Happy Monday! I can’t believe it has been 2.5 weeks since we were in Gatlinburg. It still feels like yesterday we were climbing the Smokey Mountains and taste-testing moonshine. Today I am finally getting the chance to recap our wonderful trip with you! Warning- this is going to be a long post. I tried to break it down into 2 posts but it just did not flow well. So grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the lovely views!
Day 1. On Thursday Brad and I arrived in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with his parents and another couple who is friends with Brad’s parents, who have now become our friends as well. Thursday was filled with a lot of sight seeing during the day. At night, all six of us met up to go to downtown Gatlinburg and do some wine and moonshine tasting. At first I was really hesitant of the moonshine tasting. I’ve never been much of a moonshine/whiskey girl but let me tell you, I AM OBSESSED! We visited Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sugarlands Distilling, and Bootleggers Wine. Ole Smokey had an amazing moonshine that tasted just like a Starbucks drink. I could have seriously stuck a straw in it and drank it. It’s called Mountain Java. Brad and I bought two jars of shine at Sugarlands. We purchased the Tickle’s Dynamite Cinnamon (which was created by Tickle’s who is on the show Moonshiners) and Appalachian Apple Pie which tasted just like a caramel apple sucker. During 4th meal, we found a local Mexican restaurant that had the best tacos!
This t-shirt was designed by The Daily Tay and it can be found on Nebrowse.
No Brad and I didn’t get hitched while we were down there. Everywhere we turned around there was a chapel. So Brad’s mom thought it would be a good joke to play on my mom. Brad and I posed in front of the chapel and sent these pictures to my mom telling her we got married.
Day 2. Friday morning all 6 of us got up to try out one of the thousand log cabin pancake houses that are located all through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. I ordered a bacon waffle that was made with pieces of bacon inside the waffle. It was delicious! Once we all were stuffed from our waffles and pancakes, we thought it would be a good idea to go hiking through the Smokey Mountains. It was so beautiful! I seriously could go hiking every weekend and I’m so jealous of people who can hike all the time. Brad and I live in a super flat county with barely any hills. After a day of hiking, the 6 of us went out again and did the moonshine tasting all over again.
Brad’s mom and dad.
This was our “honeymoon” house that we sent to my mom to go along with the chapel pictures. Brad and I really didn’t stay here. This was a home that was built many moons ago. It was so cool to walk through and see how people used to live.
Brad and I randomly climbed this huge rock, just to take a picture. Yeah, we’re cool!
Day 3. Brad’s mom and I woke up super early and went walking to get coffee and donuts to bring back for everyone. It was fun to go walking and talking just the two of us. Pigeon Forge was on our itinerary for the day. Brad’s mom kept bragging about Paula Deen’s restaurant and I obviously wanted to go there to try it. It was so good! Everything is served family style and I felt like I was sitting down for Sunday dinner. If you ever get a chance to go there, you need to try her vidalia onion poppyseed dressing and sweet potato butter (it tasted just like apple butter, but better!). After lunch, our group walked around and looked at the shops. Before we left Pigeon Forge, we stopped at Margaritaville for margaritas of course! Since Saturday was our last night, we decided to go out with a bang. There was lots of drinking involved. The 6 of us found this bar that had a guy singing and that’s where we put up shop for the night. This guy was so good and sounded just like an old country singer.
Brad just had to cup a feel on Paula. (Don’t worry, it was just a cardboard cutout!)
Gatlinburg was a blast! With work getting busier and more hectic, I am really missing the laughs, the drinking, and the beautiful mountains.
Have you ever been to Gatlinburg?
Are you going on a vacation this spring/summer? If so, where are you going?
Where’s the best place you have ever vacationed?