Gatlinburg Getaway

A Winter Gatlinburg Getaway

There’s something special about living in a place where all four seasons are spectacular, and when you visit Gatlinburg in the winter, you’ll start to get an understanding of what we mean! Traditionally considered a summer or fall getaway location, the stark and rugged beauty of a winter’s day in our mountain town will take your breath away, and as the tourist crowds lessen, the peaceful quiet of a winter’s day will find its way into your soul. This guide to your winter Gatlinburg getaway will ensure you experience the true beauty of winter and the wonder of Tennessee!

Warm and Cozy

It may be cold outside, but inside one of our Cabin Rental Store winter escapes, everything is warm and cozy! Cook a pot of chili in the fully equipped kitchens, sit by a roaring fire with a book and a throw in our stylishly comfortable living rooms, or sleep late curled up in warm blankets on soft beds in our peaceful bedrooms. If you chose a cabin with a hot tub, simmering in the bubbles as steam rises into the night sky will be your favorite winter experience—and it doesn’t cost a thing! Lodges with game rooms offering full-size arcade games, mansions with pools and all the luxuries you deserve, or cozy cabins with rustic furnishings and views of the Gatlinburg landscape are all available for your getaway; these vacation homes are all about the possibilities of making this Gatlinburg getaway the best ever!

So Much to Do on a Gatlinburg Getaway

As tempting as it may be to hibernate in the luxury of your Cabin Rental Store hideaway, chances are you will want to venture out to see what Gatlinburg has to offer in the winter—and there’s almost as much to do in the winter as in the busy summer months! Winter sports at Ober Gatlinburg will keep your blood flowing, but if you seek something a little tamer to keep the blood flowing, shopping in downtown Gatlinburg is a year-round luxury! Offering everything from outlet malls to upscale malls, it’s the specialty shops that will catch your eye and your interest. You’ll find pet boutiques selling gourmet treats (Bonediggery Barkery and Gifts), Christmas stores that are open year-round (Santa Claus-et), candy stores, whiskey distilleries, gift shops and honey stores; there’s just not enough space to mention them all!

Quiet Moments

When the outside world is too loud and too present, coming back to your Cabin Rental Store winter escape brings the quiet moments you live for—reserve yours today!

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What Makes Gatlinburg a Great Holiday Destination?

What could be better than a cozy holiday retreat spent in the sweeping mountains of Tennessee? Often said to be the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is so much more than a simple mountain town. With so much to do and see during the holidays, and with that sublime seasonal crisp in the air, Gatlinburg is a perfect getaway destination to relax and enjoy the festivities of the holiday season. No matter if you’re visiting for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s, there’s always something adventurous to do during Gatlinburg holidays!

Embrace the Holiday Spirit in the Great Smoky Mountains

The holiday season kicks off right in Gatlinburg with plenty of Thanksgiving festivities to get you in the spirit of the season. Spend your mornings on a scenery filled walk or nearby hike, such as the Grotto Falls Trail, and pay a visit to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Show in the afternoon. At this annual craft show, you can browse a variety of goods from local artists, such as beautiful quilts and hand-woven baskets—it’s a terrific place to pick up some gifts for the holidays, or a unique souvenir of your own!

Endless Choices for Holiday Dining and Winter Recreation

If you don’t feel like cooking in your fully-equipped rental and would rather spend the holiday in full relaxation mode, there’s an impressive number of restaurants in town offering both Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner, such as the holiday buffet at Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge and the Ober Gatlinburg ski resort. It’s a great excuse to hit the slopes before your holiday feast, and if it’s too early for skiing, their snow-tubing always opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving! As a bonus, you can ride the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway to the resort from town, an enjoy stunningly gorgeous scenery as you float above the Smoky Mountains.

A Wide Variety of Seasonal Events

Whether you’re here for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s, you can take a ride on the spectacular Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights, a fantastic trolley ride that takes you through downtown on a magical journey amongst one-of-a-kind light displays. Other events during Gatlinburg holidays include the Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, where characters and storytellers fill the streets of downtown and carol to a mixture of Appalachian and bluegrass tunes. And Gatlinburg’s New Year’s celebration is quite grand, with a fireworks show over the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle, live entertainment, and festive downtown streets.

Come Spend Gatlinburg Holidays with Us in Gatlinburg

If you’re looking for a special place to spend the holidays, Gatlinburg is a terrific destination. Whether you want to spend the holidays cuddled up by the fireplace in your vacation rental or exploring the rugged outdoors of the Great Smoky Mountains, or partaking in one of our many seasonal events, Gatlinburg is calling your name! Give us a call today to start planning your Gatlinburg holidays escape in your dream cabin in the Smoky Mountains.

Gatlinburg Sightseeing

How to Find the Top Spots for Gatlinburg Sightseeing

Sometimes when traveling to a new place, you unexpectedly come across a special vista point that takes your breath away and makes you wonder how many spots like this you have missed before. Generally, we have a specific activity in mind during our travels: The Grand Canyon in Arizona, Disneyland in California, or the Empire State Building in New York. But who thinks about those special views that make you thankful you live in this world when trying to make sure you’ve packed for the weather or that you remembered to check in 24 hours in advance so as to get a decent seat on your flight? Why, we do, of course, and this guide the best spots for Gatlinburg sightseeing will be just the thing to ensure you don’t miss a thing during your Tennessee getaway!

Gatlinburg Sightseeing – Clingman’s Dome

The best place to start, in our mind, is at the top and Clingman’s Dome, located at the end of Clingman’s Dome Road and offering views that spread out over 100 miles on the clearest days, although air pollution can cut the visibility down to only 20 miles. Easy to get to, you take US441S to Newfound Gap Road to Clingman’s Dome Road, enjoy the seven-mile scenic drive to the large parking lot and then a short walk on the steep trail that leads you to the observation deck and those views!

Newfound Gap Road

You’re basically here already, so why not continue the tour of Gatlinburg sightseeing that will stop your heart—if only for a second! Discovered to be the lowest pass through the Great Smoky Mountains, cooler temperatures and views of the stunning landscape that surrounds you makes this area one of our favorite places to visit during the summer. In the fall, the landscape appears to be on fire when the trees are at their colorful best. Located just a tenth of a mile past Clingman’s Dome Road, Newfound Gap Road may be closed due to snow during the months of December through March, so plan accordingly.

The Gatlinburg Space Needle, 115 Historic Nature Trail

Sometimes the best views are accompanied by fantastic restaurants, fun arcades, and cool places to shop—at least when you’re in Gatlinburg and you visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle! It’s very simple to get to, just take US-321 S (also known as East Parkway) to Historic Nature Trail. You’ll know you have arrived when you look up and see the Space Needle! Take the glass elevator to the top, enjoy the breathtaking views of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains found 407 feet up in the air, and wish that you never had to leave this spot ever again.

Wait, There’s More

While we can’t guarantee that the Gatlinburg sightseeing views from your Cabin Rental Store vacation escape will be as spectacular as the ones from the points listed above, we can promise that in most cases, they will be stunning, peaceful, and relaxing. Reserve your vacation rental today!

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3 Unusual Gatlinburg Activities & Attractions to Enjoy

Not all vacations are created equal, and your Gatlinburg getaway is proof! Offering the quiet, the exciting, and the unusual, every moment of your stay will be better than the one before it. And because we want our guests to have the time of their lives, our guide to not one, not two, but THREE unusual Gatlinburg activities and attractions in our favorite Tennessee town will ensure that this vacation is one you will never forget, and the words “I’m bored” will never be heard!

The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum

Salt has gotten a bad reputation lately, and pepper is now the spice du jour, but once upon a time both spices were treated equally and given unique and unusual places in which to rest. The Salt & Pepper Shaker museum celebrates those golden days with its collection of over 20,000 sets gathered from all over the world! Featuring shakers of all forms—from apples to zebras—it’s a fun way to fill the extra minutes of your getaway. The attached store also lets you take replicas of your favorites home for your own table! Don’t miss one of the best Gatlinburg activities!

See the Synchronized Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

Guests will have to wait until the second week in June to see this magical natural show (it’s never too soon to start planning next year’s summer escape!), but for two weeks the fireflies of the Smoky Mountains light up in perfect synchronicity for the enjoyment of all who watch. The scientific term for this performance is called coupled oscillation, but for us, when thousands of fireflies begin to blink on and off in perfect harmony, we just call it an amazing example of Mother Nature’s talents!

Llamas on the Trillium Gap Trail

A hike to the Grotto Falls is an awesome way to observe the wildlife in the area. From colorful birds to peaceful does and lovely llamas, all manage to find their way to the only waterfall in the Smokies that people can walk behind. Wait, did we just say LLAMAS? Of course we did, as they are used to bring supplies to the top of Mt. LeConte, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they like to hang in the area; just don’t get too close, as they are prone to spitting when they feel threatened! This is one of the best Gatlinburg activities!

Gatlinburg Activities Unique in Their Beauty

Although you wouldn’t call our Cabin Rental Store cabins unusual, their unique beauty and charm make them the perfect addition to your Tennessee trip. Reserve yours today!

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Gatlinburg Outdoors Adventures

When you visit Gatlinburg, you’re definitely never going to be bored. Our mountain town offers fun and excitement around every corner! From museums to live shows to fine dining to fun theme parks, your stay here is guaranteed to be packed with things to do. And while every activity will be something you never forget, it’s the time you spend in the great outdoors that will change the way you look at life. Enjoy thrilling and breathtaking adventures designed to make you feel as if life just couldn’t get any better than it is right now at this moment. This guide to our favorite adventures in the great Gatlinburg outdoors makes your getaway the perfect vacation experience!

Anakeesta, 576 Parkway in Gatlinburg

To be honest, just being outside in Tennessee can be an exciting experience, but when you add in the adventures you can have at this outdoor amusement park, well, you’re never going to want to leave! Offering everything from ziplining to gondola rides and treetop hijinks, Anakeesta (Cherokee word meaning from the balsams) is fun from the moment you walk in the gate until you carry your sleeping children out at the end of the day!

Aventures in the Smokies of the Great Gatlinburg Outdoors, 910 Parkway in Sevierville

As you explore the surrounding towns and villages throughout the Smokies, one unique experience may just catch your eye—a monster truck ride! Most of us never get the chance to see one up close and personal, and if this is your first time, expect to be awed! Everything about Big Jim (yes, they named their truck!) is impressive; from its 66-inch-tall tires and 12-foot-tall silhouette to the bumpy hills and twists and turns the ride takes you on, this experience is really special! And with prices starting at $11 for backseat rides, it’s an affordable adventure you won’t ever forget!

Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls

Not all your adventures in the Gatlinburg outdoors have to be organized ones that cost money; sometimes a simple hike behind a waterfall through an old forest of hemlock will be the most exciting undertaking of all, and the Trillium Gap Trail is the perfect example! Take the Historic Nature Trail into Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Roaring Fork Nature Trail (stop #5) and prepare for three miles of unsurpassed beauty and thrills. The trail, considered moderate to difficult, actually takes you behind the Grotto Falls, giving you a unique view. Please be sure to bring water and wear the appropriate footwear for safety reasons; this is not a flip flop accessible trail!

Small Adventures with a Large Impact

You don’t always have to leave your Cabin Rental Store vacation escape to experience the great Gatlinburg outdoors to its maximum potential; an evening spent grilling the fish you caught on your morning’s expedition and enjoyed on the deck of your cabin will bring about the sweetest memories. Reserve your stay with us today!