We have been receiving a number of calls regarding the wildfires in our area, especially in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thankfully, we are fine and not affected by any of the fires. We do ask for your prayers for our friends and colleagues in Gatlinburg. It is a dangerous situation there and we need to pray for everyone’s safety.
As I mentioned, we are safe and are operating on a normal schedule. The Polar Express is also fully operational. The only inconvenience for our guests coming from Tennessee is that Highway 441 from Galinburg/Pigeon Forge through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is closed. Folks coming from that area need to use I-40, to Waynesville, NC, then Hwy 74 W to get to Bryson City.
We do not take our blessings for granted. This situation could easily been reversed and our inn placed in jeopardy. Thankfully, we received some rainfall last night and more is forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Every drop is needed for the fires and our ongoing drought.
Count your blessings, pray for Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. If you have reservations to be here with us in December, do not change your plans. We will be here and the train will be running