March 25, 2015
by Ashlee Bartley
Last week, we decided to take a quick trip to the Smoky Mountains for our baby moon (last trip just us before the baby). I was instructed to find the place, so I thought I’d like to stay at a place I hadn’t stayed before in Gatlinburg. Which led me to the Bearskin Lodge on the River. The picture below is one I got from the internet, but it looks just like this.
It’s located at the end of the strip, on River Road, right before you head out of Gatlinburg to go into the National Park. Since we had never stayed on this end, I wasn’t real sure what all was down this way, so I thought this trip would be a good time to find out.
Some of these photos were taken with my iPhone, so not real good quality. Also, why does the lighting always suck in a hotel room?!
We stayed in the Executive King Stream View room which featured a King bed, private balcony overlooking a mountain stream (the river), gas fireplace, and a 2 person in-room whirlpool.
I forgot to take any pictures of the bathroom area. It was nice. The shower and toilet were in a room by their self, which was pretty small. The sink was in a larger area with a large mirror and bright lighting. Oh, and a blow dryer. I didn’t see that mentioned on their website.
Overall, we had a really great trip! Would I pick the Bearskin Lodge to stay in again? Eh, maybe. Let me just give you a pros and cons list.
Bad news first, right?
*The balcony was definitely not very private. You could see a hotel right behind ours with their balconies facing ours and a huge parking lot.
*The water pressure in the shower was horrible! This was probably my biggest turn off. I love a good, strong shower stream!
*This hotel is at the very end of the strip, so I think it would be great if you were planning to go to Ober Gatlinburg, as that road runs right along side of it.
*I loved waking up, opening the door to hear the stream, and turning the gas fireplace on. I’d love to have that in my own house.
*There were a few restaurants within a close walking distance. The Peddler (right next door and very expensive), The Park Grill, and Crockett’s Breakfast Camp (my new favorite breakfast joint) just to name a few.
*The bed was pretty comfy.
*Continental breakfast from 7am-10am, although we didn’t make it in time to try it.
*Free cookies and coffee each evening at the main entrance.
Our only pre-parents picture of the trip.
My favorite part to wake up to!
Have you ever stayed at the Bearskin Lodge on the River in Gatlinburg? Where is your favorite place to stay in the Smoky Mountains?