Charming B & B Close to Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
When guests check into Evergreen Cottage Inn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, they receive a hiking map that’s practically essential to exploring the area during their stay. That's because the quaint 1920s-era bed and breakfast is less than 10 miles away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with more than 700 miles of hiking paths, waterfalls, and rocky peaks. Evergreen Cottage Inn makes for a pleasant home base for park enthusiasts of all types, especially with its pine-paneled walls and fireplaces. And while the inn feels close to nature, it's only 2 miles from the roller coasters and live entertainment at Dollywood, Dolly Parton's kitschy theme park.
Each room, cottage, and offsite wilderness cabin is intimate, with a wood-burning fireplace and whirlpool tub. The Spruce and Oak rooms have private entrances, so it feels like you're staying in your own vacation home. Those staying in the Crocus and Shamrock cottages can relax in a private hot tub or grill dinner on the porch or by the fireside, and each is located away from the main building for total privacy. Every morning, you'll wake up to a hot breakfast served on the porch.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Modern and Historical Entertainment in Smoky Mountains
Amid the rolling Appalachian foothills, US 441 connects the Tennessee towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, forming a major entertainment thoroughfare. Each town boasts a variety of dinner shows, from mom-and-pop performances to nationally known acts. Though there's no shortage of dazzling attractions, Pigeon Forge stands out for its historical town center, just a five-minute walk from Evergreen Cottage Inn. There, a cluster of old-fashioned shops form the Old Mill Square along the Little Pigeon River. Inside the mill, a pair of 4,600-pound granite stones has been grinding grain and juicy rumors since the early 1800s.
Cruise south along a scenic stretch of US 441 to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, where exotic sting rays and four-eyed anableps swim with a menagerie of marine life beneath a backlit waterfall. In the colorful, 750,000-gallon shark lagoon, sea turtles and squirrelfish roam amid menacing sand tiger sharks. For the ultimate interactive experience, visitors can don wetsuits and swim alongside friendly sting rays.
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