12 Best Hotels for a Romantic Tennessee Getaway

Our research is editorially independent but we may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

The state of Tennessee is at an intersection between the American South and the Midwest, but it’s unlike any other place in the region. Tennessee is best known as being home to the Great Smoky Mountains, so this is a top weekend getaway region. But there are other small towns and mid-size cities that are wonderful destinations too if you have a couple days to explore.

Because of its central location, you can plan a weekend in Tennessee from many other surrounding areas. The weather is pretty mild throughout the year, so you can add Tennessee to your travel itinerary regardless of the season. These are 12 of the top weekend getaway spots to consider for your next trip in Tennessee.

Evins Mill - Smithville
Evins Mill

Evins Mill - Smithville

Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a fun weekend with the family, Evans Mill offers a mountain experience close to Nashville. Here you can find creek-side accommodations and luxury rooms that are warm and cozy. Enjoy peaceful views from your covered deck and fun amenities to make your stay special, such as turn-down service, massages, gift baskets, and wildflower bouquets. This getaway spot is located in Smithville and offers travel packages with lodging and meals, event packages, and theme packages for pampering and romance. Pets are not allowed at the resort, but there’s a recommended boarding facility 10 minutes away. Popular activities in the area include hiking, fishing, and golfing, and you can find table tennis and darts onsite.

Eagles Ridge Resort - Pigeon Forge
Eagles Ridge Resort

Eagles Ridge Resort - Pigeon Forge

Another great place to stay for your weekend getaway in Tennessee is the Eagles Ridge Resort. This is an ideal spot if you want to be close to all the fun of Pigeon Forge but still far enough away for relaxation and quiet. Here you can book cabins with one to nine bedrooms, which means it’s great for couples, families, and even family reunions. Enjoy all the comforts of home like a full kitchen and Wi-Fi, but also lovely views of the mountains. Some cabins are pet-friendly. While you’re in Pigeon Forge, you can check out Dollywood, the Dixie Stampede, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Peabody Memphis – Memphis
Peabody Memphis

The Peabody Memphis – Memphis

Memphis is an exciting city to visit if you love good food, live music, history, or Elvis. When you plan your weekend trip here, consider staying at The Peabody Memphis. It’s been welcoming guests since 1869 and been renovated to now offer 464 guest rooms with modern amenities. Some rooms are pet-friendly, as long as dogs are under 75 pounds and guests pay a $75 nonrefundable fee for cleaning. But what makes this hotel unique is the Peabody ducks. There’s a tradition with ducks that dates back to the 1930s, and you can see the ducks march around the lobby fountain at 11am and 5pm every day. The Chez Philippe restaurant has an opulent dining room, but other onsite options include the Capriccio Grill, the Peabody Deli, and in-room dining.

Little Valley Mountain Resort - Sevierville
Little Valley Mountain Resort Cabin Rentals

Little Valley Mountain Resort - Sevierville

The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to stay in a cozy cabin for the weekend, and the Little Valley Mountain Resort offers some of the very best. The cabins here are on private lots at the resort, and pet-friendly and wheelchair accessible rentals are available too. If you want to skip the hassle of grocery shopping, you can arrange to have your kitchen stocked before you arrive. In spring, summer, and fall, you can take a dip in the outdoor heated swimming pool, play mini-golf, and try your luck at the stocked fishing ponds too. While you’re in the area, makes sure to check out the name-brand outlet stores in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Other popular attractions nearby include Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokys, ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg, and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel – Chattanooga
Chattanooga Choo Choo

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel – Chattanooga

There are lots of fun attractions in Chattanooga for families, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is a recommended place to stay for a weekend. The Chattanooga Terminal Station was saved from demolishing and renovated into a hotel, making it a unique historic preservation project. There’s a gift shop onsite and an eclectic collection of 18th and 19th century gifts at Sweetly Southern & Artifacts. Guests can also enjoy taking a free shuttle from the hotel to downtown to visit the Tennessee Aquarium, shops, and other attractions nearby. For a really unique weekend, stay in the Pullman Train Cars guestrooms, which all have a queen-size bed.

Carnegie Hotel – Johnson City
Carnegie Hotel

Carnegie Hotel – Johnson City

If you’re looking for luxury on your weekend getaway in Tennessee, then look no further than the Carnegie Hotel & Spa. This is a AAA Four Diamond hotel with Baroque décor, antiques, stained glass, and modern amenities. There are 128 guestrooms and 11 suites here. Make sure to dine at Wellington’s Restaurant any meal of the day and visit the Austin Springs Spa to rejuvenate yourself. This is a popular wedding destination as well. During your stay in Johnson City, make sure to get some exercise on the Tweetsie Trail and grab a local beer at Yee Haw Brewing Company or Johnson City Brewing Company. Other outdoor recreation spots to check out are Buffalo Mountain Park, Winged Deer Park, and Willow Springs Park.

Blackberry Farm - Walland
Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm - Walland

Located in Walland, Tennessee, Blackberry Farm is an intimate luxury hotel that is located on a beautiful 4,200-acre estate in the Smoky Mountains. Historic and estate rooms, cottages, suites and three-to-five-bedroom houses are available for guests. This is a real working farm with vegetable gardeners, cheese makers, meat butchers, and wild plant foragers. Guests can take a farm tasting tour to learn more about the farm and sample some of the farmstead products. There are also daily cooking demonstrations and wine events here. During your stay at the farm, you can also spend your days hiking, fly fishing, trying archery, playing paintball, horseback riding, or relaxing at the spa.

Loews Vanderbilt – Nashville
Loews Vanderbilt

Loews Vanderbilt – Nashville

During your stay in Nashville, another great place to stay is the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. There are 340 guestrooms including nine suites here, a restaurant specializing in modern Southern dishes, and a craft cocktail bar. It’s across from Vanderbilt University in the West End neighborhood and close to lots of attractions in the city. Top things to do in Nashville include the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, and the Fontanel Mansion.

The Oliver – Knoxville
The Oliver
The Oliver

The Oliver – Knoxville

Another exciting travel destination in Tennessee is Knoxville, and the Oliver Hotel is a recommended boutique hotel here. It’s located in Market Square in the heart of the city and decorated with chic and Southern décor that celebrates the local culture. Guests can dine and drink at the Oliver Royale, Tupelo Honey Café, and Peter Kern Library. This is a speakeasy library/bar that’s open every day from 8am to 2am. During your time in Knoxville, make a point to see a show at the Tennessee Theater, visit the Ijams Nature Center, and check out World’s Fair Park.

Mountain Shadows Resort - Gatlinburg
Mountain Shadows Resort

Mountain Shadows Resort - Gatlinburg

Mountain Shadows Resort is a log home community that is close to all the restaurants, shops, and attractions in Gatlinburg. It’s located 3.2 miles from downtown Gatlinburg and just across the street from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is a great place to stay if you don’t want to spend your whole weekend driving to get from one place to another. You can also check out the Arts and Crafts community loop on Highway 321, which surrounds the resort.

Mayor's Mansion Inn – Chattanoonga
Mayors Mansion Inn

Mayor's Mansion Inn – Chattanoonga

This is a lovely bed and breakfast inn in Chattanooga that is historical, elegant, and convenient. When you stay here, it’s easy to get to Ruby Falls, Rock City Garden, Lookout Mountain, and the Tennessee Aquarium. Start your day with a three-course complimentary breakfast and take a dip in the 300-gallon soaking tub. Children under eight and pets are not allowed here.

Music City Loft – Nashville
Music City Loft

Music City Loft – Nashville

The city of Nashville is all about the music, so music lovers will definitely enjoy a weekend here. Stay here if you want to live like a local for a few days. Sixteen studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom lofts are available and suitable for couples, families, and groups of friends. When you stay here, you’ll be in walking distance to the Ryman Auditorium, Honky Tonks on Broadway, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

You May Also Like
Top 14 Hottest Hotel Openings in 2023

Travel Deals

6-Nt Taste of Abruzzo & the Italian Adriatic Tour

$2793+

10-Day Guided Tour of Sicily | $300 Off per Couple

$2379+

9-Nt Greece Cruise | 2nd Guest Sails Free

$9299+

$300 Off per Couple | 9-Day Southern Italy Guided Tour

$2049+

Up to 50% Off | Air & 8-Day Guided Portugal Tour

$999+

Ends 1/30 - Bermuda Pink Sale up to 50% Off Hotels

$135+

Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun All-Incl. | Save Up To 20%

$357+ pp/pn

Air & 9-Day Peru Vacation | Up to 50% Savings

$1299+

Air & 5-Nt Hilton Dubai The Walk

$1575+

Think Pink in 2023 | Up to 50% Off Bermuda Resorts

$135+

Bermuda Pink Sale at Rosedon Hotel | Up to 40% Off

$285+

6-Nt Flavors of the Italian Countryside Tour

$2793+

6-Nt Tuscany, Truffles, Cooking & Wine Holiday Tour

$3358+

5-Nt Stay at 4-Star Phuket Resort | Save 58%

$249+

Serenity All-Incl. St. Lucia Resort | Save Up To 65%

$942+