Great Honeymoon Destinations in Tennessee
Part of Tennessee’s charm as a vacation destination is its diversity. East, Middle and West Tennessee all have distinct traits and offer different experiences for locals and vacationers. Following are some of the best spots for romance and fun on your honeymoon.
From the mountains of East Tennessee to the Memphis Mississippi, here are some of the top spots for a honeymoon getaway or a romantic weekend trip.
After you've read, if you still can't decide, take the quiz at the bottom to find your best Tennessee honeymoon spot!
East Tennessee is defined by its beautiful mountains and plateaus. The geography of the land helps to create beautiful and unique spots for your honeymoon getaway. The rich heritage of the land with its deep Scottish-Irish roots and traditions influences the crafts, music and traditions of the area. You can stay in a cozy cabin with your own Jacuzzi or find a quaint little bed and breakfast and experience the history and culture of the area. Here are some of the best places to stay, best activities and best food.
Consider staying in Gatlinburg, Jonesborough, or Chattanooga.
Gatlinburg--One of the Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations
Gatlinburg in Sevier County Tennessee had been a tourist hot spot for a hundred years. The area was first used by mountain settlers and Cherokee Indians as hunting grounds. But once the first hotels began to be built, it transformed into a great destination.
Part of Gatlinburg’s charm is that it is the Gateway to the Smokies and is nestled between the bustling Pigeon Forge which boasts great restaurants, shopping and the popular theme park Dollywood. On the other side is the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
So honeymooners have many options. Eat some breakfast at the famous Pancake Pantry and then take a hike on one of the beautiful mountain trails or spend the day at Cades Cove. Or you can decide to go shopping for discounted items at the outlets in Pigeon Forget to help start your new life together. Or even stay in and snuggle in the hot tub!
Each day can be a new adventure.
Hotel: Park Vista—Overlooking the entire city, this beautiful hotel is a fixture in Gatlinburg. Drive up the winding road until you reach your destination. Advance reservation rooms start at around $160 with suites and rooms with balconies available.
Bed and Breakfast----The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast This is a small bed and breakfast with four guest rooms with private balconies that overlook the national park. Honeymoon packages are available.
Cabins----Elk Springs Resort Cabin Rentals This resort offers cabins in many different sizes located all around the Gatlinburg area. There are honeymoon packages available. Choose your style and your needs for your special getaway. The resort can match you up with the right cabin to make your honeymoon everything that you want it to be.
Gatlinburg Honeymoon Destinations
While Gatlinburg is by far one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, there are other places to stay as well. Why not think about some of these hidden gems.
Historic Jonesborough--A Journey To The Past
If honeymooning in a destination that can transport you into the historical past is your cup of tea, you might consider beautiful Jonesborough for a sweet and secretive getaway. The city is the Storytelling Capital of the world and every year there is an International Storytelling competition. Most weekends there is a festival celebrating music, storytelling or history. Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett were said to travel in the area.
Hotel: AmericInn—Staying true to the historical roots of the city, this hotel still offers modern amenities. It is within walking distance to many of the festivals, attractions and markets. Specials are sometimes available
Inn: Historic Eureka Inn---Built in 1797, this is a one-of-a-kind experience. From the antique furnishings to the porches and gardens, you will truly feel like you are away from it all. It’s the perfect place to bond and relax as a couple.
Bed and Breakfast: Hawley House---This is one of the oldest buildings in Tennessee and is made of original Chestnut logs and Limestone. This bed and breakfast offers a view of the city from a wrap-around porch and an original fireplace. Rooms are furnished with antiques and folk art. Rooms range from $105 to a $150.
Jonesborough Honeymoon Spots
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Pardon Me Boys---Is That the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?
Nestled at the border of Tennessee and Georgia, this mountain town is known for its scenic views (as well as its famous song). Chattanooga offers its own charm with everything from Ruby Falls, to the Tennessee Aquarium (really is a must-see) to the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo. Don’t forget to check out Lookout Mountain. This city will keep you as busy or as unbusy as you would like.
Hotel: Chattanooga Choo Choo---Stay in a converted train car! This hotel offers history and convenience. Forty-eight train cars have been converted into luxury hotel rooms and an experience you won’t soon forget. There are also standard rooms, suites and honeymoon packages available.
Bed and Breakfast: The Garden Walk Inn---his getaway is just over the Tennessee border in Georgia. It offers beautiful views of the mountains, a fireplace and unique rooms. The bed and breakfast offers package deals. With this place, you can get away from it all but still have the option to go enjoy all that Chattanooga offers if you want to!
Dominated by the bustling life of Nashville, Middle Tennessee stands out as its own unique destination. Whether you are a country music fan or not, you can find some exciting and unique honeymoond destinations in Middle Tennessee.
Nashville has great entertainment and dining options all around the area. You can see a show, take a ride down the river on a dinner cruise or see a historic plantation that still has bullet holes from the Civil War. Don't forget to visit the historic markers all around downtown. One of my favorite attractions is a scale reproduction of The Parthenon, which is surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful park. In the fall the city hosts The Southern Book Festival with world-renowned southern authors in attendance.
Resort: Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort is really an all-in-one destination. Once you get there, you won’t have to leave. This huge hotel boasts indoor gardens, rivers, boat rides, concerts and entertainment and restaurants. It is beautiful all year round. There are honeymoon packages and suites available.
Bed and Breakfast: 1501 Linden Manor Bed and Breakfast is located downtown, near the universities and Music Row. Tall ceilings and windows and beautiful porches allow you to relax while still being in the heart of the city.
Nashville Area Destinations
West Tennessee is the least populated part of the state but it boasts and area of interesting history from the sounds of the Blues in Memphis, to the ghosts of Shiloh and even a lake formed by an earthquake. There's a bit of something for you here to have fun and relax.
Walking in Memphis
Memphis is famous for its music, barbeque and its deep roots. While you are in Memphis, be sure to check out Shiloh where a bloody Civil War battleground has been transformed into a beautiful and serene piece of history. Then head over to Graceland to see where The King lived. Finally spend the evening in one of the many jazz and blues clubs on Beale Street.
Hotel:The Peabody---Can you really go wrong when you stay at a hotel that combines tradition, class, and ducks? The Peabody offers the daily red carpet tradition of ducks marching to the beautiful fountain. But there’s more than that. The hotel is close to all the big downtown attractions and offers luxury and history.
Bed and Breakfast: Shellcrest Bed and Breakfast —This tiny, historic, renovated townhouse. This will offer you and your loved one a unique place to stay. The Bed and Breakfast offers two day rentals as well as monthly rentals so book early for the best chance of snagging a room.
Guesthouse: Talbot Heirs Guesthouse--- In the best of the Southern traditions, why not stay at a guesthouse? Right in the heart of downtown, this guesthouse offers well-furnished suites to make it your home away from home. It’s the perfect place to hang out with each other or get ready for a night on the town.
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