The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee offers its visitors beautiful scenery, outdoor music, restaurants and shops. The Old Mill Restaurant provides great food at very affordable prices. During major holidays, everyone converges on the restaurant, so prepare for a short wait. Once you enter, the servers provide phenomenal service and delicious food. The Old Mill Cafe and Grille across the street also offers a light menu and great service.
You might get lucky and catch an afternoon show on your way in or out. We were fortunate to hear the gentleman below as he entertained the crowd with his guitar, harmonica and songs. Our afternoon could not have been more perfect.
Read about the history of the The Old Mill
Pigeon Forge has changed dramatically since my husband and I first visited in 1991. Back then, there were only a few blocks on the strip. Today, there are so many restaurants, shows, go cart tracks, arcades, mini golf courses, stores and traffic that one easily loses focus. This time, we decided to visit one of the newer attractions called Wonderworks. In addition, to fascinating exhibits, games and strange contraptions, we enjoyed the lazer tag, 3D movie, arcade and rock climbing. In the photo below, my oldest races against his father on the way up to the bell. I am proud to say all three "boys" made it up to ring the bell and then made it back down safely.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through 27 different tunnels. I always become a little dizzy as we pass through one, especially if the tunnel goes on and on. Yet, I cannot help but reflect on the fact that I am literally under that huge mountain of rock. It's a magical feeling for me.
If you plan a visit to Pigeon Forge, I highly recommend that you visit Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa. This 100 acre farm contains a petting zoo, picnic tables, a stocked pond for fishing, horseback riding, a gift shop and kind folks who will serve you with great respect and joy. In particular, I want to thank Missy, our horse guide, for her patience and care. She made our ride through the mountain trails very pleasurable. After the horse ride, the guys went fishing and my youngest caught the only fish that day. While they fished, I of course wondered around the ranch and took some pictures of the wildlife.
This beautiful lama posed graciously for me while my oldest spent most of his time with the miniature horse, the goat, turkey and emu.
Just a day in the mountains..........
A Final Note on this New Year's Eve 2008
With temperatures in the low 20's here in East Tennessee, we have decided to watch the Gatlinburg fireworks display from our cabin high up in the mountains. With a warm fireplace, a cup of hot chocolate and Woody at my feet, I wish you all a very Happy New Year!