Tennessee Lakefront Cottages
Vacation "HOT SPOT"
This is an article that appeared on a web site following a conversation with
the web site owner. Our thanks to Huck for permission to include it on the
www.tlcvacations.com web site.
Tennessee Lakefront Cottages may be one of the last throw back getaway locations
where you can relax. Tennessee Lakefront Cottages are a thing of the past by
today's standards. Tennessee Lakefront Cottages may be a vacation experience that
your kids may not be able to give their kids. It's a vacation hot spot in
Tennessee that provides you with a lake cottage of your own. Odds are if you're
reading this, you haven't heard about Tennessee Lakefront Cottages. But you're
about to. You may want to consider this option for your next Tennessee getaway,
holiday or vacation. By the way, after you read this article about the best keep
secret vacation hot spot I've found in recent years, GET OFF YOUR COMPUTER, AND GO
ENJOY THE DAY OUTSIDE!!!
Listen up, are you tired of the usual vacation spots where everyone goes, and it
takes more out of you than going to work everyday? And then you need a vacation
from the vacation! Well I have found Tennessee Lakefront Cottages, a place you'll
want to visit where you'll actually get a vacation. You know, relax and forget about
what you wanted to get away from in the first place. Just looking at the pictures on
the TLC web site should relax you. Now imagine actually being there and smelling
something you haven't in years - fresh, clean air!! Then imagine lots of fish, lots of
birds and nature with lots of restaurants on Watts Bar Lake, easily reached by boat or
Yeah, I'll admit, even Huck gets tired of worrying about everything, and then wants
to getaway from it all. I decided I wanted to get away for a few days - escape to
get refreshed. My brain was shorting out over the day-to-day stuff, and I figured it
was about time to do something about it. But I don't want to go where I've been
before, and I sure don't want to go where I can't relax.
So I started searching the web and after a lot of checking and calling, I found a
place that seemed too good to be true and wasn't too far away. I called them and
talked for a while to the owner of this resort in east Tennessee who caters to people
who want a TN lake getaway from it all, even if only for a few short days. I spoke
to Linda Shearer whose business is called Tennessee Lakefront Cottages. Their web
site address is: www.tlcvacations.com/. Check it out for detailed information.
Linda raves on and on about this Watts Bar Lake. She's this lake's best ambassador,
but she claims that once you get there, Watts Bar Lake sells itself. She insists
that I won't want to get out once I'm there, which reminds me of when we were kids
swimming in the pool and didn't want to get out when our parents told us to. (LOL)
TLC (short for Tennessee Lakefront Cottages) has 8 different privately owned homes
on Watts Bar Lake, TN and is growing. Each one is different but all are right on
the lake with their own docks so you can bring your own boat or rent one from a
nearby marina (jet skis, pontoon boats, speed boats, rowboats boats with small
motors) and keep it at your dock at your TN lake cabin during your stay. You can
rent an efficiency that has a hot tub, pool table, baby grand piano, fully equipped
kitchen, or anything in between up to a 3500 sq. ft. home with Jacuzzi that sleeps
12! TLC supplies everything but food and clothes. Clothes? Who needs clothes on
a vacation? Just bring the food and drinks! Listen to the names of these
cottages - Dockside 4 2, Tranquillity Bay, Red Haven Cove, Heron Hollow, Secret
Rendezvous, Sunset Bay, CC's Lake Lodge, and Dreamland Lake Lodge - sounds
enticing to me!! Which one to pick?
Linda told me Watts Bar Lake is located southwest of Knoxville, north of
Chattanooga, west of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. It's the Granddaddy of the
"Southern Great Lakes." Ah, ya know, get out a map and see for yourself.
It's about an hour from either Knoxville or Chattanooga airports. If you are driving,
check out the directions button on the web site. It will give you directions from
your home to TLC and show you a map.
But back to Watts Bar Lake, this lake is huge - lots of islands and peninsulas and
the fishing is great. It's also known for sandy beaches, warm water, swimming, jet
skiing, and boating, tubing, and water skiing. You can get lost on this lake. Linda
told me last summer, she got a cell phone call from a lady who rented a pontoon boat
and had 3 small children with her and got lost on her way back to her rental cabin.
Linda had to track her down by boat and lead her back home. Guess there's a reason
for the name TLC. Such are the perils of Watts Bar Lake. The lady maybe should have
had a map, but who thinks when you're on vacation? Minds are on vacation too.
Linda carries on about all the birds - Bald Eagles (cool), Ospreys, Great Blue
Herons, and others I can't remember. I guess there are a lot of different ones.
She also says you can go whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River, play golf at the Jack
Nicklaus Bear Trace golf course in Crossville, TN, go to Dollywood in Sevierville, buy
souvenirs in Gatlinburg, gamble in Cherokee, NC, visit some of the Civil War
battlegrounds in Chattanooga, go to Lookout Mountain / Rock City/ Ruby Falls, or her
favorite, do absolutely nothin' except watch the waves go by while floating on an air
mattress with Mzzz. Rumba Collins at your side.
All of these Tennessee activities are an easy driving distance from TLC except for
the water stuff - that's right outside your door. There are lots of restaurants on
the lake you can go to by boat or land, and there's a little obscure country grocery
store called Hackler's Grocery in Ten Mile, TN that sells the very best primo filet
mignon on the face of this planet. Hmm- I'll have to try that for myself!
One of the restaurants you can get to by boat or car, The Lighthouse, has earth
shattering views of Watts Bar Lake from every table - that's what Linda says! You can
dine outside on the deck or inside where it's cool and there's a live band every
weekend and karaoke always so you can make a fool of yourself anytime you want.
Another floating restaurant (The Landing) is Jimmy Buffet atmosphere and has a live
band on the weekends. The point is, as Linda says, TLC is for lake lovers who want to
escape and be pampered and stay in a nice lake home on Watts Bar Lake. It's all there.
What you make of it is up to you. Wander off or become a lake bum - hmm, that's a
Anyway, enough said. It gets your mind to thinkin' about great places to go in this
wonderful country! There are many great places to see in America, and y'all, I'm
planning on going to one of them.