I have been vacationing in Gatlinburg for as long as I can remember! As children, my mom and my grandmother Sasha would take my sister and I – and these are some of my fondest memories.  It is the perfect balance of charm and cheesiness and I just absolutely love it. I love the babbling creek that runs through town, the plethora of “big breakfast” joints, the charm of the Peddler Steakhouse, and the Great Smoky Mountain views. Over the years, John and I have been to Gatlinburg a handful of times, as I always choose road trips where it is conveniently “on the way.”  I really love that John has grown to love the little town as much as I have and now I don’t even have to pressure him to visit – he jumps at the chance!

SO- when I saw that Margaritaville Resort had opened in town, I reached out to the team about collaborating on a mini-spring break getaway for John and me. 

 Paradise in the Smokies is the perfect way to describe the resort! Stepping into the lobby for the first time, both John and I were instantly in a better mood! From the Jimmy Buffet decor, lyrics and music all around, to the energetic and helpful staff, the stay was an all around joy.  We had lots of fun watching March Madness in the lobby bar ‘License to Chill’ over drinks with fellow vacationers!  Gatlinburg is a very unique place and I loved that the resort plays into that entirely.



The day we arrived, the weather was absolutely beautiful! We got to enjoy Margaritas outside (wasn’t QUITE ready to get into a swimsuit yet) and sat by the toasty fire pit! They have the perfect outdoor lounging area, even if you don’t want to be poolside. I look forward to coming back and actually enjoying that margarita poolside and maybe embracing my inner child and hitting the water slides. Because, well, why not!

What’s a visit to a resort without a trip to the spa? Not my kinda visit 🙂  We got massages on Sunday morning and it was the only way to start the day! Definitely recommend St. Somewhere Spa, located on the resort property for all of your spa needs!



I could have laid in my bed, looking out over the town and the mountains for an entire day. If you’re looking for a getaway in the Smoky Mountains, Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg is DEFINITELY the place to be! It’s convenient, clean, relaxing and utterly enjoyable – if you’re into that sorta thing 😉 It’s in the perfect location towards the beginning of town and an easy walk to anywhere you want to go! Use code ‘RPBG’ for 10% off your stay!!

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about our experience at the resort or about Gatlinburg in general. I’ve got answers for you! xx

{ Thanks to Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg for hosting us on this stay. }

12 Comments

  1. April 5, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    My mom and dad honeymooned in Gatlinburg and always talk about how we should go back .. I’m going to share this post with them because it’s definitely convincing me to go!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  2. Liz
    April 5, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    What a cuteee place! I’ve actually been wanting to make a trip over there. I’ll keep this in mind – saving this post!

  3. April 6, 2019 / 1:45 am

    I’ve never been to Gatlinburg but it’s definitely on my list now! How fun!

  4. April 6, 2019 / 3:33 pm

    What a cute resort! I’ve never been to Gatlinburg but have always heard it’s a great destination for a long weekend!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  5. Anna English
    April 7, 2019 / 6:07 pm

    What a cute spot to stay! Your trip looked so fun.

  6. Stephanie
    April 7, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    Talk about a seriously cute place to stay! I love the idea of “paradise in the mountains”. This definitely needs to be added to my travel bucket list!

  7. April 8, 2019 / 1:15 am

    I have an itch to travel so bad! We have a newborn and are unsure if we want to bring her or go alone— regardless thanks for sharing this!

  8. April 8, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    This sounds like such a cozy and carefree vacation! I’d love to visit!

  9. Kristina
    April 9, 2019 / 2:15 am

    Aw, I grew up going to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge as well. This hotel looks so nice!

  10. Deanie
    April 9, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    Looks and sounds like a fabulous place to stay!
    Xo, Deanie
    Deanie Michelle

  11. Laura Leigh
    April 10, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    Oh this place looks and sounds so fun! Definitely need to take a trip to Gaitlinburg!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

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