If you’re looking to ramp your Mother’s Day celebrations up a notch, you’ve come to the right spot. Gatlinburg is a beautiful little city, nestled along the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With a deep history and culture, beautiful foggy mountains, awesome entertainment and more, this is the place to make memories your mom won’t forget anytime soon. Make it something special with vacation rentals in Gatlinburg.
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The Smokies and the Park
The Great Smoky Mountains, covered in forests and fog, are the main attraction here in Gatlinburg. And a visit to Gatlinburg wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There’s a little bit of everything in the park, from hiking, biking, and horseback riding along trails that wind through forests, up to peaks with spectacular views, past grassy meadows bursting with colorful wildflowers beside pretty bubbling streams, cascading waterfalls, and of course, past the occasional black bear. Hikes to Alum Cave Bluffs, Chimney Top, and Rainbow Falls should be on your list.
There’s also a lot of history here, and the remains of Southern Appalachian mountain culture are everywhere. If your group is interested history while you hike, head to Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Little Greenbrier Cemetery, Elkmont Ghost Town, Mingus Mill, and Cades Cove (the most visited part of the park).
There are numerous spots with amazing views all through The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but there are a few man-made spots to that are worth the trip. Glass elevators speed you to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle for amazing panoramic views of the area and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over 470 feet tall, this observation tower also has exhibits on Gatlinburg’s history, an arcade and magic shows. The SkyBridge (the longest pedestrian bridge in the country) doesn’t have glass elevators, but it does have sections of glass in the middle so you can see how very far away the ground is. The views from the bridge are truly amazing.
Other Activities Mom Will Love
If your mom loves the water, make sure to book one of our luxury vacation mansions with a stunning water view and water access. She can be out kayaking in the crisp, cool water, or lounging out on the patio, drink in hand, enjoying the view for as long as she wants.
Make sure to visit the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community, which is dedicated to preserving traditional mountain crafts and is filled with painters, sculptors, soap and candle makers, glass blowers, potters, weavers, silversmiths, carvers, and more. With over 100 artists’ works on display, there’s a wide variety of arts and crafts, from kitschy, fun souvenirs to handcrafted mountain dulcimers.
Treat your mom to a spa day and book a session or two at one of our local spas for a few hours of pampering with a deep muscle massage, mani-pedi, or facial. Or stay in your spacious vacation rental in Gatlinburg and create a spa day on your own. Find everything you need in downtown Gatlinburg or bring it with you. A locally made handmade ceramic bowl, filled with your mom’s favorite soaps and bubbles, a scented candle or two, and maybe a magazine will start things off nicely. Add in scented lotion and colorful nail polish for the mani-pedi later. Turn on her favorite tunes, get her settled with some snacks and drinks, and then leave her alone! After her soak, set her up on the patio and finish the mani-pedi or her facial with those lovely foggy Smokies as a backdrop.
Breakfast in Bed or Brunch
Of course, breakfast in bed is traditional, as is taking mom out to brunch. There are plenty of delicious, fun dining spots here in Gatlinburg, just remember to make reservations ahead of time. It’s also easy to fix mom a delicious breakfast or brunch of her favorite dishes right in your rental’s gourmet kitchen. Set up a tray for her with French toast, waffles or pancakes, biscuits, fresh fruit, and more. Make everything yourself or pick up your mom’s favorite meal from a local restaurant and bring it back to your cabin in Gatlinburg for vacation, so you can dine out on the terrace where everyone can enjoy their meal with the Smokies as a beautiful backdrop.
Mother’s Day Vacation Rentals in Gatlinburg
Celebrate your mom by giving her a day filled with everything she loves to do, whether it’s hiking, horseback riding, shopping, or pampering and massages. She’ll love every minute of it since she’s got her entire family with her! Our gorgeous, expansive vacation rentals feature plenty of bedrooms and spacious living areas large enough to handle your entire family with ease. Choose from mountain views, lake views and more. Let us give you a hand planning a special Mother’s Day with the perfect luxury vacation rental in Gatlinburg. Give us a call today!