That's right. DiscoverCOS is ON THE ROAD AGAIN to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We found a fantastic fare for a non-stop flight from Denver to Knoxville on Colorado-based Frontier Airlines. We saved about $50 by including our car rental with the flight purchase. Tim at Avis took really good care of us. He gave us a Ford EcoSport for the three day adventure. With gas prices at $2.16/gallon we only used about $12 worth of fuel the entire time.
The drive between the airport and Pigeon Forge is very scenic. Along the way we stopped in at Apple Valley Farm and had a burger at the cafe. They have a "topping bar" to top off your burger any way you like.
We rented a mountain-top cabin nestled in Smoky Mountain Ridge, a beautiful resort with a natural park setting. It had all the amenities we needed for a fun-filled, autumn get-a-way.
We arrived at the Old Mill Restaurant precisely at noon, and parking was quite a challenge. With a little patience and a few times circling around I ended up with a great spot. There were eleven of us so we decided to have lunch at the Old Mill Cafe, directly across the street from the mill. Sheri told us the Ribeye Steak was awesome, and she was right! It was probably one of the best I've ever had. While we were here we discussed our plans for the afternoon.
HIKE TO LAUREL FALLS
While part of our group went shopping, a few of us decided to take a hike to Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
THE COMEDY BARN
After reconvening at the cabin for a delightful, home-cooked meal of barbeque ribs and chicken tenders we all went to The Comedy Barn for a night of good, family-friendly fun. Two members of our group were actually called on stage to be a part of the show.
Today we spent the day at Dollywood! Rides, shows, food. Did I say food? Each day our group expanded as others joined us or we met up unexpectedly with friends who also happened to be in the area. With more people came more opportunities to eat and snack. Don't miss the Cinnamon Bread at the Grist Mill!