Oh St. Valentine! How will you celebrate your love this year on this heart-filled, candy and flower-laden Feb. 14? We have many ideas for celebrating in The Great Smoky Mountains – adventure filled, romantic, silly, cozy and fun. Here’s your guide to Valentine’s Day in Gatlinburg for 2021!
Renew your vows!
Titanic Sweetheart Month February 1 – 28
Reservations Required. 800-381-7670
⚭ Renew your vows, propose or even get married during Sweetheart Month at the Titantic Museum in Pigeon Forge. You can do all of this on the Titanic’s Grand Staircase – an exact re-creation. Official ceremonies will be conducted by the ship’s Captain.
The heart of the ship, the Grand Staircase descended seven of the Titanic’s 10 decks and included oak wall paneling, elaborate railings and iron scrollwork. Wide, sweeping steps and landings provide a spectacular area where the original guests of the RMS Titanic made their appearances.
Tour the museum while you’re there – if the proposal is a surprise, it’s the perfect way to get to the staircase. On the tour, you’ll experience the RMS Titanic and get to know the passengers on the ship that went down on April 14, 1912.
Also going on at the Titanic, through May 2021, “When the Music Stopped….the Legend Began! $1.7 million dollar Titanic Violin in Pigeon Forge – through May 2021
“RMS Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin, which sold for $1.7 million dollars, the highest price ever paid for any RMS Titanic artifact, has only been seen in public at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, TN.”
Located at 2134 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Titanic Museum is hard to miss. The ship-building was designed half-scale to the original luxury cruise liner, which was 882 feet in length, and at the time, the largest man-made moving object on Earth. The museum ship seems to be in motion cutting through the sidewalks and onto the streets of Pigeon Forge – towering above and beckoning visitors.
The Titanic, a White Star Liner ship, set sail from Southampton, England and was headed to New York City when it hit an iceberg about 370 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
See more in our blog all about the Titanic Museum.
Enjoy the beautiful and romantic lights of WinterFest!
The lights of Winterfest are around until Feb. 15. This true winter wonderland continues in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Millions of small, twinkling lights come together on streets throughout the mountain towns to form elaborate displays that will leave you in awe.
Head to Gatlinburg to see intricate displays of animals that are native to the Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge Winterfest takes the bite out of the winter cold and makes for smiles all around as you hold each other tight in a metropolis of winter fun.
Find more lights at this fun festival at Anakeesta through Feb. 21. Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg with mountain views and 70 forested acres of fun and relaxation, Anakeesta is a mountain playground for all ages. When the sun sets in the Smokies, Anakeesta comes alive with a celebration of lights for its Enchanted Winter celebration.
For more about Anakeesta, check out our blog post.
Romance at Gatlinburg SkyBridge
All of February, the Gatlinburg SkyBridge will be adorned with red and white twinkling lights along with floral garland wrapped around the “Tunnel of Love” making a perfect spot to enjoy the incredible views with your honey. Whether you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day photo opportunity, looking to pop the question or simply wanting to spend quality time with your favorite person, the Tunnel of Love on the Gatlinburg SkyBridge will definitely create a romantic memory. We can’t think of a more unique way to spend Valentine’s Day in Gatlinburg.
Billed as North America’s largest pedestrian suspension bridge – Sky Bridge is 680 feet from tower to tower – with the most fantastic views.
The Skylift is a chairlift that has been taking visitors up the mountain sine 1954. Head 1,800 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain, looking down at forests, mountains and the town. Visitors get off at the Skydeck, where they can sit outside and enjoy the scene, buy a beer, do some shopping and walk the SkyBridge.
Romance at Ripley’s
At Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, those over 21 can attend SIPS & SHARKS – an adult sleepover with a behind-the-scenes tour, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, movie, continental breakfast and much more! The event is Feb. 13-14. Call for information and reservations (865) 430-8808 or (888) 240-1358.
Other adventures at Ripley’s include a new indoor Glass Bottom Boat in Shark Lagoon. Only three inches of glass separates you from the 12-foot sharks and other curious creatures that call the Lagoon home.
Take a virtual tour
Come face-to-face with the aquatic animal residents from anywhere in the world with a guided Virtual Tour. A live guide will take you through the Aquarium’s galleries, stopping to chat with animal experts along the way to learn more about some of our guests’ favorite exhibits, like Penguin Playhouse and Shark Lagoon.
Hosted by a live educator who will take you through the Aquarium via prerecorded footage. The footage provides guests with the most comprehensive experience, allowing you to get up close with the animals and have the chance to learn more about them from husbandry staff and marine biologists.
The tour is $100 per program, which is $25 per person for a family of four. If you can’t spend Valentine’s Day in Gatlinburg, bring it home to you!
Read more about Ripley’s Aquarium and all the Ripley’s Smoky Mountain adventure on our blog.
Wine and Cocktails
Uncorked: Wine & Rails Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina, offers a unique experience pairing a railroad adventure with good wine and a great meal on Feb. 13. Just 46 miles from Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a memorable and romantic experience.
Passengers enjoy a full service All-Adult First-Class ride in the First-Class cars with a private attendant and “plush, well-appointed dining seating.” A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers also will enjoy an exclusive sampling of cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. The wine samples are paired with the meal.
All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass, four samples of selected wine, and a seasonal dessert. Uncorked is offered on the Nantahala Gorge Excursion departing on Feb 13 10:30AM. Tickets for are $139 per person (Adults 21+ only).
More Wine Options
In the mood for more romance with wine? Take on the Rocky Top Wine Trail, made up of five wineries in driving distance of one another. Even better, don’t drive, book a VIP tour that will take you in stile to three of the wineries.
WHAT’S INCLUDED ON THE VIP TOUR:
- A personalized visit to the following wine trail stops: Mountain Valley Winery, Mill Bridge Winery, and Hillside Winery
- (6) Free samples at each location visited
- 15% Discount on any purchases while on the tour
- Free Cheese tray while at Hillside Winery
- Complimentary Swag Bag
- One time ID check
- Expedited service in the tasting rooms
- Automatic completion of 3 stops on the Rocky Top Wine Trail
- Face covering provided (face coverings required while on shuttle)
Each winery along the trail offers a “unique style of wine ranging from French & German at Mountain Valley Winery to Italian style at Hillside Winery, apple based at the Apple Barn Winery, freshly pressed Hard Ciders at Apple Barn Cider House, and unique wines/hard ciders at Mill Bridge Winery.” All five locations offer free limited samplings gifts, and two of the five offer tours of the winemaking facilities.
Established in 2008, Rocky Top Wine Trail is focused on supporting local farms, providing exceptional quality wine, and offering “only the very best southern hospitality to each and every visitor.”
Take a bottle back to your American Patriot Getaways cabin to enjoy together.
Tickets can be purchased online. Contact Rocky Top Wine Trail at (865) 366-1664.
There are many wonderful restaurants in the area but another idea is to have a romantic catered dinner. Our cabins come with fully equipped kitchens and there are several chefs who will travel to your cabin and cook a gourmet meal for you.
Here are a few:
Finally, if you are in town with kids after Valentine’s Day, check out the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Pigeon Forge Community Center on Feb. 27. Registration starts Feb. 1 and is limited to the first 25 couples. Take your best girl to the dance.
Book a Romantic Mountain Cabin Now!
After all the Valentine’s eating, drinking, running and adventures in town, you’ll be ready to sink into a hot tub and sit by a warm fire and just enjoy one another’s company. American Patriot Getaways will help you find the perfect romantic cabin.
How about a honeymoon cabin? Each cabin is specifically designed to create an unforgettable romantic experience. Gorgeous mountain views, cozy fireplaces, huge King-size beds, opulent private Jacuzzis, hot tubs, and much more await guests of our honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg. Choose from secluded cabins and cabins with views from our large selection of romantic honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
To add more to your romantic getaway, add dinner reservations or tickets to a show, grocery shop on you way and perhaps plan to have a beautiful and surprising gift delivered right to your cabin contact American Patriot Getaways’ experts to help you plan.