Hotel at a Glance: The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast
Rolling evergreen forests and rugged mountains stretch as far as the eye can see at The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, which sits near the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cedar-and-stone bed and breakfast has particularly nice views of Mount Le Conte, which is the park’s third-highest peak at more than 6,500 feet. Winter is a beautiful time to explore the park’s hiking trails, since you can often see white-tailed deer and other wildlife through the bare branches.
- Hit the slopes: Nearby Ober Gatlinburg is scheduled to open for skiing in early December.
- Professional chefs prepare a three-course breakfast each morning and teach cooking classes from January to March.
- In-room amenities: waffle-weave bathrobes, a spa pillow and aromatherapy for the bathtub, and complimentary soda, water, and chocolate truffles
- Cozy up with a book: Guests can pull up an overstuffed armchair and read by the fireplace in the library.
- Check out the views from The Foxtrot’s webcam.
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.