On November 28, 2016, 1 year ago today, one of the most dangerous fires in Tennessee history swept through the Gatlinburg area, claiming 14 precious lives and destroying more than 2,000 businesses and homes. Bred from a complex of fires, the largest of which began atop Chimney Tops 2 (a peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), efforts were made to both contain and douse the fire, but the relentless 40-mile-per-hour winds proved too great, spreading the fire across natural boundaries and towards the city of Gatlinburg. Where the 2016 Gatlinburg Fires took so much and left very little, the people of Gatlinburg have proved strong, continuing to rebuild, restore, and recover from this devastating event. They’re staying #GatlinburgStrong.
To continue growing as a company and sharpening our expertise for our guests, we sent members of our Cabins for YOU team to take part in the 2017 VRHP (Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals) National Conference joined by VRM (Vacation Rental Management) Intel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While attending various sessions over the 3-day conference was indeed enlightening, nothing was more pleasing than receiving the outstanding news that our very own Brandi Herbstritt, a truly caring and devoted employee, had been selected as the 2017 VRHP Housekeeping Executive of the Year!
The Smokies is well-known for its exciting modern attractions like Dollywood and Ripley’s Aquarium, but did you know they’re also steeped in rich history and authentic mountain culture? In the Smoky Mountains, you can still find a number of craftsmen who stay true to their roots, making Smoky Mountain art the old-fashioned way—including Gatlinburg woodworkers.
At Cabins for YOU, we live for the Smokies. We love all things Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Great Smoky Mountains related. We love snow-covered mountains in winter, trails dotted with spring wildflowers, and the changing leaves in fall. We also love summer in the Smokies. Summer in Gatlinburg means a busy community calendar of events, water sports, waterpark fun, sunny days along the Parkway, summer sales, and taking a break from the summer sun at the indoor attractions.
Memorial Day (May 29, 2017) is a time to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and our lives. It’s an opportunity to say thank you to our nation’s heroes, and it is a holiday that should not be overlooked. Many Americans have a day off work, so it’s also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. In the Smokies, there are plenty of fun things to do with the ones you love, including an abundance of outdoor activities! And if you have military members in your family or group, be sure to spend the weekend celebrating them!
When we think of summer, we think of enjoying the sunshine and getting away. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a family vacation, and if you’re looking for the perfect family destination, look no further than Gatlinburg, Tennessee!
How to have a budget-friendly Gatlinburg vacation
There are so many things to do, see, and taste in the Smokies. And unlike some vacation destinations, the city is not known for being overpriced. When you travel to some cities, you know beforehand that you will be paying an arm and a leg for food, getting around town, souvenirs, and attractions. But in Gatlinburg, there are tons of attractions, shops, and restaurants that will be easy on any wallet. Travel is also budget friendly, with a city trolley that costs just a few dollars for an entire day! If you’re headed to the Smokies for vacation, read our 10 ways to save. You’ll have fun and go home with a little extra cash in your pocket. Continue reading
What is something we all look forward to when it comes to vacations? Swimming! Unfortunately, that usually means bobbing around a tiny hotel pool. But when you come to the Smokies, it’s a whole different ball game. You’ll have the chance to swim in some of the cleanest and prettiest swimming spots around—right here in the Great Smoky Mountains!
Did you know that on August 25, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate its centennial? That’s 100 years of serving Americans and visitors to America by maintaining its national parks and engaging communities in a variety of conservation and preservation efforts throughout the past 10 decades.
If you live in the South or have ever visited, you know that summers in the South can be hot. A Tennessee summer day is full of lush green trees, birds singing, blue skies, and nice breezes – but it also comes with a hot summer sun. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are no exception; thankfully, there are tons of fun things to do when the weather warms up in the Smokies. Whether you want to enjoy the warm weather outside or keep cool inside, you’ll find that there are endless opportunities for summer fun on a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Below we’ve listed 15 great ways to beat the heat (or embrace it!) in Gatlinburg this summer. Continue reading