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Friday, November 19, 2010

Gatlinburg - an easy weekend getaway from Nashville

One of my favorite weekend trips has to be a fall excursion to GATLINBURG!  If you have not taken the 3.5 journey East it is a must see, especially this time of year. Start with renting a cabin in the Smokey's (we've used a wonderful company called Auntie Belham's), but make sure you do it sooner than later-- they book up fast. For around $200 bucks a night, we were able to rent a beautiful cabin with a view, cook great food, and of course spend priceless time with amazing friends.

You can opt to stay in, relax by the fire, and sit in the hot tub all weekend, or if you're feeling adventurous take a journey out into town of Gatlinburg.  Expect great people watching, delish food/candies, and typical touristy-type attractions. There's everything from putt-putt golf to old time photo booths, all nestled in within the beautiful Smokey Mountains. One can't miss stop in the town is the Pancake Pantry, which is an annual tradition every time we visityou should make it one of yours too. Similar to ours in Nashville but different enough to try. I've had the blueberry, sweet potato, and cinnamon/spice pancakes and they are all fabulous!

Another must is a trek into North Carolina to see the beautiful mountain views, and if you like ice skating, a trip up to Ober Gatlinburg.  Repeat visitors and theme park enthusiasts should definitely make a trip to Dollywood.

It's definitely worth driving up after work on Friday and staying through Sunday, but if you can squeeze a little extra time in there I'd suggest it!  Overall, it is a FABULOUS, relaxing, and easy getaway.
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