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5 Ways You Can Still Enjoy Summer Before Its Gone

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Summer is already half way over. We wait in anticipation for summer to come. When it finally does arrive, it flies by and we are left with an entire list of activities and vacations that we never found the time to complete. If you feel like summer is passing you by, now is the perfect time to stop and take a break. Evaluate how you want to spend the rest of your summer and pick a couple of vacations or day activities that you want to participate in, before the summer is over. In case you need some motivation or inspiration, these are some of the best summer activities.


Who doesn?t have good memories of camping as a child? You probably spent the weekend, or the entire week playing in the lake, sitting around a bon fire, and sleeping outdoors. Camping is one of the best summer Continue Reading | No Comments


4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Family Spring Break Trip

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It’s never too early or too late to start planning for your next fun Spring Break trip. You don’t have to be a sophomore in college to have fun on a trip in the spring, you just have to do a little planning beforehand. Whether you’re planning a getaway with your family or your fraternity, a Spring Break retreat is the perfect opportunity to make lifelong memories.

When planning an Appalachian vacation, start by taking a look at Smoky Mountain vacation lodges and then go from there. There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous region, so make sure you are well prepared for one of the most fun weeks of your entire life. Here are a few ways to make your next Spring Break trip to the Great Smoky Mountains amazing.

Mountain Climbing
There are 522,427 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for you and your group to explore. Mountain climbing can be one of the more difficult vacation activities for beginners, but it’ll certainly bring you all closer together after a successful ascend. Make sure to do plenty of research beforehand, get in excellent shape, and plan out every step of your trip. Look for guides and outfitters who are experienced in working with beginners. If you’re well prepared and excited to try new things, you’re all going to have a great time.

The Great Smoky Mountains are well known the world over for its many waterfalls. You can drive or hike to a number of scenic falls during your stay. In fact, there are literally too many waterfalls to discover during a single trip!

Sight Seeing
Waterfalls aren’t the only sights to see in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. You and your family can also check out the Gatlinburg Space Needle and get an excellent view of the mountains, town, and nature surrounding the needle. This structure reaches 407 feet up in the air and provides a 360-degree view of resort city. You may even be able to spot your vacation lodging.

Because the aforementioned activities are potentially exhausting, don’t forget to give yourself a day or two (a few hours at the very least) to just sit back and relax in a nice lodge. There are great Smoky Mountain vacation lodges that are close to all the sights you’ll want to visit that can also provide peaceful relaxation for a few hours, too. Check out some quality lodge rentals or hotels with a river view before you make your family trip, and make sure you enjoy your relaxing stay in between some of the best Spring Break fun imaginable!

If you want to learn more about visiting Smoky Mountain vacation lodges or how to have a wonderful vacation on your next Spring Break trip, contact The Greystone Lodge On The River today!