Named after passenger pigeons that once were so numerous they darkened the sky above the Pigeon River in 1817, Pigeon Forge has developed from quiet farmland into one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the South. Former home of the Cherokee and early American settlers, Pigeon Forge now also houses Dollywood, one of the most popular family theme parks in the nation. We explore the ten best hotels in and around the town.
Smokies Bed and Breakfast, known as Evergreen, is the most quaint place to stay in the area. With only two rooms – each complete with wood-burning fireplaces – the inn is a comfortable and unusual place to enjoy the sights of Pigeon Forge. Evergreen is off the beaten track, but still close to the heart of Pigeon Forge itself and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Built around 1923 and completely renovated in 1991, this spot lets you enjoy birds singing in the morning air from the comfort of a fluffy featherbed.
Hippensteal Mountain View Inn is an 11-bedroom inn designed, built and decorated by Vern and Lisa Hippensteal. The black-and-white tiled floor of the lobby and ambient lighting makes the visitor feel like they’ve stepped into the past just as the large porches invite them to relax in rocking chairs and enjoy majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Each of the bedrooms is decorated around a painting by Vern, one of the area’s leading watercolorists, which gives them a unique character. Known for their breakfast, which includes sausage pie and cheese soufflé, Hippensteal Mountain View Inn maintains the feel of quieter, smaller Gatlinburg.
Huge white pines frame the view of the Great Smoky Mountains from this Gatlinburg bed and breakfast, and a wild flower meadow below the inn completes the panorama. The flagstone terrace is a special place to absorb the peace emanating from the pine and hemlock forest surrounding the inn. Less than a mile from the National Park, Buckhorn Inn affords visitors easy access to all activities and attractions in the area, including hiking, arts and crafts,and musical theaters. Boasting four-course gourmet dinners, a comfortable library and complete workout facilities, Buckhorn Inn offers elegance and charm as one of East Tennessee’s classic country inns.
Quail Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast looks and feels like a luxurious mountain cabin with all the comforts of home, and some additional extravagances. It is quaint but refined, offering the option of solitude in the privacy of your room or comfort in the welcoming great room. Quail Ridge has a peaceful, wooded setting close to hiking trails and Pigeon Forge’s numerous attractions. The options are countless and accessible from the Quail Ridge Inn, especially with staff who will inform about local businesses and events in the area. Visit in Fall to watch the fog lift from the hollows as the sun rises.
The Tudor Inn Gatlinburg is a family-run Bed and Breakfast located less than a mile from the main entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Built in a lavish Tudor style, the inn’s crowning feature is a delightful sun room, perfect for lounging or reading while nursing a cup of their gourmet coffee. Oh, and if you’re prompted into a spontaneous elopement by the romantic surroundings, don’t fret – the owner, Susan, can officiate the wedding!
A historic, totally renovated, 1930’s Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast and lodge two blocks off the main parkway, Laurel Springs Lodge overlooks the west branch of the Little Pigeon River. Laurel Springs Lodge embodies the quaint, quiet, old world ambiance that’s characteristic of this Smoky Mountain area. Despite their commitment to refined tradition, you won’t be lacking any modern amenities here though. Enjoy the covered gazebo or take a stroll to the trolley stop and head downtown for some local flavor.
Named after the family who lived in the property for 140 years, Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast is beautifully decorated by local art. The owners, Bob and Shirley, know how to provide a quiet and comfortable retreat; they have a knack for providing a warm welcome in their house tucked away among the trees. The Foxtrot is situated high above the Gallatin Valley, giving an uninterrupted view of the entire park. The breakfast is decadent; the lunch is incredible and large, and the rooms come with free Netflix and an abundance of baked goods to boot.
With miles of private mountain trails for horseback riding on their sure-footed mountain horses, fabulous mountain views, a rustic mountain ranch-style escape awaits at Twin Valley Bed and Breakfast. Though the ranch experience is the focus at Twin Valley, there are also goats, a llama, feathered friends and a donkey named Monty to keep some quirky curiosity alive. Dog and horse-owning visitors can take advantage of guest paddocks and the pet-welcoming Luke’s cabin. Try to come in summer when you can enjoy the trails at their best, a picnic in a meadow, or a splash in the mountain stream.
Blue Mountain Mist Country Inn and Cottages, the combination of a 10,000-square-foot Victorian-style farmhouse, has twelve guest rooms and five romantic cottages featuring fireplaces, handmade heirloom quilts, antique furniture, historic photos, original artwork and bed-side Jacuzzis. The view is a mix of valleys, rolling hills, and mountains, but the blue mist that rises from deep within the valleys is a constant. It’s no surprise why Norman and Sarah Ball chose to build their inn on the family’s 60-acre farm at the top of the last hill. Soak up the romantic surroundings or hide away amongst the cozy rooms at this resort that’s famous for its baked Blue Mist Cream Cake.
Creekwalk Inn offers a unique log cabin, “national park” motif, with huge timbers and cathedral ceilings in every guest room. Delicious, farm-fresh food served from the local area is the signature, with creative menus and gourmet coffee and tea. This is the ultimate destination for hiking enthusiasts, as the owner, Janice, is familiar with over 800 miles of hiking trails surrounding the inn. Tell her whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk amongst the flowers or a strenuous fitness challenge and she’ll send you on your way with a map and an anecdote!