The great state of Tennessee isn’t often considered a romantic honeymoon destination. But if you’re looking to stay in the US for your honeymoon, it’s a great option. The down home, beautiful and diverse state offers a lot for anyone looking to explore some picturesque mountain ranges or explore the nightlife in Nashville or Memphis Tennessee offers plenty of exciting culture, natural beauty and guaranteed adventure for honeymooners.
When to visit Tennessee
The best time to visit Tennessee is definitely in the fall. If you’re looking to spend some time in the Smoky Mountains, temperatures are cooler and with it comes fall’s changing colors that you’ll find scattered throughout the mountainside. Although the days may still be warm, they’re not nearly as humid as they are in the summer and nights are cool. In September, expect weather to range between 60 and 80 degrees. In December, the temperature typically stays between 30 to 50. Warm sweaters, cool days, and hot coffee in Tennessee sounds like the perfect honeymoon combination.
Tennessee Travel Planning Tips:
- If you go to Memphis grab some barbecue because they have some of the best in the world and you’ll immediately be converted. Memphis-style bbq is slow cooked and comes either “wet” or “dry”.
- Where ever you go, expect live music. Although most cite Nashville as the birthplace of Country music, it was actually born out of Bristol, Tennessee. Regardless of which part of the state you’re in, go find some live music. In Nashville you can find country music and some folksy acoustic stuff too, while in Memphis, people love to sing the blues. If you make it down to Bristol, make sure to hit one of their awesome music festivals like Rhythm and Roots.
- Not everyone will greet you from on top of a horse, but they will be friendly. Yes, Tennessee is technically in the American South. And no, not everyone rides a horse. Especially in the larger cities. But one thing that is true of people across the state is that they’ll meet you with warmth and kindness. Southern hospitality isn’t lost on the residents of Tennessee, so get ready to say howdy on your honeymoon.
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Smoky Mountains is Tennessee’s native mountain range and it’s dynamic beauty will take your breath away. Fresh, yet ancient, the smokies are the oldest mountains in the world and their wildflowers, old-growth forests and rocky mountain streams are a romantic sight perfect for honeymooners. Grab your camera and get ready for some major adventure and beautiful sights.
What to do:
- Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Hiking, biking, river rafting and a ton of other activities are available to honeymooners who are looking to venture outside of their comfort zone and explore the beauty of the Smokies.
- Go Whitewater River Rafting: The Smoky Mountain Outdoors’ Upper Pigeon River Trip has been named as one of the top ten experiences in the United States. If you’re looking for an adventurous activity, pile into a raft with your honey and navigate the Pigeon River gorge as professional instructors assist and instruct you.
- Visit Blackberry Farm Wellness and Spa: This romantic property is one of the most celebrated and intimate places on a 4200-acre estate in the Smoky Mountains. On site, they offer a Wellness Boot Camp, Farmhouse Spa, or Chakra and Yoga. Whether it’s a new challenge or well-deserved relaxation that honeymooners are looking for, they’ll find it here. If you’re a fitness junkie, Blackberry will even help you create a personalized workout schedule with individual attention from a trainer and you can also stay at the on-site hotel.
- Visit Forbidden Caverns: Located near Sevierville, is one of America’s most spectacular caves. The beautiful cavern provides the visitor with an entertaining and educational hour long walking tour where they’ll see sparkling formations, huge natural chimneys, numerous grottos and a crystal clear stream.
Where to stay
Appleview River Resort
Easily accessible from Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the resort is located close to shopping, dining, entertainment and is also close to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Their luxury condos and villas will accommodate honeymooners nicely while the fireplaces, private balconies, mountain and river views and jacuzzi tubs will make sure you relax. The resort property also offers a riverwalk with gas lanterns, outdoor pool, kiddie pool and hot tub, fishing on the Little Pigeon River, a fitness center and a game room, all in a secluded atmosphere.
Wyndham Smoky Mountain
The romantic, panoramic views surrounding this property make it a must see for honeymooners. Located in Sevierville and at the heart of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you’ll enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping and horseback riding. With Pigeon Forge less than five miles away, honeymooners will have plenty of access to not only seclusion, but also activity and entertainment.
Gatlinburg is a charming city nestled at the entrance to the Great Smoky National Park. It fills up with millions of visitors every year, even though the population of the town is a little under 4,000. If you’re looking for a romantic spot to explore with small town charisma, Gatlinburg is a place to consider. Between the soaring mountains, great hospitality and cute local shops, honeymooners will never want to leave.
What to do:
- Tuckaleechee Caverns: This commercial cave is located in Townsend, Tennessee is and only a short drive from Gatlinburg. It’s the highest rated cave or cavern in the Eastern US and was discovered in the mid 19th century. Many stalagmites reach over 24 feet tall with flow-stone formations over hundreds of feet in length and width. Tuckaleechee Caverns is proud to have the tallest underground waterfall in the eastern United States, named “Silver Falls”, a 210-foot two-tier waterfall. Tuckaleechee Caverns is one of the most active or “alive” caves/caverns that people can visit on Earth and it is located under the Great Smoky Mountains, the oldest mountain range on the planet.
- Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area: The park has a 120 passenger Aerial Tramway for breathtaking views of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains. The tramway will take you to the top of the mountain where you can ice skate, catch a ride on the Scenic Chairlift, take a descent down the Alpine Slide, visit the Wildlife Encounter (featuring black bears, bobcats, & otters), splash around in the water rides, shop, eat, and experience the thrill of the Ski Mountain Coaster. During the winter months honeymooners can try out the Snow Tubing and Ober’s 10 slopes.
- Take a tour of the Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery: Over 120 years ago Doc Collier was making moonshine on English Mountain in the Smokies, using some of the freshest mountain water around. Continuing this tradition, the distillery still trucks in water directly from the source of his first batch, to cut their shine to the right proof. They claim that 7/29/19oc had been making moonshine before moonshine was even a word. Have an Appalachian drink at the distillery and learn all about the process.
Where to stay:
Black bear Inn & Suites
This beautiful property is to provide honeymooners who travel in Gatlinburg with relaxation and amenities. The hotel strives to providing their guests with an unforgettable Gatlinburg experience. Their name is inspired by Gatlinburg’s most iconic permanent resident, the black bear. Being only steps away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park means that honeymooners may have the chance to see one, so keep an eye out!
Elk Springs Resort
Bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park and nestled among many artisans, woodcarvers, cafes and restaurants in Gatlinburg’s historic Arts & Crafts Community, Elk Springs Resort is a 68-acre luxury cabin resort. The details that make a stay pleasantly memorable, like their bedding, gathering areas, deck space and cooking areas—are perfect for optimum relaxation and privacy. Make sure to relax in the saunas, Jacuzzis, and hot tubs. And, there’s even a secluded luxury rental located on a private trout fishing pond for the ultimate romantic getaway.
Nashville is often thought of as a place to throw bachelor parties, but honeymooners can have a blast here too. The city thrives with a creative vibe and entrepreneurial spirit. With street art, creative culture, wonderful food and plenty of adventure, honeymooners won’t ever want to leave.
What to do
- Visit Broadway: Music is around every turn in Nashville, which is why it’s named “Music City”. If you go explore Broadway, you’ll find shopping and plenty of restaurants The Honky Tonk district, is home to infamous places like Legends Corner, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, two places which have both been called home by many famous musicians.
- Catch a concert: As mentioned before, Nashville is Music City- and Broadway isn’t the only place to catch a show. There are plenty of concerts going on throughout the city at all times. So google some show times and make a plan to see your favorite artist if they’re in town.
- Hang in Centennial Park: This beautiful park nestled within the city limits is not only home to the Parthenon, but is a great place for a romantic walk. The pond, trails and all the shops and restaurants close by make sure that honeymooners can grab a drink or snack and head to the park to enjoy it.
- Explore East Nashville: East Nashville is one of the quickest up and coming parts of the city and is most affectionately known by its residents as “East Nasty”. The quirky vibe, delicious food and fun nightlife scene make it a great spot for honeymooners to explore if they’re looking for something fun and different. The Five Points area, where five streets intersect is well known for its street art, nice bars and trendy dining while Fatherland Street is the place to good for unique shopping. In Shelby Park, the Greenway is a tree-lined path winding along the Cumberland River that honeymooners will love to stroll down.
Where to stay in Nashville:
Centrally located in downtown Nashville, yet a few blocks removed from Broadway, Fairlane Hotel brings a sexy mid-century modern vibe to the city.
Instead of turning their rooftop into another gathering for groups and parties, they opted to create two secluded penthouse rooms, which can be booked as one or together. Penthouse West, though, is the ideal accommodation for couples. Decked to the nines with the swag of the 70s, the bright, spacious room features an oversized bathroom with a separate deep soak tub and a King bed with mirrored ceilings. The exterior wraparound terrace features sunset views, loungers, and views of murals and the arts district. There’s so much more to do in Nashville other than Broadway, with top notch dining, outdoor activities and more, it’s the perfect honeymoon destination.
This luxury hotel is perfect for honeymooners. Finding an ideal luxury hotel in Nashville does not have to be difficult. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service, a concierge, a pool and breakfast. The onsite restaurant and bar have great reviews and is only a short walk down to popular spots like the, Whiskey Kitchen, The Row Kitchen & Pub, or 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill and Music Row.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, which is located in the West End neighborhood of Nashville right across from historic Vanderbilt University and central to all the best places to explore. The luxury hotel sets the stage for an authentic Nashville experience, with several well-appointed suites to choose from. As part of the package, couples can check out the southern-inspired fare at Mason’s or Mason Bar before heading out to explore. Music, good eats and craft drinks are the highlights that shine in this city, which is also one of the fastest growing locations in the country.
Their “It’s a Love Story” honeymoon package includes dinner for two ($60 value) from a special room service menu once per stay. (Guests may also use this credit for dinner in Mason Bar or Mason’s Restaurant), two glasses of sparkling wine once per stay, one complimentary in-room movie per stay, complimentary valet parking nightly, and complimentary 1pm check-out.
THE HUTTON HOTEL
Hutton Hotel is an iconic 4-star hotel located in the city center, steps away from the famous Music Row. It features a bar with live music and entertainment, restaurant, creative spaces for musicians, spa and business center.
The hotel has 253 rooms and suites, and they all come with a TV, work desk, mini bar, and coffee maker. From $170 per night, this hotel is a popular option for music lovers.
They also offer the Hutton Suite. The the three-bedroom, 4,666 square foot double level Hutton Suite comes with direct access to the onsite music venue plus a personal songwriting studio – it is the most VIP suite available in the city for lovers who love music. Suite rates start at 3,000. The room comes completely soundproof with direct access to viewing platform and the entertainment performing in the venue itself, a full kitchen, living areas, floor to ceiling windows with east-facing views, and elegant European-style showers with full soaking tubs, a signature Hutton PA (personal assistant), an on-request spa services and access to a Tesla house car to be used at the guests leisure. If you’re a couple on their honeymoon who loves music, this sounds perfect.
Honeymooners will love Memphis because the city is the perfect combination of adventure, culture, beauty, and relaxation.
What to do
- Tour Graceland: To celebrate your honeymoon, stop off at Elvis’s home Graceland. Along with Elvis’s iconic mansion, you can see his cars at the Presley Automobile Museum, including his famous pink Cadillac. You can tour his private airplanes too.
- Hit the September Nail Salon: This is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with side-by-side pedicures while you enjoy seasonal cocktails, treats, and stellar service. You can also take advantage of the all-natural shower and body product line, September Body, by taking a spa box back to your hotel with you for an extra special evening. You can customize your own box and enjoy the “his love” and “her love” scents in a variety of products, including sugar scrubs, oils, bath bombs, and body butter.
- Stroll the Mississippi: Take a sunset walk down the river to see beautiful panoramic views of the Memphis Skyline and the new light displays on the Hernando de Soto Bridge.
- Grab a bite: Erling Jensen, a contemporary French restaurant is located in East Memphis in a quiet, secluded spot which is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner for honeymooners. Whether you order the red snapper, diver scallops, rack of lamb, or buffalo tenderloin with lobster béarnaise, your taste buds will be in heaven
Where to stay
The Hu Hotel, a stylish, trendy building offers not only excellent accommodations, but also gives you access to the heart of downtown Memphis, houses a retro cafe, modern diner, and has beautiful rooftop views of the city. Dinner at the Hu Hotel restaurant has wonderful reviews and is guaranteed to leave you filled up with wonderful memories of your first adventure as a married couple.
Named one of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2018 and one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best in the U.S. travel destinations for 2018, Chattanooga is making a name for itself as an innovative, flavorful and diverse Southern city. There’s always something to do in Chattanooga – whether you want to take in a play or concert, visit an amazing museum, be a part of the nightlife, enjoy the outdoors or experience a piece of history and is the perfect place for honeymooners.
What to do
- Hang Glide over Lookout Mountain: Honeymooners to Chattanooga have several ways to explore the city – including by air. Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, one of the U.S.’s largest and oldest hang-gliding schools, trains “pilots” on how to navigate Chattanooga’s skyway in glider. No prior experience is necessary to fly with your honey
- Whitewater rafting on the Ococee River: Located only an hour away from downtown Chattanooga is the Ococee River, a beautiful natural escape for experienced and non-experienced paddlers. In addition to its incredible rapids and surrounding scenery, the Ococee River is also famous for having hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics. This activity is great for honeymooners who want a little adventure.
- Go see some rare, vintage guitars: Songbirds Guitar Museum has the world’s largest private collection.
- Explore the North Shore: Chattanooga’s southern charm is seen clearly when strolling through the popular North Shore neighborhood, just north of the Tennessee River
Where to stay
The Read House
Perfect for couples seeking an authentic, outdoors honeymoon, The Read House in Chattanooga is the perfect accommodation. Ideally located in downtown Chattanooga, near restaurants, bars and other fun activities, yet a short drive from caves, waterfalls, hiking, biking and zip lining, the hotel offers the best of both worlds with luxurious accommodations, impeccable service and breathtaking design.
The historic property dates back to the 1800’s and has a storied past, but don’t let the history fool you – The Read House recently underwent $28 million in renovations, and features spacious rooms, plush bedding and one of the best restaurants in the city – Bridgeman’s Chophouse. It also happens to be quite romantic and would make for a perfect honeymoon meal.
This property is one of the most unique and original places to stay: a treehouse. Choosing from either the Luna Loft Treehouse or the Elements Treehouse, guests are sure to enjoy a rustic, gorgeous stay in the wilderness at Treetop Hideaways. As if it needed to get any cooler, each part of the Luna Loft Treehouse has a story, like the reclaimed 1860s barn wood, the immense 16-foot-tall windows from an old warehouse, the penny floor and copper-lined whiskey barrel shower in the bathroom. While the Elements Treehouse offers a more luxurious campout, complete with heated floors, a rainfall shower, and even Wi-Fi.
Located close to the historic Walnut Street Bridge, The Edwin is Chattanooga’s newest luxury boutique hotel. The, 90 rooms, an AMA Spa and 1,650 square feet of meeting space is a new rarity in Chatanooga that honeymooners would have fun exploring. . Located on the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga, The Edwin offers gorgeous views from rooms starting at $250 per night.
This millennial-focused four-story property will have the social feel of a hostel with the luxury of a hotel that will make honeymooners never want to leave. The four-story property includes 102 stylish rooms, free Wi-Fi, vibrant communal spaces, modern amenities and a bar. Moxy Hotels is Marriott International’s new millennial-focused brand that debuted in September 2014 with the opening of the Moxy Milan Italy.
The Read House
This elegant high-end property is currently is undergoing $20 million in major renovations. The renovations include upgrading the 242 guest rooms with new technology and bathroom furnishings, as well as transforming the lobby, ballroom, and restaurant to create a modern version of the hotel’s original grandeur. The Gatsby-fashion like hotel is located downtown,
Knoxville is big-city fun with a small-town mentality. It’s where mountains meet music, art meets adventure and culture meets cuisine. It’s got something for everybody — and it’s what binds the locals to the tourists. So whether you’re from the outskirts of town or traveled thousands of miles to get here, you’ll feel right at home.
What to do:
- Baker’s Creek Preserve: located just 3 miles from downtown Knoxville, Baker Creek Preserve is a popular outdoor destination adventurers. The area has a unique set of attractions that appeal to novice explorers including convenient parking, a kid’s adventure play area with natural and interactive features, a kid’s bicycle pump track and loop, and easy multi-use trails, including one that connects to a middle school.
- See the historic Knoxville Homes: The history of Knoxville is a vivid tale of the trials and triumphs. The backstory takes you from a rough frontier settlement to a grand state capital to the picturesque city you see today—a wild and often surprising tale marvelously told by the city’s most historic homes. From log cabins to frame houses to stately stone mansions, Knoxville landmarks invite you to explore the past times and events that shaped the town. The six historic homes are Blount Mansion, the Mabry-Hazen House Museum, Marble Springs, Crescent Bend, James White’s Fort and Ramsey House.
- Visit Market Square: Knoxville’s Market Square is home to an eclectic blend of culinary delights, fun story and features two water fountains. Market Square is adjacent to the scenic Krutch Park. And whether you want to see the Square Farmers Market, or bringing your sweetheart downtown for a romantic dinner and evening at the theatre, you’ll find something romantic to do. Market Square District is alive with music, performers, niche shops and gallery walks on the First Friday of every month.
Where to stay
THE TENNESSEAN Hotel
This is Knoxville’s only AAA Four Diamond award hotel. The 82-room personal luxury hotel just steps from the city’s iconic Market Square features beautiful mountain views and is the first of its kind in the area. The Drawing Room at THE TENNESSEAN Hotel exudes elegance and elevates service standards. Menus rotate with the seasons, giving guests the ability to experience the freshest ingredients that East Tennessee has to offer while the hotel’s elite staff makes sure that honeymooners are secluded and comfortable.
The Oliver Hotel
This trendsetting luxury retreat is a Knoxville must. The Oliver Hotel on Knoxville’s Market Square rewards urban explorers with settings made to inspire. Here, history and hospitality join up. The tall, soaring ceilings, sensational seasonal cuisine and cherished Southern traditions will make honeymooners feel like they’re in a different world. If you want to be pampered, head to The Oliver Hotel.