4 Christmas-movie-inspired Treats for the Cabin


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!

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Sweet Treats for Santa: Best Desserts in the Smokies

Snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, gingerbread, macadamia nut, sugar…cookies are traditional and sure mean a lot to Santa Claus. After all, they do add a bit more pep in his step on Christmas Eve so he can make all his rounds with a smile and ease. But what about the rest of the holiday season…what kind of sweet treats do you think ole St. Nick cooks up in his cozy kitchen for Christmas? With plenty of inspiration from around the world, he’s sure to have quite the assortment of sugar-filled recipes. For now, let’s take a look at the best desserts he’s picked up in the Smokies and (perhaps more importantly) where YOU can partake of these scrumptious sweets, too!

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2016 Gatlinburg Fires: 1 Year Later

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.

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Cabins for YOU Housekeeping Manager Takes Top Honor for 2017

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!

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More than Fall Colors: Have Year-Round Fun in the Smokies

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.

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Plan for Your Man: Sadie Hawkins Day in the Smokies

Listen up, ladies! Remember the Sadie Hawkins Dance at school — you know, the one where the gals ask the guys to a dance for a change? Well, get ready to ask out your man on November 13, because it’s Sadie Hawkins Day! That’s right, there’s an entire day dedicated to this girls-ask-out-boys tradition, so women of all ages can have the opportunity to boldly express their love. Show your man more than an evening out by inviting him on a memorable getaway to the Smokies! From scenic mountain views and delicious Southern food to fun-filled activities in downtown Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and romantic cabin nights, this will be a trip to remember.

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