Everyone has their own vacation style. For some, a weekend of spas, wine, hot tubs, and lounging couldn’t possibly be topped. Others love exploring what a city has to offer, from restaurants and shops to attractions and local events. Some travelers are all about the great outdoors. What are the best trails? How many miles can I log? What’s the best mountaintop view? Still others are focused on the food, want to stay busy for a whole week, or just want to get as much family time as possible.
S’mores evoke feelings of family, friends, cool fall nights, stories by the campfire, simpler times, and a sprinkle of childhood innocence. And however you eat them: extra-browned marshmallows, open-faced or with 2 graham crackers, or melted chocolate – who doesn’t love this simple, sweet treat?! So, of course, there has to be a holiday to celebrate everyone’s favorite campfire dessert. Tomorrow (August 10) is National S’mores Day, and we’re gearing up by giving you some decadent s’mores-inspired recipes to try. Whether you’re at home or in one of our cozy cabins, these are great spins on the classic treat.
1. Hot Apple Fritters
First on our list for fall comfort foods in the Smokies is a hot apple fritter at the Apple Barn and Cider Mill in Sevierville. If you haven’t visited this unique Smoky Mountain restaurant before, you should definitely check it out this fall. You won’t find a sweeter way to warm up than with a perfectly flaky fritter and a glass of fresh-made apple cider in your hands. You can also hang around and eat dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant before heading back to the cabin with your very own bottle of locally made apple wine from the Apple Barn Winery.
Summer in the Smokies is all about warm days, cool mountain breezes, sipping cold drinks on a private deck – overlooking the trees, of course – and sitting down for family-style meals at a picnic table or outdoor dining table. Check out these refreshing recipes when you’re ready to cool off at the cabin this summer!
While the Smokies is known for being a family vacation go-to, it’s also great for couples. Gatlinburg has dozens of great restaurants, local wineries, unique shops, art galleries, museums, and attractions that couples will love. We all need a little time to reconnect with the one we love, so plan a getaway to Gatlinburg for romance and fun. From fun attractions to romantic activities, there’s plenty to do!
Summertime at Dollywood means fun for all ages, with new, exciting rides, carnival games and prizes, attractions for smaller kids, and more! The Drop Line, a 20-story free fall, is now open, as well as the FireChaser Express – the first dual-launch family coaster in the nation! Want more heart-pounding rides? Adventure seekers will love the Barnstormer, Blazing Fury, Lightning Rod, Mystery Mine, Tennessee Tornado, Thunderhead, and Wild Eagle. Kids can check out the NEW Whistle Punk Chaser junior coaster, located in Timber Canyon. If you’re traveling with younger kids, be sure to stop by Country Fair. Rides like Amazing Flying Elephants, Busy Bees, Demolition Derby, Lemon Twist, Lucky Ducky, and Piggy Parade will please little ones!
Although the area is well-known for its many attractions, restaurants, and shops, the Smokies has received its fame through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are 800+ miles of trails to explore in the park, so lace up your boots and get ready for your hiker’s getaway 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.
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!