Romantic Attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

by Kendall Olsen

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Kendall Olsen has been writing for more than 20 years She is a University of Missouri-St. Louis Gateway Writing Project Fellow and has published instructional materials with the McDonald Publishing Company. Olsen holds an Ed.S. in educational technology, an M.Ed. in secondary English curriculum and instruction, a B.S. in elementary education and a B.A. in art history.

Romantic Attractions in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a mountain resort destination adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known for its romantic chalets, bed and breakfasts, cabins, and sweeping mountain views, Gatlinburg is a top destination for honeymooners as well as those seeking a romantic getaway. A multitude of shops, attractions, historic buildings and natural sites appeal to couples with many different interests and tastes.

The Peddler Steakhouse Restaurant

The Peddler Steakhouse Restaurant is a historic, cozy restaurant created from a log cabin home sitting near the entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Exposed cypress beams, native rocks and several other hardwoods were used in the construction of the original cabin. The restaurant boasts tranquil views of the Little Pigeon River, scenic picture windows and a relaxing atmosphere. The Peddler Steakhouse serves traditional steakhouse fare cooked over Tennessee hickory charcoal and has a large wine list as well as a fresh salad bar. The Peddler is open daily for dinner. The Peddler Steakhouse Restaurant 820 River Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-5794 peddlergatlinburg.com

Smoky Mountain Winery

The Smoky Mountain Winery opened in 1981 and has produced award-winning wines for many years. The production area offers guests a look into wine making, and the tasting room helps guide wine selections. A large array of semi-dry and sweet red and white wines are available, as are some dry varieties and specialty blackberry and strawberry wines. Bottles of wine are available for purchase to take back to hotel rooms or chalets for romantic evenings. The Smoky Mountain Winery is open daily midmorning through early evening. Smoky Mountain Winery Winery Square-Suite 2 450 Cherry St. Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-0584 smokymountainwinery.com

Gatlinburg Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is an all-steel observation tower and deck served by glass elevators. The tower is 400 feet above the Little Pigeon River, offering beautiful views of the surrounding area and national park. The Gatlinburg Space Needle is open year-round for both daytime as well as nighttime views seven days a week. Gatlinburg Space Needle 155 Historic Nature Trail Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-4629 gatlinburgspaceneedle.com

Smoky Mountain Riding Stables

The Smoky Mountain Riding Stables offer horse rides into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The horses are well-trained, giving riders a safe and peaceful foray into the park. Couples can explore beautiful scenery including wooded trails, mountain streams, natural wildlife and majestic views with a trail guide on 1- or 2-hour rides. The stables are open throughout the fall, summer and spring and are closed December through mid-March. Smoky Mountain Riding Stables 321 E. Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-5634 sugarlandridingstables.com

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is one of Gatlinburg's most famous attractions. It is a scenic overlook ride ascending 500 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. The lift itself consists of seats-for-two, offering couples a chance to snuggle while viewing the spectacular scenery. The Gatlinburg Sky Lift is open daily year-round. A digital photo studio as well as a gift shop and snack bar are found at the top of the mountain. Gatlinburg Sky Lift 765 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN (865) 436-4307 gatlinburgskylift.com

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