Chilhowee Mountain Retreat
What We Love
- A luxurious B&B getaway on USA TODAY’s list of 10 Best Southern Mountain Resorts and InnsYour complimentary hot B&B breakfast, served with a side of stunning mountain views
- Kicking back (and maybe spotting some bears) in the surrounding woods and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- The property’s accolades, like its appearance on USA TODAY’s Top 10 Southern Mountain Resorts list and Country’s Best Cabins feature
What To Know
- Spend your days hiking the trails around the 10-acre property
- This is a very remote location; leave an hour of time to drive to the main sites
- These rustic log cabins are not for the upscale, design set
Log cabins, mountains and bears, oh my! Welcome to Chilhowee Mountain Retreat, a luxurious and secluded woodland escape that promises to stave off any cabin fever. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner and a top-ten Southern Mountain Resort on USA TODAY’s list gives you tons to see, with bear-spotted Great Smoky Mountains National Park and more nearby. Cruise along the Cherohala Skyway for views from miles up the mountains, or drive to the Smokies’ extensive network of trails to get started on your 900 Miler Club application.
Even if you cap your hikes at three or four miles, you’ll still have the choice of whether to head out or just hang out – and chances are, when your stay’s as comfy as this one, you’ll spring for the second. Rustic-chic interiors and sumptuous bathrooms in every room will give you something to stick around for, and you can always perch in a rocking chair on the back or front porch and check out the 10 surrounding acres of wilderness. Watch the sunrise, and feel free to follow it up at the breakfast table, still in your robe and slippers. Turns out, there is a place like home…
The epitome of rustic-luxe, Chilhowee Standard guestrooms feature wooden interiors, log furnishings, country-inspired quilts and deep neutral tones that complement the surrounding mountain scenery. The Bain Ultra two-person air-jet tub with heated backrests in the Bear and Wild Flower rooms, or the hot tub on the deck of the Forest View room,will help soothe your muscles after a long day of hiking, and a down comforter and plush robes keep things cozy.
This perfect Smoky Mountains location gives you easy access to the wilderness and 900 miles of hiking trails, while putting you close to the restaurants and lively attractions of the South. Dollywood, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the University of Tennessee are all just a short drive away from your mountain retreat. But there’s plenty of adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from scenic waterfalls and wildlife viewing to fishing and historic tours, so your mountain escape will be just the right blend of leisure and excitement.
How to Get There
We stayed at Chilhowee Mountain Retreat for two nights during our visit to the Tail of the Dragon. When we arrived at the secluded B&B we were met with outdoor music and beautiful grounds. We stayed in the Forrest room and the pictures on the website don't do it justice. We found this room to be very quiet and cozy. The cleanliness of this B&B was like none other. Jim and Mary go to great lengths to ensure guests are well cared for and feel at home. They were so helpful with providing information about restaurants and local areas for site seeing. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chilhowee Mountain Retreat to others. Thank you, Jim and Mary!
We've been staying in B&Bs for more than thirty years and have learned that there's a little niche, way up at the top, occupied by a few hosts who know enough and care enough to get almost everything right. This is one of those. Enough has been written in previous reviews that, thank goodness, l don't have to go through the details and will just content myself with saying that you can trust Jim and Mary to take care of you. For those of you, like me, who worry about being stuck in a place for a few days with too much of the noise that you're trying to escape, l will mention that none of the bedrooms adjoins another room of any kind; there's a great deal of separation. Also--- we had the windows open all day and night and never heard anything but wind in the trees. lt's at the top of a hill, for good and bad, and there's nothing out there but peace. The breakfasts are top-drawer and they can be quite creative. Just so l don't leave the impression that they are more than human and have created Nirvana, l will advise you that the bedrooms, ours at least, are pretty dark and you should definitely bring your own 75 or 100-watt for the bedside lamp if you care to read before retiring. That's really the worst that l can come up with. Wonderful home and we'd love to go back.
Chilhowee Mountian Retreat is one of the most beautiful places we have ever had the privilege to enter. Jim and Mary definitely have what it takes to make a place into a wonderful home. The location, the buildings, the grounds, the decor all go together to make one special experience for their guests. They made us feel right at home the moment we arrived and the conversations were great. We had the Forest View Room with it's own hot tub. Luxury and comfort in every detail. We will be back to get more of your hospitality.
Janet & Dale
My fiancé and I stayed here for our wedding/honeymoon.The views were absolutely gorgeous, as the retreat is quite literally at the top of the mountain. The breakfast was delightful and delicious, and our room was immaculate, large, and comfortable. The hosts were friendly and welcoming, and very knowledgable about both the surrounding area and the Smoky Mountains in general. It was such a quiet, peaceful, beautiful stay. We hope to visit again!
Just returned from a wonderful trip to Chilhowee Mountain Retreat in the Smokey Mountains. Jim and Mary were excellent hosts and the breakfasts they served were the best. The log cabin was just as the pictures showed. If your looking for relaxation this is it. The king size bed was the best and the jacuzzi tub is large enough for two was perfect. Would highly recommend plenty of things to do in the area. I would recommend getting up the mountain before dark.