Luxury glamping has become the new trend, and you should go before it get more expensive! Demand for glamping experiences has gotten so high that it’s hard to find a good place to stay. Luckily, I won a trip to glamp at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains at an auction for MS last year. Crazy to think that this was before the pandemic even started, but it turned out to be wonderful timing and I loved glamping in the Smoky Mountains!
I have gone camping many times, but this was my first time glamping! We had such an amazing time that I already looked at Under Canvas’s other locations. Despite some things being closed for COVID, we had an amazing time! I hope that details of my own experience will encourage you to go glamping in the smokys as well!
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Glamping in the Smoky Mountains
We had won the Deluxe style tent, which meant that we had a lovely bedroom and a bathroom in our tent. Truthfully, I don’t know what I would have done without the bathroom, because it was so cold during the nighttime. Our tent included a plush king size bed, a shower, a wood-burning stove, and a personal deck.
The bed was incredibly comfortable and I could have laid in it all day long. We also enjoyed sitting by the fire in the cute chairs and making s’mores in our oven. Showering was a little challenging, because you had to pull the chain while using it, but the water was nice and hot. The biggest problem with the tent was that in the middle of the night the fire would stop burning and we would wake up freezing. Overall, I loved our tent and it was a great home for the weekend.
We were pleasantly surprised at how much we loved the food when we were glamping in the Smoky Mountains. They offer food and alcohol that you can purchase, as well as free s’mores and hot beverages. The first night we said we would eat at Under Canvas, but then we would get food elsewhere other nights.
However, after we had our first meal, we just couldn’t resist getting it every single night. I had an amazing vegetable curry and a chicken sandwich that blew me away. The menu changes by the season, but stays consistent for a few weeks. It’s a little pricey, but boy was it worth it!
In order to get to the campgrounds, you have to drive about 10 minutes from the park and take winding back roads through the trees. Once you get there, you will see all of the Under Canvas tents which are located in an open area surrounded by the trees, which in the fall is a gorgeous sight. The reception and restaurant area are right next to the parking lot in a large canvas tent structure. There are string lights all around the inside and outside areas, which give the grounds a festive feel.
The Under Canvas grounds also include an outdoor seating area by the fire and a grilling area with picnic tables. There are lighted paths to walk to the tents and plenty of space in between tents. One thing to keep in mind is that there is no cell service on the grounds, which ensures that you are really taking in the whole experience. I loved the look of the grounds and tents, it was all so cute!
They usually offer fun outdoor activities like white water rafting and horseback riding. However, we went in the midst of the pandemic so most of the activities were closed. They are back open now and people rave about them!
In lieu of activities, they had a musician playing live music so we were able to sit outside, eat our dinner, and listen to the tunes. We also took advantage of the onsite grills and we made a barbecue of Hamburgers and asparagus. During the days, we drove into the National Park and went hiking on various trails. Being in the park during fall foliage, was such a treat!
Under Canvas exceeded all of my expectations this weekend and it was the perfect getaway! I seriously recommend booking a glamping trip and spending the weekend amongst the beautiful outdoors.
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