Is there anything more serene than watching snowfall over the forests and mountain peaks? Now, imagine a hot cup of cocoa, a crackling fire and floor-to-ceiling windows to watch it from. The Gatlinburg area of Tennessee has all of this and more for her winter visitors.
Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg has an 8-mile loop filled with shops where local crafters can show off their wares. Homemade goat-milk soaps, wooden trinkets, jewelry and blown glass are just a few of the items you can find in the over 200 stores along the Gatlinburg loop. An added benefit is that the shops are close together so you never need to be out in the cold for long.
Do you fantasize about kicking up some snow and running half pipes? Then the skiing and snowboarding of Ober Gatlinburg is the place you want to be. Grab your skis or your snowboard and choose one of ten different trails. From beginners to experts, there is something for everyone in your family. If you would rather stay inside, check out the shopping or grab a bite to eat while you watch others ski down the mountain or twirl around on the ice skating rink.
Take the family for a drive through Cades Cove. The loop road will lead you past cantilever barns, primitive homesteads with log cabins and loads of wildlife. Take your time. Pull over at one of the many stops and sit quietly. You may see deer, wild turkeys or even black bears. Visitors can go into the homesteads. When you feel the cold of the houses you will marvel at how the hearty homesteaders had to live in these rugged mountains.
The Great Smoky Mountains beckon to guests in Gatlinburg to come and explore. Put on some layers and your hiking boots. Grab your camera. Get out and walk one of the many trails that wind through the national park. In winter, the vista is pristine in white and void of any foliage to hinder the view. On many of the trails you can see frozen waterfalls, icy ponds and mountains capped in snow.
February is the month of love. Spend a week or a weekend cuddled up in a Cobbly Nob cabin rental with your love. Snuggle on the hearth in front of the fireplace. Sit in the hot tub on the porch. It’s magical to watch the steam float up as the snowflakes drift down around you. Sip some wine or cook a special meal together. Whether you choose to leave the cabin or spend your time there, the important thing is being together.
Winterfest In Gatlinburg
Through January, Gatlinburg is lit with millions of holiday light displays. Hop on the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley ride to enjoy all of the lights. The trolley runs at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 nightly.
Come and explore the wonders of a Gatlinburg winter.