Category Archives: Advice

Kick-Start YOUR New Year’s Resolutions in the Smokies

kick-off-new-years-resolutions-feature The start of a brand new year means…New Year’s resolutions. And while that term may bring thoughts of disappointment, quitting, or overwhelming, it doesn’t have to. You’re in control here, and your New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be extremely demanding or over-the-top impossible. Start with something you wish to change and commit to improving that area more. That’s all there is to it. You don’t have to meet a certain number, have an entire list of resolutions, pull a 180, or learn a bunch of new skills by a certain date…that’s a lot of pressure. And who needs that

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Top 3 Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains

top-3-thanksgiving-reasons-feature Each year, families descend upon the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee for holidays together. Spending Thanksgiving cozied up in a log Gatlinburg cabin in the mountains is a family tradition we can get behind! Imagine yourself gathering around a large dining table with your family’s favorite recipes made fresh in the cabin’s fully equipped kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast you won’t soon forget.  You’re carving the turkey, whipping the mashed potatoes, simmering the cranberries on the stovetop, and baking pumpkin pie in the oven. Whether coming from near or far, cooking in the cabin or enjoying Thanksgiving dinner downtown, the

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How To: Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Family

The holidays are the perfect time to get in some quality time with family. For families who don’t live near each other, it may be one of the only times during the year they get together. Renting a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains can be a great way to get everyone together, whether it’s just immediate family or a big group of extended relatives around the country. And while enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas meal, an Easter brunch, or a fun 4th of July barbecue with the family can be great, we all know that holidays with the

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YOUR Bachelorette Bash in the Smokies

bachelorette-party-smokies-featured Family vacations are probably the first thing that come to mind when you think of the Smokies – probably not a bachelorette party. But Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, are home to dozens of bars, attractions, shops, shows, restaurants, and opportunities for outdoor fun – all perfect for a bachelorette bash in the Smokies. If your group loves to stay active, spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Want to pamper the bride-to-be? Fill the weekend with massages, shopping, and winery tours. Feel like letting loose a bit? Check out the bars and live music in downtown

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Tips, Gear & Top Hiking Trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee are scenic, serene, and exciting - brimming with opportunities for outdoor fun. Hiking is among those outdoor favorites, and with waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife, and stunning mountain views, a hike in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an incredibly rewarding experience.  But because of sometimes unpredictable weather, stirring wildlife, and the nuances of the landscape, it's important that hikers of all skill levels be prepared. We have 8 simple DOs and DON'Ts to help make your hiking experience in the Smokies one to remember - in all the best ways. Then

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4 Scenic Day Hikes in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Quite a national treasure to behold, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers 800+ square miles and is a haven for wildlife of all shapes and sizes — from powerful black bears to shy salamanders. Along scenic hiking trails, you can find mountaintop vistas, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, and remnants of ancient homesteads. The most visited national park in the United States, this mountainous escape is only minutes from your peaceful cabin rental in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Notably, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers 800+ miles of hiking trails; some are mild and great for children while others are extreme

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10 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents’ Day in the Smokies

Each year, we celebrate the people who mean so much to us. They are the people who shaped our own parents’ lives and spoiled us growing up! September 11, 2022 is Grandparents’ Day – a time to show our grandparents how much we love them. And what better way to celebrate their love and legacy than by taking them on a trip to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains? With a blend of gorgeous mountain scenery, nice restaurants, and fun attractions, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are ideal cities for enjoying time with your grandparents!  You can pamper them, let them feel

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Winter Tips in The Smokies

Picturesque throughout the year, the Great Smoky Mountains is especially enchanting as winter settles into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The mountain peaks are tucked under a shimmering blanket of snow. Christmas lights brighten up seasonal events and shopping windows. Local attractions put a wintry spin on fun activities. The Festival of Trees brings the holiday spirit to the area. And the weather is great for cabin life, snuggling in front of a crackling fireplace or relaxing in a steamy hot tub at the end of the day. Winter is the perfect time of year for couples, families, friends, and

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Valentine’s Day in the Smoky Mountains

Flat,Lay.,Variety,Of,Chocolate,Dipped,Strawberries,In,A,Heart-shaped While flowers and chocolates are the go-to items on Valentine’s Day, it’s always nice to mix things up a bit. What better way to do that than to plan a romantic getaway to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville, Tennessee? With cozy mountain cabin rentals, incredible scenery, fine dining, great shopping, and tons of attractions, it’s the perfect place to steal away for a few days with that special someone. Start planning today for an amazing Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Here are some ideas on food, fun, and romance in Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Where to Eat Cherokee Grill – Located

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Girls’ Weekend in Gatlinburg

Ladies, what is one of the things you look forward to most in the year? Hmm, we’re placing our bet on getting together with your girlfriends. After all, it’s always nice to grab lunch, catch up, and feel that sisterly love. But sometimes, it’s just not that easy. Some friends live in different cities or states, and others never seem to have the time in between raising a family, working overtime, or bonding with their partner. And as much as you love your family and the men in your life, sometimes you just need girl time, ya know?  If you’re

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