Friday started off with 350 miles to Salem Virginia there we stayed at the Holiday Inn (free) gotta love those reward points. Then we got up and drove the rest of the way into Pigeon Forge finally found the cabin rental place and got the keys to the cabin to only find out we still had a 30 mile drive up the mountains to our place.
We stayed in Gatlinburg in the arts and crafts loop ( an eight mile loop in the mountains of crafters that sell their wares from their homes).
When we pulled up into the drive and looked up to see the drive way we had to drive up to get to the cabin....oh my gosh.. Thank goodness I am not afraid of heights.
The cabin was so beautiful I spent the first hour just exploring how big and beautiful it was. We were so tired that we had pizza that first night and just chilled in the hot tub and watched a movie in the theater room.
Sunday proved to be a fun day as most things in gburg are closed..........
Not to worry we went into Pigeon Forge and Dinner at the old mill restaurant. http://www.old-mill.com/
did some shopping there also bought a bunch of soups, dips, etc. Then back to the cabin for another night of hot tubbing and movies.
Monday oh my gosh we went to this amazing scrapbook store and clearance center bought a ton of stuff there for 50% off. I had over three hundred dollars of stuff and only spent $150.00.
Then on to the antique places in search of a vintage antique made in england tea cup for toni...... Sorry honey none to be found unless of course you want one made in china. lol
We spent the day shopping and then went to this restaurant.......to die for and yes I have the recipe now for the pkan chicken.....http://www.parkgrillgatlinburg.com/reviews.asp
Tuesday was back to the scrapbook clearance center for some more goodies and then on to Dollywood....okay here is a tip for Dollywood DO NOT EAT AT AUNT GRANNYS!!!!!!! the food was horrible..... but they did make up for it by giving us our entire check back.
We then walked around and bought some goodies then left and headed back to the cabin for hot tub time and movie time.
Wednesday up early and onto Dollywood again....saw shows if you go you must see the dreamland drive in review a show of 50's,60.s and 70's songs....
Bought some really cute pictures for our cabin.... and then they painted your name on the wooden mailbox in the pictures and on the truck in the drive... picture to folow.
After a full day at Dollywood we drove into pigeon forge and had dinner at callhouns rib place and more shopping.
Finally back to the cabin and yes you guessed it HOT TUB time.
Thursday was an all day walk through the mountain streets of Gatlinburg and to the top of the mountain via the tram cars.. http://www.obergatlinburg.com/ski.htm
Back for our final dinner at the Park Grill for the best food in town.
We then returned back to the cabin for our last night and yes once again HOT TUB time. Packed up the car and swore we would return to this wonderful cabin ..........
Friday morning breakfast at Flapjacks a cute little log cabin that serves pancakes 100 ways and off to drive 350 miles to Stauton Virginia where we spent the night....
Dinner at Cracker Barrel and back to the hotel where I fell asleep in one minute flat.
Saturday we had breakfast at this place that southern living magizine says is the best place in all the south........well humm okay NOT
I mean it was okay but......... not the best place
Drove another 250 miles and home at last. Took us an hour just to unload suitcases, and new things we bought.
Another wonderful vacation but sadly off to work I go tomorrow.