Romantic Gatlinburg Vacations

by Christopher John

About Christopher John

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Christopher John has been a freelance journalist since 2003. He has written for regional newspapers such as "The Metro Forum" and the "West Tennessee Examiner." John has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Memphis State University.

Hugged by the Smokey Mountains in eastern Tennessee, the resort town of Gatlinburg offers a variety of romantic getaway opportunities. You can customize your vacation to fit your wedding or engagement plans, or simply fit your ideas of romance into the indoor and outdoor activities the town offers. Choices ranging from wedding chapels to romantic cabins to gift baskets can be combined to fashion whatever level of romantic vacation you would like to experience.

Chalets And Cabins

You can rent a cabin or a secluded chalet that offers such amenities as mountain views, cozy fireplaces, hot tubs, and a clubhouse with swimming pool and tennis courts, in season. Or you may choose a hotel getaway while you take advantage of the natural attractions and the hiding places that Gatlinburg offers. Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail, a six-mile paved walkway, offers the opportunity to merge with the natural surroundings.

Wedding Bells

Just in case you're the spontaneous type, remember that in Tennessee, where Gatlinburg is located, there are no requirements for a blood test or waiting period to get married. You only need a marriage license and need to be at least 18 years of age. If your plan is to tie the knot, Gatlinburg has more than 20 wedding chapels, as well as local churches, where two may exchange vows. Chapels offer considerations such as a picturesque garden, gazebo, or waterfall setting. Hotels also provide scenic opportunities for your wedding ceremony. Or, if privacy is your aim, the ceremony can be held in your rented honeymoon chalet or cabin.

Services And Attractions

In addition to local vendors that offer dress sales and tuxedo rentals, there are also limousine rentals, florists, and caterers. There are many activities to occupy your time while in Gatlinburg. Restaurants, an arts and crafts community, and a theater offering live music and comedy are at your disposal. The tramway offers a cable ride for up to 120 passengers to the top of Mt. Harrison. If scaling the heights is your thing, there is also the Sky Lift, built for two.

Romantic Gestures

The Mountain View Spa offers massages, facials, body treatments, and other services. The Alamo Steakhouse offers tucked-away dining built for two called the "Love Nest." Romantic Treasures carries personally-designed gifts and gift baskets. Choices include such ideas as giving a bed of roses, a stuffed, chocolate-lovers gift basket, or a romantic dinner. Mountain View Spa 2076 Chapman Highway Sevierville, TN 37876 865-908-2530 amountainviewspa.com Alamo Steakhouse 705 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738 1-800-992-9780 alamosteakhouse.com Romantic Treasures 1743 Stinnett Road Sevierville, TN 37876 865-286-5435 romanticgiftbasketsinthesmokies.com

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