This cabin was 4 stories high. It boasted 8 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 3 hot tubs, a home theater, a playroom (with pool, foosball, air hockey, arcade games), and breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains. I should mention it was affordable too. The cost for the entire weekend was $280 per couple (we had 6 couples altogether).
The cabin mansion was nestled atop a beatific winding road in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Smoky Mountains loomed nearby in gradient colors of blue. Our friends all have children but this trip was solely for adults. Not to say children wouldn’t have a great time at the cabin, but our friends wanted a children’s getaway to get some serious, uninterrupted, drinking time in.
Kieran and I were the last couple to arrive, only because we live the furthest away. By the time we got there, our friends already had time to chug some beer and wine and get situated in the game room. The room erupted in applause when Kieran and I walked into the playroom and after 9 hours of driving, we were ready to blow off steam.
The playroom was amazing. As I mentioned it had a pool, air hockey, and foosball table. Within 5 minutes of arriving at the cabin mansion, Kieran and I had drinks in hand, as we competed in air hockey. Speaking of competition, our friends Julie and Dan are the most competitive couple we know. They take foosball to a level of seriousness that borderlines hysterical. They get really into the game and shout hilariously at each other if the other person messes up. If Julie and Dan are on the same team, there is no way any of us could beat them, they are ridiculously good. Splitting Julie and Dan up, on opposite teams, was the only way anyone else could win a game. So split them up we did, often.
One of the coolest features of the cabin mansion was the elevator. We were kind of surprised the ONLY stairs were located outside, on the side of the cabin. Inside, the elevator was the only way to travel between floors. The elevator’s biggest downfall was the sliding door that needed to be closed before it could move. As long as we remembered to close the sliding door after exiting, people could call the elevator to whatever floor they’re on. Sounds like no big deal right? WRONG! We were drinking copious amounts of alcohol, so when one of us would take the elevator to another floor to fetch more alcohol or explore the cabin, we would inevitably leave the sliding door open, stranding everyone else on another floor. If you were the stranded person you had to use the outside staircase and hunt down which floor the elevator was stuck on.
On Saturday, we researched places to get breakfast and Kieran found a little gem called The Applewood, Restaurant situated next to an apple barn and cider mill in Sevierville, TN. Sevierville is next door to Pigeon Fort. Its main strip is reminiscent of the Wisconsin Dell’s main strip. Tourist shops, go-cart race tracks, family orientated restaurants, and carnival rides stretch as far as the eye can see. I mentioned before this particular trip was free of kids, but Sevierville is family friendly. The Dollywood amusement park is close by, so if you’re looking for a fun vacation spot to keep both adults and children entertained, Sevierville, TN has what you’re looking for!
The Applewood was fantastic. When you walk up to the restaurant you’re hit with a heavenly aroma of apple donuts and apple cider. The Applewood is an old house converted into a working restaurant. When they lead you to your table, you’re taken down hallways and pass room after room of tables. The waitresses wore old-timey dresses that appeared to have come directly from the set of “Little House On The Prairie.” Our meal came with complimentary hot homemade apple fritters and apple-cinnamon butter, which were divine. Next door you can buy souvenirs, the restaurant’s signature jam and jellies, and fresh apples at the Apple Mill.
We had a late breakfast, so we didn’t get hungry again until dinner. Our friends stopped off at the Mellow Mushroom on Friday, before reaching the cabin. The Mellow Mushroom is an excellent pizza joint. It’s Julie’s favorite pizza place in town with good reason because the pizza is phenomenal! Each person purchased a medium or large pizza and brought the leftovers back to the cabin. Our fridge looked like a college dorm room stocked full with pizza boxes, beer, and wine. It was a thing of beauty!
Julie and Dan rent a cabin in Pigeon Forge annually with their buddies, this was Kieran and my second time but it won’t be our last!
The BEST feature of the cabin are the views of the Smoky Mountains! The cabin has 4 floors, each with a deck overlooking the valley and Smokies in the distance. The only bummer is all of the cabin development in the area. It was difficult to take a mountain picture without the roof tops of other cabins in the shot.
I’m currently on the road, moving to Portland OR. The internet connection is not strong in our hotel, so I was unable to provide any links to the cabin or restaurants.
Once Kieran and I are settled into Portland, I’ll update the posts with all the links so you can take a look!
Safe travels everyone!