5 out of 5 stars

First time in a Cabin

Reviewer: Julie and Marc from McLeansboro, IL - Thursday, August 02, 2012


Cabin: Picture Perfect

We arrived at our Gatlinburg cabin and stayed the first week of July. So our entire visit was about 7 seven days. This was our first visit to any cabin, including Elk Spring Resorts. We stayed at Elk Spring Resorts for a special occasion. It was our honeymoon! We chose Gatlinburg because we have always been told how beautiful it is, and because it was recommended by a friend of mine. One of my friends had recently gotten married and her and her husband decided to have their honeymoon at an Elk Springs Resort cabin. She had posted some pictures on her Facebook account, and talked about how they had such a great time, so I asked her where she had stayed. She told me and I looked up more information online.

We love everything about the cabin! One of the first 'pluses' about the cabin was the fact that there were two bathrooms! I also liked the fact that the cabin was fully stocked with linens, towels, cooking utensils, toilet paper, dish soap, lighters; anything extra that we might need the cabin already had. We loved the hot tub and the jacuzzi tub. It was too warm for the sauna (being that it was July) but if it was winter time it would have been perfect! The bed was something that we loved. We were actually going to check to see what kind it was so we could order one for ourselves because it was so comfortable! My husband NEVER sleeps in, and we weren't up until about ten every morning. He gave credit to the bed being so comfortable.

During our stay we ate the Hard Rock Cafe, some of the small restaurants on the way to gatlinburg, and grilled out at our cabin. We drove through the Smoky Mountains to Cherokee, North Carolina, where we did some gambling at Harrah's casino. The view on the way through the mountains was beautiful! We went to Pigeon Forge and checked out some of the sites and visited an indoor zoo while we were there. In gatlinburg, we went to Ripley's aquarium. We also visited a small ice cream/candy shop almost daily. I can't remember the name of it, but it was about halfway between our resort and Gatlinburg, next to the Woodworker's store. The owner was really nice and the ice cream was really good! We also ordered pizza from the pizza place down the road. It was good! Other than that, we stayed in the cabin for a lot of relaxation.

Our favorite time was probably the time that we spent in the cabin. It was so nice to just be able to relax with nothing to do and to not be on a schedule. My favorite place that I ate was the Hard Rock Cafe.

For our next visit, I would love to do more site seeing! My whole goal on our visit was to see a bear, and I never did. I am hoping next time we will get out more so that I will actually be able to see one! I am thinking the place that we were told (by the owner of the ice cream/candy store) to drive through was Cade's Cove, and to drive through either at dawn or dusk to see a bear. We never made it, but I would like to do that next time.

I'm not sure what the 'off season' would be, but I would probably visit when there wasn't a big event going on. We were there over the fourth, which is during the midnight parade, and it was very crowded. I think I would rather visit when it wasn't so busy. There wouldn't be as long of a wait for some of the things that we wanted to see, but didn't because the lines were too long.

 

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