Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Break from reality

If possible, a break from reality is always necessary. It isn’t always possible though. The break my husband and I just took was more fancy than we would ever normally take. With a little Christmas money and saving we afforded a weekend getaway of our dreams. (Yep. Cheesy but true. Just let me have my moment while you gag a little. It doesn’t happen often ok?)

It all started with a little surfing on airbnb.com for properties near the Smokies (aka near us for less travel time). We found a location that looked great online and booked it. Sure places always look pretty great online...and usually you get there and are disappointed or find a hidden fee. Not this time fanciful peeps. Not this time.

The only surprise with this location is that there was no oven in the cabin. But who needs an oven when you have a complimentary gas grill? And you save calories because you can’t bake all weekend! Unfortunately, or fortunately for her, we found a Girl Scout during our trip that fixed that sugar deficiency real quick. (Speaking of, they have a Mango Creme cookie I discovered that was pretty good. FYI)

Watershed rentals in Bryson City, NC has the coolest set up with their Woodland Lofts. The style and attention to detail with these one bedroom cabins is unbeatable. The rustic cabin feel is not lost with the chic urban touches. I have always wondered what it might be like to live in a small, more efficient home. I got a taste this weekend and really loved it. I have never caught the bug for IKEA but this little cabin had most, if not all, furnishings from the new-age mecca. And I was ok with it. Totally ok.

So aside from the amazing accommodations, Bryson City is the cutest little town. We went straight for the mountains when we were there but I spotted some really cute shops downtown and, if you are up for it, take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad that leaves from the heart of the downtown. Also nearby is Cherokee, NC with lots of opportunities to learn history of the Cherokee people. Within minutes of our sweet little cabin were trails upon trails to traverse in the Smokies. Absolutely beautiful. Here, you take a look.


Here are a couple of our hiking discoveries in the Smokies...

Thank you Watershed Cabin Rentals!





Multiples of one room is the result of me not having a wider lens that could allow you to see all the glory.






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