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Unique Stays for Your Smoky Mountain Getaway


Red caboose train backed up to a wooden log building in the woods of the Smoky Mountains

Mix It Up With These Unique Stays On Your Smoky Mountain Getaway

Searching for the ultimate Smoky Mountain stay? A traditional escape to the mountains typically calls for the classic cabin in the woods, but some of us crave something different.  A more unique stay. Don’t get us wrong, wood-burning fireplaces, hot tubs, and back porches are great reasons to book a cabin, but what if we told you there were other, less traditional stays with equal excitement? We’re talking converted train cars, yurts, luxury glamping, and more! Would you consider mixing it up for your next mountain getaway? Follow along as we outline Haywood County’s most unique stays, available to you.

Buffalo Creek Vacations’ Luxury Train Cabooses

Ever seen a bison while laying in bed? Well, now you can! Buffalo Creek Vacations is a great family-friendly option that kids and adults alike will fall in love with. These completely renovated 1960s train cabooses feature modern amenities like heated bathroom floors, TVs, and a full kitchen. Spend the morning feeding bison and/or exploring the 65 acres of the property in addition to your other planned Smoky Mountain activities.

Yurts at Wildcat Ridge Farm

This alternative lodging option has the charming allure of cabins, but are more round! Treat yourself to the modern amenities of a home and the unique zen-like experience of a Yurt. What’s a Yurt? Yurts are circular dwellings built around a wood frame, originally designed by the Nomads of Mongolia. Another fun fact, Wildcat Ridge Farm is North Carolina’s largest peony farm, featuring Herbaceous and Intersectional ITOH peonies. While you won’t be able to see the peonies in the fall and winter you can still grill out and enjoy your meals on the wrap-around porch before relaxing for the evening with a glass of wine by the fire pit.

Smoky Mountain Luxury Tent Glamping

Is there anything better than falling asleep to the sounds of a gently rushing creek? This 200-square-foot canvas glamping tent features a queen bed, covered porch, grill, outdoor shower, and private bathroom. Smoky Mountain Glamping has everything you need to escape and relax.

Appalachian Pond Glamping

Take #embraceunusual to the next level! Appalachian Pond Glamping’s converted horse trailer features two double beds, a small refrigerator, a shower house, and free wifi. For those wanting a bit more security and comfort than a tent but still wanting to answer the call of the great outdoors.

Route 19 Inn

Traveling with a group or looking to have all the conveniences of a hotel? Then check out Route 19 Inn in Maggie Valley. This completely revived and renovated motor lodge offers retro-style rooms with all modern amenities and is a great base to explore the surrounding mountains.

The Caboose at Station 451

Looking for a more upscale and boutique-style experience? The Caboose at Station 451 is a vintage caboose with a bathhouse, patio, and farmland to explore. Cook on the grill and wash off a day’s hike in their romantic outdoor shower.

No matter where you choose to spend your next vacation in Haywood County, we’d love to see you out there enjoying all we have to offer so make sure to tag us in your vacation pics with #haynow.

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