Tuckaleechee Retreat Center - Townsend, TN

2- or 3-Night Stay in the Blue Spruce, Cedar Cove, or Deer Lodge Cabin at Tuckaleechee Retreat Center in Townsend, TN

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Hotel At a Glance: Tuckaleechee Retreat Center

Tuckaleechee Retreat Center serves several purposes: it’s a summer camp resort and missionary training facility for Children’s Bible Ministries as well as a back-to-nature vacation spot for families set on 53 acres of land. Directly on the border of the vast Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Tuckaleechee Retreat Center provides rustic-looking-yet-modernized cabins for those looking to get away from it all.

  • Cades Cove: Part of the Great Smoky Mountains, the cove is only 10 minutes from the property.
  • Close to Knoxville: You’ll be 45 minutes south of the bright lights, plentiful restaurants, and shopping spots of Knoxville.
  • Rustic cabins featuring quaint touches such as quilts, knotted pine walls, and country art, with modern amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, and outdoor hot tubs.
  • Splash into the outdoor pool, which is surrounded by mountain views.

Townsend, Tennessee: Peaceful Entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains

Townsend’s nickname is “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies.” This tiny town (population 244!) in eastern Tennessee has the least-busy entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with its over 500,000 acres of protected forests, hiking trails, and picturesque streams. Here, you’ll find none of the kitsch and tourist-geared trappings of Gatlinburg, another main entrance to the park. Instead, you’ll find a few local restaurants and stunning mountain views at every turn.

Head to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, a museum that documents the history of the area, to see permanent exhibits such as a hand-built log cabin and Native American artifacts, as well as shows at the outdoor theater. If you’re in the mood to get out of town, Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s country theme park, is less than an hour’s drive away in Pigeon Forge.

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What You Get

  • 2- or 3-night stays in the Blue Spruce, Cedar Cove, or Deer Lodge cabin
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Policies and Fees

Book by: 5/11/14
Travel window: 3/18/14–6/30/14

  • Blackout dates: No blackout dates
  • Cancellation policy & fees: 30-day cancellation notice required or $75 fee applies
  • Taxes: 14.25% tax not included
  • Additional fees: Optional $40 damage waiver and mandatory cleaning fee ($25 for Blue Spruce and Cedar Cove; $70 for Deer Lodge) not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Spacious cabins with fireplaces
  • Great Smoky Mountain views
  • 53 acres of land
  • Outdoor pool


  • “Quiet, Clean, Great Location”

  • “Quiet and peaceful, great views of the mountains to the south.”

  • “They were very friendly and helpful. We had an awesome, blessed time there:) ”

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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 5/11/14 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 3/18/14-6/30/14
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 30-day cancellation notice required or $75 fee applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Optional $40 damage waiver and mandatory cleaning fee ($25 for Blue Spruce and Cedar Cove; $70 for Deer Lodge) not included
  • 14.25% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Blue Spruce Cabin

  • One queen bed and one queen sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4

Cedar Cove Cabin

  • Two queen beds and one queen sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 6
  • Maximum occupancy: 6

Deer Lodge Cabin

  • Six queen beds and two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 14
  • Maximum occupancy: 14

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 4 p.m. on Sundays
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed on the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest Airport: McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS; 22 miles)
  • Distance from Knoxville: 35 miles

Traveler's Tips

  • This is a "dry" resort—no alcohol is allowed on the premises.

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