Hi all! My husband & I will be in Gatlinburg from Oct 15-21. We booked a cabin through Homeaway.com near Silver Poplar Ln (map shows Smoky Mtn Rentals near it). I've been browsing forums and sites for weeks since we booked it & while I think we've got some ideas of what we want to do, I feel like most of the searching is just saturated by the tourist things and would love to visit any local secrets.
We really prefer to not to over inundate ourselves with touristy things - I'm aware that's difficult here & there are a few places we're interested in (Dollywood, Ripley's Aquarium & Haunted House, the car museums - Floyd Garrett, start cars) but we also will spend quite a few days in the Nat'l Park itself. We are traveling on a bit of a budget - Dollywood will probably be our biggest excursion but we're pretty easy to please otherwise. I think we'll also be just sort of meandering through the shops & possibly will visit this big flea market in Seveirville (husband is a HUGE fan of browsing other people's crap).
Ultimately, I think we're looking to obviously have a fun and relaxing vacation without spending our days locked in traffic or crowds (I am prepared for it but don't want it to overtake the entire experience). Also, we're originally from PHL living in Charleston, so part of this is to get a nice cozy autumn experience - anyone know of good down home hayrides or apple orchards or places like that? That sell homemade foods & stuff?
Finally, we don't have any children - don't have any problem with them but obviously wouldn't prefer things that cater specifically to them.
Thanks for the advice in advance!