By Marci Claude
Gatlinburg has once again been recognized on a list of top travel destinations. The city was recently named by TripAdvisor as one of the top “16 Romantic Destinations with Vacation Rentals.”
Gatlinburg was named along with top worldwide destinations Chicago, New Orleans, Rome, Las Vegas and many others.
“Snuggle up in the Smoky Mountains in a secluded cabin, but prepare for the endless activities in Gatlinburg,” TripAdvisor stated in their list. “There’s hiking, horseback riding, tubing, mountain biking and skiing. Catch a show in the evening or do some shopping.”
Chad Netherland, Director of Marketing for the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, says he is not surprised by the accolades from TripAdvisor. “As soon as you arrive on our streets the natural beauty is evident,” Netherland said. “We’re completely surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains on all sides. Pair that with multiple lodging opportunities, attractions, outdoor activities, shopping and dining and you’ve got a one of a kind getaway for any couple.”
Gatlinburg is more than just a getaway destination for couples. With more than 20 locations to tie the knot, Gatlinburg is the top wedding destination in the South. The city boasts a full wedding service industry. A variety of indoor and outdoor wedding locations, bridal shops, caterers, florists and other services are available to couples planning a destination wedding or vow renewal.
“Market research has shown that couples of all ages come to Gatlinburg to tie the knot or renew their vows,” Netherland said. “The proximity for two thirds of the US population to be here within a day’s drive is an ideal situation for most couples who want to get married and honeymoon.”