Sevierville, Tennessee is the perfect spot for a family getaway. Located only twelve miles from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville is close to nature while still offering plenty of opportunities for adventure and family activities. We’ve been visiting the Sevierville area for twenty-eight years and find something new each time we visit. During our latest visit, we discovered Hidden Mountain Resort, the original log cabin resort in the Smoky Mountains. Founded in 1981, this secluded resort has expanded to over 200 cottages, located in two distinct locations. What’s so special about Hidden Mountain Resort? I am glad you asked!
About Hidden Mountain Resort
Hidden Mountain Resort is comprised of Hidden Mountain Resort East and Hidden Mountain Resort West. Hidden Mountain Resort East is located at 475 Apple Valley Road, 1/2 mile from The Apple Barn and Cider Mill. Hidden Mountain Resort East offers cabins, ranging in size from one to fourteen bedrooms, Mountaintop Villas with two to three bedrooms, and Farmhouse “Cottages” with one to five bedrooms. A Class A (Upscale) Motor Coach Resort is located here as well. Hidden Valley West is a more secluded site and offers a selection of forty-seven cabins.
The entrance to Hidden Mountain Resort East is gated with a private drive leading up a hill toward the cabins. At the top of the hill is a beautifully landscaped pool area, surrounded by comfortable chairs and seating areas. Beside the pool is The Lodge, which can be rented for events, and downstairs is the workout room, with enough equipment to keep almost anyone busy through a workout. For those who prefer to relax you’ll find gazebos, a firepit, and picnic pavilions. Prefer to be active? Challenge family members or friends to a game of horseshoes, hike along one of the walking trails or spend time fishing in one of the ponds on the property. And, if you are planning a wedding, you can’t go wrong with their open air wedding venue.
The Looking Glass One Bedroom Cabin
Bryan and I were spending a weekend away together for the first time in three years. Sure, we had often traveled with the family, and I had traveled by myself or with friends, but we hadn’t by ourselves in years. Our GPS led us directly to the resort. We couldn’t believe we had never noticed the resort before. Although it was near town, it was far enough off the beaten path to be hidden from the constant hustle and bustle on the main road. The sense of privacy was completed further when we drove up the path to our cabin, which was located directly across from the swimming pool. I wasn’t sure if this would be a noise factor, but I needn’t have worried. A sign proclaimed Quiet Hours from 10:00 PM until 9:00 AM and everyone respected the rule.
The Looking Glass was designed as a retreat for two adults; this was one cabin without a sleeper sofa. The cabin was handicapped accessible, with a “one step entry.” The step itself was small and easily navigable. The inside of the cabin was level. As we stepped onto the porch we found a small fully furnished screen porch. A table and chairs were included for impromptu al fresco meals, along with the regular outdoor furniture of a love seat, chair and coffee table. I appreciated the throw left on the love seat for chilly evenings.
Inside the front door is a fully furnished kitchen with everything you need to cook meals or enjoy snacks. Note: You do have to bring your own food, but otherwise the kitchen is stocked with everything you need to for meal prep. Directly off the kitchen is the living room complete with fireplace. The extra touches made us feel at home. There are magazines, a selection of books and DVDs. One of our favorite parts of the cabin was the game room, complete with pool table and a sit down video machine for one to two players. We spent time each day challenging each other to classic video games like Ms. PacMan and Donkey Kong. The entire back wall has windows across and the cabin is built at tree level. We were able to watch squirrels scampering past, birds flying, and butterflies flitting by.
The bedroom includes a luxurious king bed and in the back of the room, a step up one jetted tub. Off of the bedroom is a bath with a walk in tiled shower. The screened back porch opens off of the bedroom and contains a hot tub; perfect for an evening of unwinding. The kitchen and bath were decorated by Easterly-Coleman designs and the cabin contains upscale furnishings. We were sad to leave The Looking Glass when our weekend was over and plan to return in the future. The prices are reasonable and special deals are often available on the website.
Amenities offered in all Cabins include:
* Flat Panel Television
*A Pool Table
*A Sleeper Sofa
*A DVD & VCR Player
*A Screened Porch and Hot Tub
*A Gas FirePlace and Gas Grill
Tips: Hidden Mountain Resort East is located on a curve. Use caution when turning from the main road onto the gated entry drive.
*While soap is furnished, you’ll need to bring your own toiletries like shampoo and conditioner.
Hidden Mountain Resort is the perfect place for corporate retreats, family reunions, family vacations or romantic weekends. It’s within five minutes of shopping, activities, and restaurants, but also far enough off the beaten path to provide privacy and peace and quiet.
Have you visited Sevierville, Tennessee? What is your favorite activity, restaurant, or place to visit? Where do you stay while in town?