Whether you are planning a vacation for this summer or fall, you really should consider heading to the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort in Tennessee! Not only is the scenery picturesque, but activities abound at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa. Yes, I said S-P-A! 🙂
If you haven’t yet checked it out, be sure to visit my last post where you’ll see my first impressions of the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort….room, amenities and more! But when you visit the Smoky Mountains, you don’t exactly want to stay in your room the entire time. So let’s talk about activities.
While you WILL want to head off property at some point and enjoy the charming town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Westgate offers so much on site that you will want to take advantage. Whether you are enjoying a couple’s weekend getaway or family vacation with little ones, there’s something for everyone at every age.
Photo (aka group selfie) courtesy of Tara
While visiting the resort, I had the opportunity to not only tour the property, but I got to hang out with these fabulous bloggers…..and I do mean fabulous. Those two young men in the background there were our tour guides, who doubled as our photographers when needed. So sweet of them, as you know bloggers always need group shots.
As you can tell from the helpful signs, there is plenty of fun (and relaxation) to be had.
For the kids, you’ll find Wild Bear Falls. It’s an indoor water park featuring a “state-of-the-art retractable roof”! I thought only professional football stadiums had those! 🙂 Since we are talking about the Smoky Mountains, it’s nice to have an indoor water park where you don’t need to worry about the weather.
One less thing for Mom to worry about on a trip. Rain….no problem!
FACT: At more than 60,000 square feet, it is largest indoor water park resort in the South and the fifth largest in the country.
Not into the thrill of a water park? No worries…..just check out the heated outdoor pools. Yes, heated!
For those of you curious as to where I did spend my down time……..let me introduce you to Serenity Spa by Westgate.
I have to admit that I was a bit concerned when the entrance was located fairly close to the arcade. I was pleasantly surprised that I couldn’t hear a single thing from next door as soon as I walked into the Spa. YES!
I only had time for a 50-minute Swedish massage, but it was exactly what I needed. After the busiest month I can remember in quite a while, this Mom needed some “me” time.
I’ll be honest though….massages usually hurt me. I have this one spot on my shoulder where I think I carry the weight of the world. I had the most amazing masseuse at the Spa, who worked through the spot and released what she called “lactic acid”….the stress build up. I learned so much in addition to not hurting AT ALL for the first time ever during a massage. Win-Win!
For the kids, the Spa offers Ice Cream Manicures and Pedicures. So much fun for a Mommy-Daughter date! Next time!
While you can certainly create your own meals in the fully-equipped kitchens in the suites, it’s nice to have a restaurant on-site where someone else will not only make the food, but clean up too. Thus, we headed to Smokehouse Grill for dinner before a night out on the town.
It was a steak and potatoes kind of night for me and I must say I adored how the drinks came served inside mason jars. Such a southern touch.
I guess I should have expected there to be wildlife, right? I mean, I knew there would be animals in the mountains. I just didn’t think of B-E-A-R-S. The setting is ideal for them, especially if you throw in the park rangers at the entrance to the resort. (Thinking of Yogi Bear here) 🙂
Wherever I turned at the resort, there were reminders of who we shared the mountain with.
I was determined to spot one or two. Preferably from a distance. Ha!
We were even told that a bear den was located nearby and the bears could be seen crossing the parking lot or even playing in the trees. I was so determined that my friends even helped me look below where the den was supposed to be.
Tara got a little more adventurous than I did (above)!
Really, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the activities and fun that is available at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa. There are playgrounds and even daily events and crafts for the kiddos.
One of the best things about the resort is that you can catch a shuttle to take you back and forth to all these locations and events. Shuttle stops are located conveniently by each set of cabins.
And if you are lucky, you can catch the “train shuttle”. I can only imagine my daughter wanting to ride this up and down the mountain a bazillion times.
I have to tell you that these lights that light up Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort each night are the closest I came to seeing a bear. Sad, I know. But it does give me a reason to go back and bring my family…..and that is a great thing to look forward to!
So what do you think about the activities at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort?
Be sure to stay tuned as I next share with you all about heading into the charming town of Gatlinburg! Don’t forget to catch my first post, in case you missed it, about my first impressions of Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort!