What to do in the Smokies During the Coronavirus

Updated March 24, 2020

For many, we are living in unprecedented times. We all have many questions surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including how to stay safe and healthy – while not halting everything. Much travel is being canceled or postponed, but it has not shut down completely. You may find yourself already cuddled up in a cozy cabin, planning to stay a little longer. You may have a trip planned and want to know the best way to keep your plans while staying safe and healthy. We are here for YOU and want to help in any way we can. 

You can read more about what we’re doing for our guests and our team on our COVID-19 Updates for YOU blog. Along with increased measures for sanitizing and laundering, we are working on more flexible travel options for changed plans during this uncertain time. You can also find a list of postponed or canceled events and restaurant and store closures in the Smokies.

If you’re here in the Smokies or on your way, we want to offer some ideas on how to still enjoy your time in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. One highlight of staying in a cabin is that it is private, allowing you the space for social distancing. Our cabins also offer keyless entry with no trip to an office necessary, meaning fewer points of contact. You can drive in your own car and get into your cabin without interacting with others if you wish. We also have secluded cabins, which are even out of sight distance of other cabins – giving you plenty of privacy.

What to Do in the Cabin During COVID-19
If you find yourself in one of our cozy Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins, you’ll find plenty to do when practicing social distancing and staying in. Per guidelines from the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health, our cleaning procedures for our cabins have been heightened. We are using cleaning solutions with approved ingredients, taking additional measures to sanitize all surfaces, and laundering more often. Your safety is our first priority, and we want you to enjoy your time in the Smokies during this unique and difficult time. Need some ideas on what to do when staying in? We have you covered.

  • Play arcade games, air hockey, foosball, pool, shuffleboard, or ping pong 
  • Have movie marathons in your cabin’s private home theater
  • Bake sweet treats and have fun decorating cupcakes or cookies with the kids
  • Whip up meals in the fully equipped kitchen
  • Have a game night with board games and cards
  • Bring along some books and relax on the sofa or in a swing on the deck
  • Work remotely – with a view, taking advantage of Wi-Fi in the cabin
  • Have craft time with the kids 
  • Take advantage of resources like Scholastic Home Learning – offered FREE during the COVID-19 school closures – online for the kids 
  • Have a scavenger hunt around the cabin 
  • Use Wi-Fi to video chat with family and friends, keeping you connected 
  • Splash in the private indoor pool 
  • Soak in the outdoor hot tub

How to Enjoy the Outdoors during COVID-19

For now, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (at least the outdoor spaces) is currently closed and planning to reopen on April 6. If you’re in the Smokies and wanting to get some fresh air and exercise this spring, you can take a walk or hike on a trail. There are more than 800 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so there are plenty of places to stretch your legs a bit while still keeping your distance from others. The Cades Cove Loop Road is also planning to reopen, so you can enjoy a scenic drive in the comfort and safety of your own vehicle! Just pack some snacks and water and enjoy an afternoon with some different views. 

As always, please follow any guidelines put in place by the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health. We will be monitoring the situation daily and alerting our guests to any updates as soon as possible. From our Cabins for YOU family to yours – we hope you stay safe and healthy during this time!

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