Gatlinburg is known for its world-class attractions and American-made moonshine scene, but there’s much more to the little mountain town than just those favorites. With majestic vistas, cozy cabins, and varied activities, a Gatlinburg getaway is just what you and your significant other needs this Valentine’s Day.
Wine and Shine
Sample some of the best flavors in the Smokies with wine or moonshine tasting. Test award-winning reds, whites, and fruity Muscadines offered by Gatlinburg’s wineries and learn more about the local flavors and the local folks that make them. Or dedicate a day to sipping Tennessee’s legendary spirit at the Ole Smoky Moonshine “Holler,” the birthplace of legalized moonshine, and trying a variety of show-stopping flavors from Doc Collier, Sugarlands Distilling Company, and Ole Smoky Moonshine.
Run Away to the Mountains
Go for a scenic drive along US-441 through the Smokies and stop to take in the many vistas that line the way. Schedule some time to explore nature up close with a hike in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, where you can choose from more than 900 miles of beautiful wooded trails in America’s most visited national park to wander together through. Pack a picnic and sit by a stream and let the natural romantic scenery do the rest.
*Insider Tip: The Pancake Pantry offers an amazing boxed lunch that pairs perfectly with a day of picnicking.
When it comes to lodging, Gatlinburg offers every type of romantic escape for those hoping for a warm fire and an uninterrupted conversion. Couples looking for luxury can choose from countless upscale hotels near downtown or find a bit of peace and quiet in a tucked away cabin or chalet.
Going to the Chapel
What better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than to celebrate your commitment to the one you love? Gatlinburg is recognized as one of the top wedding destinations in the country, and for good reason. With plenty of cute chapels, venues, and florists in town to choose from, Gatlinburg is a one-stop-shop for wedding needs and makes planning everything from small intimate ceremonies to large-scale extravaganzas as simple as “I do.”
Romance on the Menu
From candlelight to causal, Gatlinburg has a romantic dining scene for every appetite. Enjoy heart-shaped pancakes or crepes topped with cream in the town that knows how to do breakfast foods. Or make date-night truly special by spending it at any of the well-known restaurants on the Parkway, where you can savor anything from a delicious steak dinner by the river or a cocktail beside an outdoor firepit.
Made with Love
Stroll through shopping hot-spots like the Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community or Downtown Gatlinburg to find unique treasures in one of town’s many locally-owned shops and galleries. Rare finds such as handcrafted pottery, home accessories, personalized wood signs such as the ones created by Wood Signs of Gatlinburg will act as the perfect mementos to commemorate your romantic excursion.