On August 17, my husband and I, and another couple left Colorado for a very long motorcycle trip in celebration of my husband's 50th birthday. This was a surprise trip for him with our destination being Townsend, TN. Townsend is a perfect location because it is close to the infamous Tail of the Dragon 11 mile ride with 300+ curves, an entrance to the Great Smokey Mountains, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. What we loved about Townsend was it seemed to be the quiet side of the park, which was just what 4 tired motorcyclist needed.
The Townsend Inn...what a wonderful place we picked to stay while there for our 4 days. When we arrived we were met by one of the owners in her golf cart. She quickly got us into our cabins, where we couldn't wait to wipe the road-dirt off our faces, and then off to eat. The cabins were clean, full of Tennessee charm and we loved the baskets we got every morning. We had treats to take with us on our motorcycle rides each day, which allowed us to get up, and go. Everything was newly remodeled and I loved the clean bathrooms, the soap dispensers, and the make-up removal pads. Also, I am Gluten Free so when I requested to have more Gluten Free snacks they accommodated me without hesitation. Also, I called before our visit and they told me about a store in Alcoa that carried many GF products.
If things weren't perfect enough I had arranged to have my husband's birthday party there. This was wonderful decision. Mike cooked us BBQ ribs, potato salad and coleslaw, and of course tea. Colleen had everything decorated and we had a wonderful birthday celebration. We ate a lot of BBQ while on our trip and I have to say Mike's ribs were amazing! Of course I needed a GF cake mix for the birthday cake, which I found at the health food store and Colleen even offered to make the cake for us so we could go tour that day without having to worry about it. That is one of the things I liked the most about the Inn was the proprietors just felt like one of the family.
We stayed at many places along our 3,625 mile motorcycle ride and this by far was my favorite and so perfect for that down-home ambiance that we expected Tennessee to offer.
Thanks Colleen and Mike for such a wonderful 4 days in "Ya'll" country.
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- The Townsend Gateway Inn offers travelers a comfortable, enjoyable and restful stay, providing luxurious accommodations in a unique environmentally friendly family atmosphere. Beautifully appointed rooms and a host of amenities add to the charm of the Townsend Gateway Inn making it one of Townsend Tennessee's most desired travel destinations and a natural choice for our guest. ... more less
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