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Episode 003 – Touring Pigeon Forge

We’re up to our 3rd episode on our podcast “An Outsider Guide to the Smoky Mountains”. This episode is on Touring Pigeon Forge, the attractions, the shows, dining, some things to make your visit easier and some things to avoid.

Pigeon Forge is home to 11 millions visitors a year. In Episode 003 Touring Pigeon Forge we discuss tips on visiting Dollywood, which restaurants have long lines (The Old Mill), when to avoid traveling to the area such as during the multiple car show events.

Find out which remnants from a long gone theme park are still part of a popular attraction today in “Bearly Accurate History”.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

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Episode 002 – Touring Gatlinburg

Here we are….Episode 002 – Touring Gatlinburg. As I stated in my previous post with each episode of our podcast “An Outsiders Guide to the Smoky Mountains”, we will be diving deeper into where to go, what to do, where to eat in the Smoky Mountains area. In this episode we’ll be touring Gatlinburg.

In this episode we’ll have brief history lesson in what we’re calling “Bearly Accurate History”. You’ll probably learn more in 5 minutes that most people ever know about Gatlinburg when visiting.

We will also take a closer look at all the attractions from the Aquarium to the Mystery Mansion, Episode 002 – Touring Gatlinburg is loaded with information on attractions.

Next, we will take a much broader look at the dining choices in Gatlinburg, where to go with suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

Like our Pizza Bear? Check out the other great artwork from Kenton Visser https://www.kentonvisser.com/

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Episode 001- Welcome to the Smokies!

It’s Alive! Our podcast “An Outsiders Guide to the Smoky Mountains”….Are you planning a vacation getaway to the Smoky Mountains?  Start here with Episode 001- Welcome to the Smokies! Join Chuck Schmidt, travel host for a journey through Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as surrounding communities.  Learn about attractions, hiking trails, the best places to dine as well as tips and suggestions for saving time and saving money on your vacation.

In Episode 001- Welcome to the Smokies! We take a 30,000 view of the entire area; Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Cherokee and Bryson City. We discuss popular attractions, tips on getting around and avoiding traffic, when and where to go to eat. In upcoming episodes we will take a much deeper look at each city individually as well as the National Park.

Like our Pizza Bear? Check out the other great artwork from Kenton Visser https://www.kentonvisser.com/

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Breakfast in the Smokies.

Recently while traveling I came across an internet radio show on travel and they were featuring an episode on the Smoky Mountains area.  I was amazed at just how much they got wrong such as Cades Coves was referred to as Cades Point, Kodak was constantly pronounced as Kodiak and they had no idea where New Found Gap Road was.  How can you miss the main thoroughfare through the middle of the park!  I won’t even go into the list of inaccuracies when it comes to Clingman’s Dome other than to say they kept thinking the observation tower was the dome, and since it doesn’t look like a dome so why is it called a dome?  Ugh.  Our own Podcast is coming very soon to the internet and it will be much more accurate.  Finally this group of “chuckleheads” committed blasphemy in my eyes by attacking all the great places to have breakfast in the Smokies! Sacrilege I tell you! Leave our pancakes alone!!!!

So I got to thinking I have not really written anything about my favorite meal and I love having breakfast in the Smokies.  Here are some of our favorite place and our favorite dishes (especially pancakes) we’ve had there. This week we feature Gatlinburg pancakes houses.

Crockett’s 1875 Breakfast Camp

Pretty much by general consensus Crockett’s 1875 Breakfast Camp has become the overall favorite breakfast in the Smokies place for many, just look at the lines to get in. When we go we try to be there before 8am just to beat the crowds.  As you walk in the door at Crockett’s you are overwhelmed by the magical scents of their cinnamon rolls. The interior is so detailed it’s amazing, from antiques, to animals, to the mason jars filled with water.  No detail is overlooked.  I might add, don’t miss the restrooms – very cool decor, trust me it’s worth the trip.

Back to the food, as you can see in picture above the “Griddle Cakes” are HUGE!  Oh my gosh they’re huge!  Couple that with a cinnamon roll that’s the size of a small car and you need to tie on the feed bag.  The skillets again are loaded with delicious eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, biscuits and gravy and this corn pone thing that’s really tasty.  It’s no wonder there’s a line to get in.

One last thing I like about Crockett’s is the menu, it’s printed on newsprint to look like a newspaper.  I urge you to take a moment and glance around the restaurant at all the people who look like they’re reading the paper.  Reminiscent of days gone by, it’s kind of neat!

Address: 1103 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

The Log Cabin Pancake House

If you’re looking for pancakes than look no further than my wife’s favorite breakfast in the Smokies…. The Log Cabin Pancake House. Family owned an operated since 1976, with it’s iconic covered wagon on the roof this place is a gem.  My wife doesn’t need a menu here…Blueberry pancakes and a side of sausage links.  I’m not sure just what they put in their signature blueberry syrup, my wife say’s it’s more like a blueberry compote but it’s outstanding. The Butterscotch Chip Pancakes are pancakes topped with butterscotch bits inside and out, topped with powdered sugar and whipped margarine. Or try the Pancake Royale, four golden pancakes topped with powdered sugar, banana wedges and cream cheese sauce.

Servings are plentiful, the atmosphere is vintage Gatlinburg. Where Crockett’s is built to look authentic the Log Cabin Pancake House IS authentic.  Waffles, omelets, crepes, The Log Cabin Pancake House has them all but most of all great pancakes!!

Address: 327 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

The Pancake Pantry

If Dame Judy Dench was a pancake house she’d be The Pancake Pantry.  How’s that for an opening!  The Pancake Pantry which opened in Gatlinburg in 1960 and has been satisfying their customers at the highest level ever since.  What makes them a tradition in Gatlinburg?  If you read their website it’s the real butter, the honest-to-goodness fresh whipped cream and everything made from scratch. And it’s also the warm atmosphere of century-old brick, rich oak and rustic copper. It has a certain rustic elegance to it.

As for the menu, I can personally vouch for the Swiss Chocolate Chip pancakes, they are delicious, filling and plentiful, I couldn’t finished them.  The Sweet Potato pancakes are iconic and the crepes are pretty much unequaled.  The Pancake Pantry is a don’t miss breakfast in the Smokies!

Address: 628 Parkway •, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Little House of Pancakes

A bit off the beaten path but know as the place that the locals go is the Little House of Pancakes.  Great food, excellent service and great prices.  Little House of Pancakes features a retro diner look and a humble exterior but the food is what you’re coming for.  One of the few restaurants offering all-you-can-eat pancakes.  Light fluffy and made from scratch is their trademark.  Whether your taste is plain, light, fluffy pancakes or smothered in fruit and chocolate this menu has you covered.  If your tastes sway more towards bacon, eggs and sausage the Little house of Pancakes delivers on that too,  This is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to Breakfast in the Smokies!

Address: 807 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Atrium Pancakes

Saving what many may say is the best…..Serving Gatlinburg Visitors for 20 years! Atrium is famous for the Baked Apple Pancake, featured in “Taste of Home” magazine and on the Food Network.  Just look at the golden disc of perfection!  If you’re looking for something a bit more sweet how does this sound..Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes….YUM!  Atrium pancakes features a robust menu for you and your family from the Happy Hiker Breakfast to a full selection of scramblers, waffles, and eggs benedicts. Atrium Pancakes is at the top of the list when heading out for breakfast in the Smokies. Plus this is the only breakfast establishment that comes with it’s own waterfall!

Address: 432 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Next time we’ll head a little father up the parkway into Pigeon forge to seek out the best breakfast in the Smokies up there.

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.

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Mountain Coasters in the Smokies

It seems anywhere you look around Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge another new mountain roller coaster has popped up.  Yes, mountain coasters in the Smokies have become a very big business and for good reason, they’re fun!  Let’s look at some of the old ones and the new offerings.

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

I guess you could call Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster the Granddaddy of mountain coasters in the Smokies.  It was the first mountain coaster in the Smokies opening in 2003. The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is the longest downhill ride in the United States, with over 1 mile of track! The vehicles are designed to carry two visitors in comfort but can be handled easily by one alone. The riders are in control of the velocity (up to about 30 mph) and this gives them a unique hands-on experience!

Rain, snow or sunshine no problem – the excellent braking effect is unchanged so you can ride year-round! Want a unique experience come back and ride the coaster at night.  Truly unforgettable!

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General Admission price per rider:   

Adult- $15.00 (Same Day Re-Rides $8.00 – with original receipt)      
Children (7-12 years) – $12.00 (Same Day Re-Rides  $8.00- with original receipt) 
Children (3-6 years) – $5.00      

Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

867 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Call (865) 365-5000

 

Ski Mountain Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg

The Ski Mountain Coaster  begins with a 1000 ft tree-covered and relaxing ride to the top. At this point, the rider simply enjoys the view, as it is a comfortable tow to the top of mountainside. Once at the top, riders are now in control of their own speed for the next 2750 ft of turns, dips, zig-zags, corkscrews and G-force adventures. Although the mountain coaster can be exhilarating, it is the ultimate family experience any age can enjoy.              

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General Admission price per rider:   

Riders- $15.00  Prices are Per Rider, Not Per Cart.   
Children (3&4 years) – Free with a paying Adult     

The Ski Mountain Coaster

 1310 Ski Mountain Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Call (865) 436-5423

 

The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

Measuring nearly a mile in length and reaching top speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof offers thrills for all ages, and because you the passenger are in control of the brake, you can make the experience as tame or as hair-raising as you’re comfortable with.

Each cart is designed to carry one or two passengers, and once your sled is transported to the top of the mountain, gravity takes over for the winding, twisting 4,375-foot journey to the bottom. Along the way, you’ll enjoy gorgeous mountain views and one of the smoothest but wildest seven-minute rides in town.

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General Admission price per rider:   

Adults (Ages 12+) – $15.00
Children (Ages 7-12) – $12.00
Small Children (Ages 3-6) – $5.00

The Coaster at Goats on the Roof

1341 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Call (865) 366-7337

 

Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster

One of the newer mountain coasters in the Smokies, The Rowdy Bear Coaster opened in 2017.  Again this is another day/night mountain coaster.  The Rowdy Bear Coaster is a gravity-propelled alpine mountain coaster that reaches speeds up to 35 mph while it winds through the woods of the Rowdy Bear Mountain. You control your speed! Rowdy Bear Mountain coaster carts have the latest Intelligent Distance Control System to ensure their guests have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Rates

Single Rider – $16.00
Double Rider – $27.00
Parent/Child Combo – $24.00
Groups of 15 or more – $10.00/person

386 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Call: (865) 409-5045

 

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

One of the more established mountain coasters in the Smokies and it’s conveniently located in downtown Gatlinburg! Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is a unique, family-friendly thrill ride. It curves and winds through the woods and down the mountain. Control your own speed in single or double rider carts.

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Rates

Single Rider – $16.00
Double Rider – $27.00
Parent/Child Combo – $24.00
Unlimited 1-Hour Pass – $30.00/person

All Day Pass – $50.00/person

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

306 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN (Traffic Light #2) 37738

Call: 865-430-5577

 

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

The newest entry  into the mountain coasters in the Smokies arena is the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.  Sitting on over 20+ acres of beautiful smoky mountain scenery the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster features plenty of tunnels, curves and hairpin turns.  With four uplifts and four drops, you’ll will have four times the fun at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster. Visit after nightfall, the magnificent lights will guide you through a thrill-packed excursion. An experience that will stay with you long after the ride is over. The Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is over nine minutes long, and guaranteed to give you the thrill of a lifetime!

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Rates

Adult Single Rider (13+) – $18.00 (second ride same day $9.00)
Youth (7-12) – $14.00 (second ride same day $9.00) 
Child (3-6)- $5.00
Groups 20 or more people – $12.00/person

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

2940 Veterans Blvd. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Call: (865) 453-0033

So there you have it six different mountain coaster for you to play on.  We still need to mention the Rail Runner at Anakeesta and the Alpine Slide up at Ober Gatlinburg but those will be covered in a more unique things to do post at a later date.

While I’ll agree  mountain coasters may not appeal to all guests their popularity continues to grow. I’m sure this isn’t the end of the list!

Are you planning a visit to the Smokies and are wondering how to fit it all in?  Check out our sample itineraries:  https://wordpress.com/post/dancingbearfoot.blog/53

If this is your fist time coming to the Smokies and renting a cabin check out out blog post in what to look for when renting a log cabin.

Thank you for reading.  If you’d like to learn more about our cabin or other great things to see while visiting the Smoky Mountains please visit us at Dancing Bearfoot.com.