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Unique Smoky Mountain Lodgings - Part 1

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on August 17, 2021

Need to find a place to stay for that next trip to the Great Smoky Mountains? No problem! Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville alone are home to dozens and dozens of lodging providers, from mom-and-pop motels and large chain hotels to overnight rental properties and quaint bed-and-breakfast inns. It's not difficult to find a property that will best suit your family's needs when it comes to location, amenities and budget.

But what if you're looking for something just a little different from the typical accommodations? If that applies to you, then read on to discover our recommendations for unique places to stay in the Smokies. Many are found right here in our immediate area, while some require traveling a little farther beyond. But if you choose any of these lodgings, you'll be experiencing an overnight stay that transcends the ordinary.

The Inn At Christmas Place

It may be summer now, but you won't have to wait until December to get into the spirit of Christmas when you stay at this unique hotel in Pigeon Forge. The Inn At Christmas Place is decorated for the holidays 365 days a year. All guest rooms boast a Christmas motif that includes features like wreaths, throw pillows and winter-scene artwork. The lobby sparkles with Christmas trees, garland and a hand-made glockenspiel installation made of wood from Germany's Black Forest. It has hand-cast bells that ring out carols and strike the time at the top of the hour. There's also a singing Santa who visits the inn throughout the year, playing guitar and singing Christmas carols to guests of all ages. Amenities include a hot breakfast, indoor pool with hot tub, outdoor pool with 95-foot waterslide, a fitness center and a lush courtyard-for when you need a little break from winter.

LeConte Lodge

This mountaintop lodge has the distinction of being the only lodging provider located within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The catch, however, is that you have to hike one of the five trails leading to the summit of Mt. LeConte to get to it. Granted, the conditions are spartan. There's no electricity or running water, but they do provide a delicious dinner and a sack lunch to guests. And the views from the top make this overnight stop totally worth the five-to-nine-mile hike, depending on the trail you choose. There are nearby points that provide unforgettable views of sunrise and sunset, and from the lodge itself, you can see for hundreds of miles when conditions are favorable. The other catch to staying at LeConte Lodge is that they stay booked well in advance. The period for submissions of written requests for the 2022 season begins September 27.

Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains

Somewhere between primitive tent camping and staying in a hotel or motel is glamping. At Under Canvas in Pigeon Forge, you can hit the hay between luxurious linens in a kind-size bed but with a nearby babbling creek and a crackling stove to lull you to sleep. The next morning, you can bring yourself back to life with a cup of gourmet coffee on the private deck of your luxury tent in the Smoky Mountains. Tents sleep anywhere from two to six guests. Some are more suitable for couples, while others can accommodate mom, dad and as many as four kids. Some of the tents have private bathrooms, while others are just steps away from communal facilities. Their camping season is April through November, and Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains has been recognized as one of the “Top 20 Resorts in the US - South” by Conde Nast Traveler. It's also conveniently located near our zip lines in the Smokies.

Check back next week to discover even more unique Smoky Mountain accommodations.


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