The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, known for its lush forests, rivers, waterfalls and misty mountain views in Tennessee and North Carolina, is a beautiful, fun destination for a variety of occasions. It’s refreshing to get out of the city and spend time surrounded by stunning scenery.
Recently, I rented the Sunset Studio from Stony Brook Cabins outside of Gatlinburg with my boyfriend for a weekend. We kicked our feet up, the cabin only lit by a fire and no sounds of the city life. We stepped out on the back deck to hit the hot tub looking out onto a view of endless trees and stars. It was just what I needed, an incredibly relaxing getaway to start off 2016.
I enjoyed my two days in the Smokies so much I couldn’t help but think of more occasions to spend an enchanting weekend there, so here are four:
Family reunions. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our own lives and don’t take enough time to get the whole family together, so gather up your relatives and rent a family-sized cabin. Roast hot dogs and make s’mores. The kids will have plenty of room to play inside and out. It’s a great way to get everyone together, and you don’t have to worry about having your house all in order before your relatives come over.
Friend-cations. Get a few friends together and rent a cabin. Make fun drinks, play games and spend time exploring the woods. Sleep in and get some good relaxing time in too. You can easily do the trip on a budget, split the accommodation cost and cook instead of eating at restaurants. It may just be the break you and your friends need from work or classes.
Romantic getaways. Find a one-bedroom cabin and spend quality time with your special someone. A lot of the cabins feature fireplaces, hot tubs and jacuzzis. Take a walk in the woods hand in hand. Make dinner together. Whip together a cocktail and enjoy the hot tub or curl up in front of the fire. It doesn’t get more romantic than a weekend with just the two of you and no distractions.
Hiking excursions. The Smokies have endless hiking opportunities with incredible views, including a segment of the Appalachian Trail. You can camp every night or find rustic hotels to spend the night in after hiking all day. When we were there, we did a trail to a waterfall in Cades Cove. On my next trip, I plan to hike up to Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Smokies. Even if you’re not there for solely hiking, I recommend taking advantage of this national park and hitting at least a trail or two.
We all need a break from the busy city life from time to time, so head to the Smoky Mountains and enjoy the great outdoors.
Where do you go to escape city life?