Do you remember when Gatlinburg was a quaint, quiet little place? The driveway turns left off Grassy Branch Road and the signs welcome you. The pleasant half-mile drive to the top that winds past meadows and other homesteads doesn't prepare you for the view that awaits after the last turn. At the top of the mountain, the breath-taking panorama that stretches from Greenbriar Pinnacle to Mt. Harrison--with the majestic Mt. LeConte in the middle--greets the visitor. And the Inn has three wrap-around porches from which you can enjoy the majestic views. The Hippensteal Mountain View Inn is an eleven-bedroom bed and breakfast designed, built, and decorated by Vern and Lisa Hippensteal. The large porches invite you to come and relax in the rocking chairs under ceiling fans to watch the Great Smoky Mountains as they change minute by minute. Inside, the black and white tiled floor of the lobby, comfortable wicker furniture, and ambient lighting make the visitor feel he or she has stepped into the past. The large stone fireplace compels one to sit and relax. The breakfast room is elegantly decorated with marble-top tables, wicker chairs, and fine linen and is situated so guests can dine while watching the clouds dance across the mountains or the flames in the great stone fireplace. The kitchen is spacious and during the morning hours the aroma of breakfast fills the Inn. The Hippensteals are famous for their breakfast, which includes dishes like sausage pie, cheese souffle, homemade bread cheese melts, and sausage pinwheels. Lisa's fresh apple-raisin breads and pumpkin-chocolate breads are wonderful.

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