One way that visitors to East Tennessee enjoy a vacation in this scenic region is to rent a vacation cabin tucked away in the Smoky Mountains. Cabins in the popular tourist destinations around Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Townsend are more common than hotels in the area, and provide private space and breathtaking views of the rolling landscape and nature. Perhaps the biggest downside to staying in a Tennessee mountain cabin is having to choose only one.
Blue Smoke Mountain
South of the bustling theme parks near Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are the Blue Smoke Mountain Cabins. Choose the ridgetop, five-bedroom Wind River Lodge with mountain peaks visible from the window of every room, relax on the large deck overlooking the Smokies in an over-sized oak rocker or check out the views from the hot tub built right into the deck. For a smaller group, choose the two-bedroom Moonshine Ridge Cabin, nestled in a grove of tall trees atop your own private mountain, or the Cherokee Breeze -- a large three-bedroom cabin sitting on a private ridge. It has a large back porch made for outdoor picnics and barbecuing. The master bedroom has a handmade log bed and a Jacuzzi tub. The cabins are all a short drive into the town of Townsend and the historic Cades Cove pioneer village.
Hidden Mountain Resort in Sevierville is home to a collection of rustic cabins ranging from small cabins designed for a romantic couple’s mountain retreat to a large group lodge for gatherings like family reunions. Sevierville is far enough off the beaten tourist path to provide quiet surroundings, but it is still within a 10-minute drive of attractions like Dollywood and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On the small end of the spectrum, Hidden Mountain Resort features one-bedroom rentals with fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, grills and hot tubs perched on the scenic mountainside. The most impressive of the Hidden Mountain properties is the River Lodge, a 14-bedroom, 6,340-square-foot log mansion filled with hickory furniture and all the amenities of home. Twelve of the bedrooms face the Little Pigeon River, and the huge sundeck provides glider rockers and great views for you and up to 39 guests.
The three-story, five-bedroom Heavenly Heights Cabin is the jewel of the Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals in Sevierville. This large mountain chalet has a 180-degree panorama or three mountain areas, including Mount Leconte, the English Mountains and Greenbrier. In the winter it is also possible to sit on the over-sized deck and watch skiers glide down the slopes from the comfort of a rocker or the deck’s Jacuzzi tub. Enjoy one of the two big-screen televisions in the massive great room or shoot some pool with friends. The cabin is just minutes from the attractions at Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Watch the Gatlinburg tram ease up the mountainside and see skiers shoot down the slopes at Bear Run from your cabin’s ridgetop deck at the Grand Pinnacle in Gatlinburg. This six-bedroom chalet accommodates up to 22 people and has amenities such a bar, six-person hot tub, outdoor grills and rockers, and a large stone fireplace. The Grand Pinnacle’s A-frame design has impressive window views over the village of Gatlinburg, and is just a short jaunt to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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