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Our 5 Year Anniversary Trip – Part 1

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For our anniversary we decided to go to Cades Cove, TN. I have been wanting to go there for months, so we thought our anniversary was the perfect excuse for us to go.

We stayed at a B&B, The Richmont Inn, and we had a lovely view from our room of Rich Mountain. These windows were right above our bed… it was awesome! Especially at night, we had a great view of the stars! 🙂


B&B view

Enjoying the view from our private balcony.

B&B us

The weather was perfect while we were there, the sky was such an incredible blue. October is the busiest season for Cades Cove, so there is a lot of stopping and going. But it was worth the trouble. 😉



Cades Cove is full of beautiful open fields, adorable little white churches and log cabins.   DSC_8035




I love this little white house! Isn’t it the cutest?!




These Cantilever Barns were everywhere in this area of Tennessee. These barns were designed to help with the rainy and the high humidity climate of the mountains. They provided plenty of ventilation and kept rain away from livestock and the cribs.



A lot of these photos were taken from the truck. It was much easier to continue driving through Cades Cove with the windows down, taking pictures then it was to park and get out of the car. There were just so many people! So sorry if they are a little blurry!



We did eventually get out and hiked. We decided to hike a little bit of the Rich Mountain Loop trail… but we accidentally hiked the entire 8.3 miles! Oops!




After hiking one of the hardest hikes I have ever hiked, we made it to the top. The brochure made it sound like there was a huge clearing at the top and that we could see for miles… that is why we kept hiking… we were looking for the huge clearing – instead, we found this…


Not the worst view, of course… but definitely not what we were looking for! 🙂

us hiking



Isn’t that tree stunning? It just popped against the smoky mountains.


The hike back down was much more pleasant and the trees created a beautiful golden glow.



So pretty!

randy hiking 1

randy hiking 2

After the hike we were exhausted. So we headed back to the B&B, just in time for our fondue dinner!

This champagne is very significant… it was the champagne we had on our honeymoon and it is very hard to come by. We have been saving this bottle for several years for a special occasion. So we thought our 5 year anniversary was special enough to open it. 🙂

toad hallow

us at dinner

We enjoyed a 4 course meal inside a beautiful, private, timber frame cabin with a lovely view of Rich Mountain.



Our day was perfect – a beautiful day at a beautiful location, enjoying the things we love to do.


Stay tune for part 2 of our trip and more picture overload!

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