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How to Plan a Honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains

The Smokies are known as the “Wedding Capital of the South” so why not spend your honeymoon here too? Couples who honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains always find a reason to come back because of all the exciting things to experience; plus, there’s no better way to commemorate an anniversary than a trip down memory lane. Keep reading for an informative guide on how to plan the best trip to start your new life together!

How to Choose a Smoky Mountain Honeymoon Cabin

hot tub on deck of a Smoky Mountain cabinWhy should you stay in a honeymoon cabin rental? Newly married couples can enjoy the privacy and scenic views of a cabin and have an entire home to themselves. Finding the perfect honeymoon cabin in the Smokies comes down to the location and amenities. You can find 1-bedroom cabins minutes from downtown Gatlinburg and all the action along the Pigeon Forge Parkway. Most cabins come fully stocked with kitchen essentials, so you have everything you need to make a meal together. Other perks of a Smoky Mountain cabin include private hot tubs, pool access (or even an indoor pool), game rooms and home theaters, as well as pet-friendly options!

What to Do on a Honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains 

After choosing where to stay, the next step in planning a honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains is getting ideas for fun things to do! Your cabin rental offers plenty of relaxation, but when you want to head out and explore, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nearly at your doorstep! You can spend time in the great outdoors by driving through Cades Cove or hiking to a Smoky Mountain waterfall

In Gatlinburg, you can sample wine, beer, or moonshine, ride a mountain coaster, window shop along the downtown strip, or visit one of the many popular attractions, such as Ober Mountain. Activities in Pigeon Forge include touring a unique museum, exploring Dollywood, or seeing a show like Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud

Check out our honeymoon travel guide for more information about the best couple’s activities in every category – R&R, comedy, dinner shows, shopping, adventure, and more!  

Best Romantic Places to Eat in the Smokies 

From upscale dining to casual eats, the Smokies offers couples nearly endless choices for a delicious meal. Here are a few of our favorite romantic spots to try during your honeymoon in the Smokies:


The  Peddler: Famous for its salad bar and premium steak.

The Melting Pot: Nothing is more romantic than sharing some fondue!

The Greenbrier: A secluded mountain lodge with beautiful scenery.

Crystelle Creek Restaurant: Creekside views with a dog-friendly outdoor seating area.

Cliff Top at Anakeesta: The best views of downtown Gatlinburg and the Smokies! (and the food is pretty good too.)

azul cantina in pigeon forge Pigeon Forge

Gaucho Urbano: A one-of-a-kind Brazilian steakhouse experience. 

The Old Mill: An iconic restaurant serving classic Southern comfort food. 

Puckett’s: Live music, a full bar, and delicious food make it a great casual dining option. 

Azul Cantina: Authentic Tex-Mex cuisine with a twist and a rooftop bar with the best margaritas and cocktails in town!


Holston’s Kitchen: A steakhouse and bar offering a menu with something for everyone.

The Appalachian: Located in historic downtown and offers a Chef’s Table intimate dining experience where you’re seated kitchen-side and walked through a specially curated, five-course meal.

Pinchy’s Lobster & Beer Co.: Phenomenal lobster rolls, crab legs, a raw bar, and a fantastic selection of beer. 

We hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from our guide to planning a honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains! Book your first adventure together as a married couple by checking out our Pigeon Forge honeymoon cabins or Gatlinburg honeymoon cabins. See you in the Smokies!