Gatlinburg TN Area Information

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gatlinburg Animal Safety

Obviously, one of the major draws of Gatlinburg TN, is the abundance of lush, natural sites and sounds. However, along with this landscape comes another, sometimes unwanted feature – the prevalence of wildlife in the area. Animals are able to run free in Gatlinburg woods and parks, so you should definitely keep this in mind when planning your trip to the area. This is especially true when bringing small children along with you to join in the outdoor fun. Arming yourself with the knowledge of how to approach and deal with the potentially dangerous wildlife of the region (which consists of black bears, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and wolves) will certainly help in the long and the short term.

Please keep in mind that most Gatlinburg cabins in the area are within close proximity of the National Park and/or some river and streams. Planning for certain situations can be very resourceful.

First and foremost, you should always obey the famous adage “Don’t feed the animals!” Feeding animals, especially their young, can put you and your family in definite danger. Approaching an animal that is in the process of feeding its young is also particularly dangerous. In fact, being in close proximity to any of the wildlife in the area can be potentially hazardous. You should thus always be careful when attempting to capture these creatures on film.

The main thing to keep in mind when approached by these animals is to stay calm and be prepared. This is especially true when enjoying the lush nature trails that Gatlinburg offers. Ensure that your children know that the creatures of the area are not the same as family pets. You can also instill in your children and family some helpful tips, such as:

  1. Remain upright in order to appear larger (and therefore more intimidating) to the animal
  2. Give the animal space. This creates a larger window for them to get away from you.
  3. Make no sudden movement. Backing away slowly and quietly is still the best way to make your escape.

Being mindful of the presence of these animals and the techniques to approach them can put you one step in the right direction to keeping you and your family safe. While the wildlife of Gatlinburg is certainly beautiful, you should always remember that you are vacationing in their natural habitat. Because of this, appropriate respect for them is always in order.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Breakfast in Gatlinburg TN

Let's start with an obvious observation – traveling is hard work. Planning a mountain cabin getaway can often be as exhausting as the daily tasks you're attempting to leave behind. Enjoying that same getaway can often leave you a bit fatigued as well. However, the day you have ahead of you can be at loss less trying if you prepare yourself with a hearty breakfast. When staying in Gatlinburg on your vacation, you may be at a loss as to where to take your hungry belly, not to mention your family's, to get some good morning grub. Here, then, is some breakfast advice for your Gatlinburg vacation.

In the Smokies, the name of the breakfast game is summed up in one word – pancakes. In Gatlinburg, you will find some of the most delicious pancakes you have ever experienced. There is also a wide selection of pancake houses around Gatlinburg for you to choose from. You might try the Pancake Pantry, which is a renowned breakfast spot located on Gatlinburg's main strip, the Parkway. There is also the Log Cabin Pancake House, a location that speaks to the heart of the region by serving breakfast in a log cabin environment. You should also keep in mind that, despite their namesakes, the many pancake-themed breakfast spots around Gatlinburg also feature other types of breakfast fare. You can thus expect to be met with delicious French toast and crepes, eggs cooked to your liking, and juicy strips of bacon.

Aside from the famous pancakes, you may be searching for restaurants that feature other staples of southern breakfasts, such as grits, and biscuits with gravy. While many of the pancake houses will feature these, you might turn your attention to locations such as the Terrace Restaurant, which sports a breakfast buffet featuring country ham, grits, and the like. There is also the Atrium Restaurant, a mom and pop eatery that serves delicious mountain cuisine, with Belgian waffles, country fried steaks, and other scrumptious entrees topping the breakfast menu. With so many different breakfast locations for you to try out, Gatlinburg TN ensures that, as far as your mornings are concerned, you'll never have an excuse to go hungry again!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Where To View Wildlife This Summer

Given the nature of its surroundings, it is to be expected that Gatlinburg TN is home to a variety of animal life. Perhaps the most famous creature that calls this area home is the black bear, a species that has in many ways become an unofficial “mascot” of the region. Because of this, visitors may be curious as to where the most likely places are to encounter these animals, as well as other animals, in safe, controlled environments. And while proper safety should always be observed when approaching the wildlife of the area, there are a few spots, both controlled and open, around the city where bear and other animals can be encountered.

One controlled environment where visitors can meet some of the local wildlife is the Smoky Mountain Wildlife Encounter, a feature within the Ober Gatlinburg amusement park (We offer many Gatlinburg cabins located near Ober Gatlinburg on Ski Mountain). Here you can have face-to-face encounters with bears, flying squirrels, raccoons, owl, turtles, snakes, fish, tree lizards, and many more. The park also features an underwater viewing area where visitors can watch river otters playing, as well as a “nocturnal house” which plays host to the creatures who prefer the nightlife.

To see animals in a more open environment, you might try visiting Cade’s Cove. This valley is a famous Gatlinburg attraction, and consists of an 11-mile-one-way loop that takes visitors along a path full of historic sites that hold lots of meaning for the history of the area. The wildlife in this area is particularly plentiful, and you’re sure to encounter at least deer on your journey. You always may come into contact with black bears, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, red wolves, beavers, raccoons, and more. Obviously, many of these animals are not to be approached directly, so you should definitely be attentive when exploring the area. Never get too close to or attempt to feed any of these creatures. This will ensure that you can experience their majesty while still remaining safe.

Gatlinburg offers a plethora of wildlife for visitors to encounter. Whether in a controlled or open environment, coming into contact with these creatures is sure to leave you with fond memories of your Gatlinburg vacation. Just be sure to always show appropriate behavior and respect towards animals and their surroundings.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Summer Tips from Cabins For You

With summer in full swing and the "dog days" rapidly approaching us, Cabins For You would like to offer a few tips to help "cool off" your Gatlinburg vacation. Here are a few summer tips...

  1. Wild Bear Falls - What...Gatlinburg TN has a water park? Yes they do! We have covered it before but we believe it is worth mentioning again. This is a great idea for families during the hot days of July and August. Single Day admission is $18.95. Wild Bear Falls will definitely entertain your family and go a longway to help cooling you off.
  2. Swimming anyone? - So overlooked when coming to Gatlinburg TN. What a great amenity for any family when reserving a cabin in Gatlinburg. There are so many mountain cabins that offer pool access. Some even offer private pools. Technically this is not free but it feels like it because it is added into the reservation cost.
  3. Learn To Love The Evening - It is so much fun to stroll the strip in downtown Gatlinburg TN. It is even more fun to do it at night. Still very crowded but at least you don't sweat like crazy. Oh yeah...does not cost a thing. It will probably end up costing something because of all the candy and fudge stores.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Summer Craftsmen Fair 2009

The next best thing to being an incredible artist is watching some of the nations finest artisans perform their skilled task. If you happen to be in Gatlinburg TN during the month of July, make an effort to stop by the convention center and browse through some artist's booths.

The Summer Craftsman Fair will be held July 17 thru 26th this year. The Fair has been occurring for 34 years and is a favorite event for locals and tourists. This event still claims an award as a Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society. There will be arts, crafts and music for everyone to enjoy!

Times for the July Fair are everyday from 10am - 7pm. Sunday's shut down at 5pm. Adult tickets to the Fair are $6 and children 12 and under are free (supervision required).

There will be over 200 booths of arts, crafts, and music at the this years fair. You can spend an afternoon at the Fair looking through different tents and exploring their crafts. You’ll find pocketbooks, wood-workings, trinkets, etc. One very exciting part of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair is the ability to see other artisans at their best.

Not only will there be crafts to look through but they have live performances as well. You can listen to the sounds of music by Keith Longbotham and Band from July 17-21. Dennis Lee and Band will be playing from July 22-26.

If you’re in town between July 17th-26th the Gatlinburg Craftsman Fair is a great event to check out. It will be held at the W.L. Mills Convention Center at traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg TN. Take a look around at what they offer and pick up a souvenir or two.