Memorial Day 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 long weekend, so it’s also a great opportunity for those who have the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends.
It’s the beginning of the summer after a long school year with the kids, long workdays, and all the obligations that kept you from unwinding. Rather than preparing your own home for this momentous summertime kickoff, make this year’s Memorial Day a time with family and friends in a Pigeon Forge, Tennessee cabin!
Here are some great ideas to inspire an epic Memorial Day weekend to start your summer off the right way:
SAVE on Your Stay – Memorial Day Deals
Cabins for YOU offers some great specials on cabins throughout the year, and the long Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to kick off summer and bring family and friends together. Our large group lodges vary in amenities like indoor pools and breathtaking mountain views, but they always provide fully loaded kitchens, perfect for a big Memorial Day meal with friends and family. So, grab your favorite group of people and celebrate summer surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and dreamy cabin interiors and amenities!
Splash in a Cabin Pool
The sun is out and it’s time to enjoy fresh mountain air while lounging by a pool and watching the kids splash around! Many Cabins for YOU cabins – located in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville and ranging in all sizes and views – reside in resort communities providing community pool access. We even have cabins with private indoor pools for awesome pool days in the privacy of your cabin – the perfect way to enjoy your Memorial Day getaway!
Can’t Beat these Cookout Views
Whether you are looking out to sweeping valleys, over rolling mountain peaks, onto the Parkway of downtown Gatlinburg, or at serene streams crawling through the trees, you will feel right at home while flipping burgers and hot dogs on a Smoky Mountain cabin grill this Memorial Day. Fully loaded kitchens with spacious refrigerators make condiments, vegetables, ice cream, and all your other cookout grub easy to store, unlike cramped hotel rooms. Sip on local beer poured out of your souvenir growler from Smoky Mountain Brewery and kick back while enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains and the sizzle of food on the grill.
Games in the Cabin
Now that your kids are out of school, their energy levels are on an upward turn – and they are ready to have some school-free fun. Get out of the house to a cabin where they can play outside and explore nature in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, play arcade games and air hockey in many of our cabin rec rooms, watch a movie in a cabin home theater, and revel in the excitement of just being in a new environment after their monotonous routine between school and home. From foosball to board games, check out what your cabin already has in store – and bring a few of the kids’ favorite games from home to pack in tons of fun over this long weekend.
Outdoor Activities in the Smokies
While hanging out at the cabin for a big cookout is great, you are in the Smoky Mountains, so get out and experience the great outdoors! Take on the Class III and IV rapids on a whitewater rafting adventure, tube down the Little Pigeon River, bike Cades Cove, swing high in the air through the trees along miles of ziplines, splash at a waterpark, play around at Ober Gatlinburg, or tour the various terrains on an ATV tour. Any of these excursions are a blast and great for groups as well. Get your adrenaline pumping in one of the most beautiful areas as you spend Memorial Day in the Smokies!
Mesmerizing Lights of The Island in Pigeon Forge
After sunny afternoons by the pool and lounging around the cabin during your cookout, head to The Island in Pigeon Forge for a family-friendly night on the town. The Island is hard to miss thanks to the spectacle of changing lights against the night sky on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Pick up a delicious ice cream cone or bag of gourmet popcorn from the shops and settle into one of the rocking chairs around the fountain, because you won’t want to miss this one-of-kind show of water fountains, music, and lights!
Family Picnic on Andrews Bald
Your Gatlinburg Memorial Day weekend doesn’t have to be by a pool or downtown to be spectacular. Enjoy a fun, peaceful picnic lunch with breathtaking panoramic mountain views on Andrews Bald. The hike is easy, thanks to recent renovations to the trail, and short enough for families to pack their backpacks with drinks, sandwiches, snacks, and a blanket to get out and enjoy a little picnic among the wildflowers and clouds on Andrews Bald. The trailhead shares a parking lot with Clingmans Dome, another nice trek that takes you to the highest point in the Smoky Mountains!
Family-friendly Attractions in the Smoky Mountains
When you’re not soaking in hot tubs, relaxing at the cabin, or exploring the great outdoors in the national park on your holiday weekend, you’ll find plenty of things to do in the area along the Parkway. Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville are home to dozens of attractions perfect for the family wanting to make the most of a three-day weekend! Ride roller coasters at Dollywood, explore Anakeesta high above the city, spend the afternoon meeting underwater creatures in Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, or cool off at Dollywood‘s Splash Country!
Favorite Cabin Amenities for Memorial Day Weekend
- Private indoor pool
- Theater room
- Foosball, pool, air hockey, shuffleboard, and arcade games
- Decks with hot tubs and grills
- Bedrooms with big screen TVs
- Bunk beds for sleepovers
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Gorgeous mountain views
- Convenient drives to downtown
Take one of these ideas and run- to the mountains! Your dream Smoky Mountain vacation is just a click or phone call away with Cabins for YOU.