The Summit of Gatlinburg
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Woke up to a delicious breakfast of ham and cheese omelets by Chef Marcus, who don't need no spatula to flip some eggs.
We broke camp leisurely and headed south ...
... so high. Troy left me there and continued on his way up to the top, the views were amazing. I was happy with what I saw from where I was sitting. We found out later that it was one of the strenuous hikes to do.
We were lucky enough to be in Gatlinburg when there was a car show in town, we have never seen so many muscle cars in our life, it was cool watching them cruise up and down the streets, hours of ...
... and it was all quite wonderful. When it was time to go to bed, I lay down, tired and relaxed, ready to drift into slumber… but the caffeine from my RC Cola kept me awake.
The next day we began the second half of our journey. A Walk in the Woods shuttled us up to Newfound Gap, where we bid goodbye to Jen and Carol, packed our new supplies, and started hiking the infamous Appalachian Trail. It seemed quite a bit more strenuous than the Benton McKaye trail had been, ...
... take a fake shower near the top.
This one was still a little of a climb but much less torturous. There were tons of people at the top waiting for their Kodak moment behind the falls so we joined the queue. Got our romantic snaps and Chris got a quick head cool off.
Then we descended a steep bit near the river/falls and dipped our bods. Chris made a ...
First night of camping in a National Park complete, we got up early to find out what we would be doing today. For the next few weeks we have handed all the planning over to Marc and Louise and basically hijacked their vacation. Marc informed us that today we would be hiking to a waterfall "Ramsey's Cascade". Great i thought as me and Les have become expert hikers over the last 6 weeks (I just hope the Sach's can keep up with our pace!).
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Summit of Gatlinburg
We stayed at the Summit if Gatlinburg in August of 2005. We were a bit disappointed in the 2 bedroom we stayed in.
Good stay at the Summit
My family of five stayed at The Summit for 6 nights beginning on July 22, 2005 and we were pleased with our stay. Our unit was very clean and decorated well. The view was fantastic. The pools are small but sufficient for a splash in the morning or at the end of the day. The staff was friendly and helpful. The Summit is located high on a mountain overlooking Gatlinburg. The ride to and from The Summit is one lane and requires some tough negotiating. Be sure to buy food, etc. before getting up there as you won't want to come right back down. I recommend The Summit for for a family stay while in the Smokies, especially when considering the modest price.
Great budget hotel
We stayed at the Summit for the 4th of July holiday. For the most part the room was ok. It was clean and it had a small indoor and outdoor pool with two hot tubs. The price was reasonable as we had children with us. The kids loved swimming. It was great because the room had a kitchen and it reminded us of a small apartment. The down fall to this hotel is, it was very difficult to find using mapquest, the hotel could use some more modern updates, there was no room service the entire time that we were there ( which was 3 nights), no iron in the room, and it was located very high up on the mountain. The view from the balcony was beautiful. However, for the price, I would recommend this hotel again especially for families.
Enjoyed the Stay!
We stayed at the Summit this past weekend (Thurs. - Sun.) and we thouroughly enjoyed our stay. We had the best decorated room and the room was like a small home. The view was good, although we were on the first floor so we had a few tree tops in our way. Other than trying to find it the first time(Mapquest's directions are quite confusing if you're trying to use theirs) it was a great place to stay. However, there was no maid service throughout the stay and to get clean towels or an iron we had to go ask the front desk for them. Overall though, I would recommend the Summit and I would definately stay there again!
Nice, but the quality of rooms varyies
we/i have been staying at the summit for 5 -6 years now, beauitful view, depending on room. The rooms do vary in decor and thus quality.
most are ok to nice, some are real nice.
gordon, new baltimore MI.
We stayed there this past week. We stayed there on Saturday through Tuesday. It was a nice place to relax. We were with 4 other people including our 2 yr old.
We definetely recommend going to get your groceries to cook before you head up to the Summit. And travel during the day. It is tricky to get there.
They do sell Dollywood tickets at their office.
Laundry facilities were nice.
Just back from The Summit of Gatlinburg and wanted to pen a review. I found the other reviews to be helpful so I wanted to put in my 2 cents.
Cheaper price for a reason.
The summit is showing its age. The buildings and units have wear and tear. BIG problem with the pool- the picture of the indoor pool posted on the internet is very deceptive. It looks olympic-sized but is actually only a 12 x 12 square. If you have kids excited about swimming indoors, they will be disappointed. Otherwise- okay place if you are on a tight budget.
I went to the Summit for my HoneyMoon in August, through Travel Advantage Network (TAN). They manage their own units and they are kept in the best shape. I would go there again and again. They have amazing views from all the units, all with balconies. The ride to Downtown Gatlinburg is only about a 10-15 minute drive. There are tons of things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We also drove for about 2 hours in the Smokies. That was amazing. The views from the tops os those mountains are amazing as well. It is a little tricky to get up and down from the mountain at night, but after you do it a few times, you get the hang of it. We found a little "backroad" that we used and made it a little easier. They have an outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool with 2 hottubs and sauna. Again, I loved it and can't wait to go back with my daughter.
Great View. The Summit is located up in the Mountains of Galinburg. The hotel is higher than the tramway and Ober Mtn. It is also nice for getting away from all the hustle in Gatlinburg and still stay in a hotel. The biggest downfall is finding the place. Make sure you drive during the day as it gets pretty confusing when driving through the twisty turning roads in the Mtns. My wife and I were lost for 2 hrs before we stumbled upon it. Though, we would definetly stay there again.