Everyone needs to consider Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a unique getaway spot in 2020. It's only an hour outside of Knoxville, and 15 minutes from Pigeon Forge. That means easy access to Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood. The cozy mountain town is known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which means the views are guaranteed to be stunning.
Now you have the chance to unwind in a treehouse in the Great Smoky Mountains. That's right, a treehouse resort is now open in Gatlinburg.
This isn't just any treehouse resort. Its owners knew to bring in a real expert to make sure they got things right. It was designed by the king of treehouses himself, Pete Nelson, the star of "Treehouse Masters" on Animal Planet. Nelson has written numerous books on the art of building a treehouse and has built hundreds of structures all over the world. So we know the resort is in good hands and is going to be awesome.
"He actually designed all the treehouses, followed our concept and came up with each individual treehouse." Resort developer Joseph Ayres told WVLT. "He was involved in concept planning, picking out the trees he wanted to use, and he's building them as well.
Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek Resort is available to reserve on Airbnb and VRBO, complete with resort-style amenities. There are total of eight treehouses available to rent, each with a unique layout. Check the resort website for prices.
The houses have incredible wrap-around porches to enjoy the scenery from up high.
This article was originally published in December of 2019. It was updated in June of 2020.
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