This was our first visit to Anchor Down RV Resort in Dandridge, TN and hopefully not our last! We have been admiring other RV'er's posting envious pictures and reviews and now we finally get to experience for ourselves. From a budget perspective, we blew it for the month with our stay here, but we knew that going in. This place is not cheap, even with our military discount, but it was a chance to check this off our bucket list. We only wish the weather would have been better. I am getting to sound like a broken record!!! Hopefully that changes with our next stop.
To say this resort is a great place to stay is sort of an understatement. We timed it right from an occupancy perspective as it was a real quiet week and many of the sites were empty. However, we were on the cool kids block and had neighbors most of our stay but that really never bothered us. With these amazing views and amenities and just an overall top notch and well designed park, we were happy to share. We talked with several of the workampers who enjoy being there and it sounds very tempting, but with a 9 month commitment, that may be a little long in one place for us.
While here, we did get out to see the Great Smoky Mountains as well as some other locations in the area. We steered clear of the tourist strip from Sevierville to Gatlinburg as much as we could and did not set foot in one t-shirt shop or fudge factory. Our entertainment and misc budget stayed in tact, however, we did check out several restaurants local to the area. Delicious food and friendly service. Folks were genuinely glad to see you.
Outside of the parks we checked out Bush's Baked Beans Visitor Center and Museum. This is a free venue and you even get a picture of yourself and Duke taken for free. They had a nice movie of the history of the Bush family, the operations and some of the beautiful bean footage commercials. They even had a scale that you could get your weight in beans. That was pretty entertaining and thank goodness there wasn't a conversion chart to pounds! The museum did a really good job taking you through the years and we learned an interesting fact...Bush's original baked beans were developed at their WI plant! Well, huh! The gift shop was really cute and had alot of tempting items, but I refrained. There is also a cafe with food that folks rave about on Trip Advisor, however, there was quite a wait, so we did not stay for lunch.
We also went to the Douglas Dam that was created by the TVA (TN Valley Authority) for water management in the area as well as power production during WWII, along with other dams, for the Manhattan Project and other war time efforts. In driving around the dam property, we also stumbled upon a quaint little campground the TVA has along the picturesque river. Sites there were electric/water and ran about $25.
Our time here in the Smokies has come to an end and we are now off to visit with a dear friend from a previous job for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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