Butterfly Gap gets nod from ‘Southern Living’ magazine

“Southern Living” magazine has discovered a Blount County treasure.

The June edition of “Southern Living” features a story by Kim Cross on the Butterfly Gap Retreat, located at 225 Shadow Ridge Road, Maryville, in the foothills of the Smokies.

The piece starts out by referencing the Great Smoky Mountains and how it’s no secret that “Mist-veiled ridgelines, old-growth forests and stunning scenery make the Smokies our countries most popular national park,” Cross writes. “What is a secret is this: Hidden in the foothills near Maryville, Tennessee, lies an undiscovered spot, with five strikingly modern guesthouses, where you can have a private piece of these mountains. Called Butterfly Gap Retreat, it’s the biggest surprise we’ve found in the Smokies all year and our favorite place to stay when we want a true getaway.”

Cross writes that Butterfly Gap changes people’s idea of what a mountain getaway is. “If your perception of a weekend in the mountains involves musty cabins with furnishings that date back to the Carter administration, think again. Delightful details ? a sleeping porch with a pull-out bed, a curved double roofline, a soaking tub with a wooded view ? define each home’s unique personality. Their architecture invites nature inside.”

For information on Butterfly Gap Retreat, call 865-984-6021. The June edition of “Southern Living” is available now, and their website is www.southernliving.com.

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