Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

Smoky Mountains w/toddler (NC side) Need lodging recs

Smoky Mountains w/toddler (NC side) Need lodging recs

Mar 11th, 2009, 08:14 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Smoky Mountains w/toddler (NC side) Need lodging recs

We're headed in April to the Smoky Mtns via Charlotte. We'd like to stay in a cabin or hotel near amenities like a pool/playground but not touristy or commercial. We're avid hikers and campers but know that our hiking is limited with a 3 year old so we'd like stuff nearby for her (in addition to the train museum/ride, etc.) Not interested in theme parks, etc. The quieter the better, although we're open to suggestions. Looking for up to $100/night or thereabouts. Thanks!!
Boisie71 is offline  
Mar 11th, 2009, 10:09 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 4,934
We always use vrbo.com to book our places in the Mts. You'll be hard pressed to find a pool unless you opt for a hotel, & few have indoor pools. We have pretty good luck w/Best Westerns & Hampton Inns in that regard. We just stayed near Black Mt. & there is one of our favorite parks in Montreat. That locale also gives you fairly close access to the Parkway & there is some good hiking around Montreat as well. Are you flying into CLT ? If so, how much time will you have ?
SAnParis2 is offline  
Mar 11th, 2009, 10:17 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 4,934
Here are some books that may help you plan your trip - "Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge", "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Regional Hiking Series)" & "Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway (Best Easy Day Hikes Series)".
SAnParis2 is offline  
Mar 12th, 2009, 05:28 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 4,934
Another question, does your toddler ride (like in a backpack) or are they already past that..?
SAnParis2 is offline  
Mar 12th, 2009, 06:53 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,001
You might consider Cherokee and Bryson City for your stay. Lots of good hiking in the Park near both of these places. If you want to camp there is a Jellystone Park campground right on a creek. I think it will be too cool to swim unless you stay some place with an indoor pool.
We have camped there to go trout fishing--it is a bit kitschy but really not bad. Cherokee is definitely still kitschy, even with the casino, but our kids liked it when little.
Gretchen is offline  
Mar 13th, 2009, 06:52 AM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
Hi - Thanks, all for the replies. No, our toddler is too big to be carried (she was 40 pounds and near 3ft at age 2.5 although I carried her then down/up the Grand Canyon! It nearly killed me though) Gretchen, is Cherokee really tacky? We can handle kitsch, but tacky and noisy or overcrowded might be another story. Thanks!
Boisie71 is offline  
Mar 13th, 2009, 07:21 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 4,934
Too me Cherokee is very tacky but it is in a beautiful area. I'd go the cabin route (if you can forgo the pool). I also like the Sylva area which would be well located. It kind of depends on how much time & how far you want to drive (from CLT) as well.
SAnParis2 is offline  
Mar 14th, 2009, 07:54 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,001
Agree that Cherokee is "tacky" but it is also close to the park, and it also has the authentic Cherokee exhibit of the Okonoluftee. Tacky came before the Indians got their true respect. BUT it is still the closest place to the Park for commercial hotels. And if you want to talk "tacky", try Pigeon Forge!!
If you are going to camp, really the Jellystone Camp ground is nice. It is about 5 miles up the road into the reservation from Cherokee, and just like a "campground" and on a lovely creek.
But further out, Bryson City is also a sort of gateway to the Park from another entrance, and it is VERY nice out that way.
Gretchen is offline  
Apr 8th, 2012, 07:46 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 3
Hi there!
We're also headed to the Smoky Mountains with a toddler in a few weeks and aren't sure whether to stay in a cabin (quiet, beautiful) or a hotel with a pool. I've heard good things about Asheville. Are there any books out there about Smoky Mountains with kids?
kris4605 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
abram
United States
24
Jun 1st, 2010 11:26 AM
LoisL
United States
5
Aug 5th, 2009 11:33 AM
PJK
United States
4
Mar 11th, 2006 06:05 AM
sabrinafromeurope
United States
4
Aug 21st, 2005 07:03 AM
lohr
United States
8
Apr 25th, 2005 02:26 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:25 PM.