Post # 1
FH and I are trying to get an idea of what we want to do for our honeymoon. He loves the mountains, we don’t have a whole lot of time, or money, to take a nice, long vacation, and we both like Tennessee.
We aren’t really that big on super touristy areas and all we really want is some relaxation time, some horseback riding and pretty places to hike. The problem is we don’t really know that much about Tennessee and we’ve both only ever been to Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Pigeon Forge.
Post # 3
Pigeon Forge is probably your best bet. Adams has the bell with cave and some nice looking bed and breakfasts (fiancé and I were planning a weekend trip that sadly fell through). The moon pie festival in Bell Buckle is always a lot of fun, but I can’t remember when it is. If you are looking for night life ots not your best bet…unless you want to go 45 mins to murfreesboro. Middle tennessee is also unfortunately without mountains. oh! You should check out Chattanooga as well. It’s gorgeous and they have a really nice aquarium and a lot of other things. It’s a college town but a lot of kids are home for the summer.
Post # 4
If you’re not into touristy areas and REALLY want to get away in the mountains try cabins around Fall Creek Falls.
Chattanooga also Is super awesome, and there’s a lot of cool restaurants, the aquarium, the Choo Choo Hotel, of course Rock City and Lookout Mountain.
I am biased to Nashville since that’s where I live ( Well, outside of it)… but check out cabins on Percy Priest or Old Hickory Lake. There’s also some great scenery to check out, shopping, music—you name it!
Post # 5
Eastern TN/Western NC is beautiful. You can take the Blue Ridge Highway from Asheville into Tennesee and find lodging along the way. The Pisgah National Forest in NC is definitely worth a vist and has some great hiking.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are cute too, but a little too touristy and kitschy for my taste.
The area outside of Nashville has some really great horse farms, but the scenery just doesn’t compare to the eastern part of the state (in my opinion).
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestions. FH will be excited to check some places out 🙂
Post # 7
There are some great places near Nashville… (I used to live there and miss it tremendously!)
http://www.evinsmill.com/ – a place I always wanted to visit
You can also visit the smoky mountains and avoid Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg and all the touristy stuff.
Post # 8
I would go to Gatlinburg or Chattanooga. You said you’ve been to Gatlinburg before. It’s never a let down for me, dollywood, fun museums, good wine and I believe even a moonshine distilary! Chattanooga is just beautiful, too. I has Rock City, (check this out!) Ruby Falls and a destination aquarium. …. after writing all that, I’d choose Chattanooga. 🙂
Post # 9
To those who said Nashville…. Nashville is great but be careful about where you go in Nashville. I know this is true about all cities, but there are a lot of places in Nashville that are not safe. I had a very unfortunate incident at a gas station where a guy was demonstrating his taser/brass knuckles and five minutes later a man talked to me about how he would shank someone and tried to make me buy him a honey bun… Interesting weekend! If you decide to go here get with some of these lovely ladies and discuss a definite game plan so you dont wander to the wrong area like me!
Post # 10
You could do Asheville/Johnson City/Erwin area…my mom lives in Erwin and there’s tons to do in the surrounding area like you want. There is a place close by called Beauty Spot and you can see into both states (NC and TN) while standing on the Appalachian Trail…if laid back is what you want, that area has it. Yet, Asheville is more upscale and has plenty to do either way…oh, and there is are ziplines and rafting all over! The Nolichucky river is right in the middle of all the action!
Post # 11
@anemily: I attended a wedding at Evins Mill and it is to.die.for.. the location is awesome!!
Post # 12
@Mrs_Amanda: If I still lived in TN I would love to get married at Evins Mill. Good to know… maybe I will visit (someday)!