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The Smokies have been called the “Wedding Capital of the South” but you don’t have to get engaged, say “I do”, or celebrate an anniversary to enjoy a romantic getaway in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The backdrop of the Smoky Mountains provides the perfect location for a bit of romance, no matter what you may or may not be celebrating.
With breathtaking views, plenty to do indoors and out and lodging that runs the gamut from cozy cottages to upscale hotels, you’ll find there is truly something for everyone.
How to Plan a Romantic Getaway in the Smokies
It’s been said that travel is good for romance but experiencing new things on vacation also builds intimacy.
There is so much to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, from relaxing in the spa to hiking in the national park but before you plan what to do, you need to figure out four important factors.
Figure out your budget.
Do you know that money is the number one thing couples fight about? The point of traveling together is to strengthen your relationship, not harm it.
Determine your budget and what you’re comfortable spending for your romantic break and stick to it!
Determine where you’ll stay.
Now that you’ve figured out how much you can spend, you can figure out where you can stay because depending on the length of your getaway, lodging could be your biggest expense.
Decide what to do.
One thing I love about the Smokies is how affordable it is to visit.
Your romantic getaway can consist of hiking in the Great Smoky National Park and enjoying a picnic in Cades Cove or you could be more adventurous and go ziplining at Fox Mountain and enjoy a dinner show in the evening. You may even decide to book a cabin and stay indoors for your romantic getaway.
There really is something for everyone in the Smokies.
Decide where to eat.
I admit that I’m not much of a foodie but if I’m enjoying a romantic getaway, you better believe that ONE meal better be at a fantastic restaurant. You’ll want to figure out where to dine so you can make advance reservations if needed.
I’ll give you a tip- The Alamo Steakhouse is delicious, and you’ll find locations in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Where to Stay for a Romantic Vacation in Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge, TN
Some may prefer to stay in one of the chalets or cabins that you’ll find dotting the landscape while others will specifically look for an incredible hotel experience, I have a few suggestions.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa ™, Pigeon Forge
One of the newest properties in the area, you’ll find first-class amenities at the DreamMore Resort. From live music in the lobby to a helpful concierge desk, to delicious food served on-site at Song & Hearth, this property is for anyone looking for comfortable accommodations with a staff that goes the extra mile to treat you like family.
Enjoy a swim in the indoor or outdoor pool, book a couple’s massage, and relax in an Adirondack chair around one of the fire pits in the evening sharing your dreams.
The Inn at Christmas Place, Pigeon Forge
There’s something magical about Christmas and at the Inn at Christmas Place, you can enjoy that feeling any time of the year. An ideal place for couples, this property features several room types but the King Mini-Suite with the in-room whirlpool for two and gas fireplace makes it ideal for your romantic getaway in the Smokies.
Located right on The Parkway, you’ll find museums, restaurants, and entertainment right outside your door. Don’t miss a visit to The Incredible Christmas Place, the largest Christmas Store in the South, located directly across the street.
Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa, Gatlinburg
In close proximity to downtown Gatlinburg, this Westgate resort may tout itself as a family resort but don’t let them fool you. The gorgeous cabin-like rooms lend themselves perfectly for a romantic getaway for two. You’ll find a bar/lounge where you can grab a drink if you forget to pack the wine and the full-service spa can provide much-needed pampering after a day spent hiking in the mountains.
Blue Mountain Mist Country Inn & Spa, Sevierville
Slip under the Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet cover in this romantic cabin specially designed for two. Located on 60 private acres, guests of this B & B will enjoy a relaxing environment with picturesque views, private two-person jetted tub to soak away your cares and the option to have a large country breakfast delivered to your cabin. Bring on the pampering!
Journey’s End 2, Gatlinburg
Enjoy your morning coffee watching the sunrise on over the mountain tops and evenings relaxing in front of the stone gas fireplace in this cozy one-bedroom cabin. This is the perfect location for those who prefer to enjoy the view and each other’s company without venturing out too far. Enjoy the on-site walking trails, private hot tub, and dining in your own kitchen. You’ll be so comfortable; you may never want to leave!
You’ll find these recommendations and more at Hotels.com.
Do you have a favorite property to stay at when you visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?