Going on Faith

Spring 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ spring 2017 ] CLIFF DWELLERS GALLERY | GATLINBURG Just three miles outside of downtown Gatlinburg, groups will find a true hidden gem: an eight- mile loop of art galleries and specialty shops known as the Arts and Crafts Community. Managed by four female artists for nearly 20 years, Cliff Dwellers offers fine art such as mar- bled leather bookmarks, hand-painted gourds, pottery and baskets. Tour groups are welcome to park in the gravel lot outside and wander down the road to nearby cafes and shops. Classes are often held in the workshop upstairs, particularly in early spring when the commu- nity hosts an arts festival called Hands-On Gatlinburg, during which visitors can learn crafts like painting and weaving. This year, the arts community will celebrate its 80th anniversary. WWW.CLIFFDWELLERSGALLERY.COM RIPLEY'S AQUARIUM OF THE SMOKIES | GATLINBURG Dive into a vivid oceanic experience at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, where groups can pick up horseshoe crabs, touch the umbrella-shaped bells of moon jellyfish and stroke stingrays as they glide past in a shallow pool. One of the most popular exhibits is the Penguin Playhouse, where guests can crawl through a tunnel that weaves into the pen to see the adorable birds up close. The aquarium packs a different world within its walls, from piranhas and poison dart frogs in the Tropical Rainforest to alienlike creatures such as octopus, Japanese spider crabs and jellyfish in the Gallery of the Seas. A 340-foot moving walkway carries visitors through an underwater glass tunnel, as sharks, sawfish and green moray eels loom overhead. WWW.RIPLEYAQUARIUMS.COM/GATLINBURG OBER GATLINBURG | GATLINBURG Though famous for its pristine ski slopes, Ober Gatlinburg offers adventure and spectacular views year-round. Starting downtown, groups take the aerial tramway 2.1 miles to the center of the park, high above the city and distant hills. There they will find indoor ice skating, a carousel, a fudge shop, snack bars and gift shops. After the snow tubing and ski slopes close for winter, there are still numerous activities to enjoy, such as mini golf, a maze, an alpine slide, the Ski Mountain Coaster and the Blue Cyclone Rapids water ride. Visitors can stop by Wildlife Encounter to see bears, otters and raccoons, or take a scenic chairlift that travels high above the valley. Between Memorial Day and Thanksgiving, a bluegrass band performs daily at the summit. WWW.OBERGATLINBURG.COM Sevier Air Trampoline Park and Ninja Warrior Course Cliff Dwellers Art Gallery By Savannah Osbourn By Savannah Osbourn

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