Several times a year, James and I like to say we’ve ran away. This weekend was our long weekend to run away to one of our favorite places in the world, Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville Tennessee. Oak Haven is a wonderful log cabin resort that is close to everything one would want to do in East Tennessee. Oak Haven offers a variety of cabins ranging from one bedroom to seven bedrooms that can sleep 24. We have been staying at Oak Haven for over 15 years and have stayed by ourselves as a getaway and with friends for celebrations. The Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area is full of a variety of cabin rentals, James and I have no desire to try anywhere else. Although the resort is large, the layout of the resort makes you always feel as if you are truly alone in your own cabin and world. As each cabin has it’s own personality with view and decorations, we have developed our list of favorite places to stay. A few years ago we were lucky enough to stay in Cabin 48 immediately after it’s renovation. Sadly, the renovation has been so well done that guaranteeing a reservation when you want it needs to be done months in advance. Not to worry, there are always other beautiful cabins to stay at. This weekend we had our third stay at Cabin 36. This is a beautiful one bedroom, game room with a wrap around porch on a third of the cabin that includes a screened in porch and a bonus porch that is not covered (and is great for the summer when you want to get some sun).
There have been times when we have done nothing but grocery shop and stay in for the whole weekend. We arrived on Friday, purchased groceries and settled in for the night. We even braved the cold temperatures on enjoyed the hot tub.
Saturday we took a drive into the Smoky Mountain National Park and hiked a few trails.
We cooked our own Valentine’s Day dinner of steak (the perk of having your own kitchen) and had a wonderful time simply relaxing by the fire.
Sadly, the weather forecast from Knoxville and at home in Lexington had us start thinking about our plans. The initial forecast for East Tennessee was 5 – 8 inches of snow beginning early Monday morning. Lexington and Central Kentucky was predicting anywhere from 8 – 14 inches.
Neither of us had to persuade the other that we should pack up early and come home Sunday night. (Our cabin was on one of the drives that truly needs a 4 wheel drive to get up and down) After a few obligatory stops at the outlet mall, we began what ended up being a long trek home. As everyone had decided to evacuate, at one point it took us almost an hour to go 1 mile to get to 1-40. (I should note that typically it takes less than 10).
No, our weekend didn’t end up as planned. However, today I am grateful that we did make the trip home. As I write this, there is almost 10 inches of snow on the ground and it continues to snow at a pace of about an inch an hour. I’m grateful that I didn’t have to worry about either James or I having to get to work in this weather (a preplanned day off) and I’m grateful for a warm house, food to eat and no where that I immediately need to go.
Linking up with Ember Grey’s Grateful Heart Monday and hoping you can find what you are grateful for to!