Gatlinburg, TN is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway! Our Smoky Mountain city offers spectacular natural beauty and a variety of fun attractions and activities that couples will love. When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be minutes away from all of the best things to see and do in the area. To help you make the most of your retreat, we have put together five tips for planning an amazing couple’s escape at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel.
1. Choose a Room with Scenic Views
While all of the rooms at Black Bear Inn are excellent, our suites with city views are especially romantic. Couples will enjoy a private balcony where they can take in beautiful vistas of downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you begin your day with a steaming cup of coffee on the balcony or you admire the views with a glass of wine in the evening, the two of you will love soaking in the scenery right from your room.
No couple’s getaway in Gatlinburg is complete without a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Fortunately, Black Bear Inn & Suites is just 200 yards from the entrance to the national park. Here are a few of our favorite romantic things to do in the Smokies:
- Have a picnic at Metcalf Bottoms, Greenbrier, or Cades Cove.
- Take a scenic drive along Newfound Gap Road, Upper Tremont Road, or the Cades Cove Loop Road.
- Enjoy a hike to Laurel Falls, Grotto Falls, or Rainbow Falls.
3. Visit a Local Candy Shop
Gatlinburg is famous for its wonderful chocolate shops! If you’re looking to share something sweet with your sweetheart, you will find a number of great candy stores near our downtown Gatlinburg hotel. Guests can walk from Black Bear Inn to either Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen or Aunt Mahalia’s Homemade Candies in less than 10 minutes. Both of these shops have been fixtures of downtown Gatlinburg for over 65 years!
4. Take the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
Taking the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is one of the most romantic things to do in Gatlinburg. This 2.1-mile cable car ride brings passengers from The Strip to the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park atop Mt. Harrison. Along the way, couples will enjoy unparalleled views of the city and the Smoky Mountains. Once you get to Ober you can go skiing or snowboarding during the winter season, or you can enjoy a fun afternoon at the resort’s indoor ice skating rink any time of year.
Located steps away from Black Bear Inn & Suites, the Park Grill is the perfect place for a special dinner with the one you love. Offering a romantic mountain lodge atmosphere, this popular restaurant is famous for its delicious steaks and legendary salad bar. Other highlights of the menu include the trout, pork shanks, pecan chicken, and creme brulee.
To start planning your romantic getaway in the Smokies, browse our downtown Gatlinburg hotel rooms!