Category Archives: Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Top 4 Smoky Mountain Waterfalls Near Gatlinburg That You Have to See

laurel falls in the smoky mountains
A vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that’s right on the doorstep of the tourist town. While there are many hundreds of miles of hiking trails to be explored, some of them lead to beautiful Smoky Mountain waterfalls that are part of this great landscape. Let’s talk about the 4 that are not only stunning, but also are an easy drive away from the bustle of Gatlinburg. 

Top 3 Reasons to Explore Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails in the Summer

laurel falls hike
One of the awesome benefits of staying at the Black Bear Inn & Suites is that our hotel is just 200 yards from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! If you are planning a summer vacation to Gatlinburg, this is the perfect time of year to visit all of the scenic hiking trails that the park has to offer! Here are the top 3 reasons to explore the Smoky Mountain hiking trails during the summer months: 

4 Kid Friendly Attractions in Gatlinburg TN Within Walking Distance of Our Hotel

aerial tramway at ober gatlinburg
If you are planning a family vacation to Gatlinburg with kids, there is no better place to stay than at the Black Bear Inn & Suites! Our hotel is situated directly on the Gatlinburg Parkway and is within easy walking distance of many fun attractions that your kids will love! Here are 4 kid friendly attractions in Gatlinburg TN that are within walking distance of our hotel: 

Best 4 Outdoor Winter Activities in Gatlinburg

winter in the smoky mountains
Gatlinburg is the perfect destination for a winter getaway! If you want to be out and enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air Black Bear Inn and Suites knows some outdoor winter activities in Gatlinburg. Regardless, of cooler temperatures there’s still plenty of fun to have in the Smokies!  

5 Must-Try Foods at Restaurants in Gatlinburg

Donut friar
Gatlinburg is full of delicious restaurants and food. Treating yourself to a meal or snack with the family can be a fun bonding experience. Black Bear Inn and Suites knows of some delicious food at restaurants in Gatlinburg that you need to try during your next visit. 

Everything You Need to Know about Visiting the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community

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While Gatlinburg is certainly well known for its stunning mountain scenery, charming downtown area and world class attractions, many folks are surprised to find out that the town is also home to the historic Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community! This community is the largest group of independent artisans in North America, where they have been creating original collectibles since 1937! Here is everything you need to know about visiting the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community: 

Where to Find the Best Mountain Views in Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg Chair lift view
The Great Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the United States. They offer some of the most beautiful views in the nation. And some of the easiest views to get to. Spring, summer, fall or winter you can catch some of the best mountain views in Gatlinburg by visiting the four following places: 

Complete Your Holiday Shopping at These 5 Unique Stores in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Santa Claus display at A Christmas Place
Christmas is almost here! Have you completed your holiday shopping? As soon as Thanksgiving is over, there is a rush to buy all the Christmas gifts on your list. The best thing to do is get all of your shopping done so you can relax for the rest of the holiday. If you’re tired of shopping at cookie cutter brand name shops, then you should give our local stores a try. We’ve created a list of 5 stores in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that feature unique gift items. Your friends and family will love getting gifts that were handcrafted by folks in our Smoky Mountain community.