Smoky Mountain Luxury Resorts that Will Take Your Breath Away
Did you know that Smokey Mountains are estimated to be between 200 and 300 million years old? Yes; they are considered one of the oldest mountain ranges on our planet!
A long history has made Smokey Mountains a breathtaking place.
Beautiful scenery, peace, serenity, and fresh air are some of many reasons Smokey Mountains should be your next destination.
Spending a few days at Smokey Mountains is an unforgettable experience, but it doesn’t have to involve camping or cabins.
You can enjoy all the beauty of this mountain range in style.
As a traveler by nature, I always try to explore new places to see what our wonderful planet has to offer.
To me, traveling is not just about visiting some places and taking photos while staying in a hotel with poor service that isn’t worth all the money I pay for it.
Regardless where I ago my main objective is to make that travel an unforgettable experience.
To make it happen, it matters where I decide to stay for those few days.
For many years I dreamed about Smoky Mountain luxury resorts after reading and hearing so many lovely stories about them.
I could picture that lovely nature, valleys, snow, in my mind and couldn’t wait to pick my things and go.
The good thing is that one can find a plethora of luxury resorts in the Smokey Mountains, but it’s not that easy to choose the ideal one. Your entire break or vacation depends on the place where you’ll be spending your time.
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Choosing the ideal luxury resort
Don’t let the term “luxury” fool you, and not all resorts are equal.
Booking your vacation at a wrong resort can cast a huge shadow on the entire trip.
I had a fair share of unpleasant experiences, but they taught me what to look for in order to make my trips an unforgettable experience.
It all comes down to the factors you take into consideration, such as:
Budget – determine how much money you’re willing to spend on booking the vacation at some resort.
This will narrow down the selection and get you closer to an ideal resort.
Entertainment – if you love to have fun, dance, and have a prolific nightlife then it’s always wise to check whether a resort provides any type of entertainment
Adventure – luxury resort life is not just about fine dining and soaking in the beautiful views from the comfort of your room. What we really like is the view tower that is sitting high up in the mountains overseeing everything.
Resorts provide different programs for adventure seekers so make sure you choose the one that fits your needs the most
Activities – to get that unforgettable experience I mentioned above you need to enrich your resort days with different activities.
Of course, these activities vary from one resort to another, but most places offer a rich program for their visitors
User reviews – although it’s easy to say the opinions of other people don’t matter the reality is different.
Do you really want to pay all that money for a resort that doesn’t provide exceptional service? Of course, you don’t!
Now that you know what to consider, you’re ready to start looking for your ideal resort.
Besides the factors mentioned above, I also looked for places with the best views and the overall atmosphere.
I always like to book a vacation at places where I’ll feel right at home, rather than a walking and talking credit card.
Here are four Smoky Mountains luxury resorts that are worth staying at.
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
The Lodge at a Buckberry Creek is a rustic chic lodge set on 26 acres of land.
The resort is located about 2 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Numerous accolades and awards are the biggest evidence of the quality of service one can experience at the Lodge at Buckberry Creek.
In fact, the latest edition of Patricia Schultz’s 1000 Places to See Before You Die features this particular resort as a must-see destination.
What makes the Lodge so amazing is that it’s a 14 all-suite luxury stay with impeccably decorated rooms ranging in size from 670 to 755 square feet.
Gallery suites are typically larger while Lodge suites are smaller.
Each suite comes with its own unique interior design, and it has the outstanding rustic Adirondack style.
The suites also come with their own balconies, fireplaces, and soaking tubs.
You can rest your eyes on the wonderful view that spreads right in front of you. Reasons to consider this resort are numerous including:
Appleview River Resort
Appleview River Resort is a truly unique place. It is conveniently set on a quiet peninsula along the Little Pigeon River.
What makes it different than other resorts is that Appleview offers both river and mountain views. Most resorts you come across offer just one of them.
The resort has one of the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it is absolutely breathtaking. A variety of rooms, even villas and condos are available for guests who want to make their visit to this area a truly unique experience.
Appleview is also ideal for big families and large groups of visitors as some condos and villas can easily fit up to 12 people.
All rooms, condos, villas, have an elegant, but comfortable décor that makes you feel at home.
This luxury resort lives up to its purpose thanks to a wide array of amenities and activities it provides. Some of them include:
Special packages: one hour of massage, getting kitchen stocked before you arrive, romantic candlelight dinner for two, seasonal flower arrangement, and many others
Bearskin Lodge on the River Hotel
The Bearskin Lodge is located right across the street from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
If you plan to spend your vacation or holiday in a comfortable yet elegant resort while on the walking distance to the national park, this is the perfect place for you.
Outdoor men and women who want to enjoy the Smoky Mountains and its breathtaking nature and landscapes will love the fact the resort is so close to them.
Hiking trails start basically at the doorstep.
The resort features 140 rooms with a cozy atmosphere and a chic design. Most rooms have corner gas fireplaces that give the place a romantic vibe, particularly during cold winter months.
If you happen to visit the Bearskin Lodge in the spring, summer, or fall you can rest and enjoy the view from the private balcony.
Like many other resorts, this one also features a number of amenities including:
Elk Springs Resort
Elk Springs Resort is one of the best luxury places to visit at the Smoky Mountains.
The resort is located about 8 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, and it is only 15 to 20 minutes away from attractions in Pigeon Forge such as Dollywood.
That means you can use the opportunity of traveling to Elk Springs Resort to visit some other interesting places at the same time.
The resort features breathtaking, amazing views of the Great Smoky Mountains and it comes with 121 luxury cabins spreading across 68 acres of land.
What makes this resort so amazing is its own wildlife including deer, black bear, and many species of birds.
Elk Springs also comprises 4 ridges and 3 valleys full of red cedars, hickory, oak, hemlock, pine, and other trees.
Upon arriving at the resort, you’ll find that your luxury cabin is secluded and located at a quiet place so you can rest, have fun with your friends and family, and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you.
Different types of luxury cabins are available depending on the number of guests or other needs you may have.
There are one bedroom cabins up to six bedroom cabins as well as cabins to guests with pets.
Honeymoon, pool, theater room cabins and many others are available too.
Elk Springs Resort provides exceptional service and various amenities including:
Finding an ideal resort isn’t as easy as it seems.
Many resorts are way too expensive, but they don’t justify the “luxury” term they like to use.
If you’re thinking about heading to the amazing Smoky Mountains, then you should definitely consider four resorts I mentioned above.
Each of the above-mentioned resorts is ideal for people with different needs, and you just need to find the one that suits you the most.
The Smoky Mountains are truly amazing, and the resort you choose should make your experience there a wonderful memory you’ll remember years later.