DEPARTURE (3hrs 30min from Charlotte)
Cherokee Orchard & E. Holly Ridge Rd.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Pack a camera and pop in some good tunes for your scenic drive to Gatlinburg! The elevation climb may cause your ears to pop from time to time. So, you may want to pack some chewing gum to help reduce the frequency of this occurring.
Big Willow Retreat @ Cherokee Orchard
10/25/2019 – Check in @ 3:00pm
10/28/2019 – Check out @ 10:00am
Hands down, BENNETT'S PIT BBQ is one of the best BBQ restaurants in the Great Smokies! Their pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef briskets are moist, tender and packed full of flavor. Arrangements have been made for BENNETTS to cater an intimate dinner for the couples on Friday evening at Big Willow Retreat.
Pull out the pajamas and get that popcorn popping because it’s pajama party time! We’ve come up with the perfect evening of fun for you and your sweetheart that’s filled with activities that will leave you chuckling ’till dawn. So grab a shot of espresso and get ready for a night to remember!
Following Saturday morning devotion, we will set out to explore the foothills of East Tennessee. During our one and a half hour tour we will cross streams, climb the mountain, cover some rugged terrain and experience spectacular views! If you have never driven an ATV before, or if you want to ride shotgun with your sweetie you will need to rent a UTV. The UTV ride is more like driving a car/jeep in terms of steering and shock absorption while riding over the terrain. Cost for this excursion is as follows:
ATV Rental - $75 (per rider)
UTV Rental - $120 (covers husband & wife)
All Prices Do Not Include Tax (12.25%) and Insurance ( $2.75 Per Rider). NOTE: We get a group discount of 10% if at least 8 of us are on the excursion.
For couples who choose not to take part in the Bluff Mountain Adventure, spending the day touring the Old Mill District is a perfect alternative. See how farmers once employed the greatest in 19th century hydropower technology to grind flour and meal. Plus, learn how pottery and candy was once made by hand. Then meet up with the other couples back at Big Willow Lodge by 3:00pm for the couple's hike and photo shoot at Laurel Falls.
The Smokey Mountain National Park offers numerous picturesque trails with breathtaking views of mountain peaks and valley lows. Fortunately, our time of travel will take place during peak leaf change season making it very difficult NOT TO find a naturally beautiful backdrop for an exclusive couple's photo shoot to seal the splendor of the moment!
A time to play, shop, eat and relax! Included in the $21.99 per person price of admission is Anakeesta’s Chondola ride, Ridge Rambler military vehicle ride, elevated 16-bridge Treetop Skywalk, Treehouse Village Adventure, Overlook Event Area, Vista Gardens Walk, Memorial Forest Walk with interpretive signs, shopping and dining opportunities at Firefly Village, and the most gorgeous scenic views in all of Gatlinburg. Since the admission fee spans the entire day, this would be a great location for couples to take in a captivating sunset.
On Monday morning we will gather for an intimate time of sharing and prayer. Our goal is that all couples departure refreshed, renewed and ready to demonstrate new ways of loving one another like never before!
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