Romance Awaits You with a Great Smoky Mountains Valentine's Retreat
By Bennie McCann © 2010, All Rights Reserved

Everyone's idea of romance is different.  For some, a romantic getaway involves a transatlantic flight or luxury cruise ship.  But one of the most romantic places on earth is right in your own backyard: the Smoky Mountains.

Relax, You're on Vacation

Spend Valentine's Day in a quiet cabin nestled among towering trees and snow-capped peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. As you sip a steaming cup of hot cocoa, you enjoy a peaceful time of cuddling by the fire, gazing at the scenery that surrounds you.

A knock on the door brings your own, personal masseur to deliver a special treat: a side by side Swedish couples massage.  Hold hands across the table as you fall in love all over again.  When you're done, it's a quick shower then off to a romantic dinner in one of the exceptional restaurants of nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Activities to Fulfill Every Desire

If your idea of romance is more active than relaxed, the Smoky Mountains in February are sure to please.

The scenic chair lift at Ober Gatlinburg will whisk you away to dazzling heights as you snuggle close in the crisp mountain air. Take in the stunning view from high atop Mt. Harrison before heading down the mountain to stroll hand in hand among the quaint shops and picturesque streets of Gatlinburg.

The city of Gatlinburg is brimming with activity both day and night. This tiny town has a lot to offer, whether your taste runs to the quiet side or you prefer a more fun loving getaway. Enjoy the view from the top of the 400 foot space needle, or take a leisurely drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. When evening falls, an intimate dinner for two awaits you at one of Gatlinburg's many fine restaurants. Stay in town for a night of live theater or head back to your chalet for a soak in your private hot tub, or simply to gaze at the stars that light the sky like tiny diamonds.

If a real diamond is in your future, the Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding. Choose a fairytale wedding in a tiny chapel at Gatlinburg, or renew your vows beside a babbling creek at Pigeon Forge. What better way to start a new life together than surrounded by the stunning beauty of Smoky Mountain National Park?

History and Romance in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to Cades Cove, a fertile valley surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. An 11 mile road meanders through Cades Cove, and transports you to a quieter, more peaceful time. You'll encounter working farms where modern life has not intruded. You can pick up a picnic lunch and find a quiet spot to watch the wildlife, or just revel in the solitude and natural splendor.

Your Valentine's Day getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains can be as adventuresome or as quiet as you like. There truly is something for everyone here, with love and romance at every turn.

Bennie McCann is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain cabins near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit the main website to book cabins for your romantic Valentine's Day retreat.