This Romantic Mountain Getaway Is Closer Than You Think


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Are you looking for the ultimate romantic getaway? How about a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains to the thriving little town of Gatlinburg.

In town, you’ll find cozy lodging, delicious restaurants, and attractions of every description. The waterfalls and wilderness of Smoky Mountain National Park wait for you just outside of the city limits. We’ll show you our 3-day/2-night itinerary that’s perfect for adventurous nature-loving couples.

Romantic Things to do in Gatlinburg – aka Friday Night on the Town

Skylift-Park Gatlinburg
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There are so many romantic things to do in Gatlinburg. It’s kind of like the Las Vegas Strip in the mountains. To be fair, it’s similar to finding romantic things to do in Orlando; you need to separate the wheat from the chaff. Ignore all the tourist shops selling MAGA hats and T-shirts. Chuckle at the gaudy attractions aimed for the ‘not tall enough to ride this ride’ crowd, but check out the creative ways proprietors merge the mountains with the town with adventure rides in Gatlinburg. Here’s a sampling of what you could do:

  • Soar on the SkyLift to Gatlinburg SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America.
  • Ride the trams of Ober Gatlinburg to the ski area for alpine slides and summer tubing.
  • Take the Anakeesta lift to their adventure park featuring the Treetop Skywalk, the longest tree-based bridge in North America.
  • Race down the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, the fastest mountain coaster in Tennessee.
  • Fly on the Rowdy Bear Mountain Coaster while suspended in a harness.

Tour the Gatlinburg Wine Trail (Moonshine and Beer too)

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Gatlinburg’s restaurants are a lot like the attractions, they are everywhere, and you have to find the good ones. We’ll make that easy. Stop in for dinner Friday night at the Smoky Mountain Brewery for good pub food and great company. They have live music after the dinner rush on weekend nights and a great lineup of their signature craft beer. Plus, they validate parking if you need it.

Your libatious explorations of Gatlinburg doesn’t have to end there. We created a Gatlinburg Wine Trail marked in purple on our map. There are a dozen different tasting rooms in town from a variety of Tennessee wineries and distilleries. It’s the perfect way to sip free samples as you stroll down Gatlinburg’s Downtown Parkway exploring.

Be sure to bring your id. There is a strict policy of 100% id check, regardless of how old you look. A crafty fellow could use this to his advantage to say how young his companion looks – a vacation with libation and placation. But, if you can’t woo with your cunning lingual skills, you could always buy a bottle to bring back to your room.

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Saturday Morning Outdoor Adventures in Gatlinburg

The cascades at Laurel Falls
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Don’t overdo it Friday night, because mornings in Great Smoky National Park are magical. The namesake mists lay heavy in the valleys, and bear sightings are common. Pack a day pack and choose from waterfall hikes, mountain hikes, whitewater rafting, exploring Cades Cove Loop, or more hikes near Gatlinburg. We put a short sampling of outdoor adventures in Gatlinburg below:

  • NOC Gatlinburg – Whitewater rafting at its finest
  • Laurel Falls – Easy trail to the most photographed falls in the Smokies
  • Grotto Falls – The waterfall that you can walk behind
  • Rainbow Falls – Moderate hike to a massive falls
  • Ramsey Cascade – The largest waterfall in the park
  • Cataract Falls – The easiest waterfall to reach from Gatlinburg
  • Clingmans Dome – Drive to the highest point in Tennessee
  • Chimney Tops – Moderate hike to a beautiful lookout
  • Mt LeConte – Third highest peak with the most strenuous trail (11 miles, 2500′ gain!)
  • Roaring Fork Motor Trail – A fun car ride through the mountains on a slow, narrow, and winding 5-mile one-way road

Saturday Afternoon at the Arts Loop

Food and wine at Red-Oak-Bistro.
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Three short miles outside the hustle and bustle of Gatlinburg is The Glades, the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The historic 8-mile loop is designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail with over 120 artists and artisans. We put our highlighted shops on the map marked in orange. If you like hiking more, pick up a sandwich for the trail at Old Dad’s.

If you adore arts and crafts, head in for lunch at the Wild Plum Tea Room or an afternoon treat at the Glades Soda Fountain before exploring the Arts & Crafts Trail. No matter what you do, be sure to make a reservation and stay for dinner at the Red Oak Bistro. It’s a sublime gastronomical experience as the tastes and aromas of tapas fill your senses.

Pro-Tip: Seating is limited at Red Oak so make a reservation.

Sunday Brunch in Gatlinburg

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Sunday brunch is about sampling your favorite and getting whatever you want. That philosophy extends beyond dining and into your entire Sunday-Funday schedule. Start your day at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp for the best Sunday brunch in Gatlinburg. Then, fill in your day with your favorite activities from the romantic weekend in Gatlinburg list.

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Do you want to do more hiking or bag Cataract Falls on the way out of town? Did you hike all day Saturday and want to explore the crafts trail and tea room on Sunday? Did you come in too late on Friday to fully explore Gatlinburg? Maybe your romantic getaway in Gatlinburg is just snuggling in bed? It’s your Sunday, brunch it up, baby!

Where to Stay in Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg is a bustling tourist town with plenty of places to stay, but you have three basic choices: cabins, hotels, and B&Bs. Cabins are a great way to escape into the woods while still being able to play in town. B&Bs come with a host, and some are close enough to take the Gatlinburg Trolley into town. With a more traditional hotel, you can base walking distance away from the attractions and not be subject to minimum stays (of course, this is a 3-d/2-n itinerary).

Romantic Cabins in Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountain cabin
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Honeymoon Hills Cabin Rentals of Gatlinburg – It doesn’t get more romantic than the Honeymoon Hills Cabins! Think heart-shaped indoor jacuzzis, private decks with outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, king-size beds and full kitchens! All of this goodness in a secluded and private setting.

Wildflower Mountain Rentals Honeymoon Deluxe Cabins – Their most hidden away cabins in the Smoky Mountains. Each comes equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, stone-inlaid heart-shaped jacuzzi, sunken hot tub (are you sensing a trend?), stone-inlaid breakfast bar, and hanging-wooden swing and or rockers to take in the views.

Gatlinburg Falls Resort – The Gatlinburg Falls Resort has a variety of cabins for rent ranging from 1-20 bedrooms in size (yes 20!! In case your idea of romance is hanging with 20 other couples, but you have to bring your own fishbowl lol). They all feature a large kitchen, wide-screen TV, DVD/VCR, outdoor hot tub, indoor jetted bath, vertical spa shower, pool table, and many have classic arcade games as well. Consider one of the Romantic Packages to crack up the heat.

Pro-Tip: Come the first week of November to avoid the October crowds but still see fall color.

Gatlinburg Hotels

Bearskin Lodge
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Bearskin Lodge on the River – This cute mountain lodge has comfortable rooms and a lazy river. Best of all, it’s right in the heart of Gatlinburg so you will never have to worry about finding a parking space.

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Zoder’s Inn & Suites – Tucked into the woods near the river in the heart of Gatlinburg, this property has modern amenities with all the comforts of home. Many of the suites offer gas fireplaces and in-room whirlpool tubs.

Gatlinburg Falls Resort – The Lodge is rustic elegance at its finest combined with the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy your generous soaking tub, fireplace, and private balcony with your love.

Gatlinburg’s Charming B&B’s

Laurel Springs Lodge Bed and Breakfast
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Laurel Springs Lodge Bed and Breakfast – This super cute B&B has comfortable rooms and a cozy hot tub for two. It’s close enough to take the trolley into town but tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Their gourmet breakfasts will delight your taste buds and tempt you to sleep in and snuggle.

Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast – This cozy property features gourmet breakfasts, private baths with Jacuzzi or whirlpool tubs, and spectacular views of Mt. Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains. Be sure to check out their packages for extra value.

Wrapping Up Your Ultimate Romantic Getaway in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg in fall
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A romantic getaway in Gatlinburg is a brilliant combination of urban excursion and mountain adventure. Gatlinburg can be the best of both worlds if you come prepared for the Parkway’s hustle, bustle, traffic, and parking. Leave early for hikes, explore Gatlinburg by foot or trolley, and find escapes like the Art Loop to reset. Romance and adventure are waiting for you in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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