Dads tend to be thrilled with whatever tie or barbecue implement or virtual reality greeting card you pick out from Hallmark for Fathers’ Day after all, it’s dad who taught us that it’s the thought that counts. However, when you get down to it, most dads really just want a little peace and quiet, ideally in the great outdoors.
This year, give your dad some time to get away from it all with a few days in the quiet woods of the Smoky Mountains. Book a cabin with Natural Retreats, which can also book experiences like fishing or rafting, or send Dad off with his best friend at one of these dog-friendly cabins.
He can add to his repertoire of great fish stories with a few days of angling in the mountain streams, or come up with all new tales of his adventures whitewater rafting down the Pigeon River, horseback riding along mountain trails in the national park, or looking for black bears at Cades Cove.
The Smoky Mountains offer a lot of options for shaking up your Father’s Day traditions. Instead of giving your dad another bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, send him on a moonshine tasting up at the Ole Smoky or Sugarlands distilleries in Gatlinburg or for a beer at the Smoky Mountain Brewery. If your dad prefers the rough on the golf course to roughing it in the wild, book 18 holes at Carolina Mountain Golf or mini-golf at Gatlinburg’s legendary Hillbilly Golf course. And if Dad wants to spend some of his alone time at Dollywood or trying his hand at the indoor rope course at the Wonder Works Museum, who would judge him?
By: Melissa Locker
Photography By: Art Meripol