Most Romantic Getaways in Tennessee

by | Feb 13, 2023 | Destinations, Romantic Retreats, South East, USA

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Whether you’re vibing on Elvis Presley on the Mississippi River side of the state or headed east of the Tennessee River to the Great Smoky Mountains,

Love is in the air throughout Tennessee …

You and your sweetheart can feel the rich history of the state in storied and elegant hotels, retreat into romantic cabin rentals for quality time in the wilderness around Pigeon Forge, stick to popular attractions like the Grand Ole Opry, or rev your heart daring outdoor activities in its national park. 




Serenade Your Special Someone In Nashville

Sing, or let someone else take the tune in Nashville, nicknamed Music City, as you celebrate your love life through memorable tunes. With the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and countless live music venues lining Broadway for your enjoyment, if you’re smitten by song with your special person, Nashville is the ideal place to go.


Country Music Hall of Fame

At the Country Music Hall of Fame, you can sit in on an intimate singer-songwriter session, hearing stories and songs and asking questions of your favorite accomplished songwriters. Attend a live music performance, explore the Museum’s priceless artifacts – from instruments to one-of-a-kind recordings – and check out RCA Studio B, known as the birthplace of the “Nashville Sound,” and located on Nashville’s Music Row. 


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Surround yourself with the aura of your favorite country music stars.


Grand Ole Opry 

The Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running radio show in US history. Previously broadcast out of Ryman Auditorium, organizers decided the show needed its own building, so in 1974 it moved into its current home, the Opry House. Treat yourselves to a guided backstage tour at the Ryman or Opry House, exploring America’s country roots. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood welcome you to the Opry House in an immersive theater experience, and then it’s off to the backstage area, where you’ll hear insider stories and see where the show is broadcast. 


Downtown Nashville 

In between live music shows and great food on Broadway and Beale Streets, spend precious moments in Nashville on a horse-and-carriage ride at the full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, country dancing your way along Honky Tonk Highway (favorites include Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge), or on self-guided art crawl through more than 20 art galleries and studios that are free to enter. 


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Liven up date night with the sights and sounds of Nashville’s Lower Broadway.


Romantic Place To Stay In Nashville

Not too far and not too close to all the music action, the Conrad Nashville opened its doors in 2022 for couples (and others) to take in the spectacular views from its rooms which start on the 14th floor. Enjoy the Blue Aster restaurant for a healthy and delicious breakfast on your way to romantic adventures or finish the night at the speakeasy-style bar, Thistle & Rye. And don’t forget to bring your suit for the rooftop pool!


Slip Away To The Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place for romance, where rolling, blue-hued peaks are draped in morning mist and sunsets are dreamy. Swoon-worthy stays might include biking and hiking in Cades Cove or whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River, followed by a dinner of seasoned aged steak grilled over an oak fire with local wines. 


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Nothing says romance like a sunset view over the Great Smoky Mountains.


Discover Johnson City 

In the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains and Little River, Johnson City is small-town cozy and stunningly beautiful, making it the best romantic getaway spot for nature lovers. Together, discover hiking trails, parks and beautiful vistas by day, then retreat to posh mountain cabins by night. Wander hand in hand along the Tweetsie Trail connecting Downtown Johnson City to Downtown Elizabethton, go birding at Buffalo Mountain Park, or catch a top-notch community theater performance. Locals still lament the closing of hometown favorite Willowtree Coffee House but you two can enjoy live music and a romantic dinner at Capone’s




Romantic Place To Stay In Johnson City 

With golf, fishing, a heated swimming pool – and even an adorable wedding chapel – Little Valley Mountain Resort is a great place to stay active while also enjoying downtime together. If you’re a couple that likes to be on the go, check out the tennis court, the many hiking trails, disc golf and even outdoor ping pong in the summer months. 

Choose a cabin (they have romantic names like “Moonlight Ridge” and “Sunset Lodge”) with modern amenities such as a hot tub, Netflix, Wi-Fi, a fireplace, a peaceful deck with rocking chairs, a full kitchen, a king-size bed, and gorgeous mountain, water or valley views. (Can’t stand to leave your other loved one at home? Pet-friendly cabins are available.) 


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Check in to a cabin for two in the Tennessee wilderness.


Discover Chattanooga In Eastern Tennessee 


Explore Lookout Mountain 

Variety is the spice of life, and romance. Spend a day at Lookout Mountain, minutes from downtown Chattanooga, and you’ll find spellbinding ways to both enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery and to reinvigorate your relationship. Perhaps it’ll be a ride up America’s Most Amazing Mile as you ride the Incline Railway up and down the historic mountain, home to Civil War battles, rivalries and grand hotels. Or, maybe you’ll challenge each other on the High Point ZIP Adventure at Ruby Falls, with zip lines and a 40-foot climbing tower. Then, descend 260 feet underground in a glass-front elevator to view the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States. 


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Catch a live show at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga.


Romantic Places To Stay In Chattanooga 

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel 

Stay right at the heart of railroad history at the 1909 Beaux Arts-style Terminal Station, the first railway station in the South and today the Choo Choo Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guest rooms are named for Southern Railway’s last steam-powered freight train, the MacArthur, and are peaceful getaways within walking distance of the hotel’s myriad wining and dining options. We’re partial to the craft cocktails at STIR. 



Read House Historic Inn

The best way to combine modern-day comfort with Chattanooga history, The Read House brings 1920s splendor to life. Live out your own romance in Jazz-era surroundings beneath soaring ceilings and ornate chandeliers, dancing and dining on checkered floors amidst shiny, wood-clad walls. Getting married or renewing your vows? The striking glamour of the hotel makes it perfect for a remarkable occasion. As for the guest rooms, we adore the Manor House category, with its Gatsby vibes and Art Deco design. 


Evins Mill

Lose yourselves during a well-deserved weekend at Evins Mill, one of the best hotels between Chattanooga and Nashville. Just 20 luxury guest rooms in two graceful timber lodges make for an intimate, peaceful ambiance, each with a private deck with forest or creek-side views, a king-size bed, WiFi, Roku, coffee maker and more. Within this woodland paradise, you can dine decadently on locally sourced cuisine in cozy dining rooms with hand-hewn log walls and fieldstone fireplaces, explore the nearby hikes (including a private swimming hole below 90-foot Carmac Falls), golf, go fly fishing, visit local wineries and distilleries, shop at locally owned boutiques, and peruse art galleries. 

These great options for a romantic Tennessee vacation are just the start. From small, friendly towns with idyllic inns, to buzzy nightlife on Beale Street, to the sylvan landscapes of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, let these ideas serve as inspiration for your cutest couple moments. 



From her home in Seattle, Michelle writes for a variety of internationally based travel companies. When not writing, she’s hiking, skiing, reading, or (in actuality) working her other job as “mom taxi.” Check out her other work at Eagle Eyes Editing.