Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gatlinburg Getaway for V-day

For Valentines Day, we decided to celebrate by going with a few of our church friends to Gatlinburg. A city surrounded by beautiful mountains. Gatlinburg is one of those places that I love going to because it's close, yet far enough away to just get out and feel like you're somewhat vacationing.

The weekend turned out fabulous! 50-60 degree weather. It was short and sweet. We left Friday around lunch and got there around 5pm. Just in time for dinner. We were there all day Saturday and then drove back on Sunday. So really, we were there for one full day. But it was still fun regardless and we did what we like best, hanging out with friends. Robert and I went without the girls, so that was nice too. We needed some time together.

Here's the inside of our cabin. It was so huge! Altogether there were 6 bedrooms, with a loft included and a single twin bed room along with pullout couches. It also had two kitchens. Perfect for a huge group. We went with 5 other couples. Of course, it isn't a cabin without fooseball, a pool table and a hot tub right?!
This was the downstairs/den area. The upstairs kitchen looking down from the loft.

The huge dining room table. Perfect for a huge group.

The main living area.
Our bedroom. Most of the rooms looked like this one. Saturday morning we decided to drive up the mountain to do a little bit of hiking and do a little exploring.

The group we traveled with
I absolutely love hiking. One of my favorite things. Really. Well after seeing this sign and knowing it was going to be a hard hike, I knew I was on the right trail. :) I really didn't dress for it because we didn't know we'd be doing a hard trail, but it worked out regardless because it was well worth it for me. At the end of the 3 mile trail, we came upon this beautiful waterfall.

We actually witnessed a guy falling into the water, not down the fall, thank God. It was sad though because it was an older man (probably in his late 60's) who stepped back a little too far to take a picture and he got soaked! I really hope he had a change of clothing in the car. The water was extremely cold and I just know he was going to get sick. Luckily one of the guys with us came to the rescue and pulled him out of the water. He was having a hard time.

After our hike and checking out the beautiful mountains, we went on down to the Gatlinburg Strip and stayed there for a good while. This is one of the things I enjoy doing the most whenever I go. I love walking in and out of the shops while people watching. So fun.
Afterwards we came back to the cabin and hung out. We ate a late dinner, had a little marriage study, played games, got in the hot tub and had some fun and interesting conversations.
We played a game of pool, which a totally suck at....
and what better way to end the night then to play board games!!
Sunday morning before heading home we ate at the pancake pantry and then we did some shopping at the famous tanger outlets.
All together, we didn't really do all that much, but we still had a fun time away.

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