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Published: August 21st 2011
Iron Mountain Inn - Butler, Tennessee
My wife and I recently made a seven-hour trek from the Washington DC area down to the Iron Mountain Inn
in Butler, TN
. We had purchased a special package from LivingSocial,
and, at the time, driving that far for a weekend did not seem like such a crazy idea. Why? Well, last year we had traveled to the Town House restaurant
in Chilhowie, VA, which is about an hour and a half closer to home. That drive didn’t seem to be all that long, and we definitely felt that the destination had been worth the trip. Butler, TN just did not seem to be that much further from DC.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be a disappointing weekend. You can read my review of the Iron Mountain Inn, on Trip Advisor
. You may also want to read the other reviews
, as some are more positive than mine, and it will give you a more balanced picture of the place.
Several factors worked against us having a good weekend. First of all, the weather; we had rain during most of the weekend. Partially, but not entirely, due to the rain, the drive turned out to just feel too long.
Mountain City, TN
I won’t go into too much detail on why Iron Mountain Inn didn’t work for us; as I said, you can get that from my review on Trip Advisor
. In short, very nice place, nice location; hospitality needs some work.
As we approached Iron Mountain Inn, and subsequently drove around in the rain, the small part of Tennessee we saw just did not resonate with us. Sometimes you travel to an area, look around and think, “nice place.” We have had that reaction in rural sections of Virginia, West Virginia and the western United States. We did not have that reaction in eastern Tennessee. In the short time we visited, the place did not grow on us at all. We spent part of one day driving around and exploring the area, and…nothing. We discussed whether we would have felt differently if the weather had been nicer, and honestly we don’t feel that the rain was a major factor. This is all purely subjective, but then again, this is my travel blog.
One thing we did enjoy in the area was having lunch at Mike's Bar-B-Q and Sub Shop
in nearby Mountain, City.
This was planned as an active, outdoor weekend, as
that is the primary attraction to the area for visitors. Due to the rainy weather we did not have much chance to go out and enjoy ourselves. We did take a short hike at Blue Hole Falls
, a lovely series of small waterfalls. Though, we did enjoy the walk, the wet rainy weather did make it a bit slippery and treacherous.
All-in-all, this was an interesting experiment. Neither of us had ever been in Tennessee before, so we did get to see a bit more of our country, but, in the end, we won't be returning, there are just too many other places to see.
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