5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyed Spending Time In Our Cabin

Reviewer: Amy N. from Lexington, KY - Monday, November 07, 2011


Cabin: Cowboy Way

After a visit to 'Grin and Bear It' in June, my husband and I knew that we must return before the summer was over. We booked 'Cowboy Way' for a week of relaxation August 6-13, 2011. We were confident in our decision to stay at Elk Springs Resort, because we had very much enjoyed our first and second visits. Although we had stayed in 'Grin and Bear It' twice, my husband and I were looking forward to watching movies on the nine-foot projection screen in the theater room in 'Cowboy Way'. Additionally, we loved that we could bring our four-legged child along to stay in a pet-friendly cabin! I was concerned that with the cabin being pet friendly, we might be disappointed in the cleanliness compared to our previous visits. The cabin was just as clean as the others. Also, it was in a great location with easy access and parking. We all enjoyed preparing our meals in the well-equipped kitchen and grilling dinner on the deck each evening. The wrap-around deck was the perfect place for enjoying peace and quiet and soaking up the sun. With cabins in sight, it is remarkable how quiet the resort is.

One afternoon, we were excited to see a black bear pass behind our cabin and cross the main road within the resort! It was a nice reminder that we truly were enjoying a week in the mountains! My parents travelled from West Virginia to stay with us. It is a much longer drive for them, but they love Elk Springs Resort as much as we do.

We stopped at the Smoky National Park Visitor's Center and picked up a few driving guides for the area. A friendly park representative told us that early morning was the best time to see animals roaming in Cade's Cove. The next morning we left the cabin before daylight (thank goodness for the coffee pot in the kitchen!) to drive to Cade's Cove. Not long after we arrived, we spotted two black bears eating and playing in the low branches of a tree along the road. We took many pictures of the animals, beautiful mountain views, and historic buildings. I highly recommend the Roaring Fork Loop drive and encourage you to ride with the windows open if the weather permits. The smells and sounds of the fresh water running down the mountains, and the sounds of birds throughout the woods are quite refreshing! We learned the history of the park and the settlers who lived there before the park was created. We purchased a tour pamphlet from the Visitor's Center which explained many details we would have otherwise missed. We hiked to Grotto Falls from Roaring Fork. The hike was a two-mile stretch mostly uphill on the way to the falls. The temperature was much cooler there, and the view of three falls cascading through the wooded area was beautiful.

While we enjoyed touring the National Park, visiting local shops in the arts and crafts community (Alewine Pottery and Apple Annie's are my favorites!), and a little shopping at the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, we truly enjoyed spending time in our cabin. The resort is perfect for walking in the evenings, and admiring beautiful sunsets. After our hike to Grotto Falls, the hot tub was perfect for relaxing and winding down. The best part of our vacation was enjoying time together. We are grateful for such a comfortable place to gather, and we look forward to bringing other friends and family for future visits.

 

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