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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Close your eyes and lean back in your rocking chair on your log cabin deck before peeking to double-check that you are not, in fact, imagining this serendipitous setting. No sounds of the city are invading this dream; no constant waves of cars passing on the highways, no horns of angry drivers, and no creaking of breaks. Once Upon A View is the perfect Smoky Mountain getaway for you and your college friends, those siblings and your nieces and nephews you want to reconnect with, or your bridal party for a last “hoorah” before the big day. With 4 bedrooms, space for up to 13 guests, and comfortable common living areas, you will love spending time and relaxing after beautiful days spent in Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
While settled onto its own 1-acre lot in the mountains, Once Upon A View is located in a gated community, not too far from the restaurants, shops, attractions, and entertainment of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Enjoy day trips to these mountain cities before escaping back to your quiet cabin away from the lights and sounds of their hustle and bustle. Drive under 17 miles to Gatlinburg to experience all this historical gateway city to the mountains has to offer or drive a little over 13 miles to Pigeon Forge for action-packed days in Dollywood and the Hollywood Wax Museum!
After arriving to the cabin, hugging everyone, and setting down your suitcases in your spacious bedroom suite, melt into the plush leather couches of the living room area for some relaxation. Turn on the large flatscreen TV mounted above the mantel to watch the family’s favorite sports team compete while enjoying a lazy afternoon. After touring the local wineries, such as Smoky Mountain Winery, pour some glasses of award-winning blackberry wine in your souvenir glasses to sip while playing a hilarious game of charades in front of the stone fireplace. Relish in the soothing afternoon sunlight drifting in from the expansive windows stretching from floor to ceiling while you read a book or nap on the couch. The high loft ceilings, exquisite décor, and mountain views through the windows create a cabin stay straight from your dreams.
Create meal masterpieces in the inviting, fully-loaded kitchen with plenty of counter space, double ovens, and an impressive stove-top granite island. Pull your famous casserole from the top oven while the turkey remains cooking below in the convenient second oven and other guests laughs and sip on drinks at the kitchen bar. Set up a large dinner buffet along the long granite countertops before putting out the cabin dishes that make mealtime easy.
Grab glassware from the wooden cabinetry before fetching some sweet tea from the sleek, spacious refrigerator. In the early morning sunlight pouring in from the kitchen window, brew your morning cup of joe in the coffeemaker or create your breakfast smoothie in the blender. Easily reheat your leftovers from The Old Mill Restaurant as a midnight snack in the microwave. Cooking will never seem like such a luxury than in the beautiful mountain-modern kitchen of Once Upon A View!
Under the extravagant chandelier at the long, dark wooden dining table, clink your glasses and toast to good friends and cherished memories to be made in the Smoky Mountains. Laugh and fellowship with 7 other guests while dining during a holiday meal around the table. Extra guests have plenty of space at the smooth granite bar-top nearby. Share a hearty breakfast in the dreamy morning sunlight falling from the expansive windows with the Smoky Mountains in full view. The dining room can also be your game-night hub, with space to play board games or break out the cards. Or you can set up the table for the kiddos to make holiday crafts, color, or decorate Christmas cookies!
Every couple staying in Once Upon A View will love their individual bedroom suites and king-size beds to come home to after eventful days in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Take luxurious baths in the large jetted tub of your private bathroom before putting on your robe and crawling under the warm covers of your bed. As you draw the bedroom curtains to the large bedroom windows, the expansive mountain skylines and majestic natural scenery greet your eyes. Lay in bed in the afternoon to enjoy your quiet time while reading your favorite book in the midday sun, or turn on your current TV obsession on your bedroom’s flatscreen TV. Hang up your new outfits from the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville in the spacious walk-in closet. One suite boasts its own beautiful stone fireplace for a romantic, warm fire in the evenings.
Gather around the granite countertop of the spacious wet bar to serve up some cold mixed drinks before a game of pool. While waiting your turn on the pool table, relax on the nearby sectional couch to cheer on your favorite team. Laugh and watch the kids play on the PlayStation 3 as you and the other parents sit at the wet bar in the evening. Or just gather around the fireplace for a quiet night in the cabin. With entertainment and cozy spaces, the rec room in Once Upon A View is a place you’ll want to come back to time after time.
Adults and children alike will love the special theater room in Once Upon A View! Set your drink in the convenient cup holder before adjusting your soft leather seating into the perfect lounging/viewing position from the elevated levels. Scream during the jump scenes and cry during those climactic moments as the surround sound takes you from your cabin and into the movie. The high-quality projector will make this a theater experience better than the actual theater, letting you enjoy the movie-night experience in the comfort of your own cabin!
You may never want to come inside after lounging on the beautiful wrap-around deck with breathtaking mountain views! Grill up the perfect game-day feast on the outdoor gas grill or eat your hamburgers at the log picnic table to enjoy the fresh air. Slide into the bubbling, soothing waters of the hot tub and take in the forest scenery, unobstructed by tall city buildings and lights. In the early morning, memorize the soul-stirring mountain views while sipping on hot tea of coffee. Enjoy long afternoons in the beautiful log furnishings on the porch that are an inviting touch to the spacious deck.
Foxfire Mountain Adventures
Walk the country’s longest suspension bridge across a rocky gorge before swinging along miles of ziplines through the thick mountain forestry, all at Foxfire Mountain! Whichever outdoor adventure you choose, whether it be the ATV ride, hiking the trails, or ziplining, you and your family will cherish these exciting memories filled with picturesque valley views, breathtaking mountain scenery, and peaceful rivers and streams!
While you are sure to be busy exploring the nature above, don’t forget about the quiet beauty that lies below in the large underground caves of Tennessee! The Tuckaleechee Caverns are home to the east coast’s tallest underground waterfall, Silver Falls, cascading over subterranean rock structures for 210-feet! At the end of your tour through tunnels filled with stalactites and stalagmites, enter the “Big Room,” an underground cave opening wide enough to fit a football field!
Every season of the year, Dollywood continues to be a crowd favorite among visitors to the Smoky Mountains. Fly down roller coasters and water slides with the kids after enjoying hilarious theatrical displays on the numerous stages! Dollywood also hosts some of the biggest holiday extravaganzas you won’t want to miss out on!
My family of 5 stayed at Once Upon A View during summer. It was our first time visiting Tennessee, and I couldn't have picked a more perfect place to stay. If you are looking for everything luxury, this is the cabin for you. The mountain views from the wrap around deck were breathtaking. The cabin features a large theater room, pool table with wet bar, a hot tub, two large living areas and each of the 4 bedrooms have their own master and I believe all had jetted tubs. You will never want to leave this cabin! When we return, we will stay here again.
We were two families from London, England on a 3 week US Road Trip. From Atlanta to Orlando via Smoky Mountains, Nashville, Memphis, Natchez, New Orleans and Destin. We had a great trip, and the stay in Once Upon a View in the Smoky Mountains was one of the highlights. The cabin was wonderful. Lovely views of the mountains; very spacious and comfortable. Enjoyed sitting on the back deck with a cold beer soaking up the mountain views. Also loved the cinema room in the basement.