Are you tasked with planning an upcoming family reunion and feeling overwhelmed with where to begin? We know there are countless destinations across the U.S., from tiny rural outposts to large bustling metropolises, that could make the perfect setting for families large and small. Choosing the right place could make or break your reunion.
The charming town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee has for decades been attracting groups of families and friends, who love the variety of accommodations, range of attractions and natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Choosing Gatlinburg as your reunion destination is the right move in beginning to plan your reunion, and Gatlinburg’s Greystone Lodge on the River is ready to welcome your family with warm and welcoming facilities.
What Can We Do in Gatlinburg?
While small and charming, Gatlinburg is big on entertainment and known for its variety. Nature, music, arts, shopping and attractions – there is so much to choose from and you’ll love the variety of options for the ideal itinerary to fit your reunion. Make time to stroll along the Little Pigeon River, which winds through town and is lined with a gorgeous parkway, gazebos and plenty of greenspace. The quaint downtown is super-walkable and dotted with shops and eateries open for business year-round. The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is a craft lover’s dream: along this eight-mile loop you’ll find over 100 shops full of artists and craftspeople waiting to share their work, making this the largest gathering of independent artisans in North America. Other visitor favorites include the Cherokee Grill, Smoky Mountain Candy Kitchen and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
What family gathering is complete without food? When planning a reunion you’ll want to take into account all the varying tastes, which can seem like quite the task. Luckily, Gatlinburg has it all. Smoky flavors that bring out the best of the region’s fare, eclectic recipes and local favorites – it can all be found in Gatlinburg. There are over 100 dining options to choose from, so there is sure to be something to keep everyone happy, and far from hungry. Stop by Pancake Pantry, a local favorite and famous for their breakfast. On any given day you can choose from upscale dining, family-oriented restaurants, small local establishments and cozy riverside cafes. There’s no better way to end a busy day in Gatlinburg than by gathering your family together around the table.
Plan Your Stay at Greystone Lodge on the River
Once you’ve made picked Gatlinburg as your reunion destination, selecting the perfect accommodation for a reunion gathering is key. Space, amenities, service, location – all important priorities when selecting lodging that will fit everyone’s needs. Greystone Lodge on the River is the ideal setting to bring family together and a comfortable spot to unwind after a busy day out in Gatlinburg.
With a convenient location in central Gatlinburg and a trolley stop just outside the front door, logistics are a breeze no matter how large your reunion. And space? Not a problem. There’s a large meeting room available for groups, perfect for family meals and gatherings, and complete with a stage, AV equipment and Wi-Fi. On the grounds, kids and adults alike will love the lodge pool – the largest pool in Gatlinburg and complete with a waterslide. The heated pool is the perfect spot for everyone to relax at the end of the day while catching up on the day’s activities. The Lodge, which underwent a $7.5 million renovation in 2015, has the best parking access in town.
Inside Greystone Lodge you’ll find a peaceful oasis that is the perfect place to unwind. Rooms, mostly located on the river, are cozy but spacious and reflect the natural feel of the Great Smoky Mountains that are in Gatlinburg’s backyard. Rooms range from standard to executive two bedroom family suites, and there are cottages with the conveniences of home.
How Do We Get to Gatlinburg?
At the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg is a convenient meeting point for those in the Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee areas and just an hour southeast of Knoxville on U.S. 441. About an hour outside of town is Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport, with flights to get you in and out of eastern Tennessee with ease. Direct flights to many cities are available and include New York City, Houston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Punta Gorda, Denver and more. All major carriers are avaliable such as DELTA, UNITED, American, Allegiant, Frontier, etc. Go to flyknoxville.com to learn more.
Reunion season is kicking into full gear, and when you choose Gatlinburg, your reunion is sure to be memorable for years to come. A gathering at Greystone Lodge is the icing on the cake. A team of hospitable staff is ready to help make your trip seamless and work with you on every last detail so that you arrive confident and ready to enjoy quality family time. You’ll feel right at home at this charming Appalachian retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains, so reserve today and make 2017 a year to remember.