The leaves are still falling, the temperatures are dropping, and most folks’ younger kids are smack in the middle of the school year. Here in the Great Smoky Mountains, we used to call this the “off season,” and it was a time of year when visitation plummeted and many businesses even temporarily shut down for the reason, only to re-open in spring.
But those days are gone in the Smokies. Yes, visitation does drop off in fall and winter when compared to spring and summer, but nowadays, there’s a lot more motivation to come to the Smoky Mountains and stay in one of our secluded Gatlinburg cabins. This week, we’ll give you five good reasons you should book a stay with us in the next four months.
The towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville will be celebrating winter and the holiday season through February with a long list of special events. Happenings range from craft fairs and Christmas celebrations to trolley tours of light displays and holiday-themed music events. Many of these events are free to the public and are a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit. If you stay in one of our cabins, you’ll be within just a few minutes’ drive of most of these special Winterfest celebrations.
- Seasonal Specials!
At Timbercreek Cabins, we offer several different seasonal discounts for the next several months. Our Christmas Shopping Special runs 11/28 through 12/18, and if you book three nights, you get the fourth free. The same goes for our Winter Special, which runs January 2 through March 12. We also have a year-round special – book seven nights and get two of them free – and a Repeat Guest Special, where returning customers receive 10 percent off any stay, any time. Discounts cannot be combined.
- Fewer People
Fewer visitors to the Smokies means less traffic – especially on weekdays – and shorter lines to get into attractions and restaurants. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as the annual Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg every December, but for the most part, it’s just easier to get to your favorite destinations and manage the crowds once you arrive.
- Holiday Shows
The Smokies boast some 15 different music theater venues, which collectively are home to nearly two dozen shows. They range from country and bluegrass productions to magic shows, horseback competitions, lumberjack feats and much more. The variety is enough to entertain even the most persnickety fan. During November and December, however, many of these theaters present holiday versions of their regular-season shows, adding a Christmastime twist to the onstage entertainment. The music is tailor-made for the holidays, and you can almost count on a visit from Santa Claus during the show.
- Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg ski resort, located on top of Mt. Harrison, offers snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in winter, when weather conditions allow. Peak season is usually December through February, when it’s cold enough up there to help nature out a little bit with manufactured snow. They also offer indoor ice skating, a full-service restaurant, shops and much more.