When a piece of cloth is exposed to sunlight for many days, that cloth slowly loses its brightness and color. Likewise, when my mind remains exposed to modern city life, the whirlwind of traffic lights and its cult of timebound to do lists, it starts craving solitude, silence, and wilderness. During this moment I break free and decide to get lost amidst mother nature. Still, there remains an in-between time. I call it the transition time. The time which helps to bridge the gap between city life and wilderness. During my recent visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City proved to be an excellent refuge that helped me bridge the gap and relax. Here I present a  memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City!

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A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

The picturesque entrance of the Inn

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn

McKinley Edwards Inn is a quaint and cozy inn in the Smoky Mountains of Bryson City.

McKinley Edwards Inn is a quaint and cozy inn in the Smoky Mountains of Bryson City. #travel Click To Tweet
A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Amidst nature; amidst peace!

Its relaxing room, greenery, peaceful atmosphere, and aesthetically pleasing decor, sparked some beautiful conversations with Siddhartha and my daughter, helped my mind contemplate and gifted us some memorable moments.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Our cozy and comfortable room.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Beautiful surroundings of McKinley Edwards Inn.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

The beautiful and aesthetically pleasant decor of McKinley Edwards Inn.

Moments of Contemplation

I still remember the very first morning when I saw a leaf slowly falling down from the tree. The scene was whispering to my eyes that “autumn is here”. When I looked down, I saw a glass table full of lifeless leaves or shall I say that the glass table was surrounded by stillness, silence, and solitude.

When I looked down, I saw a glass table full of lifeless leaves or shall I say that the glass table was surrounded by stillness, silence, and solitude. #Travel Click To Tweet
A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Hello Autumn!

I still remember the very first morning when I saw a leaf slowly falling down from the tree. The scene was whispering to my eyes that - autumn is here. #Travel Click To Tweet

After spending some time with myself, when I arrived at the breakfast hall, I was pleasantly surprised.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

The room where the breakfast was served was beautiful. I loved the photographs and the painted frames of the pictures.

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This room in @mckinleyedwardsinn is sheer magic. During my stay, a couple of weeks ago, when I first entered this room, I was pleasantly surprised. Wherever I looked, I saw picturesque scenes outside through the glass doors. . When I saw the piano I wished I knew how to play it. If I could, I would have played Bach's Suite no. 2 in B minor – one of my favorites. . Slowly my mind started transitioning from the whirlwind of city lights to tranquility that morning. From the fast and time-bound urban cult, this room prepared me for the wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains; the pace of the drifting mists and turning leaves in the mountains. . #TravelRealizations #greatsmokymountains #brysoncity #visitnc

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Moments of conversation

While swinging in silence for a couple of minutes my daughter broke the silence. She told – “Mommy look at that beautiful blue bird”. I loved that moment and am now framing it with words here on my blog. I didn’t try using the camera. I loved the way my daughter was loving the company of that beautiful blue bird.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Conversation with my daughter

I remember another beautiful moment in the picturesque garden from where one can see the mountains afar. My daughter uttered slowly – “Wow, that’s mountain”.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

This small garden from which we could see the mountains was my favorite.

I love capturing candid moments of conversation, especially ones with a child.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Where is the caterpillar?

Moments of excitement

While exploring the beautiful garden at the McKinley Edwards Inn, my daughter was excited to find a caterpillar. Both of us joined in her joy too.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Can you all the see that caterpillar?

My daughter (Chirantana): Mommy what’s this?                                                                  Me: A bonsai tree                                                                                                              Chirantana: Oh that means a small big tree mommy.                                                          Me: I nodded yes!

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

A beautiful Bonsai!

Moments of relaxation

Every morning after waking up, I sat on the patio and looked at the lush greenery in front. In the early hours of the morning, I loved savoring nature in solitude. I observed how the gentle rays of the sun filled the clean, clear air with its warmth and listened to the twittering of a bird.

In the early hours of the morning, I loved savoring nature in solitude. I observed how the gentle rays of the sun filled the clean, clear air with its warmth and listened to the twittering of a bird. #Travel Click To Tweet
A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Believe me, this screen is far better than a TV screen. Here wind blows; birds come and go and leaves rustle.

I spent some silent yet enriching moments while reading a book in the beautiful breakfast hall.

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City, Travel Realizations, Bryson City. Great Smoky mountains

Some me time.

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Travel Realizations

McKinley Edwards Inn was my perfect refuge amidst nature. I loved the cozy comfort, the caress of nature and its well-decorated rooms, garden, and common area. It is an excellent getaway close to the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a place where one can remove herself from the world as much or as little as one desires.

McKinley Edwards Inn was my perfect refuge amidst nature. It is an excellent getaway close to the Great Smoky Mountains. #Travel Click To Tweet

While this post was in partnership with McKinley Edwards Inn, the opinions expressed are my own.

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