Here in Tennessee, we look forward to the winter season each year. A variety of outdoor and indoor activities allow us to celebrate the holidays and this festive time of year. Take a look at what kind of Gatlinburg winter activities you can enjoy:
Hit the Slopes
Gatlinburg features a variety of fun and excitement when you hit the local ski trails in the area. Ober Gatlinburg is the local ski resort that features various slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Get your bearing down with an introductory lesson to help you navigate the starter slopes. Local gear shops feature some of the top gear you can acquire that will look stylish and help keep you warm. The Smoky Mountains is usually covered in snow every winter season so you can expect some of the best winter activities in the state!
Stay Warm at Ripley’s Aquarium
You can help stay warm for a few hours by visiting local attraction Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. This local aquarium features a variety of sea creatures from terrifying sharks to agile sting rays. The adorable penguins are always drawing a crowd and the glass bottom boat ride lets you see all of the fish swimming underneath you. Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies continues to remain open daily from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM with additional safety precautions to ensure social distancing. Don’t miss out on the all-ages attraction here in Gatlinburg.
Check Out the Gatlinburg Trail
It might be chilly out, but you will love an experience hiking the Gatlinburg Trail. This trail is not found in the Smoky Mountains but instead just outside of the downtown neighborhood here in Gatlinburg. Walk this casual trail that follows the river as you check out many of our historical buildings. For those looking for more adventurous trails you can head out to Bullhead Trail or Twin Creeks Trail Trailhead. Make sure to dress for the occasion but also don’t forget your camera as the views around these trails are second to none.
Winter Has Never Been Better Than in Gatlinburg
Come see how you can experience your own winter adventure when you choose Gatlinburg for your next winter getaway. Our vacation rentals will keep you close by these winter activities while having plenty of amenities to keep you comfortable. Let Gatlinburg host your winter festivities.
In spite of the troubles going on in the world right now, time has continued to speed on by, and as we look at the calendars, many of us are surprised to discover that fall is just a few short weeks away! Offering the opportunity to forget about summer heat and new virus, these next few months are all about soft sweaters and vibrantly colored trees, pumpkin spice lattes and harvest moons, and hearty foods enjoyed in weather that is cool and crisp. If fall is your favorite soon and you find yourself longing to visit somewhere that offers a perfect representation of the season, a Gatlinburg vacation and a stay in one of our Cabin Rental Store fall escapes may be exactly what you need!
Smells Like Fall
Unlike winter, spring, and summer, fall has a scent that instantly transports you to its season, even if it’s January and you are bundled in winter coats and woolen socks. The smell of the first fire in the chimneys waft over the town, and the scents of pumpkin spice drinks and desserts fill our nostrils, as do the aromas of apples in all their forms. Nelson Farms, TN, located in the Arts and Crafts Community at 170 Glades Road has captured those scents, in the form of soaps and lotions and makes them available for purchase so as to be enjoyed during every season of the year!And when you visit their brick and mortar location, there’s no need to feel sad that you’ve fallen in love with their wares, because you can purchase everything you need and want in there online stores 24/7/365!
Tickles the Taste Buds
Just as the smell of fall can transport you, the tastes of the season are equally pleasing and equally powerful. The kitchens of our Cabin Rental Store autumn abodes are designed to be used, so why not take a rainy afternoon during your stay and create one of your favorite pumpkin dishes? Pumpkin pies made from fresh pumpkins you’ve purchased from the local Krogers have never tasted as sweet! And when the pies are ready to taste, the weather may be a little chilly outside but you will be cozy and warm, with a roaring fire in the fireplace, a hot beverage in one hand, and a slice of orange goodness on the plate in front of you!
Fall Frolics During Your Gatlinburg Vacation
Photographing the brilliantly colored trees, hiking along the trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and watching your favorite Halloween classic cartoon; these are just a few of the fall adventures you can have when you choose Gatlinburg for your vacation getaway. Reserve your Gatlinburg vacation rental today!
As travel restrictions are slowly lifting, many people feel that if they don’t get out of their houses and go somewhere new, they might end up going slightly crazy! We feel the same way, but the only thing giving us pause is knowing that we still need to do our part by maintaining social distancing. Fortunately, for those planning a trip to Gatlinburg in one of our Cabin Rental Store all-American rentals, this is not an issue you will have to worry about. We’ve created this guide to the more isolated Gatlinburg activities you can enjoy during your once in a lifetime Tennessee travels, allowing you to skip the crowds and still have fun!
The Beauty of the Tennessee Landscape
To be honest, you don’t even need to leave your back porch to enjoy the beauty of the landscape, but a good hike in the woods is always worth the extra effort! Unfortunately, many trails can be crowded with leaf peepers and hikers, but there are still a few places that will make you feel as if you have the world to yourself. The Middle Prong Trail in nearby Tremont is once such hike, leading you to a series of waterfalls cascading over rocks and a large variety of photo opportunities that will definitely be worthy of framing.
Drop a Line in Peace and Quiet
Fishing is a sport that is best enjoyed alone, and there are many bodies of water in the Gatlinburg area in which you can drop your line and enjoy some peaceful moments. From the West Prong Little Pigeon River to Le Conte Creek, there are a plethora of secluded areas to hide away. If you have children, there are actually streams where they can easily fish, including a section of the Dudley Creek from the Highway 441 Bridge downstream to the West Prong Little Pigeon River. A trout farm in the city is restocked every Thursday making that day the only day you can’t fish inside the city limits and fishing licenses are required.
Rent One of Our Secluded Cabins and Enjoy Gatlinburg Activities
Not every property we own is in the middle of a neighborhood; some of our cabins are located in secluded spots where it will feel as if you are the only person in the world! Spending all your spare time in these warm and welcoming places will be the highlight of an already fantastic getaway, but only if you reserve yours today!
During the hard times, we all learn where our strengths lie, but if you are a business owner, you probably already know that your strengths lie in the ones that come into work every day, facing uncertainty with smiling faces! Your employees are the secret to your success, and when it’s time to reward them, a Gatlinburg retreat and a stay in one of our luxurious corporate retreats is one way to ensure they will feel appreciated.
Sanitized and Stylish
The pandemic has changed the way we look at life, and while location, style, and entertainment options are important, your first obligation to your employees is providing them with a home that is sanitized and stylish. We go above and beyond the guidelines of safety and cleanliness, and when you and your employees walk in the door, they won’t have any reason to worry. All surfaces will be sparkling clean, sanitized, and disinfected, and in today’s world, there’s nothing else you should expect!
Comfortable is the New Stylish
Modern homes can be all harsh lines and minimalist bland, but we know that the secret to happy guests is comfort. We offer kitchens with plenty of space and dining areas that allow all guests to sit together enjoying a good meal, a fun game, or simply a quiet conversation over coffee. The living areas boast state-of-the-art televisions, plush furnishings, and views of the Tennessee landscape that never cease to take our breath away! Our bedrooms are designed to be quiet places to retreat from the noise of the world. Outside, depending on your choice of property, you may find hot tubs, fire pits, or in a few cases, a private pool, ensuring the fun continues every minute of every day of your exciting stay in Tennessee. Team building exercises will be that much more fun when conducted in front of a roaring fire and a large selection of your employees’ favorite beverages at hand!
They Deserve A Gatlinburg Retreat!
Your employees have done so much for you and this little getaway will be the perfect way to show them you really do recognize their contributions to your successful business. Reserve your Gatlinburg retreat with The Cabin Rental Store today!
As the mercury rises and the days grow longer, we’re all waiting with bated breath for the most magical time of the year, and no, it’s not Christmas! Summer is just a few short weeks away, and after being cooped up inside for weeks, everyone we know is ready to spread their wings and fly! If your recent downtime was used to plan the Gatlinburg vacation of a lifetime, we are excited to offer this guide to Gatlinburg water activities that will ensure that every minute of your Tennessee trip is filled with fun and excitement!
Dollywood Splash Country
There’s no better way to keep cool on a hot summer’s day than with a visit to a water park, and Dollywood Splash Country is one of our favorite places on earth. Offering water slides with “death defying” drops, lazy rivers, and wave pools that replicate the ebb and flow of the ocean, Splash Country is no ordinary day at the park! Visitors with younger children will appreciate The Cascades portion with its misters, bubblers, and tadpole sized slides that allow them to mimic the fun their older siblings are having while remaining perfectly safe.
Did You Pack Your Tackle?
If there were a list of the top 100 fishing spots in America, we’re sure that Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain region would be pretty close to the top of that list! From ponds in parks to rivers that run through our country paradise, there’s plenty of water sources and nearly unlimited amounts of fish to be caught. If you forgot to pack your tackle, never fear; The Smoky Mountain Angler at 469 Brookside Village Way has everything you need to make sure your day on the river is absolutely perfect!
Rafting on the Pigeon River
Your children deserve to discover the thrill of whitewater rafting, but if you’re afraid for their safety, Pigeon River Rafting along the Lower Pigeon Gorge is offered by the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). Perfect for kids 3 years and older and adults of all ages, the rapids are mild and the breaks at safe swimming areas will bring a smile to your child’s face you’ll never forget!
Never Far from H2O With These Gatlinburg Water Activities
There may be some days during your stay that you really don’t want to leave the comfort of your Cabin Rental Store escape but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the water! Many of our cabins come with private pools and even more offer community pools for at home aqua adventures. Reserve yours today and discover the many Gatlinburg water activities waiting for you!
Who else is ready to escape the four walls of their homes and get outside and play? Raise your hands if you too are ready to shed the chains of self-quarantine and raise them even higher if your plans are for an upcoming trip to Gatlinburg when you do! Yes, we can see there are quite a few of you preparing for a journey to our hometown and a stay in one of our comfy cabins, and because we know you are ready to simply be outside, we’ve created this guide to the many Gatlinburg outdoor activities you can enjoy during your unforgettable Tennessee travels!
Whitewater Rafting is one of those adventures that sounds scarier than it really is, and when you visit the Gatlinburg area in the summer, you’ll understand exactly what we mean! Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers thrilling trips down the upper part of the Pigeon River with rapids that can reach Stage 3 or Stage 4. For those looking for a calmer undertaking, the lower part features calm waters and majestic scenery to enjoy!
CLIMBWORKS in Gatlinburg
Ziplining is one of the latest trends for fun, and CLIMBWORKS in Gatlinburg, located just across the street from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, features the thrills you’ve been seeking! From the side-by-side Mountaintop Zipline Tour where you and your partner can fly together to the Treetop Zipline Tour that keeps you flying for over two hours, the cost of these adventures start at $89 per person, but the thrill you will feel as you fly above some of the most beautiful landscape you’ve ever seen is absolutely worth every penny!
Closer to the Ground Ventures
Not everyone is a daredevil, and some of us prefer our adventures to be a little tamer and a lot closer to the ground, but that’s ok! For those who prefer to run mild instead of wild, a horseback tour of the Gatlinburg is an adventure everyone will want to try! Sugarlands Riding Stables, located at the Gatlinburg Entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is one of the first places you should visit. Offering individual trail rides and group rides that allow your entire family to participate (as long as they over 5 years of age and under 225 pounds), this quiet adventure will be one that you never want to end!
Come Home to the Cabin Rental Store
At the end of every day, coming home to the comfort and style of our beautiful Cabin Rental Store luxury cabins will be an experience that will make you forget all the bad stuff that has taken place in this first year of the new decade. Reserve yours today!
Life doesn’t always follow the neat and orderly timeline we have planned for ourselves: college graduation at 22; first real job soon after; meet, marry, and have kids by 30? If you’re lucky enough to enjoy all that in the order you deemed correct, we salute you, but most people’s timelines suffer a few glitches along the way, especially when it comes to meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right. There’s nothing wrong with flying solo, and when it’s time to plan a solo getaway to Gatlinburg, we have your back with this list of Gatlinburg activities geared to those traveling without a plus one!
Go for a Drive
For us, there is no more pleasant experience than going for a long drive with no specific destination in mind. Stopping at quirky little shops, grabbing a giant coke from the old timey gas station where you fill up your car, and when traveling along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail or the Cades Cove Loop Road in Gatlinburg, pulling over at especially scenic spots to take pictures of the beauty that surrounds you! Road trips don’t necessarily need companions, and the landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains is a breathtaking one you will need to see to believe, so get in that car and drive!
Take an Ill-Fated Cruise – Gatlinburg Activities
Ok, we’re not suggesting that you actually take a cruise in which sure danger looms; we are advising you to visit the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge! Featuring artifacts from the Titanic and offering the stories of the passengers that survived and those that didn’t, this fascinating museum honors the memories of that ill-fated trip in a variety of ways and your solo journey will be made all the better because of it!
Table for 1?
Of all traveling experiences, dining out can be the most intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be in Gatlinburg. We’re a friendly bunch, and chances are your waiter will chat your ears off as he takes your drink orders and tells you the specials, and once you get your first taste of the perfectly prepared ribeye offered by The Park Grill Gatlinburg, you’ll forget everything else! And when they bring your Peanut Butter Mud Pie, you’ll discover yet another perk to dining out alone—you don’t have to share your dessert with anybody!
Enjoy the Peace
Real life can be frantic and loud but coming home each evening to the peaceful surroundings of your Cabin Rental Store vacation escape will soothe the rough edges and bring peace to your fevered mind. Reserve yours today!
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!
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!
As summer draws to its close far too soon, there are still reasons to smile. From cooler weather to fall colors, this next season is definitely something to look forward to! For those who aren’t ready for summer to end, these Labor Day Weekend in Gatlinburg will help give you something to look forward to and a chance to say one last farewell to the carefree days of summer! Grab your swimsuits, sunscreen, and flip flops and prepare for the perfect ending to one of our favorite seasons—but don’t be sad! Fall in Gatlinburg has even more to get excited about.
Hit the Water Parks
This is officially the last weekend any of the local water parks are going to be open, so expect some crowds! Dollywood’s Splash Country at 2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard in Pigeon Forge promises to be the most exciting place to give summer the last hurrah. Featuring lazy rivers and “death defying” plunges, falls, and slides, your summer getaway will not be complete without a visit to this beloved water park!
Pick Up Some Goodies at the Gatlinburg Farmers Market
There are so many things we love about the Gatlinburg Farmers Market, and the fact that it stays open through mid-October is just one of those reasons! Allowing visitors to stock up for their own Labor Day celebration, the farmers’ market is open from 8:30 AM until noon on Saturdays. Offering local produce, honey, baked goods, and other wonderful items that make terrific souvenirs of your Gatlinburg getaway, it’s our favorite way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning! This is an amazing attraction that you should experience during your Labor Day Weekend in Gatlinburg!
Plan Your Own Celebration for Labor Day Weekend in Gatlinburg
Your Cabin Rental Store summer escape can be as simple as you need or as elaborate as you desire, and if you’ve rented one of our cabins with a pool, your personal Labor Day Weekend in Gatlinburg celebration is guaranteed to be a memorable one! Pick up some adult refreshments at Ole Smokey Moonshine Holler (903 Parkway Ste 128), some delicious meats at any of the local grocery stores, and of course, some produce from the farmers’ market and your day of BBQ, swimming pools, and fun under the sun promises to be a huge success!
The Right Choice
Even though you may be sad that summer is over, the good times won’t stop when you choose The Cabin Rental Store for your vacation home away from home. Reserve your very own cabin today and give summer the send-off it deserves! Contact us now!