Dillsboro

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While brother Dean was in town, we decided to take him to Dillsboro, which is only a mile or two up the road. Dillsboro is a quaint artists’ colony and has suffered tremendously since the Great Smokey Mountains tourist train eliminated Dillsboro from their scheduled stops. I’m trying to make a concerted effort to support the local economy, so we took Dean over there for shopping and lunch.

One of our first stops was the grand opening of a pottery shop. They had face painting there and Parker was all about getting a pumpkin.

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I bought a couple of things there, but I can’t tell you what they are since a couple of you are probably getting them for Christmas. We then headed over to a new Greek restaurant that opened called, “Kostas,” which coincidentally is how you say “Dean” in Greek. And wouldn’t you know it, it was run by real Greeks. Dean and I chatted in Greek with the hostess (who I’m presuming is one of the owners) and we had a nice lunch on the deck.

Then, we resumed our tour of the little town and checked out the local dog bakery. This is where I purchased the doggy backpack as well as a baggie of homemade treats. Parker was particularly fond of the Adirondack chairs.

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In fact, he got the other boys to join him in a brief rest.

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As we were walking back to the truck, Parker and the Irishman checked out the old refreshment stand that used to service the train passengers.

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It’s closed now and it was kind of sad because you could easily picture a platform full of people buying drinks and corn dogs and basking in the gorgeous weather. Hopefully, Dillsboro luck will turn around as the economy improves.

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