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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


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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The ABCs of the Smokies

Arts and crafts – The arts is an integral part of the Smokies, from the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Visit either throughout the year to see the work of local artists and craftsmen, or plan a trip to the Smokies during one of the events hosted during the year. From gallery showings and arts and crafts fairs to unique pieces found in area shops, you can always enjoy a bit of the arts scene.

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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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8 Questions to Ask When Planning Your Smoky Mountain Vacation

There are a lot of things to think about when planning a Smoky Mountain vacation. How much can you spend, where do you want to stay, what do you want to do, what will you eat? Thankfully, there are plenty of options – from restaurants and attractions to cabins and shops – to fit any style. Check out our top 8 questions to ask when planning your Smoky Mountain vacation to get you started. Continue reading