This May, I attended a Christian meeting planner’s conference in Gatlinburg, TN. I’d never been to Tennessee, but in the surrounding states. The scenery was magnificent, especially the Smoky Mountains. The Park Vista Hotel (where we stayed) sits atop a hill in Gatlinburg, and each room has spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains. It is a very peaceful and serene setting, quiet and allowed one to meditate on God’s greatness. One could not know that this one of God’s creations! Boy, He must have been busy that day when He created the Smoky Mountains!
The pre-conference tours gave attendees the opportunity to see Gatlinburg close up, with three options to choose from. Of course I selected the Arts & Crafts community! The greater Gatlinburg area is home to the largest crafts community in the country! Nestled among the Smoky Mountains over an eight mile loop, were local artisans producing and selling their art! Our tour did not do the complete eight mile trip, but was enough to soak up the local flavor of Gatlinburg.
The conference also had us in the town of Piegon Forge, TN, which is to Dollywood. One afternoon we had time to ourselves to explore Dollywood, and ended the evening with dinner and entertainment in the park. This conference is always uplifting for me, as I get to see fellow Christian meeting planners and suppliers. We see one another once or twice per year and generally have lots to catch up on! Besides doing business, we have fun!
If you are looking for a unique vacation spot that is not the ordinary destination, give this part of the country a chance to make it on your itinerary. If you fly, the nearest airport is Knoxville, TN (TYS). I found the airport to be very user friendly! You can arrange for shuttle service into Gatlinburg, an hour from Knoxville.