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 LeConte, which is the park’s third-highest peak at more than 6,500 feet.
- Hit the slopes: Nearby Ober Gatlinburg is scheduled to open for skiing in early to mid-December.
- Professional chefs prepare a three-course breakfast each morning.
- In-room amenities: bathrobes and free WiFi
- Cozy up with a book: Guests can pull up an overstuffed armchair and read by the fireplace in the library.
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, and wild turkeys. 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.