Gatlinburg has a new destination getaway that combines amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains, genuine hospitality, and exciting attractions. Named after the Cherokee word meaning, “Place of the Balsams” [high grounds], Anakeesta delivers breath-taking experience from the mountaintop. In a town with so many great sights and attractions, it could be easy for a new attraction to get lost in the mix. However, Anakeesta is not a typical attraction. Blending a variety of memorable attractions and delicious food with stunning views atop the mountain, it is no wonder this new destination is an instant hit with locals and families visiting the area.
Business owners are proceeding with new Great Smoky Mountains projects after deadly wildfires last November. —– Bob Bentz had just installed underground utility lines and paved a new road when wildfires roared through the eastern Tennessee treetop canopy he wanted to transform into a $30 million adventure park. A year later, after the blaze killed 14 people and damaged or destroyed about 2,500 buildings in the Gatlinburg area, tourists now take a ski lift from downtown up 600 feet to the Anakeesta resort, where they can zip-line, shop, explore a treehouse playground and wander tree to tree on a sky-bridge. The otherwise whimsical park saved space at its highest point for a memorial walk, featuring photos and stories about the heroism, heartbreak and raw destructive force of the fires.
The Great Smoky Mountains have attracted outdoorsy folks with something to prove for decades, and now there’s one more reason to make the trip. Anakeesta, Gatlinburg’s newest attraction, is a mountain adventure park that opened in September. Hop on a chondola (chair-gondola) for an exhilarating 15-minute ride to Firefly Village, a treehouse-themed village at the mountain summit. From there, your adventure begins. Dare a friend to soar through the trees on dueling racing zip lines, or stroll along the vertigo-inducing treetop canopy walk that has 16 bridges suspended 40 feet in the air. A high-speed mountain coaster is coming soon. 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg. 865-325-2400, anakeesta.com, @AnakeestaTN.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The city of Gatlinburg kicked off their annual “Winter Magic” on November 8th. The entire city has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland and Anakeesta is part of the fun! We will celebrate our first Christmas with sparkling lights and decorations, hot chocolate, apple cider, carolers, Tunes & Tales and more! Santa will be sitting for a professional photo with kids of all ages that can be purchased by families. Santa’s elves will give away a peppermint stick to each child. DATES: November 24 & 25 December 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 TIME: 6:30 PM – 9 PM Christmas events are scheduled on the Parkway Plaza as well as on the mountain so be sure to follow Anakeesta on Facebook as we announce dates for our different events and activities. Click here for more information on Winterfest 2017! Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Parade Mark your calendar for Friday, December 1st and come enjoy Gatlinburg’s 42nd annual Fantasy of Lights Parade throughout downtown Gatlinburg. Be on the lookout for the Anakeesta elves in the parade festivities that will include lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Clause! What’s been happening at Anakeesta you ask? Stay updated on our social media for special event updates and hours!
The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and Anakeesta is ready to celebrate one of the most beautiful seasons in the Smokies! A Spooky Celebration Bear sightings are pretty common in the mountains, but what about alien, witch and superhero sightings? That’s what you’ll see if you come celebrate Halloween at Anakeesta! We’ll be dressing up and offering trick-or-treating for our little goblin guests, tasty fall treats and even some night time ziplining!
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If you watched the Chimney Tops 2 fire on television or online, you’ll be amazed by downtown Gatlinburg, which looks . . . exactly the same. Most everything downtown-from restaurants and hotels to popular attractions-is running full-steam, thanks to some heroic firefighters. The greatest damage occurred inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in residential areas-some of which will need years to recover-but the main-drag Parkway was buzzing when…
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Have you ever planned a big party and the night before worry yourself silly that no one was going to come? That was us the night before our Sept. 1st opening. We had done everything we could do, it was time to see if anyone wanted to come. Well, guess what?! People came to our party! And the party’s been going ever since! These past two weeks have been more exciting than we even could have imagined. From watching so many folks out with their families enjoying Anakeesta, to seeing all of the amazing posts and reviews, to feeling the strong community support, it’s simply been incredible. So of course we had to share some of the highlights of our first few weeks with you, and remind you that you are ALWAYS invited to the party! We had a rainbow the morning we opened, we took that as a good sign! We had a PROPOSAL at the summit of Anakeesta! It was not long before two guests decided to make Anakeesta a part of their life-long memories. While immersed in the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains, the soon-to-be groom knelt down on one knee to look up into the eyes of his love and ask for her hand in marriage. They were celebrating in our Firefly Village shortly after she said “Yes!”. Visit our Anakeesta Photo Gallery Be sure to follow us on Facebook. We’ll be giving away passes throughout the month as we continue to celebrate our opening! To learn more about Anakeesta visit our website. If you still have questions send us an email at email@example.com. We hope to see you soon at Anakeesta!
Artwork from Arrowmont’s inaugural firing was presented to Bob and Karen Bentz, co-developers of Anakeesta who provided funding for this project. Wednesday, ceramic artists from East Tennessee and surrounding states unloaded work from the maiden firing of Arrowmont’s new train kiln. The kiln was designed and built by Ted Neal, ceramics professor at Ball State University with the assistance of current and former graduate students.