Shop, Laugh & Bond With the Girls in the Smoky Mountains
By Jon Hoffman © 2014, All Rights Reserved

It's a tradition you look forward to every year: the annual girls' getaway. You've shopped in big cities, enjoyed the beauty of nature, and been pampered in a four-star hotel. This year, combine all of that and more when you book your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee.

World-Class Shopping

Don't miss an opportunity to snap up some bargains at one of the country's largest outlet malls. With hundreds of stores and thousands of brands to choose from, you're virtually ensured to find lots of must-have shoes, clothes, jewelry, and more.

If one-of-a-kind is more your style, be sure to plan for an afternoon trek along Tennessee's Arts & Crafts Trail. This 11-mile stretch of road is famous for its talented artisans. You'll find colorful handmade quilts, rustic carved kitchen utensils, stunning stained glass, and dozens of other examples of local artwork. It's the perfect shopping excursion whether you're looking for gifts for family and friends, or just want to pick up some unique pieces for your own home.

Laughs (and Good Food) Are Plentiful

If you're in the mood for some top-notch comedy, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer lots of options. Throw in a home-cooked meal and it's an evening you'll never forget. The Hatfields and McCoys are still duking it out, and getting big laughs along the way. Music fans will find plenty of options as well, including Dolly Parton's Stampede and Country Tonite.

For an action-packed evening filled with handsome hunks, though, be sure to book a table at the Lumberjack Feud & Dinner Show. These guys just love to show off their stuff. CSI fans will want to check out the local murder mystery shows, where you'll get to don your detective badge and figure out who the bad guy really is.

Any way you look at it, dining in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is never dull. Laughs, music, and even mysteries offer a new way to enjoy dinner out with your friends.

Bond With Your Besties

After a day of shopping and other adventures, there's no better way to kick back and relax than at your own private cabin in the woods. Rent a secluded chalet and enjoy the peace and tranquility that only comes from being surrounded by nature. Gather around the fire pit and share stories about the bargains you found, or order up an in-room massage for the ultimate in personal pampering.

Planning a girls' weekend getaway? You'll find everything you need for an unforgettable trip in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. With activities as diverse as your group, there truly is something for everyone, and the stunning backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains makes every outing more memorable. Plus, the central location means far-flung friends can easily meet for a long weekend away.


Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain rental cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.