LeeAnn, I wish I had folks living in the Smokies. Our friends that we go with has a time share condo, so that's just about as good.
We always do a lot of shopping in the outlet malls, but the economy is so bad that a lot of them are closing up. We were so dissapointed that some of our favorite outlet stores are closed or getting ready to close.
We drove over the mountain into Cherokee and it had really changed since the last time I was there which has been a while. Then we drove on to Maggie Valley. I always thought it was such a beautiful place. A lot of the little shops that was on the side of the road had closed. I'm hoping it was maybe because of the time of year. It really hasn't gotten into the major tourist season yet.
I also remember Silver Dollar City back when I was young, but I never went to the park. Sad to say I haven't even been to Dollywood because I always thought it would wear me out too much. We used to go to the shows at night, but they have gotten pretty expensive. Jeff Stice that plays piano with the Triumph Quartet at the Miracle Theater was raised in my hometown. Before they went on the road he would always have free tickets for us, but all good things come to an end.
We have been to the Dixie Stampede a few times, but didn't go this time.
Most of all we ate! I love the choice of restaurants down there. Golden Corral at Pigeon Forge is my favorite. I ate three rolls the night we ate there. Ummmm!
We usually try to go at least once a year on spring break and again sometimes at fall break. Last year we went for three days in November and they had just turned all the Christmas lights on and that is the first time I've got to see them. They were breathtaking. I had never seen anything so beautiful.
I hope you have a great time at Easter down there. Maybe the weather will be good for you. We hit it lucky and it was warm all week. We didn't even have to wear a jacket at night. It just started raining the day we came home.
Let me know about your trip when you get back.
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!