Member Monday: Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains Never Disappoint

Even though Global Discovery Vacations members Ann S. and her husband like to explore different places, there is one area that is always on their radar: the Great Smoky Mountains. The White Oak Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the perfect place for nature lovers such as this family, and there is never a dull moment. Let the stunning scenery be your guide in this week’s Member Monday!

Where would you recommend a fellow member to go to…
Eat
Old Mill in nearby Pigeon Forge, TN. Good home cooking and huge portions.

Shop
Three Bears is a wonderful variety type of store, something for everyone at reasonable prices.

Have fun/attractions
A comedy club or dinner show is fun. We also love walking around to the shops in Pigeon Forge or downtown Gatlinburg.

What was your favorite…
Resort/Condo Amenity
White Oak Lodge and Resort’s condos and cabins are both fabulous!

snowy smokeys

Place to go in the destination
Any trail on the Smoky Mountains! We like the Smokies best in late fall or winter. The views are phenomenal and they remind me of a winter wonderland. Breathtaking.

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
Until five years ago we had never been to the Smoky Mountain area. The first time was for our 30th wedding anniversary and now we try to go every year.

waterfall and us

What was your favorite memory of your vacation?
The scenic drive up and over the mountain and seeing various waterfalls and wildlife.

Any tips for a traveler to this resort or destination? Anything you think they should bring?
Everything you need is at the cabin or condo, but we bring various food items if we want to make breakfast or snacks. Be sure to bring small snacks and plenty to drink if you are doing any hikes.

About you

How long have you been a Global Discovery Vacations member?
Eight years.

Why did you join the club?
We received an invite in the mail when we moved to the South from New Jersey.

How many trips have you taken using your membership?
We’ve taken at least three a year.

Why do you think traveling is important?
To relax and to take a break from everyday life. To experience new adventures each time and to have a wonderful getaway with loved ones. Seeing new places we have not seen before is always interesting.

Photo courtesy of member Ann S.

Ray originally hails from The Hague, Netherlands and one day showed up at Global Discovery Vacations’ doorstep. When he is not traveling or writing, you might find him engaged in playing ping pong, swimming or planting tulips.

2 thoughts on “Member Monday: Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains Never Disappoint

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Unfortunately, in order to preserve the condition of our units and prevent allergens for other guests, we do not allow pets in any of our units.

      – Global Discovery Vacations

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