Four reasons to book a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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.

Sunset Studio at Stony Brook Cabins.

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 in Cades Cove.

Hiking excursionsbdd62a46-8696-4cdd-a703-7db7e4305bfd. 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?

14 thoughts on “Four reasons to book a getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains

  1. I love the Smokey Mountains, especially in the fall. The colors are amazing! I live in CA and the first time I flew in to TN and looked out the airiplane window and saw all the trees, I knew I was visiting a place that would speak to my soul. Thanks for the reminder.

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