Forget the beach, head to the hills for your Spring Break!
After a long, dreary Winter, there’s nothing more refreshing than beautiful Springtime in the Smokies! With a location that’s hard to beat, the Greystone Lodge on the River and Greystone Cottages are the perfect places to rest your head after a day of mountain fun.
Located near the Parkway, the Greystone Lodge is the perfect location for Gatlinburg adventures. It’s within walking distance of many restaurants, including Mexican, pizza, BBQ and Blake Shelton’s own Ole Red. And most of the popular Gatlinburg attractions are a short walk, as well, and for those that aren’t, you’ll find a free Gatlinburg Trolley stop right in front of the hotel. Plus, when you’re ready to breathe some fresh mountain air, the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only one mile away.
Ready for some family Spring break fun? Start with these suggestions:
Family fun attractions in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge:
DOLLYWOOD opens March 14th with the annual Festival of Nations celebration. Look no further than East Tennessee to experience the sights, sounds, and food of nations around the world, including a new performance this year from India. Presented by Beyond Bollywood, Namaste India’s group of performers take their audience on a tour of the dance, music, and imagery of this vibrant country. Crowd favorite Drumstruck from West Africa and many more international performers return for this year’s festival.
AN ANAKEESTA ADVENTURE – Anakeesta is a mountaintop adventure for the whole family, and it opens 7-days a week in March. There are big things planned by Anakeesta in 2020, including a tower that will be the highest point in Gatlinburg, the Smokehouse Brewery & BBQ restaurant with views of Mount LeConte from every seat and a Family Treehouse Adventure.
RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF THE SMOKIES – Located across the street from Greystone Lodge, you’ll find Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Open year-round, it’s always a good season to visit this attraction. However, in the Spring you’ll get a couple of special opportunities at the aquarium to Sleep with the Sharks and Breakfast with a Mermaid.
Enjoy the great outdoors:
VISIT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – Spring is a wonderful time to visit the nation’s most popular national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From scenic drives to strenuous hikes, you’ll find it all within its boundaries. There’s no better way to appreciate the arrival of a new season than on a nature hike, whether it’s a tough hike of Mount LeConte or a leisurely stroll along one of the numerous Quiet Walkways in the park. A drive around the Cades Cove loop offers beautiful scenery and a possible glimpse of some mountain wildlife, new Springtime babies included.
FLOWERS GONE WILD! The 70th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains takes place this year April 22-23. From expert-led walks and hikes to special lectures and demonstrations, you get an immersion into the wildlife native to the Smokies, including abundant varieties of wildflowers, plants, ferns, mosses, trees, and shrubs, as well as birds, reptiles and amphibians.
PICNIC WEATHER – Spring is the perfect time for a picnic and Gatlinburg offers a variety of places to unpack your basket. Right in town, you can plenty of picnic tables in Mills Park and Mynatt Park, which has the bonus of convenience to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail loop. Venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a picnic at the base of the famous Chimneys, the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area or Cades Cove. For the picnic area less traveled, head up Highway 321 to Greenbrier and find quiet tables beside a rushing stream.
For a family vacation, you need a family-sized place to stay! Look no further than Greystone Lodge and Greystone Cottages for perfect vacation accommodations for you.
Greystone Lodge – 2-Room Family Suites: Our downtown Gatlinburg hotel offers unique two-room suites designed specifically for the traveling family. With a large living area, bath and a half, a bunk bedroom with a double bed on the bottom bunk and single on top, a private master bedroom and two spacious balconies, this beautifully appointed suite offer your family the space to spread out. Reserve one of our family suites today!
Greystone Cottages – Cottage 200: Cottage 200 at the Greystone Cottages from the Greystone Lodge on the River. This spacious, 2-bedroom cottage provides plenty of room and amenities to satisfy a family of 6. With a fully-furnished kitchen, spacious family room, 2.5 bathrooms, a gas fireplace and a spacious porch complete with rocking chairs, you’re bound to relax! With the added bonuses of no cleaning fees, daily towel service and convenience to the Gatlinburg Trolley Route, as well as downtown Gatlinburg, you should book this cottage today for Spring Break!