First let me thank Barry, Git2know fame. You were so helpfull in helping us plan our trip.
I just wish we could have done it all but in a week this impossible. This trip was on of our best. Let me set the stage. Hubby 65 and myself 57. Not as in shape as we thought we were.
Loved out cabin. Romantic Hideaway through Hearthside Rentals. Fine for 2 people and very confortable. Pet Friendly.
We got in on Sunday afternoon. It was raining most of the way there so decided not to go to Dollywood that evening. We decided to go to the Comedy Barn that evening. It was a great show and we were back early.
Monday we got up and headed out early to go horse back riding. My backside and legs sure did hurt though. It was a fun ride but I hurt for two days. Can you tell I am out of shape. I am not a big person. Only 5'2" and am not over weight by more than 10lbs. Hubby was fine. It was a one hour ride along water and around the lower part of the mountain. Beautiful!!!!!! We went back to the cabin after that and relaxed. At 1:30 we went to the Old Mill area and went into the shops there. At 3:00 we went to Dollywood. The shows there are WONDERFUL. Actually Dollywood is a lot better than Bush Gardens or Kings Dominion. We left there at 7:00 which is closing time. Back to the cabin for the evening. Be sure to get a schedule of the shows. Every day one of the shows is closed. We would have missed one of the best shows had we not paid attention to that. Loved the 50's show at Dreamland. We saw it the first day but would have missed it on the second day as they were off that day.
Tuesday we spent most of the day at Dollywood. If you go after 3:00 one day you can get in the next day for the same price. It's like a 1/2 day free. That afternoon is rained while we were in a show but had stopped by the time we got out. We were back to the cabin and in the hot tub by 4:30. Spent the evening in the cabin.
Wednesday we left EARLY to go to Grotto Falls. While we were driving we saw a sign for another water fall so we decided to hike to see it. 2.6 miles along a stream. Yeah RIGHT!!!! We were about .6 from where we thought the waterfalls was and met some hikers who told us it's 2.6 miles to the TRAIL to the waterfalls then another 6 MILES to the falls. We turned around at that point and headed back down the Mt.
We drove to Grotto Falls to see the one we had planed to go to in the first place. That was about a mile and a half. We were so tried from the other hike it was struggle to get there but well worth it. Climbing uphill on a trail up the mt. better be worth it. It's a beautiful waterfall and you can walk behind it. By the time we got down we were running behind. We had to drive back to Pigeon Forge and get ready to go to Dixie Stampead that night. We had to be there by 4:15 and we made it by the skin of our teeth.
Dixie Stampead. We had our confirmation number and got to the window. The lady typed in the number and couldn't find us. Got our name and typed it in. Ummm, I was getting worried. She looked at us and told us our tickets were for the night before. I knew then they had typed it in wrong when I called them cause I had scheduled us day by day for the whole trip. It only showed me we were not the ones who made the mistake. I was very careful to schedule this trip day by day. I believe she realized it when I showed her my typed schedule. She said she would see what she could do. After about 15 minuties they found us seats. The seats were WONDERFUL. Dinner was great. For dinner we had Cheese Bisket, Cream Veggie Soup (wonderful), bbq pork, huge potato wedge, corn on the cob, whole chicken, apple turnover. There were 1,097 people and there were several seatings a night. I don't know how they feed that many people at one time but we all got our food at the same time. There looked to be one server per around 30 people. The show was amazing. There had be a pre show in another area before the main show.
Thursday. We left early in the morning and drove to Cades Cove. It's a wonderful loop drive in the mountains. We didn't get to see any bear but we did see other wild life. We had planned to go to Gatlinburg and spend the rest of the day but that morning I had gotten something in my eye. I could see by now my eye was not getting any better so even though I suffered through Cades Cove it meant not being able to go into Gatlinburg and mess around. To the Dr. we headed. I had to wait over an hour once we found a Dr. It seems I had somehow scratched my eye in two places. Had to get drops and also take an antibotic. That turned out to be a less than perfect day for us. We got icecream in the evening and hit the hot tub as we were both very sore from the hiking and horseback riding.
Friday. We decided to drive to Cherokee in N.C. The drive was awsome!!!!! Oh My what pretty scenery. We took a tour of the reservation. All who live there are Indian. There was a festival going on but we decided to get back to Gatlinburg and spend some time there. Of course by the time we got back there the time was running out. One of the things we did that was so much fun was playing Hill Billy Golf. Imagine riding a roll a coaster car in slow motion up the side of a Mountain. Somehow they had build a miniture golf course on the side of the mountain. It was so much fun. Once you finished you could ride back down the side of the mountain. We went back to the cabin and I did laundry and started packing.
We plan to go again and maybe stay in Gatlinburg the next time. Pigeon Fordge does not have many shops up and down the streets like Gatlinburg does. It's more spread out in Pigeon Forge and not a quaint.
The cabin was every bit as nice as we saw in the pictures. We in the MOUNTAINS that's for sure.
Sat morning ate breakfast and left by 9am. Stopped at a flea market and made several other stops on the way home. Arrived home around 5pm.
Thanks to everyone who gave us tips. There was so much more to see and do that we didn't have time for.
Pictures to come later.