Pigeon Forge is the ultimate destination for female bonding. Shopping, wine tasting, brunch..there’s a lot to do and see. If you’re on the hunt for a charming getaway and the chance to make special memories with your BFFs, you’ve found it.
There’s enough in and around Pigeon Forge to keep you and your girls occupied for weeks, so you’ll need to narrow down your list if you can only get away for a few days. You can’t go wrong with these local favorites:
Dollywood is definitely not just for kids. Whether you love rides, shopping, bluegrass music, or comfort food, you and your besties will find plenty to keep you entertained for the entire day. Dolly Parton’s presence can be felt throughout this iconic theme park — and she’ll come to feel like a good friend as you discover firsthand what she loves about the Smoky Mountains.
If possible, plan your visit during one of the park’s special seasons or events. In the fall, for example, this attraction comes alive with harvest-themed decor — perfect if you and your gals typically hit up all the local apple orchards and pumpkin patches this time of year. The holidays are positively magical at Dollywood, but a springtime visit is also worth your while: this is when gorgeous flower displays take over. No matter when you visit, you’ll adore Craftsman’s Valley, where you can see the experts at work and pick up a unique souvenir.
Redneck Comedy Bus Tour
Hop aboard the finest comedy club in the Smokies. It just so happens to be on wheels — a camo school bus that fits perfectly with this tour’s hilarious theme. Laughs are guaranteed during this goofy journey, which will help you see the area’s most iconic attractions in a new light. This is definitely not a family-friendly show, but that’s exactly what makes it so amazing for groups of girlfriends. The tour guides are always sassy, and while the jokes are corny, they get a lot funnier after you’ve had a drink.
Treat yourself to the ultimate shopping extravaganza at The Island, where you’ll find a variety of memorable shops and boutiques. This is where you go for the most fashionable finds, plus gifts and souvenirs.
Shopping with friends is always a blast, but that’s certainly not all there is to do at The Island. This popular destination is also home to one of Pigeon Forge’s most visually impressive landmarks: The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. You should definitely take a ride if you get the chance — or at least, snap a picture with your friends. Don’t forget to grab a meal at Mellow Mushroom or the Timberwood Grill.
Rocky Top Wine Trail
Explore the Smokies’ best wineries as you hit up the finest spots from the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Several of these are conveniently located in or near Pigeon Forge. Whether you’re intent on completing the entire wine trail or happy to just stop by a few highlights, you’ll be glad you shared this experience with your girlfriends.
Top destinations in Pigeon Forge include the Mill Bridge Winery and the Mountain Valley Winery. At Mountain Valley, you’ll find several uniquely fruity varieties, such as watermelon and blackberry. The patio at the Mill Bridge Winery is delightful, as is the wine and hard cider.
Old Forge Distillery
If moonshine is more your style, hit up the Old Forge Distillery. Offering a variety of small-batch spirits, this destination is most appealing for a simple reason: you and your friends can score free samples. Even if you’re not typically into moonshine, you just might find some varieties that you enjoy. Chances are, you and your gal pals will fall in love with these products and want to stock up. Nothing quite compares to the oatmeal cookie variety, although the French toast option is also delightful.
Plan a Spa Day
If you and your BFFs are in desperate need of relaxation, you’ll be thrilled to discover that there are several excellent spas in Pigeon Forge. After a long day of wandering Dollywood or hiking the local trails, you’ll be ready to treat yourself to a pedi or a facial. The experience will be that much more enjoyable if you’re surrounded by your best friends.
Treat Yourself to Brunch
Pigeon Forge boasts a lot of amazing breakfast establishments, not to mention several that serve brunch on the weekends. Indulge in your favorite breakfast foods, along with an alcoholic beverage or two. When in doubt, hit up Brick and Spoon, where you can build your own bloody Mary to enjoy alongside French toast, beignets, or shrimp & grits.
Brushes & Brew at the Rock’n Rooster
Paint a masterpiece alongside your best friends. Brushes & Brew will provide all the materials you need, along with a supportive atmosphere that encourages you to let your inner artist shine. Held at the Rock’n Rooster, these painting classes are designed to help groups of girlfriends bond and relax in a welcoming environment. You’re invited to bring your own refreshments — including alcoholic beverages, if you desire. Classes last about two hours and are taught by a friendly mother-daughter duo.
Catch Some Live Music
Musical talent abounds in and around Pigeon Forge, so you should have no trouble finding something to listen to as you relax with your best buds. Some of the region’s finest shows can be enjoyed at Dollywood, but there are also many excellent shows at local bars and dinner theaters.
Your best bet is the Pigeon Forge offshoot of a Nashville icon: the Listening Room Cafe. This is where up-and-coming hitmakers prove their worth before they make it big on the radio. Singer-songwriters demonstrate their passion at this venue, which provides a delightfully intimate experience.
Pigeon Forge is best explored in the company of good friends. Treat yourself to an unforgettable trip in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. You’ll return feeling closer than ever to your best buds — and ready to plan your next expedition.