Our spring break plans: a vacation, with guest blogger, Amynah, and her family, at a resort in the Smoky Mountains with an indoor water park.
For my family and friends, it turned out to be a wonderful vacation… for me, it turned into an oy vey-cation. What’s the difference, you ask? Let me break it down for you:
Vacation (my family/friends’ exprience): Sitting with a friend enjoying a relaxing manicure and pedicure the night before leaving town.
Oy vey-cation (my experience): Noticing, when it’s too late to fix it, that the color you chose makes your toes look like they are bleeding, rather than making them look cute and colorful.
Vacation: A scenic drive up in the new minivan – which is big enough to hold absolutely everything we could possibly need – and more.
Oy vey-cation: Realizing upon arrival, that despite having room in the minivan for anything and everything, we forgot most of Moose’s clothes, all of our pool toys, and a few other essentials.
Vacation: Restful nights.
Oy vey-cation: The fire alarm going off causing an evacuation of the entire building on the first night there. (In all fairness, this happened to everyone, not just me. So, I guess this was the one shared “oy vey-cation” moment.)
Vacation: Three days filled with waterpark adventures, playground fun, miniature golf, shopping and non-diet-friendly food.
Oy vey-cation: A half day spent seeking medical care, being diagnosed with shingles (it’s not just for your grandma anymore) and waiting at the pharmacy to get multiple prescriptions filled, two days spent lying around the hotel room feeling miserable, and a very uncomfortable drive home.
Vacation: Everyone returning home relaxed and happy.
Oy vey-cation: Returning home to continue recovering from shingles along with two kids with severe allergies and, maybe even a hint of a cold.
Despite all of that, I give high marks to the Wyndham Great Smokies Lodge in Sevierville, TN. It is attached to Wilderness at the Smokies, and guests at the Great Smokies Lodge get to use all of the same amenities.
The Wyndham units were comfortable and beautifully furnished. We stayed in a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom unit with a full kitchen and laundry in the unit. On top of that, they were able to put our friends in the room right next door.
I was very impressed with the indoor and outdoor waterparks (even though I didn’t get to spend much time there). Our party of eight ranged in age from 2 to 44, and there were activities for all ages.
For the younger kids, there were several play areas with very shallow water that were loaded with fun toys, including slides, water shooters, dancing fountains, swings, etc. The wave pool even had a very shallow area where younger kids could play. Isaac said it was, “just like the beach” (which I find funny since he’s never actually been to the beach.)
For the bigger kids (including the 44-year-old), there were deeper wave pools, wild slides and a “surfing” ride. In the arcade, in addition to the arcade games, there was minature golf, a multi-story climbing gym, and a multi-story ropes course.
I am looking forward to returning there next year and, hopefully, enjoying a vacation!