Saturday in the Smokies

This past weekend we had the opportunity to go to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. What a treat! I can’t believe this little vacation spot is only 2 ½ hours from our home and we have yet to visit. Let’s just say, the T’s and I will definitely be making this an annual trip.

After we loaded up the car and drove a quick 2 ½ hours, we lodged at American Patriot Getaways. Comfortable and spacious, the cabin offered beautiful mountain views and a hot tub – a major score with the husband!

Saturday we headed to Pigeon Forge. The boys enjoyed the large selection of amusement rides, miniature golf and go-carts. Someone had a minor meltdown because they were too little. Maybe in a few more years my feisty little Trace! With all the go-cart riding, we worked up a big appetite. We ate lunch at Bennett’s BBQ. The atmosphere was that of the Smoky Mountains. The staff was sweet and food delicious.

After we scarfed down our lunch, we headed to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. My boys loved it – the sharks, the penguins, and the gift shop! There was something for everyone. Afterwards, we took a little break back at the cabin and soaked our sore feet in the hot tub.

We shoveled some more food in our faces and headed down to “walk” the strip. Well that turned into another three hour outing. We stopped at Ripley’s Maze of Mirrors, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and the Guinness World of Records.

The guys passed out at midnight. We hit Interstate 75 South back to Georgia Sunday morning. The guys passed out again. We arrived at home and ate lunch, only to be asked if we were going back.

Next year baby. Next year.

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