Hotel at a Glance: Eight Gables Inn
Eight Gables Inn in the Great Smoky Mountains gives guests far more than just a place to rest their heads. For starters, many of the B & B’s rooms and suites include homey amenities such as fireplaces, jetted tubs, and plush sofas. A complimentary dessert, such as chocolate cake, is delivered to each room as part of the inn’s nightly turndown service. During the day, you’ll find plenty of places to unwind—hammocks, rocking chairs, and gazebos are scattered throughout the property.
- Notable awards: AAA Four Diamond rating and 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Movie night: Pick a movie from the hotel’s DVD library to watch on your flat-screen TV.
- Complimentary three-course hot breakfast may include stuffed crepes or eggs benedict on a ham-stacked croissant. Breakfast menu changes daily.
- Distance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park: 3 miles
- Distance to Downtown Gatlinburg: Less than one mile
Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Charming Artists’ Village amid Great Smoky Mountains
Gatlinburg rests near Tennessee’s eastern border, less than 3 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, you can hike more than 100 trails that wind past waterfalls and pioneer-era log cabins tucked deep within densely forested mountains. Or, take a bicycle ride on the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove, a broad valley of open meadows where you can see deer, black bears, wild turkeys, and vacationing college mascots. Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest point of elevation at 6,643 feet, is a great place to catch the sunset.
Gatlinburg’s main attraction is probably the artists’ loop. It comprises more than 100 craft shops, studios, and cafés, and you can watch artisans as they hand weave baskets and whittle wooden figurines. Downtown Gatlinburg itself is a mountain village filled with old-fashioned ice-cream shops and boutiques selling housemade jams and decorative gewgaws.