For 20+ years, we’ve owned a time share condo in Gatlinburg, Tn, and we’ve only stayed in it 3 times. It’s the 6th week of the year and this is not prime time to be wandering around Gatlinburg - we just bought it to trade for vacations in other places. Our problem lately is that we space-bank it to trade, then we don’t get around to using it, so we decided to stay there this year.
If you’ve never been to Gatlinburg, it’s a shoppers mecca along with the requisite motels, restaurants, and tourist attractions plus being surrounded by the Smoky Mountain National Park. When we go, I can only stand a few days of shopping, so we usually take a shopping friend or two with us so Bev doesn’t have to go it alone when I’ve had it. Not only am I done shopping after a few days, I’m ready to go home, so we put together a little plan that worked out very well. Our power-shopper friend Kathy went up with us and spent the weekend, then Bev and I spent Valentine’s day alone – more on tomorrows post. On Tuesday I came home while Bev’s sister, Pat, and another friend, Charlotte, were driving up for the rest of the week. Pat watched the dogs while I was gone and I watched them the rest of the week.
It was beautiful weather for this time of year as every day was sunny with temps going from the mid 40’s on Saturday to predictions of near 60 by weeks end. While the ladies shopped, I people-watched and I can see how the restaurants stay in business, as thin people over the age of 25 were an anomaly, but since hardly anyone was carrying a shopping bag, I couldn’t help but wonder how the stores make it.
One of the things I do like about Gatlinburg is that most, if not all, new construction is done with an architectural style that fits the area with lots of stone, logs, and other woods. This is the Calhoun’s, where we went to lunch for fried green tomatoes and the Cherokee Grill next door – along with my two lovely companions.
Old Smoky Moonshine Distillery, which is also of the mountain motif. We had to try their free samples of twice distilled and six times distilled moonshine (White Lightnin). The White Lightnin was smooth and easily drinkable, but the other stuff was pretty rough.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.