10 Top Things to Do in Gatlinburg for Adults
Gatlinburg and the Smokies are well known for being family vacation destinations but they are also filled with plenty of fun things for adults to do as well. If you’re heading into town for a romantic getaway or an adventure trip with good friends, you’ll want to check out these top 10 things to do in Gatlinburg!
Top Rated Dining Spots
When visiting Gatlinburg you’ll find that there is no shortage of foodie stops! From fudge on every corner to Fannie Farkles corndogs and more. However, you’ll also find plenty of top culinary experiences as well! The Peddler Steakhouse is highly rated as being one of the best dining locations in town and the ambiance is perfect for an evening in the mountains. The Park Grill, The Melting Pot, No Way Jose’s and others are also excellent for a great meal and good times with your partner or friends!
Shine and Wine Sippin’
If you’re hoping to find some great local moonshine or wine to take back home with you, take some time for sipping at the area’s best shine and wine spots. You’ll find numerous areas throughout downtown Gatlinburg and can sample different types before making your final decision on what you’ll be stocking up on before heading out of town. You can’t go wrong by stopping in at Ole Smoky, Sugarlands and a couple of the wineries including Sugarland Cellars.
Ober Gatlinburg Fun
Ober Gatlinburg is a great destination year-round but it’s the perfect place to play during the winter months! Grab some friends or your sweetheart and head up to the top by driving or riding on the Aerial Tramway. You’ll find skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing and more! Be sure to check their calendar for fun events like Ober Rocks!
Experience A Romantic Getaway
Couples that manage to find a babysitter for a few days or those that find themselves experiencing an empty nest for the first time in years will love visiting Gatlinburg for a romantic getaway! Stay with us in one of our extra cozy king guest rooms, dine at the top spots in town, take a hike or a drive in the Smokies and ride the chairlift up to the SkyBridge or Anakeesta. Once you’re in town and kid free, you’ll find plenty of places to add some spark of romance to your relationship!
Go for a Challenging Hike
Adults that are heading to Gatlinburg and have experience hiking, should definitely consider taking one of the park’s more challenging hikes! Hike up to the summit of Mount LeConte, to Rocky Top or do a section of the Appalachian Trail.
Ride the Rapids
In the warmer months one of the best experiences to add to your adventure list is a ride down the river with the NOC in Gatlinburg. Swing by the NOC or call ahead and have them set up with a trip on the rapids! They can also hook you up with booking a guided hiking trip with A Walk in the Woods.
Explore the Arts & Crafts Community
Have an appreciation for art and local culture? Then you’ll want to spend some time in the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts!
Go Horseback Riding
In the Smokies you can experience the trails by foot or by taking a horseback ride! Check out Sugarlands Riding Stables for details on how you can join them on a ride the next time you’re in town!
Tunes and Brews
If during your trip to Gatlinburg you’ve filled the day up with hiking, riding the river, connecting with local artists and other adventures then wind down with some tunes and brews at one of the many local spots in town. Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill is one of our favorites that is tucked away the downtown area!
Experience the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail is just one of the many trails that you’ll find in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but clearly it’s one that is very important to us! After you’ve checked in to your room or suite here at The Appy Lodge, take a minute to wander the halls and learn about the Appalachian Trail and before you leave town, be sure to experience at least a mile of the trail! But we have to warn you that after one mile you’ll want to see more and more of the beauty that the trail has to offer!
Staying with us during your adult getaway to Gatlinburg is perfect and will only add to your experience in the Smokies! You can browse all of Our Guest Rooms to find the right fit for your trip and you’ll have all the amenities that you need for a comfortable stay at your home away from home. We serve breakfast daily as well as afternoon cookies. Your time at the hotel can be spent roaming the halls and learning about the Appalachian Trail, swimming in our seasonal outdoor pool or indoor pool with hot tub and relaxing by our fire pits. You can ride the trolley from our property or pick up a free downtown parking pass from the front desk. Stay a night or stay a week, just make sure you stay with us the next time you come to town to play!
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