All year long, Dad does so much for us. Now's our chance to do something for him – with a relaxing Father's Day escape in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
In 2018, Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 17 – which is right around the time when Smokies summer activities start ramping up into high gear. So, you'll find plenty of fun, father-friendly things to do.
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Why not start off by pampering Papa with a delicious breakfast? The Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg area is famous for its pancake restaurants, each offering its own distinctive gourmet specialties.
For the ultimate breakfast experience, treat Dad to scrumptious, made-from-scratch pancakes at Gatlinburg's legendary Pancake Pantry. Founded in 1960, the Pantry was Tennessee's first pancake house... and it's still one of the most beloved.
Come any day, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., to enjoy your choice of 24 different kinds of pancakes (plus waffles and other breakfast delicacies)... with tasty toppings like real butter, fresh whipped cream, and powdered sugar; and yummy sauces ranging from cinnamon cream to apple cider compote. Savor it all in a homey, old-world setting, surrounded by antique brick and rustic burnished copper. Perfect!
Other popular pancake eateries include Log Cabin Pancake House, Little House of Pancakes, and Crockett's Breakfast Camp (all in Gatlinburg); and Smoky Mountain Pancake House in Pigeon Forge.
Tee Off at a Local Golf Course
Does Dad enjoy a good round of golf? He'll love playing the scenic courses around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Our area's mountainous terrain offers ample opportunities for unique shots and unusual challenges. All amid simply breathtaking natural beauty.
For starters, check out the fabled River Islands Golf Club, rated four stars by Golf Digest. Located in Kodak, half an hour from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, this world-class course offers lush green fairways, stunning views... plus four challenging holes situated on natural islands right smack in the sparkling French Broad River!
Or, try Gatlinburg Golf Course in Pigeon Forge, a favorite with beginners and experienced golfers alike. If Dad appreciates challenges, he'll love the legendary 12th hole, affectionately known as "Sky Hi."
Other popular local courses include Gatlinburg's Bent Greek Golf Club and nearby Townsend's Laurel Valley Resort.
If Dad's an avid trout or bass fisherman, he'll be in seventh heaven here in the Smokies. Abrams Creek (near Cades Cove) and Little Pigeon River teem with rainbow, brown, and brook trout. And beautiful Douglas Lake, near Sevierville, offers bass and crappie fishing as well as bass boat rentals. Fishing is allowed year 'round, and one- and ten-day Tennessee fishing licenses are available at reasonable rates.
Take Dad to a Dinner Show
The Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area is known for its family-friendly dinner theaters, some of which offer exclusive deals for Father's Day. Treat Dad to a mouthwatering meal and thrilling show at Country Tonite, Dolly Parton's Stampede, the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, or one of many other fun-filled venues.
Book Your Smoky Mountains Cabin Now
You'll find lots more ways to make Dad's day, from scenic nature hikes to Double-A Minor League baseball games. (The Tennessee Smokies will be playing the Montgomery Biscuits at 2 p.m. on Father's Day.) But remember, reservations fill fast. Contact Volunteer Cabin Rentals now to reserve your comfortable mountain cabin!
Contact Volunteer Cabin Rentals to reserve your Smoky Mountain getaway (with easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway). Choose from a wide range of comfortable cabins in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area. Rentals fill fast, so book now!.