By Leif Palmer
Posted on January 6, 2020
When you're planning a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, one of the first decisions you'll typically make is where you're going to stay. Once you've got your lodging dates locked in, it's a lot easier to start working on elements like attractions tickets and restaurant decisions. It can be a little overwhelming, though, because there are so many choices when it comes to accommodations in the Smokies that it can be intimidating trying to narrow down all the options. So this week, we'll give you an overview of what those choices are, and maybe that will make it a little easier for you to plan that next big trip to the mountains in 2020.
These are a popular option, because there are so many properties located right on or within just a block or two of the Parkway, whether you're in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville. From quaint mom-and-pop motels to brand-name hotels, the selection is wide, and the range of prices and amenities can vary greatly, which means there's something for every preference and budget. In Gatlinburg, properties like Old Creek Lodge and Appalachian Lodge offer downtown convenience, so you have built-in Gatlinburg downtown parking alternatives. In Pigeon Forge, check out Cherokee Lodge, or if you're in Sevierville, try The Lodge at Five Oaks, both of which offer easy walking and driving access to most fun, shopping and dining destinations in those cities.
This is a good idea for those who like to rough it a little bit – or a lot. Campgrounds can often be a cost-effective way to put yourself up in the Smokies as well. At Greenbrier Campground in Gatlinburg, for example, they offer a wide range of camping options, including tent sites, cabins and RV sites. Depending on the time of year, you can also consider tent or RV camping in one of the many designated campgrounds within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Properties like cabins, chalets and cottages are good accommodations choices for many Smokies visitors. Guests typically can enjoy all the comforts of home – including full kitchens and laundry rooms – as well as luxury amenities like fireplaces, hot tubs, whirlpool baths and game rooms. They usually deliver big on privacy, and there's a wide range of property sizes on the market, so it's easy to plan for any type of travel party, from a honeymooning couple to a large family reunion
B&Bs are ideal for guests looking for a quiet getaway in the Smokies, away from all the hustle and bustle. They're typically found in the more remote areas of the county, and they're usually family-run. Guests can enjoy uniquely decorated rooms, a delicious home-cooked breakfast each morning and tons of charming local hospitality.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in Gatlinburg. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.