Hello-just got back from Pigeon Forge on Saturday night! And we had the best trip ever! We stayed at the Inn at Christmas Place- which was AMAZING - it is by far the best hotel that I have stayed at ANYWHERE. I can not say enough good things about this wonderful place! Please check my review of it which should be posted in a couple days (just wrote) for more details on that.
We have been coming to this area for about 5 years in a row now - and we always go hoping to see a bear. And we have never had any luck--until now! We went through Cades Cove (which we have done twice before in the past) on Wed (5-28) night started the loop at about 7PM in the evening - as suggested by some of my TA friends! Much thanks by the way--and we saw not one but 6 different bears!!! I had my parents with me and my 5 yr old daughter and we were all just thrilled and I got some GREAT pics of them!!! It was so awesome. And we saw about 80 deer -my father counted! And wild turkey.
We saw the Dixie Stampede and the Miracle and enjoyed both very much - and I am happy to answer any questions anyone may have about any of this.
We also ate at some great places for the first time and we were not disappointed, the Peddler in Gatlinburg, The Bullfish Grill- both very good - but my favorite is a new place only open now for about 2 weeks called the "Flying Horse" great food and atmosphere- located right next to the Inn at Christmas place where we were staying. They have a nice gift shop inside and a real working carousel that children and young-at-heart adults can ride. We ordered the Crab Cake Sliders- and they were fantastic--a new fav which will be on the must do list for next year!
Overall this was one of the best trips we have been on-- due mostly to the Wonderful hotel and bears of course-- Seriously though if you are looking for a great place to stay the Inn at Christmas Place can not be beat--I have seen on this forum where others are trying to choose between it and other hotels--and I promise there is NO comparison and you ill know this from the moment you arrive!!! The Inn at Christmas Place is the best on every level with a fantastic staff to top it off--you have to try it! I know you'll love it. We can't wait to go back!!!