Weekend of Family Fun

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Last week was incredibly busy at work for both myself and my husband. By the time Wednesday afternoon rolled around, we were both mentally and physically exhausted. So when he found out that he was going to have 3 days off straight (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) which NEVER happens, we both jumped at the opportunity to get a weekend away quickly planned.


Thankfully we live exactly 2 1/2 hours away from the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg TN area, and typically visit at least once a year. It’s a really fun vacation spot for families, and you’ll never run out of activities to do. No matter what your interests are, Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg TN never disappoints.
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip

This time around, we booked a cabin through Alpine Mountain Chalets, and really enjoyed our cabin stay. Our cabin, Bear Necessities, was very spacious and with all of the amenities, we felt right at home. Of course, the boys loved the Jacuzzi! πŸ˜‰

On Saturday morning, we took the kids to Ripley’s Aquarium and they had a blast seeing all the fish, sharks, penguins, and even getting to pet a few stingrays. (completely safe of course) This aquarium does an awesome job of catering to children and has an entire kids playground area with lots of interactive exhibits for learning.

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
After visiting the aquarium we enjoyed walking around Gatlinburg and shopping in a few of the local shops. We ended up stopping in All Sauced Up and enjoyed testing out delicious sauces, salsas, dressings, dips, and jams. Of course we had to go home with some Smores Dip. It tasted absolutely amazing paired with some chocolate animal crackers.

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
After grabbing some lunch and taking some afternoon naps at the cabin, we headed out for some family fun of riding go karts and kiddie rides at Blake Jones Racing Center. Although it was a Saturday, it wasn’t super crowded and we quickly got through most of the lines. I always forget how much I enjoy driving go-karts. πŸ™‚

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Trip
Once we worked up an appetite we headed over to Harry Harpoon’s Crab House, and enjoyed some delicious seafood. I ate the soft shell crab hoagie, and it was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant, if you’re ever in the area!


It was so nice to have a weekend away from everything and to really just relax with the kids and have some much needed fun. Just seeing the smiles on my kids’ faces when we all get to do things together as a family, is priceless.

This impromptu weekend away also reminded me the importance of learning to just live in the moment and have fun. Too often, I focus on planning every detail out, and it’s much more relaxing to sometimes just go with the flow.

Hope each of you have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by!-Cara

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  1. We live about an 1.5 hours from Gatlinburg and love going there for weekend trips – especially for kids πŸ™‚ We went to Ripley’s last time, too! It was our first visit there.

    1. It’s such a fun little place to visit. Our kids really enjoy all the activities in the area!

  2. Oh it looks like you had such a wonderful and well needed weekend away. We have one planned soon and I can’t wait πŸ™‚

  3. Aww! What a fun little family trip! Plain old “fun” can be so important in our lives–it’s good to stop and invest in fun once in a while! πŸ™‚ I went to that same Ripley’s Aquarium when I was a kid and we were visiting Tennessee, back when we lived in Kentucky!

    1. I agree, Rachel. So important to just live and let go sometimes. Glad you liked the aquarium as well πŸ™‚

  4. I am so happy your sweet family got to have a little get-a-away, especially after what sounds like a really tough week! I’m with you, I am such a planner by nature, I often forget to just relax and go with the flow sometimes, it’s always a reminder I need to give myself. Hope you’re having a better week gorgeous! XO -Kim

    1. Aw thank-you Kim! It was so nice to get away and a lot of fun! If you ever get the chance to visit the area, you definitely should! πŸ™‚

  5. This looked like such a fun trip Cara!!! I have never been to Pigeon Forge area but I heard it is a lot of fun! You and your family looked like you had a blast! That dip sounds so yummy!

    1. It was so much fun, and you should definitely visit sometime! & that dip was heavenly! So far we have just tried it by itself, but you can also mix it with cool whip, which tastes amazing too!

  6. Aww I bet they were so excited for your spontaneous trip!! I love going up there.. onr of our best vacations ever was renting a cabin in Gatlinburg!

    1. They loved it! There’s something so relaxing about staying in a cabin for the weekend. Glad you all like it too! πŸ™‚

  7. that’s awesome y’all got a mini getaway!! i love PF–it’s been forever since I’ve been there. what wonderful memories for y’all!

  8. Your family is absolutely adorable! This looks like such a fun weekend getaway! All of these photos are too cute. I would love to stay in a place ‘Bear Necessities.’ I’m such a fan of The Jungle Book.

    1. Thank-you! I kept singing that song the whole time we were there-haha It was a really nice cabin. Perfect for couples or a small family! πŸ™‚

  9. Yay!!! I love Gatlinburg! We are about a four hour drive and we end up there every year right after Christmas with Chris’s family. It is always so much fun! Of all the times we have been, I have never been to that crab place though. I will have to put it on the list for next time. Looks like you guys had so much fun.

    1. That’s so awesome, Nadine! I had never been to Harry’s either, but it was such a pretty restaurant on the inside and great food too!

  10. So sweet! We used to family vacation at Pigeon Forge when I was little. It was so much fun! Your boys are so handsome!! πŸ™‚

  11. impromptu weekends are the best! sounds like a fun time. kids always love the aquarium (at least i do!!)

  12. We went to the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg TN area this past summer and it is SO GORGEOUS! We live about 4 hours from that area and I hadn’t been since I was a child. I was surprised at how much there was to do around there and decided it was definitely one of my favorite places!

    1. Yes, it has definitely grown over the years to be a huge tourist spot, but we love it! Always something fun and new to do! πŸ™‚

  13. Awww! Looks like you guys had a blast!

    I grew up about 45 minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC, which also has Ripley’s Aquarium. I had so many field trips and several birthday parties there. It was such a fun place to go!

    1. Thank-you, we did! Myrtle Beach is a fun spot as well, and Ripley’s Aquarium is a really neat place to visit.

  14. What a fun weekend! I hear nothing but great things about Gatlinburg. We’ll have to make a trip there one of these days!

  15. How beautiful are you all!! Just tickled pink you had a little get away!! What great memories for you and those sweet boys!!

  16. Cara, what a fun little trip!! Your boys look like they had so much fun exploring and learning new things, too. That crab hoagie sounds heavenly. I’m glad you all had a wonderful weekend : )

  17. Cara this looked amazing! What a fun and spontaneous trip! The aquarium looks like such a big hit…they are the perfect age for really enjoying it. So glad you guys had fun!!!!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It was so nice to get away! You all should definitely visit the area sometime, you’d enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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