Our road trip to the Smoky Mountains has a special place in my heart. It was the first real vacation Andy and I took together and Chilhowee Mountain Retreat is the place where we first said I love you. But I’m getting ahead of myself… on to how we got to selecting the resort.
Being into saving money, I often check Living Social for deals. At the time, Living Social Escapes were new and I loved going on to check out all of the travel options that they were offering. There was a deal for a 2-night stay at Chilhowee Mountain Retreat in Maryville, Tennessee which grabbed my attention. It looked like the perfect place to get away with Andy and experience a road trip, something that he grew up with, but I never really got to experience.
We booked the Wildflower Room as the more private Forest View room was already booked. We opted for the end of September, hoping that we could catch the leaves turning colors as October was a block out date for our Living Social deal. We were a little early for the leaves, but it was a nice time to visit as school had started again and minimized the number of families in the area.
Chilhowee Mountain Retreat was located in the mountains, a good, steep 30 minute drive from town. Upon arrival, our host showed us our room, the common areas, and gave us our key and recommendations of restaurants in town to eat at. We told them that we were anxious to pick up a bottle of bubbly and hop into the 2-person jetted tub, and when we arrived back from dinner there were 2 champagne flutes and a bucket of ice waiting for us.
Our room was really nice. We had a HUGE bed that was super comfortable. I loved the rustic look of the 4 poster pine bed and all of the pine wood throughout the entire room. The bathroom was beautiful and the tub was even better than we imagined. It was huge and the air jets made it super relaxing. After we were done we dried off with fluffy towels and put on our robes. For some reason whenever we travel, we love wearing robes.
The view from every window of the B&B was beautiful. The balcony was particularly beautiful and you could enjoy the view from a rocking chair which I loved. Being so high in the mountains, there really isn’t much to see besides the trees and rolling hills. A con of being so close with nature is that our cell phones did not work at all when we were at the B&B. It really wasn’t a problem for us as we would get service when we went down to town, but for anyone addicted to their phones, it could be a struggle. They did have a landline phone should we have needed to make any calls which was a good backup.
Breakfast both days was really good. One of our fears of staying at a B&B was having breakfast at a shared table with the other guests. Luckily the B&B was quite small, only 3 rooms, so we only had 4 other people dining with us. The conversation over breakfast with the other guests flowed pretty easily. The hardest part was having to be the one to say, well it’s time to get going when we were ready to head out for the day.
The bed we learned was one of the biggest struggles for the owners. They told us when you have a place called a bed and breakfast, the bed has to be spot on. We both think that they did an amazing job on selecting one. Both nights we were there we both slept like babies. I am a self-admitted bed hog, so to have a California king was a real treat for both of us. Andy laughed when he woke up and I was taking over a lot of the bed, but because of the sheer size he still had a ton of room for himself. That was the trip that convinced him that eventually, we would need to invest in a California king bed.
It was the first time that either of us had been to a B&B, so we were both a little apprehensive about how it would be. Our fears were unfounded as the service and level of quality was so much higher than a hotel would have been. The hosts were very friendly, but allowed us to have our space which was the perfect level of interaction for us.
If you want a romantic getaway, consider Chilhowee Mountain Retreat. They don’t allow children, a rule that Andy and I loved. It sets up an opportunity to get away from everything to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.