Smoky Mountain Getaway with New Hotel Collection

November 18, 2020

One thing I love about traveling is getting to stay at a hotel (clearly, I am not the camping type). I love being able to sleep in a giant bed, enjoy all of the different amenities hotels offer, and the overall feeling of being in a new place with new things to experience (& bonus, I don't have to clean)! Travel is something that has always fueled me, whether it's a quick weekend trip or a full blown weeklong stay. Just getting away and jumping into new surroundings, with new opportunities to explore is such a thrill for me (one that I hope I get to do more of, very soon)!

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to partner with New Hotel Collection for their newest property, located in the Great Smoky Mountains. I was already a big fan of the Smoky Mountains to begin with (it's our go-to for fall trips to see the stunning foilage), so I jumped at the chance to stay at their beautiful new property for a weekend getaway!

We stayed in Sevierville, so if you don't want to stay in Gatlinburg proper, I fully recommend New Hotel Collection. NHC just opened their Smoky Mountain property recently, so it's brand new/renovated, and the hotel is very "apartment style" with spacious suites at affordable prices. We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite, which had plenty of room for up to 6 people (there's a sofa bed). The living room also boasts a full kitchen, a gas fireplace, and a balcony.

Both bathrooms in our suite had a luxurious rain shower head and came already prepped with some amazing-smelling mini bath products (you can tell a lot about a hotel by what types of shampoo & lotion they provide)! The beds were very comfortable and huge, as well. For once, I actually had room to spread out on the bed, instead of being overtaken by my husband & his "I always sleep diagonally and must starfish this entire bed" syndrome.

Oh, and the cherry on top? I had a total "Emily('s apartment) in Paris" moment with these French style balcony doors. I felt like a princess in this master suite! And yes, I absolutely brought - and wore - a 1950s vintage prom dress and a tiara on vacation (because if you can't sip champagne in bed while wearing a poofy dress & a crown, you're doing vacation wrong).

The hotel has a really cool history, too. Originally known as The Historic Central Hotel, it was built in the late 1800's on the public square in Sevierville, TN. In 1923, the Hotel was destroyed in a fire, and was rebuilt in 1938. During the 1960's, the hotel was converted to a bank to better serve the growing population at the time, and then recently converted back to a hotel, full of resort-style accommodations and lots of amenities. There are lots of canvas photos in the lobby & along the hallways of the hotel as it originally stood back in its heyday.

Why we love NHC so much, aside from the spacious & luxurious accommodations, is its proximity to coffee. I'm one of those people that must have been born with coffee already flowing in their veins, because it's an absolute necessity for me. At NHC Smoky Mountains, you'll find Honey Bee Coffee Co. just downstairs! Yes, there's a full blown, adorable coffee shop attached to the hotel, just adjacent to the lobby. Pop in to Honey Bee for a brown sugar or caramel apple latte (um, YUM, yes please!) and snap a photo on the couch under the giant Dolly Parton canvas.

A few other mentionables about statying at NHC Smoky Mountains? Well, there's the proximity to the best little burger joint nearby! Located just behind the hotel (about a 5 minute walk around the block), you'll find Graze Burgers, which serves all grass-fed beef (but don't worry - they also offer bison, ground turkey, chicken, and even a vegetarian option). 

They have funky & interesting burger combos, too, so definitely pick one of their specialties & branch out of the boring plain burger box you've put yourself in. My picks would be the "Southern Jam" (pimento cheese, bacon jam + bourbon caramelized onions) or the "Bourbon Bleu" (cajun spices, bleu cheese fondue & bacon). (Insert infomercial voice:) But wait, there's more! They also have BOOZY MILKSHAKES. We didn't partake (this time), but hey, Spiked Nutella shake - I'm coming for your hazelnut goodness next time.

After you fill up on burgers & shakes, burn it off (ok, maybe like at least 10 calories worth) with a quick walk just 5 minutes back towards the hotel to the Wings of Wander mural. You can find this mural at 111 E. Main Street, on the back of a building owned by Sevier County Bank.

One of the other bonuses about staying at NHC is the proximity to Dollywood (because if you're going to Gatlinburg, you have to visit Dollywood)! NHC Smoky Mountains is just 15 minutes away from Dollywood and you don't have to go down the main strip to get there (so there's waaaay less traffic)! The hotel is also centrally located to places like Walmart & Walgreens, for when you forget your toothbrush, or your razor, or your child's entire diaper bag (yup, we did that). 

And if you're craving some Thai food, do yourself a favor and pick up some pad thai from Thai Basil just down the street (it's 4 minutes away. You can't not go)! We stumbled upon it late one night on our way back from a busy day and just wanted something to eat. We took a chance and it did not disappoint!

Have I convinced you yet? Ok, then what are you waiting for? Book it! 

Happy travels!

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