By Leif Palmer
Now that spring is here, more and more folks are starting to think about returning to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Whether you're thinking about a quick weekend of shopping, hiking or relaxation or pulling out all the stops for a full-blown family vacation, we can give you some ideas for planning your trip, especially when it comes to accommodations. Smoky Mountain cabins offer a lot of options, and we can give you some recommendations when it comes to picking the one that will best suit your travel needs.
One of the first decisions you'll need to make pertains to the size of your travel party. Is it just you and a spouse, or will you be bringing a bunch of kids along too? Or maybe you plan to travel as a group of friends or even a large family reunion. However small or large the group, rental cabins are available in a wide range of sizes, from cozy one-bedroom cottages to massive multi-room lodges that can accommodate more than a dozen guests.
One-bedroom rentals are ideal for couples, especially if it's a honeymoon, anniversary trip or just a weekend romantic getaway. They're the perfect cozy size for just two people, but even the smallest cabins can still be big on amenities, including whirlpool tubs in the bathroom, outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, game rooms and more.
Two-bedroom cabins are well suited for parents with a couple of kids, two couples traveling together or even a small group of friends. And like all rental cabins, the two-bedrooms include a full kitchen, so if you don't want to eat out on the tow every day, you can still have everything you need to prepare your own meals and snacks.
Three- and four-bedroom cabins offer even more flexibility. These are well suited for multiple families traveling together as well as larger groups of friends or even corporate retreats and family reunions. Features like game rooms and outdoor hot tubs mean there are ways for everyone to enjoy time together, but there are enough bedrooms, foldout couches and loft sleeping areas to ensure that everyone has plenty of space and privacy.
Once you've decided how large a cabin you need, be sure to consider which locations and activities you want to be close to. For example, if you plan to do lots of outlet mall shopping, it might be nice to have a property closer to Pigeon Forge or Sevierville. If you're interested in seeing lots of attractions and music shows, you definitely want to be closer to Pigeon Forge.
Those interested in touring the Arts & Crafts Community or spending a lot of time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park should consider something closer to Gatlinburg. Or if a quiet setting with beautiful scenery that's close to the park sounds like your idea of a great location, you might consider something in the Wears Valley area.
Even if you aren't sure what your plans will be at this point, we still recommend booking as far ahead in advance as possible, especially as summer approaches. Search the rental companies to find the ideal cabin in the Smokies.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in east Tennessee. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.