Planning to propose? Need to reconnect with your partner? Deciding where to go for your honeymoon? Romance Awareness Month is here! February only has 1 day dedicated to romance — August celebrates love all month long. It’s the perfect time to put a little extra effort into your most meaningful relationship. Sure, cards, teddy bears, and chocolates are nice…but they’re dreadfully predictable. Why not spice things up with a romantic getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains?
Romantic Things to Do in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, have a lot to offer in the romance department, from romantic spots to activities for couples. Plus, you can book a relaxing stay at a cabin for 2 — with nice amenities like a mountain or river view, a steamy outdoor hot tub, a heart-shaped jetted tub, and a king-size canopy bed. You can even add on a massage for 2, flower bouquets, or gift baskets to make your stay in the Smokies even more memorable.
Without further adieu, here are some of our favorite romantic things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!
1. Kiss Atop The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Kissing at the top of a Ferris wheel sets a classic romantic scene. And The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel in Pigeon Forge is no ordinary Ferris wheel. When you get to the tippy top of this ride, the views are unparalleled. You’ll see The Island below and the Great Smoky Mountains all around you and your sweetheart. It’s the perfect place at the perfect moment for the perfect kiss!
2. Explore the Rocky Top Wine Trail
Wine tasting typically comes into play on a romantic trip away. Along the Rocky Top Wine Trail in Pigeon Forge, not only can you enjoy FREE wine samples, but you can also collect stamps and earn FREE gifts — including souvenir wine glasses. It’s a great way to get a taste of Appalachian culture, meet locals, and explore the area. Wineries include Hillside Winery, Apple Barn Winery, Apple Barn Cider House, Mountain Valley Winery, and Mill Bridge Winery.
3. Snap Selfies Beneath the Heart Twigloo at Anakeesta
A fun aerial adventure park in Gatlinburg, Anakeesta offers loads of things to do for couples — including the ever-romantic Heart Twigloo in the Vista Gardens. This heart-shaped arch is framed by the stunning Mt. LeConte mountain range. It’s breathtaking, to say the least, and is a phenomenal spot to snap a few photos together to cherish forever. Proposing? Here’s a memorable spot!
4. Dine Riverside at The Peddler Steakhouse
Nestled alongside the Little Pigeon River is The Peddler Steakhouse, one of the best steakhouses in the Smokies that offers riverside seating indoors to make your date night extra special. Romance your better half by setting the mountain mood by the river with excellent food and wine. You might even spot ducks floating along the river or even a family of black bears passing by!
5. Take a Scenic Drive through Cades Cove
Fill up the car with snacks, soda pop, and local treats for a leisurely scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove is an 11-mile loop that takes you through a gorgeous valley, past fields and forests, and near the mountains. Spot wildlife from the car, stop for a closer look at the historic structures along the road, or stretch your legs on a hike to Abrams Falls. Nature lovers will appreciate this one.
6. Play Mini-Golf on a Rooftop
Another classic way to spend time with your love is to play a round of miniature golf. Day or night, Crave Golf Club in Pigeon Forge offers a great time for couples. Unique to the area, this mini-golf attraction features not only a fun course indoors but also another course on the roof! Enjoy scenic views while putting, laughing, and rendering sweet touches here and there. You can also eat ice cream, mini-bowl, and grab some sweets to-go.
7. Stay at a Romantic Cabin for 2
What better way to amp up the romance than to stay at a romantic cabin for 2 with relaxing amenities you both can enjoy together. Sip morning coffee with mountain views in the rockers, enjoy homemade breakfast in bed, watch a romantic comedy on the big screen TV, cuddle in a king-size suite, and dip into the steamy hot tub, swim spa, or heart-shaped jetted tub anytime! You can even add a bed of roses, flower bouquet, or a gift basket to your stay with Pigeon Forge TN Cabins.
Start planning your romantic trip to the Smokies today — it’s never too late to romance the one you love!