A Cabin the Smokies

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
By Louis Magnifico
The Drury Inn and Suites is trying anything to attract guests in the down economy.

The Drury Inn and Suites is trying anything to attract guests in the down economy.

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.

Char and I stood at one upper tier of the 461 foot waterfall and took pictures toward the top.

Friends of ours in Sylva, North Carolina have a magnificent 461 foot waterfall on their property. I took this picture at an upper tier of the waterfall, facing up toward the origin of the falls.

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.

Watch Char scratch while shooting for the 8 ball, losing game 2

Watch Louis scratch while shooting for the 8 ball, losing game 4

Char enjoys breakfast on the deck overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.

Char enjoys breakfast on the deck overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.

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!

CLICK HERE to view OUR PHOTO GALLERY from this trip to the Smokies.

The mountaintop cabin overlooks the Great Smoky Mountains.

The mountaintop cabin overlooks the Great Smoky Mountains.

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2 Responses to “A Cabin the Smokies”

  1. Wow…. that one pic is me is so wrong! LOL See people, this is how Louis gets his revenge for me whoopin’ his catookas in pool all the time! He posts pics and videos of me that are …well….. just plain ole’ wrong! LOL

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  2. Huh? You mean the one of you having breakfast on the cabin deck? I thought that picture was cute! I like that pic!

    As for the pool video, um, well, what can I say? You did make that rather unflattering scratch… 😉

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