Great Smoky Mountains Instagrammed

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Great Smoky Mountains Instagrammed


On our way to Cades Cove, we kept seeing signs for the Cades Cove Cellars that had just opened up.  If there’s a winery, that’s where I’ll be.  We stopped and sampled almost all of their wines and I ended up leaving with a bottle of Reisling.

The winding roads through the Smoky Mountains offer gorgeous, gorgeous views.  Well worth just driving or riding through the area.

A lonesome tree in Cades Cove.

An old historic barn located on one of the trails in Cades Cove.

A small wooden footbridge on one of the trails in Cades Cove leaves a beautiful reflection in the creek.

There were plenty of deer grazing in the early morning hours.

A Tom that I got really really close to despite is not liking it too much.  Also, probably the largest turkey I’ve ever seen.

The fog rolls in on a beautiful morning looking out from the John Oliver place in Cades Cove.

A bear cub plays in the woods – I was able to get very close while keeping my eye out for mama.

Stopped in Downtown Gatlinburg some good ‘ole Tennessee moonshine after a fun morning of hiking and shooting pictures.


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  1. Brittany @ Paws for Beer

    May 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    You taste tested all the wines, but only left with one – that’s some self-control! 🙂

  2. Stacey

    May 31, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    So beautiful!

    I have to get into instagram! I’ve been wanting to for a while… think when I get a new phone I will get onto instagram to celebrate – you just sold me with this peice actually! 😀

  3. Lauren

    June 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Amazing photos – I love how serene and peaceful the views look. The bear cub is adorable! And I’m a huge fan of wineries 🙂

  4. Dave Cole

    June 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Nice photos and the moonshine pic was the perfect end to the post – hope you were still able to Instagram after drinking it!

  5. Elena

    June 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    The baby bear looks so adorable! Amazing pictures and awesome filters used! I’m a huge fan of Instagram myself 🙂

  6. Corinne

    June 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Ashley, I love these photos, baby black bears, misty landscapes…they’re gorgeous, and make my summer seem that much further away. In only a few weeks, USA here I come!

  7. Margherita @The Crowded Planet

    June 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Amazing pictures Ashley, you’re really talented. I would love to visit the Smokies!

  8. Molly S

    June 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Gorgeous pictures! It looks like a really lovely area. Very impressed that you left with just one bottle of wine!

  9. Anna | slightly astray

    June 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I love the pictures of wildlife… what a treat to get close to a baby bear!! And I agree… I love wine tasting!

  10. Lisa

    June 1, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Sounds relaxing and the photos are so beautiful.

  11. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats

    June 2, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Great photos and neat idea to use your Instagram photos. I have not been to the Great Smoky Mountains for many years, very beautiful place.

  12. patricia storbeck

    June 2, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Great idea the instragram pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words (my eBbook is written with that idea in mind). My daughter, Helen, loved horses so that one was pinned. And I love bears. Pooh bear being my favorite. We were once stalked by a black bear in the Blue Mountains, NC. Never so scared in my life.
    Patricia from Mojito and Me

  13. Christy@SweetandSavoring

    June 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Beautiful scenes! Aren’t historic barns so intriguing? They all have such character, and so many stories to tell, I’m sure. And oh my gosh, great shot of the bear cub!

  14. Sammi Wanderlustin'

    June 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Pretty pictures 🙂

  15. Meggie Kay

    June 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Great photos! I remember passing by the Great Smokey Mountains as a kid during our drives from seeing family in Canada to our home in Jacksonville, FL.

  16. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

    June 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Dang! How did I miss these in my IG feed, super, super photos!!

  17. Adelina

    June 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Great pictures! I especially like the one with the fog rolling in. A glass of Reisling sounds great right now.

  18. Calli

    June 4, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    What a great idea for a post Ashley – I love all your Instagram photos! The only person I know (in person?) that has visited the Smoky Mountains is my dad and he couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful they are. I can now see what he means – the picture with the fog rolling in is gorgeous!

  19. Bob R

    June 5, 2014 at 5:06 AM

    I was hoping to hear more about the wines since one rarely, if ever, reads about wines from Tennessee. (And what are you doing buying bottles of wine when you’re supposed to be saving? 🙂 )

  20. Marysia

    June 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Looks like a great day enjoying the outdoors!

  21. Samantha

    June 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Great pics! That’s a good idea to do an Instagram post. I just don’t Instagram that much or I always do it afterwards. Looks like a really beautiful and peaceful place!

  22. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    June 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Great pictures! Love the turkey picture – it looks like it is standing on one leg! haha

  23. frankaboutcroatia

    June 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Love any natural site that has vineyards, and lots of wineries as a result. Cades Cove seems like a nice place to visit. Photos are great, Ashley!

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