Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains, Hiking, Marriage

Today, we hiked along the Gatlinburg Trail, in the Great Smoky Mountains, through its deeply shaded lanes next to the Little Pigeon River.  The sound of water flowing over the river rocks, the rustle of leaves in a gentle breeze, and the sunlight peaking through the canopy of trees causes you to take a deep breath and relax in the beauty of nature.  Each step down the trail takes you further away from life’s stresses.  I often call it my attitude adjustment hike.  It certainly brings life back into perspective.   

When everything shifts into perspective, you begin to look the people you meet in the eye and speak to them.  Your outlook changes from “me-me” and downward cast eyes to looking directly in people’s eyes.  It’s surprising how many people walk past you looking down and not responding, still stuck in the “me-me” state.  They don’t look around to see the beauty that God has created and the potential for an interesting conversation with others around them.  Their path is set with no variation, just putting one foot in front of the other. 

I like to watch the reaction when we speak to people along the trail.  I’ve seen surprise, wariness, blank stares, and sometimes friendliness.  Today was much the same as it always is.  The “hello,” “hi,” “how are you doing” greeted us as we walked along.  Until we began our last leg of the hike, heading back to the car, a young couple that we had passed earlier stopped us.  “Do you mind if I ask you a question?” she asked as we paused on the trail.  “Of course we don’t mind,” we replied, expecting a request for directions or a recommendation for dinner.

“I see that you are walking along holding hands,” the young lady said.  “And I assume that you have been married for a long while.”  Bob is always quick to let people know that we’ve been married 43 years.  Of course, he usually says, “We’ve been married 20 wonderful years.  Not bad out of 43.”  Today, he refrained from his normal comment.  Our inquisitor mentioned that she would like to have a relationship that was long lasting.  Her question was “What is the secret to a happy marriage?”

I answered almost too readily “never go to bed angry.”  But the more that I thought about her question, I will have to say true friendship (loving another as you would want to be loved), determination to stay the course and the decision to honor the promise that we made to each other before God are the reasons.  Sure our adventure together has been rough and rocky in places.  But even with the hard spots, even when we were angry with each other, life together is better together than life apart.  Too many people enter commitments without the desire or the needed effort to maintain it.  Love and marriage are works in progress with challenges at every turn—a roller coaster of highs and lows.  With Christ’s help we continue to ride the roller coaster.  It is His help that keeps us determined to succeed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gatlinburg, Romance, Bed and Breakfast

Gatlinburg on Trip Advisor's Romantic Cities List

And what better place to enjoy the romance of Gatlinburg than The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast.  With the glorious vistas from our decks to the indulgent spa treatments and the gourmet treats for breakfast and evening desserts, your romantic retreat is complete.

TripAdvisor calls Gatlinburg the place to "snuggle up in the Smoky Mountains . . ." and have the opportunity for "endless activities".  Where else but Gatlinburg can you find the "Rose Lady" who will  present your sweetheart a gorgeous, fragrant rose (that should score big points on the romance meter).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Washington, National Parks, Gatinburg, TN

Just because Washington decrees that all National Parks must close does not mean that the Gatlinburg, TN entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains is closed.  For those potential Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast guests, who still want to explore the national park, here is some insider information.  The Great Smoky Mountain National Park does not charge an admission fee.  Because of that fact. there is no main entrance gate to close.  Then, US441, a national highway which cuts through the middle of the park, can not be closed.  And there is also State Road 73 that needs to be open.  Great views and some hiking is still available.  We are suggesting that you enjoy the views and vistas on the drive across the mountains to North Carolina (US441).  Off of US441 is Alum Cave Bluff trail and the Chimneys.  At Newfound Gap, you will get a panoramic view of Tennessee and North Carolina.  On State Road 73 are numerous quiet walkways, Laurel Falls, the Sinks, Meigs Falls, and a great drive along Little River.  There's lots to see and do; so, we'll see you soon at The Foxtrot.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Russians Are Coming!

We're spiffing up The Foxtrot for some special guests.  You'll be surprised who's coming!  (We were speechless when we got the call.)  The US Department of Commerce is bringing 18 former Soviet Union innkeepers to visit from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbebistan.  They are all part of a program called SABIT--Special American Business Intership Training. 

The innkeepers are visiting four cities in the United States:  Washington, DC, Boston, Providence, and GATLINBURG, TN.  Out of all the possible locations that they could tour, they chose The Foxtrot.  Bob and I will be sharing some history, marketing tips, internet strategies, and, by special request, information on our menus and cooking school.  Who would have thought that we would have an international impact.  Stay tuned for pictures of the delegation on their arrival--June 25th.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains, Snow

Skiing is great in Gatinburg this winter.  The snow machines at Ober Gatlinburg, only a mile and a half away, have been augmenting all the natural snow that we have received.  At The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, we've had some beautiful snowy mornings.  The good thing about staying with us is that you never have to worry about the road conditions.  The City of Gatlinburg clears the road to the head of our driveway.  So, access to skiing and the Great Smoky Mountains is always available.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast in Las Vegas


Every once in a while you need to take the "show" on the road.  And the innkeeping "show" became really interesting when Bob and Shirley of The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast spent the week in Las Vegas at the  Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) Convention.  We did meet some interesting people, as you can see from the photos.  Rumor has it that Bob wanted to stay in Las Vegas, but decided that he  preferred innkeeping to showgirls.  All teasing aside, the PAII sessions gave us some great innkeeping tips and industry insights.  Come see what we learned and get the inside scoop on what we left in Vegas.  Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains are waiting for you at The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Black Bears, Gatlinburg, The Foxtrot

You never know from day to day what is going to appear at The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast.  How about a dancing bear?  We like to think he learned the foxtrot from peaking through the windows. Well, all kidding aside, he is actually searching for more peaches on our peach tree.  This year we had a great crop of peaches, and we thought we might have peach flambe or peaches in bloom with our home-grown treats.  But, the dancing bear ate everyone of them while they were still green. Just think what a tummy ache he must have had.