Parkside Lodge can accommodate a small crowd: 26 guests, to be exact. But this 4,400-square-foot log home offers much more than the ability to sleep more than 2 dozen people. Located on 2 private wooded acres, it includes such luxuries as a hot tub, a home theater with a 70” screen, a pool table, and a fire pit.
Recently renovated to a 5-star standard, Parkside Lodge will induce oohs and aahs even before you step inside. The lush grounds include picnic tables for dining alfresco and a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs where you can toast marshmallows and search out constellations long into the night. Through breaks in the trees you can spy the Great Smoky Mountains; in fact, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a few minutes away.
The huge covered deck has its own picnic table so that you can set up a buffet of snacks to enjoy as you gather on the rocking chairs to catch up on old times and make new memories. There are rockers on the patio too, as well as a hot tub that can accommodate 7 people at a time. Is there a better way to end a day of hiking, biking, or white-water rafting than soaking among steamy jets of water amid the crisp mountain breeze? We don’t think so!
A wall of oversize windows lets you admire the beauty of the surrounding woodland even as you relax in the great room—and what a great room it is! Roomy leather seating, a fireplace in a stacked-stone wall, a 50” flat-screen TV, a vaulted ceiling: This is a space designed for relaxation.
The dining area seats 10 at the table and another 8 at the adjacent breakfast bar. If there are kids in your group, you can let them have the breakfast bar to themselves while the grown-ups sit at the table—we’re sure they won’t mind! Just as important, the kitchen has all the appliances, cookware, and tableware you need to prepare meals to feed your hungry crowd.
The kids—and the adults too, for that matter—will also love the downstairs game room. Along with a full-size pool table, it’s furnished with an arcade and an indoor basketball game. If you prefer watching to playing, sidle up to the wet bar or stretch out on one of the game room’s sofas. You’ll find the 2nd fireplace down here as well, along with another 50” flat-screen TV.
For watching a movie or a big game, you might want to head to the home theater, also downstairs. Not only is there a smart TV with a 70” screen and surround sound, but there’s also stadium seating (complete with cup holders!) for 15 people.
The 6 bedrooms, each of which has its own flat-screen TV, are spread out among the 3 floors. The top floor and the main level have 4 en-suite bedrooms altogether. Two of these bedrooms—one on each floor—have a king-size bed, perfect for couples hoping for romance. The other 2 bedrooms include a king-size bed plus a sofa that opens into a queen-size bed, making them well suited for families.
The remaining 2 bedrooms are downstairs. One has a pair of queen-size beds, while the other has 2 sets of queen-sized bunk beds so that up to 8 people can sleep there. The kids will have a blast making this bedroom their private clubhouse—every night will be a slumber party! And if you have still more guests, one of the game room sofas opens into a bed for 2.
There’s a bathroom for each bedroom and, for added convenience, a half-bath on the main floor. Speaking of convenience, Parkside Lodge has a washer and dryer too, plus free WiFi and plenty of parking. Even its location is convenient: just 10 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
The only downside to Parkside Lodge: When you stay here, you might never want to leave! To experience its pleasures for yourself, book your stay today!