Introducing my daughter to the world through my annual series “Exploring Your Backyard” has been an extremely rewarding experience for the both us. Often times we believe traveling is expensive and it means catching a flight to unknown exotic destinations and while traveling to far away places can be exciting have you stopped to think about what your own state has to offer?
As you all know I live in Tennessee and my daughter loves exploring the Smokey Mountains and the best place to stay in Tennessee is The Island in Pigeon Forge.
We cherish our time together and I love sharing my passion for travel with my daughter. But it’s not always easy to have that one on one time with my daughter because I am always on the road so I have to carve out time specifically for Madison.
That’s what we love most about road trips. Singing in the car, taking photos of Madison sleeping with her mouth open or even just holding hands reassuring my baby her mom loves her. The journey itself is the adventure and the destination secondary.
I didn’t take road trips as a child but I want Madison to look back and remember when we hiked in the smokey mountains, laid out by the pool all day at Margaritaville, and ate breakfast at Paula Deen’s.
5 Reasons To Visit Margaritaville For Your Next Family Vacation
If you’re a Jimmy Buffet fan, you will think you have died and gone to heaven at Margaritaville Island Hotel. You don’t have to be a Jimmy Buffet to still enjoy Margaritaville and the Island that it sits on. Island Life in Pigeon Forge is so much better than staying at your typical log cabin with less than 5-star amenities.
Margaritaville is in the heart of Tennessee and offers you everything your heart desires from the contemporary decor, margarita machines in each room plus all room have fireplaces for those chilly nights if you visit in the fall or winter. The rooms either face the creek that circles “The island in Pigeon Forge” or the entertainment area where you can people watch right from your balcony.
The Island in Pigeon Forge also has the larger than life Ferris wheel and the Island Fountain is their very own version of the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas with water synchronized to music which the kids will absolutely love!
Here Are My Top Things to do at The Island in Pigeon Forge:
Spend the weekend In The Presidental Suite At Margaritaville
I am not a rustic kinda gal. I love luxury and Margaritaville Presidental Suite is just what the doctor ordered from the contemporary design, peaceful colors of the mountains and the ocean are the backdrop for stacked stone fireplaces, driftwood-finished furnishings, luxurious bedding and colorful accents.
Spacious baths designed with dual rain showers, granite-topped rustic wood vanities, vessel sinks and wood grain-effect tile create a serene bath experience with the feel of a mountain stream. Don’t forget to create your own frozen cocktail to enjoy by the fire or on the balcony with the Margaritaville “Frozen Concoction Maker”.
Great Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel
After walking around the Island eating ice cream, visiting the Alcatraz, and maybe even indulging in a few samples of Moonshine from Ole Smoky take a short walk to the Ferris Wheel and climb aboard for the view of a lifetime.
I love a good wine tasting so when I found out there was a moonshine tasting on the Island in Pigeon Forge yall know where I spent most of my time. At Ole Smoky Moonshine, you can taste as many flavors of moonshine as your tummy and head can take! The Ole Smoky Moonshine store is filled with jars of moonshine in every flavor imaginable.
I dare you to follow my lead and down the 12 “shots” of moonshine if you are brave enough.
Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Alcatraz East Museum features the evolution of crime and criminals, from greed-driven pirates and gunslingers of the Old West to today’s white-collar criminals, events such as 9/11, and our infamous getaway cars exhibit, including the Bronco from the O.J. Simpson chase.
From local police officers to famous lawmen, such as Eliot Ness and Buford Pusser, and federal agencies like the FBI, the Crime Fighting gallery showcases the vast network of law enforcement agencies and departments dedicated to keeping our neighborhoods and country safe.
Madison was thoroughly entertained by interactive exhibits throughout the museum and she was able to sit in a witness seat in a courtroom, she also was able to solve crime through the use of forensic science, such as ballistics, DNA, and blood analysis, fingerprinting, and facial reconstruction.
Dine at Timberwood Grill
This lodge-themed dining experience serves hearty food and delicious drink creations including the Rockytop Pork Nachos, Deep Mine Cheddar Pop’ems, Corn Dodgers and Timber Spears. The grill serves a variety of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and tacos, along with entree items including the Gunpowder Ribeye, Twin Forks Honey-Glazed Fried Chicken, Double-Barrel Bourbon Chicken, Blackjack Salmon, and let’s not forget the Hair of the Bear Bloody Mary!
Pamper Yourself At St. Somewhere Spa
Make your escape to this resort spa inspired by Margaritaville’s relaxing island attitude and located in the heart of the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains. You won’t have a care in the world; Just relax and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.
Choose from Wastin’ Away Signature Massage, Couples Massage, Margaritaville Signature Facial, or Margaritaville Manicure and Pedicure in Paradise at St. Somewhere Spa in Pigeon Forge.
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