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Camp GRITS – Glamping near Great Smoky Mountain National Park

We recently traveled to Great Smoky Mountain National Park and had an amazing time. More on the park later. For now, I’d love to share about our experience glamping at Camp GRITS, booked on Airbnb.

Camp GRITS is located in the town of Cosby just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This was the perfect location for both nights in the city, and days spent hiking the park. A short, easy drive to everything we needed.


We arrived and were greeted by Rosie the host and her adorable three year old son. They showed us around the camp and explained how to use everything. We rented the vintage camper but they also rent out a tiny house and a teepee on the same property. While you share the bathroom facilities with the two other accommodations we hardly noticed anyone else was there. It was very nice and private.


Each morning Rosie provided eggs from the chickens and fresh bread and almond milk. She also provided tea and coffee. It was super easy to cook up the breakfast on the stove inside the camper and we had beautiful, fresh breakfasts each morning during our stay.


At night we cooked over the campfire and we had AMAZING meals. We used this device Rosie made to cook and it worked wonderfully! We are talking Bacon wrapped steaks, mixed veggies, shrimp and garlic potatoes. Glamping in style. Sooooo good! We def want to make one of these to cook on at home!



The bathroom facilities were super cool! They had a compost outhouse that was incredibly clean. Each time you went to the bathroom you cover it with leaves, and the water used was all gathered from the rain. No complaints of any smelliness or anything! Spacious, clean and great.


The shower was AMAZING. A seriously cool experience to shower outdoors, and especially in November! I almost skipped taking a shower and I am soooo thankful I didn’t. The water was warm and wonderful and it was so refreshing after a day of hiking. You can also take a hillbilly hot tub here where they actually start a fire under the tub! Super cool! I wish I had this shower at home! So great!


Everything about this place was so great! A perfect place to relax in between hikes and nights on the town, a comfortable bed to sleep in and an all over great experience!



Check it out friends, You will not be disappointed! This was a trip we will never forget, thanks to Camp GRITS! Read here for tips on my favorite hike during our stay – The Chimney Tops Trail!



Much Love & Happy Travels,



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  • Reply Helen Matson

    Love u Lacey…great blog! I look forward to reading more. You go girl!

    December 10, 2016 at 6:41 am
  • Reply kim

    Lacey, your photos are amazing! You have talent girl! Blessings to you and your family! Kim Motschenbacher

    December 11, 2016 at 2:14 am
  • Reply Cassie G

    Awesome post about Camp Grits, thank you for sharing and I am looking forward to more from you!

    December 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
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  • Reply Joy Generoso

    The vintage camper is cool. Would love to experience that when camping. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    May 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Xin

    Hey lacey, im new to your blog and just found this! I love your red campervan!! You definitely have camping food down pat. I eat tuna and crackers….yikes…I have some ways to go indeed!!

    May 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      Haha! I love it! We are pretty good at campfire cooking, the camper made it easier than normal too!

      May 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Tara

    Oh my gosh!!! This place looks amazing, I want to go right now! Great article, you inspired me to check this place out for sure!

    May 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Jill at Reading the Book

    What a cute place to stay! That looks like such a relaxing place to spend a weekend – thanks for sharing!

    May 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Omg that breakfast and bathroom look amazing. Cannot believe you found them
    On air bnb. Looks like a fun way to check out the Great Smoky Mountains!

    May 10, 2017 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      I was so excited when I stumbled upon this searching airbnb – so cool!

      May 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    This looks so awesome!! What a cozy little getaway – love it!

    May 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Danie

    What an adorable cozy experience! I Love Glamping!!!

    May 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Iva

    That’s a very cute camper, and a very hip tub! Fresh eggs and bread every morning, and a hot shower to keep you fresh sounds like a very enticing camp experience. I have never glamped, but this was absolutely cute. You also exude happiness in your last photo 🙂

    May 11, 2017 at 1:58 am
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      Oh thank you! It was such a fun trip and staying here made it unforgettable:)

      May 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Carola

    This is awesome! And the cute little trailer actually looks a lot more spacious on the inside than I would have expected (might be the fisheye, lol ;-). I’ve always wanted to bathe hillbilly style! So I’ll definitely save this for when I visit Smoky Mountain NP.

    Thank you & happy continued travels!

    May 11, 2017 at 3:48 am
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      It was plenty of space for two people, any more would have been a bit tight 😉 The bath/shower was SO COOL! Maybe my favorite part!

      May 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Katie

    That’s so cute! What a unique find, love the bath and shower facilities too!

    May 11, 2017 at 10:02 pm
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      Thanks! It was super cool! A great experience all around! 🙂

      May 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

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