We enjoyed a scenic drive as we traveled through the State of Kentucky.
Todays luncheon was at the Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky. This charming, warm atmosphere place was tastefully decorated for the holidays. We took over the majority of their elegant, chandelier dining room that offered views of the charming small town Main Street.
Our appetizer was their famous Spoonbread – I hope you invite me over when you make it!
3 cups Milk
1 1/4 cup White Cornmeal
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
Stir meal into rapidly bowling milk – cook until very think stirring constantly
Remove from heat and allow to cool
The mixture will be very stiff
Add well-beaten eggs, salt, baking powder and melted butter
Beat with an electric mixer for 15 minutes
Pour into a well-greased pan and bake for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees
Serve from pan by spoonful with butter
We continued to the Tennessee Welcome Centre where I was able to snap a group picture.
My passengers picked up complimentary maps at the Welcome Centre but that didn’t help them figure out where we were going. I was very careful not to pick up any travel brochures that might indicate where we were going as I felt many inquisitive eyes on me as I was in the brochure area of the Visitors Centre.
They didn’t have to wait much long as we traveled to our Yellow Brick Road Mystery Destination, “Pigeon Forge TN” – which is located at the entrance of the Smoky Mountains.
Everyone is thrilled with our accommodations – the Inn At Christmas Place. This is defiantly considered the deluxe, upscale place to stay while in Pigeon Forge.
Here you experience the true spirit of Christmas, every day of the year! This is a family run business which is an extension of their Incredible Christmas Place store which is located across the road.
The rooms “Sleep In Heavenly Peace” bedding is so comfortable and not just the room are decked to the nines with tasteful Christmas Decorations 365 days a year – so are the rooms.
The family that owns this successful business started back in 1980 with a small gift shop near the historic Old Mill which was then the heart of Pigeon Forge. They noticed that Christmas Ornaments were their best sellers. As Pigeon Forge started to expand the family had great foresight and acquired a large plot of land on the main highway. The Inn opened in 2007 and has become a part of the tradition of, “Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas Every Day of the Year”.
The Inn at Christmas Place, Glockenspiel is located in the lower lobby was hand-crafted by master woodworkers. Made of European Beech, inspired from the Black Forest region of Germany. It stands 25 feet tall, includes animated figures and is ornamented with exquisite hand-painted details plus a hand-rubbed finish. It rings every hour on the hour from 9am-9pm.
We didn’t have enough time to enjoy the duo that was singing in the lower lobby because we soon needed to be on our way to the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show where we were welcomed by another Bradley and were ushered to our excellent seats. Dinner was southern in style and delicious – pulled pork, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and banana pudding for dessert. The show is a little crazy but lots of fun and entertaining. It features a large, talented cast. Hatfield and McCoy is typically packed – they offered 3 dinner shows today!
From the Hatfield and McCoy Show we traveled to the Country Tonight Theatre which is celebrating 20 years in Pigeon Forge. Their impressive Country Music production is always a passenger favourite.
This terrific show ended just after 10pm so we were able to enjoy the tremendous outdoor Christmas displays at our hotel.
It’s New Years Eve Day!
What a fantastic breakfast spread they have at “Inn At Christmas Place”.
Not only is their an omelette station with many other hot items but how wonderful to offer fresh fruit, selection of cheeses, “PECAN PIE” and Krispy Creme Donuts for breakfast! I think its safe to say this is the finest hotel breakfast in Pigeon Forge.
We are watching Bettys drivers hour today as I have a New Years Celebration planned for this evening so we are departing a little later this morning 930am.
Some have decided to sleep in while others are enjoying visiting their friends while enjoying this Sunday brunch.
I’ve noticed that my passengers are enjoying the morning Pecan Pie. They have had to bring more pies out so I think this could become a new Canadian Tradition – Pecan Pie for breakfast!