While “Appalachian Splendor” is indeed a suitable name for this cabin, we could have also called it “What a View,” because that’s what you’re likely to say as soon as you arrive here. Though the cabin nestles among towering trees, you can nonetheless savor panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains. The setting is so bucolic and seemingly secluded, you’ll find it tough to believe that the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cabin is only 10 minutes from always-hopping downtown Gatlinburg.
It wouldn’t be a true Smoky Mountain cabin without rockers or a swing on the front porch—and Appalachian Splendor has both. Sip your morning coffee on a rocker as the mist rises from the mountains; nestle with your sweetheart on the swing as you enjoy a nightcap under the stars. From the rear deck you can watch falcons and eagles soar above Mount LeConte as you sit down to a meal at the picnic table. And best of all, when you return from a day of hiking, biking, or thrill rides, you can treat your tired muscles to a soak in the deck’s hot tub. The combination of the steamy jets of water and the cool mountain breeze is perfection.
Appalachian Splendor is just as restful indoors. The main floor’s great room includes beamed wood ceilings, split-log walls, and a stone-surround wood-burning fireplace sure to be a favorite feature on brisk winter evenings. (Speaking of which, because this is a mountain area and the cabin’s driveway is somewhat steep to boot, vehicles with 4-wheel drive or tire chains are strongly advised in winter.) When you’re not playing charades by the fire or stretched out on a sofa for a nap, you can watch cable TV or surf the web via the free WiFi.
Another option is to play a board game at the dining table—when you’re not using it for meals, of course. The table seats 4, and there’s room for 3 more at the adjacent breakfast bar. The kitchen is equipped with a full array of appliances, cookware, and tableware, and the open layout lets you watch TV or keep an eye on the little ones as you cook. Alongside the full-size refrigerator/freezer are a washer and a dryer—talk about convenient!
One of Appalachian Splendor’s 2 bedrooms is on the main floor. As well as a queen-size bed, it features a TV, a ceiling fan for evenings when it’s not quite warm enough for the central air-conditioning, and a mountain view you’ll love waking up to. Upstairs is the spacious master bedroom, where a king-size bed takes place of pride beneath the vaulted ceiling. This room also has a TV and lovely views. The loft includes a bonus sleeping area, with another queen-size bed, so that up to 6 guests can spend the night.
Each floor has its own full bathroom. The loft’s bathroom is especially pampering: It includes a jetted tub large enough for 2 people. You and your special someone can savor a steamy soak to start a romantic evening in splendid style.
Appalachian Splendor’s wonderful location does more than ensure you’ll never tire of the mountain views. It also makes it easy for you to explore the many local attractions. The cabin is only 10 minutes from the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community and from downtown Gatlinburg, where attractions range from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to Sugarlands Distilling Company to mountain coasters. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a true must-visit, is just 15 minutes from Appalachian Splendor, as are Dollywood and Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area.
Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? Don’t miss out; book your stay at Appalachian Splendor today and start planning what might be your best vacation yet.