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saw50st8 TR to Tennessee My 9 year old had been bugging me to fly somewhere for our summer vacation. We usually drive because there are so many places to see near NJ and my kids are all really close in age, so the thought of dragging 4 really little kids on a plane was really not appealing. But at this point, my youngest would already be 4 so I agreed that if we could find cheap flights somewhere, then we could fly. I was playing around on google flights one day and found non stop flights from EWR to TYS for $120/pp. I've been to Tennessee a few times and always wanted to go back to the Smoky Mountains. I logged onto Chase and those flights were slightly more expensive, but I booked them anyway. We got all 6 flights for under 60,000 UR.  My son was so excited when I told him!

Next up was looking for a hotel. I wanted a hotel that was convenient for all the activities and also big enough to have the 6 of us in one room. We chose the Holiday Inn Express in Downtown Gatlinburg. It had a spacious room and when the couch bed was open, there was still plenty of room to walk around.  The room came equipped with a decent size fridge, microwave and my absolute favorite feature - a second sink outside the bathroom! The hotel has a wonderful waterpark with 3 water slides, a heated indoor pool and two bathrooms in the waterpark/pool area. The hotel is also connected to a Holiday Inn Vacation club resort so you can use the facilities there including the other two pools and two hot tubs. In addition, the resort has daily activities that you can join. It's about a block off the main road in downtown Gatlinburg and really convenient to most things you would want to get to. I will say that Gatlinburg itself is everything I think it wrong with touristy places (like Ripleys Believe it or Not and all the other tourist traps) but being even a block off the main, road, we didn't see much of that, except to drive by.

Outside of the Hotel:

Hotel Water Park:

After a short flight, we drove from Knoxville to Gatlinburg. The views are incredible right away. I'm not exactly sure where our GPS took us (or why because the route didn't make much sense), but we ended up driving through the Smoky Mountains and stopped for lunch at a creek where went wading.

Drive to Gatlinburg:


We found a snake in the water:

We drove to our hotel, checked in and then went grocery shopping at Food City, a few miles from the hotel. They had plenty of kosher bread, frozen food (including cheese pierogies!), canned goods and of course junk food. Prices were pretty good too.

After our food run, we had a blast at the water park. My kids could have stayed there for hours, but we put them to bed early to get ready for a long day.

October 09, 2017, 09:08:33 PM
Re: remove delinquent account
addressed to who? no one I can call?
Creditboards would probably have an address. Always better to send a GW letter but can't hurt to call.

November 18, 2018, 09:02:02 PM
Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
Do chain stores buy their private label items thru a distributor too?
Various brokers are involved from what I understand, and they may or may not own the food. C&S had their own private label. So does krasdale, which is a Jewish owned company that does not sell their chametz.
By the way, A small time food broker who buys and sells to both distributors and retailers was in my house on Yom tov. At any given time he owns 100 truckloads of various foods. He's careful to not own chametz, but many of his Israeli colleagues are not. These are not even an official part of the food chain, just operate in the shadows.

April 30, 2019, 10:28:02 AM
Re: Switzerland Master Thread
This is mostly what I've been seeing :(
Don't search like that. You're almost for sure not going to find anything like that. Everything is apartments there. Look for 2 bedroom apartments in the same area. If you use the map view you can see some will even be in the same building or the neighboring building.

May 28, 2019, 08:49:31 AM
Re: NBA Master Thread
NBA 2k19 rates the warriors as better than the bulls

June 14, 2019, 12:05:24 AM
Re: wesson canola oil 128 oz free on Holy Guacamole.

Alright here we go:

(Remember: pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.)

Stuff available for shipping (or sometimes pickup): WARNING: ONLY SOME OF THE CANDY IN THIS MIX IS KOSHER. OTHERS ARE NOT KOSHER

Stuff seemingly only available for delivery or pickup, but depends on your area: (This is OU-D) (This is OU-D and presumably not Pas Yisroel)

Items that can only be delivered using the Shipt delivery option, these do not show a hechsher on the image, so I don't know if they are certified kosher or not. If someone is in a target, you can check if this item has a hechsher:

June 20, 2019, 03:17:10 PM
Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
Anyone with a discover card willing to check when this round of BT offers expires?
On line in my account: Respond by 08/06/19

June 25, 2019, 07:33:02 PM
Re: Marriott Hotels
Is there a way to upgrade a points reservation to a suite in advance?
suite upgrade

July 04, 2019, 02:45:26 PM
Re: We need a dedicated MOD to enforce the rules in GFS and DR!
We need a dedicated MOD to enforce the rules in GFS and DR!

Just make me a Mod and I will just keep deleting the posts. they will get the hang of the rules very fast.


July 10, 2019, 03:31:12 PM
Anyone able to check how many seats are available PHX-JFK on 8/19 on B6? Thanks.
There are currently 76 seats available for purchase on the plane.

July 16, 2019, 10:41:55 AM