It’s practically common knowledge by now that the Smokies are an area more than fit for romance; as evidenced by the large wedding and hospitality industries we have here, and while the idea of our gorgeous mountain environments saturated with crisp, cool air and surrounded with white-tipped or fully snowed over ridges in the distance is enough to sell visitors on choosing our area for Valentine’s Day or the nearest adjacent weekend thereof, some might not be fully initiated for what the actual romantic opportunities might be.
In this article, we’ll give you some starting ideas to help you do just that! Let’s look:
- The Rocky Top Wine Trail
Can’t have romance anything without the wine, can you? The Rocky Top Wine Trail is a following for five wineries in the Great Smoky Mountains that are all located within 12 miles of each other: Mountain Valley Vineyards, Apple Barn Winery, Hillside Winery, Gatlinburg’s Sugarland Cellars Winery and The Mill Bridge Winery. Guys, if you haven’t figured out by now, gals tend to like wine, and this is a very classy type of activity for the both of you to share as a build up to dinner later. CLICK HERE.
- The Arts and Crafts
Another Appalachian-tinged activity that is soaked with class and a certain regional “elegance” about it is to take a tour through and indulge in some of our arts and crafts communities and see the “soul” of the Smokies live on through them. This is the Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, the Old Mill area of Pigeon Forge, practically the entirety of Wears Valley, much of Cosby, TN, and other areas in between.
Another excellent idea for couples to do once they get to the Smokies is get high! Yes, I’m telling you to get high. You haven’t experienced the Smokies like getting high in the Smokies! Ok, ok, joke’s over, put the brownies away, I’m talking about getting elevated with our many attractions/rides that get you well above the terrestrial plane and let you see what the birds see when they fly overhead! We have a slew of items that allow you this immaculate privilege – Ober Gatlinburg and its tram system, Anakeesta Village and its tram system, the Space Needle and its 360 degrees of panorama excellence more than 400 feet above the city of Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge, some scenic helicopter rides or, if you’re really brave, try some of the ziplining opportunities we have throughout the area. There is just nothing more spiritual and, by extension, romantic than being able to gaze upon the snow-covered mountains at eye-level with the love of your life!
- Romantic Dining
This isn’t quite the “well, duh” entry you might be expecting. While Sevier County has hundreds of awesome restaurants within a relatively short distance from one another, it can often be difficult to see which ones have a specific design for romance. Our recommendations for romantic restaurants in the cities include:
- The Old Mill Restaurant (and its nearby cafe).
- Holston’s in Sevierville.
- The Greenbriar Restaurant in Gatlinburg.
- JT Hannah’s in Pigeon Forge.
- The Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
- Johnny Carino’s in Pigeon Forge.
- The Applewood Restaurant in Sevierville.
- Chinatown Restaurant in Sevierville.
- Bistro 109 in Sevierville.
- The Gondolier in Sevierville.
- The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg.
Additionally, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge is also holding a special Valentine’s Dinner event for Saturday, February 10th. All we can say on that for now is that it takes place in a “secret” room and that reservations fill up quickly! Reserve that at CLICK HERE.
We hope this gives you some romantic ideas to ponder over as you consider the Smokies for your Valentine’s Day lovin’!