AT Interlude: Gatlinburg TN

Date:  Sunday to Wednesday – 19-21 May 2014

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is an interesting town.

It’s obsessed with pancakes. There are, literally, dozens of pancakeries around town.

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There are also a lot of streams and creeks and rivers running through town, and every hotel worth its salt offers a balcony or a terrace or a porch with a view.

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There are some funky buildings. It’s like a mini-Dubai!

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It’s home to the world’s largest collection of salt and pepper shakers.

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There’s an adorable trolley you can ride.

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It’s a great place to visit if you have a sweet tooth.

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It’s also a great place to visit if you’ve ever wanted a Confederate belt buckle, a Smoky Mountain troll or a jar of corn cob jelly.

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There are a lot of family-friendly attractions with elaborate window displays.

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(I’m still sad I didn’t get to play Circus Blacklight mini golf.)

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There’s also alcohol. Oh god, so much alcohol. You can have moonshine!

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Or wine!

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Or whiskey!

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Or beer!

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Once you’re tired of drinking, you can listen to live music.

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Added bonus:  There’s always at least one amateur clogger in the audience.

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After the show, you can try to ride a mechanical donkey.

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Or, if you’re lucky enough to run into some fellow hikers, you can win second place at the Smoky Mountain Brewery’s Tuesday Trivia night competition.

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When you’ve had all the fun you can handle, and you’re strolling back to your hotel room overlooking a stream, creek or river, you can stop to feed the ducks, admire the neon, and, if you’re really lucky, have a brief chat with a woman who carries around a monkey dressed in a floral onesie.

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GATLINBURG!!

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