A couple years ago, Clay and I visited and wrote about Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN. We recently had the opportunity to visit again. I LOVE Anakeesta so I was beyond excited when they offered to host our anniversary visit. Clay and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage this year and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place to celebrate! Let me show you a little bit of Anakeesta in the fall and then tell you about some of their winter activities coming up!
I had all intentions of getting this post out to you in October, when we visited, BUT, we got word the day we went to Anakeesta, that his beloved aunt passed away that morning and then we both got sick at the last day of our trip (NOT ‘rona, but another yucky upper respiratory infection) and were down for the count for awhile . So, I’m just now getting to edit and write everything. I’m so sorry I missed sharing this years Halloween fun with you, in time for you to visit, but I think you’ll love the upcoming winter activities at Anakeesta if you get the chance to go. I so badly want to go back this winter! (here’s a link to Anakeesta Halloween 2019)
We at lunch in Gatlinburg, then rode the chairlift up to Anakeesta. It was pretty busy that day but we got there fairly early and only had about a 20 – 30 minute wait in line. You can order online, I believe, and short pass the long line. I suggest doing that on busy days! If you don’t like to ride the chairlift or Chondola (we rode it last time), you can also choose to ride the Ridge Rambler up.
Once at the top, we visited the stores for a little shopping. The stores had jewelry, decor, candies and soaps and sundries. Everything was so pretty!
There are several places to eat everything from full meals to snacks. We had already eaten lunch but did get thirsty so we took advantage of The Happy Camper for some drinks. Clay ordered a pumpkin craft beer and I had a water. It was hot in the sun and I was thirsty. The gal at The Happy Camper was incredibly sweet. She talked to us and made us feel right at home. We did eat and Anakeesta in 2019 and enjoyed the views from the restaraunt.
Speaking of the view. GORGEOUS! There are several chairs along the perimeter where you can sit and take it all in. There are also firepits throughout where you can sit and warm up. There are plenty if nighttime events so you’ll be there after dark when the air is cooler.
Clay and I decided the day called for a little fun so we took a turn on the Bearventure course! (I think that’s the right one) Or maybe it was TreeVenture? We made our way across swinging boards, barrels and more. It was hard but so much fun! I laughed so much, but let me tell ya, my legs were sore that night! 😂 I took advantage of the jacuzzi in our cabin, even though we didn’t have enough hot water and had to warm water in a giant stock pot on the stove. It worked out though and my feet and legs appreciated it!
We took a walk across the tree top bridge too. We did that one before, at night, when all the lights are on to look like fireflies. We didn’t go in the evening this time but I wish we had. It is beautiful at night all lit up! I was just too tired after our day of activities.
One thing we didn’t do was Anavista Tower. I was so tired I just couldn’t make the trek up all those stairs. If you get the chance and are feeling up to it, try it! It’s a 360 degree view!
We did walk through the Vista Gardens, which we missed the first year we went. It is so beautiful in there! There are tons of flowers everywhere including metalwork sculptures of oversized flowers. It is stunning and very serene and relaxing in there.
The Halloween decor was super cute and added a fun touch to the fall decorations.
I’d love to go this winter for their Enchanted Winter Of Lights! November 11 – Feb 14. I really hope we can afford to take a weekend trip to Gburg and visit Anakeesta this winter! It will be all lit up with Christmas lights!
“When the sun sets in the smokies Anakeesta mountain comes to life with a celebration of lights during our Enchanted Winter celebration. Gather around the fire with family and friends for hot cocoa or your favorite hot toddy, then stroll through our magical villages and enjoy delicious dining and a mountain of light displays that will fill your heart with winter cheer. Included with general admission to the park.”https://anakeesta.com/enchanted-winter-of-lights/
On December 4 and December 11 kids and parents can enjoy breakfast with Santa! This event will be so much fun for both kids and adults. Admission will include EARLY access to Anakeesta before other guests arrive, all-day access to the park, a delicious breakfast served at Cliff Top, holiday crafts, a sing-a-long, and a professional photo with Santa himself!
They have a calendar on their site with all the upcoming events so be sure to check that out and plan your visit!
Have you ever been to Anakeesta? If not, we highly recommend going at least once. You will enjoy the ride up, dining and shopping as well as all the gorgeous panoramic views, garden and playgrounds for the kids. We love it at Anakeesta, especially Anakeesta in the fall! If you do visit Anakeesta, be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram @cinnamonhollow We love to see your photo fun!
This article will also be cross-posted on our travel blog The Martin Family Adventure.https://themartinfamilyadventure.com
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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