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March 30, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley
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The Best Breakfast You Will Eat In Gatlinburg, TN – Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

While in Gatlinburg on our baby moon, we ate the BEST breakfast ever!  Twice!  It’s the best kept secret on the strip!

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp.
Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TN

The seating reminded me of a picnic table.  I loved how big the table and benches were.  The menu was inside this old timey newspaper, which you could take home with you.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TNThis wall is really cool because when you are looking at it, you don’t really notice it spells anything, but when you put your camera up to it, you can see the word Crockett spelled out.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TN

I’m so in love with the mason jar lighting over the tables and the mason jar salt and pepper shakers.  Oh, and they had the best Coke!
Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TN

We ate the MOST AMAZING french toast!  It’s the Crockett’s Thick French Toast.  We also had the Hunt Camp Potatoes, a biscuit with a small bowl of gravy, pecan smoked bacon, farm fresh scrambled eggs, and toast.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TN

Mac enjoyed his coffee, while making me some love art. :)

Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TN

The decor and the hospitality absolutely made this place!  Does this ride remind you of the Beverly Hillbillies?

Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TN

This store front looks so real!
Crockett's Breakfast Camp - Gatlinburg, TN

If you’ve never been to Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, you are definitely missing out!  Every time we go to the Smoky Mountains from now on, I will be requesting it!crocketts4

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March 25, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley
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Baby Moon at the Bearskin Lodge in Gatlinburg, TN

Last week, we decided to take a quick trip to the Smoky Mountains for our baby moon (last trip just us before the baby).  I was instructed to find the place, so I thought I’d like to stay at a place I hadn’t stayed before in Gatlinburg.  Which led me to the Bearskin Lodge on the River.  The picture below is one I got from the internet, but it looks just like this.

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TNimage via

It’s located at the end of the strip, on River Road, right before you head out of Gatlinburg to go into the National Park.  Since we had never stayed on this end, I wasn’t real sure what all was down this way, so I thought this trip would be a good time to find out.

Room pictures

Some of these photos were taken with my iPhone, so not real good quality.  Also, why does the lighting always suck in a hotel room?!

We stayed in the Executive King Stream View room which featured a King bed, private balcony overlooking a mountain stream (the river), gas fireplace, and a 2 person in-room whirlpool.

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

I forgot to take any pictures of the bathroom area.  It was nice.  The shower and toilet were in a room by their self, which was pretty small.  The sink was in a larger area with a large mirror and bright lighting.  Oh, and a blow dryer.  I didn’t see that mentioned on their website.

Balcony pictures

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TN

Overall, we had a really great trip!  Would I pick the Bearskin Lodge to stay in again?  Eh, maybe.  Let me just give you a pros and cons list.  :)

Bad news first, right?
Cons:
*The balcony was definitely not very private.  You could see a hotel right behind ours with their balconies facing ours and a huge parking lot.
*The water pressure in the shower was horrible!  This was probably my biggest turn off.  I love a good, strong shower stream!
*This hotel is at the very end of the strip, so I think it would be great if you were planning to go to Ober Gatlinburg, as that road runs right along side of it.

Pros:
*I loved waking up, opening the door to hear the stream, and turning the gas fireplace on.  I’d love to have that in my own house.
*There were a few restaurants within a close walking distance.  The Peddler (right next door and very expensive), The Park Grill, and Crockett’s Breakfast Camp (my new favorite breakfast joint) just to name a few.
*The bed was pretty comfy.
*Continental breakfast from 7am-10am, although we didn’t make it in time to try it.
*Free cookies and coffee each evening at the main entrance.

Our only pre-parents picture of the trip.

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 Bearskin Lodge on the River - Gatlinburg, TNMy favorite part to wake up to!

Have you ever stayed at the Bearskin Lodge on the River in Gatlinburg? Where is your favorite place to stay in the Smoky Mountains?

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