The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
Love This Smoky Lodge
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek was built for one unique vision - that of matching the splendor of last century's "great camps of the Adirondacks", yet adding the distinctive Southern feeling of the Tennessee mountains. The end result was the decision to build in a style that was both elegant and rustic in a natural setting that still offered every luxury guests might need. Situated on twenty-six acres in the gorgeous Smoky Mountains, the Lodge offers forty-five luxury suites with an incredible level of comfort and some great local cuisine.
The Lodge is located on part of the McLean family's mountainside property, next to Smoky Mountain National Park. The view of Mount LeConte is spectacular. For more than sixty years, the family has enjoyed the sites and sounds of this property, but it's only been open to outsiders for a short while now.
It took many years to decide how to develop the area without losing the natural charm of the site, including Buckberry Creek's rushing waters. I can definitely say that all the attention to detail shows. We noticed all kinds of incredible features; rustic elegance might sound like an oxymoron, but the Lodge at Buckberry Creek has it in abundance. From original art to authentic oriental rugs, the suites at this resort have it all. There's plenty of room, and the furnishings have been hand selected to give you a real feeling of being in an old fashioned luxury lodge. It's extremely tasteful, but it reminds you that you're in the mountains, and that you're here to wind down and enjoy the outdoors.
How Suite It Is!
The Grand Suites are the biggest lodge, featuring a huge bedroom, and spacious living and dining spaces. The genuine lodge-style wood burning fireplace adds an authentic air, and the view overlooking Mount LeConte from the deck is wonderful. The bathroom had a comfortable Jacuzzi-style soaking tub that helped us relax after a long day. You can even book an in-room massage! The bedding and towels were soft and comfortable, too. If you really want to get the most out of your trip, this is definitely the suite we would recommend. Of course, if you don't have rambunctious kids to deal with, you might prefer something smaller.
They also offer two room Gallery Suites and Lodge Suites if you want a romantic getaway. They're furnished just as nicely as the Grand Suites, but they aren't quite as large. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek would be a great place for an anniversary or honeymoon, or just a romantic getaway with your sweetheart. Really, anyone who's looking for a great place to relax should check the Lodge out.
You'll be surprised by how well they meet (and exceed) expectations. Everyone else we talked to said they'd be coming back again, and that they'd recommend the Lodge at Buckberry Creek to all their friends and relatives.
Convenient Mountain Location!
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is also conveniently located. It's just a few minutes drive from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg with all the great family attractions available there. Which means that we could easily enjoy the fun without having to give up that relaxing atmosphere and natural setting we'd come to the Smokies for in the first place. It’s also one of the most convenient mountain lodge location in the area being only a five minute drive from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
We had a great time in the Smokies. There are over eight hundred and fifty miles of trails to hike, plus rushing waterfalls and lots more. We didn't hike all eight hundred miles, of course, but by the end of the day, it felt like it. We were happy to come back to our luxurious suite, relax, and get a great dinner at the Lodge's restaurant.
The menu isn't particularly large, but the food is great, and there's probably something there everyone will like. In general the property and the whole area was well maintained and very clean. In the evening, the staff even left us a plate of fresh baked cookies. That was a great surprise after our long day of hiking in the Smoky Mountains National Park. The staff was always helpful, accommodating and extremely friendly.
In all, we agreed it was a great vacation experience, except that we're sad it had to end. We'd like to have stayed a much- much longer! If you love hiking and natural beauty, but also really crave a good resort - hotel at the end of the day, this is the place. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is at the higher end of the price scale but we thought it was well worth it for us.
Location and Contact Information
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
961 Campbell Lead Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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