Charlie's Gatlinburg, TN birthday trip

Charlie's Gatlinburg, TN birthday trip

#charlieandcrewtravels | Our tradition for birthday's continues this year. Each year the kiddos pick a destination or adventure to go on for their birthday. The memories have been amazing. This year, our mountain loving boy Charlie, wanted to head back to the Smoky Mountains.  You can find out about Meredith's birthday trip HERE as well!
With having our baby boy on the way, my pregnancies tend to bring about some conditions like the return of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Having this delayed us a bit heading on the trip until we knew both baby and I were safe to do so. Once we had the ok to travel from my midwife and planned accordingly, we packed the kids and dogs up and headed to a cute cabin in the mountains. 

Our goal was simple with this trip. Relax, explore and eat fun. The kids love the Little Pigeon River. A big portion of our outing time spent was exploring the river and walking the bridges and trails by it. Looking at the fish (and a snake!), walking in the shallow water and trying to cross it. They were so proud that they completed the mission of crossing the river. 

Fun tip: If you are planning time spent playing with kids in the river, be sure to pack some water shoes like these seen here, your kiddos swimming suits or water-resistant clothes to change into, a towel, bottles of clean water and hand-sani to clean up after.

Of course, a trip to Smoky Mountain National Park is not complete without reaching the top of the mountain. We headed to Newtons Gap overlook and took in the sites. 

We also headed to downtown Gatlinburg, TN. The busy city strip full of fun shopping, entertainment like Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and tasty eats like the Smoky Mountain Fudge Shop. 

Evenings were spent at the cabin. We enjoyed a campfire firepit, talking to the raccoon that lived in the tree next to our cabin, some family games like monopoly and the air hockey table. Head to my story highlights on Instagram HERE for some of the fun in action.
All in all, it was a perfect blend of relaxing and exploring to celebrate our Charlie turning 12. It was a needed little getaway for our family to make some memories.
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite thing to do is in the gorgeous Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, TN?

Comments 16

Marie Gizelle on

Being out with family in nature is the best thing! Looks fun!

Vidya on

oh.. so very beautiful.. The Smoky Mountains is on our bucket list among the top ten for now.. and hope to get there soon

laura on

This reminds me of where I grew up. We would do these kinds of trips. And they are so fun and relaxing, and so refreshing as well.

Gervin Khan on

How adorable! I hope you had a great time there with your family! And, happy birthday!

clay cook on

I can’t wait until the next time we can go to Gatlinburg with the kids. They love playing mini golf there

Krystle Cook on

We love Gatlinburg! We haven’t been in a while but I would love to go again and get a cabin

Zab Zaria on

Your celebration looks fun and amazing, and I hope you had a wonderful time.

Catalina on

Thank you for the awesome tip! I need to have water shoes with me. They are too comfortable and useful!

Beautiful Touches on

The trip to Gatlinburg looked like it was such a great birthday vacation!

Monidipa on

The birthday trip looks fun and the place looks serene and cosy. I’m sure you had a great trip as I liked your description in here.

Lavanda Michelle on

The details you provided about the attractions, accommodations, and your overall experience were incredibly helpful. It’s always great to hear about family-friendly destinations, especially when they come with personal recommendations.

Marysa on

This looks like a lovely trip! I have wanted to check out Gatlinburg for a while. Looks like a beautiful place and a wonderful family destination.

Janeane Davis on

This certainly seems like a beautiful place. I would like to travel there with my family and see it for myself.

Kathy on

Looks like you had a great time. I’m loving all the photos. Looks like so much fun.

Amber Myers on

This looks like such a fun trip! I will have to visit Gatlinburg one day.

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