Getaway to Inns and Natural Beauty in the Smoky Mountains
Quaint buildings, blooming wildflowers, and the Great Smoky Mountains led Forbes to list Gatlinburg, Tennessee as one of America’s Prettiest Towns. With skiing, white water rafting, an aquarium, and hiking, there is something for everyone. Stay in the middle of the action near Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge or find a quiet retreat in Walland or Kingston. Whatever your fancy, there is an inn and an activity just right for you.
The song “Rocky Top” was written in Gatlinburg and you can celebrate by sleeping atop a mountain at Hippensteal’s Mountain View. This quaint inn features three wrap-around porches just perfect for enjoying the views. Watercolor paintings hang over the mantles and give each guest room a unique name. Don’t miss the pumpkin-chocolate bread and sausage pinwheels served beside the stone fireplace in the breakfast room.
The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast in Gatlinburg offers small, hands-on cooking classes with a professional chef. Innkeeper and Walter State trained chef, Shirley Press, also works her magic with the French and Creole inspired breakfast each morning. The city has more than 100 places to dine but here you can learn new skills and ask questions so you can repeat that fantastic meal when you get home. Private balconies off the Leconte Sunrise and Chimney View suites provide quiet places to enjoy the year-round beauty.
Eight Gables Inn is located at the entrance to the Great Smoky National Park in Gatlinburg. Don’t let the location near the park fool you, this inn is the epitome of luxury. Elegant guest rooms and suites have views of the woods, comfortable feather-topped beds, plush robes, and there is a nightly dessert delivery. The common room holds a local artist gallery for the enjoyment of guests and, perhaps, to help them shop. For the best views of the area, ride the Aerial Tramway from town 2.1 miles up the mountain.
The stone fireplaces in the guest rooms hold stories of the nearly 100-year history of Evergreen Cottage Inn in Pigeon Forge. Come make this inn part of your story. Private entrances into the Oak and Spruce rooms allow for romantic seclusion. Spend the day hiking past waterfalls and the evening soaking in a whirlpool tub. You can arrange to have breakfast delivered to your door and then linger long over coffee while sitting in your pajamas. Walk to Patriot Park for an event or take the trolley to Dollywood and other Smoky Mountain attractions.
The warmth and coziness of a log cabin is combined with cathedral ceilings and Jacuzzi tubs at Creekwalk Inn and Cabins near Gatlinburg. Share stories as you eat breakfast on the porch or by the fireplace. Reconnect with the natural world as you walk a path surrounded by wildflowers to the bubbling stream. Start a new life together with a wedding on the lawn or in the hand hewn and pegged log chapel. Stay for three nights and spend a quiet evening in with a free appetizer tray.
Enjoy the quiet side of the Smoky Mountains at Chilhowee Inn. This peaceful bed and breakfast in Walland is only 30 minutes from the attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Experience serenity sitting on a rocking chair as you watch the mountain sunset over Little River. Built to serve as a five-room hotel, the original structure still stands amidst additions that hold four guest suites and a large family room with a fireplace. Go kayaking, fishing, or hiking at Great Smoky Mountains National Park while keeping your camera ready for a possible bear sighting.
By Julie Dietzel-Glair