Bucket List: Weekend Getaway to Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Looking for a few days away? A weekend getaway to Gatlinburg has plenty to offer. Nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, this little town has developed a huge reputation for relaxation. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a typical small Tennessee town, by all outward appearances. However, the residents turned their city into one of the best getaway spots in the South.

Comfortable Places to Stay

There are plenty of options for lodging in Gatlinburg. The Tudor Inn is a popular stay due to it being centrally located. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is also very popular for those looking for relaxation and comfort. If you want something more secluded, consider one of the many cabin or chalet rental options. Aspen House and About the Smokies are two popular choices. These are a particularly good option for honeymooners or families. If you want even more seclusion, there are campgrounds available for both RV and tent camping.

The Best Dining in Town!

Almost every kind of food imaginable is available in Gatlinburg. Some of the local restaurants will rival any that you might sample in a more urban environment. The Greenbrier Restaurant has been a Gatlinburg institution since it opened in 1980. It’s in a rustic old log cabin that perfectly fits the surroundings. The food, especially the steak, is the stuff of legends. Alamo Steakhouse and Saloon is also a local tradition and is well-rated and reviewed. Be sure to try their blackberry cobbler, a local favorite.


Plenty of Activities!

Ever wanted to try zip-lining? Maybe whitewater rafting? Both are available here for the outdoor adventurer. Try one of the many hiking trails or go horseback riding, play golf or go cycling. If you’re of a more sedate mindset, there are also walking trails and spots for fishing and birdwatching. In winter, there’s skiing, skating and a 400-foot snow tubing park that features a 50-foot vertical drop!

There is more to Gatlinburg than outdoor fun. There are specialty shops, malls and plenty of antique and clothing stores to keep even the most seasoned shopper engaged. There are also museums, galleries and live entertainment. If you do nothing else on your visit, you simply have to take a ride on the Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway. You can get a bird’s-eye view of the entire area this way.

The Best Time to Go

The best time to go is when you have the time, but it might help to know what to expect from Mother Nature. Don’t trust spring here. It can be 75 degrees one day and snowy the next. In general, expect fairly warm weather, but bring a jacket. Summers are hot and humid during the day. Expect high 80s with lows in the 50s or 60s. There is beautiful color in autumn as the leaves turn. It’s still pretty warm during the day, but you will need a jacket at night. Winter is generally pretty warm, with highs in the 60s and 70s except in the upper elevations. You can rent a chalet in a higher elevation, enjoy a white Christmas, then drive a few miles away to enjoy an afternoon of cycling!

Whether you are looking for a quaint spot for a honeymoon, an adventurous weekend getaway or just a beautiful place to relax, Gatlinburg can deliver it with a touch of charm and a heaping dose of Southern hospitality.

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