It has been too many years since we have celebrated a big holiday with family. We live on the east coast; and they all live on the west coast! This past Easter we decided to do something different and at the last moment booked a hotel for a lil get-away to Gatlinburg, TN!
Booking online without knowing the hotel can be risky… I read all the reviews and went to one of those bargain sites. We were SO HAPPY with where we ended up at. Originally we were looking in Gatlinburg, but Pigeon Forge is just 10 minutes away and had more options for less cha-ching! The hotel we opted for had an indoor pool, outdoor pool with a small lazy river, and even a tiny (I don’t think it gets used much at all) gym! We had a gorgeous view out on our balcony, including the Smokies and a creek. It was so peaceful and beautiful!
Starbucks in downtown Gatlinburg! On Saturday we walked around downtown. I grew up in sunny SoCal, but every summer we traveled to Knoxville, TN and we always stopped to see the cute and quaint town of Gatlinburg…and buy treats from Aunt Mahalia’s Candy Shop! Now that we live in Tennessee, I find it super fun to take my family here on short trips.
This time we spent the extra money and took the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram up the mountain. We saw all the fire damage down below. Honestly, other than the tram, I was not impressed with all they offered up there. It was similar to a county fair atmosphere. Complete with creeps. Ya’ll, always be aware of your surroundings!
A few places on the strip had been burned, but most were still there. Many homes burned in the hills that we could see, I am sure many more that we couldn’t see from the tram ride. If you look closely, you can see a burnt home on the hill in the background.
Naturally, we ate too many things that aren’t on my diet plan. But that’s what vacations are for, right?? We had fun playing all weekend. I think the kids’ favorite thing might have been the single car rollercoaster that went through the Smokies!
I am so glad I brought my DSLR to capture this trip instead of just my smart phone. It was worth lugging around! 🙂
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