We had uneventful flights from Jacksonville to Atlanta and Atlanta to Knoxville. It was 36 degrees when we got of the plane.
I had reserved a vehicle through Thrifty Car Rental and selected their "Wild Card" option where they pick the car - it's cheaper that way sometimes.
The "Wild Card" at the Knoxville airport location is a Nissan Frontier crew cab pick-up truck. Well allrighty then. It is four-wheel-drive and that could come in handy as snow is expected this weekend.
From the airport, we drove the 45-minutes to Sevierville with snow flurries falling around us. This year, we tried something different. Instead of booking a hotel, I checked out possible lodging options on VRBO and AirBNB vacation rental sites. I found Sheila's Cozy Cabin on both sites, and it was cheaper than a hotel, closer to the Sevierville Convention Center, and, as you might imagine, cozier.
Now, this cabin is in a subdivision with lots of other cabins, so it's certainly not an out-in-the-woods-with-a-lot-of-privacy experience. The neighbors are quite close.
But we'll be here a week before we fly to Chicago, and the fact it has a full kitchen, a washer & dryer, a fireplace, and a hot tub on the back deck, makes it a great choice for us for the Knoxville RV Show here in Sevierville.
It has a small bedroom downstairs ....
and a loft upstairs, .....
with a single, large bathroom downstairs. It's perfect for a couple, and would be fine for a family of four (although it is quite cozy). And it would be a nice option for attendees of the Spring Rally at River Plantation (four miles away).
Once we were settled, we had dinner at the El Paso Grill Mexican Restaurant. We recalled eating there before, and the food was great then and now.
After dinner, we went grocery shopping. For most of the RV shows we do, we charge a flat fee and take care of our own travel, lodging, rental car, food, and other expenses. For other shows, we charge a speaking fee and they either book our travel and lodging or reimburse us for our actual expenses.
We always try to keep our expenses down, but even more so when we're going from show to show. So, most nights we'll eat in, and Linda will prepare us a lunch to take to the show. We charge a very fair rate for the shows, but we can increase our profit margins a little bit by keeping an eye on our expenses. It's not like we have a corporate credit card and our company will reimburse us for lavish business travel. :)
So, we're here and looking forward to the show. It's supposed to get colder tomorrow and Saturday, and there is a chance of snow ranging from an inch to six inches. We hope the cold weather (maybe single digits on Saturday) and snow possibilities don't keep people away. But we'll be there doing our thing either way.
Here is a link to our show schedule - Knoxville RV Show Seminars. Come out and see us if you are in the area. :)