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The Most Unique Lodging Options in the Smoky Mountains

When you escape to the mountains the classic choice is to rent a cabin right? Wood burning fireplace, hot tub, sipping coffee in the chilly fall air, plenty of good reasons why cabins are a standard among mountain vacations. But what if we told you there were more than just cabins in the Smoky Mountains? We’re talking converted train cars, yurts, luxury glamping and more. Cabins will forever be a timeless vacation option but these unique lodging options will mix it up for your next mountain getaway. It’s time to #embraceunusual and make your next vacation stand out!

Buffalo Creek Vacations’ Luxury Train Cabooses

Where else can you see bison while laying in bed? A great family friendly option, the kids and adults alike will fall in love with these completely renovated 1960s train cabooses. Modern amenities like heated bathroom floors, TV’s and even a full kitchen to cook your meals in are all included. Spend the morning feeding bison on the property and explore the 65 acres of Buffalo Creek Vacations.

Yurts at Wildcat Ridge Farm

Similar to the charming allure of cabins, just 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

Taking #embraceunusual to the next level, this converted glamping horse trailer features two double beds, a small refrigerator, 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 bath house, patio and farm land to explore. Cook on the grill and wash off a days 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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