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Over 300 overnight stay

By Mark Boehler For Exploring Pickwick

A survey of lodging options in the Pickwick area reveals at least 309 choices for overnight stays.

These range from 179 motel rooms to 17 larger suites with kitchen efficiencies or full kitchens; and at least 113 villas, condos, homes, cottages and cabins are all available for rent.

These numbers don't reflect the many more property owners who don't advertise and only rent their homes to people they know.

"It's pretty amazing what Pickwick has to offer," said David Giesler, a Pickwick banker. "There are so many lodging options."

Visitors should make reservations well in advance, especially during Pickwick's peak season each Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Weekends stay booked in the summer months and many rentals require minimum night stays. Many rentals and businesses offer nightly and weekly rates and huge discounts during the off season from November to March.

Check out Pickwick's lodging inventory.

Pickwick Cabin Rentals

This is an example of what can be found with over 75 options.

Categories are based on location - water view, water access, off water - or the number of bedrooms, from 1-2 bedroom cabins up to 5-bedroom, 5-bath lakeside dream homes.

Go to www.pickwickcabins.com or call 731-689-0400 for more information.

Hampton Inn

Located at Highway 57 near the dam, the motel offers 48 rooms and two king suites with a large living area, sofa and lounge chairs.

Visitors will find the usual extras with the Hampton experience such as complimentary hot breakfast, an outdoor pool and free 24-hour access to a nearby fitness center.

Grand Harbor

This is a vacation destination on the Mississippi side of Pickwick where Yellow Creek joins with Pickwick Lake.

Get directions or a GPS before the visit, but what a gem at the end of the road.

One and two bedroom condos with full kitchens and lake views are available, along with several three-bedroom villas and homes.

On-site extras include marina with boat rentals, outdoor pool and playground, lighted tennis court, ship's store and cantina, fitness center and luxury spa.

One unique feature at Grand Harbor is a free complimentary shuttle service to Freddy T's Restaurant, The Rooftop, Club 50 and Beach Club so visitors can enjoy Pickwick's nightlife with a designated driver on call.

For more information, go to www.gograndharbor.com.

Historic Botel Restaurant

Bar and Grill

A motel and restaurant built on a river barge - hence "Botel" - is a trip down memory lane for many Pickwick visitors.

Located on the Tennessee River below Pickwick Landing Dam, it is under new ownership and continued renovation.

There are single and double rooms, two-bedroom efficiency suites and a two-bedroom suite with full kitchen.

There is a restaurant, store and bar on site and river access.

The property includes an adjacent Botel House, which includes four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, living room, dining room and screened-in porch.

For more information, go to www.thehistoricbotel.com.

Pickwick Landing State Park Inn

This is a vacation destination within view of the dam, offering rooms with a balcony and views of the lake, plus five two-bedroom suites and 10 two-bedroom cabins with full kitchens and fireplaces.

Six new cabins are under construction and will feature lake views.

One of the most visited Tennessee State Parks, inn extras include an indoor and outdoor pool, marina with boat rentals, lake access, playground, tennis courts, basketball court, walking track and trail, lake swimming area, restaurant and 6,000 square feet of conference center space.

For more information, go to www.tnstateparks.com.

Little Andy's Sportsman Lodge

Owned and operated by a third generation family, Little Andy's is on Highway 57 not far from the dam.

There are motel rooms, suites with kitchen efficiencies and four cottages with 1-2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen and gas fireplace.

R & B's Barbecue - serving breakfast, lunch and dinner - is just a few steps away.  

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