Love Is in the Air: Romantic Spring Getaways

The scent of wildflowers all around, a glimpse of a heartfelt smile, genuine laughter mixed with captivating conversation, candlelit dinners and spa nights…love is in the Smoky Mountain air! As winter recedes and spring blooms forth, you and your dearest will surely be itching to get out of the house and away from it all. So why not enjoy a romantic spring getaway together? From outdoor activities and indoor attractions to entertaining dinners and romantic cabin nights, the Smokies is the perfect spring vacation destination!

A Stroll Hand-in-Hand

With hiking trails aplenty teeming with gorgeous wildlife, the Smokies offer excitement and adventure in every step. Take in all the natural sights and sounds with a professionally guided hike through the forest, courtesy of A Walk in the Woods — a nature guide service. Venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a 1-hour walk on the Cove Forest Outing, where you can experience the grandeur of an old-growth forest filled with unique flora only found in the Southern Appalachians. Should 1 hour not be enough, choose the Spring Wildflower Walk instead. Witness the immeasurable beauty of the local wildflowers in full bloom on this 2 to 3-hour walk, only offered from March 15 – May 15. With countless flowers all around, just imagine all the picture-frame-worthy selfies you’ll take together!

Perhaps you and your sweetheart would prefer another kind of trail…off nature’s path, like a wine-tasting walk downtown on the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Grab a passport at the first winery and collect stamps from 3 locations for a free gift; continue the trail to the end, and yet another free gift awaits! With more than 70 wines to sample and complimentary wine cellar tours at select locations, extend your “hike” over a few days and enjoy delectable meals in between. No matter the setting, a romantic stroll together is always a pleasure.

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Featuring fun attractions and entertainment around every corner, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are known for leaving visitors with smiles for miles! Start off slow with a roundtrip ride to the top of Crockett Mountain on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift — complete with panoramic, breathtaking views of the entire city and the Smokies beyond. Pull a classic romantic move with a sunset ride and a sweet kiss atop the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island. Throw in a bit of excitement with Scenic Helicopter Tours, offering one-of-a-kind views of the national park, local cities, and more.

Turn to yet another time-honored classic with a round or 2 of mini golf indoors — or on the roof! — at Crave Golf Club. Afterwards, grab a bubblegum garden milkshake at the Milkshake Bar and a tantalizing treat to go from the Sweet Shop. Make dinnertime exceptional with a dinner show downtown. From Southern meals and scrumptious desserts to endless grins and belly laughter, it’s a perfect way to end the night. Try out Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures for a taste of acrobatic feats and a tale of true love or give the Soul of Motown Dinner Show a go for a top-notch performance of Motown hits.

There’s nothing more pleasing and delightful than seeing your loved one smile, so have your camera ready to capture every moment. After all, if a picture is worth a thousand words, one with a smile is priceless!

A Cabin Romance

Pull up to a secluded cabin in the Smokies, where romance is on a whole other level. Enjoy morning coffee on the back deck with sunrise views, midday in-cabin massages, evening soaks in the hot tub outdoors, a dinner for 2 prepared by your personal chef, and a candlelit spa night in the jetted tub. Sip a glass of champagne while watching a romance on the big screen TV. Get up early in the morning and whip up a breakfast fit for a king in the fully equipped kitchen. Crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, blueberry pancakes, and a cold glass of orange juice should do the trick; he’ll really appreciate it! As a special surprise, invest in a gift basket, flowers, or gourmet gift item. Better yet, go for all 3 — you both deserve it!

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