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As many of you know, we are in the process of building our “dream home”… a log home, no less.
So we’ve been out of town the past couple of days enjoying our first-ever Log Home Show!
(They’re few & far between, so if you’re planning on building a log home, and you can find one in your area, then you must find a way to work it into your schedule.)
Been to Pigeon Forge before? Did you ever notice that there’s a pancake restaurant on nearly every corner? Sometimes… two… on the same corner!
Here’s more about the Log Home Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Jim travels a lot.
And I knew that he had a fondness for a particular hotel chain, but I never knew he had a fondness for high-dollar hotel rooms just for the sake of being high-dollar hotel rooms, alone.
Check out this brief video describing the Hampton Inn Bed Experience.
I, too, know what it’s like to have a favorite hotel. There for awhile, mine was Holiday Inn Express — for these reasons.
More about unique features at different hotel chains.
But since I rarely travel with Jim on business trips anymore, I had no idea that he had actually become such a hotel snob.
The hotel in question: The Grand Resort Hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. (…Sounds just grande, doesn’t it?)
Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center
The Grand Resort Hotel is “attached” to the largest convention center in Pigeon Forge (according to some conventioneer we spoke to). This may not be the best choice for “hotel snobs”.
I’ll the the first to admit… it looks much nicer in pictures. And being part of “the largest convention center in Pigeon Forge”, you’d think it would be very nice… if not luxurious.
Upon entering the hotel room…
Jim: “This is nniiiiiiiccee.” (…as he’s eyeballing the four walls that are trimmed with “classy” wallpaper border)
Lynnette: “What? What’s wrong with it? It’s a big room… it looks clean… it’s got a fridge… a microwave… hairdryer… a coffee maker… and wireless highspeed Internet! Plus, it’s an interior room …with a great view of the pool from our front window.”
[Pretty good for $59, if you ask me.]
Jim: “I guess you didn’t notice the in-the-wall 1960’s air conditioning unit?”
Geesh! Why so much animosity, when all you need is a place to rest your weary body for a couple of hours at the end of the day?…
The Long & Short Of It
Truth be told, it wasn’t until we got to the all-u-can-eat “Grand Breakfast Bar” the next morning, that I became sort of a hotel snob myself… Pure insane silliness, I tell you! I’ll save that story for another time.
Thankfully, the Log Home Show itself was awesome! It was fairly small (by typical “home show” standards anyway), but since this one was solely devoted to the log home building process, there were just the right number of vendors that we wanted to see — like log home furniture builders & retailers (our home will be all log, so I’m hesitant to put too much log-looking stuff inside it though) and stairways & railings people (for our many porches & balconies).
And check out these adorable log home pencils I found from an import furniture retailer! They’re made of real tree bark — actual twigs & sticks from the great outdoors. And some of them even have those “knotty” parts (ha!) which make them look more authentic. More about the fun stuff I found over at our Log Blog site …as soon as Jim gets back with the camera, that is.
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