ELEVATE YOUR SMOKY MOUNTAIN RETREAT
The sun peeks over the mountaintops as you sink deeper into a cushioned rocking chair, snuggling under a plaid blanket and grasping a steaming mug of your favorite morning drink. Gently rocking to and fro, you sigh with contentment then take a deep breath of crisp air.
Visit Sevierville, Tennessee and trade deadlines, buzzing phones, mounting demands and highpressure routines for exactly this sort of calm. Sit listening to thrushes sing, woodpeckers tap, and the occasional twig snapping under the weight of a squirrel. Simply relax. There is perhaps no greater luxury.
The Great Smoky Mountains are gorgeous in any season. It’s only natural to feel possessive when gazing out at the spectacular landscape from a private deck. These are your Smokies.
Leisure may be its own reward, but you can also treat yourself to a high level of service and amenities when visiting the Smoky Mountains by staying in Sevierville’s most upscale accommodations.
When it comes to personal retreats, it’s hard to beat a mountain cabin. Sevierville offers a wide selection of luxury cabin rentals from cozy to cavernous ready to welcome you for a solo escape, romantic weekend, family holiday or group getaway. These hideaways typically offer astounding views, spacious porches, private hot tubs, gas fireplaces, game rooms, full kitchens and floorplans designed with your comfort in mind.
Oak Haven Resort & Spa rents brand new luxury log cabins that range from one to seven bedrooms. Every fully furnished cabin at the year-round resort boasts a hot tub large enough to accommodate six people, stone fireplace with gas logs, private screened porch, large jetted bathtub in the master suite, custom kitchen with full-size appliances, king mattress(es) and a queen sleeper sofa, plus rockers and a swing to comfortably enjoy the outdoors. Most cabins also have a game room. There’s free Wi-Fi, 78 cable channels, and housekeeping for all guests. The sprawling property offers a lake for catch and release fishing, gas grills for outdoor cooking, heated outdoor swimming pool, basketball court, nature trails, golf course, and a clubhouse with a ping pong table, foosball table and arcade games. Known for its skillful treatments and peaceful ambiance, The Spa at Oak Haven is most convenient if you’re staying in a log cabin or lodge on site, but anyone is welcome to enjoy a relaxing treatment no matter where you’re staying overnight. Indulge in a refreshing facial, stress-busting full body massage, rejuvenating body treatment, or a pampering manicure or pedicure. The Almost Heaven Massage, the most popular treatment, lives up to its name and will leave you feeling relaxed from head to toe. Skilled therapists release tension using a proven combination of flowing strokes, gentle kneading and targeting pressure points. By the end of the blissful treatment you’ll feel like you’re floating on clouds.
Each mountainside luxury cabin at Hidden Mountain Resort boasts breathtaking views. Rent a log cabin with one to five bedrooms at this family-operated retreat’s West location, where property amenities include a fishing lake, picnic pavilion and seasonal swimming pool. Find even more rental options at the East location, with log cabins ranging from one to 14 bedrooms, mountain villas with two or three bedrooms, farmhouse cottages with one to five bedrooms, plus a motor coach resort. The East property offers an event center, several swimming pools, gazebos, fire pit, workout room and fishing ponds. All rentals are individually decorated, but expect upscale features like a private hot tub, gas fireplace, full-service kitchen and more. Some cabins are dog friendly.
If your idea of luxury travel means the familiar comforts of your own RV, reserve a luxury 50- by 85-foot site at Hidden Mountain’s The Dell, which offers nightly rentals for Class A and Super C motor coaches. Each site includes full hookups with 50-amp electric, water and sewer, plus satellite TV, phone and high-speed Internet access. Inside the gated resort, enjoy walking trails, stocked fishing ponds, award-winning pools and fitness center, plus a clubhouse. Perhaps best of all, you won’t need to pack up your motorhome to drive into Sevierville whenever you want access to its shops, restaurants and attractions: Just hop on the convenient trolley service.
Enjoy golf course views and ready access to play, when you stay at the Sanctuary Villas at Wilderness at the Smokies. Each spacious, luxurious Villa is fully furnished, offers a private terrace and a game room. Stays include access to Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark—a comfortable 84 degrees year-round!—as well as two seasonal outdoor waterparks. With a total of 17 waterslides, nine pools, a lazy river, and multiple water rides and attractions, guests of all ages and heights will find multiple ways to splash, slide and surf. Among the options is a 55-foot drop into a swirling funnel, the region’s only body-surfing simulator, and a vortex with a nearvertical trap-door release. An indoor adventure forest offers additional challenges with the option of staying dry.
For an upscale yet more traditional hotel stay experience, head to The Lodge at Five Oaks, one of the newest hotels in Sevierville. Located across the street from Tanger Outlet Mall, this hotel boasts upscale farmhouse-inspired casual décor that combines rustic and modern sensibilities— think real hardwood floors, custom hickory furniture, walk-in tile showers, plus complimentary wireless access with plenty of places to charge up devices. Each light, airy premiere king guestroom is a relaxing haven with a quality mattress, gas fireplace, flat-screen television, plus a mini refrigerator, microwave and coffee station.
When looking for upscale experiences, start with Scenic Helicopter Tours. You and up to five companions can climb into a helicopter for a personal tour that soars up to 1,200-feet into the air for an eagle’s eye view of the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding farms, fields, waters, and other natural and manmade sights. All of the available tours offer breathtaking vistas and will get you hovering up in the clouds like a VIP. The most luxurious tour is the “Smoky Mountain Spectacular” that flies over 100 miles of some of the earth’s oldest landscapes and covers both the Tennessee and North Carolina sides of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tour can be customized to linger over particular areas of interest.
For a lifelong keepsake, head to the Robert A. Tino Gallery. Watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings inspired by the Smoky Mountains are available in a range of schemes, sizes and prices. Working as an artist since the 1980s, Robert is best known for his landscapes, some of which include barns or houses; many works showcase the local area. His works embrace a diverse range of styles including abstraction, impression and realism. You can choose a custom frame for any piece. Even more luxuriously, you can commission the artist to create a one-of-a-kind original piece. If you’re hungry but in no mood to cook, relax: Dining options abound in Sevierville to satisfy any craving. Both The Chop House and Holston’s Kitchen offer private booths and menus with abundant mouthwatering temptations from fresh seafood to thick steaks, crisp salads to decadent desserts. Bistro 109 promises five-star dining. Local favorite China 1 is ranked among the top 100 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. Healthy Balance Meals is where good-for-you food also tastes great. Explore the Visit Sevierville website for even more tempting restaurant options.
By the time the sun sets on your luxurious stay in Sevierville, you’ll be ready to plan a return visit.