Weekend in the Smokies

Copyright 2005 Dean Brown

This is our first qualified post that shares a three day story about my long weekend travel to Tennessee.

So here we go:

Day 1: Started an early morning departure from DC, only to stop in Johnson City, TN for a quick lunch at Firehouse Restaurant. For 25 years it has been famous for serving the region’s best authentic hickory smoked bar-b-que specialties, homemade sides and desserts. Reached Gatlinburg and drove to our resort The Preserve, in Sevierville.

Short drive to the mountains, on the way we saw the commercial outbursts in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, with all the Ripleys, speed tracks, mini golf, etc and the wedding chapels, all in an one mile stretch. Lots and lots of pancake houses, made us figure it must be famous for it. But out of the three cities Gatlinburg’s stretch of entertainment wasn’t so tacky..

And once you enter the Mountains, you get what you came for. The peace and the quiet.

We stopped to hike the Laurel Falls, it was a 2.6 mile roundtrip hike. The water falls was not spectacular but the biggest highlight of this hike ? We saw a bear and a cub. Boy.. were we thrilled. One sad thing was I couldn’t get a clear enough picture as it was little far from us and it was covered by so many small plants. Nevertheless I can now say I saw a bear in the wild.

Day 2: went for an early morning drive to the Cades Cove Loop, spotted Elks, many many White Tailed Deer, and Wild Turkeys.

Had our lunch in Alamo Steakhouse, I had the Filet Mignon with side serving of their famous Alamo Potatoes. It was incredibly delicious. Gotta love the South for their Steak and Potatoes!

Drove to Cherokee, NC to visit the Oconaluftee Indian Village watching the Cherokee Indians cultures and customs, rituals and interestingly how the number 7 had a great meaning to them and their counsels were head by the women were all amusing and intriguing facts.

Day 3: we decided to go Zorbing, its a sport of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball and it was invented in New Zealand. We did the Zydro –  you roll in water filled ball so its like you are getting a nice wash while you roll down the hill.

Quick drive to  Knoxville to sip drinks by a railway track, SideStreet Tavern: outdoor benches, some Vodkas and Minty shots, occasional blow horns, the night was fun!

Day 4: Breakfast at LogCabin Pancake House, the best butterscotch pancake was had here.

Voila! Soul recharged!

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