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. From white 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. Check out our 6 favorite romantic activities in this beautiful Smoky Mountain town.

1. Enjoy Gatlinburg’s Food (and Drink) Scene

No romantic vacation is complete without looking into some delicious dinner (or brunch!) reservations. There are many great restaurants to visit in Gatlinburg. With so many wonderful options, the only difficult task is deciding on the perfect place.

Our Top Brunch Spot: Brick & Spoon

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.


Our Top Dinner Spot: Red Oak Bistro

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. 

Our Top Cocktail Spot: Old Forge Distillery

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. 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!

2. Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

For nature lovers, there is no greater place to roam than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This majestic park is just a quick 5-minute car ride from Gatlinburg and is home to some of the most spectacular mountain views you’ll ever see.


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 Smokies. Continue below to find out about some great hiking options for you and your partner. 

Unforgettable Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

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.

In the mood for something entirely different? Head back to Pigeon Forge for some other lovely trail hiking and maybe even another cocktail.

3. Scale 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.

4. Take a Ride on the Ober Gatlinburg Tramway


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.

5. Witness the Beauty of the Smokies from the Gatlinburg SkyLift


And finally, the Gatlinburg SkyLift ends our tall tour of the elevated attractions in Gatlinburg. Be whisked up Crockett Mountain as you take in the charming city below. Also, if this isn’t enough thrill and adventure, consider taking just a quick five-minute jaunt along Highway 441 Parkway to Anakeesta Theme Park, where they offer zip-lining, gem mining, and an amazing tree canopy walk.

Where should you stay when visiting Gatlinburg?

Aside from the wide selection of cabins, you’ll also find numerous hotels, house rentals, villas, and other types of accommodations.

Gatlinburg boasts some of the most upscale and luxurious cabins in the South. With spacious bedrooms, comfortable seating areas, game rooms, theater rooms, private hot tubs, decks with mountain views, and gourmet kitchens being just the start of luxury amenities.

Your Romantic Getaway to Gatlinburg Awaits

No matter the time of year, a couple’s getaway to Gatlinburg offers a wide array of activities. Start planning your romantic vacation with VacationRenter and ensure a trip that you and your loved one will remember forever.