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Breakfast with a View

by Meghann on October 22, 2011

Good Morning from the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

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Breakfast with a view, right? πŸ˜‰

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My Mom has two requirements when we travel to the mountains:

  1. High speed WiFi
  2. Hot Tub!

We took advantage of both almost as soon as we walked through the door last night.

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Totally roughing it. πŸ˜‰

Due to our large, filling breakfast at Dillard House yesterday morning, I had only nibbled on a handful of cashews during the long car ride up. By the time we did make it to the cabin my hunger was finally starting to kick in, so I made a small bowl of oat bran with peanut butter before we got to work on dinner.

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The cold mountain air calls for warm comfort food at night. Nothing is more warm or comforting than a nice pot of chili.

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We followed the directions on the back of the seasoning packet and added a can of tomatoes, pinto beans, and some acorn squash. We let it cook for 45 minutes, then topped out bowls with fresh chopped onion and cheese.

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And beer. Can’t forget the beer.

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It was a lazy night of watching Felicity (LOVED the graduation episode, but I’m not a fan of the future/back in time stuff) and talking to Derek (I miss him).

I was able to sleep in this morning and rise with the sun. I had hoped to get a little running in, but the steep hills around us made it more of a walk than a run. I did find a flat area where I could get some suicides in mixed with a little jumping jacks/high knees/lunges.

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I did 5 sets of suicides with some hill repeats up a gigantic hill. I finished out of breath with sore calves. It felt great. πŸ™‚

My travel breakfast.

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Done.

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Off to explore!

1 Amanda @ JustAmandaJ October 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

Wow, it is gorgeous up there! I like how your Mom thinks ;P I would be all over that hot tub!
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2 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 22, 2011 at 10:00 am

Gorgeous views up in those mountains!
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3 Dana October 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

Are you in/near Gatlinburg? If so, you should totally go to the Pancake Pantry for breakfast. The sweet potato pancakes are amazing!

4 amyt @ Chicken Nugget Momma October 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

I so agree!!
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5 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona October 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

That view is absolutely beautiful, especially with the leaves changing color!
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6 Amy October 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

Glad you’re having fun on your vacation! I just signed up for my first HIM!! It’s not till July of next year, but i’m super excited πŸ™‚

7 Hillary October 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

I’ve never been to the mountains before, but you’re making it look pretty irresistible.
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8 Army Amy* October 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Acorn squash! When I first saw the picture, I couldn’t figure out what that was!*
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9 Sophie October 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Oh my, that view is beautiful!
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10 Jessica @ Sushi & Sit-Ups October 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Wow look at all the colors on the tree! I miss seeing that.
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11 Christine @ BookishlyB October 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Love that you a) still go on family vacations despite being a grown up b) work out on vacations. I’d like to do more of both!
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12 Krystina (Organically Me) October 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Gorgeous view. πŸ˜€
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13 Sana October 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I am glad you are enjoying your tine with your parents!

14 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

that is an amazing view!!

i watched 4 episodes of felicity en route to london. HOOKED!
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15 Amanda October 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Breakfast with a view is right! Wow, it’s beautiful there. So jealous of your hot tub!
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16 Sara@RunningInPinkProject October 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I love those travel packs of Justins nut butter! Its how I got hooked on almond butter to start with. πŸ™‚
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17 Mary October 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Looks beautiful there! I’m not sure about lemon and nut butter in the same bowl. Does that really taste good together?

18 Meghann October 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

Yes. It’s honey peanut butter so it had a little sweetness to it that really complemented the tart lemon.

19 Deva @ Deva by Definition October 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

My grandparents live in the Smokey Mountains. I love sitting on their front porch to watch the sunrise, it is so lovely!
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20 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) October 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm

What an amazing view!! I’ve never been to the Smoky Mountains, but that looks like a worthy trip to add to my list!
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21 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

That is a GORGEOUS view! The only view I had at breakfast was my propped up feet… πŸ˜‰
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22 Ali Mc October 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm

This looks like something out of one of my dreams. I love the breakfast photos, both the view and the food look breathtaking! WOW. I want to live there. Tell your mom that hottubs ARE a must and she’s right on the money

love this I should visit more often πŸ™‚
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23 Anna October 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

I totally just commented on your apple post saying my husband and I took our anniversary trip near where you guys are. It looks like you’re even staying in the same complex we stayed in. Is that Black Bear Ridge? I totally wanted to buy one of those cabins by the time we left. And, great news if you and Derek wanted to go back with Maddie — dogs under 40lbs can stay in about half the cabins! We took our little guy with us.

24 Meghann October 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

We’re in the Gatlinberg/Pigeon Forge area, but at a different cabin complex. I’ve stayed at probably 4 or 5 different cabins in the area over the last 10 years and each of them have the relatively same gorgeous views of the smokies, you really can’t go wrong here. πŸ™‚

25 Jess@atasteofconfidence October 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Wow gorgeous pics!
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26 amyt @ Chicken Nugget Momma October 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

SO pretty I love the mountains – My hubby is from up there. We actually went to Gatlinburg for our honeymoon….we stayed in cabins like that – with the hottub and all – looks almost like the one’s we had.
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