A delicate snow to blanket the pines, a cooling wind to clear the mind, a warm fireplace to ease the cold, and a still quiet to sooth the soul: the beauty of winter is truly a treasure to behold. From snowmen creations and cozier-than-ever cuddles to happy holidays and marshmallow-filled cocoas, winter is a time to play, a time to romance, a time for celebration, and a time for sweet treats, but most of all, it’s a great time to get away! What better way to spend your winter vacation than in a quaint cabin nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains?
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is watching holiday movies. There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa in front of the tree and watching those movies that put me in the holiday spirit. In fact, my husband buys me a new Christmas movie each year. My other favorite part of Christmas? (besides spending time with family, of course) Eating all the holiday foods! And if you’re cozied up in a Gatlinburg cabin with your family today, this will be an extra-special treat!
If you’ve done any research or had friends or family who’ve visited the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ve probably heard about the changing of the leaves in fall or the sparkling holiday lights in winter. But did you know that the two mountain towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer fun all throughout the year? While fall and the holidays are popular times for visitors, so are spring and summer.
1. Fall Colors
First on our list are the unparalleled colors of the Smoky Mountains each fall, making this season one of the most popular for visiting Pigeon Forge. The variety of trees dotting the Smoky Mountain hills and the mild climate of East Tennessee make for a perfect combination when it comes to enjoying the oranges, golds, and reds of the changing leaves on the trees. For one of the best seats in the house when it comes to fall colors, we recommend a ride on the 200-foot Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at Pigeon Forge’s The Island.
Whether you’re seeking a picturesque mountain backdrop to enhance your portfolio or the coolest Instagram shot to boost your followers, the Great Smoky Mountains provide unmatched photo-worthy beauty as far as the eye can see. From wondrous wildlife and historic buildings to cascading waterfalls and alluring landscapes, the Smokies has you covered — and then some.
Despite popular opinion, pumpkin is not exclusively reserved for pumpkin spiced lattes when fall rolls around. And although we’re the first to grab a hot drink and head to the deck of one of our cozy Smoky Mountain cabins, there are plenty of other ways to make the most of this seasonal ingredient.
1. Hiking boots. Besides booking one of our Smoky Mountains cabins with impressive mountain views, one of the best ways to experience fall foliage this year is to get out and explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ! With more than 800 miles of hiking, you’re sure to find a trail that fits your fitness level, and some of the recommended hikes for fall include Andrews Bald, Gregory Bald, Mount LeConte, and the Sugarland Mountain Trail. So bring your hiking boots or a good pair of sneakers, and get ready for some crisp mountain air this fall!
Sometimes misplaced stress can really get in the way of relationships and romance. Just remember: your partner didn’t pile on all that extra paperwork before the weekend or make your passive-aggressive work schedule that leaves you worn out. So, when life is causing your relationship stress, get away! Go back to the basics and escape together to the Smoky Mountains for a romantic cabin vacation. The Smokies are considered one of the most affordable romantic areas in the country for plenty of good reasons!
August is FAMILY FUN MONTH, just another great excuse to plan a big Smoky Mountain vacation or a quick weekend away with the kids. And what better place to get away than Gatlinburg (or Pigeon Forge), where the Parkway is lined with arcades, mini golf courses, go kart tracks, and family-friendly attractions.