Tennessee Inns and B&Bs Offer Valentine’s Day Delights
The frosty days of winter make you want to snuggle up. Fortunately East Tennessee has an abundance of country inns and bed and breakfast accommodations to keep you warm and comfortable. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are a few of my favorites for you to check out.
Maple Grove Inn
Maple Grove Inn in Knox County is a getaway for Knoxvillians and visitors to the city. The Georgian, two-story brick structure, built in 1799, is comfortably decorated with period antiques. The inn holds seven guest rooms, all named after trees like Magnolia and Dogwood, and most feature fireplaces and luxury baths. Guests may lounge in a sun room, library or a sitting room with a welcoming fireplace.“People enjoy walking our grounds and visiting our gardens,” says innkeeper Vicky LaFollette.
The inn hosts dozens of weddings every year. “People often reserve more than a year in advance if they want a particular date,” says house owner Tom Lockett.
Bluff View Inn
Southern hospitality reflects broadly at Bluff View Inn, a quiet retreat along Chattanooga’s riverfront. The inn’s three historic mansions with individually decorated rooms take cues from their setting in the city’s premier arts district. Downtown restaurants, attractions and activities are just steps away.
Fox Manor Historic Bed and Breakfast
Fox Manor Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn in a historic Kingsport neighborhood has five guest rooms and a cottage, all arranged in Victorian splendor. Guests are treated to a three-course gourmet breakfast in a dining room lit by candles and a glowing fire.
Love in the Smokies
Not surprisingly, many inns take advantage of their location’s peaceful vistas of the Smoky Mountains. Townsend’s Richmont Inn has long been a destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. You can cuddle by a wood-burning fireplace, listen to soft music, enjoy desserts by candlelight, and sleep with red roses and chocolates on your nightstand. For the St. Valentine’s holiday, the innkeepers have arranged for a harpist to play love melodies.
Whitestone Country Inn near Kingston overlooks picturesque Watts Bar Lake. It is one of only six AAA Four Diamond Award hotels in Tennessee. Guests stroll through gardens to reach the restaurant known for its fine Southern cuisine. Christopher Place, also a AAA Four Diamond Award property and located near Newport, offers seclusion in a tranquil setting for guests. Guest rooms—spacious yet designed to be intimate—exude pampered luxury. The inn offers fine dining on the property.
The State of Tennessee official travel planning website www.tnvacation.com has an accommodations listing that can be made specific to region. Here you will find more authentically Tennessee inns to spend a weekend.
Have a great Valentine’s Day! Be sure to let us know in the comments how and where you will be spending it.