Romantic Getaways in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

by Contributing Writer

Buckhorn Inn

Nestled near a sub range of the Appalachian peak, this hotel offers a tranquil retreat. Its lounge area has a stone fireplace and large windows overlooking white pines and the Great Smoky Mountains. To complete the panoramic view, the inn has a covered flagstone terrace facing Mount LeConte. Located at the end of the lounge, the dining room provides an intimate sitting area in front of the fireplace where guests are served breakfasts and four-course gourmet dinners prepared by two in-house chefs. Right below the inn is a wildflower meadow where visitors can enjoy leisurely strolls. Established in 1938, Buckhorn Inn has been voted Most Romantic Inn in Tennessee by the Southern Bride Magazine. It offers several lodging options including traditional rooms and premier rooms furnished with antiques and artwork in the inn’s main building, private cottages with living rooms and fireplaces and private guesthouses with floor to ceiling windows, stone fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, lofts and two bedrooms. All accommodations include cable television and free wireless high-speed Internet access. For couples celebrating special events, Buckhorn Inn offers a three-night package that includes accommodation in suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzis, complimentary breakfast, romantic lamp-lit dinner, fresh bouquet of flowers, chocolates and complimentary champagne. A romantic weekend getaway package is also available, which includes spa amenities and massage services for couples. Just half a mile from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, guests will find several recreational activities like hiking and fly-fishing. Buckhorn Inn 2140 Tudor Mountain Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738-6042 865-436-4668 buckhorninn.com

Berry Springs Lodge

Less than a mile from Seaton Springs, this Bed and Breakfast is only a few minutes away the heart of the city. Specializing in intimate romantic wedding ceremonies complete with a Minister, photographer and a wedding cake, Berry Springs Lodge has several rooms and honeymoon packages for couples. Its newly renovated Hideaway Springs and Blackberry Springs Suite comes with a king-size bed, a two-person whirlpool tub set, spacious master bath with tub/shower combination, cozy living room with a fireplace, television, refrigerator, microwave, wet bar and private patio with a double swing facing the mountains where guests can view the sunrise. For a unique dining experience, this inn serves a gourmet country breakfast where guests can sit at an intimate table for two or at the large group table in the center of the dining room. Lunch packs and romantic dinner baskets are also available. Outdoors enthusiasts may get assistance from the concierges who will help plan a complete itinerary of activities from dinner reservation and spa appointment to fly fishing and skiing. Berry Springs Lodge 2149 Seaton Springs Road Sevierville, TN 37862 865-908-7935? berrysprings.com

Christopher Place

A few minutes from the city and secluded within a 200-acre wooded area overlooking the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this lodge is created especially for fine dining, romantic retreats, honeymoons and special events. This four-diamond rated resort by AAA offers couples various activities that they can enjoy together, including swimming, playing tennis, hiking or enjoying the scenic nature views from the veranda’s rocking chairs. The Mountain View Dining Room serves four-course dinner menus and a full selection of fine wines and alcoholic beverages. Couples who prefer prepackaged vacation deals can avail of the romantic getaway bundles, which come with accommodations including king-sized bed, wood-burning fireplace, hot tub, full breakfast, candlelit four-course dinner and a welcome tray of treats and a surprise keepsake gift from the inn. The amenities include complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, refrigerator and cable television. The lodge offers an outdoor pool, a fitness room and hiking trails, which are all within the property. Christopher Place 1500 Pinnacles Way Newport, TN 37821 423-623-6555 christopherplace.com

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