Vacation, all I wanted. Vacation, had to get away. #brandcation

© 2012 No use allowed without photographer's permissionWhen we drove from Colorado to Georgia, I fell in love with Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. So when I heard a bunch of bloggers (32 in all) were renting a big log cabin, I jumped at the chance to join them. After all, Pigeon Forge, Tennesee is only a four hour drive straight north from Athens through some gorgeous Smoky Mountain country. Plus, I knew I had to check it out for my family, since it’s only five miles north of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – and we love our national parks and camping.

However, I’ll be having a different sort of vacation, called Brandcation, with the bloggers since we’ll be sponsored by local attractions so we can share our experiences with our readers. Besides staying in a luxurious cabin courtesy of Cabin Fever Vacations, we’ll be visiting Dollywood, attending the Dixie Stampede, touring the Titanic Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum, and watching the Lumberjack Feud. In our down time, we’ll be exploring the town, some gals will be going ziplining (not me – bad shoulder, hate heights) and having an ‘80s party. (I’ll be attending as an Adam and the Ant fan – stand and deliver!)

The Brandcation bloggers and I will be tweeting away during the event – just follow the #brandcation hashtag on Twitter. You can also check out our Brandcation Pinterest board. I’ll be posting about fun things to do in Pigeon Forge, where we’re staying, and the food (of course) here at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet when I get back, so stay tuned!

Disclosure: The Brandcation bloggers are receiving special discounts and passes to many of the attractions we'll be visiting. All experiences and opinions are our own.

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