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Author: Kristi Parsons

Planning a family vacation may feel like you’re just prepping for a getaway with the family, but really it’s far more than that! Every trip that you take with your family is an opportunity to make memories that will last even beyond your lifetime. The Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg are the perfect setting for the stories that your children will someday tell their children. At The Appy Lodge we know the importance of creating experiences that will leave you happy when you check out from your stay with us. We also hope that your time with us will leave a desire to return again! Because each time your family stays with us, you’re really just writing another chapter of your journey that is filled with adventures in the Smokies! Below are 10 reasons that you should consider booking your next vacation at our hotel in Gatlinburg!

Every vacation should include stunning views of the Smoky Mountains, BBQ, BeaverTails, YeeHaw Brewing, a walk among the butterflies, a zipline trip through the tree canopy and a friendly game of cornhole. Where can you find a place with all of that and more? At Anakeesta in Gatlinburg! The entry to this “magical theme park in the mountains” is located in downtown Gatlinburg, but the fun awaits at the top of Anakeesta Mountain in the Smokies. We’ve put together 7 tips for visiting Anakeesta as well as a few exciting plans that they have for this year!

If you’re like most folks you work hard for your money and even though vacation time comes with treats and splurging some, it also comes with a budget. At The Appy Lodge we completely understand and not only do we want you to have a high quality and authentic experience with us, but we want you to save so you can play while in Gatlinburg!

The Appy Lodge was not only created as a place to pay homage to the Appalachian Trail but also with a hope to encourage guests to fall in love with the great outdoors. We want your family to have a great experience in Gatlinburg and leave with unforgettable memories of your time in our beautiful Smoky Mountains. Our Happy family would love to see your children year after year and have the opportunity to watch them grow into great stewards of the mountains. That’s why we have put together a few of our favorite things to do as a family in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We know that if your children spend time in the mountains as they grow up that they will not only have lifelong memories of time with you, but they will also pass on their love for park to their children. A cycle that we hope will continue for many generations to come!