Relax, have fun, watch the big game, and enjoy the astounding views from the spacious Ridgetop Theatre Lodge. This luxurious six bedroom Tennessee lodge that comfortably sleeps 18 offers four master suites with attached bathrooms featuring jetted tubs that are ideal after long days exploring. Enjoy the game in the theater room with an incredible 70 inch flat-panel television and a sound bar system, while the kids watch a movie on a second large screen flat panel TV upstairs in the game area featuring an air hockey table and pool table.
When you want to chill out and relax, enjoy the spectacular views from the rocking chairs on the deck or while in the comfort of the private hot tub. The kitchen comes fully-equipped to be able to prepare meals with updated stainless steel appliances. This is your opportunity to enjoy your very own ridge top theater right here in the Smoky Mountains.
Enjoy all of this as well as the amenities offered by The Preserve Resort like the exercise room, steam room and sauna. Plunge into the community outdoor swimming pool when the days are warm or relax in the hot tub. The views from the pavilion looking over Wears Valley are breathtaking; grab one of the rocking chairs to absorb the majesty.
Down the road from Ridgetop Theatre Lodge find the peaceful side of the Smokies in the quintessential town of Townsend. Grab a meal at one of many cafes and eateries that dot the streets. Stop off at Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum dedicated to preserving the heritage of the area.
Spend the day shopping in Pigeon Forge at the Tanger Outlets at Five Oaks, with a huge assortment of name brand discount stores and designers. How about a game of mini-golf at Firehouse Golf then grab some lunch at Calhoun’s for a taste of Tennessee. Let the folks at Five Oaks Horseback Riding assist you with your riding excursion, turn off your phone and get away from it all. Take to the tree tops with a Legacy Mountain Premier Ziplining, the longest zip line tour in the U.S. lasting three hours. You’ve made it this far, you can’t miss out on one of the legendary dinner shows. Check out the Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show with real lumberjacks and world champion timber dogs while dining on a camp-style meal.
Don’t miss out on all of the allure Gatlinburg has to offer! Tour the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community on Glades Road, the largest collection of independent artists in the country. Wander downtown to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to touch a stingray and amaze at the underwater tunnel. Ole Smokey Moonshine Distillery offers free moonshine tastings and tours of the distillery. Head to the observation deck at the Space Needle featuring a 360 degree spectacular view of the downtown area and the Smoky Mountains.
Being at the foothills of The Great Smoky Mountains, your explorations are unlimited. Pack a lunch and head out to Cades Cove for the day. Auto-tour the eleven mile one-way loop with stops marked along the way to experience what early settlers to the area would have endured. Stretch your legs with a hike along one of the numerous trails beginning within Cades Cove.
If your lodging needs require a little more than the Bear Necessities then this is the cabin for you. Let this one bedroom cabin be the base for your Smoky Mountain getaway with room to sleep up to 10 people with an extra king sized bed in the loft, two queen sized sofa pullouts, a queen sized bed located in the crow’s nest and a king sized bed in the master bedroom. The kitchen comes fully-equipped to make memorable meals featuring modern stainless steel appliances. Head up to the loft to challenge one another to a game of pool or air hockey then relax on one of the porches while soaking in the private hot tub while looking out over the majestic Wears Valley.
Bear Necessities comes fully loaded with these additional amenities, flat screen televisions, cable, and DVD players; those are just inside. Step out on the deck to enjoy the rocking chairs with your morning coffee or eat your dinner at the picnic table taking in the inspiring views. Take some time to enjoy the mountains and stay in a cabin that has the Bear Necessities plus a little extra.
Located in the beautiful Preserve Resort overlooking Wears Valley, the resort amenities include access to the fitness center, offering a sauna and steam room all on-site. Cool off in the seasonal outdoor pool or unwind in the hot tub. The Preserve also features a chapel and an outdoor pavilion with rocking chairs, a fireplace and a view that can’t be beat.
While heading into Pigeon Forge make a stop at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof for a zippy ride down the mountain coaster then pedal fast to feed the goats…on the roof. If looking for more amusement rides, keep going to Dollywood, full of high flying coasters and other thrills. Have dinner with your show with a visit to Dixie Stampede, the most fun place to eat. For shopping, head over to Pigeon River Crossing Mall for a variety of brand name shops.
Take the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg for a variety of fun attractions. Play a game of mini-golf at Circus Golf, half funhouse half mini-golf for 100% of fun. Visit the Space Needle to get a 360 degree view from the observation deck and at the base catch a show at the Iris Theater which features a variety of shows. Head over to Ole Smokey’s Distillery for a taste test of authentic moonshine being distilled on the Parkway.
With your stay at Bear Necessities you will be among the foothills of the Smokies and not far from the heritage rich town of Townsend, one of the main gateways to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the mountains by horseback with Davy Crockett Riding Stables get out on the beaten path away from all the hustle and bustle. Bring your beach towels and head for the Townsend Y, a local swimming hole where the Little River and the middle prong of the Little Pigeon River join, and sunbathe on the sloping hills while enjoying the pristine nature that surrounds you.