First Aid Kit for the Trail

One of the things that most people say that you ought to take with you when you hit the trail for a day or several days of hiking, is a first aid kit. You need to have a small kit with you so that you are prepared for those odd accidents that occur on the trail while you are hiking.  This kit should be small enough to fit in your backpack and should be sized in direct correlation to the length of time you are going to be spending on the trail.

Things to make sure you have in your first aid kit (this is a place to start not the end-all-be-all):

  • first aid kitSelf-Adhesive Bandages – Seems like it is obvious but a box of multi-sized, self-adhesive bandages is a must.  If you get a scrap or a cut, you will be prepared to stop the bleeding.
  • Disinfectant Spray – Another easy to explain item. It is nice to have something to disinfect those cuts when they happen.
  • Gauze  & Gauze Tape – Good for cuts and abrasions that need a little more treatment than a BandAid. Carry enough gauze rolls to treat a wound and at least 4-5 4 inch gauze pads.
  • Alcohol Swabs – Great for cleaning a scrap or a cut.  These sting a little but they are small and easy to carry. Remember though your goal is to leave no trace – pack out what you take in.
  • Aspirin – A no brainer. Pick your favorite painkiller and keep some in your first aid kit.
  • Triple-Antibiotic Ointment – First line of defense for any cut or scrap whether you are on the trail or at home. A little tube of this in your first aid kit does not take up much room and is perfect for easy the pain on that cut, keeping it clean and making it feel better.
  • Tweezers – Splinters, bits of wood, glass, whatever may have found its way into your body, a simple pair of tweezers can remove that object quickly and easily.
  • Moleskin – For blisters, this si the best relief ever invented. Keep a roll of it in your pack even if it is not in your first aid kit.
  • Water-Proof Matches – A good rule of thumb is to pack for your day hike as if you might end up spending the night.  Waterproof matches are have coated heads that will allow them to light even if you are caught in a downpour.
  • Magnesium Based Firestarter – If you have to start a small fire, you will not be able to depend on finding enough tender to make a fire or that the tender you find will be dry enough to light.  A magnesium firestarter comes with a bar of magnesium that can be shaved off into your tender or campfire.  With a waterproof match or with a strike of flint on soem steel you will have a nice fire going without any problem.
  • Signal Mirror – A small highly polished mirror that an allow you to signal passing aircraft or people that you see on other trails.
  • Reflective Emergency Blanket – This reflective blanket harnesses the light and your own body heat to form a temperature barrier between you and the cold.  Staying warm when you find yourself on the trail, stuck overnight.

The best thing is that you can buy small pre-made first aid kits with almost everything you need.  Stop by your favorite big box store and pick up those first aid supplies that you think you might need on the trail .

McKay Used Books

One of my favorite places to shop in Knoxville is McKay Used Books, CDs, Movies & More.  Imagine, if you will, a library sized store selling every type of book imaginable at hugely discounted rates.  Add to that, shelves of music and movies, videos games and more and you have a shopping trip that might take you half the day.  Along with selling books, movies and more, they also buy used items to sell in the store.  Being located centrally in Knoxville, McKay’s is always jumping and each time you return they have a brand new selection due to the turn over and the volume of customers that they see.

Makes has thousands of books.  They painstakingly shelve them according to category and you can find books on almost any topic imaginable.  From history books and cooks books, to text books and audio books, you can find it at McKays.  It is incredible to watch the number of books that come in and out each day.  Find your favorite section and then start browsing.  You will find that when you look back down at your watch that hours have passed and you have found a stack of books you need to buy.  Of course, becaus eof the low, low prices at McKays buying a stack of books will not break the bank.


  • 1985 – Store opens in Knoxville
  • 1993 – McKay’s storms into the used CD market
  • 2005 – Knoxville store moves to its new location

Maybe you have some stuff you need to get rid of, pass on to the next person to enjoy.  If what you have is books, movies, CDs or video games… take them to McKays.  When you walk in, you will see a counter to the right hand side of the doors.  Grab one of the totes at the counter and fill it with the items you brought in.  Take your items to the counter and then wait for them to process the items.  When they get done, they will offer you cash or credit.  Choose whichever works for you and then head to the store to go shop.  You get more for store credit so if you are planning on shopping at McKays and finding books, movies and music to take home then a load of your stuff will get you new stuff.

McKays is easy to find.  Jump on I-40 in Knoxville.  Look for the Papermill exit.  When you come off the interstate, follow the signs to Papermill.  You will be driving toward Kingston Pike and you will pass McKays n the left hand side of the road.  So, if you are looking around for a great place to shop, a wonderful book store and a place to get a lot of loot for a little money, then McKays is your place.

McKay Used Books
230 Papermill Pl Way
Knoxville, TN

The AT in the Smokies

The most hiked section of the Appalachian Trail

at logoThe southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains, with its temperate climate, slow changes in elevation and lush greenery, is a haven to hikers from around the world.  People flock to the Smokies especially to spend time on any number of trails, but the trail that is most popular and the one that a lot of people want to tackle part of is the Appalachian Trail. One end of the AT starts in the Smokies, in northern Georgia.  From that point you can work your way north to the heart of the Smokies in North Carolina and Tennessee, passing through state parks and national parks along the way.  It is a gradual climb that will inspire both awe and a renewed sense of respect for the mountain folk and Native Americans that hiked these trails season after season in the time before their were European style cities in the area.

North Georgia

In North Georgia, you will start at Springer Mountain, one of the southern most areas of the Smokies.  Technically you are in the foothills of the Smokies at this point.  The gentle slopes, the gradual climb, the verdant landscapes will help to build your anticipation as you progress north.  In this area, you will pass near towns and civilization.  The hike takes you near several state parks with facilities that are open almost year round, depending on the weather.  The North Georgia part of the AT is some of the easiest hiking that the trail has to offer.  Even if you start here when it is late spring you will find that the elevation is not high enough to give you the extremely cold temps that you will encounter in the highest elevations.

Fontana Dam

fontana damOne of the next high points on the trail that you will come across is Fontana Dam.  At this point on the AT you have made your way into North Carolina, your second state if you are heading north from Georgia.  Fontana Lake is one of those TVA created lakes that took in the small towns of Judson and Proctor (near present day Bryson City) when Fontana Dam was established in the early part of the 20th century.  As the trail winds around Fontana Dam, you are going to start to gain some serious altitude.  The elevation change will start to reveal a change in the wildlife and the flora around you.  Just north of Fontana Lake and Dam, yes you follow the dam as you start up the mountain, you will climb until you are walking the ridge of the Great Smoky Mountains in the GSMNP.  You are  also walking the Tennessee / North Carolina line at this point on the trail.

Clingman’s Dome and Newfound Gap Road

The top of the world in the Smokies is Clingman’s Dome.  You will go all the way to the top of this part of the mountain as you progress northward on the AT.  The climb to Clingman’s Dome will take some time even for the most seasoned of hikers but the breath taking views from these peaks are like no other you will find east of the Mississippi River.  As you reach the summit of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you will immediately start back down again.  Soon you will arrive at the most visited portion of the GSMNP, the piece of the Appalachian Trail that starts at the Newfound Gap parking area and trailhead.  From this point you can hike almost 2 miles of the AT, the most hiked portion of the 2,200 mile trail.

Roan Mountain State Park

tn nc state lineIf you were to hike from the Newfound Gap trailhead and continue northward the next focal point you are going to come to is Roan Mountain State Park in Tennessee.  If you happen to plan your hike through accordingly you can spend some time at the top of the mountain in the rhododendron garden while it is in bloom.  Bring a camera and prepare to take a lot of pictures.  With the Catawbas in bloom it is a pink and purple wonderland of color.  Roan Mountain also has lots of facilities that a Thru-Hiker might need to take advantage of like campgrounds and other amenities.

Hike the various pieces of the Appalachian Trail int he Smoky Mountains.  Take in the terrain and the sights and the sounds of nature from the trails that make up the AT.  Hike the most hiked portion of the trail and then you too can say that you hiked the AT!


Don’t miss out on the Dollywood experience if you’re going to be coming through the Pigeon Forge/Great Smoky Mountains area during the summer. With a theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Waterpark all on site, there’s something for everyone.

Based in the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is a 150-acre family adventure park open nine months a year (late March through December) offering more than 40 rides and attractions; award-winning live entertainment featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and mountain music; and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.

A family-friendly vacation destination, Dollywood recently just announced the addition of the new $20 million Wild Eagle steel wing coaster, the first of its kind in the U.S, for the 2012 season. Experiencing the freedom of flight, the new coaster’s innovative floorless design positions riders seated four abreast in a forward-facing position, with two riders actually seated on the “wings” along either side of the coaster’s track with nothing but air above and below them.

DollywoodThe Wild Eagle raises 21 stories into the sky atop Dollywood’s highest peak.  Taking off from the Wilderness Pass area, riders will experience the sensation of flight as the coaster’s massive track swoops and soars around the park.  Wild Eagle reaches a top speed of 61 miles per hour and maneuvers four inversions including a giant loop, a “zero-G” roll, and a giant flat spin. The two-and-a-half minute journey also includes a 135-foot first drop.  Located 210 feet above the coaster’s loading station, the ride provides spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains.

Wild Eagle is yet another one of Dollywood’s award-winning lineup of high speed roller coasters.  Thunderhead, twice named the world’s best wooden coaster, consistently ranks among the best in the world.  Mystery Mine, a 1,811-foot-long steel coaster, was named Theme Park Insider’s best new theme park attraction when it opened in 2007. Not to be outdone, Dollywood is a two-time Golden Ticket Award winner for Best Shows and three-time winner for Best Christmas Event.

DollywoodThe Barnstormer, Dollywood’s newest thrill ride, was a huge hit when it opened this past summer and is situated on a ridge alongside Craftsman’s Valley.  Passengers are seated back-to-back on two giant pendulums that swing 81 feet in the air.  The journey to the treetops reaches a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour and rotates 230 degrees.  It’s big, red barn theme complements the Barnstormer’s barnyard setting which includes a large children’s play area.  Lil’ Pilots Playground features a 22-foot by 16-foot wooden bi-plane while Granny’s Garden & Pig Pen offers play structures and water fountains.

As far as other attractions, there is no shortage of yearly festivals at Dollywood. It’s actually home to five of the South’s largest festivals including the popular BBQ & Bluegrass festival that usually runs mid-August through September.

For the Christmas holidays, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival features the wildly entertaining Christmas on Ice.  The spectacular indoor ice skating production, with spins and spirals choreographed to the sounds of the holiday season, features the Ice Theater of New York.  The show joins the park’s award-winning lineup of Christmastime shows, including the perennial favorite Christmas in the Smokies.

Driving Directions

  • Off Interstate 40, take Exit 407 toward Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg.
  • Follow TN Hwy. 66 South which becomes US 441.
  • At Traffic Light No. 8 in Pigeon Forge, turn left and follow the signs to Dollywood.

GPS Navigation Systems

Use 1198 McCarter Hollow Road, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862 to locate Dollywood’s entrance.


Dixie Stampede

The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies!

If there is one show that has made itself a stop for visitors to the area each and every year it is Dixie Stampede.  Dixie Stampede became the second big attraction from the owners of Dollywood and Dolly Parton herself.  The show is very simply a competition between the two sides of the audience with a faire amount of horsemanship thrown into boot.  They also happen to serve one of the best meals that you will find in Pigeon Forge.  Dixie Stampede is more than an attraction it is a destination

Dixie Stampede was the first dinner show in Pigeon Forge.  Opening in 1988, it has been in the same location since that point and was one of the attractions that opened up the south end of Pigeon Forge.  Before that point, the Herschend Company, that owns both Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, decided that dinner show would go along well with the burgeoning attractions in Pigeon Forge.  As Dollywood grew they decided to throw their hat, and the experience that they had with the live shows at Dollywood, into the growing live entertainment field on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  From the time they opened, Dixie Stampede has become one of those places that thousands of visitors to the Smokies make part of the trips to the Smoky Mountains.

Dixie Stampede - Pigeon ForgeHere is the premise behind the show.  Once you walk in the door you will realize that you are in an indoor riding arena.  The horseshoe shaped seating area covers three sides of the dirt covered ‘ stage.’  The crickets chirping and the man-made stars in the sky lend to the atmosphere.  Once the action kicks off though you don’t have time to think about the scenery anymore, this high energy show will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Horses, trick riding, games, competitions and plenty of music makes the time fly by.  And the competition is the biggest part of the night.  The idea is that the two sides of the audience are competing.  Throughout most of the year, it is a competition between the North and South, during the winter months it is still the north and south but this time it is the North and South Poles.  And not only is the cast involved in this competition but the members of the audience get brought down into the arena itself.

Dixie Stampede - Pigeon ForgeBut let’s not forget the food.  The food is just as big a highlight as the show.  And because it is Dixe Stampede, the food is as big as the show.  You get a whole rotisserie chicken, pork tenderloin, corn-on-the-cob, potato wedges, creamy vegetable soup, a biscuit and dessert.  I know this sounds like a lot of food, and it is, but if you don’t finish everything they will bring you a doggy bag so that you can take the leftovers back to your hotel or cabin.  The food is amazing and the fact that they can serve more than a thousand people while putting on a multi-million dollar show means that you get to watch two shows in one:  the show in the arena and the show that the servers put on in the audience.

Make sure that you and your family have been to Dixie Stampede.  Make it a tradition, make sure that you have fun eating in the most fun place to eat in the Smokies.

Dixie Stampede
3849 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN

Black Friday

It is Black Friday in the Smokies and there is plenty of shopping to be done.  From Asheville to Knoxville and back again, there is shopping for everyone and deals to be had around every corner.  People have been in line for over a week to get at those deals inside the big box stores.  In the Smokies  with the amount of shopping to be done, it is certain that people have been shopping and lining up to shop for the better part of  a day – even before the leftovers from Turkey Day are even left overs.

Asheville & Knoxville

Asheville and  Knoxville are the two biggest cities in the Smoky Mountain area.  You can be sure that all of the major chains will be full of shoppers.  Best Buy, Target, Walmart and many others will have people lining up to get at eh deals for Black Friday and of course to grab up the first of their holiday shopping.  Certainly the malls in both of these cities will be packed.  If you are planning to visit any of these areas, make sure to allow lots of time and if you are planning to shop make sure to get there early.  In fact, if you are reading this on Black Friday then you are probably already late, unless you are reading it on your smartphone.


Outlets in the Smokies

The biggest outlet shopping to be had in the Smoky Mountains is in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.  In Pigeon Forge, you can visit the Red Roof Mall on the Parkway. But of course, if you are looking for the best outlet shopping, prices as low as 75% off, then you are looking for nothing more then Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall in Sevierville, TN right on the Parkway.

Boutiques and Local Shops

And there is still another option.  You can always look to the small shops and boutiques in each of the mountain towns that surround the Smokies.  From Cashiers to Bristol, Asheville to Knoxville, there are great places to shop around every corner.  These small locations are locally owned in most cases and have items that you will never find anywhere else.   From Asheville’s Biltmore Village to Gatlinburg’s Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, you will find plenty to buy and you will be able to purchase those one of a kind items that you don’t find in a big box store.  Part of the fun of spending Thanksgiving away from your home town is being able to celebrate the holiday season a little different.  Going to boutique shopping areas like Gatlinburg’s The Village and tooling around Cashiers and Highlands in some of the best resort shopping in the southeast.

If you are going to be spending today, Black Friday shopping, and you are in the Smoky Mountains, make sure that you take in all the sights.  Make sure that you get those big box deals.  Make sure that you explore the outlet malls for even deeper discounts and of course, go to a smaller local store and really get a feel for the Smokies.  Meet the people that live in the area, spend time with your family while you start the shopping list and hopefully finish some of your shopping as well.  Spend Black Friday in one of the most beautiful place sin the world, the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.

Cherokee National Forest

If you have driven through Tennessee to get to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you have probably driven through the Cherokee National Forest (CNF).  Containing more than 650,000 acres, the Cherokee National Forest is separated by the GSMNP into two halves.  Both halves follow the state border that Tennessee shares with North Carolina.  The northern half of the CNF extends to the Virginia line to the border of the GSMNP.  In the same way the southern portion extends from the Georgia state line to the GSMNP.

Both sections of the CNF provide excellent and exciting opportunities for recreation and adventure in the Southern Appalachians.  Fishing, hiking, camping and boating are only a few activities that you can take advantage of in the CNF.

In the northern half of the Cherokee National Forest you will find:

  • Cherokee National ForestTrout Fishing – some of the streams and river sin the CNF are stocked streams and provide some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the Smoky Mountain area.  Along with trout you will find bass, crappie and bluegill fishing that is beyond compare.
  • Boating & Watersports – from sailing to skiing, the CNF is full of chance to get in the water and have a good time.
  • Hiking – Of course the most famous trail in the CNF is the Appalachian Trail.  Add to that countless other trails criss-cross the mountain terrain.
  • Camping – whether you prefer a tent or an RV, the Cherokee National Forest has a camp ground to suit your taste.

And remember, your tax dollars go to support this area.  The national forest in the US are a treasure that we need to enjoy and support.  Go explore the Cherokee National Forest, and some of the towns that are contained in this great recreational area.  In the Northern District of the CNF:  Erwin, Johnson City and Elizabethton.  To the south in the Southern District of the CNF:  Etowah and Ocee.  Spend some time in the CNF, have the vacation of your life in the great outdoors.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway MapThis route follows the Appalachian Mountain chain from the Shenendoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park-a distance of 469 miles. There are frequent turnouts for mountain vistas, waterfalls, picnic areas, and visitor centers. Much of the Parkway is closed in winter. The speed limit is strictly limited to 45 miles per hour or less, and trucks are prohibited.  The South Section Auto Tour covers the last 175 miles of the parkway beginning at the visitor center at Linville Falls. The parkway passes through a series of gaps, meadows, tunnels, and scenic overlooks. Points of interest include the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, the Folk Art Center and Craggy Falls. A popular sidetrip is a visit to the Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

As important as the Newfound Gap Road is to the GSMNP, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of those vital arteries of traffic in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  The drive from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to Cherokee, NC is one of the most miraculous drives you can take on the east side of the Mississippi River.  All along the Blue Ridge Parkway you will find towns such as Asheville, Maggie Valley, and Cherokee that are the epitome of the small little mountain town in the Smokies.  The Blue Ridge Parkway also offers access to some areas of the GSMNP that you can’t get to from any other point.  Work began on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1935 and it took until 52 years to be completed.

Here are some of the highlights along the Smokies end of the Blue Ridge Parkway:

  • Blue Ridge ParkwayMilepost 469 – The Blue Ridge Parkway intersects with US 441 in Cherokee, NC
  • Milepost 458.2 – Heintooga Overlook – Mile-high overlook
  • Milepost 422.4 – Devil’s Courthouse
  • Milepost 417 – Looking Glass Rock
  • Milepost 408.6 – Mount Pisgah – part of the Biltmore Estate
  • Milepost 384 – The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center
  • Milepost 382 – The Folk Art Center
  • Milepost 355.4  – Mount Mitchell State Park
  • Milepost 331  – Museum of North Carolina Minerals
  • Milepost 304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct
  • Milepost 285.1 – Daniel Boone’s Trace


Gatlinburg’s Arrowmont truly is a school of art education set against one of most ideal artistic backdrops – the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Arrowmont’s school of arts and crafts is a tool for anyone to make use of who wants to expand their art education. One- and two-week courses highlight the curriculum and artists the world over make up the school’s revolving faculty.

Arrowmont SIgnLocated on a 14-acre residential campus in Gatlinburg, TNArrowmont offers a series of weekly classes. They include instructional courses in books, ceramics, drawing, fiber, metals/jewelry, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, warm glass, wood-turning, and woodworking.

Arrowmont is open year round. Browse the artwork of worldly artists in the school’s five galleries. The Marian Heard Library and Resource Center includes print and electronic materials and work is always on display from Arrowmont’s permanent collection there for those looking for more research opportunities. The Artist Outfitters Store provides all the art supplies and tools that a student might need.

Over the years a number of area schools in the Smoky Mountain region have benefited greatly from a sharing learning initiative offered through Arrowmont. ArtReach, a program in partnership with Sevier County Schools, gives 1,000 students from grades 4-12, the opportunity for a full day of in-depth, art classes at Arrowmont each year.

Arrowmont recently marked its 100th birthday as a center for art education in the Smokies. At first, Arrowmont taught area children from a general education curriculum in a settlement school setting. Before long though mountain handicrafts found their into the school’s teachings. These teachings were infused into each child’s regular education in order to preserve the skills of the residents whose livelihood depended on more agriculturally-based teachings. Arrowmont’s signature summer workshop program was launched in 1945 and the school welcomed people from all over the country who were interested in furthering their art education against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. Today, more than 130 classes in contemporary art and crafts are offered throughout the center’s seasonal sessions.

Arrowmont operates Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Hours expand to seven days a week during the spring, summer and fall workshops programs. During winter classes, the galleries, resource center and the book/supply store are also open extended hours.

On Cosby

Cosby, TN celebrates all that it is and has become every year each spring and fall called:  On Cosby.  And if you like local Smoky Mountain crafts, this is as good of a festival as the area offers.  Crafters of all kinds selling their wares – from homespun crafts to local authors, you can easily lose track of the day going from booth to booth browsing through all the local goods.

On Cosby isn’t just for crafters, everyone from local politicians to nonprofit groups set up booths here. You definitely don’t want to miss the various culinary offerings at the On Cosby festival. Besides being a great local festival, On Cosby is held at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains.

On Cosby

Let me reiterate that the craft show is the major draw to the On Cosby festival.  Featuring over 50 vendors each year, it’s an eclectic festival that incorporates both traditional mountain crafts and a number of items that would surprise you, and that are new to most.  Crafters will still be heavy on popular sellers – lots of quilts, bears and log cabin home décor that are always sought out locally.  You’ll also find Southern favorites such as the hillbilly wine glasses and paintings on old barn boards.  The crafts-people at On Cosby are especially talented and it shows in their work.  Things that you might discard become a work of art to some and an item that you may have not even thought twice about; it really is a “someone’s junk is another’s treasure” scenario.  This past year, there was even a local author promoting and selling autographed copies of her book, the topic of which centers around the Smokies.

Being that it’s a small town festival, everybody who’s anybody locally is bound to show up.  On Cosby’s back row of booths is a local politician’s dream that is only equaled by the number of nonprofit groups promoting their upcoming charities and trying to get people involved. Girls Scouts selling brownies and cupcakes is always a crowd pleaser, and why wouldn’t it be.  Beside the girl scouts is a church youth group raising money for a trip, followed by people working for the Appalachian Bear Rescue. And while people continue to speak about the issues, gain signatures, and recruit volunteers, people are eating and the entertainment goes on.

On CosbyYou’ll find the main stage at the festival’s center, literally.  Over the next three days, there will be more bluegrass played on this stage than you can shake a stick at.  Gospel is big as well and always draws a big crowd to root on their favorite local group or singer.

Make sure to visit the moonshine exhibit as well and take a trip back to Cosby’s past.  The festival’s presentation shows how Cosby became the moonshine capital of the Smokies.

Various food tents and booths align the front of the festival and rightly so as most are overcome by all the sensual smells upon entrance.  Numerous foods to eat by hand as well as full meals make up theses tents, many with smoky wafting above.  Soon, the smell of BBQ over takes your lungs followed by a buttery fragrance that signals the popping of popcorn, cotton candy not far off either. The breeze brings the sound of children lining up for delicious ice cream, despite the apparent coolness of the fall air.  On Cosby is definitely a local festival not to be missed.  Bring your appetite; a chair to relax in, feel free to dance and listen to the music; and bring the kids along for a weekend you’re sure not to forget.