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Five Places You Need to Visit in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Everybody loves when it is vacation time and this year we took a vacation down south to Tennessee! We visited Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville. We did many things and I, unfortunately, didn’t take pictures of everything but the memories I/we made will forever live in our hearts! Here is a list of five things and activities you should do while in Pigeon Forge featuring extra stops we made! I’m also including two things we did the year before!

5. Eat at Frizzle’s Chicken Café

I added Frizzle’s Chicken Farmhouse Café as a place to visit because we never go to Pigeon Forge and skip this gem! They have robotic chickens and they are so fun to watch the chickens sing and dance. What makes it special is the atmosphere and of course, the food! I always get the chicken and waffles and have never left disappointed. 

Image sourced from their FB page

4. Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum

We visited the Hollywood Wax Museum last year and had a blast so of course, I’m adding it to this blog! It’s different which is why it’s worth it to check out! You can also buy an all-access pass that unlocks even more adventure!

3. Shop at the Three Bears

The Three Bears has so much to offer and even though it claims to be a general store, there is much more offered. I consider it a shopping center that has it all! They offer fair foods which are good if you need a quick bite to eat or just because! There is a candy store with amazing fudge and you can even see the rescued bears they have! It is a two-story shopping experience with so much to look at!

2. Watch a Show at the Comedy Barn

The Comedy Barn was very exciting! We watched felines do their tricks and if you know me, my weakness is cats. The show featured several skits and circus acts with a whole lot of funny moments and scripts. Even intermission was entertaining as there were several girls that would either sing or tap dance! This place is definitely a must-experience (at least once) place in Pigeon Forge and it’s right next to Frizzle’s Chicken!

1. Visit the Island

The Island has everything your shopping hearts desire! moonshine and wine (with free tastings), clothing, tons of food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, toys, candy shops, and even entertainment like 7D rides! The Ferris wheel is a major attraction over at The Island! There was also an Old Time Photo studio, so of course, we did that! Did you really go to Tennessee without taking some old-time photos? Most would say, of course not.

Extras

There are so many things to do in Pigeon Forge, and many places to dine. Besides those mentioned above, here are some more things you should do, eat, or see:

  • Eat at the Old Mill – Their food is absolutely better than Cracker Barrel’s but has the same southern atmosphere. 10/10 for sure recommend for Breakfast.
  • Visit the Apple Barn down the road in Sevierville – We went during Summer but I do believe in the Fall this would be such a great place to go to!
  • Go Karts – There are arcades and go karts everywhere in Pigeon Forge, just pick one or try them all out!
  • Shop the Candy Stores – There are a lot of candy stores just as there is go kart tracks. I suggest even visiting more than one candy store! There is one in the Three Bears and they have some pretty delicious fudge!

Final Thoughts

Pigeon Forge has so much to offer and I truly hope this blog helps you decide on where to go and what to eat here and there! Also, check out my blog on Anakeesta as it is just the next town over in Gatlinburg! If you enjoy content like this please consider subscribing to my blog and don’t forget to check out my Instagram page. Thanks so much for reading!

5 Things to Consider When Moving

Earlier this year, my husband and I purchased our first home here in Kentucky! But since we started visiting Tennessee regularly, we have been looking into some options and planning for our future if we were to ever move to Tennessee. I have learned quite a lot when we first moved into our home and wanted to share some moving tips with you all! For this blog post, imagine you’re looking into Williamson County (Franklin), Tennessee.

1. Crime Rate & Cost of Living

First and foremost we must do our research and look at the crime rates of the places we’re interested in! For Franklin, TN I found that this website gave Franklin a B- rating and it stated that that meant it is safer than the average U.S city! But don’t just count on one website, really take time and research! Now, make sure you research the cost of living; in Kentucky, our sales tax is 6% while in Tennessee it is 7%. There is also a website I found that will do a comparison for you! It stated that Where I want to be was 12% higher than where I am when it comes to housing costs. That may not sound like much but it is a big change when you think about it. Nerd Wallet (the website) can also calculate/predict more than just the housing costs. For instance, it also stated that Healthcare is also 14% higher… On the bright side, transportation costs are 6% less!

2. Job Opportunities

Make sure you look into job opportunities in this area! When I searched LinkedIn gave me over one hundred hits on job offers. For me, I would look for a job in writing or journalism so I searched on Indeed.com and found at least 15 writing/journalism jobs on the first two pages that looked legit. Take into account the population which when recorded in 2019 stated, 238,412 people, resided in Williamson County.

3. Moving Service

When moving, there are quite a lot of moving services out there, but only a few stand out. Why may you need a moving service, you ask? Sometimes it just relieves the stress off of you. One of the most stressful events in one’s life is moving. Movers, take part of that stress away! I know of a good moving company in the Nashville area, Moving Solutions.

Let’s talk about Moving Solutions!

Moving Solutions is such a great business and their team is honest and quite hard-working. Moving Solutions provides residential and commercial moving services in Nashville, TN, Nashville Metropolitan Area, and surrounding areas. Franklin TN, being one of the areas. They also give FREE ESTIMATES which are also a stress relief! Get the price before you choose and pay.

They also have a long list of various services that could be helpful to you, such as, office moving, labor only, local moves, packing services, long-distance, senior moving, delivery services, piano, and pool table moving. They are also hot tub movers in Nashville, TN!

The fact that they do long-distance moving has me sold! Especially in this scenario, I have in this blog post! But to seal the deal for you, just give them a call at 866-923-2145.

When I saw that they donated 10% to local businesses that are or have been affected by the pandemic, I just had to share! Great people, amazing business! Check them out by clicking here!

4. Weather/Climate

Compare the weather/climate! See if you’d even be happy with the climate before moving so it doesn’t cause disappointment. Kentucky and Tennessee are very similar in their climates and both have very strange weather that likes to change in the blink of an eye so it would not be an issue for me or my husband!

5. “Is This Place a Good Fit For Me?”

Finally, this is where you’ll finish research the area to see if it’s ‘a a match’! Look into the restaurants, schools, shopping centers, things to do, subdivisions and housing areas, etc. to see if you’d be happy there! You’d be amazed at how many people move, only to be disappointed with the area and their surroundings. For example, let’s say I’m a partier and want to move to Nashville cause it fits my personality. Instead of doing extensive research, I decided to move there just off my knowledge of it being a popular city for tourists and great for parting in general… But I move to find out that it’s crowded, too noisy and I ended up spending all my savings because of that one thing that interested me. So then I start messing up on work, school, etc. This is why research is so important and why you want to look at more than just what there is to do and the cost of living. MAKE A T-CHART! For example, Franklin Tennessee would be a great fit for me and my husband because we both love cute subtle towns with things to do and beautiful scenery! There would be plenty of job opportunities for us both and the cost of living isn’t too bad. On the other hand, it will cost a ton starting out living there compared to just moving in the current state we already reside in. And it’s much more crowded than our quaint little town here in central Kentucky. Make sure you write all the pros, and all the cons. 

Final Thoughts

Those are the tips! If they have helped you in any way or if you have followed similar tips like these let me know down below how they worked for you! Don’t forget to check out Moving Solutions, I’ll be using them if I ever need to!

Disclaimer:

This blog post was sponsored by Moving Solutions but all my opinions are my own.

Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN

You may have stumbled upon this blog either out of curiosity or because you’re planning on going and want to know what all there is to do there! First of all, Anakeesta is a huge outdoor adventure hub located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Fair warning, if you have a phobia of heights this may not be the place for you to visit… however, my husband who is scared of heights enjoyed himself! I’ll tell you how and why below. In this blog I will go over everything you may need to know (that I know) about Anakeesta before going, and how our trip went, and what all there is to do there! So buckle up and enjoy the ride!

What is There to Do at Anakeesta?

There are many things to do at Anakeesta, there is practically fun for the whole family! There is zip-lining, mountain coasters, gem mining, the treetop skywalk, challenge courses, and play areas! Me and my family done the treetop skywalk and had an absolute blast – though some of my party was a little scared, we went through with courage! It was so fun. Below you can find some of the skywalk pictured so you can get an idea! There are also restaurants, snack stations, gift shops, and much more sight-seeing opportunities such as the AnaVista tower which is also Gatlinburg’s highest point!

More About the AnaVista Tower:

There are at least 80 steps to climb up but they’re worth it when you arrive at the top! You can even see mountains as far as Kentucky (my home state)! I was the only one from my party to go up it, but once I was up there I felt so accomplished and the sights I saw were so beautiful, even in the rain! Below you can see pictured what I’m talking about!

Bathroom Access?

There are quite a few bathrooms with many stalls available throughout the villages! So you don’t need to worry!

Vista Gardens:

The Vista Gardens were so beautiful! You can view the photos below.

Many Photo-Ops Available!

Throughout you will see beautiful setups for photo opportunities! As you can see below, they’re all so creative and beautiful!

“I’m Scared of Heights, Can I still Go?”

There are three ways to get up the mountain! If you’re afraid of heights, sharp curves, etc. you may want to think long and hard about going. I’m talking like if you have a very strong phobia of heights. Because My husband who has a fear of heights handled the skywalk very well, but he doesn’t have a phobia; he just has a fear. What helped him was that the ropes on the skywalk were very sturdy and the bridges were quite safe! We also took the Ridge Rumbler (bus-type vehicle) up the mountain, so that is your best bet. For those not afraid of heights you can take an enclosed chondola or just plain open sky-lift up!

Pictures!

So keep in mind, you’ll get two things of pictures if you take the sky-lift, if not don’t worry they will take one before you choose your preferred method of transportation up the mountain. Just be sure you’re not wearing a green shirt as my husband did! (LOL)…

Other Info:

They offer live music, arts & crafts, and more! For their event calendar, click here!

Final Thoughts

I rate my experience at Anakeesta a 10/10! I enjoyed everything that we did and I made myself some pretty awesome memories. I would go again! Thanks so much for reading this blog, if it has helped you made any decisions on visiting please let me know by leaving a comment below, tell me your favourite thing about Anakeesta if you’ve been! If you liked this blog post please consider subscribing to my blog so you can receive an email every time I post, I will be posting more content like this in the short future! Please also consider following me on Instagram by clicking here! For more information about Anakeesta, please click here!

How To Plan a Budget Friendly Trip

Plan a Budget Friendly Trip With Me!

In this blog post, I’m going to show you (step-by-step) exactly how I plan a trip when on a budget! Saving up is the first step, or you can plan and save what you know you will need for sure! But… you never truly know! For this blog let’s assume I am going to Wilmington, North Carolina. Let’s say I plan to save at least $2,000.

Wilmington NC – 2017

Step 1: Pick a Place, How Much You Want to Spend & What You Want to Do

For this blog, we’re going to choose Wilmington, North Carolina. Why? Because I have been and I fell in love with the pace! The beaches are so nice and clean (three to choose from!) and there a quite a few things to do there! For the amount, we would like to take since this is budget-friendly we are saying $2,000 which is very savable for the average household (but for sake, let’s say it is a couple’s trip and not 4 people as I have no experience in planning family trips) I believe. What do we want to do? Well obviously visit the beaches they have to offer, go sightseeing, shopping, whatever there is to do and see. I’m a history buff so museums are a must!

Step 2: Find a Hotel

Finding a hotel is always first on my list. Keep in mind that you may have to switch hotels just in case you find the one you chose originally is nasty… Also ask yourself, “do I want to pay more for the hotel? Or have more money to spend on other things while there?”! The date I searched for was August 6th of 2021. Hotels I found with prices per night:

  • Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach Ocean Front – $549 (assume tax)
  • Baymont by Wyndham – $169.00
  • Beach House Inn & Suites – $214 (for something decent)

Step 3: Research

My next steps include researching and typing out/ writing out everything there is to do along with prices next to the listed items. This is honestly the fun part, especially if you’re a planner! Some people like to go with the flow but I am not one of them. Plus I like to also take into account emergencies, etc. What I also like to do during this step is also write down the local restaurants I would like to try, So what I found was:

Activities/Places to Go/Do

  • Battleship NC – $14.00 for each adult total – $28.00 (plus tax TAX in NC – 5.25 %)
  • Arlie Gardens – $9.00 for each adult total – $18.00 (Assume there is tax on everything)
  • Bellamy Mansion Museum – $14.00 for each adult total – $28.00
  • River Front Park – FREE
  • Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park – (ALL-IN) $53.99 for each adult total – $107.98
  • Visit Wrightsville Beach – FREE but may have to pay for parking (estimate $10-20)
  • Visit Kure Beach – FREE but may have to pay for parking
  • Visit Carolina Beach – FREE but may have to pay for parking
  • Old Wilmington City Market for shopping

Places to Eat Locally

Step 4: Budget & Plan

Friday August 6th –

  • Hotel (two nights) – $338 We chose Baymont by Wyndham
  • Lunch Time 12 pm after check in we will eat at Ann Bonny’s Bar and Grill – May spend $50
  • 2 pm – Battleship – $28.00 (assume tax for everything)
  • 6 pm – Visit 1 beach: Kure Beach – Parking may be $10 for 2 hours
  • 8 pm – Dinner at 1900 Restaurant and Lounge – May spend $70

Saturday August 7th –

  • 8 am – Have Breakfast
  • 10 am – Bellamy Mansion Museum – $28.00
  • 12 pm – Lunch at Front Street Brewery – May spend $60
  • 2 pm – Old Wilmington Market/Shopping – May spend $100
  • 3:30 pm – Pack some dinner for a picnic at the beach
  • 4 pm – Visit Carolina Beach – Parking may be $20 for a little while
  • 9 pm – Back to hotel

Looks Like We’re Spending One More Day Monday August 8th –

  • Pay for another night for hotel room – $169.00
  • 8 am – Have breakfast
  • 11 am – Arlie Gardens – $18.00
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch at a fast food joint – May Spend $20
  • 1 pm – Visit Wrightsville Beach for a Beach Day – Parking may be approx. $20.00
  • 6 pm – Go to Apple Annie’s Bake Shop – May spend $30.00
  • 7 pm – Eat late dinner (if haven’t) at hotel with what you packed

If We Went By Schedule –

If we went by the schedule/timeline we would have spent at least: $961.00. Remember we have $2,000 saved! And so we may even spend more than that honestly (sorry if my math is wrong) so we can assume we have at least $800 leftover. What do we do with that $800? Put it towards gas (you do the math, keep distance in mind from starting point to end, and remember you may be driving as well to get to places you wanna visit while there.) I would keep $300 away just for emergencies!

Step 5: Pick a Date and Save

Now that we have everything figured out we can now save money after picking the date! Save accordingly.

Final Thoughts

I enjoy planning trips! I hope that this helped you in planning your trip or I hope you save this for future references! Maybe you can even visit Wilmington, North Carolina soon and use this as a guide! If you would like here is the link to their visitor guide: CLICK HERE. Thanks so much for reading and I hope all of you have safe travels! Please comment below if this is how you plan or add anything you would like! Do you plan differently? Please share in the comments! For more like this consider following my blog and following me on Instagram.

Things We Did In Central Tennessee | Things to do in Nashville and Franklin Tn

If you’re reading this that must mean you are interested in taking a trip to good ‘ole Tennessee! Well buckle up and keep your feet in the ride at all times. Keep reading to find some awesome activities that me and my husband can give honest feedback on. Nothing in this blog is sponsored, or an ad. Purely honest information. Enjoy!

Let’s talk about where we stayed…

We ended up staying in a hotel in Franklin Tn. The hotel was, Days Inn by Wyndham – Franklin. Below is a gallery of photos that I took inside the room. Our room that I reserved via Booking.com, was a non-smoking king room. It had a stench, but most hotels do in my opinion. I made sure I checked everything even the couch and under the bed in the seams and it was clean. No bugs, thank the universe! The microwave was odd, and we burnt popcorn the first two times unfortunately, but we got the hang of it by the third bag. The fridge kept things cool, and the TV was fuzzy but alright. The ‘walk-in’ shower was pretty sweet, the water was always hot, and never “ran out”. Having one sink was annoying though because my husband would hog it for no good reason, but it was tolerable. I will say, I am not a fan of hotel beds and pillows. Our necks were stiff and our backs ached for our own bed at home the entire time. Breakfast at the hotel was from 6 a.m until 9 a.m which was very inconvenient, but understandable. There food was’t really hot by the 8:00 a.m mark which was disappointing. The pool was pretty nice though. I would give this hotel, a 7/10 honestly. They were great employees with awesome manners.

Let’s talk about Day One…

Taken at the Williamson County Fair August 2nd 2019

The ride from Nicholasville Ky, to Franklin Tn was about four hours that day which was a Friday so understandable, and tolerable though I’m pretty sure I annoyed Jake with all the rock music I blared and sang to. Once we got there, we were early and couldn’t check in to our hotel yet so we went and had a late lunch over at Nashville Pizza Co. In Nashville Tn. Below is a picture of the pizza, and bread sticks we got. I told y’all I was going to be honest, and I am sorry if this hurts feelings, but here was my take on the place:

“Nashville Pizza Co. – It was trash. We ate there for under $25 however, the bread sticks weren’t garlicky enough and not many alcoholic options other than beer selections. The pizza was flat crust, and it’s not my style. 5/10.”

Let me add, this was right after I was dissatisfied, I will definitely let y’all know they had amazing service and very polite employees and a decent crowd that day for 2 p.m so don’t just take my word for it! This was just my opinion.

We finally checked into the hotel at around 3 p.m and we sat and chilled until the Williamson County Fair started which was about 6 p.m!

The county fair in Franklin Tn. – It was awesome, but so expensive! Like, in Jessamine Co. Kentucky and other surrounding areas you just pay one fee and you get unlimited rides. The fee is anywhere between 10 to 20. No admission fee either. In Franklin Tn, the admission fee was $9. But to ride unlimited rides it then costed $25 more. I think that was a little excessive for a county fair however, I can’t complain too much considering the fair was a blast! It was so fun! I paid like $10 for henna on my wrist and that was pretty chill. We played balloon darts and Jake played the basketball games. Unfortunately, they milked more money out of us that way, but I
now have three super cute stuffed animals! Sadly near the end, we had to leave cause everything was being moved inside due to lighting and a storm. Oh did I mention, no refunds? Williamson Co. Fair: 9/10!

I got henna done at one of the booths too as well as some lemonade from a cute lemonade vendor! Oh, and BMX TRICKS! It was a blast. We also went to the fair on our day 3 to have some more fun. On day 3 at the fair, we seen a dinosaur show meant for kids, and we walked inside a butterfly garden! So much fun!

Later that night after the fair we ate at a local Steak’n’shake!

Steak’n’Shake in Franklin off of Carother’s pkwy – Super great service! And super cheap but yummy food! 11/10.

Day Two…

We went out into the Music City, of Nashville Tennessee! And had an even more awesome time! It was super crowded though which made it intolerable, especially with the heat at 90 degrees Fahrenheit! We walked into Tootsies, and could barely breathe with all of the people, it was so overwhelming and too crowded for my liking so we went for a drink at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Bar instead! A day in Nashville or even a couple hours? I give it a 7/10. Just because the bars overcharge for drinks, but I get it!

Prior to the bar hopping, we went to an historical site in Franklin Tn! I wish I could say it was a very fantastic time, but we do plan on trying again next year.

The Carnton 1864 battle site – it wasn’t that great of an experience for me, so you will have to take my review with a grain of salt. I got sick and was about to faint and had to step out after the tour guide finally after what felt like twenty minutes explained how the family was caught in shock and their home turned into a hospital within a few minutes of the battle. She said she’d keep the door unlocked but after I got a bottle of water and was feeling better, I couldn’t go back in because the door wasn’t unlocked and basically the $36 I spent on our tickets were wasted. I was beyond angry and wanted to cry at that point. We left. But if you are a fan of history especially civil war history, I suggest you visit this place. It is really interesting and the property was just beautiful. I give this place 7/10 stars just because I didn’t get to enjoy myself to the fullest. Yes, I get that’s my body’s fault… but it would have been nice if tickets weren’t so expensive and i didn’t get locked out. Just saying!

Day Three…

We went to the fair once again, but we also went and visited downtown Franklin, and had a great time eating lunch at 55 South on their main street! Parking wasn’t that bad, but waiting at the cross walks were!

55 South – Crowded, but right in the historical downtown district of Franklin Tn! It was so much fun, and the drink I had was called the Category 5 which was very bourbon-y. It wasn’t my favourite, but as far as day drinking goes, I would recommend it! I had their friend chicken salad which was spicy, but it was definitely yummy and hit the spot at brunch. My husband got a burger and fries, which their fries are sooo bomb! 8/10.

After brunch, we went to the Farmer’s Market in Franklin! And I found a T-shirt from a local artist. I did pay $25 for the shirt, but I had to have something that proved I was there, right?

Pic from Instagram Stories

Let’s Talk About the Last Day now!

We left, but before we did we had to visit the Nashville Parthenon! It was a fun sight, gave me an excuse to say I was in Greece, but not really. 10/10.

It was a decent trip, and we had a lot of fun!