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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies

Sharks and rays and penguins, oh my! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours in downtown Gatlinburg. Our family particularly enjoys Shark Lagoon, where you will be carried along by a conveyor so you can take in all the ocean life around you. The big sharks are…

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome – Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Want to see the majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains from the highest elevation in the national park, and indeed the highest elevation in the state of Tennessee? Head to Clingmans Dome! Clingmans Dome has an observation tower, which offers gorgeous 360 degree mountain views. The tower requires a 1/2 mile hike on a…

Townsend Wye

Townsend Wye – Our favorite swim hole

On our first trip to the Smokies, we had big intentions to go to Cades Cove one day – but we never made it. The kids noticed families jumping off a rock and swimming in this beautiful setting. They wanted to stop. We ended up spending hours there and never made it to Cades Cove…

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t care much for breakfast food. I loved eggs growing up, but I got sick after eating them as a child and ended up with an aversion to them. That aversion was further strengthened in my pregnancies where the smell of eggs would make me sick. Due to that,…

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