A Tour Of The Clarion Inn Willow River #Sevierville #travel AD

A Tour Of The Clarion Inn Willow River In Sevierville, TN #Sevierville #travel ADCheap Is The New Classy

After reading all of the posts about my recent adventures in Sevierville, Tennessee, I bet you guys want to know about accommodations, right? Well, if you like old world southern charm and Gone With The Wind is a staple movie as far as you are concerned, then I have just the place for you.

A Tour Of The Clarion Inn Willow River In Sevierville, TN #Sevierville #travel AD

Clarion Inn Willow River

Gone With The Wind is one of my favorite books and movies and I have my hardcover book proudly displayed on a shelf in my living room. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you pick up a copy asap and get to it. So, when I walked into the Clarion Inn Willow River in Sevierville, I was instantly in impressed. I mean, from the outside it is definitely a gorgeous hotel, but the inside… ah… I fell in love.

A Tour Of The Clarion Inn Willow River In Sevierville, TN #Sevierville #travel AD

Gone With The Wind…
There was Gone With The Wind memorabilia everywhere. I took so many pictures it was ridiculous, lol. I felt like I was in a museum. I remember as a child visiting Atlanta and being so fascinated with a Turner Network store {or something like that, I was a child} that had a ton of Gone With The Wind stuff to buy. My fascination with the movie and characters has never stopped.

Hot Apple Cider…
I also really enjoyed the fact that there were free beverages in the lobby. Free hot cider! Yum! So, I arrived to the hotel early, but I was not bored. While I waited for the rest of the press group, I drank hot apple cider and gazed at all the Gone With The Wind pretties. They also had a nice selection of books for you to help yourself to. I didn’t read one, but I remember seeing, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” another book I enjoyed quite a lot. And Taye Diggs in the movie. 😉

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The 24 Hour Pool…
Though I did not swim, I wanted to share that the pool and hot tub area is open 24 hours. 24 hours, people. I don’t recall ever seeing that at a hotel I have stayed at before. This sweet, young girl kept inviting me to swim with her but I had to apologize to her since I had not brought a bathing suit. Her dad told me that they live close and have been coming there for years, mostly to swim and just get away. And they just love the hotel. I love that. I think it says a lot about a place when someone will pay repeatedly to come stay with you even though they live in the area.

The Room…
I didn’t get the room number, but I was on the first floor, down the hall from the pool. As always, I love to talk about the coffee {if there is any}. There was a coffee setup in my room. Yay! Admittedly, I am not very hard to please as long as 1} the bed is comfy, 2} the wifi works relatively fast {this can be a problem in hotels as you fellow travelers are probably well aware}, 3} there is coffee and 4} the room is clean. All of these necessities were met. 🙂

A Tour Of The Clarion Inn Willow River In Sevierville, TN #Sevierville #travel AD

The room was pretty spacious. As an often solo traveler, I LOVE having a huge room to myself. I had a huge, comfy bed, a TV, a couch, a coffee table, another table with chairs to work at and a balcony. The balcony was facing a parking lot, so if you want a nice view, you might want to move up a level. I like to be near my car when possible for easier packing and unpacking {and also to keep an eye on my car}, so that worked for me.

There were snack and ice machines on my floor as well as an easy entrance from the parking lot via keycard. This kept me from having to haul my luggage through the lobby area so I liked that a lot, too. I am all about convenience.

I have lots more pictures of the Clarion Inn Willow River. Be sure to check them out on Flickr.

Have You Stayed At The Clarion Inn Willow River?

What did you think? Planning a trip to Sevierville anytime soon? What are you planning to visit and/or do? Share your comments below.

Stay At The Clarion Inn Willow River

1990 Winfield Dunn Pkwy
Sevierville, TN 37876

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. This place looks AMAZING! It’s soo beautiful. I would love to visit one day and stay for a weekend!

  2. That place looks so awesome! I want to go there.

  3. What a wonderful hotel that seems! I love how stylish it is

  4. How amazing is this!? I would love to stay in a place like this- but I haven’t seen any like this in our area or where we travel to.

  5. What a beautiful hotel! If I ever visit Sevierville I’ll make sure to check it out!

  6. Elizabeth O. says

    That’s such a lovely hotel and the room looks really comfortable, perfect for a stress-free vacation that everyone would love to have! I really love the interior, it’s very beautiful!

  7. What a jaw-dropping inn! I might be a northern Yankee, but I have a deep appreciation for Gone with the Wind and the South too. This looks like a gorgeous venue, inside and out!

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      I feel the same. I am from the South but I love the North, too. Ah, New York, especially. But there are so many other places I need/want to see. 😀

  8. I love big rooms too! I feel like I’m really getting a special escape when I have them. I LOVE the decor in this inn!

  9. This place has so much charm! I loved seeing all of these photos. It made me want to have a little weekend getaway!

  10. Not anytime soon, though your post makes me want to set up an excuse just to go to Sevierville. You had me with Gone in the Win homage then as I scrolled down I was captured by that serene -looking pool.

  11. Lisa Hodges says

    I love the warmness this hotel gives off. I would love to visit there!

  12. I remember my mom watching the movie. I’ve never seen it as an adult. Your enthusiasm is contagious, I think I’m going to give it a go!

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      I am assuming that you mean Gone With The Wind, correct? If so, that is definitely true. I have a copy on DVD that I pull out and watch at least every couple of years or so. 🙂

  13. This is such a gorgeous hotel! I am in love with the pool area 🙂

  14. What a lovely place. I’d love to visit. My imagination would go wild in a place like that!

  15. I would love to stay here. I love Gone With The Wind also so this is right up my alley! I love the 24 hour pool and I would have spent lots of time there.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      I didn’t even post a drop in the bucket of the Gone With The Wind memorabilia in this place. It was amazing. I love Gone With The Wind so much that I actually have 2 copies of it hardback, 1 in paperback and a copy of the movie, as well.

  16. I love staying at a hotel that offers quirky or uncommon amenities. Apple cider is a new one to me. I remember one of my stays had a Lavazza latte machine that made coffee like a Keurig. They were really good. And, I LOVE accommodations that have a 24-hour pool…you don’t see that often.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      Yeah that 24 hour pool was a first for me. You don’t even get that on cruise ships in my experience. And, like you, I like the little quirky things that make hotels unique and memorable. 🙂

  17. Sarah Bailey says

    This looks like such a beautiful place to visit. The room is really nice!

  18. Krystle Cook says

    Look at that 24 hour pool! That looks amazing. I would love to visit here someday.

  19. What a gorgeous Inn. I really love all the beautiful decor.

  20. Kathy Kenny Ngo says

    Wow. That pool is beautiful! I would like to visit them. How I wish I can.

  21. omg! this is the same exact look of the hotel that i wanted when i move back in Philippines. I wanted a backpacker place but a in beautiful or luxurious design like this one above. love the colour and interiors

  22. Leigh Anne Borders says

    We are heading to that area soon. I would love to stay here.

    • Dawn McAlexander says

      Yay! I hope that you have a great time. We have a ton of posts on here about places to visit in Sevierville, TN. Just search “Sevierville” in the search box in the sidebar for ideas. Have fun!