Our latest Brandcation blogger event was held in Pigeon Forge, TN last weekend from Oct. 4th thru Oct. 7th. We chose the location because it was more centrally located, very different from the locales of our past events, and had so many incredible things to do and see.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Smokey Mountains, the area surrounding Pigeon Forge has long been a tourist mecca because of the designation of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park by Dwight D. Eisenhower in the early 1900s. But over the years Pigeon Forge has developed into a flourishing tourist area in its own right, and we experienced first-hand the great activities Pigeon Forge has to offer.
Because of its location, it made sense for many of us to drive down, especially when we could carpool. I was lucky enough to be joined by Paula from Frosted Fingers and Theresa from…. And the best part is that Kia provided us with a Kia Optima Hybrid to use during our road trip. It was a great car with phenomenal gas mileage.
We left my house in Indiana around 7 pm on Wednesday night and drove through the night thanks to the adrenaline that wouldn’t let me sleep.
That and a chocolate chip latte.
We arrived bright and early on Thursday morning long before we had access to our lodgings, so we did what any woman would do with time to kill.
Later that afternoon, the fun began.
Our lodgings were in the form of a cabin. A large cabin that slept 34 people, which was exactly the number of bloggers in our group. The cabin was managed by Cabin Fever Vacations and staying under one roof really made this Brandcation extra special.
Thursday evening Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede hosted our entire group for their dinner show. It was a blast, the food was great and I really felt Dolly’s touch in so much of the show.
Friday morning we got up bright and early and headed out to Dollywood. I was so excited to visit and it more than exceeded my expectations. I was so enamored meeting people who had met Dolly that a security person offered me a job as a dispatcher next season.
Friday evening was spent at Lumberjack Feud. Lumberjack is a dinner show that appeals to the whole family and will leave you crying from laughter.
Saturday morning was one of the highlights of the whole trip because of the emotional experience it brought. We visited the Titanic Museum. They provided us with breakfast, we met the co-owner and toured the museum. Definitely a must-see if you visit the area.
Saturday afternoon we could choose between zip-lining with Climb Works or visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum – or both! I decided to skip the zip-lining this trip because our last trip, while fun, just left me needing a break from zipping. From what other bloggers have said, it was a great course and their guides were amazing.
The Hollywood Wax Museum was fun. It was neat to take photos with the figures and the extra things they had, such as the Castle of Chaos made the experience complete. Plus I came in first place in the game, so if you need to be protected from the undead, I’m your gal.
Saturday evening we threw an 80’s themed party back at our cabin sponsored by Flashing Blinky Lights. We made pizzas with Flatout Bread, sang some karoake and had a great time.
Sunday was bittersweet. Returning home to families we have missed but having to say goodbye to great friends.
For me, this was the best Brandcation yet!
I would especially like to thank the folks at the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. Without them, this entire trip would not have been possible.