Gathering the whole family, church or team in the Smokies has never been so much fun and beautiful. With some of the largest cabins sleeping over 50 people, there is room to bring everyone under one roof for this fall. Up to 13 bedrooms, these log homes offer the gamut of luxuries from private theaters with real theater seating, game rooms with pool tables and air hockey, indoor pools and much more.
Together is the best place to be. Imagine being together with the beauty of the Smoky Mountains as it ignites into reds and golds.
Completed in 2015, Aqua Dreamin’Retreat has over 6,500 square feet of sprawling comfort for a gathering of up to 54 guests. With 13 master bedrooms, an indoor heated pool, theater room, game area and surrounded by stunning natural beauty, it is a resort all on its own. For groups over 100 people, a twin sister log cabin, Mountain Splash Lodge is just down to way.
Snuggled into the hills high above Gatlinburg stands the crown jewel of the Great Smoky Mountains, Majestic Overlook truly lives up to its name and reputation. A chef’s kitchen inspires dinners at home while the expansive dining area and breakfast bar allows plenty of space for entertaining. Privacy is not hard to find with 12 master bedrooms, each with its own private bath, a theater and game room, and private decks with rocking chairs overlooking incredible views of the Smoky Mountains.
Out past the attractions, restaurants and dinner shows of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a quaint valley surrounded by towering mountaintops. Wears Valley is home to The Preserve Resort, a collection of some of the highest elevation cabins in the East Tennessee region. At the very top of the resort stand two gorgeous 12 bedroom log cabins, Dream View Manor and Morning View Manor with panoramic views of the entire valley. With space enough for 54 friends and family to lay their weary heads, this cabin offers a true respite from the hectic day-to-day. A theater room, game room with a pool table and air hockey, two hot tubs on the private decks and amazing views completely distract for the outside world. Just imagine watching the Smokies explode into fall colors from up here.
The splendor of color that East Tennessee is known for can be found surrounding Awesome View Lodge that looks out across the ridges to Mt. LeConte, the highest peak of the Great Smoky Mountains. When not enjoying the incredible views, entertainment is found in a game room or private theater, the crow’s nest or one of the two living rooms. When the view calls again, relaxation is in abundance on the two private decks with two hot tubs, numerous rocking chairs and picnic tables. Breathing just seems easier and more fulfilling here.
Large log cabin spaces can even be found closer to all of the fun in downtown Pigeon Forge at Sherwood Forest Resort, a log cabin community with an outdoor pool and beautiful scenery. At the center of the resort next to the community pool stands Nottingham Lodge, a grand 11 bedroom cabin. Upon entering the front double doors is a gorgeous stacked stone fireplace beneath vaulted ceilings. This Smoky Mountain sanctuary can hold up to 44 guests with a gorgeous kitchen, plenty of room in the dining room and great open public spaces. Rocking chairs peppered across a wraparound porch with two hot tubs makes taking in the scenery such a pleasure. The cabin is close enough to town to run out for dinner, a quick jaunt of sight-seeing, mini golf or go-karts, but is far enough out to enjoy the mountain air.
“Each year thousands of backpackers
Climb the Great Smoky Mountains…
Nature’s Peace flows into them
as Sunshine flows into Trees;
the Winds blow their freshness into them…
and their Cares drop off like Autumn Leaves.”
— Adapted from John Muir
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the country for a reason. With over 800 miles of hiking trails, and breathtaking scenic drives like Cades Cove, an 11-mile driving loop through pastoral landscapes, historic log cabins and churches, with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. An autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains should be on everyone’s bucket list. Scenic drives such as the Newfound Gap Road provide a welcome mat to countless brooks, waterfalls, overlooks, and trailheads where unimaginable fall scenes can be photographed at every turn. Gather everyone together and escape to Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.