Cabin Of The Week – Bear Hug

There’s still plenty of warm weather to go this summer, but it’s not too early to start dreaming about autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. The leaves will be turning, and the days and nights will both be noticeably cooler. It’s actually one of the best times to take a vacation or getaway in the mountains, and reserving a few days or a week in this Wears Valley cabin is a great foundation on which to build a trip to the Smokies you’ll never forget.

Bear Hug is a cozy and welcoming cabin in the mountains that sleeps eight guests, making it a good choice for a large family or maybe two small families traveling together. The master bedroom is on the upper floor and features a queen bed, whirlpool tub and satellite TV. The second bedroom, on the lower level, also has a queen bed as well as a twin trundle bed that’s just the right size for a child. Additional sleeping capability comes in the form of the sleeper sofa and love seat in the living room.

The living room is an inviting space thanks to the seating group, TV and fireplace. It’s a place designed for people to gather, whether they’re watching a TV or sporting event, warming up in front of a fire in winter, curling up with a good book or just enjoying conversation.

This cabin boasts a full kitchen that’s capable of allowing you to prepare your own meals, if you wish, and the large table in the dining area is spacious enough to accommodate everyone, even if you’ve maxed out your sleeping capacity. Additional food-preparation options include the charcoal grill out on the deck, which is a great option for dining al fresco on pleasant days.

Entertainment comes in the form of a new foosball table, or maybe the gamers in the family can have at it on the PlayStation 2 system connected to one of the TVs. Many of the families that have stayed at Bear Hug in the past have used the dining table to play board games or maybe put a puzzle together.

If you like the inside of Bear Hug, you’ll really embrace the outside of the cabin. The deck offers gorgeous views of your surroundings, and amenities like the hot tub and rocking chairs make relaxation a snap. You can soak any lingering stress away in the bubbling tub’s warm waters, day or night, or you can kick back in a rocker and just enjoy the peaceful views and the sounds of nature.

Bear Hug, however, is just one of many cabins in the Smoky Mountains that we offer in our inventory. We have properties ranging from one bedroom to five bedrooms, and they are in a variety of locations. So whatever brings you to the Smokies, and no matter how many people you’re traveling with, we have a property that will suit your needs.

Give us a call today or click on one of our cabins to begin reserving your accommodations today.

 

Smoky Mountain Day Trips

Let’s say you’re planning to stay for several days or maybe even a full week at one of our cabins in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley or Sevierville. There’s no doubt that there’s so much to do in each of those towns that you could easily fill up several years’ worth of vacation calendars and not experience the same day twice.

But sometimes, you might want to just break things up a little bit and spend a day away from your main Smoky Mountains destination. A change of scenery and a small road trip can add a little bit more zip and excitement to your vacation, which is why this week, we’ve got several suggestions for small day trips you can easily make from anywhere in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville area.

None of these places are more than a couple hours away by car, and they have lots of things to see and do while you’re there. The best part is that by the end of the day, you can be back here at Timbercreek cabins, ready to continue exploring the rest of the Smokies the next day.

• Cherokee, North Carolina

First of all, it’s a beautiful drive if you take U.S. 441 from the south end of Gatlinburg to the Cherokee side of the national park. Along the way, the curvy roads will take you by huge mountain peaks and sweeping valley vistas. Of course, the North Carolina side of the park has plenty of trails and historic sites of its own. Once you’re in Cherokee, attractions like Harrah’s Cherokee Casino draw a lot of visitors, but we recommend focusing on the more cultural offerings that pertain to the area’s Native American history. These include Oconaluftee Indian Village, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama, the Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery and the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

• Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville has gained a reputation in recent years for being a hip place to hang out and enjoy the Smokies, although the town’s main attraction, Biltmore Estate, offers insights into the opulence of early 20th century American aristocrats. Sitting on 8,000 forested acres, this 250-room French Renaissance chateau was the private residence of millionaire George Vanderbilt and his wife Edith. Today, tours welcome nearly a million visitors annually and include the house, gardens and a variety of cottage industries that have sprung up on this self-sustaining estate. Other points of interest in Asheville include the Folk Art Center and Grove Park Inn.

• Knoxville, Tennessee

Don’t forget about the city that’s in the Smokies’ own backyard. Knoxville has many points of interest, especially in the fall, when you can catch at least six Tennessee Volunteer home games during football season. Other attractions include the Sunsphere (there’s a restaurant at the top now), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Knoxville Zoo, McClung Museum of Natural History, the Knoxville Museum of Art and a couple of historic theaters that host frequent live events, including the Bijou Theatre and the Tennessee Theatre. Knoxville’s burgeoning downtown is also known for its great collections of shops, nightspots and restaurants. You’ll find these in areas such as the Old City, Market Square and downtown’s main street, Gay Street.

National Park Happenings

It’s a parent’s favorite time of year—when the kids go back to school and life returns to normal for the next nine months. This can also have other benefits, especially if you’re planning to visit the Great Smoky Mountains in the next few weeks. Between now and the fall color show, visitation in the Smokies drops off somewhat, which means visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a lot easier, especially on weekdays. Traffic is down, campsites aren’t as crowded, and it’s still a beautiful sight to behold

There’s always a lot to do in the national park, including hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, seeing historic sites, picnicking and more. But did you know that the National Park Service schedules dozens of special activities every week, each led by a park ranger? These events are fun, interesting, educational and usually free. Here’s just a small sampling of what you’ll find going on this week. Events are free unless otherwise specified.

• A Waterfall by Lantern Light – Wednesday, 8/20, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Sugarlands Visitor Center – See Cataract Falls on this lantern-lit night stroll through the Forks of the River community. It’s an easy walk, and sign-ups take place at the visitor center.

• Cades Cove Evening Hayride – Thursday, 8/21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Cades Cove Riding Stables – A ranger leads this open-air hayride through the cove, allowing you to see wildlife and discover the diverse life in this popular area of the park. $14 per person, and rides are on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Legends Of The Cherokee – Thursday, 8/21, 8 to 8:45 p.m., Elkmont Campground Amphitheater – Join a ranger for this introduction to Cherokee history, lore and rituals.

• Junior Ranger: Bear-mania! – Friday, 8/22, 3 to 3:45 p.m., Sugarlands Visitor Center – Learn about the park’s elk population and discover the best places within the park to see and hear them.

• Old Town Of Elkmont – Saturday, 8/23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elkmont Campground Entrance Station – A ranger leads this stroll through the old Elkmont community and shares its history from when it was a turn-of-the-century logging boomtown.

• Once Upon A Time… – Saturday, 8/23, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and D-Loop – Discover the world of the black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains, including both myth and truth.

The Echoes Of Their Wings: The Life And Legacy Of The Passenger Pigeon – Sunday, 8/24, 1 to 3 p.m., Sugarlands Visitor Center – Naturalist and author Joel Greenberg leads this talk on what was once the most abundant bird in North America.

You’ll find more park happenings at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/events.htm.

And if you haven’t made your accommodations arrangements yet, be sure to browse our selection of Wears Valley cabin rentals. Our properties are very convenient to an infrequently used national park entrance that will get you to many of these event locations in good time.

10 Strategies For Your Cabin Vacation – Part 2

Last week, we shared some tips geared to help you get the most out of a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, particularly if you’re staying in a rental cabin. But whether you’re booking one of our cabins in the Smokies or have made other lodging arrangements for your next trip, you can still benefit from these helpful strategies. Last week, we presented the first five on our list of 10, so this week, we’ll finish up with the next five.

• Picnic in the park

We strongly recommend visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park if you’re staying anywhere in the area. But if you do, remember that there are few food vendors (Cades Cove picnic area is an exception). One popular activity is to pack a picnic lunch and take it into the park with you. There are several picnic and campground areas for you to take advantage of, or you might find an off-the-beaten-path alternative. Just be sure to clean up all your garbage and don’t leave food for the bears.

• Pack light

One of the great advantages of staying in a cabin is the presence of a washer and dryer. So instead of packing a different outfit for every day of the week and maxing out your luggage and storage space, go easier on the clothing and do a load or two of laundry. Be sure to bring your own laundry soap, however.

• Bring a bathing suit

This can come in handy any time of year. In summer, you may swim in a creek or river, visit a water park or swim in a community pool. But even in winter, you’ll need something to wear if you plan to take advantage of your cabin’s hot tub.

• Travel in small groups

Cabins are conducive to large groups like corporate retreats or family reunions. But if you’re heading out for the day, consider splitting up into smaller groups. Trying to move a large herd of folks can be time-consuming, not to mention the fact that most people probably won’t share the same tastes in activities. Maybe one group wants to go hiking, while another wants to go shopping, while another wants to go to Dollywood for the day. Stay flexible.

•  Schedule some down time

Let’s face it; even vacations can be hard work or stressful at times, especially if you have younger children in tow. They tend to get a little cranky as the day wears on. Not to mention that a long day on your feet in the national park or at Dollywood or in the outlet malls can wear down even the hardiest of souls. So make the most out of your mountain cabin and plan for some do-nothing time. Sit out on the deck and take in the views from your rocking chair or swing, de-stress in the hot tub, kick back and watch a movie, curl up in the loft with a good book or just stretch out on your bed and do some power napping.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you plan and execute a Smoky Mountains vacation that you’ll never forget.

 

10 Strategies For Your Cabin Vacation – Part 1

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.

Cabin Of The Week – An Indian Dream

It’s not just the name of this one-bedroom, two-bath chalet-style cabin that pays tribute to Native American history; you’ll see evidence of it as well when you step inside, thanks to décor inspired by that culture. This cabin also draws heavily on the heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains in general, resulting in a scenically charming place to stay on your next mountain getaway.

This cabin’s size and functionality make it versatile for any number of vacation scenarios. With one bedroom, it’s an ideal place for a romantic weekend, honeymoon or second honeymoon, while two sleeper sofas (one in the living room and one in the loft) make it flexible enough to accommodate as many as four additional guests, especially children.

On the main level, the living room, dining area and kitchen are all part of an open floor plan with a wide, spacious feel. The open cathedral ceiling that extends to the loft level adds to the effect. The living spaces have abundant panoramic mountain views out the main chalet windows, and those views extend to the loft as well. Guests gathered in the living room can also take advantage of a gas fireplace, wireless high-speed Internet and cable TV with VCR and DVD player.

The master bedroom can be found on the main level too. Its highlights include a handcrafted king bed, oversized whirlpool tub in the bedroom, adjoining bath, cable TV and full-size washer and dryer. The loft also functions as a sleeping area, thanks to the sleeper sofa, and it does double duty as a rec room. The loft’s pool table, cable TV, portable stereo and assortment of games and puzzles make it an ideal place for the kids to sleep, play or just hang out.

Of course, An Indian Dream wouldn’t dream of depriving you of outdoor amenities either. There’s a hot tub protected by the cover of the wraparound deck, or you could relax in a different fashion in one of the rocking chairs or in the porch swing out there. At mealtime, you might want to fire up some burgers, steaks or chicken on the outdoor grill and enjoy the ambience of the trees, mountains and nature sounds as you take your meals al fresco.

This beautiful cabin also benefits from a scenic location in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. It’s perfect for guests who want to feel like they’ve lost themselves in the mountains while maintaining handy access to all the attractions, shops and restaurants of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. You can be right in the thick of things within just five minutes by car.

Remember that even though there are still lots of summer weather left, fall isn’t too far away, so it’s never too early to be thinking about booking a getaway for when the leaves are turning and peaking this October. Or maybe your family would like to try spending Christmas in the Smokies this year. Whatever the size party or time of year, we have a great place for you to stay here at Timbercreek Cabins—Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley or Sevierville.

Wedding Bells Are Ringing In The Smokies

People from all over the world travel to the Great Smoky Mountains each summer to visit the national park as well as all the great attractions, shops and restaurants that are found in the communities that lie in the foothills. But that’s not the only reason that people come to the Smokies.

Every year, thousands of couples come here to say, “I do.” Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are already great places to travel on a summer vacation, so why not work your wedding plans into the itinerary? The Smokies make a scenic backdrop for any marriage ceremony, and you’ve already got one of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations in the country built right into the mix.

A good place to start is by contacting one of the dozens of wedding destinations in the area. These range from charming chapels that are dedicated exclusively to wedding ceremonies to flexible, multipurpose event venues to resorts and other lodging providers that not only make great honeymoon accommodations but also are able to perform ceremonies on site.

And then there are unique places to get married, such as the Hard Rock Café and the Titanic Museum Attraction, both in Pigeon Forge. You can even get married on horseback, on a boat or in a helicopter. When it comes to tying the knot, the Great Smoky Mountains can provide just about any experience you might be interested in.

No matter which way you go, you’ll often be working with a staff wedding coordinator who can provide you or connect you with all the services you’ll need for the big day, from cakes and reception services to flowers to photographers and videographers. Venues that don’t provide such services themselves can at least put you in touch with local vendors who can provide them. Of course, all venues are able to supply a licensed minister or officiant who will make sure that you get married all nice and legal-like.

Of course, honeymooning in the Smokies makes as much sense as getting married in the Smokies does, not just because of the beautiful mountains and scenery but because there’s so much to do in the area. Whether it’s horseback riding in Gatlinburg or ziplining in Pigeon Forge a ton of fun awaits newlyweds. There are also multiple shopping opportunities as well as dozens of restaurants that can provide a romantic setting for a just-married couple’s first meals together. And when it comes to honeymoon accommodations, our Tennessee cabin rentals include a large selection of one-bedroom properties that would be ideal for an extended romantic stay in the mountains.

Before you travel to the Smokies, don’t forget to obtain your marriage license, which you can get at the Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge City Hall or the Gatlinburg Shilling Center. Marriage licenses are affordable and easy to get; you just apply in person at any of the above locations and provide a valid ID. The cost for out-of-state-couples is $38.50 (cash) or $45.50 (credit card), while in-state couples pay $98.50 and $105.50, respectively.

However, no blood tests, waiting periods or witnesses are necessary to get married, all of which are just a few of the reasons why the Smokies are considered the Wedding Capital of the South.

The Best Views In The Smokies

Few people would argue that the mountains, almost by definition, are the main reason to visit the Smokies. After all, that’s what got folks visiting this area as early as the 1940s, long before there were music theaters, go-cart tracks and outlet malls. What’s interesting is that folks don’t like just looking at the mountains; they like looking out from them as well. As a result, people visiting the Smokies are always trying to find the best vantage points and the best views.

So if your travel plans have you headed to the Great Smoky Mountains in the near future, or if you’re currently staying in one of our Wears Valley, TN cabin rentals, keep the following points of interest in mind—not just as great places to see the mountains but also as places from which to take in some of the most spectacular views in the region.

• Clingman’s Dome observation tower – At 6,643 feet, Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s also the highest point in Tennessee and third highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. So it only makes sense that walking to the observation tower at the mountain’s summit would be a great way to get 360-degree views of the Smokies and beyond. From Gatlinburg, take Newfound Gap Road to Clingman’s Dome Road, and from there, it’s seven miles to the parking area and then a half-mile walk to the tower. The tower is open year-round, but Clingman’s Dome Road is closed January through March. From the tower, you can see more than 100 miles on clear days.

• Mt. LeConte – The bad news is that you can’t access the third-highest peak in the Smokies by car. But the good news is that those who take on the approximately five-mile one-way hike to the summit are rewarded with spectacular views of the region. You can see north from LeConte Lodge, or you can hike to two other natural observation points to get respective views out east and west.

• Foothills Parkway – This national parkway is still incomplete and exists only in sporadic segments throughout the national park and beyond. But it still offers some of the most easily accessible and breathtaking views to be found in the Smokies. One segment is located not far from Gatlinburg, and the other is in Blount County, just a few miles from Townsend. Either way you choose, get ready for sweeping vistas that include both mountain peaks and valleys. Both routes offer multiple pull-off points for gawking and picture taking. Also note that 11 miles into the Blount County segment of the Parkway, you’ll find the Look Rock observation tower. It’s a half-mile hike from the parking area, but you’re rewarded with 270-degree views from east to west.

• Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway – Whether you plan to spend some time up at the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort or not, it’s worth taking the aerial tramway from downtown Gatlinburg up to the resort and back. Riding the tram is fun, and the views are memorable. Also, once you’re at the top of Mt. Harrison, Ober Gatlinburg has a chairlift attraction that takes you even higher up the mountain and lays out stunning views as well.

• Helicopter rides – Sometimes, you just have to get a bird’s-eye view of things, and one of the best ways to do that is to book a helicopter tour. You’ll find these attractions on Tennessee Highway 66, between Interstate 40 and downtown Sevierville.

Staying Cool This Summer

We’re smack in the middle of the summer travel season, which is great for couples and families taking a little vacation time in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. But some days here in the South do get a tad warm, and when you add high levels of humidity to the equation, even leisurely days become less than comfortable, even if you’re spending most of your time playing.

So this week, Timbercreek Cabins Pigeon Forge is tossing out some suggestions for places to go and things to do that will help you keep your cool this summer. In addition to these tips, remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, especially if you’re planning to partake in outdoor activities like hiking.

• Dollywood’s Splash Country – You could spend an entire day or more at this Pigeon Forge water park, which features dozens of wet-and-wild attractions, including water slides, wave pool, lazy river ride, kids’ play areas and more. Slides range from single-person body slides to large, family raft rides, from slow and tame slides to high, steep, lightning-fast slides. The park also features plenty of places to lie in the sun (or to find shade) as well as eateries, merchandise stands, changing facilities and more.

• Dollywood – Right across the road from Splash Country you’ll find the original Dollywood theme park. You’ll spend a lot of time outside here, but several of the rides—like Mountain Slidewinder, River Battle and Smoky Mountain River Rampage—are guaranteed to soak you to your bones. Fortunately, the park also has a number of water-misting fans set up to help cool guests down on warm days.

• Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Yep, nothing beats a dip in a real-life swimmin’ hole. Two of the more popular swimming destinations in the park are the Townsend Y (which is not too far a drive from most of our cabins) and The Sinks, both of which are formed from rivers. Note, however, that you swim at your own risk in the national park and that lifeguards are not on hand. But even in summer, that water sure is nice and cold!

• Tubing – Townsend is also where you’ll find several outfitters who can set you up with an inner tube and let you enjoy a cool, leisurely float down the Little River. Transportation from the take-out point to the outpost is included in the price. You can also do some tubing in Sevierville on the Little Pigeon River.

• Whitewater rafting – You’ll find multiple whitewater rafting companies in Hartford, TN, which is anywhere from a half-hour to an hour’s drive away, depending on where you’re staying in the Smokies. They’ll provide all the equipment and instruction you need to take on rapids that are rated as high as Class III and IV.

• Indoor attractions – You don’t always have to get wet to stay cool. On hot days, you may want to steer your plans toward attractions that have plenty of air conditioning. Good options for this strategy include museums and music theaters. There are even a couple of underground cavern attractions in the area that keep guests a cool 57 degrees year round thanks to their subterranean location.

Cabin Of The Week – Getaway Mountain Lodge

If you’ve thought that perhaps a large family reunion might just be too big of an endeavor to undertake while vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, then Getaway Mountain Lodge might just have you singing a different tune.

At first, the fact that it has four bedrooms doesn’t make it seem capable of accommodating a large brood, but once you realize it sleeps as many as 14 guests, you begin to appreciate what a spacious and rustically luxurious overnight rental this place really is.

Overall, the cabin makes the most of its mountaintop perch. As with most of our cabins, Smoky Mountains views abound. Overlooking scenic Wears Valley, this non-smoking property affords stunning views of the mountains and valley floor, whether you’re gazing out through the large wall of windows in the main-level great room or sitting on one of the decks in a rocking chair or perhaps soaking in the outdoor hot tub.

Inside, the main level offers living and dining areas, a kitchen and two bedrooms that are designed to handle a crowd. Two dining tables, plus a four-person bar, should easily provide mealtime seating for a maxed-out house. And of course, having access to a fully functional kitchen with all the cookware and dishware needed can help save a little bit of money when you’re feeding a lot of mouths on vacation.

The main living area also has plenty of seating for social events, whether it’s gathering around the flat-screen TV to watch sports or a movie or warming up together around the gas-burning fireplace on a chilly winter’s night.

There are two bedrooms—The Big Buck and The Bear Den—on the main level, each of which has its own attached bathroom with whirlpool tub, and there’s a half-bath for community use on the main floor as well. Both bedrooms offer king beds.

The lower level has two more bedrooms with attached bathrooms (one of which has a whirlpool tub), plus there’s a sleeper sofa in the game room. The two bedrooms—The Mallard’s Nest and The Fishin’ Hole—feature two queen beds and a king-size bed, respectively.

As for the game room, recreations like a foosball table, new air hockey table and resurfaced pool table offer plenty of opportunities to keep everyone’s competitive juices flowing, while the 40-inch flat-screen is a great place for sports fans to gather ‘round and cheer on their favorite teams.

Getaway Mountain Lodge has other notable features, including expanded parking area, porch swing, patio tables and charcoal grill on the decks as well as a handicap-accessible ramp.

We’ll be celebrating the 4th of July this week in the Smokies, but no matter what time of year you wind up booking this property, you’ll discover that things don’t really slow down in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Our cities have virtually endless choices when it comes to family attractions, theater shows, shopping opportunities, restaurants and fun outdoor activities.

And our cabins are very close to the Wears Valley entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is a very lightly traveled route that will take you directly to the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area as well as the trail leading to the historic Walker sisters’ cabin.