15 Great Tennessee Vacations & Weekend Getaways
From famous hotels near well-known attractions to quiet country hideaways, Tennessee offers many great options for a fun weekend getaway. Great places to visit in Tennessee for couples include Chattanooga, Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Knoxville. Couples can check into a cozy inn with romantic rooms, relax at a spa and savor delicious farm-to-table cuisine on their Tennessee vacation.
»Blackberry Farm – 3 hours from Nashville
Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm stretches over 9,200 acres of idyllic land and provides its guests with luxurious accommodation and five star service. The resort is famous for its innovative farm-to-table cuisine artfully orchestrated by the chef, the master gardener, the baker, the cheese maker, the chocolatier, the sommelier and other staff.
Stay in one of the lovely estate rooms, in a fashionable hill cottage equipped with state-of-the-art technology, or a spacious house with a full kitchen that is perfect for a family vacation. The working farm and brewery that are a part of the estate add to the pastoral ambiance, and put quality ales and fresh vegetables on your plate on a daily basis.
If you are looking for Tennessee vacations with spa services, the hotel wellness center is not to be missed. Located in its own building, the spa offers a diverse choice of seasonal treatments, fitness facilities and plush relaxation spaces. Nightly rates start at $745, including three meals daily, all snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
1471 West Millers Cove Road, Walland, Tennessee 37886, Phone:865-984-8166
Families can explore city sights in Nashville, sleep in a train car at a historic hotel, or go hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All the properties that made our list offer unique accommodations, excellent service and a choice of activities. We have included approximate driving times from Nashville to help you plan your Tennessee Vacation.
»The Peabody Memphis
The Peabody Memphis is itself one of the city’s biggest attractions, offering stylish décor, the Peabody Galleria shops, pool and elegant dining. Many travelers visit the Peabody just to watch the legendary Peabody Ducks march to the fountain in the lobby from their Royal Duck Palace, a $200,000 marble and glass structure on the hotel’s rooftop.
The hotel has 464 guess accommodations, some located on the exclusive Peabody Club floor with private access and complimentary drinks and snacks all day. Choose from Junior Suites, romantic Romeo and Juliet Suites, and pet friendly rooms. Luxury facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a full-service spa and salon and great restaurants.
Chez Phillipe serves classical French dishes while Capriccio Grill specializes in steak and pasta dishes. Head to Peabody Deli & Desserts for morning coffee, continental breakfast, sandwiches and tempting desserts. Rooms start at $229 per night.
149 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103, Phone:901-529-4000
»Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel – 2 hours
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is located in the old Terminal Station, offering some of the most interesting themed accommodations, as well as plenty of things to do. Choose from rooms, suites and 48 authentic Victorian train cars. The suites are equipped with king size beds, loveseats, Jacuzzi tubs and wet bars, while the interior of the beautifully restored train cars will make you believe you actually went back in time.
Children can have fun riding the Chattanooga Choo Choo Trolley, while grown-ups work out in the fitness room, shop, stroll through the gardens, and relax next to one of the hotel pools. The Chattanooga Choo Choo has its own Business Center and a guest laundry facility. Gardens Restaurant serves a great breakfast buffet, while the Silver Diner combines a unique train car atmosphere with delicious quick meals.
The Victorian Lounge and bar serves wine, handcrafted beer and frozen drinks in an elegant turn-of-the-century setting. Rooms start at $138 per night.
1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402, Phone:423-266-5000
»Eagles Ridge Resort – 3 hours 30 minutes
Eagles Ridge Resort is the perfect place for both romantic and family getaways that offers great accommodations surrounded by breathtaking nature.
The resort consists of 233 uniquely furnished cabins with up to nine bedrooms, all equipped with kitchens, internet access and game rooms. If you are traveling with your family pet, you can request one of the pet-friendly cabins. If you would like to spend some of your time socializing family and friends, Eagles Ridge has a year-round clubhouse. The outdoor swimming pool has a deck that you can use to make the most of the beautiful sunny days.
Its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as the Dollywood theme park, makes the resort one of the most popular family vacation and hiking destinations in the area. One-bedroom cabins start at $115 per night. Read more
2740 Florence Dr., Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863, Phone:866-369-2946
»Butterfly Meadows Inn and Farm – 20 minutes
For those who crave the peace and comfort of a simpler life, Butterfly Meadows Inn and Farm in Franklin is the perfect destination. Pick one of the seven guest rooms and suites and enjoy the comfortable and colorful interior of a country house.
Whichever you choose, you will get a glimpse of the past, since all the rooms have been named after the important women from the innkeepers’ family, and furnished accordingly. If you like to spend your free time in the company of a good book, you will love the inn’s spacious and cozy library. When you feel the need for a breath of fresh air, you can continue your reading on the porch or in the pavilion, where you can admire the lovely view.
To see the butterflies, you only need to take a short walk through the charming meadows and into the woods. The surrounding area offers plenty of things to do, especially if you go to Franklin or Nashville. Rooms start at $199 per night.
6775 Bethesda-Arno Road, Franklin, Tennessee 37179, Phone:877-671-4594
»The Lodge at Buckberry Creek – 3 hours 40 minutes
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is an all-suite hideaway surrounded by the beautiful Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The lodge offers three different types of suites: Grand, Gallery and Lodge suites. From smaller Lodge suites with romantic sitting areas to luxurious Grand suites that cover an amazing 900 square-foot surface, the lodge is equipped with anything you might need to enjoy a relaxing vacation.
There is a lovely pavilion located right alongside the creek, which will help make your leisurely strolls around the premises even more enjoyable. The lodge’s restaurant will certainly add to its rustic and warm atmosphere with its friendly staff and a variety of delicious meals prepared using fresh local ingredients.
The proximity of the Smoky Mountain National Park, as well as the Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course makes the Buckberry Creek Lodge a fun weekend destination. Suites start at $205 per night.
961 Campbell Lead Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738, Phone:865-430-8030
»Evins Mill – 1 hour 15 minutes
Evins Mill is a resort that boasts of a wide range of interesting activities, as well as of reconciling luxury with the intimacy of country life. The twelve Creek Side rooms feature private covered decks from which you can savor the view while listening to the sounds of water rushing down. If you prefer something even more luxurious, reserve a room in the Solstice and lay down in a reading nook in this private lodge overlooking the whole resort.
Children can head to the game hall featuring billiards, puzzles and board games. Check out the resort’s eclectic collection of books which you can read on one of the charming covered decks. The restaurant at Evins Mill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rooms start at $295 per night.
1535 Evins Mill Road, Smithville, Tennessee 37166, Phone:615-269-3740
»The Read House Historic Inn and Suites – 2 hours
Located in the very heart of Chattanooga, The Read House Historic Inn and Suites is a hotel that successfully combines the city’s rich history with modern conveniences. There are 235 beautifully furnished guest rooms, including connecting, hypoallergenic and accessible rooms, as well as rooms with sitting areas. If you want to make your stay an active one, you are free to use the hotel’s fitness and business centers, but the Read House Historic Inn is a place of relaxation as well.
Spend an afternoon at the luxurious spa, take a walk in the beautiful fountain courtyard, lie down on the outdoor sun deck or take a swim in the indoor pool with a cascading waterfall. In the evening, dine on award winning dishes served in the Porter’s Steakhouse. Rooms start at $129 per night.
827 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone:407-536-2735
»Deer Ridge Mountain Resort – 3 hours 40 minutes
Spacious, comfortable and located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National park, Deer Ridge Mountain Resort will prove to be the perfect choice for both newlyweds and groups looking for a fun outdoor getaway. You can choose to stay in one of the condominiums, or rent a secluded Smoky Mountain cabin. Both one and two-bedroom condos have fully equipped kitchens, private balconies, and some have lofts.
The resort’s main building features a comfortable Lobby Lounge, an indoor pool and sauna room with a beautiful sun deck, and a coin-operated laundry room. Facilities include a playground, grills, picnic tables and tennis courts. Nearby attractions include the Bent Creek Golf Course, Ripley’s Aquarium, Dollywood theme park and Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. Rooms start at $238 per night.
3710 Weber Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, Phone:877-333-7743
»The Inn at Fontanel
The Inn at Fontanel is Nashville’s luxurious four-star hotel featuring an impressive 2,700-square-foot deck that overlooks lush gardens and the beautiful Porter’s Pond. Choose from a variety of guest rooms and six suites, the décor of which has been inspired by the farmhouse style typical for Middle Tennessee. The dining room, kitchen and living room, that are all a part of the hotel’s Great Room, feature soaring ceilings and huge windows.
While taking a walk through the gardens, you will get a chance to admire both the fountain and the waterfall. Café Fontanella serves authentic Italian food, while the Whites Creek Bistro offers savory sandwiches, salads and cheese platters. Rooms start at $349.
4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37189, Phone:615-876-2357 Photo: The Inn at Fontanel
»The Hermitage in Downtown Nashville
The Hermitage in Downtown Nashville is a five-star hotel dating back to 1910, and manages to combine the very best of Southern tradition with the luxury of contemporary life. With an average size of 500 to 650 square feet, the 122 rooms and suites have been completely renovated, and special care has been taken to prevent them from losing their old-fashioned charm. All rooms feature marble bathrooms, elegant vanity tables and elegant décor.
The Presidential Suite is a 2,000-square-foot apartment with a gorgeous view. The hotel’s massage therapy suites are the perfect place to unwind after visiting the spacious fitness room that is equipped with everything you might need for your workout. The hotel also features Rachel’s Boutique and a garage with valet parking. The Capitol Grille serves dishes prepared using only the freshest ingredients. Rooms start at $379 per night.
231 Sixth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, Phone:888-888-9414 Photo: The Hermitage in Downtown Nashville
»The Butterfly Hollow – 50 minutes
The Butterfly Hollow, a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast located in the Cumberland Plateau foothills, is the perfect place for those who dream of beautiful vistas, charming porches and luxurious rooms. There are three private bedrooms, each with its own adjoining baths. The largest one is Leyton’s Porch, a room that is perfect for couples, especially because of the queen-size cedar log bed and a private screened-in porch.
Take a dip in the hot tub or let your imagination run wild with the help of a good book and a gorgeous view from the covered porch. The healthy and savory breakfast will make a good start to a day filled with adventure. The Butterfly Hollow is 82 acres of secluded land where you will find a wide range of outdoor activities. Rooms start at $139.
28 Bussell Lane, Gordonsville, TN 38563, Phone:615-784-8551