This hotel is a great location for exploring the Smoky Mountain National Park and the Slaying the Tail of the Dragon. It is only 12 miles or so from Cades Cove and the western entrance to the park and 20 miles from the north end of the Dragon. Townsend is a quite and peaceful escape from Gatlinburg a Pigeon Forge. The Hotel is biker friendly and the staff is very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our stay.