Planning a girlfriend’s vacation? Beware! There is a big problem when looking at Pigeon Forge as a select destination. The difficulty isn’t the variety or lack of things to do – the trouble is making the decision of what to choose from the hundreds of exciting opportunities!
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is a reason more than 10 million visitors pass through the park on an annual basis – it is incredibly beautiful. The entire area offers activities galore to get close to nature; hiking, camping, picnic grounds, sightseeing, fishing, horseback riding, and water sports just to name a few. If the great outdoors isn’t your thing there are attractions, events, shows, shopping and fine dining to suit any taste. A look at the list below may inspire plans for the beginning of the best girlfriend’s vacation EVER!
NATURE GIRLS- Is your close circle of girlfriends enchanted by the wildlife spirit? Consider the options available for the most avid nature lovers. Pitch a tent in a local campground for true Smoky Mountain adventure. Most camping sites offer amenities such as bathrooms and showers, grills and fire pits, and laundry facilities. You and your girls can enjoy unlimited hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and activities like horseshoes, volleyball, or a fierce cornhole competition.
CABIN FEVER- Perhaps “roughing it” in a tent isn’t as appealing to your group as spending time in a lovely, mountain cabin. The Pigeon Forge area is home to hundreds of rental properties to choose from. Rentals are available to accommodate any number of people or length of stay. Visitors may enjoy panoramic vistas surrounded by all the comforts of home. Most cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, spacious living areas, cable television and more. Enjoy a cozy, rustic homestead with a wood burning stove or a large, luxury lodge complete with swimming pool as your vacation launching point.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP- For the urban girls the idea of a great vacation may include unlimited shopping. There is no shortage of fun, interesting retail venues around Pigeon Forge. Plan to save on trendy, name-brand apparel, accessories, cosmetics and more at one of the designer outlet malls. Wander around the craftsman villages and discover fine art, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, wood carving, and a vast array of local artisan’s amazing creations.
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY- The Island is a brand new, multimillion dollar Pigeon Forge entertainment complex and a one stop adventure in fun. It is the home of the Margaritaville Island Hotel boasting a “mountain latitude with an island attitude” scene. To ensure guests begin their exploration in style each hotel room is equipped with a “Frozen Concoction Maker.” Live music abounds throughout The Island, there are more than 60 specialty shops, and dozens of restaurants offering everything from fine dining to a meal-on-a-stick. Visitors to The Island enjoy the many amusement rides and attractions including a bird’s eye view from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel or rocking and relaxing to the musical water ballet at the Island Show Fountain.
HELLO DOLLY-Any girl’s vacation to Pigeon Forge should include a visit with the area’s favorite daughter. Of course, that would be Dolly Parton, by way of her famous, world-class amusement parks; Dollywood, Dollywood Splash Country, or Dollywood Dixie Stampede. Book your stay at the exclusive new, 300 room Dollywood DreamMore Resort or one of Dollywood’s charming cabins.
SOMETHING FOR EVERY TASTE-The menu of amusement opportunities in Pigeon Forge provides something for everyone. Take in dinner and a show at one of the theaters featuring an evening of mystery, acrobats, comedy, magic, drama, cowboys, hillbillies, or nearly any music genre imaginable. Nationally recognized festivals are scheduled in the area throughout the year. Lodging options offer anything from a basic tent to five-star resort accommodations. Attractions include; skydiving, hot air balloon rides, go carts, bungee jumping, miniature golf, adventure roller coasters, and so much more. Be sure to capture the moment with a commemorative old time portrait from one of the many walk-in studios. Following a day of activities book a treatment for some serious pampering at one of the area’s fabulous “mountain-luxe,” full-service spas.
If your girlfriends’ vacation plans are for overnight, a weekend getaway, or an extended stay, Pigeon Forge can guarantee a trip that will make memories to last a lifetime!
Riverstone Resort & Spa
Three night deal in Pigeon Forge. Get 50% off a third night when you stay for two. *Valid August 16-September 3, 2016
Stay near Dollywood for a Smart Deal. 50% off your third night when you book two. *Valid August 16- September 3, 2016
Three night deal near Dollywood.Stay two nights, get the third 50% off! *Valid August 16-September 3, 2016
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Get away to a great deal in Pigeon Forge. 50% off the third night after two nights with us. *Valid August 16- September 3, 2016
Summit 54 Properties, iTrip
August special - 20% iff when booking 4 nights or more! Coupon Code HOTDEAL20
August Special - Pay for 3 nights and get the 4th night FREE! Remaining nights only on any cabin. Not valid on prior reservations.
We would like to recognize and honor all service personnel with veteran complimentary admission for dinner and show or show only, and their accompanying guests a $5 military discount as part of “Celebrate Freedom!” Month.
**To receive the “Celebrate Freedom!” discount, servicemen and women need to show proper identification and proof of service.
Fireside Chalet & Cabin Rentals
Pay for 3 nights and receive the 4th night completely FREE!
American Patriot Getaways
SMSPC - 25% OFF remaining cabins Now - September 3rd. Save big with our late summer special. Book now for 25% off Our Most Popular Summer Season And Plan To Cool Off In The Smokies Before The Kids Go Back To School!
*Requires a minimum 2 nights stay. Applies to Certain properties.
American Patriot Getaways
3WKD5 - 35% OFF Your Late Summer Weekday Stay When You Stay Between Sunday And Thursday From Now Until September 3rd! *Requires a minimum 2 nights stay. Valid only on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights. Applies to Certain properties.
The month of August is Celebrate Freedom Month in Pigeon Forge and during this celebration all members of the military, veterans, firefighters, emergency responders and police offers will receive discounts at local businesses.
This event is designed to thank the tireless service of those in these professions, as they endure stressful scenarios and put their lives on the line to keep us safe. These men and women have devoted their lives to protecting the citizens of America and their bravery deserves to be recognized. Each and every one has made a difference in someone’s life and honoring these servicemen and women shows appreciation for the sacrifices they have made.
Both locals and visitors to the area are eligible for discounts, which means that many military personnel, police officers, firefighters, veterans and other emergency responders plan their vacation in Pigeon Forge during this time.
Many local businesses will be offering discounts, including campgrounds, hotels, motels, cabin rental companies, theatres and some of the city’s most popular attractions. Several of the retail shops at The Island at Pigeon Forge will be participating in the event as well, so this is a great opportunity to do some shopping.
Discounts Throughout the City
In order to receive the discounts servicemen and women will require valid identification and proof of service. Some of the local businesses that will be offering discounts include the Outdoor Gravity Park, Mountain Valley Winery, The Island Trading Post, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, Beef Jerky Outlet on the Island, Custom Log Railing, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Baymont Inn & Suites, Best Western Plaza Inn and Smoky Mountain Lodging.
Servicemen and women will be able to enjoy 15% of breakfast at Flapjacks Pancake Cabin, a 10% discount at Bear Cove Village RV Resort, 25% off Accommodations by Willow Brook Lodge and $5 off purchases of $25 or more at Hard Rock Café.
With so many great discounts all throughout the city, August is the best time of year to visit Pigeon Forge if you or your family member is a veteran, member of the military, police officer, firefighter or emergency responder.
How to Thank Servicemen and Women in Your Life
As well as taking your relatives and friends to Pigeon Forge to take advantage of the discounts, there are many other ways that you can thank and honor them:
Say thank you. It only takes a moment to say a heartfelt thank you, but it really does mean a lot and it will be a moment that they remember forever.
Donate to a veteran’s charity. For example, the Wounded Warrior Project provides rehabilitation for injured soldiers.
Take some time to volunteer at an event and serve your community.
Visit a veteran’s cemetery and place flowers on the graves of the dead.
These are just a few of the ways that you can thank those in your life who have served in the military, police, firefighting or emergency professions and let them know how much you appreciate what they do.