How to pick the perfect Smoky Mountain cabin

Finding the perfect cabin for your Gatlinburg, Tennessee vacation is not always an easy task. With dozens of rental companies and thousands of cabins, you’re only one Google search away from swimming in information. Did you know that Cabins For You offers more than 200 properties for you to choose from? That’s a lot of sifting to find your one perfect cabin!

Once you know how many people the cabin needs to sleep, the search really begins. There are lots of things to consider when renting a Smoky Mountain cabin, many of which are often overlooked in the booking process. We want to make sure your Gatlinburg vacation is everything that you’ve dreamed of, so we’re here to help make your decision easier.

Aside from the obvious, things like cabin location and even the type of driveway can make or break your Gatlinburg getaway. Want to ensure you and your family has the perfect cabin vacation? Check out our helpful tips below!

#1: Reserve as early as possible.

If you’re visiting during a peak season, this tip is especially important. If you have a specific amenity in mind for your getaway, try to reserve your cabin as soon as you can. Amenities such as handicap-accessible, pet-friendly and indoor pools are in high-demand – these cabins will usually book before others. Avoid settling on an “okay” property and book early to snag the one of your dreams.

#2: List your “musts.”

Need pet-friendly? What about a home theater? Interested in walking to downtown? These are all important things to look for on your search for your ideal cabin. If the website does not list a specific amenity you’re looking for, give the cabin rental company a call and ask them any questions that you may have. Knowing what you and your family are searching for will make the process a lot easier.

#3: Are there cabins close by?

Some folks picture a mountain getaway as a secluded and isolated escape, while others prefer to have neighbors within sight. If you are searching for a cabin with pool access, know that it is probably located in a resort community and does have cabins nearby. Many cabins offer privacy fencing around the hot tub and outdoor areas to give you the isolated feel you’re searching for.

#4: Ask about location.

Just because a cabin is located in Pigeon Forge does not mean it’s a short drive away! Mountain roads are notoriously curvy and steep, meaning a ten mile trip to downtown could take you much longer than expected. If you and your family want to stay cozy in your cabin then location is of lesser importance, however, if you are intending to visit lots of attractions and eat dinner out every night, you will be happier with a cabin that’s close to downtown.

4 thoughts on “How to pick the perfect Smoky Mountain cabin”

    1. Angie, thank you for your question. You have inspired us to write a blog about large group retreats. Keep an eye out for it real soon!!

  1. My little family (me, my fiancé, my daughter, her 19 mth old and her husband) is in dire need of a mini vacation! We (the adults) need to relax, but want the “baby” to enjoy himself as well. I’ve looked & looked all over the internet for a cabin in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. As much as the adults NEED the getaway, the main focus is my grandbaby 😉 Like, there definitely has to be a Jacuzzi, prefer a deck with no steps to worry about him “getting away” (he’s quick lol) a pool/foosball table or hot tub would be okay, but not required. I don’t know, I’m just stumped and the fact that I (we) can’t afford a $400 – $500 2 night stay doesn’t help either. If you know of anything, please let me know. I appreciate it more than you know!!!
    Thank you! 🙂

    1. Christy, take a look at our cabins under $100 per night:

      Here are some budget cabins to get you started:
      Serenity has two master suites each with a jacuzzi, and there’s a hot tub on the covered deck out back where you can enjoy a mountain view.

      We also offer monthly discounts you can check out on our Specials Page:

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      If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our office!

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