Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

I found out quite by accident that there is a train you can ride in the Smoky Mountains at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.  I would like to take the old guy and do this on one of our trips to Gatlinburg, he’s never been on a train, and I think it would be fun!

The train departs from Bryson City, NC which is about two hours southwest of Gatlinburg.  Go through the park to Cherokee, NC then west.

You can schedule a train ride weekends now through March.  Then in April it looks like full speed ahead – they pretty much do trips every day through to late fall.

If you take a ride on the train, or have been on one of these trips, leave a reply and let us know what you think.  Thanks!


Gatlinburg Winter Magic Begins

Lights, Chili, Action!!!  Winter magic in Gatlinburg begins this week on November 9th. There is a chili cook off to start the festivities.  The Trolley Ride of Lights begins on November 9th and runs through February.

Looking for a reason to use up a few days of vacation?  How about a trip to Gatlinburg to enjoy some chili, ride the trolley, and celebrate Veterans day on 11/11/11 at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza in downtown Gatlinburg?

We’ve been to Gatlinburg for the Winter Magic and ridden the Trolley to view the lights. Each trolley is assigned a storyteller who narrates the ride and gives a bit of local history. It’s a fun and interesting activity for the whole family.

Winter Magic

Southern Serenity Front Porch View

Southern Serenity Front Porch

Isn’t it lovely?  This is the front porch view of Southern Serenity, our log cabin home in Gatlinburg Tennessee.  When I sit on the front porch in one of the rocking chairs I can hear and see the small waterfall in the yard. The sound of the water makes me feel so calm.

In the afternoon the sun shine warms me on the porch and filters into the cabin through the large glass windows.  At night I like to sit in the hot tub on the front porch with a glass of wine and let the aches from hiking in the Smoky Mountains just melt away.  You can hear the bullfrogs raising a ruckus as they call to one another in the cover of dark.

I think Southern Serenity is lovely!

What Mountaintop is in my header picture?

I took the picture at the top of this page.  I was in Black Bear Falls, on an early spring morning with the ‘smoke’ was still in the mountains.  It is one of my favorite pictures of the Smokies but for the life of me I can’t figure out which mountaintop I’m viewing.  This is where you come in.

Maybe you are from Gatlinburg and know this mountain.  Or maybe you’ve vacationed there enough and hiked the mountains enough to know this peak.  If you know what it is can you please let me know?  I’d like to be able to refer to it by name.  Thanks!