Savvy November 2019

Honeymoon Destination in Tennessee

Erica, on July 7, 2019 at 9:00 PM Posted in Honeymoon 0 12
Hello lovely people.
My fiance and I have decided that instead of doing a big honeymoon in Jamaica right away we will do a slightly shorter one and do that one later.
We decided to go to Tennessee for our mini-moon. We were looking for places that had a nice romantic resort and had a lot of fun things to do nearby.
We have no clue where to go and we also heard that there was a fire in Sevier County (Pigeon Forge) and we wanted to see if anyone had any recent trips there and can tell us how it has affected the area.
Our wedding is November 1st so we need to figure it out soon.
Thank you!


Latest activity by Clíodhna, on August 9, 2019 at 12:16 PM
  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    Have you considered Nashville? There should be tons of things to do there!

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    Nashville is great for a birthday party or bachelorette destination, but I don’t think it’s a great honeymoon option. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are much more appropriate. There’s plenty to do, but most of the cabins are still secluded and romantic. The fire was in 2016 and the area has pretty well recovered by now.
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  • C
    Master January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    I haven’t personally been since the fire, but from what i understand, a lot of the touristy stuff was not affected. And the fire was almost 2 years ago. I would imagine that anything that was touched by the fire has been repaired since. I also believe the fire was mainly in Gatlinburg, so Pigeon Forge should be fine. But, the last time I was there was just before the fire happened.
    Its a beautiful little town, especially if you can go into the mountains. Pigeon Forge is very touristy with a lot of mini golf and shopping. Gatlinburg has the touristy Ripleys attractions in addition to a cute little shopping strip.
    I would 100% reccomend Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge over Nashville especially for a honeymoon. Nashville is super crowded, downtown is a nightmare, the biggest attraction is bar hopping. If you do come to Nashville, I would stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort. You could easily book a weekend there and not leave the hotel. Book a massage, have drinks by the waterfall, have dinner at a different restaurant every night, and they recently opened the new water park which looks super fun and is only open to resort guests. If you do Nashville, another option would be to explore the surrounding areas. Go to the Jack Daniels distillery. Lynchburg is a really cute olde timey town. You can go to fall creek falls and hike to the water fall. (You could actually probably visit these places from Nashville or the Gatlinburg area)
    Chattanooga is also an option. It’s a cute little town, but I don’t know much about it.
    i would recommend staying away from Memphis. I don’t hear good things about the area.
    let me know if you have any questions. I live in Nashville.
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  • Mandy
    Savvy August 2019
    Mandy ·
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    I actually just got back from a trip to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Nashville! As PPs said, not much I saw was affected by the fire. There was damage to some of the trees on one of the mountain trails I hiked while there, but that was all I saw. The area and the views are still GORGEOUS. I would definitely go back there, and there is plenty to do in that area. I'd also recommend Pigeon Forge over Nashville for a honeymoon. It's more relaxed there and overall a better fit for a honeymoon Smiley smile
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  • Lauren
    VIP February 2020
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    I'm a born and bred Tennessean! I'm from Chattanooga and have lived in Nashville for the past 4 years. Like PPs have said, Pigeon Forge had a fire back in 2016, and it's mostly recovered now (I went there only a month after it happened, and the fire didn't really affect too much of the touristy stuff). Nashville is an amazing place to visit, but I wouldn't really call it a honeymoon destination. It's the second top destination for bachelorette parties, though. There's a ton of bars downtown with live music, great food, and a lot of music history. If you're interested in more of a party honeymoon, it would be a good choice! Chattanooga would be a nice honeymoon destination if you're really into the outdoors! There are a ton of mountains and rivers in the area so rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, etc. is SUPER popular. There are fun touristy attractions like Rock City, Ruby Falls, and The Incline. There's a TON of Civil War history in the area as well as a lot of the battles were fought in the area. Pigeon Forge would be a nice place for a honeymoon. The log cabins in the mountain are nice and a lot of them have hot tubs. The views from the Smokey's are beautiful! Feel free to reach out if you need any specific food/fun recommendations for any of these places (or other areas in Tennessee)!

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  • Krysta
    Devoted September 2019
    Krysta ·
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    I would recommend Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg are nice & quiet. The area was not as affected by the fire as people said on the news. We went right after the fire & were still able to do everything we wanted to. I would highly recommend booking through VRBO we found this adorable cabin to stay in for $80 a night with a hot tub on the deck.

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  • Allie
    Master August 2019
    Allie ·
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    I went to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge back in October of 2017 and everything was still up and running. We saw a little bit of the forest that was charred, but nothing that should affect your trip.

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  • Erin
    Expert May 2020
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    I actually live near the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area! I would highly suggest renting a cabin in the Smokies. It's beautiful there! There are tons of rental agencies, but some of the best cabins can be booked through AirBnB. There's so much fun things to do in the area as well!

    I don't know of any resort that would be considered "romantic" in the area, but a private cabin with a nice hot tub would be super romantic. Good luck!

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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
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    We are getting married in Gatlinburg TN and we LOVE being there. Thats where we do our yearly trip. I didn't know about a fire recently (last one was in 2016) so I don't know how it affected the area.. I was there last in October of 2018 and it was as beautiful as ever and so much to do and there was no traces of a fire! I love pigeon forge too! The smokies in general are just beautiful and the cabins are amazing. The honeymoon cabins they offer are so perfect too (gatlinburg or pigeon forge) Theres so much to do in town too! We actually rented a cabin for our entire wedding party and us up there for a week for the wedding and our families did the same thing!

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  • Jess
    Super September 2019
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    Pigeon Forge and Gatlingburg are amazing! They are tourist type towns but that can be good because theres so much to do! Nashville is also a great city to visit!

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  • Erica
    Savvy November 2019
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    Thank you everyone! This has been extremely helpful! We will be going to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for 5 nights. If you had any ideas of fun places to go or museums to visit, that would be wonderful. We were wanting to do Dollywood but it will be closed while we are there. Any other ideas are greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!
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  • Clíodhna
    WeddingWire Administrator January 2030
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    That will be so fun, Erica!

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