Only one month away…Thanksgiving will soon be here! Can you believe it?! Gearing up and getting into the holiday spirit, we’ve dug deep to discover what we love most in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While the obvious may hit the forefront, such as fun attractions, high-end restaurants, and quaint country shops, we’re thankful for so much more: the top entrance to the national park, Christmas year-round, choice cabins, the friendly locals, handcrafted keepsakes, and unforgettable memories.
Heavenly scented wildflowers in spring, outdoor fun for all ages in summer, picturesque landscapes in autumn, and cozy cabin stays in winter — the seasons of Gatlinburg present unique weather and activities year-round. What does this mean for YOU? Well, learning about local seasonal weather can help you decide when to vacation in the Smokies, which in turn will determine what to expect, how to pack, and where to stay. A perfect place to host any occasion, from family trips to beautiful weddings to business gatherings, Gatlinburg harbors 4 seasons, each with their own distinctive characteristics and playful attitudes. Continue reading
Favorite things to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee? It took us a while, but we finally agreed on our top 25! This condensed list is meant to be an introductory guide to the area, so don’t be afraid to branch out and explore other attractions, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities. Get ready for nothing but good times in Gatlinburg! Continue reading
Rolling blue hills, lush green trees, vivid wildflowers, blooming shrubs, bright blue skies, a variety of wildlife – it’s no wonder that so many couples come to the Great Smoky Mountains to say “I do.” Pair all those fantastic outdoor perks with the amenities and conveniences of the City of Gatlinburg – all-inclusive wedding chapels to meet any need, wedding dress shops, great restaurants, and more – and you have an ideal destination for a beautiful summer wedding.
On November 28, 2016, 1 year ago today, one of the most dangerous fires in Tennessee history swept through the Gatlinburg area, claiming 14 precious lives and destroying more than 2,000 businesses and homes. Bred from a complex of fires, the largest of which began atop Chimney Tops 2 (a peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), efforts were made to both contain and douse the fire, but the relentless 40-mile-per-hour winds proved too great, spreading the fire across natural boundaries and towards the city of Gatlinburg. Where the 2016 Gatlinburg Fires took so much and left very little, the people of Gatlinburg have proved strong, continuing to rebuild, restore, and recover from this devastating event. They’re staying #GatlinburgStrong.
To continue growing as a company and sharpening our expertise for our guests, we sent members of our Cabins for YOU team to take part in the 2017 VRHP (Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals) National Conference joined by VRM (Vacation Rental Management) Intel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While attending various sessions over the 3-day conference was indeed enlightening, nothing was more pleasing than receiving the outstanding news that our very own Brandi Herbstritt, a truly caring and devoted employee, had been selected as the 2017 VRHP Housekeeping Executive of the Year!
The Smokies is well-known for its exciting modern attractions like Dollywood and Ripley’s Aquarium, but did you know they’re also steeped in rich history and authentic mountain culture? In the Smoky Mountains, you can still find a number of craftsmen who stay true to their roots, making Smoky Mountain art the old-fashioned way—including Gatlinburg woodworkers.
At Cabins for YOU, we live for the Smokies. We love all things Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Great Smoky Mountains related. We love snow-covered mountains in winter, trails dotted with spring wildflowers, and the changing leaves in fall. We also love summer in the Smokies. Summer in Gatlinburg means a busy community calendar of events, water sports, waterpark fun, sunny days along the Parkway, summer sales, and taking a break from the summer sun at the indoor attractions.
Memorial Day (May 29, 2017) is a time to remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and our lives. It’s an opportunity to say thank you to our nation’s heroes, and it is a holiday that should not be overlooked. Many Americans have a day off work, so it’s also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. In the Smokies, there are plenty of fun things to do with the ones you love, including an abundance of outdoor activities! And if you have military members in your family or group, be sure to spend the weekend celebrating them!
When we think of summer, we think of enjoying the sunshine and getting away. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a family vacation, and if you’re looking for the perfect family destination, look no further than Gatlinburg, Tennessee!