So, you have decided to book a holiday to the Smokies, and whether it is for the autumn season, the upcoming Christmas holidays or as a winter retreat, you need to have a place to stay. Fortunately, the beauty and the popularity of this region make it necessary for there to be every possible type of accommodation. That means you can find whatever type of lodging you desire.

If you’re traveling to the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, and if you are traveling alone or with a large group of family or friends, there are places to book that can fit any number of guests—and even some with pet-friendly policies, too.

Types of Lodging in the Smokies

Though you might think that your options might be limited to large hotels or resort-like properties, you can actually choose from:

  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Cabins
  • Cottages
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Campgrounds, and more

The best way to begin narrowing down the options is to start with the general location you hope to spend most of your time. For example, you may be planning a visit at Christmas and eager to spend time in the charmingly decorated and cheerful downtown areas of Maryville or Townsend, perhaps even enjoying one of the Santa Calls visits or an official tree lighting! You’ll have several family members and want to stay in one spot together. Did you know there are cabins that can accommodate groups of ten or more? There are many options of that kind in Blount County as well as the entire region. You can gather together around a fireplace, enjoy time spent playing pool or cooking meals together, and you might even find a hot tub on the deck!

Naturally, you may prefer something like a stay at a traditional hotel, and there are scores of options. Just begin with your location.

Think Group Size

As just noted, the many cabins and lodges of the region are a great choice if you are part of a large group. They can allow everyone to stay under a single roof and relax together in shared spaces while also having private bedrooms, and often private baths. The cabins are also a great way to really experience the scenery and natural surroundings since many are situated outside of town and in wooded areas or ridges with amazing views.

This is not to say that the hotels or motels are a less favorable option, it is simply that memories are often made around dinner tables, game boards, or when sprawled out on sofas in a living room, and this is something cabins offer.

Keep in mind that some of the best resort-style properties also have group packages to ensure a similar opportunity, with everyone just a single door apart! If you are traveling in the winter, some of the resorts will have special offers, too!

Also think about the needs of your group. Will you require handicap accessibility? Perhaps you want to bring your dogs along on vacation? Maybe you would like year-round amenities like a pool or gym. Perhaps camping is more your style and you’d prefer a campground that’s near a stream or has a playground?

The good news is that whatever sort of need or wish you have for lodging on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, you will have many great options! Just book early since this is one of the most popular year-round destinations.