Autumn is the perfect time to take a romantic retreat with the one you love! With gorgeous leaves, cool weather, and numerous festivals and events, the Smoky Mountains are simply spectacular during this time of year. To help you make the most of your getaway in the Smokies, here are five tips for your next vacation:
(See Related: Why Should You Spend Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains?)
1. Stay in a one bedroom Pigeon Forge cabin.
There is nowhere more romantic for a couples weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains than one of our one bedroom cabins in Pigeon Forge. When you stay in a cabin, you are immersed in nature, but you have all of the comforts of home. Cabins give you the privacy you desire for a special getaway, but at the same time, you are just a few minutes from all of the amazing things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
2. Bring your binoculars for some amazing leaf peeping.
During the fall months, the Smokies erupt with a fantastic collage of colors. Visitors come from all over the world to see the magnificent yellows, oranges, and reds that characterize the autumn months. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars, so you can enjoy the leaves right from your cabin’s porch. You and your significant other will love sipping a warm cup of coffee, sitting in a wooden rocking chair, and taking in all of the season’s colors.
While the leaves are the main autumn attraction, don’t forget to spend some time admiring the flowers as well! You can expect to see some great wildflowers, including Joe-Pye-weed, goldenrod, ironweed, and asters.
4. Go on a scenic fall drive.
To get a closer look at the fall foliage, we recommend going for a romantic drive in some of the area’s prettiest areas. Here are three of our favorite drives close to our one bedroom cabins in Pigeon Forge:
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a one-way drive that starts at Cherokee Orchard Road close to downtown Gatlinburg and ends near U.S. 321. You’ll see the fall colors and plenty of historic buildings from hundreds of years ago.
Newfound Gap Road passes through some of the most visited areas in the Smokies, including the Sugarlands Visitor Center, the Chimneys picnic area, and (of course) Newfound Gap. This road stretches all the way from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina, and features many breathtaking overlooks.
The Cades Cove Loop Road offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Attracting two million visitors each year, this 11 mile loop road is ideal for seeing the fall leaves, deer, turkeys, and even black bears!
5. Stay warm with your cabin’s hot tub and fireplace.
The autumn air is always crisp and refreshing, but you’ll still want to stay nice and toasty during the night. Grab your significant other and enjoy a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub on your cabin’s porch. After your steamy bath, rush indoors and dry off in front of the fireplace. With a nice warm blanket, and the one you love at your side, there is absolutely nowhere better to be.
For more vacation ideas, visit our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Attractions page!