‘Tis the season for giving. As nice as it is to see that enchanted look on the recipient’s face, it sure isn’t easy to come up with original gift ideas. With Gatlinburg and your upcoming stay at White Oak Lodge and Resort in mind, we might be able to help! Here are some presents that require little to no wrapping paper, but will make lasting memories.
Sights of the Smokies Tour
This eight-hour long tour is especially good for “Gatlinburg newbies.” It gives participants an overview of the area, as well as useful insight into the local history and culture of the Smoky Mountain region.
Moonshine and Wine Tasting
If you are looking for a tasteful gift in every sense of the word, then consider this tour that visits at least three distilleries and three wineries. Even better, you don’t have to draw straws as to decide on who will be the designated driver.
Cooter’s Place Go-Kart and Mini-Golf
Challenge your family members to a high-speed go-kart competition on Cooter’s indoor slick track. When you get a combo-ticket, you can defend your championship status on the 18-hole mini-golf course afterwards.
Great Smoky Mountains Waterfall Adventure
Nature lovers will be pleased with this guided 3-hour moderately strenuous hike. Mountain streams, Appalachian waterfalls and wildlife will make for plenty of photo opportunities.
Adventure Vehicle Rental
Do you feel like exploring Gatlinburg on wheels, but you don’t want to be cramped in the car again with the family? Adventure vehicles, such as the Kan-Am and Slingshot provide a different perspective on cruising in the Smokies.
Ripley’s Ultimate Fun Pass
If you know you are going to be back in Gatlinburg soon (and why wouldn’t you?), Ripley’s Ultimate Fun Pass is a good value. Besides all the extra perks it comes with, you get unlimited access for one full year to all of Ripley’s eight attractions in town, like the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium and Ripley’s Aquarium Gatlinburg.
Cooking Classes Buckhorn Inn
Treat the budding chefs in your family to cooking classes. Together you can refine your techniques, learn how to plate food, or try your hand at that one special dish.
Fine Dining in Gatlinburg
When your idea of vacation includes not having to cook, then you have some great options as well. For a high quality dining experience consider getting a gift card to the Peddler Steakhouse or the affiliated Park Grill.
EAT Food Tour
Can you tell we like food? The ultimate combination between sampling food and drinks can be had on this tour. Tasty options include lobster ravioli, gumbo, tiramisu and domestic and imported cheeses. These will be paired with various white and red wines. When you gift this experience, part of the proceeds go toward feeding a local child in need.
Bundle (up for) Action
If exhilarating fun is more what you are after, then take a look at CLIMB Works adventure packages. Combine ziplining with mountain biking, or go on a sunset tour. When you are visiting Gatlinburg in Spring, you can even add white water rafting to the mix.
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
Leave it to Tennessee’s own diva to present you with an amazing dinner show. From now until the end of the year you can expect a holiday-themed show, but the fun certainly does not stop in the new year. If you crave wholesome family entertainment, look no further.
You might not have enough time to enjoy all your Gatlinburg gifts during your stay at White Oak Lodge and Resort. Luckily, there is always next time!
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