3 Ideas for a Romantic Dinner in the Smoky Mountains

So, today is my anniversary. Thirteen years ago today, my husband and I promised to be a team for forever. And yet, here I am, writing a blog tonight. Having spent all of, oh, five minutes with my husband today.

Ha! That makes it sound awful! The truth is, we are going to San Antonio for a long weekend to celebrate. So we didn’t worry too much when we realized how busy today would be. And I’m not worried at all that my husband is downstairs playing video games instead of up here with me. After all, I have to write a blog. And after that, my toenails need repainted.


The anniversary talk made me think that lots of people travel to the Smokies for an anniversary. But if you aren’t familiar with the area, it might be hard to decide what to do for a romantic dinner. So let me do the deciding for you. You can trust me. :)

So here they are — Kendra’s three best ideas for a romantic dinner in the Smokies.

1. Go the restaurant route.

It’s a classic. And if you’re going the classic route, go to The Peddler in Gatlinburg. The atmosphere is great, the food is even better. It’s just an all-around great choice for an anniversary dinner. There’s also a great view of the Little Pigeon River out the window. Can’t beat it.

2. Pack a picnic dinner. Or lunch.

Okay, I think this could be really romantic. Pick up some really yummy pastries at any one of the numerous sweet shops on the Parkway in Gatlinburg. Then grab come subs from Subway or pack chicken salad and crackers. A bottle of wine. A nice blanket. The perfect picnic spot beside a roaring stream. Ahhhh … sounds isolated and romantic and … perfect.

3. Get a romantic meal to go to enjoy in your Smoky Mountain cabin.

I love this idea, too. Get this — Alamo Steakhouse (locations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge) offers a Smokies Romance Dinner for Two. For $49.99, you get a small and large Filet Mignon, choice of baked or sweet potatoes, two fresh garden salads, and fresh yeast rolls. You just order it in advance, pick it up, and enjoy a romantic dinner in complete solitude. That’s pretty perfect, too, huh?

Okay, that’s it for tonight. I’m off to work on these summer toenails. I can’t head to San Antonio with them like this! Happy romance!

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