Today (October 30), Clay and I celebrate 28 years as a couple! On Nov. 24, we will celebrate 23 of those years as husband and wife. It doesn’t feel like we’ve been together that long. I still look at him as my high-girl crush. I still get butterflies when he holds my hand. To celebrate, we took our annual trip to Gatlinburg. For us, this is a road trip. It’s only a few hours drive so we rent a cabin, pack all our necessities and head out (like a water filter pitcher).
Some places we stay have sulfur water. It’s safe to drink but it smells funky. Plus, I want to remove as many of pollutants and added chemicals as I can. Since we’re driving, I can take a water filter pitcher and enjoy fresh, clean water even on a road trip! In today’s article, I’m going to share a little of our trip with you but I also want to showcase a really cool water filter pitcher we’ve received from ZeroWater. (special thanks for sending us a unit to test and keep)
When it’s just me and Clay, we opt for a cabin rental versus a hotel. We like the privacy, the hot tub and being able to have a kitchen for cooking our meals. This saves us money in the long run.
I usually take our pillows since we’re used to how they lay. We get a better night’s sleep that way. I also take my Gurunanda peppermint and lavender essential oil sprays to spritz my pillow with at night.
On this trip, I also took our comforter! The sheets are cleaned and changed after each guest, but the bedspreads and quilts typically are not. This is the same in motels/hotels. At least from what I’ve read. So, I took ours. I wanted us to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible on this trip so I was a little extra when it came to packing. All-in-all, we really didn’t end up taking that much. We had one suitcase, one large tote with kitchen necessities (although we dined out a lot this trip), cooler, the comforter and pillows, a go-bag and toiletries. Not bad for a 4 night road trip.
One extra thing I tool along is the water filter pitcher and it fit right inside our kitchen tote. We don’t always know the quality of the water where we travel so we want to make it as clean as possible. I drink a TON of water!
On our recent trip, we tried the ZeroWater water filter pitcher. It is super easy to use and I had a full pitcher of clean water in about 15 minutes. It did take a bit to filter through but it was worth it.
To use, all you do is clean the unit, twist the filter into place and put the lid on. Then fill the top reservoir. It will begin to filter the water into the 12-cup water pitcher.
When it’s done, use the, included, gauge to see how clean the water is. I tested the running water and it was 101. I tested, again, after it had gone through the filter and it was at zero! It removed everything!
Then, all you have to do it place your pitcher in your refrigerator and enjoy nice, clean, cold water without all the contaminants. You can either pour directly from the pitcher or use it as a dispenser with the nozzle on the side. So easy!
The ZeroWater filtration system combines FIVE sophisticated patented technologies that work together to remove virtually all dissolved solids from your tap water, delivering great tasting water. These are the only pour-through filters on the market certified by the NSF to reduce lead and Chromium. ZeroWater filtration also reduces Fluoride from your water and other unwanted contaminants such as asbestos, plastics, pesticides, oestrogen, mercury and lead to name a few.
ZeroWater Water Filter 5-Stage Dual Ion-Exchange Filter Features:
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- Ion-Exchange system that removes virtually all dissolved solids in your water
- The FDA requires the TDS level in PURIFIED bottled water to reach 000-010ppm. ZeroWater is the only filter in its class to achieve this level.
Our cabin we rented for this trip was so pretty! (not sponsored) It was a one bedroom cabin. Actually, it was more of a one ROOM cabin with a loft.
The bed, Jacuzzi tub, living room area and kitchen were all one, open concept room. Then, there was a separate bathroom, an upstairs loft with a pool table and a hot tub and grill on the back deck.
There was also a laundry unit in a closet area. It. Was. Perfect! Here’s some photos if you’d like to see the inside of our cabin. The Jacuzzi had a waterfall feature that could be turned on with a wall timer. It was so relaxing!
We had a very busy weekend but I think we spent more time at the cabin than we usually do when we travel. Clay has been working 60+ hours per week so, even though we had a busy itinerary, I tried really hard to make it as relaxing for him as possible. He deserved the rest!
We visited Ober Gatlinburg and Anakeesta. We walked the Galinburg strip and sampled the moonshine and wine offerings. I think we ate more than we ever do. It was such a nice trip. We just ate, drank, relaxed in the hot tub, watched TV and enjoyed each other’s company! It was a perfect anniversary getaway!
As impressed as I was with the cabin, I was really surprised how much the ZeroWater water filter pitcher removed! I’ll definitely be taking that with us each time we travel by driving!
What are some things you like to take a long on a road trip? Do you ever take your own bedding items?
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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