sunrise over Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Top 4 Fun Things to Do in the Winter While Staying at Our Hotel in Gatlinburg TN

gatlinburg covered in snow
November 1, 2023

When you want to escape the winter blues, plan a getaway to the Sidney James Mountain Lodge! Our affordable Gatlinburg hotel has comfortable accommodations, wonderful amenities and plenty of nearby attractions to keep you entertained during the winter months! Here are the top 4 fun things to do in the winter while staying at our hotel in Gatlinburg TN:

1. Hike in the National Park

The winter season can be a fabulous time to hike through Great Smoky Mountains National Park! There are fewer crowds and dramatic winter scenery everywhere! While some roads and trails may be closed to weather, you can always find part of the national park open to explore! Our hotel in Gatlinburg TN is just minutes from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, which is the perfect starting point for your adventure. This facility is open all year long and features a free 20-minute film about the park. As well as, park rangers can provide the most updated information about trails.

2. Enjoy a Refreshing Swim

indoor pool at the sidney james mountain lodge

You can enjoy a refreshing swim all year long in the heated indoor pool at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge! While snow flurries might be falling outside, you can be indoors splashing around with your family and friends in our beautiful pool area! There is even a special indoor kiddie pool just for the toddlers in your family. Not only that, but there’s a delightful sauna that adults will love too! If hunger strikes while you are at the pool, you will be happy to know that we have a convenient Poolside Cafe with everything from snacks to full meals to satisfy your appetite!

3. Stay in a Jacuzzi Room

Make the most of your winter getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains with a Creekside Jacuzzi Room at the Sidney James Mountain Lodge! These beautiful rooms are ideal for couples seeking a romantic vacation or even solo travelers. After being outside in the chilly weather, you can look forward to returning to your room and warming up in the bubbling hot waters of the Jacuzzi! These rooms also feature a private balcony overlooking a mountain creek where you can step outside for a breath of the crisp mountain air! Other room amenities that you will love include a mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and free wireless internet access.

4. Participate in Winter Sports at Ober Mountain

Gatlinburg Trolley driving by Ober Gatlinburg

One of the great things about a winter visit to the Sidney James Mountain Lodge is that you can participate in the exciting winter sports at Ober Mountain! This popular mountaintop destination features skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, a mountain coaster and tons of other awesome activities! There are 10 ski slopes ranging from beginner to advanced, as well as ski and snowboard rentals for your convenience. If you prefer snow tubing, enjoy 90-minute sessions where you can slide down the tubing runs as much as you want!

Check out all of the rooms at our hotel in Gatlinburg TN today to plan your winter vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains! We look forward to seeing you soon at Sidney James Mountain Lodge!