You Know You’re in the Smoky Mountains When…

A few weeks ago, we took a trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. It was mostly a getaway to relax, unwind and unplug. I did pull out my camera phone for a few shots of Smoky Mountain style that caught my eye.

Smoky Mountain style

Smoky Mountain style hand painted sign -


We went out for breakfast one morning and I loved this handmade painted sign.

Have a Seat, just seemed to summed up the friendly sentiment from the people wherever we went.

Smoky Mountain style Tennessee rocking chair -

Rocking chairs

Rocking chairs frequent many a porches and patios down in the Smokies.

Smoky Mountain style straight back rocking chair -

I found that they were mostly of the straight-backed, Shaker style. Many are wood stained, but there were plenty of pretty painted ones, too.

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Mountain views

The Smoky Mountains is a National Park. A very large one. Roads are paved throughout giving access to trails, lookout points, camping and picnic sites.  We went hiking, horseback riding and rafting.  But even a short drive into the park with a stop off at one of the lookout points is breathtaking.


From the outskirts of the park, the views are stunning, as well.  Especially to flat-landers like ourselves.

Smoly Mountain style-Gatlingburg covered bridge -

Rustic architecture

Add rustic cabins, cottages, lodges and covered bridges and it completes the scene.

Of course it doesn’t all look like this. Pre-fabbed, newer style structures have edged their way in.  But there is enough of the old still left to set the mood.

Smoky Mountain style decor -bear lamp -

Black bears

Black bear sightings are not that uncommon. And the decor reminds you just how much these animals are a part of this area.


Last summer when my sisters were in Galtinburg, they got a first had visit from a family of black bears. At the time, we thought it rare. After talking with some of the local people, I realize now that a black bear sighting near the Smoky Mountains is kind of like a skunk sighting in suburban Chicago.

Frequent enough to keep you on your toes.

There are somewhere around 1500 black bears living in the Smokies.  Decor follows wildlife from black bear tables and chairs to lamps, signs and much more.

But it just belongs, you know?

I wish I had taken more pics of the many ways bears were incorporated into the style down here.

Style of the Great Smoky Mountains -

We had a hard time finding post cards, so I thought I’d make a few of my own.


diy postcard - Smoky

I’d like to think I captured just a snippet of the beauty and personality of the area around the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountains.

Have you been to the Smokies?  What stood out for you?  


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6 Responses to You Know You’re in the Smoky Mountains When…

  1. Anne September 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    I love covered bridges!!!!!!!!!! not so much bear cubs – where was mama??? YIKES!

    Beautiful scenery, thanks for sharing!


  2. chris aka monkey September 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    glad to see y’all had a good time, and glad you got it, the scenery is awesome and so are the people they treat you with good ole southern hospitality and the pics you took are awesome too xx

  3. Sharleen September 11, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    gorgeous photos thanks Amy..

  4. Doreen@foxdenrd September 11, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    We are stopping off at Ashville on the way home from Florida in March. Looking forward to it! I’m a mountain girl at heart :).

  5. Trish September 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Oh my gosh, you’re making me want to go back! I took my first trip there last year and just fell in love with the place. You’re right, hospitality abounds there. And it’s just a gorgeous place. I miss it.

    • Amy September 11, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

      I know, Trish, from the local grocery store to the horseback riding and rafting guides, the people were friendly and relaxed. Which I think goes hand in hand. I miss it, too, and hope to go back real soon. Thanks for stopping by to add to share your experience. xo Amy

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