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Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains
leonaroselle from: Charlotte, North Carolina
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Nov, 27, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
First Glamping Experience
Went here with hubby, our 5-year old boy, a friend and her bf.
We weren’t sure what to expect, so we just booked an overnight stay and we were pleasantly surprised.
It was wonderfully located in the middle of nowhere in Gatlinburg, there was no cell phone signal, and no WiFi.
We were greeted by the nicest receptionist who helped us check in, and showed us around the area.
We rented a safari tent with a tipi. The safari tent had a king sized bed, which was perfect for my family and the tipi was for my friend and her bf. The tipi was already setup with two twin beds. Tent was spotless. Bed was comfortable. Comforter was subzero which was perfect for our stay, it was freezing that night.
The communal bathrooms were clean and had running water. There were also fresh/clean towels available for use.
The food selection was good; we had dinner there but opted to have breakfast the next day in downtown.
There were board games you can borrow. The free s’mores by the fire pit was perfect to cap the night off.
None of us had ever gone camping before; this was such a fun and unique experience for us.
585jonh from: Nashville, Tennessee
Published Date: Nov, 27, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Just do it!
Our family spent a weekend here in November. We had a fabulous time. This was our 2nd under canvas experience, our first having been at their Yellowstone location. The beds in the tent are extremely comfortable. The dining tent is an enjoyable place to hang out with your friends or kids. The service was very friendly. The food won’t change your life but was good enough. We’re already planning our return next year.
Shannon H from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 7, 2018 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
This was our 2nd time "Glamping" With under canvas, We absolutely love it! This location is on beautiful property, And we were lucky to be there while the colors of fall were all around.The staff is very friendly and helpful. It's very peaceful A great getaway just to collect your thoughts, We got the stargazer tent both times, if you're going to splurge you have to try this tent.
My only request for this location would be to have morning coffee delivery like they had in Mount Rushmore 😁 On our 2nd day there, there was a really bad storm overnight We literally thought we were going to blow away lol.... They had someone immediately out checking all tents to make sure they were secure. But that's part of camping right😀
Definitely something I suggest trying, We now want to try every location they have.
spendacone from: spendacone
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 29, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
We just returned from a 2 night stay at Under Canvas SM. We really enjoyed our time there. The setting is very serene and beautiful. The tents are surprisingly large (suite) and quite comfy. It was cold at night during our stay, but the wood stove kept us warm...with quite a bit of stoking during the night.
The menu is limited, but everything we had was delicious...including the s’mores after dinner each night.
Our favorite thing about UC is that there’s no WiFi! We actually put our phones down, played games (board and outdoor), talked amongst ourselves and got to know the other guests.
Next on our list is Tucson and Moab!
Richard R from: Mukilteo, Washington
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Oct, 27, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
A unique experience.
Nice facilities and great staff. But the experience is less than what I thought it might be. If you think this is glamorous camping, you will be disappointed. It is outdoors. And it is a warm bed in a tent. But this particular venue is in a "hollow" so no views or trails to walk on. And it is noisy (we listened to someone next door watching a movie on thier ipad and another shouting at a friend at 6 AM). So for me, it gets just an average rating.
The food was excellent and the staff more than helpful.
So if your goal is to introduce your kids to the outdoors, this is a nice way to go. If you want a real camping experience, it is not.
And finally it was really overpriced. If you want an indoor bathroom, plan on spending $350 to $400 with taxes.
- Value: 2
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Service: 5