I am reporting live from Pigeon Forge! We arrived today at about 1 p.m. We took the Lenoir City exit and went through Maryville, Townsend, and Wears Valley. Such a pretty drive! We stopped at the Moonshine Country Store and Cafe for lunch at about 12:30 in Wears Valley. I had read about it on TA and wanted to try it out. The cafe was o.k. - nothing special. Just soup, salads and sandwiches. The store was really cool...they had samples of all of their products to try for free. However, my 12 yr. old son got my squemish 9 yr. old niece to try the hot sauce. Needless to say we had to buy her another sweet tea! I guess that will teach her not to do everything other people tell you to do!
While we were there, I called to see if our condo might be ready. Guess what? It was! We were so excited. It took us about another 15 min. to get to the condo at Whispering Pines. Let me tell you.... this is a FANTASTIC condo. We travel quite a bit all over the south, mostly to beaches, and always stay in condos. This is one of the best I've stayed in. I took a lot of time to research it, and it paid off. I am sitting on our balcony as I type this and it is so peaceful. I have a view of the mountains and cannot see the city (which is what I wanted). It is about 68 degrees and the sky is covered in stars!
After checking in, my mom and I went across the street to the Food City and got some groceries while hubby and the kids tried out the pool and lazy river. It got 3 thumbs up!
After that, we went to the Magic Beyond Belief show. I decided on this one due to all of the great reviews on TA. My son and niece absolutely loved it as did the other kids in the audience. My mom, husband, and I would give it about a 6 on a scale of 10. While the magic was really good, there just wasn't enough of it. Lots of the time was spent talking, telling corny jokes, and trying to get people to buy the Magic kits in the lobby. Would I go to it again? Prob. so for my son. If it was just me and hubby, we would not go.
Up tomorrow...Dollywood. Will it be hot? Will the lines be long? Will I see Dolly? Tune in tomorrow to find out.