It’s date night! Whether the grandparents have the kids for the weekend and you’ve slipped away for a romantic getaway to the Smokies, you just have a few hours to spend downtown or have a whole week away as a couple, there are plenty of ways to spend date night in the Smokies. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg feature plenty of restaurants, boutique shops, local wineries and distilleries, events, and attractions that are perfect for couples.
You can take it easy with dinner and a wine tasting, stay in the cabin and cozy up on the couch for a romantic comedy, or have some fun playing around for the afternoon. From an action-packed day to a laid-back night, date night (or day!) in the Smokies offers endless possibilities. We’ll get you started with just a few ideas!
Tour the Rocky Top Wine Trail.
Made up of 5 wineries and a distillery within 12 miles – Hillside Winery, Eagle Springs Winery, The Apple Barn Winery, Sugarland Cellars, Mountain Valley Winery, and Doc Collier Moonshine – the Rocky Top Wine Trail is a great daytime date. They’re open 7 days a week and offer FREE wine tastings of their local wines. Mountain Valley Winery, Sugarland Cellars, and Hillside Winery also offer FREE tours from 12-5 p.m. daily. You can even download a passport, have it stamped along the way, and receive free gifts after visiting 3 and then all 6 locations!
Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel.
This 200-foot-tall wheel features enclosed glass gondolas that give you awesome views of Pigeon Forge and the surrounding Smoky Mountains. Take the VIP Wheel for a more intimate experience, and take a night ride for a romantic turn with the stunning lights!
Spend the afternoon at Bent Creek Golf Course.
Designed by 3-time Masters and British Open Championship winner Gary Player, the par-72 course is beautifully manicured and showcases the stunning Smoky Mountain scenery. Plus, you’ll save when you stay with us! Just ask your vacation planner for details about our partner program.
Team up with another couple to break out at The Escape Game.
If dinner and a movie isn’t your jam, head to The Island in Pigeon Forge. Team up with another couple and spend an hour testing your skills at The Escape Game. You’ll have an hour to find clues, solve puzzles, and try to break out of your locked room within 1 hour!
Lace up and hit the ice at Ober Gatlinburg.
When you think cheesy romantic comedy, you think couples holding hands and falling in love on the ice, right?! Add a little cheese to your date night with a spin on the indoor ice skating rink at Ober Gatlinburg! Bonus points: make some hot cocoa and cuddle up on the couch when you get back to the cabin!
Have a hearty meal alongside the show at Dixie Stampede.
An upgrade from the typical dinner-and-a-movie date night, a dinner show in downtown Pigeon Forge is great for couples. Sit down to a 4-course Southern-style dinner while watching the beautiful horses and talented riders!
Treat yourselves to an in-cabin massage.
Easy to book when you reserve your cabin, an in-cabin massage is a great way to treat yourself without even leaving the cabin. Make it a whole night in by making dinner in the cabin, getting a romantic movie, and finishing the night with a soak in the hot tub.
Snap a photo on the Grand Staircase at the Titanic Museum Attraction.
Relive that classic romantic moment of the movie Titanic with a walk and photo along the Grand Staircase. There is also plenty to do here, with rooms to explore, artifacts from the ship, and more.
Sit down for a hand-cut-steak dinner at The Peddler.
For an upgrade on your dinner, head to The Peddler. You can choose a steak cut tableside, sit looking out over the water, and enjoy a peaceful and romantic dinner.
Browse the Tanger Outlets and surprise each other with date-night gifts!
The Tanger Outlets have everything from handbags and jewelry to watches and electronics. For a twist on date night – and for an extra-special outing – split up when you get to the shops and pick out gifts to surprise each other with. Or shop together to pick his and hers watches or something fun for the house!
Sample moonshine – and stay for live music – at Ole Smoky Moonshine.
Moonshine tasting is at the top of every must-do-in-the-Smokies list. Ole Smoky Moonshine offers double the fun, with a wide range of moonshine flavors and live music at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Stage (Pigeon Forge) and the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler (Gatlinburg). Then pick out a jar or two to take back to the cabin for a romantic night on the deck.