When you think of Smoky Mountain cabins, you might envision small, rustic homes with cozy fireplaces, sitting atop out-of-the-way mountain peaks. Yes, some are just like that. However, there's also a large variety of other rental options – from small secluded cabins to large luxury cabins, chalets, and lodges. Choosing the one you like best can be an exciting process.
How Many in Your Party?
In order to decide on the number of Smoky Mountain cabins you should rent, you'll want to answer a few questions. Planning a romantic getaway – just you and your honey? Taking the whole family for a week-long vacation? Search for cabins by size to comfortably accommodate everyone in your group.
What Will You Be Doing in the Smokies?
Want to see and do it all? Hoping to hit the slopes while you're here? Planning on hiking, fishing, and kayaking, but still want to get in some private time for just the two of you? Choose secluded Smoky Mountain cabins offering unparalleled peace and privacy. You can always drive to nearby attractions, restaurants, and sights.
If thrills, adventure, and fun for the whole family are on your to-do list, stay closer to the action in luxury Smoky Mountain cabins that offer everything from in-home theaters to swimming pools!
How Much Privacy Do You Want?
Prefer total or near-total privacy? Choose from a number of secluded Smoky Mountain cabin rentals – some tucked away in the woods, others with stunning mountaintop views.
Seeking Luxury Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals?
If you're up for some serious pampering, choose a luxurious lodge or cabin, loaded with choice amenities such as hot tubs, arcade games, pool tables, party decks, and spacious, fully stocked kitchens. You can even find executive cabins, perfect for corporate retreats.
Booking a Conference or Family Reunion?
Some Smoky Mountain cabin rental companies provide special group-housing options, ideal for large groups and family reunions. If you go through Gatlinburg's Stony Brook Cabin Rentals, for example, you can book multiple cabins in a 135-acre wooded resort bordering a sparkling mountain lake. Or, you can rent adjacent cabins at Kings Ridge, accommodating up to 32 people in all.
Of course, Stony Brook also offers numerous other cabin rentals – from cozy studios to 6-bedroom lodges – in a variety of breathtaking settings.
What Are Your Views on Views?
Do you dream of vacationing atop a majestic mountain, with views that stretch for miles and miles? Or would you rather be down below, looking up at the breathtaking mountainscape?
Prefer a lush woodland location with a rushing stream nearby? Or perhaps a meadowland site blooming with mountain wildflowers?
Here in the Smokies, you have your pick of a wide range of cabins, with all kinds of scenic views, from mountaintop to lakefront to creekside and more. So, you're sure to find the view that's perfect for you and your family.
What Décor Style Do You Prefer?
It's a matter of taste. Some people love the look of rough-hewn logs and massive fieldstone fireplaces. Others prefer more modern interiors with all the latest design details. Fortunately, you'll find both options and many more in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area. Choose from rustic cabins hung with handmade quilts... upscale chalets featuring sleek contemporary furniture... even distinctive octagonal cabins with panoramic 360-degree views.
Bringing Fido with You?
If your pet's coming along for the ride, be sure you book a pet-friendly cabin. Many Smoky Mountain cabins permit dogs and cats and even let your pets sleep indoors. But always check the policy beforehand, so you won't face any unpleasant surprises when you pull up at the site with your pooch.
What About Budget?
Pinching pennies? Or ready to splurge? You'll want to look carefully at price ranges for Smoky Mountain cabin rentals. Luckily, most companies offer an array of rental rates to fit every family's budget.
Other Things to Consider
How long will you be staying? A week or just a weekend? Will you need wheelchair accessibility? Free, unlimited WIFI? Quick access to doctors and hospitals in case of a medical emergency?
Will you be cooking your own meals in your cabin? Will you need to stay close to supermarkets, so you can stock up on food and supplies? Or would you just as soon bring your groceries from home? Or dine out at local eateries?
Do you have 4-wheel drive, so you can go off the beaten path without any worry or hassle? Or would you rather play it safe in a close-in cabin with easy paved-road access?
Will you be heading out at night to enjoy shows and concerts? You'll want to make sure your rental cabin is conveniently located on or near a well-lit road.
Think about all these things as you plan your vacation getaway. And, if you have any questions, ask your Smoky Mountain cabin rental company. Plan, book, and get going now!
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.