8 Reasons to Plan a Smoky Mountain Honeymoon

Making sure that every detail for your wedding ceremony and reception is perfect can be stressful. Celebrating your marriage gets even more exciting and fun with the honeymoon planning, though. Although the list of honeymoon destinations is endless, a Smoky Mountains honeymoon allows you to have almost any kind of honeymoon experience that you want!

Do you just want romance and relaxation? You got it! Do you want adventure mixed with romance? You can have that too!

However, the variety isn’t the only reason why you should consider planning a Smoky Mountain honeymoon. At Christopher Place, we can give you eight very good reasons to plan your stay with us.

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1. The Best Way to Follow a Destination Wedding

The Great Smoky Mountains are more than just a great honeymoon destination. The region is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States. At Christopher Place, we have an on-site wedding planner and catering services, as well as all-inclusive wedding packages. Having your Smoky Mountains destination wedding here can be as affordable or luxurious as you want it to be.

If you plan to have your wedding here, staying at our Smoky Mountain honeymoon resort makes the romance last longer. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about extra travel expenses for your honeymoon — like plane tickets, airport parking fees, and car rental fees. The transition into your first vacation as a married couple is as simple as staying where you are and enjoying the Smokies.

2. Beautiful & Convenient Location

Aside from the convenience of having your Smoky Mountain honeymoon and wedding in the same place, the Smokies themselves are in a convenient location. They’re within a one-day drive of half the continental U.S. As a result, you may not have to worry about flying to your honeymoon destination. You could leave in the morning, arrive by nightfall, and wake up refreshed the next morning.

And we haven’t even mentioned the scenic views yet! The Great Smoky Mountains are known for offering incredible views. What could be more romantic than sharing a bottle of wine on the Christopher Place deck while looking out over the mountains? The wildlife and fresh air will make your honeymoon even more memorable.

best things for couples to do in the smoky mountains

3. Luxurious & Romantic Accommodations

Mainstream hotels just can’t match the hospitality and romantic accommodations that bed and breakfasts in the Great Smoky Mountains offer. All Christopher Place rooms come with luxury amenities: a flat-screen TV, Gilchrist & Soames bath and beauty products, plush bathrobes, and a full multicourse breakfast.

However, a few of our rooms stand out as awesome Smoky Mountain honeymoon retreats:

The Mountain Sunrise room features a king-size bed and picture window with a panoramic view of the mountains and our English garden. The Camelot, though, has one of the best views at our inn and large wing chairs that are quite comfortable for reading.

For extra privacy, the Tournament of Roses is located in the carriage house with a separate entrance. It’s secluded from the rest of the inn, so you newlyweds can be completely alone. This room offers our best Smoky Mountain honeymoon experience with a wood-burning fireplace and double whirlpool.

4. You Can Personalize Your Smoky Mountain Honeymoon

One of the best parts of having your honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains and at a bed and breakfast is the personalized experience. You can choose to have a delicious breakfast delivered to your room or have it in our intimate and romantic Smoky Mountain restaurant.

We use the dining room for candlelight dinners too, which includes a four-course meal made by our on-site chef.

Our staff can even help you plan romantic picnics, bike rides, or hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Do you want suggestions for other activities or local restaurants? We can provide a list of those based on your personal interests as well.

5. Away From the City Hustle & Bustle

Some of the most popular honeymoon destinations are those that are far away from the hustle and bustle of city life or just the everyday grind. You can expect exactly that at our Smoky Mountain honeymoon resort. We’re tucked away on 200 acres of wooded land that overlook the national park. You won’t find busy crowds or rushing routines at our bed and breakfast. The peace and quiet of Christopher Place allow newlywed couples like you to relax in a tranquil, serene setting.

Best Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains
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6. Tons of Romantic Things to Do & Activities Nearby

In the Smokies, there might be more things to do and see than you can fit into a single trip. Between Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, activities are available for every interest and skill level.

Since the weather is beautiful all year, you can do something fun no matter when you plan a Smoky Mountain honeymoon. Here’s a look at some of the highlights and things that we think offer romantic experiences.

Biking & Hiking

If you like a little bit of adventure, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a ton of hiking and biking trails. Our favorite spot is Cades Cove because it has stunning mountain views along an 11-mile loop. You can take a picnic basket and find a spot near the trail to enjoy a meal or snack while you gaze upon the mountains.

Horseback Riding

Riding a horse through wooded areas and over gentle hills can be a very romantic experience, and the Smoky Mountains offer a few different opportunities. There are riding stables in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, all of which are within a one-hour drive from Christopher Place. Get more information about horseback riding here.

Whitewater Rafting

The Pigeon River is a hot spot for whitewater rafting if you want to take your adventure to the next level. Several rafting companies are located in Hartford and provide adventures for all skill levels. The Upper Pigeon River has rougher waters than the Lower section. Some of our favorite rafting companies are Rafting Outdoor Adventures, Smoky Mountain Outdoors, and Nantahala Outdoor Center. You can learn more about these other whitewater rafting companies here.

Romantic Dinners

Aside from the Mountain View Dining Room at Christopher Place, the Great Smoky Mountains has plenty of romantic restaurants. A few that stand out to us are Bullfish Grill, The Peddler Steakhouse, and Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse.

Wine & Moonshine Tastings

Nothing says that you’re in the South better than trying moonshine. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have several distilleries that offer tastings. Check out our other blog to learn more about moonshine in Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains.

Additionally, romance is synonymous with drinking wine, so there’s no better way to find some favorites to take home than to go on a wine tasting. We recommend the Rocky Top Wine Trail in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, but Gatlinburg has a couple of wineries worth checking out too.

Helicopter Tours

Having a sky-high view of the Smokies is certainly a fun and romantic way to spend your Smoky Mountain honeymoon. Two of the best companies to fly with are Scenic Helicopter Tours and Smoky Mountain Helicopters, both of which are located in Sevierville.

Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg Attractions

As a vacation destination in general, the Smokies is full of attractions of all kinds. Here’s a short list of the attractions that we think are the most romantic for honeymooners:

7. Unique Photo Opportunities

All of these activities and things to do in the Smoky Mountains means that you have some amazing photo opportunities. Also, Christopher Place is one of the most picturesque inns in the area. Whether you’re relaxing somewhere on our grounds, adventuring through the national park, or exploring unique attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you always have the chance to take fantastic pictures and capture memories that will last a lifetime. Just don’t forget your camera!

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8. Christopher Place is a Smoky Mountain Honeymoon Resort

The last reason to plan your Smoky Mountain honeymoon at Christopher Place is because our bed and breakfast is designed for romantic getaways — especially honeymoons. We have everything that you need to make your first trip as a married couple refreshing, fun, and enchanting. Our luxurious and intimate Smoky Mountains inn is a great place for you two to connect and make memories together.

Are you planning your honeymoon now? Check out our Smoky Mountain Romantic Getaway Guide, or check our availability for your honeymoon dates.