Thanksgiving Vacation in the Smoky Mountains

Change it up this year and plan your Thanksgiving Vacation in the Smoky Mountains. Start a new family tradition and spend Thanksgiving in the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy the weather, the surroundings and all the Smokies have to offer. Make sure to check out the Highland Manor Inn located in Townsend. The hotel is just a short drive to the entrance of the Smoky Mountains and central to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville.

Thanksgiving holiday in the Smokies is a unique and memorable way to share Thanksgiving with your family. The amazing weather and spectacular scenery are just the start to a wonderful vacation. Visiting at this time of the year will assure you get to see the last of Autumn and color changes. A great time to hike and take in the color change throughout the park.

Thanksgiving Vacation In The Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg

Visiting the Smoky Mountains has to include a trip to Gatlinburg. With the wonderful festivities, attractions and decorations Gatlinburg makes the season a one of a kind experience. Thanksgiving in the Smokies would not be complete without a visit to the Gatlinburg Sky lift. Take in the spectacular views of the mountains and all of the fall colors. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a donut from the Donut Friar and enjoy this wonderful time of year.

Plan A Thanksgiving Trip To Cades Cove

Cades Cove is a great way to enjoy nature and the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. If you have dinner plans you can make the trip to Cades Cove and have plenty of time left for your get together. Start early and enjoy nature, wildlife and so much more. Make sure to pack the camera and capture the special memories of the season.

Cades Cove Trip Guide – Hidden Gems

Gourley’s Pond – often overlooked by visitors as you can’t see from the trail.

– Directions to the pond. Park your car at the LeQuire Cemetery parking area past the south end of Sparks Lane. Then, walk the loop road for about 200 feet. You will see a path on your right. Follow the trail for about 100 feet, then head southwest until you see the pond. Explore and be rewarded.

Hyatt Lane – A great way to see Cades cove from the center.  In addition, it can be used to go back around the loop for another trip

With over 2 million visitors a year, Cades Cove is no secret to visitors. No matter what your reason is to visit there is always something new to see.

Thanksgiving Vacation in the Smoky Mountains Events at Dollywood

Visit Dollywood during Thanksgiving Season:

A popular destination for locals and those one vacation. Dollywood offers so much to kick off the holiday and excite kids of all ages. From November 1 to early January, the park is alive with activities, events, lights and holiday performances. In addition, Dollywood offers parades, food and rides for all to enjoy.

Dining Near the Smokies For Thanksgiving

For those that don’t want to cook on Thanksgiving there are plenty of options. Restaurants located in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Townsend that offer great food and selection. Make sure to call in for reservations as the holidays bring a big crowd to these areas.

Smoky Mountains Places to Eat On Thanksgiving 2022

Mama’s Farmhouse:

A great choice for holiday dinner.  For 2022 the meal will be served from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Adults are $27.99, kids are $12.99, and children under 5 eat for free.

– Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon / Open 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

-Best Italian Parkway / Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

-Smith & Son Corner Kitchen / Open regular hours

-Three Jimmy’s / Open 11 a. m – 8 p.m.

-No Way Jose’s Cantina / Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

-Seasons of Ober Restaurant / Open regular hours

-Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina / Open 12 noon – 8 p.m.

-Mama’s Chicken Kitchen / Open 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Planning a Smoky Mountains holiday vacation is easy with help from the Highland Manor Inn. Visit the most beautiful place on earth for the Thanksgiving holidays and make lasting memories.

Highland Manor Inn in Townsend Tennessee is the best place to stay during the Thanksgiving holiday. Our hotel is close to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Maryville and minutes from the entrance of The Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy our proximity to all of the holiday attractions and events nearby. Townsend offers a less traveled path to the Smoky Mountains and other attractions while allowing you great views and access to the Smokies. Call us for information on local events and book your room with a view.  Phone: 865-448-2211


photo credit: Christina M Moore