Top Ideas for a Romantic Date Night in the Smokies

Need a great spot for date night? Pigeon Forge and the rest of the Great Smoky Mountains are known as one of the country's most romantic travel destinations: Why else would so many happy couples head to our hills for Smoky Mountain weddings and honeymoons? The romance is especially alive this time of year.

Wine Tastings

The Rocky Top Wine Trail consists of five local wineries with over 60 wines produced from locally grown grapes. The 15-mile trail gives opportunity for each winery to bring their own brand of local flavor and opportunities to take in a bit of classic Pigeon Forge. Pick up a wine trail passport at your first stop and sip your way to complimentary gifts. Book a VIP Wine Tour for an extra special and memorable experience. Consider spending an afternoon enjoying each winery while savoring the sites and sips with your sweetie.

Date Night Dining

A romantic dinner at one of Pigeon Forge's favorite restaurants makes a perfect date night addition. Some of our recomendations include a peaceful, farm-to-table experience at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro and Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse for delicious beef, pork and chicken. Browse our restaurant guide for the most mouthwatering options and date night worthy selections.

Get A View From Above

The Smoky Mountains can certainly set the scene for an evening (or weekend) of romance! Make the most of the beautiful views by looking out from above! Consider taking a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel for date night at the Island in Pigeon Forge (where the cozy gondolas offer endless opportunities for cuddling) or take it all in from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle or Clingman's Dome. Looking out over the mountainscape can certainly make your heart flutter. After all, they say love can move mountains.

Enjoy Some Couples-Style R&R

Chances are that if you've decided to vacation in the Smokies, that you're truly looking to get away from it all. Make your romantic escape totally rejuvenating – both mentally and physically – by enjoying a massage with your beloved. Our friends at Riverstone Resort and Spa have all kinds of accommodations and spa packages for couples looking to relax together! Or just rent a cabin in Pigeon Forge for a romantic getaway weekend.

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Sweetheart's Helicopter Adventure

Love really is in the air with a romantic helicopter tour from Scenic Helicopter Tours. The Sweetheart's Delight Package will show you all the sights of Douglas Lake including the islands, coves, the TVA's Douglas Dam and expansive views of the Great Smoky Mountains. While flying high, you'll enjoy a bottle of locally produced wine or sparkling hard cider, custom champagne flutes and rose for your sweetheart. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to propose or celebrate an anniversary.

Other ways you can relax together include getting away from it all for a quick hike or nature walk through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, letting loose at a comedy show at a Parkway theater, or even just curling up together in a cabin or mountaintop chalet. What do you love about romance in the Smokies? Share your thoughts at the Facebook page! Want weekly updates with more tips for your next Smoky Mountain escape? Sign up for's e-newsletter here!

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