If you are traveling to the Summit via flight, the closest airport to the event is McGhee Tyson (TYS) airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. McGhee Tyson is actually just outside of Knoxville and is only about 20 minutes from Tremont Lodge and Resort in Townsend. While an absolutely lovely airport, it is rather small with its whopping 12 gates, so if you have trouble finding a flight to meet your needs in and out of Knoxville, you might try looking at either Atlanta (ATL) or Nashville (BNA). They are both MUCH larger airports and are both 3 1/2 to 4 hours away from the event location.
The Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit will be held at Tremont Lodge & Resort in Townsend, Tennessee. Tremont Lodge and Resort is a beautiful, recently renovated property that sits on 16 acres just a couple of miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is a large conference facility and a variety of meeting spaces throughout the resort that will accommodate all of our group and break out sessions. In addition, there is a wide selection of room types to fit most every need. Attendees of the Summit will a discounted room rate (25% off rack rates), just mention that you are attending the Summit when you call to make your room reservations. These rates are not available if you book online, you must call and speak to someone at the front desk. Reservations do require a one night deposit, but a full refund can be obtained if you have to cancel as long as the cancellation occurs 72 hours prior to check-in. When you call to make reservations, BE SURE TO MENTION THAT YOU ARE PART OF THE SUMMIT or they will tell you that the hotel is fully booked!
To view more photos of Tremont Lodge & Resort, you can visit their website or their facebook page. Reservations can be made by calling 865-448-3200.
If you are going to be traveling in and staying in an RV, we recommend making reservations at Little Arrow Outdoor Resort. Their property borders the entrance to the National Park and they are just about 2 miles from Tremont Lodge. In the event that Tremont Lodge & Resort is fully booked at the time you make reservations, we recommend contacting the Highland Manor (right next door to Tremont) 1-800-213-9462 or Talley Ho Inn (just a little over a mile down the road) at 1-800-448-2465.