Retreat in the Smokies - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Retreat in the Smokies


Happy Monday Ladies!

I wasn’t able to get to all the blogs last week, as we took an excursion with the pups to the Great  Smoky Mountains, about a 3 hour drive and stayed in a place called the McKinley Edwards Inn. It was pet friendly, so we brought the pups. Our main plan to stay there was to enjoy the mountains, but mainly to ride a 1940’s rail car called the Great  Smoky Mountain Rail Road. More on that Wed. Today, I will introduce you to the area in which we stayed in Bryson City, NC.







A beautiful view of the mountains^


My puppies decided to make themselves at home. As soon as I went to rest on the bed, they decided they would take over the couch, and get ready to watch some tv!


This was our lovely room. Sitting area, King Bed, and the bathroom was larger with a jacuzzi tub! I took advantage of that!


Posing near the Koi Pond. It was a lovely sunny day when we went out to take pictures outside the McKinley Edwards Inn. The landscaping is pretty, the view amazing, and there were rocks, flowers and a Koi Pond to enjoy.



Old house on the hill, that looked like it was overtaken by the Kudzu . Hubby and I thought it would make a good Haunted House.



The room was just what we needed after a 3 hour drive, and my initial goal when we go anywhere with a jacuzzi, after a long ride, is to enjoy it! So, that I did. My husband in the meantime, went to get some food to go, at one of the best places in town, ( there are about 4 eating estabilishments in town), so I was to have the chicken, avacado and pesto crepes, while he ate the turkey, parmesean, gouda crepe dinner! It was just what I wanted after a long day.

I decided to wear a sweater dress in my favorite color of the season, burgundy. It has an interesting, what I call “Ink Blot” image on the front. Sweater dresses are like nightgowns to me, but dressier. Certainly just as comfortable, and more stylish. I wore my black booties, as I feel they will get a fair amount of use. My jewels are new and shine with colors of burgundy, sapphire, and light mauve, earrings match.

Back home, as soon as we turn the bend to our development, my pup Gibby, starts to cry a little, we say, ” We’re home”, and all is right with the world.

I will have much more to tell you about the train ride we experienced, in a first class 1940s style rail car on Wednesday.

Enjoy your week,

Jess xo

Dress ( a few yrs ago, Target), Booties, ( Target), Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace and Earrings: Charming Charlie.

Linking up with Manic Monday, Visable Monday, Still Being Molly


  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 01:02h, 26 October Reply

    Love this sweater dress and that jacket look so cozy!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:26h, 26 October Reply

      Thank you Alice, yes it is! Have a great day, jess xx

  • Kate
    Posted at 20:49h, 24 October Reply

    ohmygoodness, i love those booties!! are they new?! it sounds like you had a great time — I know I would!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:54h, 24 October Reply

      They are! I bought them at Target, check them out online, as they are $35 there! We did have fun! jess xx

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 09:39h, 23 October Reply

    Looks beautiful, Jess! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and how fun to be able to bring the pups!

    As for your style – not only do I love the elegant simplicity of your sweater dress, I absolutely love your hair pulled back! Shows off your gorgeous face and your amazing bone structure! xox~M

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:48h, 23 October Reply

      Thanks so much Mary! Glad to hear fromyou, hope things are getting settled with your move. We did have a great time, and we seek out places that takes our little buddies!
      Glad you like the sweater dress, I love them, they are as comfortable as a night gown but with style! Now that I know people like my hair pulled back, I may try and wear it like this more, ( I was always unsure) and thanks for the lovely compliment Mary! xo jess

  • Susan @ 2 cats & chloe
    Posted at 17:22h, 22 October Reply

    Sounds like a lively time away! And it’s so great the pups got to go too!! 🙂 Love the outfit! That dress with the leather jacket and booties = awesome!

    Thank you so much for joining J and myself {} for our third Celebrate Southern Linkup! I’m pinning your post to our official Celebrate Southern Pin Board now! 🙂 xxoo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:20h, 22 October Reply

      Thank you Susan! We had a great time! My hubby and I search for places that take the pups. Glad you love the outfit. Thanks so muchabout pinning my site! jess xo

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 15:20h, 22 October Reply

    I know that I have already commented on this post with your cute pups on your getaway, but I wanted to say thank you for linking up with Celebrate Southern this week dear! I hope to see you back again next week! xoxo

  • weshopinheelss
    Posted at 12:07h, 22 October Reply

    Great dress, the print is adorable! It looks great with the booties and jacket!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:24h, 22 October Reply

      Thanks sweetie, glad you like the outfit, It is one of my fav dresses. jess xx

  • Che
    Posted at 03:30h, 22 October Reply

    What a lovely place and I can´t just get enough of your earrings collection, it´s fab as always! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:29h, 22 October Reply

      Thank you Che, I love jewelry and costume is safer in case you lose it! jess xx

  • Theboxqueen
    Posted at 01:57h, 22 October Reply

    I love knit dresses. Cozy and very chic for the season and yours is so flattering on you. The moto jacket you layered with it is lovely as well. Loved reading about your trip and your puppies are super adorable. Have a wonderful rest of the week, XOXO, Elif

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:28h, 22 October Reply

      Thanks so much hon, I lve my pups and they had a great time as well. You too!! jess xo

  • Carrie
    Posted at 20:36h, 21 October Reply

    Another pretty outfit, Jess! Sounds like a sweet little trip. I look forward to the rest of the story tomorrow.

  • susan
    Posted at 19:57h, 21 October Reply

    Loving this colour on you!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 18:14h, 21 October Reply

    Love this area! I always remind my friends when they get the travel bug but can’t hope a plane abroad that we are so lucky to have such a beautiful county ourselves and need to explore it. I also love your outfit. The pattern of that dress is very pretty!

    – Sarah 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:19h, 21 October Reply

      Thank you Sarah, yes NC is a beautiful state and we were close by, Glad you like the outfit as well. jess xx

  • fabulousso40s
    Posted at 16:35h, 21 October Reply

    Gorgeous outfit Jessica, love your boots. Your poochies are just SO adorable!!!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:18h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks they are my buddies I love them to bits! Glad you like the outfit Jess xx

  • Porcelina
    Posted at 16:34h, 21 October Reply

    That colour is the epitome of Autumn to me – looks great against your radiant red locks! x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:18h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks so much Porcelina, glad you like it! jess xx

  • ~ Carmen ~
    Posted at 16:20h, 21 October Reply

    I’d love to take a trip to the mountains. It’s so soothing to be in nature. Side note: your cheekbones are divine. :] // ☼ ☯

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:18h, 21 October Reply

      Yes, Carmen, I love the woods and outdoors, I always fnd peace and serentiy there. Oh, thank you ( bkushing ) jess xx

  • MIchelle
    Posted at 15:49h, 21 October Reply

    What a pretty sweater dress! And I especially love that jacket with it!

    Hops and Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:17h, 21 October Reply

      Thank you Michelle, it is my fav color, jess xx

  • melody jacobs
    Posted at 15:37h, 21 October Reply
  • MonicaP
    Posted at 14:20h, 21 October Reply

    Lovely photos! I would love to vacation in a place with actual trees! SoCal doesn’t seem to have that forest appeal .. lol.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:16h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks Monica, it was a nice short trip, but lovely! jess xx

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 14:09h, 21 October Reply

    What a great sweater dress! I have one and I just love it…so comfortable! Looks like a fabulous place!

  • Monika from Styleworld40plus
    Posted at 12:09h, 21 October Reply

    Hi Jess,
    what a wonderful place for your vacation. You look very pretty in ths dress, which is absolutely in a great colour for you.I will be happy to read more about your trip.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:11h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks so much Monika! It was a 4 day get away, and we are going somewhere in Nov, we like short trips sometimes. Glad you like the dress too. jess xx

  • dan
    Posted at 11:20h, 21 October Reply

    It was a very nice place, and what’s more it also was pet friendly! I am sure you had a relaxing staying over there…Your small dogs are cute sitting together on the sofa!
    Of course you were really pretty! The dress is lovable!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:23h, 21 October Reply

      Hi Dan, I really enjoy taking our pups, we are going away in Nov for a short trip, and this place too is pet friendly. I had to get a pic of them sitting on the couch. Glad you like the outfit!! Sorry I need to catch up with your site, since I have been away! xx jess

  • My Rose Colored Shades
    Posted at 09:47h, 21 October Reply

    That sweater dress looks great on you and I love it that you paired it with booties. The colors on the necklace and earrings are amazing! Sounds like a great getaway. ~Cynthia

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:21h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks Cynthia! I am a fan of sweater dresses, and I am glad you liked my necklace. I bought it to go with the sapphire velour dress and it works with others too. ENjoy your week! jess xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 09:42h, 21 October Reply

    How fun!! You look amazing! That sweater dress is too cute and loving those tights!

    <3 Shannon

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:20h, 21 October Reply

      Thanks Shannon! It was a great time, Glad you like the sweater dress, I wear a number of them in the fall. Have a wonderful week, jess xx

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    Posted at 09:40h, 21 October Reply

    Wow thanks for sharing snaps from your wonderful getaway Jess – and I must say you look equally breathtaking as the backdrop!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:18h, 21 October Reply

      Aww. Hard to beat that mountain view! We took alot of our train excursion and I am posting that tomorrow. Glad you enjoyed these pics. jess xx

  • Marianne
    Posted at 09:07h, 21 October Reply

    Love your dress and your hair pulled back looks really pretty!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:16h, 21 October Reply

      THanks so much Marianne. I appreciate the comment on my hair pulled back, I was never sure if it looked right on me, but I am getting nice feedback. Take care, jess xx

  • Julie
    Posted at 08:51h, 21 October Reply

    I LOVE that dress! So pretty, and perfect paired with that leather jacket and booties! Looks like you had a nice little getaway! That view is beautiful

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:14h, 21 October Reply

      THank you Julie, yes we really enjoyed it. Tomorrow I will talk about our train excursion. Jess xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 08:06h, 21 October Reply

    What a pretty spot! And so cool it’s pet-friendly! 🙂 Can’t wait to see more pictures. Sometimes a little weekend getaway is what a girl needs!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:48h, 21 October Reply

      SO true! Just wanted to get away a bit, we do 4 day trips and I enjoy them. Wed I will show you the train ride> Have a great week, jess xx

  • Red Reticule
    Posted at 06:42h, 21 October Reply

    That sweater dress is simply fantastic! I love how it hugs your figure and the colors are all about fall of course.
    Red Reticule

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:47h, 21 October Reply

      Thankss so much! I love sweater dresses as you will see ! 🙂 enjoy your week! jess xx

  • trinagrandinetti
    Posted at 00:24h, 21 October Reply

    What a spectacular getaway and so wonderful the entire family could tag along. Stunning sweater dress (in my favorite color no less).

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:46h, 21 October Reply

      Thank you Trina it was fun with the pups, and thanks I love this color, always have 😉 jess xx

  • Zhuo
    Posted at 23:29h, 20 October Reply

    You look pretty in this burgundy sweater dress! and I love that you have your hair into a pony tail for a change:)


  • Shannon
    Posted at 22:39h, 20 October Reply

    So cute! The color looks gorg on you!! Sounds like so much fun!!

    <3 Shannon

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 22:58h, 20 October Reply

      Ir was a good time, I am writing about the train experience Wed, so stop by if you can, jess xx

  • cassidl
    Posted at 22:08h, 20 October Reply

    the pups are adorable and I love this look, really loving the moto jacket and boots with the dress. I need a new moto…

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 22:57h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks Linda I have a few jackets I am putting on my Xmas list this year. Glad you like the look! jess xx

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 22:07h, 20 October Reply

    What a cool sounding trip! So fun you were able to take your furry kids with you.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 22:57h, 20 October Reply

      yes it was a fun trip! I love to take the fur babies ! have a great week, jess xx

  • Lorna Mai (@LornaMaiLtd)
    Posted at 19:42h, 20 October Reply

    How wonderful Jess. I would love to spend some time there, a perfect getaway. The house on the hill does look really spooky. Your dress is lovely, love the ‘ink blot’ pattern!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:48h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks so much Lorna! We do some 4 days getaways and I appreciate it as much as some longer trips we are on. You would have enjoyed it, I think. Glad you like the dress. Yes, Rorschak would have been proud. 😉 jess xo

  • wockyjabber
    Posted at 18:45h, 20 October Reply

    I love that dress! I especially like it paired with those fun booties. Looks like you had a nice time. Love those pups!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:46h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks alot hon! Thank you, it is quite comfortable and I like it with the booties too, I will be wearin a few sweater dresses this year.Me too re: the pups! Have a great week, jess xx

  • Johanna
    Posted at 17:15h, 20 October Reply

    Stunning in crimson! I love your hair back…you should wear this more often!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:40h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks so much Johanna! This hairdo is sometimes reserved for trips away, throw it up and in a ponytail easy, but I will try and do so, I appreciate you comments 🙂 Have a great week, jess xx

  • fleurani
    Posted at 15:34h, 20 October Reply

    Jess this is such a cute dress for a weekend get away. Comfy yet chic. What a great landscape to relax and load up your energy 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:49h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks so much Ani! It was lovely and I will tell my story of a 1940s rail car we rode on for a trip in the mountains. on Wed. jess xo

  • Spashionista
    Posted at 15:06h, 20 October Reply

    Your doggies are just precious and I envy your little getaway; I could use one myself!
    I love the dress, and I’m sure you know burgundy is the hot neutral this Fall/Winter 😉

    Thanks for entering to win the SUNNYband on my blog!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:13h, 20 October Reply

      Alicia, Glad you liked my pics. I am posting about the 1940s rail car we went on for Fall Foliage on Wed. I definately need to get away once in awhile. Glad you like the dress too!
      jess xo

  • Laurie
    Posted at 15:04h, 20 October Reply

    The perfect outfit for a great fall trip! Sounds very relaxing and fun! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:06h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks Laurie! It was alot of fun. Check out Wed’s blog as I will write about the 1940s train we went on while we were there.jess xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 10:02h, 20 October Reply

    How great to stay at a pet-welcoming hotel, Jess. They are your family, after all! You look beyond pretty in your burgundy print dress and fab jewelry. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:04h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks so much Patti! Yes, it was a really nice place 🙂 jess

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 08:26h, 20 October Reply

    I love finding places to stay that are pet-friendly so that you can bring the whole family along for trips! I love the print on the front of your dress. So pretty 🙂

  • Ada
    Posted at 07:39h, 20 October Reply

    What a gorgeous Fall Outfit. That sweater dress is wonderful. I really want a burgundy dress this Fall season, also. I also love your booties. =)

    BTW, from Oct 22 through Oct 31 I am running a link-up every day on my blog. It is about wearing Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I’d love for you to join it. Thanks. =)

  • KizzyDoll
    Posted at 07:15h, 20 October Reply

    You look darling, what a great place to get away too :)) Hope you have a great week xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:29h, 20 October Reply

      Thanks! It was a great getaway, I will write abou thte 1940s train car Wed xx jess

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