Posts Tagged ‘Maggie Valley’

I feel like I start a lot of my posts with amazing, awesome, fantastic…. and yet again, here I go.

Reid and Wendy invited us for a week long adventure in her parent’s cabin in Maggie Valley, NC, and it was… well, awe-inspiring.  We made a road trip out of the adventure and headed out bright and really early on Monday morning, July 2.  The week was meant to be carefree and relaxed, no major plans, and lots of fun.

Monday afternoon and evening:  After what seemed like forever in the car, we finally made it to North Georgia, and Tallulah Gorge, http://www.gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge.  It is a spectacular canyon, in what seems like the middle of nowhere.  Down the road is the fantastic Goats on the Roof, http://www.goats-on-the-roof.com/Welcome.html, and Richard fed the goats!  Dinner was at Fat Buddies, in Waynesville, NC, http://www.fatbuddiesribsandbbq.com.  Pulling up to the cabin, I felt like we were pulling up to the real life version of the Lincoln Logs!

Tuesday:  Joey’s Pancake House, http://www.joeyspancake.com, was a delicious way to begin the day…. a tiny place, a line out the door, and totally worth the wait.  We headed off in the car and drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s a beautiful drive and totally worth all the twists and turns, we stopped and hiked at Waterrock Knob Trail, the point of highest elevation (6053 feet!), Black Balsam – Art Loeb Trail, Graveyard Fields Trail and the Lower Falls.  We had a picnic lunch while sitting in the middle of the river, and napped in the Pisgah National Forest.  We headed back to the cabin that evening and walked along the creek, so relaxing!

Wednesday:  4th of July!  Research prior to our trip revealed that Maggie Valley was going to sponsor a fireworks show, http://www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org/rwb.  So, we headed to Waynesville for the day, and wandered around downtown, lunch was at Nick and Nate’s, http://nickandnatespizza.com, a bit of a wait and some not so great service, but the food was good!  The fireworks show started a little late, and had a bizarre start/stop pattern, but was otherwise pretty good.  Nothing compared to Bar Harbor fireworks!

Thursday:  We headed into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm, stopping at the Mountain Farm Museum, Mingus Mill, and Clingman’s Dome.  The North Carolina/Tennessee State Line is in the middle of the park, and we stopped there for the obligatory photo op!  Again prior planning had us headed to Gatlinburg, TN, for the night.  Dinner was at The Peddler Steakhouse, http://peddlergatlinburg.com.  Amid the rain, we headed over at opening time, and still had a wait!  It was a buffet style salad bar, peddlers that cut the meat at your table, and dessert that was too die for!

Friday:  After a night in the most unpleasant of hotels, we set out for Cade’s Cove.  Unfortunately, a windstorm had blown through the night before and quite a bit of damage was done.  We were not allowed to enter the Cove, and instead set out to see what else might be around, and wandered through Wears Valley.  The Rail Road Museum wasn’t open, but the displays outside were pretty neat.  Lunch was at Grandmother’s Kitchen, and then we set off for an afternoon of “antiquing.”  That evening we took a leisurely drive back to Maggie Valley.

Saturday and Sunday:  Nothing too exciting, headed back into Waynesville for some last minute souveniors, downtown Maggie Valley for ice cream and then clean-up at the cabin.  Dinner on our last night was at Butts on the Creek BBQ, http://www.mountainshops.com/wnc/butts_creek.html.  The food was good, Richard tried fried corn on the cob, and claims it tasted great!  There is an awesome glass blowing studio inside, and we picked up some early Christmas presents and two little doxies, one brown and one black!

What a great way to spend the week, many thanks to Reid and Wendy for the invite!!

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Posted: July 4, 2012 in Vacation
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from Maggie Valley, NC!!

What an amazing week out West!

Thanks to Richard’s boss, we were treated to a week out West, it was definitely a work trip for him, but we were allowed to have some fun too!  We were joined by coworker, Greg, and his wife, Michelle.  (Maybe I should say, we joined them??  Oh well, fun both ways!)

A quick breakdown, and then pictures.

Monday – we headed out of Orlando airport REALLY early, but landed in Vegas about 8:30am, their time.  We checked into the Bellagio Hotel, (yes, more awesome than the pictures make it out to be), and headed out to In N Out Burger, http://www.in-n-out.com, for lunch.  I had a glorious burger animal style, and it was just as I remembered, beautifully delicious.

After lunch, we headed to the set of Las Vegas Pawn Stars, http://gspawn.com.  The shop is smaller than it appears on television, and has a ton of memorabilia for sale, but it was super neat to walk around in.  There were a lot of items on display that we had seen in previous episodes and that was pretty neat.

The weather was HOT.  We headed to the pool and camped out at one of the FIVE pools on the hotel property… the one without kids.  Glorious.

Group decision for dinner was at Le Thai, http://www.lethaivegas.com/Le_Thai/HOME.html.  Only about 15 choices on the menu, everything was fresh and tasted delicious.

After dinner, we headed out along the street, which was part of the Neon Museum, http://www.neonmuseum.org.  Fremont Street Gallery had some of the really cool old neon signs, and we made our way to the Fremont Street Experience, where we witnessed the light and sound show, had ice cream while watching the free entertainment, and wandered among some of the oldest casinos still in operation.

Tuesday we had plans to head out early… out to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.  The Hoover Dam, http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam, was incredible, it is one of the modern wonders of the world, and when I look at it, I can see why.  Amazing the planning that went into the building of the dam, and how it stands today.  We stopped in Kingman, Arizona, for lunch at Mr. D’z Diner,  http://www.mrdzrt66diner.com, right on Route 66!

After lunch, I took a nap in the backseat as we headed along the route towards the Grand Canyon.  Talk about a road in the middle of nowhere.  From time to time, we could see trailers (some in groups, others not) and nothing else.

Next sign, Grand Canyon!  Yippee!  Probably one of the most exciting events on the trip, we stayed for about two hours, walked a bit on the South Rim, and I really realized just how small I am.  Holy smokes.  Amazing.

Dinner on our way back to Vegas was in a tiny (no more than 450 people) town called Seligman, at the Roadkill Cafe, http://www.route66seligmanarizona.com/The_Roadkill_Cafe.php.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the food was quite delectable.  Outside the cafe is is an old Arizona Territorial Jail and Old West storefronts which were lots of fun to take pictures in.

One of the most amazing sights to see is Vegas lit up at night.  Driving back, we turned a corner and came over a hill, Vegas was spread out in front of us, just like the movies!

Wednesday, the boys headed off to a convention, the true reason we were in the West, and Michelle and I headed out to find breakfast.  Driving in Vegas is a little hedgy, especially on the Strip, don’t even think it isn’t a parking lot!  So…. we headed off in one direction, in search of Coco’s Bakery, http://www.cocosbakery.com, which was a higher end Denny’s, delicious.  The pancakes were phenomenal.  With nonsensical directions, we finally made it back to the Strip, and found a bus to take us towards the other end of town.  We hit a mall, wandered around for a bit, and then decided that it was just too hot, and headed back to the pool.

The boys had to work til about  5:00pm, and then dinner was voted for Outback Steakhouse, thank you gift cards!  We met up with some of the guys Richard works with from time to time, and made our way back to the hotel.  Bellagio has an amazing water show, http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx, and we watched a performance of Singing in the Rain, which was just incredible.  You can see what we saw, here.  I wish we had been able to see the show from above, as I am sure it was even more impressive.  But, still cool, nonetheless.

Richard and I headed out to Bally’s, http://www.ballyslasvegas.com, and met up with Mallory.  Mallory is an old friend of the family, and she is currently dancing with Jubilee!  A classic, critically acclaimed, Vegas show, the dancers were all incredible.  Still can’t believe we got such amazing seats, and I was in awe for 90 minutes.  Kudos to the cast!

Richard got to stay on in Vegas for another night, I headed back to Bar Harbor for work over the weekend, with the good ole Maasdam.  After recovering from being sick all last week, the countdown is on, one week til Maggie Valley, North Carolina!

P.S.  I crossed #17 and #33 off my Bucket List!!

 

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