Posh Mountainside Cabins in Gatlinburg's Historical Arts and Crafts Community
In 1937, a small group of artisans decided to welcome tourists into their modest log homes in the Great Smoky Mountains so the out-of-towners could watch them hand carve wood, spin yarn, and practice various other traditional handicrafts. The tiny community grew quickly, and as more artists began working there, more people came to watch them work. Eventually, Gatlinburg's Artists' Loop became an 8-mile-long arts-and-crafts mecca bustling with weavers, whittlers, and glass blowers. In the midst of this creative hub rests Elk Springs Resort—a private, 68-acre estate dotted with luxury log cabins outfitted with rustic décor and contemporary amenities.
The two-bedroom cabins sleep at least five guests and nod to the resort's native cedars and hemlocks with woodsy accents such as hardwood floors and bed frames made from finished tree branches. In the Snuggled Inn cabin, a wall of 28-foot windows offers expansive views of the forest, and a heart-shaped jacuzzi adds a dash of romance. The pièce de résistance is an 18-foot rain tower shower with an overhead stream augmented by body-level jets. The Blackjack cabin boasts an enormous home-theater system and a game room equipped with a pool table and complimentary Monopoly referees.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Mountainside Adventures and Rustic Village Charm
Girded by mountain ranges on all sides, Gatlinburg rests near Tennessee's eastern border, not far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The densely forested peaks abound with recreational activities, including ski resorts, hiking trails, and zipline tours through the picturesque canopy. Steps from the resort, the Artists Loop—comprised of more than 100 craft shops—remains a lively spot to watch artisans blowing glass, hand-weaving baskets, and whittling wooden figurines with their front teeth. This rustic charm extends to downtown Gatlinburg, a cozy mountain village filled with old-fashioned ice-cream shops and boutiques purveying homemade jams and decorative gewgaws.
What You Get
For $329, a two-night stay for up to 12 in a two- or three-bedroom cabin
Or, for $499, a four-night stay for up to 12 in a two- or three-bedroom cabin
Private mountainside resort
Historical arts and crafts community
Choose from two- or three-bedroom luxury cabins
Private hot tubs
Near downtown Gatlinburg
Pet-friendly cabins available
Home theaters, foosball, and pool tables in some rooms
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
How To Book
Call Elk Springs Resort by 5/18/12.
Choose a date prior to 5/24/12.
Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.
Consult the resort's index page for more detailed information about the properties.
Properties sleep 5–12 people
Many feature full kitchens
Many feature hot tubs or jacuzzis
Many feature gas fireplaces
Some with home theaters and foosball and pool tables
Check in: 2 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: Not available
Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
Pet policy: Dogs fewer than 50 pounds may be added for an additional $50 per pet. For insurance purposes, pit bulls, pit-bull mixes, rottweilers, and dobermans are not permitted in cabins or anywhere on the property at any time.
Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: Not available
What It's Worth
For $329, a two-night stay for up to 12 in a two- or three-bedroom cabin (up to $556 value)
Or, for $499, a four-night stay for up to 12 in a two- or three-bedroom cabin (up to $1,112 value)
By plane: 45 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
Some activities are weather permitting.
Skiing is restricted during late April and early May.