We booked Laurel Springs Lodge for our Thanksgiving vacation (4 nights) after reading all the great reviews, and since my husband loves staying at B&Bs. We haven't been to Gatlinburg before so we didn't know what to expect - it's like Gulf Shores (AL) in the mountains. Laurel Springs Lodge is everything these reviews say it is: well-appointed, clean, simple, close enough to everything to enjoy all Gatlinburg has to offer within walking distance, yet far enough off the main drag that you can leave without being stuck in the bumper-to-bumper traffic that apparently occurs during peak season! The food was delicious. The only time we went to a pancake house (which you will find is a popular thing in G'burg) was to meet another family from our hometown. Even my picky-pants princesses (daughters 10 and 18) loved everything Dan and Karen made, and they were so thoughtful to pack cinnamon rolls for the girls for our long trip back home when we had to leave before breakfast was served. Hubs and I stayed in the River Song Suite, while the girls were in Dogwood. Towels were fresh and clean, as were all linens, and the bed was very comfortable. I'm glad we went for two rooms - although they were large, at the great rates here, we really enjoyed the privacy and comfort of being able to spread out.
One of the best things about the Lodge is the location. It's on the end of the Parkway, so you are first in (on the way in) and first out. Coming home from Dollywood or the mall, it can make a big difference at the end of a long day when everyone else has to sit in traffic for 20 minutes to get to their hotel at the other end of the madness, and you can pull right in to Hill Street! It's also right on a trolley stop, so you can take the trolley all or part of the way up the Parkway.
We loved the mountains and somewhat enjoyed the rest of Gatlinburg, but staying here really made our trip fantastic! Thanks, Dan and Karen. If we ever visit Gatlinburg again, we'll be staying with you!
If you're traveling with kids, book the Dogwood. It has a trundle bed that will come in very han...
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