedding in Gatlinburg? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, on Twitter @travelgburg, or on Google +!

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