Smoky Mountain Log Cabins

   Winter has been rough this year East Tennessee has been hit repeatedly with snow and ice. For a place where it only snows a few times a year, having a 3 to 4 inches of snow in the ground is a big deal.  Anyway this weekend finally our temperature is back to 40-ish again yehey. We drove to Gatlinburg and spend hours there admiring the snowy scene in the Smoky Mountains. Amazing views can be found everywhere in the Smokies, see for yourself.

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Beautiful Places to Get Married

Wedding Cabins & Outdoor Ceremonies in Smoky Mountains
   Couples looking for beautiful places to get married have plenty of options in Gatlinburg and the Smokies - from deep woods and whispering waters to long valley vistas and charming wedding cabins. Explore your options for outdoor ceremonies and wedding cabins You’ll find plenty of beautiful places to get married--the hardest part will be choosing the perfect one! Great Smoky Mountains National Park setting offer  picture perfect to Say "I do".

Celebrate Your Love in the Splendor Of Niagara Falls
   Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.  What could be more romantic than exchanging your vows in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, overlooking one of the most breathtaking natural wonders. For decades, Niagara Falls has been known as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World." It is also a premier destination for you to create an unforgettable wedding reception. Getting married in Niagara Falls is like no place else on Earth.

Caribbean Islands Perfect for Destination Weddings
   The Caribbean endures as a top pick for destination weddings for dozens of reasons. If you choose to celebrate at one of the Caribbean Islands wedding venues, you shouldn't settle for anything less than perfection. A moonlit night, a breezy, cloudless sky, dramatic sunset, the sound of the sea in the background and romance. The Caribbean Islands wedding will transform your vision into the celebration of a lifetime. 

  Of course, no romantic wedding would be complete without flowers. I have recently come across a great website that provides easy DIY floral arrangements kits  for weddings and events. Many brides turn to DIY to save costs, but the process of  researching, purchasing, and arranging florals often end up causing more stress and dollars. Bloominous is making DIY fun, easy, and approachable for anyone who wants to try. Check it out at DIY wedding flowers.

Rainbow Falls Trailhead

   Gatlinburg Tennessee is absolutely one of our favorite places in the world for so many reasons. It's a quaint little mountain town that was settled in the early 1800s. There are so many things to do for singles, families, groups or loners that any and every one could have a great time without compromising. Lots of food, entertainment, relaxation, scenery and most important for us… nature.

   We are a very active couple our favorite thing to do when in the mountains is hike, especially if it leads to a beautiful waterfall. Gatlinburg is at the mouth of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, land of a thousand waterfalls & overlooks. Nature is truly at its best right here and I would encourage anyone who enjoys outdoor activities to visit this small section of the world. 

   Rainbow Falls itself can be a pretty boring waterfall when rain is minimal, but it's gorgeous in the spring when snow from the top of the mountain begins to melt or after significant rainfall. Nature will also be showing off its colors with a variety of flowering mountain plants. The height of the waterfall is 80 feet, so it's a good size, but it can be underwhelming with just a trickle of water in the hot dry summer.


   The trail begins near a small parking area off Cherokee Orchard Loop Road. The trail starts off with a fairly mild incline laced with outcrops of stones and tree roots. The incline gradually improves giving a noticeable increase to your breathing as your body tries to keep up with the need for more oxygen. About 2/3'rd of the way to reaching Rainbow Falls, the incline gets downright ugly.  It becomes a real effort and while I agree with the 'moderate' difficulty rating for SOME of the trail, this section gets pretty hard for the casual hiker. I am fairly fit and need deep breaths to recover from the climb if I push through without any breaks. That being said, I love this trail. It's a calorie burner for sure and you will definitely get a good night’s sleep!

   The beauty of this trail is the option to continue another 3.9 miles to the summit of Mt. LeConte, which is the third largest peak in the Smoky's and part of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail that travels from Georgia to Maine. It's our goal to someday hike each mile of the Appalachian Trail, but I'm having a little trouble convincing myself if this is a good idea. The difficulty of Rainbow Falls is partially to blame... (ha ha!)

Trail Location:   Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail  
Round trip length:  5.4 Miles  
Total Elevation Gain:   1685 feet over 2.7 miles  
Trail Difficulty Rating:   8.77 (moderate)

Gatlinburg Falls Resort

   I will start by saying Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas are a great place to visit with many attractions and you'll never run out of things to do and see, great for families. My husband booked the one bedroom cabin at Gatlinburg Falls resort for a winter holiday vacation. I never lodge in a cabin before so I didn't know what to expect.  We stayed in Bear Den  that offers a mountain view deck and a relaxing hot tub.  It was like coming home every night. We have officially called this our "favorite vacation!" The cabin we rented was comfortable and very inviting and we are so glad we chose this cabin from all the choices that were available in this area. It is far enough off the beaten path to enjoy the peaceful, serene beauty of the place, but close enough to easily access all the many attractions in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Smoky Mountains. We will definitely be back!

Address Info:
645 Park Vista Way
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Ph# (865) 430-2005

The Perfect Winter Vacation

   There’s no denying it winter is approaching faster than you can say and the holidays are just around the corner. The desire to hibernate can be appealing; staying inside with a cup of hot cocoa usually wins over chilly outdoor adventures. Yet, when you have the winter blues, the best medicine is to pack up your family and take a trip.  There are few places in the world where time seems reluctant to move forward.  Montana is a true winter destination. Adventure and relaxation are found in abundance! A world-famous for mountain scenery, skiing and other winter sports designed to bring families together.

  Looking for winter vacation rentals for a family vacation or a private romantic escape? How about a winter ranch? The Ranch at Rock Creek is a Luxury Guest Ranch that brings together upscale amenities and wide open space like never before The property features a number of glamping options including Family Canvas Cabins, their secluded “Trapper” meant for those who want maximum privacy, the Sweet Grass Tent located right on the banks of Rock Creek (the waters of the creek provide a gentle sound to fall asleep to at night) and the Classic Canvas Cabins (unique tent/cabin hybrid) for either couples or families. And for those who would like a traditional stay, there are a number of luxury cabins and private homes to choose from. This remote ranch is a sophisticated yet family friendly ranch that appeals to the world's most discerning, active travelers seeking freedom, authentic adventure, and life-enriching experiences.

   Offering an abundance of activities for all ages, there is never a dull moment at the Rock Creek Ranch.  Whether you’re seeking to explore the mountains, relax and reconnect with yourself, satisfy a creative craving, or burn up some energy with challenging activities.  Choose from skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, snow cat adventures, sleigh rides, ice skating, archery, mountain hiking, biking tours, nature walks and wildlife viewing.  Montana is a year-round, outdoor lover’s paradise.   The unique and adventurous nature of   the Rock Creek Ranch allows guests of all ages to connect with the land and enjoy an authentic guest ranch experience, all within the pristine surroundings of Montana’s Rocky Mountains. And if you want to take a break from outdoor activities, check out the pioneer-style spa features relaxation massage, amenities that represent both the organic purity and freshness of flowers, as well as high-tech, results-oriented skincare.  

   At mealtimes, you'll be delighted with fine cuisine. The ranch offers organically grown produce prime beef, elk, bison, free-range chicken, organic eggs, fresh fish, seasonal local fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs, all enhanced by an inspired wine list. The Ranch at Rock Creek promises you the vacation of your dreams.  The Ranch at Rock Creek is a bit expensive, but most definitely worth it if you enjoy connecting with nature. And at the end of day, knowing you are paying for the entire expense on the front end only rewards your experience while on property in priceless ways! Quite frankly, I can’t imagine a more wonderful place to spend Thanksgiving or a long winter weekend than here.

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