Want to get away from the hustle-bustle yet still have easy access to fun-filled family attractions? Rent a cabin or chalet in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Most rentals are conveniently located just minutes from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg... yet all offer soul-soothing peace and privacy amid stunning mountain scenery. Even if you're staying within city limits, you'll feel as if you're in a whole other world.
Big? Small? In Between? Choose from a Variety of Smoky Mountain Lodging Options
You'll find that Smokies cabins and chalets come in all shapes and sizes, from cozy, compact studios to large, luxurious lodges. Which size is right for you? It depends.
If you're planning a romantic getaway – just you and your honey – you may want to book an intimate one-bedroom cabin. Many of these smaller rentals are loaded with lavish amenities that appeal to vacationing couples, such as outdoor two-person hot tubs with sweeping views of the Smokies.
If you're planning a family vacation, you may want to check out medium-sized lodgings – two to three bedrooms or more (depending on family size). Cabins in this popular size range abound in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area, so you'll have your pick of cool possibilities.
If your kids are little, consider renting a comfortable cabin with a fully equipped kitchen, plenty of indoor play space, and a safely fenced private yard. If your youngsters are older, look for kid-friendly amenities such as foosball and billiard tables, giant flat-screen TVs, and perhaps a PlayStation or two.
Need larger lodgings? Maybe you're planning a family reunion... or vacationing with several other families... or even arranging an off-site meeting for your business team? You'll find plenty of spacious cabins – with five to 10 bedrooms or more – throughout the Tennessee Smokies.
At Alpine Mountain Chalets, for example, you can book an eight-bedroom luxury lodge that sleeps up to 30 people... complete with multiple fireplaces and amenities galore. (Alpine also offers small-to-medium-size lodgings, of course, including condos and studios.)
Close-In Convenience? Or Mountain Seclusion? The Choice Is Yours
Remember, most Smoky Mountain lodging options provide easy paved-road access to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. But, obviously, some cabins are closer to town, while others are more remote. As you plan your vacation, you'll want to decide which situation is best for your family. Do you want to be practically next door to major attractions like Dollywood? (Your kids will probably answer "Yes!") Would you prefer staying a bit farther out, perhaps near one of the entrances to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park? Or would you rather retreat to a secluded cabin tucked away in an isolated setting, with no nearby neighbors except for deer and squirrels?
Think, too, about surrounding scenery. Do you want to stay on top of a mountain, with thrilling 360-degree views? Or would you rather be down in the valley, where you can gaze up at the towering peaks? Would you like a sheltered woodland setting, perhaps near a creek or stream? Or a spot in an open meadow, with grassy fields where your kids can romp?
You'll find all of these possibilities and more in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area.
All the Comforts of Home and Then Some
Love being pampered? You're in luck. Smoky Mountain lodging rentals offer a wide range of choice amenities. Depending on your preferences (and price range), you and your family can enjoy:
Then There's the Interior Décor
Love that rustic, downhome look? Or prefer a more elegant vibe? You'll find Smoky Mountain lodgings that fit your tastes to a T... whether you go in for bear rugs or Persian rugs, patchwork quilts or abstract wall art.
Want to know what you're getting into? Before you book with a cabin rental company, go to their website and check out pictures of their cabin and chalet interiors. You're sure to find an indoor "look and feel" that will appeal to your entire family.
Got Questions? Ask Away!
No website can tell you everything, of course. So, feel free to talk to your cabin rental company about anything that concerns you. Most Smoky Mountain lodging firms are staffed with friendly, outgoing people, always ready and willing to provide vital information ranging from pet policy to driving directions. They can even recommend the best local shops, theaters, and eateries.
Exercise Your Options... Book Your Smoky Mountain Cabin or Chalet
With so many possibilities, you're bound to find your perfect getaway. So, reserve your lodgings now, gather the family, and head to the hills!
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.