exhausted in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Went directly to a tourist
information center looking to see if they knew where there was a
hostel or campground.
woman told me she could get me a free motel room for the
night. I was all for it. After almost 1000 miles of
driving and 2 nights camping I was ready for a stay in a motel.
I have to do to get a free night in a motel? I had to look at
a timeshare. A place called "Westgate". She said it
would only take an hour or so and all I had to do was attend.
No strings attached. Free room no matter what. That sounded
for me. I could be pursuaded to buy "London Bridge" if Lake
Havasu hadn't already bought it! Anyway, I went to the
Westgate timeshare meeting and tour. Convinced it was "a good
deal" I put the $2,000 downpayment on my credit card.
invited, along with the other new timeshare buyers, to a sort of
To make a
long story short, when I got home 2 days later, I came to my senses
and cancelled the deal. Westgate credited my credit card for
the amount of the deposit, but charged me for my "free" one night at
the motel and they even charged for paperwork, and the "welcome
My "free" motel room compliments of Westgate Resorts Gatlinburg,
TN. Whoops! Not so "free" the resort ended up
charging it to my credit card anyway.
Westgate Resort. Looked like a gorgeous place, but I'm glad I
cancelled out on the timeshare. If I hadn't been so
tired from my trip I would have complained, but I just didn't
have the energy. I hope I learned my lesson.
Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
the trip....had a relaxing night in the motel. Camping is OK,
but a nice, soft bed and a room with a shower is really
appreciated. It gave me time to sort through all my garbage
and clean out the car a little bit.
went to bed, I took a walk around Gatlinburg. It seemed like a
safe, little tourist town.
day, after my Westgate Resort tour, I drove through the Smoky
mountains. Then found a hostel to spend the night.