From treehouse cabins to chic boutiques, cozy B&B's to high-end resorts, Tennessee is crammed with top-notch accommodation options. If you and your significant other are hoping to enjoy a romantic retreat in The Volunteer State, you'll be spoilt for choice for places to stay. To help you with your search, we've rounded up some of the most unapologetically romantic places in the state. Without further ado, here are the 20 best romantic getaways in Tennessee.'
20. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga
Located in a former railroad station in downtown Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel offers history, romance, and luxury by the truckload. Ideal for couples looking for a slightly different experience than the norm, the hotel offers a range of accommodation options that include 48 immaculately restored Victorian train cars and a selection of fabulously cozy suites that come with loveseats, whirlpool tubs, wet bars, and king size beds. Amenities include a fitness room, a shop, several pools, an elegant lounge and bar, and beautifully landscaped gardens.
19. The Oliver, Knoxville
City breaks can be just as romantic as rural retreats, especially when you choose to stay in a hotel like The Oliver. Set in the heart of Knoxville, this super swanky hotel boasts 28 beautifully appointed rooms, all of which feature artisan furniture, artwork from local artists, spacious sitting rooms, and luxurious bathrooms. Onsite amenities include a gorgeous terrace offering views over the Market Square, a cozy lounge with an open fireplace, and the award-winning Tupelo Honey Café.
18. The Westin Nashville, Nashville
As globalgrasshopper.com says, if you're in the market for a truly romantic downtown experience in Music City, The Westin Nashville could be the hotel for you. Located just a stone's throw away from the honky-tonk bars of Broadway, this contemporary, conveniently located hotel promises comfortable, cozy accommodation, wonderful views from its rooftop bar and swimming pool, and incredibly attentive service.
17. The Dove, Monteagle
Blissful retreats for two don't come much better than this romantic treehouse cabin. Described by the thewanderlustwithin.com as a "secluded slice of heaven in the treetops," The Dove boasts everything you need for a memorable getaway, including a gas fireplace for snuggling up in front of, a four-poster bed with a king-sized Nectar mattress, a Smart TV with soundbar, fiber internet, and a covered porch with double wide hammocks, spectacular views of the forest, and a private saltwater hot tub. If you can bear to leave the cabin, you'll find world-class hiking trails and waterfalls to discover at the nearby South Cumberland State Park, along with all the attractions of downtown Monteagle within a 7-minute drive away.
16. Music City Loft, Nashville
As vacationidea.com notes, the Music City Loft in Nashville offer 16, uniquely styled lofts located in an old printing press close to some of Nashville’s biggest attractions, including the Ryman Auditorium, Honky Tonks, and The Country Music Hall of Fame. For couples, the romantic one-bedroom lofts are ideal, with hardwood floors, tons of natural light, and a range of amenities like 50 inch TVs with Roku for streaming, coffee makers, luxurious linens, and high-end toiletries. If you want peace and privacy within steps of the city's biggest music gems, it's ideal.
15. Blackberry Farm, Walland
Tucked away in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is the ideal place for couples looking to escape the daily grind. With over 9200 access of scenic land to explore, five-star service to enjoy, and a choice of luxurious accommodations to pick from, it promises the ultimate in rest, relaxation, and romance. Foodies will love its farm-to-table philosophy, while those looking to enjoy some indulgent pampering shouldn't miss the treatments, fitness facilities, and relaxation spaces offered at the onsite spa. Accommodation options include a selection of beautifully appointed estate rooms, a cozy hillside cottage, and a spacious house with a full-sized kitchen and luxurious living area.
14. Deer Ridge Mountain Resort, Gatlinburg
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg is perfect for couples, offering a range of accommodation that includes wonderfully secluded Smoky Mountain cabins together with well-equipped condominiums, all of which come with full kitchens and private balconies. Onsite amenities include tennis courts, an indoor pool and sauna room, a sunlit deck, and a cozy lounge. If you can tear yourself away from the resort, you'll find a ton of top attractions on the doorstep, including Dollywood, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, Bent Creek Golf Course, and Ripley’s Aquarium.
13. Hu Hotel, Memphis
Located in the very heart of Memphis near the Mississippi River and attractions like Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, and the Memphis Zoo, this boutique-style hotel seamlessly combines vintage details and mid-century modern furnishings with contemporary amenities like flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and minibars stocked with local goods. The rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while admiring the sweeping views of the Mississippi River. For dinner, stop by the onsite restaurant Lucy's, which offers a tempting line of classic Southern dishes.
12. Creekwalk Inn at Whisperwood Farm, Cosby
This rustic bed and breakfast in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains offers seven beautifully appointed rooms with all the comforts and conveniences you'll need for a memorable stay. Despite its blissfully secluded location, the B&B is within easy traveling distance of attractions like Dollywood and Ripley's Aquarium, and just 19 miles from the restaurants, boutiques, and galleries of Gatlinburg.
11. River Inn of Harbor Town, Memphis
River Inn of Harbor Town is guaranteed to make you feel welcome. The rooms are cozy and comfortable, featuring flat-screen TVs, free Wifi, and luxurious linens. A complimentary breakfast is included in the room rate, while those who get peckish later on in the day can enjoy the laid-back fare at Tug's Casual Grill or fine dining at Paulette's. A rooftop terrace, wood-burning fireplaces, and original oil paintings add to the romantic vibe.
10. The Swimming Hole, Gatlinburg
If you're looking for an accommodation option that offers a little more privacy than a standard hotel, The Swimming Pool could be just the thing. This secluded cabin in Gatlinburg is ideal for romantic couples, offering up a gorgeous heart-shaped Jacuzzi tub, a private hot tub, a spacious living area, a fully equipped kitchen, a pool table, and gorgeous views from the deck. Despite its air of seclusion, the cabin is located just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, putting you within easy reach of the town's restaurants, distilleries, and attractions.
9. Eagles Ridge Resort, Pigeon Forge
Resorts in Pigeon Forge don't come much better than Eagles Ridge Resort. With 223 uniquely themed, wonderfully intimate cabins to choose from (all of which come with game rooms, fully stocked kitchens, and WIFI access), along with a swimming pool with a deck, a clubhouse, and acres of grounds to explore, it's perfect for romantic getaways. If you can drag yourself away from the resort, you'll find miles of hiking trails to explore in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, plus a ton of fun at the Dollywood Theme Park.
8. Little Valley Mountain Resort, Sevierville
As the thecrazytourist.com says, nothing says romance like a cabin in the mountains. Nestled in an idyllic corner of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Little Valley Mountain Resort is ideal for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some time alone in nature. With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its doorstep, the opportunities for wildlife spotting, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and horseback riding are endless. Back at the resort, there's mini-golf to enjoy, hot tubs to soak in, pools to splash around in, and cozy cabins to hunker down for the night in.
7. Bearfoot Blue Jean Night, Cartertown
Bearfoot Blue Jean Night is a one-bedroom, two-bath log cabin that offers everything you need for a memorable stay. Located just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the cabin comes with an extensive list of amenities that include a wood-burning fireplace, a spacious dining area and kitchen, a Jacuzzi, and a large hot tub on the private screened-in porch. Ideal for relaxing yet located just a hop, skip, and a jump from some of the area's hottest attractions, it's the perfect place to make some memories.
6. The Butterfly Hollow, Gordonsville
Nestled on 85 secluded acres on the Cumberland plateau foothills, The Butterfly Hollow is a gorgeously intimate bed and breakfast that's almost tailor-made for couples. With just three bedrooms to its name, it promises as much privacy as you could wish for. If you can, opt for Leyton’s Porch, which comes with its own private screened-in porch and a queen-size cedar log bed. Friendly, attentive service is guaranteed, as is a delicious breakfast, acres of grounds to explore, and breathtaking views from its charming porches.
5. Mayor’s Mansion Inn, Chattanooga
If a historic, 19th-century inn with a rich history, welcoming service, and beautiful surroundings sounds like your idea of romantic bliss, don't miss Chattanooga's Mayor’s Mansion Inn. Set in a property that dates back to 1889, this charming B&B is ideal for romantic retreats... particularly if you make sure to request the Laurel Falls Honeymoon Suite, which comes with a deeply indulgent 250-gallon marble tub. The complimentary breakfast is worth the trip alone, as are the breathtaking views from the lovely terrace. If you can drag yourself away, you'll find no end of attractions to visit in the nearby area, including Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, Rock City Garden, and the Tennessee Aquarium.
4. The Carnegie Hotel and Spa, Johnson City
A luxurious hotel dripping in old-world glamour, Johnson City's Carnegie Hotel and Spa combines traditional decor with modern comfort in a way that's sure to appeal to romantic couples. The boutique accommodation consists of 137 spacious guest rooms and 10 lavish suites, all of which offer Tiffany style lamps, wooden sleigh beds, 37- inch TVs with HBO, in-room Starbucks coffee, and spacious bathrooms featuring granite countertops, dual sinks, and separate soaking tubs and showers. To make your stay even more memorable, upgrade to the Romance package which includes an overnight stay, dinner for two, and a 1 hour couples massage for just $419.
3. The 121 Hotel, Nashville
Homely yet luxurious, with roaring fireplaces, original artwork, and sumptuous decor, The 121 Hotel has all the ingredients for the perfect romantic getaway. Each of the individually designed guestrooms comes with a fully equipped kitchen, sumptuous bathroom, fireplace, coffee machine, high-quality linens, and enough luxurious flourishes to make you feel pampered. Set in the mid-town district of Nashville, it puts you within easy reach of dozens of bars, restaurants, shops, and local attractions.
2. The Peabody Memphis, Memphis
If you've set your sights on Memphis, The Peabody Memphis makes a wonderful base. Watch the iconic Peabody Ducks make their way to the lobby fountain from their rooftop Royal Duck Palace, indulge in a candlelit dinner at the Capriccio Grill, linger over a morning coffee at the Peabody Deli & Desserts, treat yourself to a couple's massage in the spa, or hunker down in one of the hotel's luxurious 462 rooms - whatever you do, rest, relaxation, and romance are guaranteed... particularly if you splash out on one of the gloriously romantic Romeo and Juliet Suites.
1. Christopher Place Resort, Newport
Nestled in the very heart of the Smoky Mountains, the Christopher Place Resort in Newport was purpose-designed with romantic retreats in mind. Everything in this luxury bed and breakfast has a hint of romance about it, whether it's the jetted, two-person tubs, the crystal chandeliers in the lobby, or the range of indulgent little extras like picnic baskets and chocolate-covered strawberries. With views over the mountain, beautiful grounds, and a range of excellent amenities like an inground pool and tennis courts, it's the perfect place for couples.
Written by Liz Flynn
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