How Summer in the Smokies Beats Summer at the Beach

Struggling to claim a spot to park your beach umbrella, catching a sunburn after only 30 minutes by the sea, finding sand everywhere for years to come…we’ve got a better idea — plan your next summer trip to the Great Smoky Mountains! Okay, there might be some obvious perks to visiting the mountains, but how does summer in the Smokies beat summer at the beach? From live performances on the streets and delectable dishes around every corner to exciting local events, a stunning natural landscape, and top-notch cabin rentals, we’re more than prepared to answer that question!

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FAQs | Vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains

Wanting to head to the Great Smoky Mountains but have questions or concerns? Never fear, Cabins for YOU is here — with answers to frequently asked questions about vacationing in the Great Smoky Mountains, from how to get around to the best indoor attractions to what to do if you see a bear! Read on to collect your thoughts, ease your mind, and step away with a sense of preparedness for your vacay in the Smokies.

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2019 Synchronous Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains

Ever wanted to meet Tinker Bell? How about Smoky Mountain fairies — aka synchronous fireflies? Okay, we might be stretching a tiny bit here…but if you’ve never seen these incredible fairy-like creatures perform in person, you can’t pass judgement. Enchanting to say the least, the synchronous fireflies of the Smokies are kind of a big deal, illuminating the night forest in unison! Coordinated by Mother Nature herself, this brilliant (family-friendly) show occurs annually around the end of May to the middle of June in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Start your summer with a trip to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN, to view nature in a whole new light and take home a spectacular experience you’ll not soon forget! Continue reading


What to Do in Gatlinburg, TN | 5 Days of Fun

Alright, take a deep breath. You’ve just planned your annual vacay to the Great Smoky Mountains. Your Gatlinburg cabin rental is booked. And you’re sort of panicking about what you’re going to do in Gatlinburg, TN, for 5 days… Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the attractions, best panoramic shot spots, recommended restaurants, and shopping centers. We totally get it! Our piece of advice: don’t stress if you can’t experience everything in 1 trip. Narrow down your options by choosing new adventures, familiar favorites, and a few trusted recommendations. Need a little inspiration? Check out our planned 5-day trip to Gatlinburg. Feel free to deviate from our guiding path — this is YOUR vacation after all! Continue reading


All Aboard the Flying Theatre in Pigeon Forge!

Soar through the American skies as The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN, whisks you away on a journey across the United States aboard the Flying Theatre. Set to open early 2020, this world-class flying theater attraction will be a promising $20-million-dollar investment. Combining movement, sound, sight, and scent, this new attraction will tackle all your senses, transporting you to natural wonders and famous landmarks within our beloved country. Whether you’ve seen these places in person or never before, this aerial adventure will leave you breathless for sure!

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4 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in the Smokies

Fireworks sizzle and pop across the star-filled sky in celebration of our nation’s independence on the 4th of July! While you could attend the same local event, friend’s party, or at-home festivities, why not change things up this year for an extra memorable holiday experience? The Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to liven up this Independence Day with 4 fantastic ways to celebrate: a top parade, river regatta, patriotic festival, and a cabin cookout plus pool party! Continue reading


Squatchin’ in the Smokies | Bigfoot Conference 2019

Walking through a dim forest at twilight, you hear a strange sound, shortly followed by booming howls, odd tree knocks, and rustling leaves… Does curiosity get the better of you, or do you brush it off and head home (aka bolt in the opposite direction)? Yeah, most of us would turn tail and run for safety, and rightly so, but throw a bigfoot enthusiast into this spooky situation, and they would bust out their cameras, audio recorders, and thermal scanners to collect evidence of this covert cryptid (a creature whose existence is disputed). Whether you’d dash away or opt to stay — as long as you have an interest in the elusive bigfoot — you’re welcome to attend the Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference in Gatlinburg, TN!

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April 2019 NEW Cabins for YOU

Spring has sprung in the Smokies! It’s time to dust off those winter clothes, lace up those hiking shoes, and get ready to explore and relax in the Great Smoky Mountains! Family vacation, romantic couple’s weekend, retreat, reunion, week away with friends…whatever you’re planning, we have the cabins for YOU!

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The Best Time to Visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Deciding when to visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is all about your vacation preference. Are you wanting to venture through a trove of spring wildflowers or soak up the summer sun by the pool? Perhaps you’d prefer to view the colorful autumn leaves across the Great Smoky Mountains or cuddle with your sweetheart by a toasty cabin fireplace. No matter the season or the reason, the best time to visit Gatlinburg is up to YOU! In addition to local attractions scattered about Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge, fun events fill the calendar throughout the year, so there’s always plenty to do. Check out our top seasonal experiences and plan your Gatlinburg visit with family and friends today!

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