After the fall leaf season, but prior to the massive Christmas shopping rush, November can be a very pleasant month to spend a little family time together here. Consider making this year a more grateful holiday for all involved. Have your Thanksgiving celebration in the mountains! With these few reminders and a little planning, your family can easily make some treasured memories during this Thanksgiving holiday break.
1. First, make your decision regarding the big meal: cook and eat in, or dine at a local restaurant?
If you are preparing and dining in, don’t bring everything with you. Carry only the specialty food items and extraordinary cooking equipment that you consider essential. After a making a list from recipes before leaving home, stock up on all the basic and fresh items needed at local outlets like:
Kroger (Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Seymour)
About the turkey or ham centerpiece: these also can be purchased as groceries from the above, or consider professional preparation from a local restaurant like Buddy’s BBQ, which is reasonably priced and delicious. This also is an easy method to supply the mass quantity of protein needed for sandwiches throughout the long weekend.
If choosing a restaurant, there are multiple establishments open serving complete Thanksgiving meals, from fast casual to family style to upscale. Our crew recommends these spots to consume the “too much meal” without the effort of preparation or cleanup:
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que (Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg) http://www.bennetts-bbq.com/index.html
Applewood Farmhouse (Sevierville) http://www.applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com/group-sales/reservation-request/
Old Mill Restaurant (Pigeon Forge) http://www.old-mill.com/info/groups
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (Pigeon Forge (2), Sevierville (2), Kodak) http://www.crackerbarrel.com
2. Reserve the right cabin for your family’s needs. Volunteer Cabin Rentals has a very nice selection of lodges of all sizes to make your holiday celebration both fun and comfortable for the entire family. Confirm your attendees, and then select the Pigeon Forge luxury cabin that best meets your requirements. If you have questions regarding the amenities of your specific chosen gathering place, don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly reservationists directly, to avoid any surprises or unneeded trips back to town for a forgotten item. We’ll help any way that we can to ensure you have answers prior to your arrival.
3. Decide and schedule your after-the-big-meal activities. Beyond the sleep-off-the-tryptophan coma, you have so many options for family fun together. Staying in? Bring those best DVD movies along, settle into that sofa for a ballgame, knock around in the game room, or soothe yourself in the warmth of the hot tub. Need more action? Consider going into town for an evening theater show (yes, some have performances on the holiday), or plan the ultimate midnight shopping trip, as the holiday promotional season kicks in at Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center and other local retail locations.
Smoky Mountain Opry: http://christmasinpigeonforge.com
Tanger Outlets: http://www.tangeroutlet.com/sevierville/hours
Easy as 1-2-3, with just a little forethought, this could be your best Thanksgiving ever!. Come join us for a down home mountain celebration. No regrets, just gratitude.