Stayed in an excellent cabin. "Laurel Glen" through Timbercreek. It was in a small valley, completely secluded on 5 acres. It had a small stream, that wasn't so small after 2 rainy days. My daughter (16 mos.) LOVED throwing rocks in. Cabin was clean and beautiful. We used the outdoor firepit several times.
We did Cades Cove, of course, and saw 4 bears. 1 male by himself running through an open field and a Mother with 2 cubs in the woods. The buildings and views in Cades were great! A definite must do! We also did Roaring Fork, some great scenery! We then did the Sugardlands visitor center and the hike to Cataract Falls (1 mi. rd trip) (was easily done w/stroller and my older grandparents). Also hiked to the Walker sisters cabin from Metcalf Bottoms. It was worth the walk, it was the most well taken care of cabin we had seen in the park. The spring house is still there, the old well, as well as a barn. (1.1 mi one way)
We took our daughter to the smoky mtn. deer farm and exotic petting zoo, a little cheesy, but she absolutely loved it. She got to feed and pet the deer, goats, donkey's, etc. We also took her to Ripley's Aquarium, which she also loved. The have these really neat tanks in the discovery center that you can climb in the middle of, made a really funny picture. Also, took her to a shop in PF that had 5 live bears to feed, which she also liked. (She has a thing for feeding animals, especially our dog!)
Spent one day shopping in PF, bought too much as usual....a little tougher packing to come home! Found an adorable oak rocking chair for the litle one. Boyd's lovers need to get to Boyd's Bear Country before the end of Oct. This is when one of the clerks told us they would be closing. Got some good deals though! The black bear line and several other "smokies" exclusives were 25-75% off.
Ate at Applewood Farmhouse, everything was great, except the catfish. Would recommend another choice. It was a little greasy.
Also did Old Mill, the food was excellent! Such huge portions we could have ate it 3 times. We did Pancake Pantry, peach crepes were great! The Red Rooster was also good. It is a new breakfast place in PF.
It was a great trip, we will be going back in May!!!!