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Top 6 Ways to Stay Warm When You Take a Smoky Mountain Vacation in the Winter

If you’ve ever taken a Smoky Mountain vacation in the summer, you may not realize just how cold it can get in the wintertime. However, winter in the Smokies can be magical! From snow covered mountains to the sparkling Christmas lights in town there’s a lot to enjoy here! You won’t have to worry about being cold while you are here with our 6 favorite ways to keep warm! 

1. Stay in Your Cabin

This may seem like an obvious choice, and what makes it better are all the wonderful amenities that our cabins offer! Snuggle up with a blanket in front of your fireplace or get cooking in our fully stocked  kitchens. If that doesn’t keep you warm, then how about a nice relaxing dip in the hot tub, that will certainly conquer the cold! Or you can even get warmed up playing your family and friends in an exciting round of games like billiards in our cabins with game rooms!

2. The Fire Pit at Anakeesta MountainAnakeesta at night

One of the newest and most incredible attractions in Gatlinburg is ​Anakeesta​. The first thing you’ll notice are the magnificent views! On chilly days, it won’t take you long to find the fire pit, which has plenty of seating around it. The fire pit is located in Firefly Village. This is part of Anakeesta has a wonderfully whimsical feel to it. 

3. Keep Moving

A Smoky Mountain vacation in the winter won’t seem so cold after all if you bundle up and keep moving. Your blood will be pumping with excitement at all the fun activities that line the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. As long as you can keep a brisk pace and take advantage of all the fun and games, you may not even notice the weather!

4. Have a Hot Beverage

One of the best ways to keep warm is a hot beverage like coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. Not only does it warm you up on the inside, but it makes your fingers and hands feel good too! Any restaurant you visit can accommodate your request for at least 2 of these options. If you’re looking for a great local shop, ​Coffee and Company​ in Gatlinburg brews up some of the best hot specialty drinks in Gatlinburg!

Pancake Pantry5. Food for Fuel

Nothing warms the body — and the heart — quite like a delicious meal in the heart of the South. A chilly morning in the Smokies calls for a delicious pancake breakfast at the ​Pancake Pantry​. That will certainly warm you up! If pancakes aren’t your favorite breakfast choice, their menu offers many other yummy options so you can start your day feeling full, warm, and happy. 

6. Outdoor Fun at Ober Mountain

We’ve already given you a few ways you can stay warm even if you’re spending time outside, but you might get downright warm with the activities at ​Ober Mountain​. Snow tubing is one awesome and popular way to spend your time there, as well as staying indoors to keep you warm — and your balance — skating on their indoor rink that’s been a favorite of many for years!

Any one of the ways listed above is sure to keep you warm during your Smoky Mountain vacation this winter! ​At the end of your day you’ll get to come back to one of our warm and cozy cabins in the Smokies