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 bothΒ jumped at the opportunity to get a weekend away quickly planned.

 

Thankfully we live exactlyΒ 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 enjoyedΒ our cabin stay. Our cabin, Bear Necessities,Β 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,Β weΒ took the kids to Ripley’s Aquarium and they had a blast seeing all the fish, sharks, penguins,Β 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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60 Comments

  1. Lora wrote:

    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.

    Posted 3.9.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 3.9.16 Reply
  2. caitlin @ candyfloss & persie wrote:

    What fun! looks like a great day for all.

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks, it was!

      Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  3. Laura's Lovely Blog wrote:

    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™‚

    Posted 2.27.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you, we did! Hope you all have fun πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.27.16 Reply
  4. Weebumz wrote:

    Adventurous kids!

    Posted 2.25.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks!

      Posted 2.26.16 Reply
  5. Rachel G wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 2.24.16 Reply
  6. jessica wrote:

    This family is just the cutest!! It looked like you had so much fun πŸ™‚ Sometimes just being with the family is always great!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Aw thank-you! We had a blast! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  7. Kim wrote:

    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

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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™‚

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  8. Mistle wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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!

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  9. Jacquelyn @ The Lowcountry Mama wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  10. ellesees.net wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.23.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! It was a lot of fun! Hope you’ll get to visit soon!

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  11. Tiffany Khyla wrote:

    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.

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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™‚

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  12. Stephanie wrote:

    You look beautiful! And such a cute family! Looks like you all had so much fun!

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! We did πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  13. Sarah @ Bows and Clothes wrote:

    Oh! It looks like y’all had such a nice time! I love three day weekends and weekend trips! Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge TN is one of my favorite destinations!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Me too, Sarah! Glad you like it as well πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  14. Neely wrote:

    Looks like such a fun weekend! I have never been to Gatlinburg!

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s a really fun town, hope you’ll get to visit sometime!

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  15. Kate @ Green Fashionista wrote:

    Such a fun getaway! Glad you guys were able to have a family weekend after such a rough week. I’ve been wanting to get up there, it looks so beautiful <3
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! You’ll have a blast once you make it up this way πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.23.16 Reply
  16. Nadine wrote:

    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.

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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!

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  17. Alicia wrote:

    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™‚

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! It’s a fun spot to visit! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  18. kathy @ more coffee, less talky wrote:

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

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I do too-haha! I always love looking at all the pretty fish and the penguins are pretty cool too!

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  19. Autumn wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      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™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  20. Kristin Cook wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  21. SMD @ Life According to Steph wrote:

    Perfect family weekend away! I’m glad you guys jumped on the opportunity.

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes, it’s such a rarity we had to take advantage. πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  22. Leslie wrote:

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

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s a fun vacation spot, you all will love it! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  23. Rebecca Jo wrote:

    If I lived that close, I’d be there ALL THE TIME. We’re about 5.5 hours away … I LOVE Gatlinburg

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      We love it too! You seriously will never run out of things to do πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  24. Dana wrote:

    Your boys are so adorable!!! It looks like you had a great impromptu weekend!

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! We did πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  25. Timothy Ferguson wrote:

    Glad you had a great time. Colten’s commentary is great too. Love you guys.

    Dad and Mom

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I’m sure, it’s fun to listen to him talk about it all.-haha Love you too!

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  26. Andrea wrote:

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

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Aw thank-you Andrea! We had a lot of fun πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  27. Candy wrote:

    Sounds like everyone needed some down time. By the looks of your pictures all of you had a great time.

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks, we did! πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  28. Lindsay wrote:

    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 : )

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! We had a blast πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  29. Lindsey wrote:

    It sounds like a wonderful weekend! It’s always so good to get away from real life for a couple days!

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I agree, Lindsey! It was a lot of fun!

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  30. Jennifer wrote:

    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!!!!

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

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

      Posted 2.22.16 Reply