I called Cindy Britt (owner of Tanasi Lodge) today just to touch bases. There is a Sam's Club in Knoxville (1 hr) and a Kroger in Wears Valley (where Tanasi is). According to the calendar, no one is in the Lodge the night before and the day after we check out, so we will be able to get in earlier (around 1-2 pm) and check out won't be hurried. Jon & Jenny are looking at activities. Please let us know what you are interested in doing.
Smoky Mtn. Natl Park - hiking, picniking
Gaitlinburg - small shops
Everything sounds like fun, but time will limit what we can plan.
I would like to go rafting (the gentle one), think it would be a good family outing.
also I have found a nice easy hike in the mtns by a waterfall. We will have to plan the rafting, Dollywood, and golfing prior to getting there. Papa Lou and I are really up for anything. So, put in your preferences and maybe you have other suggestions. Let us know.