We just got back from PF/Gatlinburg, and had a great trip. As with any review, a lot depends on the day & time & other variables.....but for what it is worth, here was our experience in a few areas:
We stayed at a wonderful cabin called "Away From It All." The name says it all...it is just a little over 5 miles outside PF, far enough out to be quiet, but close enough in to get to where you need to be in no time. The cabin can accommodate up to 6 (two bedrooms & a sofa bed). There were five of us (my wife, myself, and kids 9, 7 & 2). If you are looking for a cabin in this size, I highly recommend it...it was beautiful, well-kept, and had everything we needed. Info on this cabin and another by the same owners is at:
This trip was mainly for us to relax for awhile, so we did most of our eating at the cabin....which saved a great deal in meal costs......we did eat out some, however......someone had recommended Calhoun's to us, and we went to the one in PF Saturday for lunch....knowing the one in Gatlinburg would be crowded.....the one in PF was not crowded at all, in fact, we were seated immediately (this was at 12:00 noon btw). The server was very friendly and helpful, and didn't take long for the food to arrive. The food was very good....I had the sampler platter off the lunch menu, and it was sooo good! The pulled pork was delicious; the chicken was moist & tender, and the ribs were great too. The kids enjoyed their meals, and my wife's chicken was great too.....for us, it was a good experience.
Marble Slab Creamery....great place for an ice cream treat....the ice cream was delicious (try their strawberry shortcake too), but the service was quite slow....a lot of people there, and some gave up and went next door to Baskin-Robins, but for me it was worth the wait.
We did some of the family things like everyone does, and nothing was much different than any of the other reviews.....and made the trip to Cades Cove (saw a mom bear & her cubs & several deer)...for me, it's hard to go to PF/Gatlinburg and not have a great time. I did want to mention these places though. For anyone going, be patient with the traffic and have fun!