By Darryl Payne
Posted on May 12, 2010
Longing for a romantic getaway for just the two of you, but not sure where to go? With so many options, the decision can be a daunting one. Why not get a little help from the experts? Southern Living repeatedly includes the Smoky Mountains as one of their top romantic getaway spots. Take a look at some of the reasons Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville top the list and you'll soon understand why.
Romantic Cabin Rentals
There are numerous secluded cabins that provide a relaxing backdrop of mountains and streams. Depending on the time of year, you're bound to see a magnificent show of nature's best including blankets of white in winter, amazingly colorful wildflowers in spring, active wildlife in summer or the magnificent autumn leaves the Smoky Mountains are so famous for.
Many cabins offer a fireplace that adds to your romance - perfect for snuggling up with a steamy cup of cappuccino and some soft music. Looking for relaxation? Hot tubs or Jacuzzis are just what the doctor ordered. In-cabin massages from professional masseurs are also available. Want to impress your significant other with your culinary skills? Cook dinner in! Many cabins offer grills in addition to furnished kitchens.
Been cooking all week? Ready for service with a smile? Gatlinburg has a variety of restaurants from traditional southern cooking to five-star elegance. Options include everything from well known chains to locally owned favorites. Southern cuisine such as barbeque and fried chicken is plentiful, however there are also a variety of restaurants that serve pizza, steaks, pasta and seafood. Don't forget the morning meal. Before starting your day together, visit one of the many pancake houses for a tall stack dripping with syrup that will give you the energy needed to see the many sights in the Smokies.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This magnificent park can be viewed by foot, bicycle, horseback or car and is a favorite of year round visitors. Bring your camera! As you travel through the park, you'll have many photo ops. Capture historic buildings, streams full of fish, wildlife romping in their natural habitat, amazing varieties of flowers and romantic waterfalls. It's a great place to learn about and enjoy Mother Nature.
Ober Gatlinburg has numerous ski slopes that cater to beginners and experts. What could be more romantic than swooshing down the slopes together then cuddling up in the lodge with a hot cup of cocoa?
If you visit during warmer months, you'll find exhilarating whitewater rafting and kayaking available. Whether you and your special someone are looking for peace and quiet or boatloads of adventure, the Smoky Mountains have plenty to offer.
What's so romantic about a theme park? Holding each other tight while riding the rollercoaster, walking through the park hand-in-hand or just sharing an ice cream cone all help to bring you closer together.
Dollywood offers an array of different concerts and shows including those that mesmerize with magic, comedians that tickle the funny bone and mystery shows where you help solve a crime.
Make your time together something memorable by spending it in the Smoky Mountains. Whatever your idea of romance, this is the just the place to make it happen.
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.