Definitely worth getting up early for:


I slept like a rock, feeling the calmest and happiest that I’ve felt in… months? Sweet relief, this vacation to the Mountains is exactly what I needed in my life.


While the Husband would rather maximize his vacation by sleeping in, I would rather wake up early and watch the fog burn off the National Park’s mountains.  We’re so different, but I think we’re so successful as a couple because neither person tries to make the other bend to their preferences.  I can show him pictures later.  🙂



There’s an absolutely gorgeous dining room in this cabin, but…


Why have breakfast at the table when you can have it on the porch?  Ya’ll know how I feel about porches!


In the mix:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • Toppings: blueberries


One of the primary reasons we chose the cabin is because it has a full kitchen (in total, there’s a dining room, living room, two bathrooms, a pool table room, a laundry room, one bedroom, and two outside patios).  We looked at some fancy resorts but decided we’d like the feeling of being in a ‘house’ much more.  Plus, when one person is a vegetarian (me) and the other is a vegan (Huz), it’s not easy to find healthy food options in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! 


We brought dry foods from home and picked up produce on the drive over.  It’s perfect!


Off to get ready for a hiking excursion!



  • Trac August 25, 2010, 7:21 am

    I absolutely love to watch the sun rise and set in the mountains…it’s very relaxing. I hope you are enjoying your vacation.

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices August 25, 2010, 7:22 am

    It looks beautiful there! I love that you said you don’t try to get the other person be what they are not, that’s a happy couple 🙂 Enjoy yourselves!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 25, 2010, 7:25 am

    My BF and I are the same way- I’m an early bird, he likes to sleep in. Opposites attract, I guess 🙂 Those pictures are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  • Erica August 25, 2010, 7:27 am

    This is lovely. I really like your comment about not trying to get your significant other to be someone they are not, I think that is so true. Have a wonderful day, you deserve it!

  • Tina August 25, 2010, 7:27 am

    What a beautiful way to start the day! Enjoy the hike. I adore hiking and can’t wait to see your pictures of it.

  • Wei-Wei August 25, 2010, 7:27 am

    The Huz is now officially a vegan?! Enjoy your holiday dear 😉

  • Melissa August 25, 2010, 7:28 am

    Wow,that view looks amazingly peaceful! Enjoy your hike. 🙂

  • Trish @IamSucceeding August 25, 2010, 7:30 am

    THAT is absolutely gorgeous…views we see often here in Maine…which is why I never wanna move 😉

  • Lexie August 25, 2010, 7:32 am

    That really makes me want to take a trip to the mountains…they are my favorite place to be. I bet the weather feels awesome! Enjoy your time!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 25, 2010, 7:32 am

    What, vegan/vegetarian is not popular in TN? Shocking! Just kidding, my husband is from TN and his parents give me the hardest time about my eating habits. It looks beautiful there. So glad you are enjoying some tranquil time! I hope you have a great day!

  • Megan August 25, 2010, 7:33 am

    If possible, I’d love to know where you’re renting the cabin from! I live about 2 hrs from Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, and just seeing these photos makes me want to rent a cabin for a weekend in September or October with my husband. He loves to hike, so I think it’d be a perfect break for us around that time. If possible, could you email me a link to the cabin rental place? It’s a beautiful cabin!

    • caitlin August 25, 2010, 7:53 am

      emailing you now!

      • Melissa August 25, 2010, 8:13 am

        Me too! I’d love to plan a getaway there. The treadmill with the view sold me. Have a wonderful time! 🙂

        • Sara August 25, 2010, 9:21 am

          Yes, please share the name of the cabin rental company. I’m sure it’s crazy hilly to run outside – the treadmills would be needed!

      • Alicia August 25, 2010, 9:21 am

        Your picture post and this last post brought tears to my eyes….beautiful and a sign that I need a “real” vacay with my guy. We live in Cleveland and have talked about taking a trip to TN. Any info you can provide would be great! ENJOY you definitely deserve it!

    • Neha August 25, 2010, 9:58 am

      I too would love to get any info about this cabin.

    • Susan @ Journey for Health August 25, 2010, 12:40 pm

      I would love to get the info about this cabin. It’s gorgeous and looks so serene. It might be a wonderful place to go over the summer in between my grad school years 🙂

  • Christie {Honoring Health} August 25, 2010, 7:34 am


    My husband and I are the same way. He could give a rats ass about watching the sun rise or the fog break. He just wants to watch the back of his eyelids. And I just go with it, I use that time as the time to just be with myself and do my own thing. Then, when I hit the hay earlier than he does, he does the same thing.

  • Chelsey August 25, 2010, 7:34 am

    That looks beautiful – I stayed in the there abefore a long long time ago, and I must say… I need to go again because it’s gorgeous!

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Moutaintops August 25, 2010, 7:35 am

    I am such an early bird, and spent this weekend in the mountains watching the sun rise and set over them. I, too, stayed in a place with a kitchen (and a farm stand right outside) so I could eat my own food and have coffee at 5am instead of waiting for some place to open at a decent hour.

    I cannot wait to see pictures of your hike!

  • Lynn @ The Next Chapter August 25, 2010, 7:47 am

    Wow! What a stunning view to wake up to. I’d be having my breakfast on the patio too! Can’t wait to see pics from your hike.

  • Katrina August 25, 2010, 7:49 am

    this is stunning! enjoy!

  • jen August 25, 2010, 7:49 am

    Once you leave can you let us know where you stayed? that place looks awesome! (and hopefully not too expensive?!)


    • caitlin August 25, 2010, 7:54 am

      yes and i’ll email it to you now too. it really isn’t so bad!

      • caitlin August 25, 2010, 7:56 am

        your mailbox is full 🙂

  • The Hot and Fit August 25, 2010, 7:51 am

    It looks so gorgeous I am quite jealous!! Have an awesome time – you deserve it!

  • Rachael August 25, 2010, 7:52 am

    Great comment: “We’re so different, but I think we’re so successful as a couple because neither person tries to make the other bend to their preferences.”

    Thanks. Sometimes I need to remember that in my relationship 🙂

    Have a restful, rejuvenating vacation!

  • Lisa August 25, 2010, 7:54 am

    Gorgeous pics Caitlin! Enjoy the rest of your vacation – you deserve it!

  • Monika @ ForeverImprovingGirl August 25, 2010, 7:54 am

    What an amazing vacation – the photos are breathtaking! I almost feel like I’m taking a little vicarious vacation just looking at them…

    I’m with you on the “waking up early” thing. I used to “treat” myself by sleeping in late whenever I had the chance but lately I’ve realized that the real treat is waking up early and having leisurely time to myself in the morning. I love mornings!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous August 25, 2010, 8:00 am

    So the hubs is officially vegan now? Maybe I missed it somewhere! I knew he was sort of in the transition phase! Do you think you’d ever go vegan with him?

    Looks beautiful there!

    • caitlin August 25, 2010, 8:03 am

      he eats vegan about 95% of the time but makes exceptions occasionally for eggs when he’s in a pinch.

      i will probably never go vegan…. I think I like yogurt too much.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 25, 2010, 8:03 am

    Wow, that view is spectacular. I’m not an early riser by any stretch of the imagination but even I would wake up early to see that. (And then go back to bed, of course.)

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward August 25, 2010, 8:05 am

    It looks beautiful there, what a view! That cabin is gorgeous and looks like a place where you could just completely relax.

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward August 25, 2010, 8:05 am

    It looks beautiful there, what a view! That cabin is gorgeous and looks like a place where you could just completely relax.

  • Shari August 25, 2010, 8:07 am

    Oh wow, what a view!!

  • Nicole - August 25, 2010, 8:07 am

    I stayed in a cabin with friends in the same place just 2 weeks ago. It was beautiful! I even enjoyed running outside even though the hills were 90* angles. Have a nice vacay!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 25, 2010, 8:09 am

    My boyfriend and I are the same. I get up early and he likes to sleep in. I have learned to use that time for me stuff like reading and blogging. Then when he’s up and ready to go I am too!

  • Kimberly August 25, 2010, 8:09 am

    That place looks amazing. I would also like the information for making plans to go there. My bf and I have some opposite traits that remind me of the way you and your hubby work your relationship.

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife August 25, 2010, 8:10 am

    I’m glad ya’ll took a vacation! Your post listing everything that has been going on in the last two months made ME exhausted just thinking about it all!

    The Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful! I only got a taste of them on my road trip from Connecticut to Texas when I moved here… I would love to go to a place like that.

    Enjoy your MUCH deserved vacation!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries August 25, 2010, 8:11 am

    OMG, Caitlin!! GORGEOUS! I am so happy you are taking the time to relax. Mr. KD and I are exactly the same: he sleeps and I’m up and at ’em. I tease him and say I’ve accomplished more by 9AM than he has all day 😉

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 25, 2010, 8:16 am

    oohh is the husband a proper vegan now?
    stunning views!

  • Neen @ Broadn Bean to Runner Bean August 25, 2010, 8:16 am

    WOW looks amazing! totally amazing, i wish i could go somewhere like that right now, i’m in desperate need of a holiday!! have fun!

  • Laura August 25, 2010, 8:18 am

    What a GORGEOUS view!!!! Too bad Tennessee is too far from me or I’d be heading there in a heart beat! 🙂

  • Marisa @Loser for Life August 25, 2010, 8:18 am

    We love having a kitchen when we vacation at the beach. Eating out every day gets a little old after a while, so it’s nice to have the option of cooking!

    Enjoy your hike!

  • whitney August 25, 2010, 8:22 am

    that kitchen is amazing.

    A kitchen is my favorite part of any house/place

  • Ella August 25, 2010, 8:23 am

    I went up to Pigeon Forge last year before Christmas and stayed in a cabin.. it was absolutely beautiful ! And festive with all the lights and decorations. My family is going back again soon… the view from that cabin looks better than any other I’ve seen. Through which company did you find the cabin ?

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 25, 2010, 8:36 am

    I can’t believe you’re only staying for a couple days! Convince the hubs to stay the whole week 🙂

  • Lizzy @ LBBakes August 25, 2010, 8:37 am

    Oh my gosh, I need to escape to TN right now! That looks beautiful. Enjoy your time away! 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 25, 2010, 8:37 am

    Oh my gosh, that looks SO serene!!!! Enjoy!

  • Brooke - One Healthy Cookie August 25, 2010, 8:37 am

    So beautiful! Enjoy your stay. You deserve it!

  • Monique@FindingtheCouragetoChange August 25, 2010, 8:45 am

    It looks so beautiful, so happy for you getting your well deserved break!

  • Anne August 25, 2010, 8:45 am

    Oh wow what a gorgeous sunrise! Enjoy the rest of your day – that cabin looks awesome!!

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit August 25, 2010, 8:46 am

    I am so envious! That looks absolutely beautiful… I love in the last post the picture of you on the treadmill with that gorgeous view! How I wish I could live somewhere like that permanently!

  • Colleen August 25, 2010, 8:46 am

    Breath taking views!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 25, 2010, 8:47 am

    I can’t believe that view!! What an amazing place for a vacation 🙂

  • Brittany August 25, 2010, 8:50 am

    You are making me wish I could go home!! 🙂 We got engaged on top of The Chimney’s.. great hike by the way! Knoxville isn’t too far away and they have GREAT vegan options. My fav place to eat there is Tomato Head. You all should check it out one night. 🙂

  • Jessica August 25, 2010, 8:51 am

    I think I looked at those same cabins! I’ve been wanting to go to the mountains for so long now, and when you mentioned on the blog that you were there I started looking for some deals for the fall.

  • Liza @ Health Nutting August 25, 2010, 8:54 am

    Love the early morning 🙂 What beautiful views, wow. When I see views like that, I’m just reminded of how beautiful and incredible the world is and how I’m just a tiny part of it, very comforting in a way. Have fun!

  • lisasfoods August 25, 2010, 9:03 am

    Stunning photos of the sunrise. I would love to go to the Smoky Mountains one day, or even just to anywhere in the South to do some more exploring than what I’ve already done.

    When I travel, I love to have a kitchen, so at least breakfast (and sometimes lunch) can be eaten in. It makes for cozy getaways.

  • Becca August 25, 2010, 9:04 am

    Beautiful. I live in the Blue Ridge Mtns. and wake up every morning thankful for it all. I hope your vacation is wonderful – you deserve it!

  • Nicole August 25, 2010, 9:06 am

    Absolutely gorgeous way to spend your morning. Enjoy your hike today!

  • rebecca lustig August 25, 2010, 9:07 am

    wow, i think i got some peace of mind just looking at your pics. <3

  • Dana P. August 25, 2010, 9:12 am

    I’ve stayed in those cabins! Such a beautiful place. You should check out Dollywood if you’re into theme parks.

  • Penny August 25, 2010, 9:16 am

    What a perfect vacation. That cabin is absolutely beautiful. It is just what I would choose.
    Hope you guys have a fantastic time.

  • Kelly August 25, 2010, 9:17 am

    When I was in high school, I went on a hiking trip through those mountains for a week, and the early morning foggy views are the best!

    Enjoy your relaxing break, you deserve it!


  • Stacey August 25, 2010, 9:21 am

    😀 It looks amazing! Have fun on your hiking excursion..totally makes me miss being in the mountains. (I didn’t know your husband was vegan!! That came as a surprise to me!) Have fun Caitlin!

  • Kelly August 25, 2010, 9:22 am

    That place is gorgeous! Sounds amazing, I want that kitchen in my house, haha.

  • Gretchen August 25, 2010, 9:23 am

    Enjoy your “get away” ! It looks breath-taking.

    would love the rental info if you wouldn’t mind passing it along…

  • Angela August 25, 2010, 9:28 am

    What a gorgeous cabin. I love staying in homes rather than resorts, I feel like I’m more relaxed. Lovely breakfast!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 25, 2010, 9:29 am

    I love having a kitchen on vacation. It’s the best!

  • brandi August 25, 2010, 9:29 am

    Having a view like that every morning is my goal in life. We want a house on a mountain top with no neighbors and a huge porch to enjoy it ourselves.

    Looks like a perfect place to unwind together 🙂

    I love Tennessee! We’re just 2 hours from the border.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 25, 2010, 9:30 am

    I am currently looking up cabins for J and I to rent in northern MN. We need to get out of town and your pics make me want to have a little getaway! Have a great time hiking!

  • Emily August 25, 2010, 9:30 am

    My brother lived there throughout his college summers. We was a raft guide on the Pigeon river! We visited a few times – it’s BEAUTIFUL! And they have an amazing brewery pretty close!

  • stephanie August 25, 2010, 9:32 am

    so calming and gorgeous there! my boyfriend and i are the same way – i love to wake up early on weekends and he seriously could sleep til noon (and often does hmph!)

    that kitchen at your lodge has all the same appliances as mine – now if only i could have the cute cabin to go with 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 25, 2010, 9:35 am

    You found one BAD-ASS cabin. Looks heavenly… what’s the weather like??

    I’m with you… I love getting up in the mornings and relaxing on the porch!

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 25, 2010, 9:35 am

    Thank you for sharing these photos. I have been so homesick lately, and these pictures of the mountains were just what I needed.

    And I love Pigeon Forge! Any plans to go to Dollywood?

  • Allie August 25, 2010, 9:45 am

    oh, so beautiful!! i grew up summering and wintering in the mountains and i think that a mountain sunrise is truly spectacular. thank you for posting your pictures. i really would love to go there.

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 25, 2010, 9:50 am

    I didn’t know that you were a vegetarian and your husband was a vegan! That is awesome. 🙂

  • Sarah @Gluten-free tries Vegan August 25, 2010, 9:52 am

    Such beautiful pictures in this and the last post, I’m actually moved to tears. I’m so happy that you get to relax and enjoy our planet’s natural beauty and your beloved. xxx

  • Sara August 25, 2010, 9:52 am

    Wow! Amazing view. I loved Pigeon Forge when I was there. Enjoy your time!

  • Julie August 25, 2010, 9:57 am

    I love how you let your husband be himself. After 10 years of marriage, I still find it hard to not try to “bend” him.

  • Scargosun August 25, 2010, 10:00 am

    I so want to go there someday. This is as close to camping as the DH will get I think .;)

  • SaraRM August 25, 2010, 10:02 am

    “I think we’re so successful as a couple because neither person tries to make the other bend to their preferences.” EXACTLY THIS!! I couldnt agree more. My hus and I are the exact same, in fact as I type he is still in bed and prob will be or an hour +. Hey, its about making each other both happy! (and cough cough having separate bathrooms cough)I know you always get blasted for that but we do it too 🙂

  • Jess August 25, 2010, 10:08 am

    So glad you’re able to relax!

    There are so many wonderful trails for day hikes if you all are leaning towards that – definitely look out for Abrams Falls, Alum Cave Bluff, Ramsey Cascades, and Rainbow Falls. All beautiful!

  • ActiveEggplant August 25, 2010, 10:08 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! My husband and I vacation every year in the the mountains in GA – it’s so relaxing and such a beautiful place!

    Hope you two are enjoying the getaway!

  • Abby August 25, 2010, 10:11 am

    I have been reading your blog daily! My family took a trip to Pigeon Forge a few years ago and we stayed in cabins (honestly they might be the same ones as those). It was such a great trip! Have a great time!!!

  • Marina August 25, 2010, 10:14 am

    This looks beautiful!
    A perfect spot for a perfect vacation.
    Enjoy 😉

  • Melissa August 25, 2010, 10:20 am

    What beautiful pictures!!!! I live in Virginia out in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I LOVE daybreak here. Have a wonderful time, Caitlin. 🙂

  • Camille August 25, 2010, 10:20 am

    What an amazing vacation.
    I would love to go there someday!

  • Emily @ Run Emily Run August 25, 2010, 10:28 am

    So gorgeous! I wish I was going hiking today instead of sitting at my desk…

  • August 25, 2010, 10:34 am

    ive never seen a cabin with a top notch oven, stove, fridge, or anything! that would be amazing to stay in!!

  • Mandy A August 25, 2010, 10:35 am

    oh my goodness it’s so beautiful there!!! Enjoy your time!

  • lynn August 25, 2010, 10:38 am

    oh i’m not even going to pretend i’m not a little bit jealous! What a wonderful place! enjoy…

  • Julia @ Brit Bride August 25, 2010, 10:47 am

    I feel jealous. I need a vacation!

    p.s. thanks for your comments about your book – will order from


  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 25, 2010, 10:47 am

    oh my gosh, how gorgeous! i hope you guys enjoy your day!

  • Liz August 25, 2010, 10:51 am

    I went to school at Tennessee and really miss being so close to some great hiking trails. If you want a really fun yet challenging hike, do Chimeny Tops and make sure to bring your camera. The view from the top is amazing!!!

  • Juani August 25, 2010, 10:52 am

    That cabin looks like the absolutely ideal place to get away from everything and everyone.Enjoy it!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 25, 2010, 10:52 am

    Wow! That really is a nice kitchen. You’ll save so much money making your own food, too!

  • Sarah August 25, 2010, 10:53 am

    I am very jealous–I feel the same way about my father’s home in the ADK Mountains in upstate NY–complete and total relaxation!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat August 25, 2010, 10:56 am

    I adore Pigeon Forge, but you are right, the food options are limited. My husband and I are quite different too but neither would make the other change 🙂 At least you two eat similar, haha, I’m vegan and my husband is all meat and potatoes. Enjoy the rest of your time on vacation!

  • eatmovelove August 25, 2010, 10:57 am

    Wow. So I want that kitchen…actually the whole cabin. IT’s like a mansion compared to what I live in 🙁

    Great pictures! (p.s – do you find the milk and water makes the oatmeal too liquidy? do you microwave it all and stir beforehand?)

  • AngelaOSG August 25, 2010, 10:59 am

    I think that is the most beautiful bowl of oatmeal I have ever seen!!

  • Nicole August 25, 2010, 11:08 am

    Wow, that view is incredible! You’re making me want to pack up and get my booty over there immediately!

  • Amanda August 25, 2010, 11:08 am

    We were just there a few weeks ago…Top of Bluff Mountain, I loved it!
    Have fun! We used our kitchen every single night!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa August 25, 2010, 11:10 am

    Having been to Pigeon Forge I can agree that there is a lack of healthy options.

  • Lisa August 25, 2010, 11:16 am

    I would eat breakfast outside too. It looks like a heavenly place to unwind!

  • Emily August 25, 2010, 11:18 am

    My husband and I love No Way Jose’s next to the aquarium. Cheap and delicious. And we are vegetarians.

  • K August 25, 2010, 11:18 am

    Gosh, I could really go for a mountain vacation right now. No fancy dinners, no socializing just nature and relaxation and good home-cooked food. Perfect!

  • Amber@momsgottheruns August 25, 2010, 11:19 am

    How beautiful! Just looking at the pictures made me feel relaxed!

  • marie [would] August 25, 2010, 11:21 am

    awww, it’s beeee-u-t-ful!

  • Stacey@ August 25, 2010, 11:23 am

    That is a great cabin, absolutely love that view.

  • Dorry August 25, 2010, 11:26 am

    So nice and relaxing! Billy and I are the same – he’ll sleep in for hours after I’m awake. It’s one of the only areas we really differ…and we stay up too late chatting. 🙂

  • Tracey August 25, 2010, 11:29 am

    A sense of clam comes over me just looking at these pictures. The views are so pretty and the cabin looks amazing!

  • Amber K August 25, 2010, 11:35 am

    I’m definitely the one who sleeps in, while my husband wakes up early. I think that is the key though, not making the other one change who they are. But enjoying the time we spend together. The view looks amazing! I’m glad you both are getting some time away.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 25, 2010, 11:49 am

    How. Breathtaking. Omigosh its absolutely beautiful.

  • caronae August 25, 2010, 12:13 pm

    I’m so happy that you are relaxing and having a calm, peaceful, restful vacay. You needed it after this summer my dear! Hope you have lots of hikes, sunrises, delicious meals on the porch, and general fun!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 25, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I’m glad you’re having a nice time. I have to say, it does look absolutely breathtaking; what views!

  • Erica August 25, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Wow- what a place! Just gorgeous. I NEED a vacation like this. How did you find the cabin? Do they rent just for weekends? Josh and I are thinking of doing a weekend get away. Have fun hiking

  • Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous August 25, 2010, 12:30 pm

    The mountains are so beautiful! What an amazing place to vacation at.

  • Christal Espelage August 25, 2010, 12:33 pm

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pictures! I’m sure you had a much needed vacation! I’m a new follower – love your posts!

  • Mary August 25, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Looks like you’re having an amazing time!! you definitely deserve it after all the hard work you’ve been doing the past few months 🙂 good for you!

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well August 25, 2010, 12:54 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful — super jealous of your cabin trip. I’ll just have to live vicariously through your AWESOME pictures. 🙂

    Also, you and the Hus should check out Boone and Asheville NC soon. Right on the blue ridge parkway — one of my favorite areas ever!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 25, 2010, 1:09 pm

    That looks absolutely gorgeous, and soooo relaxing. I’d definitely be up early to take in the scenery as well. 🙂

  • Laurie August 25, 2010, 1:15 pm

    What a view! Really beautiful! Enjoy every minute of it!

  • Andrea August 25, 2010, 1:22 pm

    Beautiful. Your place looks exactly like the cabin my friends and I rent twice a year for a “girls weekend”. I actually had to check on the location…that’s how similar they are. I’m jealous…what a great vacation!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) August 25, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Wow! I’m so jealous, and I’m not an “outdoorsy” vacation kind of girl! Must be the full kitchen 😉

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 25, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Enjoy every breath of the mountains and the peace. You both need the relaxation.

    BTW I love the house vacations for the same reason. We always do that.

  • Claire August 25, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Holy Moly,Caitlin!!That place is the SHIZ:-)cc

  • Heather August 25, 2010, 2:18 pm

    what a beautiful sunrise! love it!

  • KimEatandBe August 25, 2010, 3:06 pm

    Hi Caitlin. Looks beautiful! I totally agree about being a successful married couple and the importance of allowing the person to be exactly who they want to be. I think the beauty of marriage comes in feeling completely accepted for who you are. My husband and I are also VERY different, but it works for us. Have a great vacay!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 25, 2010, 3:06 pm

    I love getting up to watch the sun rise too. Those pictures are gorgeous!

  • eri August 25, 2010, 3:28 pm

    GORGEOUS! that i worth waking up early for!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 25, 2010, 3:41 pm

    What amazing views! I feel calmer just looking at your photos 🙂

  • Sana August 25, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I feel like you should just move there and we can all have beautiful pics to look at everyday! Thanks!!

  • Amelia August 25, 2010, 4:12 pm

    That is one tricked out cabin! Looks amazing. I’m so glad you’re getting a chance to relax after your crazy summer. You and your husband certainly deserve it! 🙂

  • Corinne August 25, 2010, 4:28 pm

    pure bliss! enjoy your hike!

  • Cassie August 25, 2010, 4:39 pm

    It makes so much sense to vacation somewhere that has a kitchen. It saves so much money on eating out and you can eat when you’re hungry, not just when things are open.

  • Chelsea August 25, 2010, 6:30 pm

    Me and my boyfriend are the same, I’m SUCH a morning person, while on his days off he always sleeps in as late as possible. To each their own! I’m more productive in the mornings, I’d rather get stuff down early on so I can have some down time in the evening.

    The view looks amazing! The husband was for sure missing out.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now August 25, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I’ve been to Pigeon Forge and I can’t imagine trying to be vegan or vegetarian there. It’s probably a great choice to get a cabin with a kitchen instead!

  • Anne Marie August 25, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Hey Caitlin! I love the blog, and I’ve been following through the years!! Super impressed with all of your accomplishments.

    Enjoy that vacation … it looks gorgeous!

  • Alexandra August 25, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I was in Pigeon Forge, TN last summer and also Gatlinburg which is also in the Smokeys. Yay!

  • Gina August 25, 2010, 8:58 pm

    I have been following you for most of this year so I know how busy you have been. You and your hubby definitely deserve this lil trip. It looks gorgeous, especially in the morning.

  • Kim August 25, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I can practically feel the cool fog from looking at your pictures – sooo jealous! Orlando is hotter & more humid than ever. It looks like the move north was a great move for you, I’m happy you like it!

  • Jennifer R. August 25, 2010, 9:40 pm

    wow, utterly beautiful! Looks like my kind of place — wonderful view and very relaxing! does the place have 3 bedroom cabins at all? I’d love to take my family next summer (there are 5 of us). And I’m with you — I’d rather have a kitchen too (we’re gluten, dairy, soy, and corn free) — just easier that way. Thanks for any help you can give me!! Enjoy your stay 🙂

    • caitlin August 26, 2010, 9:37 am

      yes! i linked to the place in my AM post today.

  • MegaNerd August 25, 2010, 11:26 pm

    You’ve been there toooooo long if you’re using wannabe words like “ya’ll”! LOL just messing.

    i’m glad you finally got your vacation! You deserve it, love!

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