Romantic Cabins Scattered in Great Smoky Mountains Backcountry
The Great Smoky Mountains unfold in rolling peaks, which turn a hazy blue in the morning fog that gives the range its name. As Creekwalk Inn and Cabins innkeeper Janice Haynes describes, "It's the most amazing place in the southeast. There are 42 mountains in the Appalachian Mountain Chain over 6,000 feet; 40 peaks are in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park." The 50-acre inn is nestled beside these peaks and trailheads—and Janice encourages exploration, packing lunches for her guests and helping them plan hikes before they venture out onto the trails.
After a day spent in the wilderness, return to the romantic-and-isolated cabins located 18 miles from the inn or to the bed-and-breakfast-style rooms at the inn. The cabins have the secluded feel of backcountry camping but with the added bonus of hot tubs. Each cabin has an outdoor swing and access to the trout stream that runs by. There are no TVs to be found—you can step out onto a wraparound deck and "see sky and trees and no neighbors." Alternatively, the "nook and cranny" rooms inside the inn provide a more social setting, though each features unique furnishings and a private bath.
Each morning, Janice serves a complimentary homemade breakfast, with dishes such as sausage-stuffed pastry and brandied french toast. "Our breakfasts are like a party," she says. She also creates private five-course dinners; be sure to give her a week's notice so she can prepare your personalized meal with herbs grown onsite and with fresh produce from Carver's Orchard, located just a mile from the inn.
Cosby, Tennessee: Appalachian Wilderness near Lively Entertainment
Among the many Appalachian peaks rising above Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nearly 5,000-foot Mount Cammerer stands out: it has a glassed-in fire tower at its summit, which boasts 360-degree views of surrounding hardwood forests. Starting near the town of Cosby, the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail wends up the alpine cliffs. Although challenging, the trail remains accessible year-round to well-bundled climbers and sniffles-prone mountain goats thanks to eastern Tennessee's moderate climate. Linking to the Mount Cammerer path, the Appalachian Trail forms a gateway to thousands of miles of hiking. The area also offers multiple whitewater rafting and zipline options.
About 20 miles to the east of Cosby, the entertainment enclaves of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge feature country-music revues and live comedy shows.
On-site dining at Creekwalk Inn (reservation required 48 hours in advance)
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 3, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 3/3/13 or promotional value expires
Must complete travel by 6/30/13
Not valid 2/14/13-2/17/13, 5/24/13-5/27/13
Limit 3 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
Limit 3 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required, subject to availability
14-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at booking and check-in
Must use promotional value in 1 visit
Not valid with reward points
10% daily resort fee and 12.75% tax not included.
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In all Included Rooms and Cabins
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
In all Rooms
Complimentary hot breakfast
Coffee, tea, and desserts
In all Cabins
Outdoor hot tub
Kitchen with stone countertops
Small TV and DVD player, DirecTV available for $29
One queen bed
Balcony along the water
Private shower bath
One queen bed
Knotty pine on the walls
Balcony along creek
Jacuzzi shower/tub combo
One double bed
Shower across the hall (not shared with any other room)
One queen bed
Picture window with mountain views
Tiled bath tub and shower
One king bed
Indoor spa jacuzzi
Outdoor hot tub
Check-in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets may be added for $35 per stay in offsite cabins only.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: upgrade to a deluxe room with a hot tub and a fire ring for an additional $50 per night. Holidays can be booked for an additional $59 per night (two-night minimum) on February 14–17, 2013 and May 24–27, 2013.
By plane: about 60 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
By car: about 55 miles east of Knoxville
Firewood is available for cabin guests ($60/bundle) and will be delivered to your cabin.