Smoky Mountain Father’s Day: 5 Part Wish List from a Local Dads’ Survey

We’ve already honored Mom this year with ideas for special treats. Now it’s Dad’s turn, and I tried the same survey experiment. Here are the results:

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1. “Feed the carnivore within me.” Enjoy an intimate, romantic dinner at the Peddler Restaurant in Gatlinburg, where steaks are cut to order at your table side. Another option: the guys think that Longhorn Steakhouse in Sevierville has the best Angus beef locally. Or go for a barbecue fix: ribs at Calhoun’s, or a

┬ápicnic 10-pack from Buddy’s.
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2. “Let me walk on the wild side.” Punch it to top speed at Xtreme Racing. Scream with the kids upside down on the meanest roller coasters at Dollywood. Take a family whitewater rafting trip adventure at Smoky Mountain Outdoors.
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3. “Sweet treats are always appreciated.” When the orange neon sign is on at Krispy Kreme Donuts, apparently hearts beat faster for those hot, gooey doughnuts straight off the production line. Indulge at Smoky Mountain Cheesecake Cafe for a slice of sweet richness after an authentic Cuban sandwich. Pop open a mega box of caramel corn from Karmelkorn Gatlinburg, and chase it with fudge from Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. The most creative idea was to plan a progressive dessert trip (can you say sugar overload?).
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4. “Get me out the door with my clubs and my best foursome.” There are plenty of challenging golfing options to choose from in our area. Check out the blog archive on April 16, 2014 for details on the best choice for his game.
5. “Set the alarm for a 3-hour nap.” Leave him on the couch at the cabin rental in Sevierville, as Mom takes the kids out for fun. Let Dad relax with some rare alone time…and no honey-do list!
I had to laugh, because the mens’ responses were overwhelmingly skewed toward gastronomic fulfillment. Whatever Dad might desire to eat, you can find it locally. We hope you enjoy your Father’s Day weekend in our beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

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