When we arrived in Gatlinburg, it was cold and rainy and foggy, but we were eager to check out our surroundings. This is one thing we saw that we really wanted to do, but had to wait until the weather cleared up. Well, it did, so we were able to go up that hill and look upon an amazing view, but that's for a later post.
Downtown on the Parkway is jam packed with shops of all kinds, but there are several side streets that lead into these little villages that were decorated so cute. Thank goodness we were there on a Monday and it was a little rainy, because we had it pretty much all to ourselves. These pictures are of the side shopping area called The Village.
The Donut Friar...we didn't go in yet, but I had to have a picture of this sign.
A friendly little pigeon...
This is a little brook we crossed over as we left the Aquarium. It runs the length of the Parkway. A lot of the hotels on the Parkway boast a balcony view of this "river".
This is our cabin. The day it snowed we were a little bummed. We thought we had to stay inside the whole day and were prepared to do that...cozy up next to the fire. Noah and I sat together after breakfast and watched the snow fall. I did yoga in front of the fire as I watched the snow falling serenely outside the large windows. Then we decided to take a chance and travel to Pigeon Forge to visit the Christmas Place, a large store that sells only Christmas...all year 'round.
A view from inside the cabin, upstairs bedroom balcony.
A view from our window. We were up pretty high, the drive up that mountain was pretty steep and winding. But, as you can see, it continues even further upward. I don't think I could make it any further!
Noah and I sitting together watching the snow fall.
The ski lift traveled along between our cabin and the few over to our right. This is a bit of a close-up shot.
Here's the Christmas place. It was funny seeing it decorated for Halloween.
When we walked in, it was like the North Pole. I was in Christmas Heaven. Then, Noah brought to my attention the sleigh and eight tiny reindeer suspended from the ceiling that had hundreds of twinkling starry lights.
The whole store was like this. Every corner had a different display. Fully decorated trees, tall ornate Santa's, miniature villages. It was wonderful. I thought of my mom. She loved Christmas. It was a precious moment.
This is a miniature for a village. It was the cutest thing. I was amazed at how I could zoom right in and get these great photos.
This is from one of our all time favorite Christmas movies, "A Christmas Story." The whole gang is there, even Ralphie in his pink bunny pajamas. I just wish I had gotten close-ups of these, too.
After shopping around we were hungry, and it just so happens that right next door was a Christmassy restaurant called The Partridge & Pear. We thought it would be really expensive, but the prices were fantastic and the food was even better. If you are ever in the area, we highly recommend it!
Here's the Wonderworks museum. We didn't go to this one this time, but it's a definite for next time.
The Titanic museum...again, on the list for next time.
Same goes for the Hollywood wax museum.
We had a great time in Pigeon Forge. It's just a short drive from Gatlinburg, and not as crowded. There are a ton of attractions to keep you entertained. I can't wait to show you what was lurking behind all that fog, though...
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!
Have a great day!