RT Lodge Est. 2009

1406 Wilkinson Pike, Maryville, Tennessee

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Over the river, through the woods... to the base of the Smoky Mountains we go!
This secluded sanctuary at the base of the Smoky's surmises all the specifics so your soiree is seamless.
The Lowdown
Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Boutique Hotel
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Historic Building
Lodge / Mountain / Ski Resort
Landscaped Grounds
Water Feature
Garden Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Concealed in a forest on an historic college campus but just minutes from a regional airport, metropolitan Knoxville, and the Great Smoky Mountains, RT Lodge is an ideal destination for your wedding, your corporate meeting, or any other special event you wish to make memorable. From the moment you arrive after a peaceful drive down our winding country lane, you’re welcomed into a world all your own—a haven than allows you and others to come together and connect, escape and celebrate. It’s an unforgettable experience. . . and we think that’s exactly what our guests are looking for. The History of RT Lodge begins in 1932 with the arrival of Susan Wiley Walker to Maryville from her native Pennsylvania. Mrs. Walker relocated to Tennessee to be near her sister, who was married to the Maryville College Chaplain. After seeing her sister’s home located in the woods adjacent to the college, Mrs. Walker decided she wanted her own residence in set amongst the trees as well. She persuaded the administration to allow her to build on the property, as long as she willed the home to the college upon her death. She named her 26-room home Morningside. Mrs. Walker found the quiet surrounds of her new home the perfect location for her naturalist lifestyle, and the residence and gardens stand today as a testament to her love for natural beauty and gracious hospitality. In 1997, a restaurant group acquired Morningside and developed the property as a corporate retreat, restoring the grounds and residence to its present grandeur and adding two additional buildings for guest accommodations. Today, RT Lodge is still surrounded by the natural setting where Mrs. Walker made her home.
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Price Range

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Additional Charges

This is the basic rental cost for a 2 night complete takeover. Other charges will apply based on event needs. Please contact directly for more information.


Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Indoors & Outdoors
Designated Smoking Areas Only
The Lodge has 60 guest rooms on-site. 9 of those rooms a porch or balcony and overlook the courtyard and koi pond. Guests can call in to pay and reserve their own rooms. The rate is $175 per night and includes a full breakfast each morning. All guest rooms at RT Lodge are furnished with a king or two single beds, each topped with down comforters and made up with elegant, country-house comfort of Ralph Lauren Linens. Custom-crafted furniture, rendered in classic lodge style, gives each guest house unique charm. The private baths in each room are stocked with amenities that include plush robes, blow dryers and Aveda lotions, shampoo, and soaps. We also have a bride changing room the features lounge furniture, a fridge to hold your treats and bubbly, and plenty of space for a hair and make-up team.
Pet-Friendly Events
Kid Friendly Events
Handicap Accessible
Inside Scoop

We have complimentary glass bottle coca-cola products available for guests throughout the weekend. Mugs are always available in the lobby for guests to fill with hot tea, fresh coffee and in the fall we even have warm cider and hot chocolate! Every night as it gets dark all the outdoor fireplaces are lit and a s’mores station is set up for guests to enjoy. We even have acoustic guitars if anyone in the group feels like leading a few songs around the fire. We have 9 rooms that feature a porch or balcony and overlook the courtyard and koi pond.

  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
Standout Venue Features:
The Lodge is exclusively yours for the weekend of your celebration. We only allow your wedding guests to stay on site during the weekend so that you and your guests receive the full attention of our staff! Imagine one location for guest accommodations, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid’s brunch, a special ceremony and exquisite reception. The Lodge becomes your personal estate for a truly distinctive wedding weekend, customized with special menus, events and activities. All our rooms feature Aveda products & plush robes We have complimentary glass bottle coca-cola products available for guests throughout the weekend. Mugs are always available in the lobby for guests to fill with hot tea, fresh coffee and in the fall we even have warm cider and hot chocolate! Every night as it gets dark all the outdoor fireplaces are lit and a s’mores station is set up for guests to enjoy. We have a custom 40X120 Sperry Tent that was built to stay up year round on property. We also have custom made farm house tables and beautiful custom bars to make your tent events extra special.
Extra Perks:
Exclusive use of the Lodge property Friday through Sunday Four 8ft farm house tables Farm house tables, 450 Bamboo folding chairs, Tables in Main Lodge dining room, Old Hickory custom dining room chairs,  Ivory overlays in Main Lodge dining room, Silverware, dishware & glassware for Main Lodge events 3 wooden cocktail tables Onsite coordination (outside planners welcome) Set-up and break down at all events Changing room for Bride and Groom Bartenders and service staff Shuttle service for parking (required for events exceeding Main Lodge parking capacities) RT Lodge dining room for rehearsal dinner and/or reception Screen & Projector Room for bride and groom the night of their wedding.
Awards & Notables Top 50 Wedding Venues by BRIDES Magazine 
20 Swoon-Worthy Wedding Venues in Tennessee Venues on The Venue Report 
28 Venues that Put Food First on The Venue Report
Elizabeth Anne Designs 
Style Me Pretty
Southern Weddings Magazine V7
Southern Weddings Blog
The Bride Link 
Snippet & Ink
Geraldine Magazine
Celebration Locations
The Main Lodge:
The Main Lodge is the ideal backdrop for spending time with family and friends during this once-in-a-lifetime event. The Main Lodge offers spaces for breakfast, bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hour, dancing, buffet receptions and seated dinners. The first floor of the lodge features a cocktail lounge, bar, living room, game room, foyer and verandah which offers exquisite views of the RT Lodge gardens and koi pond. The second floor of the Main Lodge is comprised of our elegant dining room and o
- View: Beautiful views of the gardens and koi pond
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Sperry Tent:
Host your guests under our gorgeous Sperry Tent for a truly unique event. Walk down a lantern lit pathway to find our breathtaking tent illuminated with bistro lights and complete with guest seating, bars, and food stations. For those entertaining large groups, our tented reception space is ideal for your celebration A Sperry wedding or event is a visual and sensory experience, immersing guests in once-in-a-lifetime environments. Discerning clients and event professionals understand that a Sperry wedding is
- View: Surrounded by scenic forest
- Max Capacity: 300
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Tent Lawn:
There is a lawn adjacent to our Sperry Tent that is available if additional space is needed. This area can also be tented and used for reception or as a picturesque ceremony spot.
- View: Surrounded by scenic forest
- Max Capacity: 200
Ceremony Lawn:
Our grassy meadow is surrounded by enchanting woods and provides a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony. Your walk down the flagstone aisle, lined with our natural bamboo garden chairs on the manicured, green lawn is the perfect beginning for your picturesque outdoor ceremony.
- View: Surrounded by trees and seasonal blooms
- Max Capacity: 300
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
Trevor Stockton, our Executive Chef, joined RT Lodge in 2010. Before coming on board as our Executive Chef he was honing his craft at the Relais and Chateaux property- Blackberry Farm. He has extended knowledge of the cuisine of the American South. Expect something you won’t see many other places—even at the most sophisticated hospitality destinations in the world. Your meals at The Lodge are uniquely your own. Every aspect of your meal is important to us. That's why we make our own bread, pickles, mayonnaise, bacon, sausages, pimento cheese, and scores of other hand-crafted ingredients and dishes. We shape our menus on the changing bounty of each season, with the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and the best providers. Experience favorites such as our Casual Barbeque Feast, with house made andouille sausage, sticky sweet pork ribs, and beer brined chicken. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres before your reception or dinner with choices that include peach and blue cheese “thin pie”, plus stations featuring deep fried biscuits with braised short rib and pickled onion, artisan cheeses, and other one-of-a-kind choices. We also work with you to develop custom menus for your group that offer down-home comfort and great taste explorations. You’ll be delighted—and so will your guests. Our Chef and his team receive praise for all of their items but some of the most crave-able are the braised short rib, house made pimento cheese, collard greens and whiskey-caramel bread pudding. It isn’t just the taste of the food that is important to us- the visual presentation of the food is just as important. We make sure that every food station, buffet, plate or hors d’oeuvre is picture perfect.
Chef Trevor Stockton recently named Top Chefs to Watch by Plate Magazine.
Bars & Lounges:
Bars can be set-up and available any time during your event. We can structure the bar however you wish.
Industry Gathering
See the Gorgeous Event That Brought 75 Wedding Professionals to RT Lodge
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RT Lodge

1406 Wilkinson Pike, Maryville, Tennessee

Beautifully hidden away in a forest on an historic college campus, RT Lodge makes you feel like you’re staying at an upper class friend’s vacation home. There are acoustic guitars to play around the fire, where you’ll also find a s’mores station. There’s badminton, corn hole, croquet, and volleyball to be played. It’s basically your own personal estate while you’re there.

So it’s no wonder that dozens of wedding professionals descended upon this secluded sanctuary in Maryville, Tennessee. It was quite the picturesque event to behold. We simply had to know more, so we chatted with Katherine Stinnett, RT Lodge’s Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

Photography by Natalie Watson 


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