Smoky Mountains

This past weekend we took a much needed weekend getaway. There is one place that we have both been with our families, but never together. Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

I don’t think we could have asked for a better weekend. The mornings were cool and by the afternoon it was in the 70’s. We drove down Thursday after work. We went down there with my mom and his parents. I love that they get along so well. It makes life much easier 🙂 .

Friday we woke up early and headed to the Pancake Pantry. I’ve been once before, but it was  the location in Nashville. I could not wait to get some Caribbean pancakes. The portion  size was huge!  I ended up with leftovers for Saturday morning, which were just as good!

After breakast, we headed up to Ober Gatlinburg to ride the Alpine Slide. I hadn’t rode that since I was a kid, we had a blast!

That afternoon the ladies went to the outlet mall while the guys checked out the knife store. I ended up finding great deals at Nike and the Gap. They only thing I didn’t like was the 9.5% sales taxes (back home we are 6.5%).  We also stopped at The Mill, and a few other small shops. We headed back to the chalet to figure out dinner plans. I remembered a restaurant we passed and the menu fit everyone’s appetite so we headed back down to town.

 I was excited to try some local beer. I tried the Mountain Light, Appalachian Pale Ale, and the Windy Gap Wheat. ML was okay, APA tasted too floral like, but I really enjoyed the WGW so before we left I bought a six pack to take home. The service was really good and the pizza was delicious. It will be a place that we will go to again!

Saturday we woke up, packed our lunches, and headed out to find a trail to hike. We weren’t very prepared, it would have been a good idea to take a backpack but we just went with it. The views were breath taking. This was my first time going to the Smoky’s in the fall. Everyone should go in the fall, it truly is beautiful! I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

After hiking about 3 miles (side note- Andy’s mom and my mom were total troopers!), we headed back down the trail to find a place to eat our lunch. We found a quiet park. As if we didn’t walk enough we decided to walk around downtown to check out the shops. I had to buy the staple caramel apple while we were there. I was disappointed it wasn’t as good as I remembered.

After giving our feet a little rest back at the chalet we headed out to go play some putt-putt. Guess who got three hole-in-ones! I even won a free game at the end!

After dinner we went up the road to Pigeon Forge to a place Andy had found.

 Again, it was another great place! We drank out of mason jars, and they had a salad I loved. We were two for two on restaurants 🙂

We left Sunday morning bright and early. Andy remembered a spot I mentioned before as a great photo opp. He made the pit stop on the way out of the mountains. I love everything about this picture.

We need to take more weekend trips. It was nice to get away and not have to worry about anything. I am already trying to figure out a place to go after Christmas!

Have you ever been to the Smoky’s?

I am linking up with Kristen, and Molly.

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4 thoughts on “Smoky Mountains

  1. Looks like you had a great trip! I’ve been to Gatlinburg once in 03 / 04 .. My grandparents live about 2 hours away in North Carolina. I remember we could one of two ways from their house and we chose to drive through the Smokey Mtn Nat’l Forest – It was beautiful!

  2. Putt putt is one of our favorite things to do in the mountains 🙂 I have fond memories of visiting a “German” mountain town in Georgia & putt-putting twice in one weekend 🙂

    We definitely need to make it to Gatlinburg…although I’m not too sure of it’s convenience to Raleigh. Fun weekend!

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