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Parrottsville, a tiny town near
Newport - and too many miles from
Cosby. "So this is like a homecoming," she says. "And we love it."
Her favorite cabin? Moosetrax.
"We try to get up there on the third
week of October. It has a good view
of the mountain up - instead of
being up on the mountain, looking
Moosetrax, with three bedrooms, has also become a favorite
for Elaine Winter.
"It has a real pretty view of the
Foothills Parkway," Strickland says.
"It sort of looks up at the mountains
of the Foothills Parkway. It's easy
access, it's big, and it's private."
Elk Run at Cosby Creek Cabins includes a pool table (top left); a spacious downstairs
bedroom (top right); private access to Cosby Creek (middle left); a living room with TV and
fireplace (middle right); a kitchen with lots of counter space (bottom left); and a hot tub on
the rear deck (bottom right).
beauty of Cocke County, Tennessee.
Cosby Creek Cabins now boasts
35 rentals with names like
Mountain Manor, Moosetrax - and,
o f c o u r s e , Wi n t e r 's f a v o r i t e ,
Cabins vary in size from one bedr o o m t o f o u r. A m o n g A l a n
Strickland's favorites is Elk Run, a
two-bedroom bungalow with a hot
tub, porch, deck, dining area, large
kitchen and creek access.
"It has most of everything that
everybody's looking for," says Alan
Strickland. "They want to be on the
creek, and they want to be
secluded. With Elk Run, you're
pretty much on the water, and
you're private, and that is a huge
draw to people."
What's here, in turn, adds up to
much more than pristine places to
sleep, eat or steal a kiss.
Outside, the national park offers
whitewater rafting, hiking trails and
fishing holes. Cosby, too, is close
enough to provide easy access to all
that the "Smokies Strip" has to offer
with the glitz and glamour of
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and
coming from LongWood, fLorida,
Alfred and Farrell Culberson discovered Cosby Creek Cabins a few years
ago while visiting Farrell's former
nursing school classmates from the
"We chose it mainly because it's
the closest thing we could find from
Newport," Farrell Culberson says.
"We cooked and ate and played cards
and caught up on all kinds of stuff."
Farrell Culberson grew up in
Wanting breaks in the rat race,
Gary Taff drives a half day to Cosby
Creek Cabins from Charleston,
"We go up about twice a year. We
take the kids to Dollywood, do
whitewater rafting and horseback
riding. Then we get up to see a
show," says Taff. "It's just nice up
there. You can fill your whole weekend up or just do nothing. It's a
nice, long weekend getaway for us."
And the rates are reasonable,
says Taff, the owner of an automotive repair shop.
"For me, the price, the service
and for the average of $100 a night,
you get a complete cabin, one or
two bedroom, fully furnished -
with a gas fireplace, central heat
and air, hot tub for the kids to play
in, and a full kitchen with all the
utensils you need," Taff says. "You
cook out on the grill like you would
at home. Most hotels, you spend
more than that a night for just a
Taff has checked into a variety of
Cosby's cabins - with names like
Bear Pause, Into the Wild and Cabin
by the Creek.
"There is something about that
water," Taff says, pausing a little.
"When the weather is nice, my wife
likes to open up the window so she
can hear that creek. She just likes to
hear that water rushing by."
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