5 Historic Places You Should Visit in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are well-known for their majestic appeal, their flock of tourist attractions, their unique culture, and their country charm. What you might not realize about the Smokies is that they are also full of history. They have a rich cultural background that played a large part in shaping the area into what it is today, and you can find that history all over Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas.

William “Billy” Ogle is credited with having built the first settler structure in the Smoky Mountains in the mid 18th century. His descendant, Noah “Bud” Ogle, later built one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s last remaining fully operational tub mills—and that’s just one of the must-see historic sites on our list.
Whether you’re a history buff or you’re just looking for a good way to stretch your legs in the great outdoors, these historic sites deserve to be visited the next time you come to the Smokies! Continue reading


Getting Back to Nature

Outdoor Fun in the Smokies

Soaring mountain vistas, dipping valleys, fields of wildflowers, families of playful (from a distance!) black bears, the largest diversity of salamanders in the world, beautiful trees and flowering bushes, bright blue skies, and quiet mountain streams are just a few of the natural features that make the Great Smoky Mountains great. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – one of the most popular reasons to visit the area – is the most visited national park in the country. Millions of people make the trip to the Smokies each year, finding tons of opportunities for outdoor fun – even beyond the national park.

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50 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Anti-Boredom Month in the Smokies

We never promote boredom. Having a lazy day drinking a glass of lemonade in a rocking chair, lounging in front of your cabin’s big screen TV, or soaking in the hot tub? Yes. But being bored in the Smokies? Not on our watch. With a community calendar jam packed with arts and crafts shows, fishing tournaments, car shows, food and wine festivals, 4th of July celebrations, holiday parades, kids’ events, outdoor excursions, and more PLUS dozens of attractions, restaurants, and shops for kids and adults, there is always something to do.

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Pamper for Parents’ Day in the Smokies

Did you know that Parents’ Day is July 23? This year, consider showing your appreciation by treating your parents to one of our ideas for a Smoky Mountain getaway. What better way to thank Mom and Dad than sending them to a place where they can enjoy beautiful scenery, amazing restaurants, great shopping, and endless memorable experiences? You might consider booking a cabin just for them or taking them with you to enjoy a weekend of family fun. Regardless of which you choose, there are plenty of special ideas for ways to treat your parents.

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A new FAMILY of Cabins (and MORE!) this July

June was a busy month for us at Cabins for YOU, with a new FAMILY of cabins joining us, plus a duplex and 3 unique and fun cabins! In the Beside the Still Waters community, we have cozy, welcoming, and relaxing cabins in a serene community in Pigeon Forge. Our new duplex features 2 fun and stylish cabins, and our other 3 new cabins are perfect for fun family getaways with games, theaters, and more!

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What’s new in Gatlinburg?

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have their staples. Attractions, restaurants, activities that have stood the test of time and are at the top of many vacationers’ must-do lists. Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg. Exploring underseas at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Breakfast at the Pancake Pantry. Outdoor fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Shows at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Old-time photos and airbrush t-shirts. Creamy fudge and fresh-pulled taffy. The annual Great Smoky Arts & Crafts shows. Fun days at Dollywood. Dinner shows on the Parkway. All come to mind when we think of the Smoky Mountains.

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4 Fresh Recipes for a Summer Day at the Cabin

With the Gatlinburg Farmers Market in full swing – and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies at local stores – summer is the perfect time to try some cooking in your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin. At Cabins for YOU, you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen where you can keep leftovers, store snacks, or whip up delicious homemade meals when you don’t want to go out to eat. Take advantage of having the essentials on hand, and try some of these fresh summer recipes at the cabin!

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History Highlight: The Ogle Family

One of the most popular drives in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, a six-mile paved road that gives visitors a chance to view 100-year-old cabins, barns, and homesteads in the Smokies. One of these homesteads—the Noah “Bud” Ogle Place—consists of a cabin, barn, and tub mill built by a mountain farmer named Noah “Bud” Ogle (1863¬–1913) in the late 19th century. His tub mill continues to grind, using water from the LeConte Creek. It is one of only a few left in existence.

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