WOW, okay. Karlee and I had the best time this past weekend spending the night in a yurt village in The Smoky Mountains! Our drive from Chattanooga was about 2.5 hours through the lush mountainous terrain. This quaint yurt village is a nestled in the foothills of the mountain giving off such a cozy secluded feeling that reminded me of staying in a hostel in rural areas of Europe. Seriously, check this place out at UnderCanvas.com.
Here’s what to expect:
First thing I have to give this place props on is the top-notch staff members. We were immediately greeted by Ricky to check us in and show us around the place. We rode around the property. I found my favorite spot tucked away in the back. I believe it was lot 16….just look at it!
After taking a look around, Ricky showed us to our yurt for the night. We stayed in a deluxe room with a bathroom which included all the finer things of glamping including a toilet, sink, and shower – YUP, shower.
Second set of props, this place knows whats up. They had all the essentials stocked. A lamp to see at night, USB hook ups on both sides of the King sized bed for charging purposes, and plenty of warm blankets for when the chill of the night hits.
We got settled in and made our way back to the main tent. As we were coming in there was a sign for “Complimentary Smorgsbord’s at 8pm” so naturally we had to see what that was about!
This proved to be the move because it was literally the best smore’s experience I’ve had to date. They had a plethora of options to curate the perfect smores of your choice. This one pictured was my favorite – a cinnamon graham cracker, Reese’s cup, with a classic marshmallow. I’d describe this as a spiritual experience, really.
The entire community staying in the village gathered around to eat, drink, and play. People were coming in from all around – Texas, Ohio, Alabama. Some even brought their furry friends giving us serious FOMO for not bringing Panda along! The main yurt is stocked with a beer/wine bar, cafe, board games, and yard games!
We brought our own Bota Box (Redvolution, amiright?) and sipped the night away talking of travel stories and getting suggestions on where to hick in the morning. Jess, a wonderful human that transferred from their Zion location gave us all the dreamy feels for traveling out West to check out the Angel’s Landing hike. Ricky suggested we check out Alam cave, a short 25 minute drive from the yurt village.
Quiet time hits at 11pm, so we headed back to get some shut eye in our yurt. The walk back was illuminated by the fireflies that covered the fields.
We woke up to sounds of birds and the crisp morning air. Did I mention the rooms also have a wood burning heater inside fully stocked with wood to burn? Killed it with this, guys. We woke up feeling fresh to death and walked over to the main yurt for a morning yoga sesh and complimentary coffee.
Third round of props – they even do weddings and events here! What a dream to be able to share this experience with all of your favorite people. They have up to 40 yurts for accommodations and a beautiful area where ceremonies are normally held. I would be SO down to plan this for someone looking for something epic for their big day. Hit me up – WildflowerWeddingPlanning.com.
We were sad to leave, but mustered up the will power to pack our car and set off to our suggested hiking trail, Alam Cave!
We danced among the tree tops on a 2.3 mile hike up to Alam Cave. A massive rock formation that sits along the edge of the grand mountain.
After getting our fix of breath-taking views, we headed back down the path and back to reality. Overall, I would say UnderCanvas is perfect for anyone that is looking for a glamping outdoor experience. It’s close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg if that’s your thing too. Thanks so much for hosting us, UnderCanvas! We will definitely be back!