“This post is sponsored by Pigeon Forge, all opinions are my own.”
I have been going to the Pigeon Forge area for most of my life. As a married couple we head south to Pigeon Forge at least once if not twice a year. We love the mountains, and for me there is just something about them that calls me home. Its almost like the ocean for me, breath taking, beautiful and just feels like home. It’s that feeling and our love for the area that keeps taking us back. We have now instilled our love of the area into our daughter who very often requests to go to the Mountains!
As you can imagine after so many years of traveling there we have quite a handle on what we like to do and what’s not to be missed. While we have some tried and true favorites, I love how the area is also constantly changing and evolving. One of the things I most enjoy is the fun family friendly atmosphere no matter where we go. I don’t worry about Hannah being exposed to something inappropriate. If you are a Parent you will know how invaluable that is.
I knew this time we wanted to try some of the new things in Pigeon Forge and some oldie but goodies as well.
My First recommendation:
The Pottery House Cafe and Grille
Now this establishment is by no means new, but man is it one not to be missed. I am a southern girl through and through, I judge places by two things their tea, and their fried green tomatoes. The Pottery House Cafe wins on both! Double points!!! The tea was perfect, and the fried green tomatoes were fried to golden perfection and served with an amazing remoulade sauce that completes the dish. I went completed my southern meal with some delicious fried catfish. So good! See, I told you Southern Girl through and through.
The Local Goat
Now there is a new place to dine at in the area that we haven’t tried before it’s called, The Local Goat. Now, before you say uhmmm, what? It’s not a restaurant focused only on Goat cuisine, though they do have a goat dish on the menu. This restaurant has a huge menu with almost anything that you could want to eat. There is a definite sports bar/restaurant feel to the place, but its still very family friendly. We were there during a big game tournament and it was nice to be able to see the game on the big screens. The food was surprisingly gourmet. I got an amazing burger that was truly out of this world. Nathan ordered this pasta dish that was so flavorful and the chicken was juicy, and it was all covered in a delicious Alfredo sauce. We had an amazing waiter and our food came out hot and in a timely manner.
The Alamo Steakhouse
The last new place we tried for eating was The Alamo Steakhouse. The Alamo was a place we had never been before. We were able to get delicious steak and sides in the middle of our trip. This is great local steakhouse and the service was impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed our salads, the bread and our steaks were very well seasoned. If you’re looking for a local steakhouse to try out, The Alamo is for you!
Now, on to the fun stuff. Hannah’s favorite thing she did was Pigeon Forge Snow. This is a relatively new attraction and its an indoor snow tubing facility. You read that right, Indoor Snow Tubing. It’s kind of awesome. You pay for 1 hour of tubing and the kids and you adults too can spend an hour tubing down snow covered hills. They make their own snow, without the use of harsh chemicals, and it doesn’t melt away. It’s very comfortable inside so you won’t need to bring a jacket. Grab your tube, ride the escalator up to the top of the hill and slide down. Rinse and repeat! Its a great break for parents and from the heat! We will definitely be doing this one again!
You cannot come to the Pigeon Forge area without knowing it’s Dolly’s country and your just visiting. Dolly Parton is everywhere and she’s queen. So, in fitting fashion you cannot miss going to Dollywood! This is family fun for all ages! There are thrill rides for the adrenaline junkies, and shows that showcase the areas amazing talent! Be sure to get the famous chicken sandwich for the food truck, and while you’re there check out Dolly’s Tour Bus. Freshly Fried Pork Skins and great country music are just the beginning of the experience at Dollywood. Take time to visit the Front Porch Cafe, seriously everything here is good, but do get the banana pudding is legit. You can spend the entire day at Dollywood and have a great experience.
Lastly, another one of Dolly’s establishments, Splash Country. It’s just what it sounds like, a whole park of amazing water slides, rides, lazy rivers and an awesome wave pool. You can rent a locker to keep your belongings safe as you play the day away. Tired of sliding, take a tour on the lazy river and relax. Sit in one of the beach chairs and sun yourself. Then get up and go down the awesome slides again! It’s great all day family fun, and I promise you the kids and yourself will sleep good that night! We will definitely be visiting Splash Country again!
We stayed at the beautiful Black Fox Lodge. This a fairly new hotel in Pigeon Forge and its absolutely amazing! The rooms were clean, comfortable, and the staff here were more than nice and accommodating. There is complimentary hot breakfast which was pretty amazing, and they have a restaurant on site in the evening. Give the wood-fired pizzas a try they were awesome. It’s centrally located so you are still right in the middle of all you want to do in Pigeon Forge.
One of my favorite new things that we did was visit Frizzle Chicken Pancake Coop. This was real treat breakfast stop. The chickens that line the restaurant actually sing and put on a show. The food was by far and away my favorite breakfast stop of the trip!
If you have been on the fence about a trip to Pigeon Forge just pull the plug and dive-in you won’t be disappointed! We love the area and will continue to go back every year!