Just five miles from downtown Gatlinburg,
Tennessee, secluded in the spectacular beauty of the Smoky
Mountains, the colonial-styled Buckhorn Inn offers a tranquil
bed and breakfast lodging retreat for the discriminating
The lodge's main reception room greets
guests with a wood-beamed ceiling, stone fireplace, fine art,
and grand piano. Just outside the lodge, a flagstone terrace
is furnished with old-fashioned oak rocking chairs that will
strike a perfect tempo as you read from one of the many books
the inn has on its shelves. Further out, you'll find a placid
pond stocked with bass and carp for on-site fishing plus a
recently completed meditation labyrinth for inspired
reflection and relaxation.
The Buckhorn Inn accommodates guests with
six rooms and three premier rooms in the lodge and seven
cottages and two guest houses scattered throughout the
surrounding dogwoods. All lodging accommodations have private
baths and feature antiques, artwork, and English chintz.
Premier rooms feature fireplaces, Jacuzzis, private decks,
king beds, cable television, highspeed Internet access, and
kitchen bars with refrigerator and coffee maker. Each of the
property's seven cottages and two guest houses has a
wood-burning fireplace. Other amenities, varying from cottage
to cottage, include cable and satellite television, coffee
makers, clock radios, whirlpool tubs, private decks, and
The Buckhorn not only serves up a hearty
breakfast, with room service available, but also is the only
inn in the Smokies to offer guests the option of dinner. Its
sumptuous four-course evening meal contains only the freshest
of ingredients carefully selected by the Buckhorn's resident
chef. It is served by soft lamplight in a dining room that
overlooks the mountains.
Between breakfast and dinner, you may want
to explore your surroundings on horseback or take a backpack
and go hiking. Don't be surprised if you run across a few deer
or maybe a rambling bear or two. You'll also be amazed by all
the many birds that take refuge in the Smokies. And if you're
not into exploring, there are plenty of fish-filled rivers and
lakes to sample. Guests also enjoy the area's nearby golf
facilities, and there are several craft stores, theaters, and
amusement parks worth checking out as well.
At Buckhorn Inn, one finds ample
opportunity to appreciate natural splendor and enjoy peaceful
respite from the hurly-burly of daily life.
Douglas Bebb, a local Renaissance Man,
built the Buckhorn in 1938, and today it stands as East
Tennessee's oldest operating inn.
The Buckhorn is surrounded by 25 acres of
open meadow and verdant forest that sprung to life thanks to
Bebb, the forester, who planted more than 3,000 hemlocks and
Bebb, the artist, carved buckhead
sculptures and signs to advertise the inn, and as an amateur
botanist, this worldly soul discovered and patented a rare
dogwood that he named Fragrant Cloud.
But Gatlinburg's renowned cook, gardener,
carpenter, and genial host proved wisest when he discovered
nature's ability to renew the spirit amidst the hypnotic
beauty of the Smoky Mountain's Mount LeConte, Trillium Gap,
and Winnesoka Knob.
It's no surprise then that Bebb chose these
three natural wonders to cradle his beloved Buckhorn Inn, and
it's no wonder that their therapeutic powers continue to work
wonders for those who visit.
Today, Lee and John carry this spirit on
with their own wonderful blend of gracious hospitality and