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3 Things You Might Not Know About Our Hotel in Gatlinburg

DATE : July 20, 2022

At The Bearskin Lodge, we’re proud to be one of the top lodging choices in Gatlinburg. Our goal is not just to be a place to stay in the Smoky Mountains, but also a home away from home for all our guests. Whether you’re just now hearing about us or have stayed with us before, we bet there are some things you might not know about our hotel in Gatlinburg! Learn about the top 3 things you might not know below:

1. We’ve Welcomed Guests for Over 20 Years

Our Gatlinburg hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 20 years. We celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2020, and we’re looking forward to celebrating many more milestones in the years to come! We love being a place that families can return to year after year and providing a relaxing getaway in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. We have a variety of guest rooms available, making it easy for solo travelers, couples, families, and friends to find comfort at our hotel. Not only do guests fall in love with our rooms, they also fall in love with our amenities. Our hotel offers private balconies on the river, garage parking, an outdoor pool, a lazy river, and so much more. Once you stay with us you’ll understand why guests love spending their vacations at The Bearskin Lodge.

2. We Have a Rich History

Front desk at the Bearskin Lodge hotel in GatlinburgWe’re more than just an ordinary hotel. Our property is rooted deep in Gatlinburg history. It all began with our owner’s grandmother, Hattie Ogle McGiffin. Hattie was one of the most hardworking residents in Gatlinburg. In the early 1940s, she recognized a need for overnight accommodations in Gatlinburg as more people fell in love with the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. She started out by opening the Bearskin Tourist Home that consisted of a house and 7 cottages that she built on family property. When demand grew, The Bearskin Motel was created — a 15-room motel that was complete with a bearskin-shaped swimming pool. Guests that came to Gatlinburg loved the authentic, warm and welcoming hospitality that Hattie always provided and so her business continued to grow and expand. However, in true business fashion, Hattie decided that parking was needed the most, so in the late 1980s, The Bearskin Motel was replaced with the current Bearskin Parking Garage. In 1997, the Ogle family purchased the land where The Bearskin Lodge sits today and created the current hotel you know and love. Learn more about our history now!

3. We Provide the Best of Both Worlds

Can’t decide whether you’d rather enjoy a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle or a stay just steps away from all the action? You don’t have to choose when you stay at The Bearskin Lodge. Something you might not know is that our hotel in Gatlinburg provides the best of both worlds. We have a great location along the river, offering peaceful river views and making it easy to relax. You’ll feel a world away from everything else, but in reality you’ll be within walking distance to popular attractions, shops, and restaurants. Some attractions and restaurants you can walk to from our hotel are the Gatlinburg Space Needle, The Peddler, the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and Smith & Son Corner Kitchen. You’ll love enjoying the peace and quiet our hotel offers while still being close to all the best things to do.

Stay at Our Hotel in Gatlinburg

Now that you know everything there is to know about our hotel in Gatlinburg, we bet you can’t wait to start planning your stay! Take a look at all our Gatlinburg hotel rooms, then choose the perfect one for your vacation.