A Smoky Mountain Getaway

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Y'all might remember a pretty big event happened last week... the Mr turned 40! His big birthday celebration was a trip to the Smoky Mountains for a long weekend. We started planning this trip around the first of June, and seeing that he'd only been to the mountains once — we knew this was the perfect place to take him.

One of the first things you need to do after deciding on your travel dates is to find a place to stay. We love staying on one of the mountains in a cabin. The adventure getting to the cabin is a story in itself. Ha!

We've stayed at quite a few lovely cabins, but this year we went with the Cabins For You online service. The search was easy... I just put in the dates we were looking for, and the fact that we needed a pet friendly cabin. The cabin we chose was one of the first ones we looked at.

We were so exhausted when we arrived at the cabin, I didn't take pictures before we "moved in" so you'll want to check out all the amazing amenities this cabin has to offer here. I will say that we loved feeling like we were back in our home, but in a different location. The cabin had everything we needed and wanted. And I'm pretty sure if they wouldn't have had another booking the day we were leaving... our trip might have been lengthened. There's just something about being up on a mountain — the peaceful serene atmosphere was heavenly.

I mentioned that this was the Mr's birthday trip. So we let him choose the activities for Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the guys when to the Gatlinburg Sportsman's Club. They enjoyed a little skeet shooting and came back saying the next time they are there, they want to do it again. Here are a few pictures from their adventure on the range.

On Sunday, they ventured out to the Muscle Car Museum. There's just something about old cars that men just love.

Most of the time we hung out at the cabin and listened to the rain hitting the tin roof while we napped. MB loved exploring the cabin and our one lane road that led to our home away from home. She was a perfect little traveler. And we can't wait to go back and do it all again!


  1. I'm not going to show Tadd this post - he will want to go look at those muscle cars! :)

    Looks like a fun time!

  2. Joy this sounds so heavenly! What a great way to spend the weekend, and that cabin is gorgeous!

  3. This sounds like a wonderful, peaceful weekend!

  4. So happy it turned out good! You can tell by the shooting and cars it was a male celebration!! Yeah for little MB doing so well. Glad y'all made it back safe! Happy day after Monday!

  5. We love Gatlinburg! It's our go to place every time we want to go on a quick trip to get away. It was also Carter's first family vacation. I agree...renting cabins is the way to go. We didn't use the website you used, but used one similar. It is SO easy and the cabins are awesome! Glad y'all had fun!

  6. Looks relaxing for the girls & fun for the boys. I'm glad you shared those sites!! XO

  7. I have NEVER been to the mountains but your recap is making me want to go.

  8. I love Gatlinburg! Tennessee is so beautiful. I'm lucky to have a very dear old friend who lives there.

    I'm so glad the Mister had a wonderful birthday trip! That cabin looks amazing. We will have to do that someday.


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