As a reward for my husband, Robert, losing a lot of weight, we took a trip to LeConte Lodge in late June. It is the only lodge located in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park and sits atop Mt. LeConte in Tennessee.
The lodge is at an elevation just under 6,600 feet. Because of the height and location, it is rustic. There is no electricity. Running water is minimal, as is cell phone reception. Nights are lit up by kerosene lanterns. Wildlife can be seen and heard.
After arriving the staff led us to our cabin to get cleaned up before dinner. The dinner they served was all you care to eat, in case we were really hungry after trekking all day.
Some tips: We had to put our name on a waiting list for the lodge before getting the opportunity to go. There is one major thing we will do differently when we go again: Stay two nights.
Submitted by Terri Glick of Van Buren