Hard to believe, but it certainly looks like Fall is almost here. “The boy” starts back to school next week, which honestly I can’t wait for and neither can he. Don’t get me wrong, I love having him home during the summer, but he’s bored!
I love Fall, it’s my favorite time of the year. I love the colors, halloween, and fall foods. I also love the cool crisp temperatures.
One of things I’ve done almost every since since I was a little girl was visit either a mountain area to see the fall colors. I’ve been to New England and the Rockies many times, and I’ve even been to Canada. My parents would take us to Colorado almost every year. My Dad had favorite cabin there he loved to rent for us, and we would stay there for week. My Dad called it “roughing it”. I have lots of very fond memories on those trips. But, one place I haven’t ever been is the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee.
So this year, “the boy” and I are hoping in the car, and heading to Tennessee to the Blue Ridge Mountain Fall Colors. I’ve heard they are gorgeous. Fortunately Eastern TN isn’t too far from our new home. Now the tricky part is planning, as being there at the right time for peak colors can be a little tough. Searching online, I found this great website called Blue Ridge Mountain Life that has tons of articles, tips, and even a fall color guide with peak times. Based on their current forecasts, it looks like we’ll want to be there mid October.
Tomorrow, I’ll make some calls and see if I can book us a hotel room for a few days during the peak times. I think we’re going to stay in Gatlinburg, TN which I hear is a great place with lots to see and do. Gatlinburg is also right next to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and close to the The Blue Ridge Parkway. I’d love to rent a cabin there, but that’s just too far out of the budget for me right now. Heck, even a hotel room might be. I guess we’ll see. Even if we can’t stay directly in Gatlinburg, I’m hoping we find someplace close to stay that I can afford.
Looking at some photos on that website and a few others today, I realized that not only do I want to visit the national park, but I also really want to drive along The Blue Ridge Parkway. The photos just look GORGEOUS. Can you tell I’m excited?
My son, well not so much. But I think once we get there, he’ll be excited too. Probably more excited about Gatlinburg than the mountains themselves. In any case it will be nice for him and I just to get away for a few days and see some things we’ve never seen before. I read it can even snow in mid October in the higher elevations. That would be a real treat, as “the boy” hasn’t even seen real snow before.
Have you ever been? Any tips or suggestions? Any places we shouldn’t miss?