Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mountain Time

Disclaimer: We were in the Smokies so it was actually Eastern Standard Time. This title is not meant to exhibit time zone. 

Big Bear Lodge main living room

A Week in The Smoky Mountains

Our week in the Smoky Mountains was just wonderful...and far too short! Sometimes I just need to be gone on an adventure for a lot longer than one week in order to feel like I've really experienced the place. But regardless of how short the adventure felt, it was still a great adventure.

Our view from the dining room at Big Bear Lodge

We spent five days at an awesome cabin in Wears Valley...Big Bear Lodge by Timbercreek Realty. I highly recommend them! It was such an affordable rental and the place was spacious, with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, a pool table, a hot tub, more porches than I can count... The cabin where we stayed had room to sleep 11 people, so naturally it was roomy for 5. We had 3 additional guests on our last night and it wasn't even crowded to add them to the mix as well.

We loved taking advantage of our pool table!
Our family went on a lot of adventures throughout the week, including hiking Laurel Falls trail, going out for BBQ in Gatlinburg, taking the Cades Cove tour, going shopping at the outlet mall in Pigeon Forge, going out for a steak dinner with my parents for their 32nd wedding anniversary, mini golfing on the course the climbs the mountain, exploring Elkmont and the Little River trail....not to mention cooking out, playing pool, hot tub time, and watching a couple of Hawks games.
A slightly blurry image of the main living room by firelight
 Some of my favorite parts of vacation are just relaxing. I read a lot, did some painting, painted fingernails, watched the game, cooked a bit...it was great to just take it easy and have a nice time.

The dining room with its fabulous view

Elkmont village