This “sunrise suite” is the largest room in the inn and can accommodate four people very comfortably. However, many couples choose LeConte for the extra space and the views. Being a corner room there are views from both the South and East, meaning every window you peek out there are gorgeous mountain views. This room is split into two sections. One section boasts a huge king size bed, triple sheeted and filled with blankets and pillows. This first section also offers sitting chairs and a second bathroom sink/vanity for the extra people that this suite will accommodate. In the second section of this big suite, there is a large sitting room with a daybed and a pop up trundle. You can use these two beds as separate twins or push them together to make another king. This sitting area offers more places so sit and a large flat panel TV for your enjoyment. Remember to bring your computer if you need to work or your children can bring their tablets and take advantage of the in-room WIFI available for your use at any time. This room also has a private bathroom with another sink and a shower/tub combination. LeConte Suite allows you the ability to greet the morning sunrise from your king bed or from the semiprivate balcony overlooking the pond, gazebo and mist-covered mountains. Mt. LeConte can be seen just over Shields Mountain straight ahead.
At 6,593 ft it is the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, behind Clingmans Dome and Mount Guyot. However, from its immediate base to its highest peak, Mount LeConte is the tallest mountain in Tennessee. It has a climate similar to that of Southern Canada, giving it cool summers, and cold, snowy winters. Annual snowfall averages 39.43 inches near the base to 71.82 inches on the highest peak. The climate is much cooler and somewhat wetter than the lower elevations. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -32F, on January 13, 1986. The highest temperature ever recorded at the lodge was 96F, on July 2, 2012. The lodge on top of this mountain is accessed only by trails, the shortest being five miles. Sarah’s dad’s first cousin built the lodge and his family operated it for years. It is a wonderful adventure to hike up there and spend the night. The accommodations are very primitive, but they stay booked over a year in advance.