Gatlinburg, located on Tennessee’s eastern border, has something to offer for just about everyone. This quaint, mountain town serves as the perfect relaxing yet romantic couple’s getaway, Gatlinburg’s many attractions won’t disappoint you or your partner. This place seriously has it all. From water rafting and zip-lining, to its very own Space Needle, there are many great ways to spend quality time with your loved one in this mountainous paradise. While visiting with family or for a nonromantic getaway, make sure to check out this awesome blog post we made! But this article is for you and your lover’s special trip. Check out our 6 favorite romantic activities in this beautiful southern area!
Where to Stay?
Cabin rentals are one of the most popular types of accommodation in Gatlinburg. Aside from the wide array of cabins in different sizes and styles, you’ll find an exhaustive list of hotels and other types of accommodations to meet you and your partner’s every need.Gatlinburg boasts some of the most upscale and luxurious cabins in the South. With spacious bedrooms, comfortable seating areas, and gourmet kitchens being just the start of the amenities. On top of the upgraded basics, you’ll often find luxurious aspects like hot tubs, delightful decks where you can observe the wildlife in the area. These types od bonuses do wonders during a nice romantic trip.
Enjoy Gatlinburg’s Food Scene
Now that your getaway is taken care of, it’s time to take a peek at the best places for a lovely dinner, quiet snack or tasty breakfast up in the Great Smoky Mountains. There are many great restaurants to visit in Gatlinburg. With so many wonderful options, the only difficult task is deciding on the perfect place. In the event you’re looking to impress your significant other, these local spots have been known to win over even the most divisive of foodies.
Brick & Spoon, known for their incredible brunch, boasts an amazing Bloody Mary “meal”. With over 9 different vodka choices, you’re sure to be absolutely blown away by this truly unique take on a bloody mary bar. If bloodies aren’t your jam, for only $7, you can also order a mimosa trio, where you choose three different mimosa flavors.
For food, their brunch menu includes elevated classics such as a Crab Cake Benny, Bananas Foster French Toast, and Baked Brie Bruschetta.
If lounging on the patio is more your scene, be sure to check out Red Oak Bistro. The restaurant is open for dinner service from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Plan early for this one, as it is one of the best restaurants in town. Be sure to make a reservation, especially if you are planning on visiting between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Red Oak Bistro is known for a massive wine and spirits list with a rotating menu that changes weekly.
After you’ve eaten your fill, take a 15-minute road trip through the mountains and pop over to Gatlinburg’s neighboring city of Pigeon Forge. Once there be sure to visit the Old Forge Distillery, a 200 year old distillery with a seasonal drink menu. Try one of their amazing cocktails, broken up into three separate lists: Signature, Southern and Seasonal cocktails. Enjoy a Wildflower, a delectable blend of gin, elderflower and raspberries, this craft drink is sure to quench your thirst on a hot day. Looking for something a bit more spirit-forward? Check out the Old Forge Fashioned, a take on the classic old fashioned with a splash of Old Forge Handmade Soda and garnished with a couple Old Forge Moonshine Cherries!
Go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
For nature lovers, there is no greater place to roam than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This enormous nature setting is just a quick 5-minute car ride from Gatlinburg. The park is home to some of the most spectacular mountain views you’ll ever see. Give the photo below a gander and try telling us we’re lying!
The park features over 900 miles of hiking trails rated for all skill levels. Try catching a sunrise or sunset from the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower, the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains. Continue below to find out about some great hiking options for you and your partner.
Let’s start off nice and easy on the Laurel Falls Trail. This round-trip trail is less than three miles in length, and you’re treated to views of gorgeous waterfalls on the way. The leisurely pace and smooth paths are sure to keep your attention up and your heart rate down.
Looking for a more moderate hike? Hit the Chimney Tops; just under four miles of beautiful scenic overlooks and breathtaking landscapes that you won’t want to miss.
Finally, if a challenge is what you have on the brain, pack some hiking boots and hit the Charlies Bunion Trail: over eight miles of strenuous hiking that gains 6,000 feet up in elevation. You and your adventurous partner will be rewarded with one of a kind views.
See Gatlinburg From Above
If you and your other half aren’t afraid of heights, there are three different attractions that are a must. Read on to check out our favorite ways to view Gatlinburg’s natural beauty from hundreds of feet in the air.
The Gatlinburg Space Needle
A local staple and treasure in Gatlinburg, the known Space Needle. This tower dates back to 1970 when it was initially constructed and opened. It’s a true Smoky Mountain tradition. Located conveniently in downtown Gatlinburg, a 360-degree view from the platform while being perched 407 feet in the air is a definite must.
Get an even closer view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the free SeeCoast viewfinders, which are made available on the viewing platform. Whether day or night, the Needle is sure to impress. Take in the sensational views of mountains during the day or a star-filled sky at night.
If you really enjoy venturing up into the air, try adding Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park to your to-do list. The amusement park includes an aerial tramway that ascends a whopping 2.1 miles, giving you incredible 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains. While visiting Ober, enjoy the bumper cars on the ice rink, an alpine slide, a mountain coaster, and tubing in the summer. Make Ober a part of your trip to Gatlinburg and connect with your inner child.
And finally, the Gatlinburg SkyLift ends our tall tour of the elevated attractions in Gatlinburg. Be whisked up the Crockett Mountain as you take in the charming city below. Just a quick five-minute jaunt along Highway 441 Parkway takes you to the Anakeesta Theme Park, where they offer zip-lining, gem mining, and an amazing tree canopy walk.
Your Romantic Getaway to Gatlinburg Awaits
No matter the time of year you visit Gatlinburg for a couple’s getaway, you’ll find a wide array of activities waiting for you. Start planning your romantic getaway with VacationRenter and ensure a vacation that you and your loved one will remember forever.