By Darryl Payne
Posted on February 3, 2010
Most of us have a favorite Christmas memory. For some, it's decorating the tree with elaborate ornaments, tinsel and a star on top. For some it's the heartwarming smell of evergreen or cinnamon. Others might reflect on hopeful visits with Santa Claus himself or watching elated little ones open gifts on Christmas morning. Everyone is sure to look forward to the comforting tastes and smells of homemade Christmas dinners. The best memory, however, is probably one of spending time with loved ones and sharing family traditions that make memories for years to come. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy the Christmas season anytime you wanted? With a visit to The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, you can do just that.
Opened in June 2007, this family-owned, 145-room inn is nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, yet looks as though it belongs atop a peak in the Swiss Alps. You can enjoy elegant Victorian Christmas decorations in the lobbies year-round. Plus each guest receives a hot continental breakfast… a true feast of made-to-order omelets served as you visit with Old Saint Nick himself. Yes, Santa makes regular appearances at breakfast as well as singing in evening concerts two nights a week.
Exceptional Art Showings
The Inn is also decorated with winter and holiday pictures by well-known East Tennessee artists such as Jim Gray, Vern Hippensteal, Lee Roberson and Terri Waters to name a few. It's as if you've been invited to a private showing of the Smokey's greatest talent.
Indoor and Outdoor Waterworks
Indoor and outdoor pools will be tops on the little ones' lists of things to do. The outdoor pool (open during summer months) is equipped with a thrilling 95-foot, figure-eight waterslide sure to put butterflies in the stomachs of even the hardiest of thrill seekers. The heated, indoor pool (open year-round) offers ample room for exercise or relaxation and is coupled with an oversized whirlpool as well.
You'll also feel good about your stay at the Inn knowing that this is an environmentally friendly hotel. The beautiful waterfalls and ponds are part of a creative design for storm water detention. Fluorescent bulbs are used for all indoor lights and, during the Christmas season, all exterior lights are low-energy LEDs. All cardboard is recycled and the use of paper disposable items is reduced by incorporating glasses and china plates.
Well-appointed rooms are spacious and offer amenities including granite countertops, refrigerators, architectural columns, flat-screen TVs and private balconies. Christmas-themed suites with fully decorated trees are available upon request. When you book, ask about two- and three-room suites that include a toasty fireplace or romantic Jacuzzi.
A Bargain Shopper's Dream
One of the best parts of Christmas is shopping. Be sure to take a stroll over to The Incredible Christmas Place, the largest Christmas village in the south. Here you'll find everything you need to bring out that Christmas spirit. Over 50 designer-themed Christmas trees as well as a variety of lights, floral arrangements and more ornaments than you ever imagined are in stock. Also available are numerous collectibles such as Adora Dolls, Foundation Angels, Bearington Bears and Lenox. Numerous village pieces and carolers can be found, too.
From ornaments to outdoor decor and floral arrangements to fudge, at Christmas Place you'll find everything you need to turn your home into a Christmas wonderland.
You don't need to wait until December or take a trip to the North Pole to enjoy Christmas. Visit The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge to revive your Christmas spirit any time of year. Plan your trip today and let the memories begin!
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.