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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
October 2014
The Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee are a popular Fall vacation destination. The main draw is the colorful Fall foliage. The foliage was less than colorful, although I suppose green is a color. However, it was still a fun trip. We spent a lot of time walking around downtown Gatlinburg visiting various stores and tourist destinations, dining at great restaurants, sampling moonshine and just people watching. We also took the aerial tram up to the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort for their Oktoberfest and spent a day visiting the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair. We spent one morning in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg's slightly more obnoxious and touristy neighbor. The trip was rounded out by some time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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001 Draper Mercantile 002 Tennessee Sign 003 Gatti Pizza
We stopped at Draper Mercantile in Draper, VA for lunch and some very eclectic shopping on the way to Tennessee
Finally made it to Tennessee!
Last time I was in the south this was called Mr. Gatti's Pizza. Still no relation though.
005 WonderWorks 006 Titanic 007 King Kong
Wonderworks' upside-down building is one of many outlandish tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge
The Titanic is one of many outlandish tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge
King Kong welcomes you to the over-the-top city of Pigeon Forge
009 Hotel Room 010 Hotel Room 012 Space Needle
Our room at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn is reminiscent of the hotels of days past
Our room at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn is reminiscent of the hotels of days past
Gatlinburg's Space Needle provides a great view of the city
013 Gatlinburg Inn Sign 014 Sky Lift 015 Corn Mash
We stayed at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn
The Sky Lift is a chair lift that takes you to the top of Crockett Mountain
Corn mash on its way to becoming moonshine at Sugarlands Distilling
016 Thumper Keg 017 Still 018 Band on Back Porch
The thumper keg at Sugarlands Distilling is an impressive sight
The still at Sugarlands Distilling puts any backwoods still to shame
At Sugarlands Distilling, the back porch is home to bluegrass performances
011 Hotel Room Key 021 Horse Riding Man 022 Ole Smoky Holler
When's the last time you saw a mechanical key to a hotel room???
Just a horse riding a man.
The Ole Smoky Holler features great bluegrass performances
023 Ole Smoky Holler 024 Ole Smoky Sign 025 Mellow Mushroom Statue
The Ole Smoky Holler features great bluegrass performances
Ole Smoky Moonshine
We didn't try Mellow Mushroom Pizza, but mixed with moonshine, that could be a dangerous combination
026 Corn Stalk Still 027 Dick's Last Resort Hats 029 Moonshine Samples Sign
Nothing says Fall in East Tennessee like a still made of corn stalks
I'd never pay to eat at Dick's Last Resort, but watching those who do is pretty entertaining
Gatlinburg is all about the free moonshine samples
030 Park Grill Sign 020 Moonshine 032 Sugarlands Shine Sign
The Park Grill was one of many great restaurants we ate at
Gatlinburg is all about the free moonshine samples
We found Sugarlands Shine to be our favorite distillery
033 Space Needle 034 Hotel Lobby 035 Space Needle
Gatlinburg's Space Needle provides a great view of the city
The Historic Gatlinburg Inn is a cozy old place
Gatlinburg's Space Needle provides a great view of the city
036 Rocking Chairs 037 Mom on Sky Lift Chair 038 Michael on Sky Lift Chair
Rocking chairs on the front porch… so relaxing!
My mother getting ready to ride the Sky Lift
Wow, a chair lift that doesn't make me afraid of heights
039 Sky Lift 041 Sky Lift 043 Gatlinburg
Riding the Sky Lift to the top of Crockett Mountain
Riding the Sky Lift to the top of Crockett Mountain
Looking down on Gatlinburg from Crockett Mountain
044 Smoky Mountains 045 Houses on Mountain 049 Amish People on Sky Lift
Looking out over the Smokies from Crockett Mountain
Looking out over the Smokies from Crockett Mountain
Just some Amish people riding a chair lift down a mountain. I've never seen them doing that in Lancaster.
050 Space Needle 051 Sky Lift 052 Gatlinburg
Looking down on the Gatlinburg Space Needle from the top of Crockett Mountain
Looking down on Gatlinburg from Crockett Mountain
Looking down on Gatlinburg from Crockett Mountain
053 Gatlinburg Inn 055 River 056 Gatlinburg Inn
The back of the Historic Gatlinburg Inn
Crossing the Little Pigeon River on the Sky Lift
We stayed at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn
058 Davy Crockett's Whiskey 059 Fall Decorations 060 Corn Mash
Davy Crockett's Whiskey and Moonshine
Gatlinburg goes all out with the Fall decor. It's hard not to be in good seasonal spirits.
The corn mash smells delicious at Davy Crockett's Whiskey and Moonshine
061 Fall Decorations 062 Butter My Biscuits Door Mat 063 Fall Decorations
Gatlinburg goes all out with the Fall decor. It's hard not to be in good seasonal spirits.
Clearly, we are in the south.
Gatlinburg goes all out with the Fall decor. It's hard not to be in good seasonal spirits.
066 Fall Decorations 070 Dukes of Hazzard Action Figures 071 Dukes of Hazzard Memorabilia
Those scarecrows are actually crows
Dukes of Hazzard action figures in action at Cooter's Place
Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia at Cooter's Place
072 Dukes of Hazzard Memorabilia 073 General Lee 074 General Lee
Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia at Cooter's Place
It's the General Lee!!!
It's the General Lee!!!
081 River 082 Smoky Mountain Trout House 083 Doc Collier Moonshine Sign
Little Pigeon River
The Smoky Mountain Trout House has the most incredible rainbow trout. It's the only place we ate twice!
Doc Collier Moonshine was another stop on our moonshine sample tour
086 Moonshine Recipe 087 Cooter's 089 Sugarlands Shine Sign
Doc Collier Moonshine was another stop on our moonshine sample tour
Cooter's Dukes of Hazzard museum and store
Sugarlands Shine was our favorite
090 Sugarlands Shine Sign 091 Moonshine 092 Moonshine
Sugarlands Shine was our favorite
Sugarlands Shine was our favorite
Moonshine as far as you can see
094 Band 095 Ole Smoky Holler 096 Wine
The Ole Smoky Holler was a lot of fun
The Ole Smoky Holler was a lot of fun
Redneck wines
097 Aerial Tram 098 Aerial Tram 099 Aerial Tram
The Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway departs the Gatlinburg station
The Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway departs the Gatlinburg station
The Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway departs the Gatlinburg station
100 Aerial Tram 103 Davy Crockett's Whiskey & Moonshine 104 Smoky Mountain Trout House
The Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway heads up the mountain
Davy Crockett's Whiskey and Moonshine has samples to offer too
The Smoky Mountain Trout House has the most incredible rainbow trout. It's the only place we ate twice!
105 Grilled Trout 106 Smoky Mountain Trout House 108 Gatlinburg Convention Center
The Smoky Mountain Trout House has the most incredible rainbow trout. Here it is grilled.
The Smoky Mountain Trout House is small but their amazing rainbow trout is worth the wait for a table.
The Galinburg Craftsmen's Fair takes nearly a day to see and has many talented artisans selling their wares.
110 Kodak Film Sign 111 Wedding Chapel 113 Houses on Mountain
You never know when someone will pull up in their Delorean and need film
Wow, the $5 weddings are on sale today. What a deal!
Homes seemingly hang onto the side of the mountains
118 House on Mountain 119 Mom with Binoculars 121 Gatlinburg Inn
Talk about living in peace and quiet
My mother checks out the view from the top of the Space Needle
We stayed at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn
122 Gatlinburg 123 Sugarlands Shine 125 Smoky Mountains
Daytime view of Gatlinburg from the top of the Space Needle
Sugarlands Distilling had the best moonshine
View of the Smokies from the top of the Space Needle
126 Smoky Mountains 128 Gatlinburg 133 Gatlinburg
View of the Smokies from the top of the Space Needle
Daytime view of Gatlinburg from the top of the Space Needle
Nighttime view of Gatlinburg from the top of the Space Needle
134 Sky Lift 135 Gatlinburg 136 Ole Smoky Sidewalk
The Sky Lift is a chair lift that takes you to the top of Crockett Mountain
Nighttime view of Gatlinburg from the top of the Space Needle
The sidewalk is never empty outside Ole Smoky Moonshine
137 Gatlinburg 141 Phone 142 Sky Lift
Nighttime view of Gatlinburg from the top of the Space Needle
The phone in our room harkens back to a bygone era
The Sky Lift is a chair lift that takes you to the top of Crockett Mountain
143 Sky Lift 144 Aerial Tram Sign 145 Houses on Mountain
The Sky Lift is a chair lift that takes you to the top of Crockett Mountain
The aerial tramway to the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort is quite an impressive ride
The people in these homes need to keep their curtain closed or be part of the show for riders of the Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway
146 Carousel 147 Ice Rink 148 Scenic Chairlift
Carousel at Ober Gatlinburg
Indoor ice rink at Ober Gatlinburg
The Ober Gatlinburg scenic chairlift takes you up to the top of Mount Harrison
151 Mom with Creature 152 Mom with Creature 156 Scenic Chairlift
My mother made a new friend
The altitude might be starting to get to my mohter
Riding the Ober Gatlinburg scenic chairlift up to the top of Mount Harrison
157 Alpine Sleds 158 Scenic Chairlift 159 Mount Harrison Sign
Alpine sleds race down the mountain
We finally saw some Fall colors as we rode up Mount Harrison
Mount Harrison. 3590 feet above sea level.
161 Mount LeConte 162 Mount LeConte 164 View from Mount Harrison
The view of the Smokies from Mount Harrison is incredible
Mount LeConte
The view of the Smokies from Mount Harrison is incredible
166 Leaf 167 View from Mount Harrison 169 Band
A touch of Fall color
The view of the Smokies from Mount Harrison is incredible
A bluegrass band entertains on top of Mount Harrison
175 Scenic Chairlift 178 Bavarian Flag 180 Band
Riding back fown the mountain
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
The Oktoberfest band was… ummm… different.
181 Band 183 Moonshine 184 Moonshiner Sugar Sign
The Oktoberfest band was… ummm… different.
Ole Smoky's charred moonshine isn't whiskey but has a similar character
Don't support those pesky moonshiners!
186 No Way Jose's Sign 187 River and Fog 188 Mysterious Mansion
The food at No Way Jose's wasn't so great, but their parking sign was kind of cute
I think the fake fog really adds some drama to this shot
This haunted house was right outside our hotel room door. We knew the sequence of the show by heart before we left Gatlinburg
192 Sugarlands Shine Sign 193 Band 194 Band
Sugarlands Distilling had the best moonshine
We spent a few evenings at the Ole Smoky Holler listening to great bluegrass bands
We spent a few evenings at the Ole Smoky Holler listening to great bluegrass bands
196 Band 198 Aerial Tram Station 200 Gatlinburg
We spent a few evenings at the Ole Smoky Holler listening to great bluegrass bands
Riding the aerial tramway up to the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort
Riding the aerial tramway up to the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort
201 Aerial Tram 202 Aerial Tram 205 House
Riding the aerial tramway up to the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort
Riding the aerial tramway up to the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort
I wouldn't want to stumble out of this house in the dark
206 Smoky Mountains 207 Houses on Mountain 213 Oktoberfest Sign
Riding the aerial tramway up to the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort
Fall is starting to color the Smokies
Ober Gatlinburg ski resort was having their Oktoberfest celebration
214 Dunkin Donuts Founder House 215 Aerial Tram Machinery 218 Great Smoky Mountain National Park Sign
This house is owned by the founder of Dunkin Donuts
The machinery that drives the Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway
Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a beautiful place
219 Tunnel 221 Pigeon Forge Sign 222 The Island Sign
Headed out of Gatlinburg into the tunnel toward Pigeon forge.
Entering Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge
224 Corn Stalk Guitar 225 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel 226 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and Fall Wheel
Corn stalk guitar and parrot outside of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Hotel
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is a giant air conditioned ferris wheel
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and its smaller festive twin
230 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and Fountains 232 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and Fountains 233 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and Fountains
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and fountains at The Island
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and fountains at The Island
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and fountains at The Island
234 Ole Smoky Moonshine 235 Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Sign 236 Pass the Jar Sign
Ole Smoky Moonshine has a location in Pigeon Forge too
The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival celebrates all things Fall
Pass the jar indeed
237 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel 238 Corn Stalk Turkey 239 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel Car
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island
Cornstalk turkey
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel features enclosed air conditioned gondolas
240 View from Great Smoky Mountain Wheel 241 View from Great Smoky Mountain Wheel 247 The Island
The view of Pigeon Forge and the Smokies from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
The view of Pigeon Forge and the Smokies from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
A view of The Island from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
248 Fountains 249 Fountains 250 View from Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
A view of The Island's fountains from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
A view of The Island's fountains from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
The view of Pigeon Forge and the Smokies from the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
251 Great Smoky Mountain Wheel 252 Fountains 254 Corn Stalk Horse
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and fountains at The Island
The Island's fountains
Cornstalk horse
255 Corn Mash 256 Still 259 Mum Wheel
Corn mash at Ole Smoky Distillery in Pigeon Forge
The still at Ole Smoky Distillery in Pigeon Forge
A wheel of mums
261 Christmas Place Tower 262 Scarecrows 263 Old Mill District Sign
Christmas Place
A scarecrow gathering
The Old Mill District in Pigeon Forge
264 Old Forge Distillery Sign 265 Still 266 Jack-O-Lantern Barrel
Old Forge Distillery in Pigeon Forge
The still at Old Forge Distillery
Even the barrels are ready for Halloween
267 Old Mill 268 Old Mill 269 Old Mill
The Old Mill is a restaurant and a working grist mill
The Old Mill is powered by the Little Pigeon River
The Old Mill is powered by the Little Pigeon River
271 Flower 273 Gatlinburg Sign 274 Doc Collier Moonshine Sign
I have no idea what kind of flower this is
Heading back to Gatlinburg
A moonshine sign greets you to Gatlinburg
275 Michael Tasting Moonshine 276 Bacon Maple Donut 277 Traffic Light Number 8
Sugarlands Shine was so good we went back for another sampling session
Yes, that's a bacon maple donut!
The traffic lights in Gatlinburg are numbered and all directions are in reference to them
278 Boulder 279 Noah 280 Noah
We spent some time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
The Noah "Bud" Ogle Trail is a nice short hike
Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
281 Noah 284 Noah 285 Ogle Barn
Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Ogle Barn in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
286 Ogle Barn 287 Ogle Barn 288 Spring
Ogle Barn in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Ogle Barn in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
This looks like a hole in the ground but it's actually a natural spring
289 Stream 291 Trail 294 Stream
Mountain streams are everywhere in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Hiking in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Mountain streams are everywhere in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
295 Stream 296 Trees 297 Trees
Mountain streams are everywhere in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
It's not hard to get lost in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
The trees are starting to change
298 Ogle Tub Mill 300 Ogle Tub Mill 301 LeConte Creek and Tub Mill Plumbing
Ogle Tub Mill
Ogle Tub Mill
Plumbing for the Ogle Tub Mill
304 Noah 306 Smoky Mountains 307 Smoky Mountains
Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin
Fall colors start to appear in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Fall colors start to appear in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
308 Smoky Mountains 310 Smoky Mountains 311 Road
Fall colors start to appear in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Fall colors start to appear in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Driving the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
312 Stream 314 Stream 315 Jim Bales Place
Mountain streams are everywhere in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Mountain streams are everywhere in Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Jim Bales Place
316 Jim Bales Place 317 Fence 318 Jim Bales Place
Jim Bales Place
A fence at the Jim Bales Place
Jim Bales Place
319 Jim Bales Place 320 Mom in Barn 321 Jim Bales Place
Jim Bales Place
My mother sees what it was like to be an animal at the Jim Bales Place
Jim Bales Place
322 Michael by Doorway 323 Mom by Doorway 325 Ephraim Bales Place Hog Pen
People were clearly much smaller when this place was built
My mother would get a lot of concussions living here
Even the animals get log cabins
327 Jim Bales Place 328 Albert Reagan Tub Mill 329 Albert Reagan Tub Mill
Jim Bales Place
Albert Reagan Tub Mill
Albert Reagan Tub Mill
330 Albert Reagan Cabin 331 Rock Supports 333 Albert Reagan Cabin Attic
Albert Reagan used “all 3 colors that Sears and Roebuck sells” on his cabin
The porch is held up by some sturdy Appalachian engineering
The second floor of the Albert Reagan Cabin is spacious
334 Albert Reagan Cabin 335 Roaring Form 336 Michael Taking Photos
Albert Reagan used “all 3 colors that Sears and Roebuck sells” on his cabin
Roaring Fork powers the Reagan Tub Mill
All of these crystal clear mountain streams make for good photo ops
338 Dollywood Sign 340 Gatlinburg Inn Roses 341 Calhoun's
Dolly is watching over you in Pigeon Forge
The roses at the Historic gatlinburg Inn were planted in the 1950's
Calhouns was one of many places we dined along Parkway in Gatlinburg
343 Monroeville at Ole Smoky Holler 344 Dancing 346 Monroeville at Ole Smoky Holler
Listening to Monroeville perform at the Ole Smoky Holler
Some improptu dancing at the Ole Smoky Holler
Listening to Monroeville perform at the Ole Smoky Holler
347 Dobro 348 Monroeville at Ole Smoky Holler 349 Balcony
The dobro is apparently a bluegrass specific instrument
Listening to Monroeville perform at the Ole Smoky Holler
A guy from a neighboring room paid us an accidental visit by climbing over this wall one night
350 Pink Cadillac Diner 351 Pink Cadillac Diner 352 Pink Cadillac Diner
We stopped at the Pink Cadillac Diner in Virginia on the way home
We stopped at the Pink Cadillac Diner in Virginia on the way home
We stopped at the Pink Cadillac Diner in Virginia on the way home

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