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Stunning photo of the city of Gatlinburg TN at night.

Tucked away in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your sweetheart! Our charming city boasts beautiful scenery and a walkable downtown where you can visit a variety of excellent restaurants and bars. To help you make the most of your next couple’s escape, The Appy Lodge has put together a guide to planning the ultimate date night in Gatlinburg TN.

The sign outside of Sugarland Cellars Winery in Gatlinburg TN.

Wine Tasting at Sugarland Cellars

To start off your evening, we recommend visiting Sugarland Cellars, Gatlinburg’s premier winery. A stop along the Rocky Top Wine Trail, Sugarland Cellars offers free wine tastings for guests who are 21 and older. Offering dry wines, sweet wines, semi-sweet wines, and specialty wines, Sugarlands is sure to have a vintage that you and your sweetheart will love. Every bottle of wine at Sugarlands tells a story about Gatlinburg’s past, so you’ll also have the chance to learn a little about our local history. Sugarland Cellars stays open until 7 p.m. most nights of the week and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights

The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg.

Dine at One of Gatlinburg’s Romantic Restaurants

After you’ve finished with your wine tasting, it’s time for dinner! Gatlinburg is home to a great selection of restaurants that offer a romantic ambiance and gourmet food. Here are a few of our favorite places to dine for a date night in Gatlinburg TN:

The Peddler Steakhouse is an institution in the Smokies! This beloved restaurant has been serving up mouthwatering hickory charcoal-grilled steaks since 1976. If it’s still light out during your date, be sure to ask for a seat that provides views of the Little Pigeon River, which runs beside the steakhouse.

The Melting Pot is another great date spot. What could be more romantic than sharing a pot of piping hot cheese fondue with your significant other? Of course, The Melting Pot also serves delicious chocolate fondue for dessert.

The Park Grill is an upscale restaurant designed to look like an old-fashioned mountain lodge. This popular restaurant is famous for its steak, ribs, seafood, chicken dishes, and expansive salad bar.

Blaine's Grill & Bar in Gatlinburg TN.

Continue the Fun at Blaine’s

If you’re still looking to extend your night out after dinner, we suggest heading over to Blaine’s. This bar and grill is a wonderful place to grab after-dinner drinks in a fun atmosphere. Popular beverages at Blaine’s include the margaritas and the Hillbilly Hurricane, which is made with real Tennessee moonshine. Even if you’re not in the mood for drinks, you can enjoy one of Blaine’s decadent desserts, such as the Chocolate Mousse Cake or Peanut Butter Pie.

A hotel room in The Appy Lodge in Gatlinburg TN.

Where to Stay in Gatlinburg

The Appy Lodge is the perfect place to stay for your date night in Gatlinburg TN! Our hotel is just minutes away from all of the fun on The Strip. Offering free parking, indoor and outdoor pools, complimentary breakfast, and walk-in showers, The Appy Lodge has everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!