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Tennessee Urges You to Get Away To It All With a Little R&R

While Christmas is unquestionably the most anticipated time of the year, we all know it can also be stressful. It’s all fun, but let’s face it, there are extra expenses, extra house guests and extra hours awake, when we wish we were dreaming of sugar plums. By the time Dec. 26th rolls around, it might be all we need, besides love, is a nap. Luckily, Tennessee is jam-packed with resorts where you can find perfect tranquility. Whether it’s a cabin in the East, a luxurious hotel in Middle Tennessee or a quaint bed and breakfast establishment in the West, find your peace of mind in one of these Tennessee get-away’s.


If your idea of relaxation is hearing nothing but birds chirp and the babble of a creek not too far away, a cabin in East Tennessee may be in your near future. Cozy up at the Dancing Dancing Bear LodgeBear Lodge in Townsend during these chilly, winter months as you’re surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains. You can’t help but feel relaxed by the rustic décor and indulging cuisine. If your adventurous spirit awakens from being surrounded by the vast mountains, there are plenty of outdoor activities like biking and hiking. Take a swing on one of the many golf courses or relax and get an in-room massage. Whatever you choose, the Dancing Bear Lodge is a great place to unwind.

Whether you want big-name attractions like Dollywood and Ober Gatlinburg or outdoor fun like rafting, tubing and fishing or just simply want some quiet, Smoky Creek Cabins in Gatlinburg is a great vacation. They offer one to 11 bedroom cabins and chalets with all the amenities like Jacuzzis and pool tables. Find your inner peace while sitting on your cabin’s balcony, awe-struck by the haze rolling slowly off the Smoky Mountains.

Located off Walden’s Creek, The Brother Cove Log Cabin Rental Resort offers cabins in a secluded, peaceful environment so you can take a deep, long breath of mountain air. Cabins range from cozy one-bedroom cabins to five-bedroom wonders. Every cabin comes with a Jacuzzi on the deck, a Jacuzzi spa tub, a fully-equipped kitchen, and gas or wood-burning fireplaces so you can cozy up with your special someone.


If you immediately think glamour and opulence when thinking of the perfect getaway, there are a few places in Nashville and Linden that can accommodate your every luxurious whim. Take The Hermitage Hotel, the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in Tennessee, for instance. With a $20 million renovation in 2003, your guest room now has 500 more square feet, on average the largest guest rooms in Nashville. Every room has luxurious fabrics, plush beds and furniture. The bathrooms are made of marble with deep soaking tubs, a mounted 20-inch flat screen television and dual vanities. Enjoy a day of pampering at the in-house spa. The hotel also offers pet spa treatments so Fido can relax, too. Have a delicious dinner at Capitol Grille, the restaurant inside the hotel and then grab a drink and a snack at the Oak Bar.

The Hutton Hotel has modern flair with a four-star rating. It’s environmentally friendly initiatives make the stay at this hotel extra special. Using dispensed soap, shampoo and conditioner to reduce plastic waste, biodegradable cleaning products and EcoDisc elevators, reducing energy consumption by 70%, The Hutton encourages its guests to be sustainable, too. In-room spa treatments, granite bathrooms and the fresh, beautiful in-house restaurant, 1808 Grille, will make your stay a true getaway.

Commodore Hotel and Model A Ford Mike Warren

The Commodore Hotel combines antique charm with luxury in Linden. Originally built in 1939, The Commodore boasts downhome comfort and affordable stays while maintaining its historical roots. Escape the city’s activity for a tucked away escape located just a few miles of Memphis and Nashville but surrounded by rolling hills and the Buffalo and Tennessee Rivers. Rejuvenate with gourmet cuisine, outdoor fun and live music. Sleep to dream land in one of the comfortable, plush beds and then wake up to fresh, hot coffee and a hot, home-cooked breakfast. Shop the day away or lounge until your heart is content.


If you want your bed and breakfast in one low-key location, look no further than West Tennessee to bring rustic, charming and friendly bed and breakfast establishments. Get in touch with nature with a bit of posh at the Clover Creek Lodge in Hornbeak, Tenn. The Lodge is perfect for a relaxing weekend or hunting trip with the guys. All the comforts of home are provided for in the midst of the quiet environment. Spa treatments like massages and facials can be arranged and a hot tub and pool are on the ranch’s site. Hit one of the trails while horseback riding or practice your archery skills. Clover Creek Lodge will make you feel right at home even if you may be miles away from your own.

Travel back in time to a 1911 Colonial Revival mansion at the Highland Place in Jackson. The mansion is small and quaint with four rooms that have ample space and a various collection of American pottery and furniture. Relax on one of the silk couches in the living room, read a book next to the wood-burning fireplace in the library or meander the inn and see the art from artists like Amado Pena and Lawrence Lee. If you want to stay for a longer period of time, Highland Place also offers extended-stay apartments with one, two and three bedrooms.  

Bolivar - Magnolia Manor Bed & BreakfastHistorical, Southern hospitality can be found at Magnolia Manor in Bolivar. Dating back to the mid-1800’s, Magnolia Manor has preserved its Civil War charm with the décor and rooms. There are four bedrooms, all elegantly decorated in their own way and each featuring antique furniture and fireplaces. If you want even more privacy, you can book the cottage, which used to be Magnolia Manor’s kitchen when it was first built.

Where do you like to go in Tennessee to get away?

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