We arrived in Gatlinburg at 3 pm, checked in at the chalet rental office (Mt Laurel), and up the mountain to our chalet. We have stayed in the same chalet several times, so directions were no problem at all. We unpacked and then headed to Food City to get something to grill for supper and munchies, drinks, etc. Came back to the chalet and fixed the food (burgers, potato salad, salad) and then headed into town. Walked the strip up and down. The town was almost deserted! I suppose after Spring Break the crowds thin out, and we had no trouble walking around, into shops, etc. Stopped in Donut Friar, but it was then about 8 pm and they had almost nothing left, so we didn't buy a thing (That was a first!!)
My husband wanted to play golf, so I dropped him off at the Gatlinburg Golf Course and headed to Five Oaks outlets to shop. Didn't really find any bargains, but I did pick up a few "necessities" :) I stopped at a few more outlets on the way back to pick up husband, and it was getting hot out, so I turned on the air in the car. No luck, it wouldn't even come on! GRRRR. All I brought were sweaters to wear, so back to Five Oaks to find a short sleeved top or two.
When I picked up husband at golf course, we went back to the chalet to freshen up, then we went into Pigeon Forge and ate at Wood Grill Buffet. I am not usually a buffet kind of person, but I thought it was pretty good. The pot roast was excellent. After supper we drove the long way around down Wears Valley Rd into Townsend and then back to Gatlinburg. Pretty drive.
This was supposed to be our hiking day, but husband was sore from golf since he hasn't played all winter, so we decided to hike the next day instead, and we drove over to Cherokee to Harrah's. If I had realized that it was that far around on I 40, I am sure we wouldn't have wasted the whole day! Oh well, the drive was nice, but by now we are both tired of being in the car!!
On the way back to Gatlinburg, we stopped in Carver's Apple Orchard in Cosby for a late lunch/early supper. Excellent food as always, their fried chicken is the best.
Back in Gatlinburg, we stopped downtown and walked around for an hour or so. Had to try the Moonshine samples, since other times we have been there the lines are too long. I am making a note to self to mark my calendar for the week after Spring Break as an excellent time to go to G'burg because the crowds have thinned out.
Got up early and got ready to go hiking. For some reason neither of us was that excited, I think because we had wanted to hike Chimney Tops trail, but it was closed, so we decided to drive up to Newfound Gap and hike to the Jumpoff. It was freezing up there at the parking lot! The wind was pretty strong too, but we headed up the trail. After about 2 miles my husband said he would rather be golfing. Funny, because I wan't really enjoying myself as I usually do either. So, we headed back down, cleaned up at the chalet and I dropped him at Bent Creek Golf course.
I went to the Arts & Crafts Loop. Bought a mug and soup mug at Alewine, and had fun just poking around other shops without the crazy crowds. I had a couple of nice conversations with artisans, and enjoyed the day.
I had no cell phone coverage in the area, which was a first, so I headed back to the golf course since husband couldn't call me when he was finished. I was early, but enjoyed just sitting looking at the scenery while I waited. Later that evening we headed back downtown, ate at Texas Roadhouse, and walked up to the new(er) winery shop and bought a bottle of wine to bring home. Back to the chalet to rest up and pack for our trip home.
Always sad to leave, always wish we could stay longer. Next weekend is the time the hot rods are in Pigeon Forge, and they are already claiming parking spots along the Parkway, so we got a chance to see quite a few on our way home, which is always fun.
Arrived home safely, and now reality is setting in ..... :(Edited: 10:57 pm, April 14, 2013