You know what always makes a girl feel better? Her friends. There is nothing better than spending some good ole quality time with your best girlfriends. You know what makes that quality time even better? A vacation to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains National Park. Wait, a shopping vacation to Pigeon Forge. Yes, that is the ideal girlfriend getaway! Who is in need of one? I know I sure could use a good ole fashioned shopping trip with my best gals. There is something therapeutic about it. Our area is one of the best places to go on a shopping spree. With the Tanger Outlet Mall a few miles down the road from us, you can honestly purchase anything from designer handbags, shoes, calendars, candles and even calendars and puzzles while shopping there. Start at one end of the mall and slowly make your way through the many stores. You do not want to forget to take a lunch break though and we would suggest you enjoy some salad and crab cakes at the Chop House. It is a great place to have a nice lunch and they offer something for everyone on their menu. Another great place to do a bit of shopping is the Old Mill Square which sits right across the road from us here at Whispering Pines. Whether you have homemade pieces on your mind, jewelry, clothes or even candy and kitchen items, the Old Mill Square is a great way to spend a few hours just having fun with your pals. I would suggest you stop for some ice cream at the Creamery or even some of the homemade Kettle Korn they serve up in the Square. It is really quite delicious! Across the street from the Old Mill Square is another shopping complex that offers some unique choices when it comes to opening your wallet up. My favorite shop is Sandman’s Workshop. I have gotten many Christmas gifts there. The oil stone candles are probably what I have bought the most of. You will love this shop too!

As always, Gatlinburg has some incredible shops as well! My favorite place to shop for some unique gifts is the Village. The Village has been going strong in downtown Gatlinburg since 1969. You will find 27 of the most unique boutiques, galleries and eateries in this quaint, European themed atmosphere. Be sure to stop by the Candle Cottage and the Donut Friar…they have been there since the Village opened! For the finest shopping in Gatlinburg, I highly recommend you take the time to stop and explore this little European Village so you can not only find some unique gifts for loved ones or yourself, but you can enjoy this fun shopping experience in this favored Gatlinburg destination.

Another great place to do some unique shopping is out on Wears Valley Road, which is Traffic Light #3 in Pigeon Forge. There are numerous antique and ma and pa stores that offer some unique finds. Even if you are not that much into antiques, these shops are still fun to stop by and doing what we like to call “window shopping.” It is like walking back in time to the simpler days here in the Smoky Mountain area.

The Arts and Crafts Community is always a favorite among vacationers. Known as the largest group of independent artisans in North America, this eight mile loop is Tennessee Heritage. This community was established in 1937 and features artists that whittle, weave, carve, cast, paint, sew, quilt, make candles, quilts, brooms, pottery, jewelry and so much more. You certainly want to make plans to visit this craftsmen’s community on your next Pigeon Forge Vacation.

When planning your Smoky Mountain Vacation, finding the perfect vacation rental where you know you can relax and unwind after a busy day out and about with your friends is vital. Here in Pigeon Forge, our Bear Crossing Condominiums sit along the Little Pigeon River and offer luxury two and three bedroom condos. I believe some of the best times is when you can relax outside with your best friends. You can do that at Bear Crossing, whether it is on your private balcony overlooking the river or down by the river at the picnic table area. Summer Vacation does not have to be out of this world expensive. We offer affordable condominiums and we sell discounted tickets to multiple top attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, as well as, offer you a free Entertainment Rewards Pass that includes Free Tickets to area shows. For the month of July, we are offering a $50 gift certificate to every reservation too. Summer is a time to revive yourself! Grab your best gal pals and come on down and stay a while with us and have the best Pigeon Forge vacation yet!