Christopher Place Resort
1500 Pinnacles Way
Photo courtesy of Christopher Place Resort
Christopher Place ResortThis romantic bed-and-breakfast (is there any other kind?), set on 200 forested acres overlooking the Smoky Mountains, is a secluded retreat just 30 miles from the bustling tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Accommodations at Christopher Place are intended for couples: There are nine uniquely decorated rooms and suites, four with in-room hot tubs for two, and several with fireplaces. (Note: This isn’t the best option for families; all rooms have only one bed, and children younger than 12 aren’t allowed.) In a few of the rooms, there’s an option for in-room breakfasts and dinners. Everyone else can enjoy dinner at the Mountain View Restaurant, with its expansive vistas of the Smokies, serving a seasonally changing four-course menu for $40 (a 24-hour advance reservation is required). Hearty breakfasts – fruit, pastries, yogurt parfait, Eggs Benedict or Belgian waffles – will gird you for a full day of exploring the Smoky Mountains National Park, or just hiking the trails outside the door. Return for a dip in the pool, then a cocktail or glass of wine in front of a roaring fire at Marston’s Library Pub, named after the owner.