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Sunday, August 21, 2011

My Family Loves Tennessee!

My family likes Tennessee. In fact, we love it. I know I have talked a little bit about our globe-trotting, but we do a fair amount of site-seeing around the United States, too. And any part of Tennessee is always a fun trip. We have been to the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg areas numerous times with them, and they have really enjoyed Nashville and even Memphis. It is a beautiful state with a lot of neat historical and cultural sites. There's just something to do for everyone.

On this week's trip to Pigeon Forge, we did a lot of strolling around cute little parts of the town we'd never been before. For instance, we had never visited the Old Mill walking district. There is this great restaurant where we had lunch, and little old-fashioned shops with locally-made goods. And the restaurant shown above had the wide variety of traditional country fare, as well as a surprising touch of country club-esque cuisine.

This is our lunch trip and the beginning of our exploring:

 Behind the Old Mill Restaurant

 The actual mill

 Looking at the ducks and pigeons near the water

The ducks below are difficult to see among the rocks in this picture

We missed out on the mill tour. I don't even think we realized there was one until we looked back at this picture!

 Upcycled wind chime, made from pots, pans, lids, and the odd coffee mug.

 Better view of the wild life on the way into the restaurant.

 View of the river outside the window of the restaurant.

Even though my family ordered things like dumplings, roast beef stew, fried chicken, and catfish, I ordered the veggie broccoli and almond quiche, with fresh fruit, and pecan muffins.

 Posing in the restaurant.

 A cute tinman made from left-over food cans. My children thought the pull-tab nose was especially creative.

 The beginning of our exploring.

 This was the place I nearly couldn't leave. 

Here's a little taste!

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed your trip to Tennessee! There's so much to do in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area, and you found two of my favorite places! You really should have splurged and tried the chicken fried steak at The Old Mill! Although I'm only 30 minutes away, I don't get over there very often because the tourists are taking over! LOL Maybe I should head over one morning AFTER everyone's back in school and BEFORE the leaves start to change. That's the only time of the year the traffic isn't crazy!


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