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By Perri Ormont Blumberg
December 13, 2019

The Smoky Mountains. Treehouses. Gatlinburg. Porches begging for a mystery novel marathon reading session.

Pick just one of this fab quartet and we're happy. Combine all four and we're definitely sneaking in an extra vacation day. Maybe even a long weekend. Slated to open March of 2020, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, will welcome a treehouse resort, dubbed Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek Resort. The collection of eight unique treehouses, managed by Ayres Vacation Rentals, are designed by Pete Nelson— host of the Animal Planet series, Treehouse Masters—with Nelson Treehouse and Suppl.

"I reached out to Pete and we did a number of site visits. He actually designed all the treehouses, followed our concept, and came up with each individual treehouse. He was involved in concept planning, picking out the trees he wanted to use, and he's building them as well," Norton Creek's owner and developer Joseph Ayres told Knoxville's WVLT 8.

To be kept in the know about when the treehouses are available to rent, join the mailing list here. For now, we're drooling over photos of the works-in-progress on Instagram.

Antsing for another one-of-a-kind Gatlinburg vacation? You may also want to consider glamping by the Great Smoky Mountains on a new 182-acre camp from Under Canvas. Their 2020 season will run from April 2nd through November 30th.

The Smoky Mountains. Porches. Treehouses. Gatlinburg. Glamping. Well, we think we've just stumbled upon the perfect quintet for our next Gatlinburg getaway.