Stories from the Smokies

Traveling is fun, but where you stay is just as important. In the Great Smoky Mountains of Bryson City, NC, there are a few places to spend the night that really stand out. You can sleep in a vintage camper, or a yurt, a teardrop camper or tiny house on a creek. There is even a straw bale house that can hold your whole family. If you like your stay served with a slice of unique, here are some of our favorite one-of-a-kind places to spend the night and create great memories for road trips and family vacations:


Gina’s Great Getaways

1965 Restored Vintage Camper (top) – Step back in time in this completely restored vintage camper with an added full bathroom that includes shower/tub and toilet. This camper has big charm for a small space, including the original light fixtures and cabinets. Have tea or coffee on the porch in the morning or relax in the hot tub.

Tiny Home (above) – A very welcoming vibe can make this guesthouse hard to leave! This modern tiny home has all the rare essentials normally not seen in a tiny home, including a hot tub, full size refrigerator, washer and dryer, bathroom with full size shower, queen-size bed and a convertible chaise/bed. This home is in a tranquil spot, just steps to a creek. It’s only a mile from downtown Bryson City, and less than a mile from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Road to Nowhere!


Teardrop Rentals

What is a Teardrop? It is a compact travel trailer in the shape of a teardrop, with a sleeping cabin and a kitchen compartment. Located in the private Hidden Hollow Eco-Preserve just outside Bryson City, Teardrop Rentals is nestled on the side of a mountain with incredible views of the Smokies. At least once during your stay, be sure to make your way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most visited national park.


Gorgeous Stays

The tiny homes and glamping tents at Gorgeous Stays were inspired by the tiny house movement and the adventure of the great outdoors. Each of the individually themed accommodations are a cross between quirky and homey, and carefully crafted for comfort and uniqueness. This is a small retreat, so you’ll never be overwhelmed by crowds. At night, cozy up by the community firepit, kick back and watch for shooting stars—or head into downtown Bryson City to listen to rising ones at various music venues.


Bell Tents

Glamp hard at the The Outdoor Inn Bell Tent Village, along the rushing waters of Deep Creek. After a day of tubing or exploring the trails and waterfalls of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, settle in at your bell tent to watch the stars come out.  


Nantahala Tiny House

Wake up and fall asleep to the sounds of rushing water right outside the door of this pet-friendly tiny house. Cozy up at the fire pit and make s’mores for the ultimate creekside glamping experience. Soak up the sun and head to the nearby Nantahala Gorge for whitewater rafting, zipline, and riverside dining.

Strawbale Manor

This unique, eco-friendly home is formed with straw bale construction. Its plaster covering allows for a free-form design, making it reminiscent of an adobe home in the Southwestern US. The ‘soul’ of this home truly reflects the life experiences, travels, and free-spirit of the owners with elements from all over the world. One of the four bedrooms is in a tower, completely surrounded by windows on all sides. A private trail winds through a rain forest-like setting down to the banks of the Little Tennessee River. Stay in a home that feels like a constant, warm, earth hug!



Glamping is made easy with a stay in Wildwater’s Falling Waters Yurt Village. Eight yurts are scattered across 22 acres in the scenic mountains of Western North Carolina. Enjoy your private deck, comfy bed, and domed skylight to watch the stars. Relax to the sound of running water on the waterfall deck, enjoy the outdoor seating looking over the pond, and gather around the picnic tables, where you can plan your next adventure.

Make yourself at home at Sky Ridge Yurts, which are equipped with kitchens, comfy beds, central heat and air, slate walk-in showers, cable tv’s, free Wi-Fi, and stunning mountain views from your own private deck. You may never even make it to any of the numerous area attractions!

You’ll find more Bryson City lodging options in the Great Smokies lodging directory.

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