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Gatlinburg Accommodations

Finding a room with a view of the Smokies

Need a fresh air breather? Forget the Swiss Alps, Gatlinburg - Gateway to the SmokiesGatlinburg - Gateway to the SmokiesGatlinburg is just what the doctor ordered.

When I visited Gatlinburg the first time, I stayed at the Park Vista Hotel. Not a 4-star by any stretch of the imagination, but my 12th floor patio let me watch the sun set over the Smokies each night. I'm told every room has an incredible view - not hard to imagine considering the town is flanked on 3 sides by mountains.

The road leading up to the hotel was a nightmare, but the old-time trolleys take it like New York cabbies. Unless you're used to mountain driving (and have chains on your tires), park your car at the hotel and use the trolley to get back and forth to town.

Lodge at Buckberry CreekLodge at Buckberry CreekIf you're looking for something a little more upscale, The Lodge at Buckberry Creek sits on the opposite side of the city. The lodge gets the rustic elegance bang on, but falls short on lack of facilities (no spa, pool or fitness center). There are 45 suites in the lodge and one restaurant that delivers fine dining, Gatlinburg style.

If you're one of the rare few who come to the area to actually experience the Smokies up close and personal, consider LeConte Lodge.

Once you're inside Smoky Mountains National Park, Le Conte LodgeLe Conte Lodgeyou'll have to hike yourself in and there's no running water or electricity. But bed linens, kerosene lamps and meals are provided - and the air is unlike anything you've ever breathed before.

If you Go

Park Vista Hotel
705 Cherokee Orchard Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Toll Free: 800-421-PARK
Local: 865-436-9211
Rates: $70US-$140US (depending on the season)
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
961 Campbell Lead Road
Gatlinburg, Tenessee
Toll Free: 866-30-LODGE
Rates: $180US-$270US (depending on the season)
LeConte Lodge
250 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville Tenessee
Local: 865-429-5704
Rates: $90US per person (includes dinner and breakfast)
Special notes: The only way to reach the lodge is on foot, and the lodge is closed from November to mid-March because of weather.

Have you slept over in Gatlinburg? I'd love to hear about it!

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To comply with the long list of regulating bodies, possibly even Geneva Conventions, and in the interest of transparency, our Stratford getaway was sponsored in part by Rundles and the Stratford Festival. Commentary and perspectives are those of GoGirlfriend.

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