What started off our whole idea for this trip was Greg's perusal of the Groupon web site. He was looking for a good deal on a place to stay for a few days.
We did the same thing in Milwaukee not long after Henry was born, but you can't have a particular place in mind. I'd never even heard of Gatlinburg until my sister-in-law and her husband went there for their honeymoon.
We found a deal for the Brookside Resort, and I did some research before we bought the Groupon for $60/night. I had heard the place is older, undergoing renovation, and reasonably comfortable and clean. Here's the link to my Yelp Review.
|Comfortable enough for me to collapse on the bed and admire the plethora of orange surrounding me.|
Those things were all true. Honestly, the room reminded me of two places: my high-school boyfriend's orange '77 Monte Carlo, complete with 8-track player, and the decor of lots of basements from my childhood. It was all paneling and orange shag carpeting. The kitchette and bathroom were a sea of almond and olive green counter tops, sinks, and tiles.
Oh, and they had keys! I cannot remember ever getting an actual metal key for a hotel room. They must've been phased out around the time I started being old enough to stay in hotels. Here they are, though: real keys.
The size and feel of the room was really cozy, though, and the view on the back balcony was just amazing.
When they say "brook-side" they mean it. You could hear the brook at all times inside the hotel room. I found it pretty soothing. Listen:
On a spring break trip to Tennessee, one expects a certain amount of variability to the weather. Snow, however, seemed less likely, although I should've known. We got reservations for dinner at the Greenbrier Restaurant, which was supposedly very close to our hotel. It is, but the whole route is up a mountain. Mapquest didn't mention that. I'm so glad we decided to drive.
For a quaint log cabin of a restaurant, the food was pretty good. They sat us by the window, where we had a view of the snow covered trees and the slope down the mountain/hill/slope.
I had prime rib and I yummy cheesecake, both of which were good. (Yelp Review here.)
For our first day in Gatlinburg, we were pretty satisfied and definitely in a vacation state of mind. Tomorrow, I'll write about the perils and joys of horseback riding through the Smoky Mountains.