Riverhouse Motor Lodge
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As I mentioned yesterday, Gatlinburg is a little bit commercialized itself. And scary....
Today was pretty exciting. I checked off one of my Bucket List items. Mike and I got to go White Water Rafting for the first time. I was already slightly nervous and then the guide showed us a video on what to do if you fall out of the raft. She told us that at least ...
... as it started we were back in the forest on our way to Gatlinburg. Now Gatlinburg is also definitely a tourist town. But it leans more toward shops. However, we
walked part of the drag tonight and I was creeped out by some horror shops, mazes, and another Ripleys. I loved all the restaurants to choose from though. Tonight we had pretzels and funnel cake. Hey! We are on ...
... to drive another way through the Smoky Mountains, to see the start of the Appalachian Trial. Here we walked along the same footpath as the Native American tribes when they were forced from their land, so we did a mile of it and made our way back. Driving out of the park, we then stopped at the small town of Cherokee, to visit the museum about the native tribes, and the Cherokee people. It was a nice museum, but a tad boring if I may say. Still it split up the long 5 hour ...
... in the area offered up her lake house and boat to us today, so after building we all went to her house and it was glorious. The water was refreshing (and dirty), we ate, I finished my book (Orphan Train, it's great), ate some food, chit chatted and went on a boat ride. Today is Redding's birthday, he's a rider in the group, and he's claiming it was his best birthday yet. And I'm going to have to agree with him, today was a pretty great day. We headed back to host around 6:30. ...
... and stopping again. This time, for go-karting. It was so much fun racing around in the go karts with the sincere happiness of young children. After we raced, it was time to get back on the bikes but it wasn't long until we got off again, this time for donated Subway sandwiches (thanks Subway!!) and some delicious iced coffee at a nearby local coffee shop. Our last stop of the day was at another swimming hole-this one had a 25-foot bridge jump along with a rope swing. After some ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riverhouse Motor Lodge Gatlinburg
My wife and I had stayed at the Riverhouse each last weekend of September since 1998, and had made reservations to do so again this year. Although it seems to me to be "pricey" for its 70s cabin-ish decor, it is conveniently located and on a creek, and has fireplaces. In fact, for the past several years it had been a "tradition" for us to stay there. However, this year we had a family emergency occur a few days before our reservation, and needed to cancel. My request for return of the deposit, or at least use of the room for one night, or even credit toward another stay was denied, with "our policy" being used as the reason. The inflexibility and uncaring attitude of the establishment toward a good customer at a time of crisis not only caused us to not stay there this year, but dashed any hopes of future annual trips to the Riverhouse. I am very dissapointed.
Most relaxing place on the planet
We have stayed at the Riverhouse 4 or 5 times and have thoroughly enjoyed every single moment. The rooms are large and comfortable. The oversized fireplaces are magical and the staff fills your wood pile every day. We always spend our first afternoon on the balcony watching the river with the swimming ducks and the squirrels dancing through the trees. (There's a wine shop a few blocks away that will give you a corkscrew.) The donuts and OJ are delicious and the service is always excellent. The pool is refreshing on a hot day. Can't wait to return!
Rob and Lori, Michigan
Love at first sight...
We ran across the Riverhouse Motor Lodge by accident and fell in love with all it had to offer. First, let me start by saying this lodge is what I remember Gatlinburg to be when I was a child. On the river, tucked away on the hill side, fireplaces, and in walking distance to town. The Owners were very friendly and the homemade donuts are to die for, they bring them right to your room in the morning. The Little Pigeon river running along the lodge will put you to sleep at night. We loved it so much that we are planning our next trip back. Overall this is a great place for the whole family.
The beds are really comfortable. The sounds of the water could not be enjoyed because the windows don't open and there are not screens on the back door by the water. It's a comfortable stay, but we've stayed in town at a lower cost. Not worth the extra cost of the room compared to other local hotels.
The BEST---downtown Gatlinburg --great service with free breakfast including fresh fried donuts and fresh squeezed O.J. If you cant get in here try Riverhouse at the Park --newer version of the same thing...
this is my 10th anniversary. my husband and i try to come on our anniversary as much as possible because riverhouse room #35 is the most romantic room in the smoky's. we feel like kids again when we stay. the smell of the fire in the fireplace and the view of the stream from our hidden balcony is just too perfect for words. they reallyshould show a picture of it. you can walk hand in hand anywhere from there and in the rain, is when it is the most magical. thanks for giving us a place to hide from the world and just see each other.
mike and jackie snider maryville, tn
Great facility with insensitive policy
We have stayed at the Riverhouse for several years, sometimes twice, and really enjoyed the stay until this year. On the first night of a planned 3 night stay we got a call that my mother had been taken to the hospital with a life threatening condition. We decided to go home the next morning. Mother passed away the following morning. Upon checking out, Riverhouse said they would be charging us for the 2 unused nights because that was their policy, no exceptions. I sent a copy of Mother's death cert to the Riverhouse owner and still no consideration. Beware of their calloused insensitivity.
Riverhouse is great!
This wonderful motel is nestled up against Crockett Mountian in a secluded area of Gatlinburg. The main parkway is a short 1 block walk away. The rooms are all located on the roaring Little Pidgeon River which will lull you to sleep every night. We love the Riverhouse and it has become a favorite family vacation spot. The staff is excellent and the hot homemade donuts delivered right to your door every morning are to die for!
A relaxing stay everytime
We have been visiting the smokeys for years. We always try to stay at riverhouse motorlodge, all rooms are on the river and 1 short block off the parkway. The rooms have always been very clean,quiet,and very comfortable. They have wonderful jacuzzi tubs in their rooms. The continental breakfast delivered to your door in the mornings with fresh hot homemade doughnuts,juice and other selections are enough to make you want to get up. The management is always friendly and welcoming.Always look forward to our visit with them.