If you’ve booked one of our Timbercreek cabins for an upcoming trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, you can count on some great times ahead. Whether you’re planning to visit late this summer or some time this fall, the area’s natural beauty and abundant recreation, amusement, shopping and dining opportunities will add up to big fun for all.
Even if you don’t currently have a reservation with us, we’d like to pass along a few strategies for ways to make the most of your trip to the Smokies, especially if you’re staying in a cabin. These tips will save you some time and money and ensure that everyone has a blast.
• Share a cabin with family or friends
The more the merrier, right? Sharing a property with multiple people is just a lot of fun, and it also saves money, because generally, economies of scale help you get lower rates per person that way. At Timbercreek, we have everything from one-bedroom cabins to five-bedroom lodges that can accommodate as many as 15 guests or so. So we can easily make larger groups feel comfortable, with plenty of amenities to suit everyone’s needs. And of course, you can almost always book a cabin for a large party much less expensively than you can hotel rooms for the same number of guests.
• Arrive before dark
If it’s possible, arriving during the day will help you get your bearings, particularly in some of the more remote mountain roads. Plus you’ll still have some day left to enjoy attractions and restaurants in town or to simply settle into your lodgings and unwind from your journey.
• Buy groceries at home
When practical, plan your cook-in meals ahead of time and buy as many supplies as you can before you head to the Smokies. This may not work if you’re driving a long way and can’t keep perishables cold or frozen. But for non-perishables and sundry items, this strategy can save you a lot of money. Not to mention the fact that the grocery stores can get very busy on peak days, so pre-shopping will free up more of your time for fun stuff.
• Plan to eat breakfast and another meal in the cabin
Our kitchens come with most of the appliances, cookware, utensils and dishware you’ll need to prepare and serve a wide variety of meals, so take advantage of that for a meal or two each day. It will save you money, as opposed to dining out every meal, and it’s a convenient way for everyone to enjoy meals together. Most cabins have grills too, so you can even fire up some steaks or burgers out on the deck. Of course, there are lots of great restaurants to choose from in the Smokies, so don’t forget to take advantage of that selection as well.
• Pack extras
Our cabins come with starter supplies of toilet paper, paper towels and the like, as well as towels and linens. But you may want to pack other items that you’re more particular about, such as a favorite brand of coffee filter or your own pillow or DVDs from your video collection. If you’re not sure exactly what each cabin does and doesn’t offer, just check with us.
Next week, we’ll round out the list with five more great strategies for your cabin vacation in the Smokies.