A quick trip to Dollywood!

Friday, December 15, 2017

We decided to take a mini-vacation and booked a stay at Best Western in Kodak, TN. While there, we spent an afternoon/evening at Dollywood where we saw one show and took some photos. We had thought about staying for the parade at 8:15 that night, but it was WAY too cold. LOL!

On our leisurely drive up, after dropping the pups off for two fun days at doggy camp, we decided to try a new spot for lunch. After being misdirected by our outdated GPS in Jeremiah Jeep (aka JJ), we found Wendall's Diner in Harriman.

The decor is straight out of the 80's - fun memorabilia abounds!

The menu offers a wide selection and there were lunch specials.

Stu opted for a Reuben with onion rings and I got a steak hoagie with fries. Both meals were excellent but next time, we will split the onion rings and pass on the fries. BIG servings!

We got into Dollywood about 3:45 ET (we always forget we lose an hour when traveling east on these short trips). The next show was starting just after 4, so we found a good seat. The show was "It's a Wonderful Life" and we enjoyed it. I snapped a few photos with my iPhone, not the best, but best I could do.

When we came out, the sky featured a blushing sunset, setting off the beautiful light displays.

I snapped several photos of the lights as the evening darkened...

We wandered the park, sat for a bit to enjoy some holiday music and ended the evening with our favorite meal - sausages smothered with sweet onions & peppers. Yum!

A fun day, albeit a cold one. A warm hotel room awaited us. We look forward to visiting again when spring comes!

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Ciao for now!


  1. I have never been to Dollywood so I would love to visit any time of year! Love the pictures!

    1. It's a great place...I love the vendors and the shows. Stu loves the roller coasters. LOL! They also have a kid section with rides for the little ones.


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