If you’re looking for a way to experience and enjoy the great outdoors but aren’t in love with the concept of “roughing it,” consider a visit to Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. The luxury glamping resort provides guests with all the perks of a rugged camping experience (fresh air, peaceful solitude, breathtaking scenery, a chance to disconnect) with the amenities of a hotel (daily housekeeping, organic bath products, a concierge and more). Located on 182 wooded acres about 20 minutes outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Under Canvas offers a variety of luxury safari tents with king-size beds, private bathrooms and wood-burning stoves.
Part of a larger family of properties, all located near national parks across the country, Under Canvas Smoky Mountains opened in the spring of 2019. The glamping resort reopens for the 2020 season in late May and is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of the staff and guests. If you’re looking for a socially distant getaway and a chance to reconnect with nature, look no further than this breathtaking and relaxing retreat.
There are nine different tent options that can accommodate up to six people. All tents include beds with luxury linens and wood-burning stoves (complete with firewood and starters), and most have private bathrooms with flushing toilets, sinks and showers. The Stargazer tent includes a viewing window above the king bed for watching the night sky, and the Suite, the most luxurious tent option, comes with a separate lounge area with a queen-size sofa bed.
An on-site canteen offers delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as beer and wine offerings. You can arrange to have coffee service delivered to your tent each morning, and boxed lunches can be ordered if you’re planning a hiking adventure. A fire pit next to the canteen is the perfect spot to end the day with nightly s’mores and an acoustic set from regional musicians.
Since there’s no Wi-Fi or cell service on the property, you will truly feel disconnected. The tents are roomy enough to enjoy some quiet reading time or a board game (available in the canteen), and most tents are equipped with a deck for lounging outside and enjoying the scenic property. Fire pits throughout the property, as well as complimentary firewood and a helpful staff that’s eager and willing to build a fire, make evening campfires a breeze.
The property itself offers a few activities — a volleyball court, cornhole and a stack of board games in the canteen — but Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the bustling tourist towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are just a short drive away if you’re looking for hiking, dining, shopping or family-friendly options. An on-site activities concierge can also help arrange a local adventure of your choice, from fly fishing to whitewater rafting to jeep tours.
1015 Laurel Lick Rd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Drive: 217 miles
Photographs courtesy of Under Canvas