Living in the southeast has its benefits especially when you want to travel. With so many places within driving distance from Atlanta, I can experience almost anything I want to. One of our favorite places to get away to is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. No matter how many times I have been to the area, and we’ve been there several times a year, I can always find a new adventure. Gatlinburg is just one of those places where one visit is simply not enough to take it all in!
Gatlinburg is unique in that it offers tourists a WIDE variety of things to do and places to visit. I know most of us that know this area think of such things as Ripley’s attractions, Ober Gatlinburg, or the Great Smoky Mountains as the things for people to experience. What you may not realize is that there is so much more to do than just those attractions. Now if you have not been to these places, you need to make a point of seeing these iconic attractions. The breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains from this beautiful mountainside city are something you do not want to miss! But just like so many southern historic cities, Gatlinburg has undergone its own rebirth since the wildfires and is becoming a city that attracts everyone from millennials to families.
One of the reasons why it is so inviting is due to its location and attractions. That being said, how do you select where to stay? Unlike any other tourist town, Gatlinburg offers everything from cabins to treehouses for lodging. If you want to stay right in the heart of the Smokies, there is a place for you. If you are looking to be right downtown where all the action is, they have got plenty of places to choose from. While my family has stayed outside of the heart of Gatlinburg for years, I quickly realized this last trip that staying downtown is really the ideal location. Most attractions are within walking distance of each other and that means no matter where you choose to stay in downtown Gatlinburg, you are going to be able to get where you want to go! They even offer a trolley system with many different stops throughout the area. It is a great way to get around town and see all that there is to offer. Rates are not bad either! At only .50 cents to $2.00 per ride, per person, the Gatlinburg Trolley is something you really need to take advantage of while in town.
For our most recent trip, we stayed at the Hampton Inn located on Historic Nature Trail. Spacious and comfortably furnished rooms, the Hampton Inn has luxurious amenities including a fully equipped fitness gym and an outdoor gathering space with beautiful views. If you are looking for an upscale and yet affordable lodging destination, you HAVE to go to the Hampton Inn on Historic Nature Trail. It is the perfect place for both couples and families because it offers you the best of both worlds.
Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg this hotel is within walking distance of nearly everything you would want to experience and provides stunning views of the majestic Smoky Mountains. The Hampton Inn provides luxury and a hospitality that can’t be beaten. Here are our top reasons for making this your go-to lodging destination when visiting Gatlinburg!
Location, Location, Location
The Hampton Inn is a modern hotel that provides the ultimate location for travelers and conference oriented visitors. Its close proximity to the WL Mills Conference Center and Gatlinburg Convention Center make this an excellent lodging location without having to deal with any traffic. The Gatlinburg Trolley system is also close by and that means it is easy and convenient to get around the city.
Don’t want to ride the trolley? This hotel is a great starting point for getting in those steps! It is within walking distance to nearly everything you would want to visit in Gatlinburg including all Ripley’s attractions, Anakeesta, and so much more. If you do not know what Anakeesta is, we have a post coming up this week to tell you all about it! Even the Great Smoky Mountain trails and Rocky Top Sports World are all within a very short drive from this hotel.
Hotel and Rooms
Impeccably designed-we were impressed the moment we entered the doors of the Hampton Inn. You will immediately notice the upscale and modern décor set among the tranquil Great Smoky Mountains. With a stunning lobby filled with modern furnishings, you will want to just sit here and relax with a cup of coffee or your favorite drink.
You will appreciate how the Hampton Inn has added in the extra details to make this feel like an escape from your busy life. With several rooms and suites, this modern hotel provides clean and comfortable rooms. We were given a room with two queen-sized Hampton beds. The Hampton Beds are manufactured exclusively by Serta and really enhance your overnight stay. Featuring Down Dreams Soft pillow, these beds truly provide for a great night’s sleep!
Our room was spacious and well furnished. The modern furnishings and mountain views make for a room you will not want to leave. After all, with a desk and adjustable chair, blackout curtains, flat screen HDTV with premium channels, in-room coffee maker, and Neutrogena toiletries, you won’t have to wander far from your room if you are looking to relax. The added touch of the barn door for the bathroom is a bonus!
All guests receive complimentary WiFi, and a business center provides guests with complimentary computer and printer services.
Free Hot Breakfast
With a variety of items to choose from, the Hampton Inn’s free hot breakfast is sure to tickle your tastebuds in some fashion. Their breakfast menu includes freshly baked bread, fruit, eggs, meats, and much more make it the perfect place to start your day off right before heading down to the parkway to enjoy Gatlinburg.
The Outdoor Gathering Area
Even though you may have a day full of adventure planned in Gatlinburg, the Hampton Inn’s outdoor gathering area is one spot that you will not want to miss. This area is so inviting that you will want to make it back just to take advantage of this space. I felt like I was in my own backyard, but this time it was nicely furnished! I even had my own river to gaze at while listening to the water gently flowing over the weathered rocks. The outdoor fire pits were impressive, and provide for hours of relaxation among the bustling parkway nearby. I could not help but think that this outdoor gathering area with a spacious hot tub might just be one of Gatlinburg’s best-kept secrets!
The Hampton Inn hotel is a great place for you to escape to anytime you are in the area. Whether you are traveling with your sports team or church or just looking to escape with just your significant other or a car full of kids, the Hampton Inn is your go-to lodging destination in Gatlinburg. For more information or reservations, call (865) 436-4933, or visit Hampton Inn’s website. You can also check out the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for more information about this beautiful mountainside city.
The mountains are calling!
Be sure to stay tuned this week to our social media and blog as we showcase the area! We are looking forward to taking you on a journey to one of our favorite places!
Images were provided by Leigh Anne Borders