Anakeesta Completes Largest Expansion Ever Just In Time For Fall In The Smoky Mountains

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Celebrate the completion of the final phase of the Gatlinburg outdoor mountaintop attraction's $6.5 million expansion. Overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Anakeesta's new Black Bear Village represents the largest part of its three-phase expansion project with an investment of $4 million dollars.

Anakeesta collaborated with local artisans and sourced regional materials for Black Bear Village’s NEW stage, gathering area, mountain-themed splash pad, fire pit with panoramic bar seating, Tap House featuring local craft beer, Mercantile shop, Kephart Café for quick bites and more.

Plus, Anakeesta is literally “elevating” the dining experience for everyone in the Smoky Mountains with its new Cliff Top restaurant serving modern American cuisine with scratch kitchen, house butchery and unparalleled views of the Smokies. 

Just in time for mother nature’s famous display of Fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains, Anakeesta is unveiling a destination restaurant for the casual diner with a sophisticated menu and incredible views of Mt. LeConte – unlike anything in Tennessee. Fresh mountain air and the best views of the Smokies can be enjoyed throughout Black Bear Village and from the new AnaVista Tower that opened this summer with 360-degree vistas from the highest point in downtown Gatlinburg. 

On Thursday, Oct. 8, check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Anakeesta Plaza near the big green couch, 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (traffic light #5), with transportation to the top departing promptly at 10 a.m. for a tour and interviews with Anakeesta’s founders, performance by The VOICE star Sara Collins from Anakeesta’s new stage in Black Bear Village, and chef tasting. Please wear masks and plan to observe social distancing. Parking is available in the Anakeesta parking lot adjacent to the Plaza.

Please RSVP by noon on Monday, Oct. 5, to Kay Watson | kay@thespininggroup.com | mobile: 865 384-3500. 


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