Char and I returned to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this month, spent time with some friends in Sylva, North Carolina, and stayed in a mountain cabin just between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It was a great trip and we would have loved to have spent more time on both the North Carolina and Tennessee sides… it’s a trip we’ll be making again as soon as we can.
Our first photo opportunity of the trip came while picking up lunch at a Wendy’s. The Drury Inn & Suites next door apparently offers a little extra along with their in-room food and beverage selections. We snapped the picture, ate lunch, filled the gas tank (and lost our gas cap in a massive wind gust), purchased a new gas cap, and hit the 40 East.
After visiting our friends in North Carolina, we set out for our destination: a rustic cabin high atop a mountain overlooking Pigeon Forge, TN. The cabin was fully furnished with an indoor jacuzzi, an outdoor hot tub sitting on a deck reaching over the mountainside, a wood burning fireplace, a pool table, and more. The cabin was absolutely perfect in every way!
After an evening in Pigeon Forge, Char and I returned to our cabin, started a fire, and spent the evening playing pool and card games, watching movies, snacking on our delicious treats, and soaking in the hot tub. The setting was gorgeous!
The pool competition was a little less intense than most of our matches… Especially less intense than our recent Main Event challenge. But we still had a blast holding a Best of 7 competition.
I won games 2, 3, and 5 while Char won games 1, 4, 6, and 7 – taking the competition 4 games to 3. There were a few hilarious moments in the challenge and we captured some on video! For your enjoyment, check out these MP4 files playable in Quicktime, iTunes, VLC, and any browser with Quicktime support.
The hot tub was the perfect ending to an amazing day in the Smokies. The temperature outside had fallen below 20 degrees F and there we were warm and cozy in a steaming hot tub. Even when it’s that cold outside, it feels great when you’ve got hot water jetting against your back.
We finally fell asleep to a movie around 2:00am (no, not in the hot tub – we had moved back inside after a while) and slept in the next morning. We finished our time with breakfast on the deck before hitting the road back to Memphis.
There’s something remarkable about enjoying a simple breakfast in such a majestic setting. Coffee tastes better, flavors are more vibrant – it’s just one of those times when you realize that the mundane really is magnificent.
It was a wonderful time spent at one of the most romantic and beautiful places I can imagine. We look forward to returning!