Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

On to Gatlinburg...

After Nashville, we drove about four hours to Gatlinburg. Several of our friends had been there and absolutely loved the place. We figured it wasn't too far to drive and from everything we'd heard worth a visit. Well, we had some good and some bad experiences. Gatlinburg is definitely worth a visit (probably more then one if you want to see and do it all), but the place we had rented was a total bust.
I found the cabin online and even though it looked a bit dated, thought it sounded like a nice place to stay. I was wrong! The location was wonderful, totally secluded and very quiet, but the rest...
It was already a bit dingy from the outside and when you stepped in you realized nothing had been done to it in years. The carpets were very old, the place wasn't the cleanest, things were missing... For instance we were given one dishcloth and one dishtowel, no detergent for the dishwasher (which was still full of clean? dishes), the coffee maker still had moldy coffee grinds in it, the mattresses were old and saggy... We decided to make the best of it, went shopping for a few supplies and "roughed it" for the week. Needless to say I would not recommend the place let alone stay there again.
Nach Nashville sind wir alle nach Gatlinburg weitergefahren. Einige unserer Freunde waren schon mehrmals dort und haben sehr davon geschwaermt. Nachdem es nicht allzuweit von uns weg ist, dachten wir waere es einen Besuch wert. Die Gegend ist wunderschoen und wenn man alles sehen moechte, muss man definitiv mehrmals dort Urlaub machen. Leider war unsere Unterkunft ein totaler Reinfall. Ich hatte die "Cabin" im Internet gefunden und obwohl es etwas aelter ausgesehen hat, dachte ich waere es in Ordnung fuer uns. War leider ueberhaupt nicht so. Man konnte schon von aussen sehen, dass es etwas ungepflegt war. Drinnen wurde es dann leider nicht besser. Es war nicht richtig geputzt, wir hatten einen Spuellappen und ein Geschirrtuch. Fuer die Spuelmaschine (die noch voller sauberem? Geschirr war) gab es kein Spuelmittel, in der Kaffeemaschine war noch verschimmelter Kaffeesatz und die Matratzen waren durchgelegen und alt. Wir sind einkaufen gegangen und haben einfach das Beste daraus gemacht. Ich wuerde die Cabin jedoch niemals weiterempfehlen oder noch einmal vom selben Vermieter mieten.
It's a bit difficult to tell from this picture, but we did have a great view from the porch.
Die Lage der Cabin war prima, weit weg von allem und sehr ruhig. Auch die Aussicht von der Terrasse war super schoen.
The girls didn't mind any of the things we had issues with - they were thrilled the cabin had a pool table.
Pool sharks in the making... ;-)
Die Maedels haben sich an all den Sachen gar nicht gestoert - sie waren total vom Billiardtisch begeistert.

There was a hot tub as well and on one of those already hot nights, Hannah and Nadia decided to check it out.
Wir hatten auch einen Whirlpool und an einer (ehe schon sehr heissen Nacht) haben Hannah und Nadia beschlossen ihn einzuweihen.

So, even though the cabin was a bust, we still had a great time together. We played lots of pool, played cards, just hung out with each other and I guess that is all that matters.
So, obwohl die Cabin ein Reinfall war, hatten wir miteinander eine sehr schoene Zeit. Wir haben viel Billiard und Karten miteinander gespielt und einfach unsere Zeit miteinander genossen.


  1. And you guess right. Being together is all that matters. I'm still lerning that too.
    Your Friend, who is trying to get back to blogging, m.

  2. All's well that ends well - being together is the most important part the rest you can chock up to experience ;-)

  3. Looks like you made the best of a bad situation. Lots of good family time!

    Hubby and I rented a cabin from VRBO last year---same deal. It LOOKED nice online, but wow-what a disaster. I guess we go back to hotels.

  4. So glad the trip was worth it...even it if it was kinda nasty. :(
    The girls look SO happy.
    I find that is a very reliable source for checking out hotels/rentals prior. I personally leave comments on all the places we stay at to help others too.