Surrounded by trees and with a pristine view of the Great Smoky Mountains, Peace of Mind is as restful and relaxing as its name suggests. But there’s plenty of adventure just beyond the 1-bedroom cabin’s doorstep: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and downtown Gatlinburg are among the attractions just a few minutes away.
Kick back on the front porch’s rockers, listening to sparrows and warblers as the crisp mountain breeze murmurs through the trees, and you’ll understand how the A-frame log cabin got its name. It’s impossible to feel anything but at ease when you’re sitting out here—let alone when you’re soaking in the porch’s hot tub. Especially at night, as whip-poor-wills and crickets sing their lullabies in the moonlight, a soak in the fresh air is a truly magical experience—and a moment you’ll remember long after you’ve returned home.
Peace of Mind’s interior offers more laid-back comforts. Stretch out on the generously cushioned sofa with a stack of magazines, or gather together with the gang to watch a movie on the 40” flat-panel HDTV with cable and Blu-ray player. In summer the ceiling fan will cool you off after a long hike in the mountains, while in winter you’ll love sitting by the gas fireplace when you return from a day on the slopes. If you have overnight guests or are vacationing with the kids, open up the sofa into a bed for 2, and voilà! instant 2nd bedroom.
Because the cabin is so close to downtown Gatlinburg, you’ll have a wealth of restaurants to choose from. But, especially after a day on the go, it can be more of a treat to eat in; this way you can enjoy that extra glass of wine after dinner without worrying about who’s driving. Peace of Mind’s log-style dining table seats 4 easily, and the kitchen is equipped with all the appliances, cookware, gadgets, and tableware you could possibly need. There’s a charcoal grill by the porch as well, should you have a hankering for barbecue.
Thanks to the kitchen’s dishwasher, cleanup will be a snap. But if you don’t want to even bother with loading the dishwasher, why not head upstairs for a game of pool, with the loser having to pull KP duty? Just don’t let the views from the windows or the tunes from the CD player put you off your game!
The master suite, on the main floor, is so inviting, you may find yourself making excuses to turn in early. That log-frame king-size bed is beyond sumptuous! What’s more, there’s a jetted tub as well as a shower in the bath area. Luxuriate with a long soak—after a day of biking, fishing, or white-water rafting, your muscles deserve it!—then nestle between the covers and watch a favorite program on the flat-screen TV or catch up on emails (the cabin has free WiFi) before drifting off to sleep.
Because Peace of Mind is located in the 43-acre Black Bear Falls Log Home Community, when you stay you can take advantage of the resort’s heated swimming pools, one of which is for kids, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There’s also a poolside lounge area and a clubhouse with free WiFi.
There’s plenty more to do just minutes away. As well as restaurants, downtown Gatlinburg is home to an aquarium, mini golf, the Guinness World Records Museum, and loads of other attractions. Just a few minutes down the road is Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area, where you can ski, snowboard, ice skate year-round, and more. And no visit to the area is complete without exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—it’s the country’s most popular national park for a reason!
When you stay at Peace of Mind you can rest assured that you’re going to enjoy one of your best getaways yet. So book your reservation, and start counting down the days!