Let's face it: We make a big deal of our moms on Mother's Day, but we tend to phone it in on Father's Day. This year your dad doesn't want a tie, and he doesn't want new barbecue tools: He wants some peace and quiet. There's no better place to recharge and celebrate your dad than the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smokies have awesome food, amazing scenery and plenty of activities the whole family will enjoy. Is your dad always saying, "You can't pull one over on the old man"? Don't be afraid to surprise him!
Is your dad's idea of heaven no phones, no computers and no traffic? Rent a cabin, load up the fridge with big breakfasts, quick lunches and his favorite grill food, then spend the weekend relaxing in the mountains — one of nature's most peaceful settings. Play games and take hikes, but whatever you do during the day — let Dad sleep late in the morning and wake up to a no-chores day off.
Did your dad teach you to fish? The Great Smoky Mountains are home to some of the most beautiful deep lakes in the nation. Vistas include sheer cliffs, lush forest and sparkling, clear water against the backdrop of unforgettable grey-blue mountains. Pack a hearty picnic, leave the phones in the cabin, and spend the day fishing with your pop. You're likely to catch a mess of tasty walleye for dinner, but you're more likely to create memories you'll all remember forever. And, if the fishing fails to produce dinner, don't worry — there are plenty of excellent restaurants in the area.
Does your dad work long hours? There's no better antidote for office life than an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the Big Pigeon River. No experience is necessary, and the whole family can enjoy the ride. He may also enjoy zip lining through the treetops at one of the area's many outdoor adventure parks. If rafting or zip lining isn't your dad's speed — take him tubing down the Little Pigeon River.
If your father is a music lover, plan to see a live music show at one of the area's many outdoor music venues. Bluegrass sounds even better under the summer sky in the mountains. Before the show, have dinner at one of the many famous steakhouses or barbecue joints and treat Dad to his favorite meal.
If your dad could use a real break, plan your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains today. Is he the adventurous sort who would jump at the chance to go whitewater rafting or is he more of a fish-and-hope-we-don't-catch-anything type? Whatever his personality, one thing's for sure: Take him to Tennessee and he'll never forget this year's Father's Day. And he'll never forget how much you love him.
Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain cabins near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at http://www.volunteercabinrentals.com to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.