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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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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The Beginner’s Guide to Gatlinburg

Getting ready for your first trip to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve been managing vacation rental cabins, exploring, living in, and loving the Smokies for a long time. We LOVE the attractions, the cozy cabins, the gorgeous scenery, the annual events, the variety of food, the music…well, EVERYTHING about the Smoky Mountains! We’ve also spent a lot of time playing tourist, so we know the ins and outs of vacationing here too.

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Ober Gatlinburg, Anakeesta & More All-in-One Fun

Traveling to a new and exciting place can leave your mind spinning with plans…and perhaps a little fear of an unknown area. While attractions are aplenty in the Great Smoky Mountains, an easy way to play, shop, and dine all day is visiting one-stop attractions. This way you get to try local food favs, pick up nice souvenirs, and keep everyone entertained without eating phone battery with GPS, missing the right turn (several times), and hopping in and out of the car all day.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Hubby in the Smokies

Office work, house chores, prepping dinner, playing with the kids…every hard-working husband and father deserves a break. And what better time to surprise your husband with a relaxing trip to the Great Smoky Mountains than on an annual holiday held just for him — Father’s Day! Forget the usual gifts, like ties and tools. Ramp up your hubby’s special day with moonshine tastings, hiking and biking through the national park, racing and games in town, and a memorable cabin stay. Not only will he be pleasantly surprised to spend Father’s Day (Sunday, June 16) away for a change, but he’ll also have the pleasure of spending a little quality time with YOU!

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Opt for Screen-free Family Fun in Gatlinburg

Ah, those elusive screen-free moments just seem to come and go so swiftly…if ever. Emails keep pouring in; the kids don’t seem to understand the importance of eye contact; we can’t bear to miss the newest release of our favorite TV show; and notifications are hard to let go for too long. Yes, we live in a screen-filled world, be it our laptops, tablets, TVs, or phones, but it’s nice to put technology away every once in a while. And the Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with nature, yourself, and loved ones. Slap FOMO (fear of missing out) in the face and enjoy screen-free family fun in Gatlinburg, TN — filled to the brim with attractions for all ages and cozy cabins galore! Continue reading


FREE Fun in the Great Smoky Mountains

While every vacation is about having fun, eating some great food, spending time with family and friends, and maybe treating yourself a bit, not every vacation is the splurge-on-everything type. Budget vacations are popular for a reason! You work hard for your money all year, and you want it to stretch the furthest when you’re on vacation. We totally get that. So along with our budget-friendly cabins that start at under $100/night for YOUR OWN PRIVATE CABIN, we also have some great ideas for FREE or cheap things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading


Make Epic Memories at 2019 Smoky Mountain Events

Arriving in the Great Smoky Mountains is a memorable experience all its own. The sheer beauty hand painted by Mother Nature will stop you in your singalong tracks, put a halt on all conversation, and cause everyone to ooh and aah. Once you’ve emerged into the famed TN cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you’ll be eager to hit the streets for shopping sprees, delectable meals, and exciting adventures. And while attractions, restaurants, and boutiques certainly provide plenty to do, what’s more fun than attending a lively local event? Book your cabin, pack your bags, and get ready for good times with family and friends at spectacular 2019 Smoky Mountain events — featuring everything from trout tourneys and car shows to music festivals and hot air balloons! Our list is just a glimpse into the eventful 2019 in the Smokies, so feel free to branch out while you’re in town. Continue reading


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