Monday, April 4, 2011

Planning Time!

I am officially in the planning mode for vacation that is only days away! I can hardly contain my excitement. My bag that I will be taking may or may not be on my floor with some clothes already in it. I’m busting at the seams!

mountain trip

This is a bit of a blast from the past. We rode some sky lift in Gatlinburg, and some nice man took a photo of us together. I can’t wait to take pictures with my new camera this time.

My main goal while we’re there is just relaxation and getting away from everyday life. No phones {except a few calls to let people know we’re alive and well}. Another one of my goals is to keep expenses down!


I’ve been to Tennessee for many years, so I’m very familiar with it. However, if you know of anything I may be interested in, PLEASE comment and let me know. I wouldn’t want to miss out on anything.

Cabin living room

This photo is the living room of the cabin we’ll be staying in. We rented this cabin {with my family} the one and only time Colby and I have been to the mountains together.

We’ll be staying in a cabin in Wears Valley, which is between Townsend and Pigeon Forge. Gatlinburg and Sevierville are relatively close and not out of range for any ideas.

cades cove

Here are a few of my ideas {even though I’ve done some of these before, it never gets old}….

  • Make the drive through Cades Cove at least once a day
  • Hike Laurel Falls {or Abrams Falls}
  • Picnic on Hyatt Lane or is it Sparks? in Cades Cove by the gorgeous creek
  • Visit the Lily Barn
  • Shop any antique shop that looks run down and dumpy for the best finds
  • A nice friendly game of putt-putt golf
  • Dollywood {not a top priority, but still an option}

What I really want to do is explore all of the “off the beaten path” places! What are your suggestions? I know many of you out there have been! Don’t be afraid to share!

Spring break will be here before I know it! And the lists begin!


  1. I just love Dollywood! My parents took us there every single year up until my senior year and I have been a few times since because they have great new stuff all the time! I love all the music, shops (there are a couple with country antiques that are so great to go in and peruse) and especially the shows! I hope you have fun and get to do everything on your list!

  2. Lucas and I went in February. One of the best things we did was a zip line tour. We went to FoxFire Mountain. It was about 15 minutes out of Pigeon Forge. It was a little scary at first, but it was so much fun! You can look on my facebook page for their page (I think I followed them).