To see the Smoky Mountains, opt for a cabin rental in nearby Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee is one of the best spots to rent a cabin for travelers interested in seeing the Smoky Mountains up close. Positioned on the western border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visitors can be out the front door and in the park, headed to one of the forested hiking trails, in less than five minutes.
Here, outdoor adventure is on your doorstep. There are 800 miles of trails twining through the park, many leading to views of waterfalls and mountain peaks, plus zip-lining, snowboarding, and horseback riding. Gatlinburg also has plenty of live music, but if it’s not enough, Dolly Parton’s famous Dollywood theme park is a short drive away.
While in Gatlinburg, it’s almost mandatory to try one of the local barbeque spots. Just make sure to swing by a pancake house, too. If southern-style food isn’t your preference, there are a number of cafés, steakhouses, and Italian eateries in the area.
Where to Stay
Travelers visiting Gatlinburg should consider renting a cozy cabin. If you’re headed to the town for a romantic holiday, stay in one of the small, two-person cabins, like the ones available from Honeymoon Hills. These log cabins are tucked away on a private property, but still offer modern comforts such as Wi-Fi and spa pools on private decks. They also have delightfully tacky, bright red, heart-shaped Jacuzzi tubs.
For families or even group holidays, Gatlinburg has a number of larger cabin rentals and chalets. Aside from the wooden walls that give a true log cabin feel, cabins are decorated with accents that flatter the Smoky Mountains location: silhouettes of black bears are a popular motif, as are warm, wintery quilts that keep guests cozy in front of fireplaces.
Hemlock Hills Cabins are especially popular with visitors. For a small family getaway, the two-bedroom Cabin Fever rental is perfect. For something slightly larger, try the three-bedroom Truly Blessed cabin. It has a Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, charcoal grill, and multiple TVs. They even let you bring your pet along for vacation.