On day two, we were up very early to get to Cades Cove when the gate opened at sunrise. We saw around 50 deer, many turkeys, and a bear up a tree. As always, the cove was beautiful and peaceful since there was not a lot of traffic in the early morning hours. The trees in Cades Cove were pretty but the colors were prettier in the high elevations. After our visit to Cades Cove, we went back to our hotel in Gatlinburg and took the trolley downtown. I love coffee and wanted to go to the Village to buy Southern Pecan and Almond Joy Coffee at Coffee & Co. to bring home. Next, we visited Old Smoky Distillery in Moonshine Holler and then I wanted to try a Smoked Sausage Sub with Peppers and Onions at Fannie Farkle's. The subs were the best I have ever eaten. Then back to the hotel and a trip to Roaring Fork. We hiked Grotto Falls and got to see the llamas coming back from Mt. Leconte. We spent the rest of our night enjoying some of my coffee form Coffee & Co. and listening to the stream overlooking our private balcony at the hotel.
On Tuesday, we had a great breakfast at Mountain Lodge Restaurant and then went to spend some time in the Greenbrier section of the GSMNP. After Greenbrier, we went to see the Emerts Cove Covered Bridge and made a visit to Carver's Apple Orchard in Cosby for green tomatoes, Granny Smith Apples, homemade sourdough bread and candies.
On Wednesday morning, the weather was a little foggy so we decided to spend the morning shopping In Pigeon Forge and then went to Clingman's Dome in the afternoon. The view from the Observation Tower was breathtaking and looked as if cotton balls were floating below the mountain peaks. The trees in the GSMNP were very beautiful.
On Thursday morning, we packed up , left the hotel, and went back to Cherokee through the GSMNP to get one last look at the beautiful fall colors. Stopped at the visitor center to see the elk again and to Peter's Pancake & Waffles for our last Smoky Mountain breakfast. Next, we got on the BRP and rode it to Hendersonville NC and continued our trip home. I am already missing the Smokies so much. We had a great vacation .