25 Reasons Gatlinburg is a Great Winter Getaway

Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains is the ideal winter escape. With rolling hills, classic wintry weather, cozy cabins, and plenty of things to do, it’s perfect for couples, families, friends, and large groups looking to get away for a winter vacation. If you’ve ever been to Gatlinburg before, you probably already know why it’s a great location. But if it’s your first time here, or if you just need more reasons to love the Smokies, read on. We have 25 more reasons Gatlinburg is a great winter getaway!

  1. The scenery is breathtaking – enjoy snow-capped mountains, evergreens, frozen waterfalls, and more.
  2. You can play with penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium’s Penguin Playhouse!
  3. The warm cabins are perfectly cozy. Curl up in front of a fireplace and enjoy a relaxing night inside.
  4. There are thousands of underwater creatures waiting to be discovered at Ripley’s Aquarium.
  5. You can have a footlong Ogle Dog while staying warm and playing games at Fannie Farkle’s.
  6. Cold weather is ideal for a soothing soak in your cabin’s hot tub.
  7. You can hit the slopes for skiing, tubing, and snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg.
  8. You can see millions of holiday-themed lights during Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic.
  9. You can take a trolley ride along the Parkway for easy transportation and a nostalgic trip.
  10. There will be delicious seasonal selections at area restaurants, showcasing the best ingredients.
  11. Cold weather brings people inside – which makes for a great family game night!
  12. The Parkway in Gatlinburg features dozens of great restaurants where you can enjoy a hot meal.
  13. Pancakes! Pancakes! Pancakes! What better way to start a cold mountain day than with a hot stack?
  14. You can bundle up and take a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  15. Cades Cove features historic sites, picnic areas, and wildlife to enjoy on a drive for a winter day.
  16. Our budget-friendly cabins make for a cost-efficient getaway after an expensive holiday season.
  17. The New Year’s Eve celebration is awesome – fireworks, favors, music, and lights at the Space Needle.
  18. The cold weather is great for enjoying a cup of hot chocolate from a rocking chair on your deck.
  19. Dinner shows abound, offering you a warm place to stay entertained and have a hearty meal.
  20. Gatlinburg’s Mountain Mall offers indoor shopping, so you can stay warm while browsing.
  21. Mountain cabins are perfectly suited for winter weather. Stay inside to watch TV and unwind.
  22. The great scenery makes for great scenic drives, which are perfect cold weather activities.
  23. You’ll get more for your money in Gatlinburg, compared to many winter destinations (including skiing)!
  24. You can still enjoy “warm weather” fun like swimming – just book a cabin with a pool or pool access!
  25. You’ll get that classic winter experience with cabins, skiing, shopping, hearty meals, and snow!

These are just a few great ideas for a winter getaway; Gatlinburg is loaded with so much more to do. Of course, you’ll need a comfortable place to call home while you’re here. We have a huge selection of cabins that can accommodate almost any size group and meet almost any need! Stay as a couple in our romantic 1-2 bedroom cabins or gather as a group in our large group lodges. Some are set high atop the mountains, some are situated among the trees, and others are located just minutes (even walking distance) from downtown. You can also choose from a wide range of amenities, which are sure to keep you entertained and comfortable during your stay. Some of our amenities include:

  • Air hockey, pool, foosball, and shuffleboard tables
  • Arcade games
  • Dart boards
  • Movies, books, and board games
  • Fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances and lots of counter space
  • King-size, queen-size, full, twin, and bunk beds
  • Pet-friendly accommodations
  • Private home theaters with huge movie screens, surround sound, and Blu-ray players
  • Flatscreen TVs in the bedrooms
  • Hot tubs with TVs mounted above them
  • Wood-burning, gas, and electric fireplaces
  • Charcoal and gas grills
  • Private indoor pools and community pool access

We’re sure whatever you’re looking for this winter, you’ll find it in Gatlinburg and in our beautiful Smoky Mountain cabins. Start planning now for a fun winter escape in the Great Smoky Mountains!


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