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The Ultimate Guide to Shopping at The Village in Gatlinburg

If you love to shop on vacation, then there’s no better place to visit in downtown Gatlinburg than The Village Shops! This cute shopping area is modeled after a European village, which is where its name comes from. We want to share all the fun things you can experience in this shopping center and the shops you don’t want to miss at The Village in Gatlinburg. 
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4 Things to Know Before Going to the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

Nothing says Christmas more than the Gatlinburg Christmas parade! On December 3, thousands of people gather for the award-winning parade and experience everything from lighted floats to marching bands to Santa Claus himself! When you stay at our hotel, you’ll be in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, which is the perfect spot to catch the excitement of the Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade! Here are 4 things to know before going to the Gatlinburg Christmas parade: 
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4 Things Kids Will Absolutely Love About Our Downtown Gatlinburg Hotel

When you’re planning a vacation for the family you want to make sure you choose a place to stay that everyone loves. We all know that kids will say how they really feel. They will definitely tell you if they love the hotel you’re staying at. At Black Bear Inn & Suites, we are confident that the whole family will enjoy staying at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel. We offer clean, comfortable, and spacious suites that’ll be the perfect place to come back to after a fun day exploring the area. Our convenient location is just one thing kids will love when you book a stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites. 
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4 Types of Food in Gatlinburg You Need to Try

A fun part of going on vacation is trying new foods and cuisines. You may not think of Gatlinburg as a place where you would find all kinds of food, but there’s actually a huge variety to choose from! You might just find a new favorite to try back at home. Here are 4 types of food in Gatlinburg you need to try: 
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Top 4 Reasons Why You Will Love Our Family Suites in Gatlinburg TN

If you are planning a family vacation to Gatlinburg and want more room than a traditional hotel, you will love the family suites at the Black Bear Inn & Suites! These beautiful suites have all the comforts and amenities your family needs to enjoy a fantastic getaway to the Smokies! Here are the top 4 reasons why you will love our family suites in Gatlinburg TN: 
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Top 4 Places to Go Shopping in Gatlinburg TN During the Holiday Season

If you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone on your holiday shopping list, there is a good chance you will find it in Gatlinburg! With stores offering everything from homemade craft items to Smoky Mountain souvenirs, there is something for all tastes! The best part is that these shopping opportunities are just minutes away from our hotel! Here are the top 4 places to go shopping in Gatlinburg TN during the holiday season: 
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Top 3 Bars in Gatlinburg With Scenic Views of the Smokies

When you are craving a cocktail during your vacation, there are several bars in Gatlinburg TN with incredible Smoky Mountain views! This is the perfect opportunity to take a break, kick back with your favorite drink, and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery! Here are the top 3 bars in Gatlinburg with scenic views of the Smokies: 
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3 Fun Activities to Experience While Visiting Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

Anakeesta has quickly become one of the top destinations in the Smoky Mountains for family fun! This Gatlinburg theme park provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with spectacular views, a whimsical village and plenty of activities for guests of all ages! If you are a thrill seeker, you will be happy to know that there are several awesome attractions to experience at the top of Anakeesta Mountain! Here are 3 fun activities that you can experience while visiting Anakeesta in Gatlinburg: 
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Why Should You Stay at Our Gatlinburg Hotel on the Strip?

Gatlinburg is one of the top destinations near the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s not called the gateway to the Smokies for no good reason! The most popular entrance to the national park is through the city of Gatlinburg, and millions of visitors come to the town year after year. So how do you decide where to stay with so many options? Keep reading to find out why our Gatlinburg hotel on the Strip is the perfect place for your next trip. 
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Your Complete Guide to the Moonshine Distilleries in Gatlinburg TN

If you have always wanted to try some of the South’s famous moonshine, Gatlinburg, TN is the place to do it! Our Smoky Mountain city is home to a number of wonderful distilleries where you can sample authentic Tennessee white lightnin’. Located right on The Strip, our Gatlinburg hotel is within walking distance of three amazing moonshine distilleries in Gatlinburg, TN. To help you make the most of your vacation, we have put together a handy guide to trying white whiskey in the Smokies. 
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Hidden Smoky Mountain Waterfalls You’ll Want to Find

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is full of natural wonders people from all over the world come to see. If you’ve visited before, you’ve probably seen the most popular waterfalls in the Smokies. But, some of the most interesting falls aren’t that well known, and we want to share them with you! Check out these hidden Smoky Mountain waterfalls you’ll want to find: 
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Need For Speed: 5 Great Places for Racing Go Karts in Pigeon Forge

Does a need for speed run in the family? Worried a lead foot may be hereditary? The Smoky Mountains are a great place for fun and adventure, including quality time spent racing your closest around the track! Satisfy that craving for adrenaline with a day spent at one of several awesome go-kart attractions in the area! Here are 5 great places for racing go karts in Pigeon Forge: 
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The Top 5 Gatlinburg Ice Cream Shops

Going out for ice cream in Gatlinburg is a vacation tradition! On a warm spring or summer day, nothing is better than cooling down with a refreshing ice cream cone or milkshake. The Gatlinburg area is home to a number of ice cream shops that are guaranteed to please your whole family. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to the top five Gatlinburg ice cream shops.