The first year we got together, we stayed in Gatlinburg, Tn. We loved it! We had this wonderful condo we rented with four bedrooms (most of them with two double beds) and five baths. We had so much closet space the ladies were all jealous. We only wished we had that much closet space at home.
Because the condo was so large, we were all able to stay together. This was our goal when searching for a place to stay. In order to keep costs down, we wanted to be able to cook instead of eating out. After all, we didn't get to see each other very often so we wanted to break bread together.
Speaking of kitchen duties, we decided that each family would take one day and cook breakfast and dinner. That meant for our five day vacation, we only had to cook one day! Sounded like vacation to us!
We did manage to see a few of the sights in Gatlinburg. We took in a arts & crafts fair at the convention center. Some of us went to Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum. We visited Ober Gatlinburg. The kids enjoyed this. I rode the ski lift with one of my daughters. We did the Ripley's Moving Theatre. We drove through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We rode the go-karts and played miniature golf. And we did some shopping. The days just flew. My Dad saw a black bear near the trash cans. When he told us about it, one of my brother-in-laws grabbed his video camera and followed it out to the woods! But, he made it home safely. When we watch that video, we enjoy how the camera was shaking and how out of breath he was tracking that black bear.
Before we knew it, it was time to head home. But, the good news was we knew we were doing this again in two years. And, we had decided to return to the Gatlinburg area since there was so much to do that we hadn't done yet.