The Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect area to go to if you want to enjoy the beauty and majesty of nature. There are also tons of attractions and historical landmarks. Not to mention, there's a variety of lodging options.
Whether you want a rustic and charming cabin or a luxurious hotel, the Smoky Mountains has them! Do you want a family-friendly space, or would you prefer a more private and romantic place to stay? There are endless options for a fun getaway either way! Here are just ten of the coolest places to stay when vacationing in the Smoky Mountains.
10 Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Nothing sounds more relaxing than a soak in some natural, hot mineral water. Fortunately, you can have that experience at Hot Springs Resort and Spa, where there are also jetted Jacuzzi and licensed massage therapists. Then there are the campgrounds, where there are tent sites, RV hook-ups, and cabins. If the outdoors isn't really your style they also offer four suites to stay in -- with jetted tubs of mineral water! It seems like everywhere you turn at this location, there's a place to unwind! Alongside the mineral water soaks and massages, they also offer other spa treatments such as facials.
9 Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel
As you can probably guess, this hotel is train themed! The Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel technically has two facilities: The MacArthur, which has rooms with king or queen sized-beds and a heated swimming pool, and the Pullman Train Cars, which are actual train cars renovated into hotel rooms.
This place is more than just a hotel, however, as it also doubles as an entertainment complex with multiple onsite restaurants, shops, galleries, live music venues, an arcade and a comedy club. While you might have come to explore the Smoky Mountains, you also have a lot to explore right outside your hotel room door!
8 The "Llamalodge" Glamping Tent
Wandering Llamas, LLC, has brought joy to the Smoky Mountains for years by offering hikes with llamas. Yep, just walking along beautiful nature trails with a cute llama friend by your side.
Now, the company is offering a "Llamalodge" camping experience, where they'll set up a thirteen foot canvas tent (near where the llamas are housed if you wish to visit them!) It's definitely not "roughing it" though -- there's electricity, a heater in the winter, a fan in summer, and a wine and coffee bar! Step outside of the tent and you'll be greeted with a cedar rocker swing, a log bench, and two fire-pits.
7 East Fork Farm
If you've always wondered what it'd be like to live on a farm, you're in luck! East Fork Farm has four cabins available for you to stay in. The cabins have all the amenities you could need, and you'll be provided with farm products such as farm fresh eggs, homemade jam and stone-ground cornmeal. You're also encouraged to interact with the animals that reside there! Sign up for their "Adventure Package" and you'll get discounts on local activities such as rafting, horseback riding, and zip-lining. There are tons of other recreational activities and restaurants nearby too.
6 The Inn At Christmas Place
Don't you ever wish Christmas could be celebrated year-round? At the Inn at Christmas Place, it is. No matter what time of year you book your stay, you'll be surrounded by all of the gorgeous decorations you know and love such as garland and Christmas trees.
For the kids, Santa and Mrs. Clause are always visiting in the lobby (where Santa is known to also sing and play guitar for guests,) and there's a 95-foot tall water slide by the pool. And of course, they serve cookies before bedtime. Sounds like a jolly time!
5 Berry Springs Lodge
Berry Springs Lodge is a quaint little bed and breakfast for couples that has some magnificent views of the mountains from your room. Not only do you get some of the best scenery at this retreat, but you're also provided a super lavish breakfast -- and lunch, and dinner if you choose!
There are also two ponds for guests to fish out of, a ping-pong table, a pool table, a basketball hoop, picnic tables, complimentary mountain bikes, a croquet field, a horseshoe pit, and a complimentary canoe for canoe rides. There are plenty of activities and things to do without even leaving the property!
4 Christopher Place
The views of the mountains at Christopher Place -- not to mention the extravagant architecture of the building itself -- are so breathtaking that it's no wonder this bed and breakfast doubles as a wedding venue. As far as amenities go, there's a sauna, a pool, tennis courts, hiking trails, a pool table, and tons of board and card games to play during an evening in.
Christopher Place also has a fancy on-site restaurant, if you don't get to stuffed during the multiple-course breakfast. To relax at the end of the day, you can head into their wood-paneled library for a glass of wine, or you could just sit on one of the rocking chairs on the veranda and admire the view.
3 Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains
This "glamping" experience will have you wondering how a simple canvas tent could be so luxurious. With options such as king sized beds, wood stoves, showers, sinks, flushing toilets, and outside decks to stargaze on, you'll get the amazing views of nature while still enjoying elegant amenities. There's also ATV tours, driving tours, guided hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, ziplining, boat rentals, fly fishing, helicopter tours, massages, and whitewater rafting. There's also a community campfire where you can make some s'mores before bed, and you can have lunches boxed up for you to take on your adventures.
2 Old Creek Lodge
There's something to be said about the convenience of the location of Old Creek Lodge. It resides just by the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is within walking distance to downtown Gatlinburg for those who want a night out on the town.
Every single room has a balcony overlooking a mountain stream, serving as the perfect peaceful view for when you first wake up in the morning. There's also a gas fireplace in every room. Then there's an outdoor heated pool, which is always a plus.
1 The Omni Grove Park Inn
You'll be living the high life if you stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn. First of all, there's a stellar 18-hole mountain golf course. If golf isn't your thing, there are also three indoor and three outdoor tennis courts. There are multiple on-site restaurants --with panoramic views of the mountain -- and an adults only "Club Floor" with a cocktail lounge. The standout of this place, however, is the 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa. The spa boasts mineral-based pools, therapeutic waterfall pools, contrast pools, inhalation rooms, saunas, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, and fireside lounges.