Monday, October 10, 2011

Smoky Mountain Souvenirs

Andy's family takes an annual trip to the Smoky Mountains every year and this is the second year I've joined them. The trip is strictly family only and last year, I was allowed to go because we were seriously dating and knew we would get married. We got engaged about 5 weeks after the trip and this year we're married - it's amazing how much can happen in a year!

We always get a chalet between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge so we can hop between towns as needed. The weekend is pretty relaxed and flexible but there are a few mainstays. It's a tradition to get breakfast at the log cabin pancake house in Gatlinburg one morning and we always go to the Chimneys Picnic Area in the mountains for a grill out.

On Saturday during our cookout, we walked down to the creek which was really beautiful and played cards and hung out and grilled. It was a fun little picnic! Saturday night we watched lots of football and then came home on Sunday. We made a special stop on Sunday - I will have photos from that soon!

It was a beautiful day and a great weekend!

How are you "breaking in" fall? Do you have an annual family vacation? What's your favorite mountain range to visit?

Also! Today, I'm guest-blogging for my friend Marisa. She is posting 31 days of Wedding Planning and I contributed money-saving tips inspired by my own budget wedding!


  1. wow, awesome pictures! My favorite mountains would be Rocky! :) but you know I LOVE gatlinburg too.
    You ready to stay home now for awhile?

  2. Gorgeous pictures! We love the Chimneys, too. My newest favorite spot in the mountains is Elkmont though.

    Next year, check out the mini-zoo at Ober Gatlinburg if you have extra time. That and pancakes are the only part of the touristy stuff that I enjoy there. :)


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