You’ve said it before: “I need a vacation from my vacation!” Those are the kind of trips where you’re constantly on the go and feel like you have to see absolutely EVERYTHING because when are you going to be back? Maybe never, right?
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community – a collection of talented artisans along an 8-mile historic loop in Gatlinburg – is an important part of the Great Smoky Mountains. It started in the mid-1930s when the local craftsmen decided to work from their homes – where their tools were – instead of selling along the streets downtown. Woodcarver John Cowden was one of the first, and many artists began to follow suit, opening shops and studios next to (or inside of) their homes. As word spread, more and more visitors started coming to watch the craftsmen at work and buy their unique, handmade goods.
Spring is in the air in the Great Smoky Mountains! The air is warm, the birds are singing, the hillsides are green, and the community calendar is packed with fun Easter events and activities for the whole family! There is plenty to do downtown, or read on for some fun ideas for recipes and activities in the cabin – especially if you’re traveling with kids! Continue reading
Vacation costs add up. Between finding a place to stay, travel costs, going out to eat, souvenirs, and attractions, cash starts to get short. Thankfully, we have budget-friendly cabins that won’t break the bank, and Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have activities, attractions, shops, and even restaurants to fit almost any budget.
It’s never too soon to start thinking about spring vacation. Where should you go? What should you do? At Cabins for YOU we recommend a spring getaway to the Smokies! That’s because these mountains are not only packed with fun and affordable things to do, but they offer an unforgettable beauty with the Smoky Mountain’s wide variety of springtime flowers!
Rainy days and Mondays don’t have to get you down when you’re in the Smokies. With dozens of fun indoor attractions, even the wet weather offers a chance to play. From a world-class aquarium and dinner shows to arcade games and shopping, there is no shortage of things to do on a rainy day in the Smokies.
Millions of people visit the Smokies each year because of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The most visited national park in the National Park Service, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts 800+ miles of trails ripe for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The 11-mile Cades Cove loop road is home to an impressive diversity of wildlife, wildflowers, and trees. Roads in and around the national park are perfect for scenic drives and feature interesting historic sites and buildings.
The name Johnny Appleseed has become a household one, eliciting images of pioneers, apple trees, and the great outdoors. John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman was the American pioneer who brought apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and beyond. Stories tell of Johnny Appleseed spreading apple seeds everywhere he went, planting nurseries and donning a tin-pan hat and bare feet along the way. The stories vary from person to person, but one thing is certain: the widespread use of apples in the U.S. is due in large part to the eccentric John Chapman.
So you thought Pokémon Go would be a nice change because, hey, at least your kids aren’t locked in their rooms anymore, right? Well, we’re offering you an even better solution: a real-life scavenger hunt in the Smokies! This is a chance for your family to work together, checking out popular attractions in Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge.
The days are shorter, the nights are colder. The trees are bare, and activities are sparse…or are they? While wintertime in other parts of the country might mean sitting inside and getting cabin fever, winter at Ober Gatlinburg is synonymous with fun! Check out these 8 ideas for beating the winter blues at the Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area this year: