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12/1/12

A Smoky Mountain Holiday

The day after our son's wedding in Huntsville, AL, we drove to the Smoky Mountain area of Tennessee, where we splurged and rented a log cabin at The Preserve Resort in Sevierville.  We stayed at the Million Mile View cabin.  The trip up the mountain in the dark was a bit harrowing, to say the least.  The roads are narrow, and there aren't any lights or guard rails.  Prayers were said all the way up the mountain until we reached our cabin.  


When we entered the cabin, we were greeted by this cute little guy.  


The cabin was beautiful and was already decorated for Christmas, complete with a Christmas tree and stockings.  



It was well appointed, with flat screen, cable TV's in all the main areas, including the game room and master bedroom.  It also had wi-fi.  


There was a full kitchen, complete with pots, pans, cooking utensils, dishes and small appliances.  This was such a blessing, as I had planned to cook Thanksgiving dinner in the cabin, instead of eating out at a restaurant.



The master bedroom was a cozy, rustic retreat, with a full bath that included a jetted, garden tub.  The mattress was really comfortable, too.



The game room was equipped with an arcade table, in addition to the pool table.   


I could hardly wait for morning, so I could take in the view, which did not disappoint.  It was wonderful to have my coffee while viewing these glorious, majestic mountains!


The hot tub on the lower deck got plenty of use while we were there.  


We timed it so we would be in the hot tub every night just before dusk to admire the gorgeous sunset!  


We did some exploring while we were there.  The Tennessee countryside is beautiful!  We looked at some land about an hour away from where we were staying, as we are considering retiring there in about ten years.


Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are nearby tourist areas but seemed a little too congested. 



 

We also visited a few country gift shops in the area, as I wanted to buy a few rustic ornaments for the Christmas tree in our gathering room at home.  (Check back soon to see the gathering room tree and holiday décor in a few days.)  The Moonshine Ridge Country Store had a ton of different ornaments to choose from.  


On Thanksgiving day, I kept the meal simple by roasting a turkey breast, served up with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce.  Our daughter made a chocolate cream pie for dessert.


 Everything was yummy...


We have so much to be thankful for, including enjoying this gorgeous view while we had our Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanks for stopping by!



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