A Traditional Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains

Oct 25, 2015

Celebrate Your Blessings in the Smokies


Since the year 1621, the people of our nation have gathered together to give thanks and celebrate a bounty of blessings with feasts and family recreation.  Why not start new family traditions by celebrating your blessings in the midst of the God’s majestic Great Smoky Mountains?

Start by choosing a Heartland Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge to perfectly suit your family that features a fully equipped kitchen.  You’ll have plenty of room for cooking up a traditional southern Thanksgiving dinner!

In addition to your regular favorites, any southern Thanksgiving menu includes:
Cornbread Dressing - Giblet Gravy - Collard Greens - Glazed Carrots - Coca-Cola Ham - Sweet Potato Pie 

thanksgivingquote.jpgCoca-Cola Ham Recipe – EASY!
There are only 2 ingredients in the easy recipe.  Ham and Coke.  That’s it!  Choose your favorite cut of smoked ham and place it fat side up in a foil-lined roaster.  Pour a can of Coke over the ham and lightly cover with foil.  Bake until done and dredge ham slices through the pan juices before serving.

Best Ever Collard Greens
2 Quarts Chicken Broth
2 Bay Leaves
1 Diced Onion
2 Smoked Ham Hocks or Shanks
4 -6 Bunches Collard Greens
 (Or 3 Bags Ready-to-Go Greens)
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Heat broth and add remaining ingredients.  If broth doesn’t cover the greens, add more.  Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 3 hours.  Remove bay leaves and (optional) shred some meat from bones before serving.

If you prefer to have a little help with your turkey dinner, most restaurants are open and serving traditional Thanksgiving meals.  Our grocery stores also fix up ready-to-eat, take home meals with advance ordering. 

Food City:  www.FoodCity.com (Zipcode 37738)
Pigeon Forge - (865) 453-4977
Gatlinburg - (865) 430-3116

Kroger:  www.Kroger.com (Zipcode 37863)
Pigeon Forge – (865) 429-0874 

For rest and recreation after your meal, the choices are nearly endless.  If you want to stay at your cabin, we offer amenities such as big screen TVs for watching a game, pool tables for a family tournament, and spacious decks with mountain views for that much-anticipated nap.

When planning to continue your recreation outside the cabin, be sure to include the National Park.  Take a leisurely hike to walk, sit by a waterfall, or enjoy your Pumpkin Pie at an area picnic site.  You’ll certainly feel blessed when sitting under a canopy of trees in God’s country!

“In all the hustle and bustle of preparing for Thanksgiving, be sure to make time to focus on what being thankful is all about.”


Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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