You can stop looking for a site for your next family reunion or group vacation: Appalachian Lodge is it! The 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom home sleeps 16 people—and a dog or 2 as well. And though it’s nestled among the mountains, with absolutely spectacular views, it’s only 5 minutes from the restaurants, shops, and attractions of downtown Gatlinburg.
Appalachian Lodge has 2 decks that span the width of the nearly 2,500-square-foot home, one on each of its 2 stories. Both look out onto the Great Smoky Mountains, as do all 4 bedrooms, the downstairs game room, and the upstairs great room. On the decks, you can savor the view from one of the 2 porch swings, from a bistro table (our favorite spot for lingering over breakfast!), or from the 8-person hot tub. There’s nothing quite like soaking among steamy jets of water while gazing up at the stars as crickets chirrup and owls hoot among the old-growth trees.
The great room’s towering walls of windows let you relish the scenery even while you’re indoors warming yourself by the gas fireplace or nestled in a leather armchair surfing the web. If you can tear yourself away from the view, you can all gather together to watch a movie or the big game on the TV, which has cable channels (including HBO) and a DVD player.
The game room is another spacious gathering space. It features a pool table (perfect for a rainy afternoon or a relaxing evening in) as well as another TV with DVD player, another fireplace too, a table perfect for an impromptu poker game, and lots of comfortable seating.
There’s plenty of seating around the dining table as well—up to 10 people can fit comfortably. And the galley kitchen is fully equipped with all the appliances, cookware, tableware, and counter space you need to prepare meals to feed your hungry hordes. What’s more, outdoors there’s a charcoal grill complete with a smoker. The barbecue maestros in your group will love it!
Each floor of Appalachian Lodge has 2 bedrooms, one a master suite and one a double. The master bedrooms each have a so comfortable king-size bed, while the doubles each have 2 queen-size beds. All 4 bedrooms have their own bathroom, a TV with DVD player, plenty of storage, and a gorgeous mountain view courtesy of the French doors that open directly onto a deck. A 5th bathroom is just off the game room, which can sleep 2 more people on its sofa bed. Have even more guests? One of the great room’s sofas opens into a bed for 2 as well.
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