Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas in Gatlinburg!

From the first time I ever visited the Smoky Mountain town of Gatlinburg back when I was a nineteen year old boy, I always thought it would be the greatest adventure to spend Christmas there.  All of these years have gone by, and I was never able to get away for a Christmas in that gorgeous village that is nestled into the ridges of the Smokies below storied Mt LeConte.

And, when I discovered early in my relationship with Cindy that she, too, had always dreamed of a Gatlinburg Christmas, we made a vow to spend Christmas there the first chance we got.

It happened this year!  We made reservations almost a year in advance at the Edgewater Hotel in the heart of the downtown area.  Our room overlooked the Little Pigeon River, and we had a balcony that jutted over that friendly rill, and our view of Mt LeConte and the Space Needle and the surrounding hills was spectacular.

We were in easy walking distance of all of downtown---the shops and galleries and restaurants and yes, the tourist traps.  And walk we did---all over the place.  Our cameras were ablaze both night and day.  Oh, what fun!

Come with me now as our December 23d, 24th and 25th come alive again on Lyrics of Love and Lore.......

Our Hotel...The Edgewater on The Little Pigeon River
From our Balcony, Looking South Downriver
From Hotel Balcony, Looking East Toward Downtown Gatlinburg and the Space Needle
From Hotel Balcony, Looking North
Lotsa' Shenanigans Downtown
The Space Needle Observation Deck Towers 407' Above Downtown Gatlinburg
Our Hotel From the Observation Deck
The Tramway
Big fancy Homes With a View in the Surrounding Hills
Downtown Area---Shops, Restaurants, Tourist Traps, Etc....
It's Always Smoky In the Smokies
We Dropped in Here to See How Moonshine is Made.  Cindy Was Given a 1-OZ Free Sample and She Wanted to Stay a While...."They Call It That Good Ole Mountain Dew / And Them That Refuse it Are Few..."
Lotsa' Chocolate Goodies From The Stores On the Main Drag
River Shots
Happy Holidays, Everyone!