So you’ve decided that renting a cabin in the Smokies is the most economical and enjoyable option for your upcoming mountain getaway. Great choice! Before beginning your hunt for the perfect cabin, check out these 8 useful tips.
Folks generally start planning their Smoky Mountain summer getaways early in the year – especially for the larger family/group properties. Many regular Smoky Mountain vacationers book their favorite cabin up to a year in advance; take this into consideration when making your Smoky Mountain vacation plans.
Before searching for the perfect cabin, you will need to define what “perfect” is. Make a list of the “must have” items you and your family want and need in your vacation “home away from home.” A few of the amenities offered in Smoky Mountain vacation properties include: hot tubs, media/game rooms, mountain views, resort pools, gourmet kitchens, resort settings, and much, much more. The options are endless. Remember, it’s your vacation, so get what you want. Once you have your wish list together, finding the perfect cabin will be much easier.
Smoky Mountain cabins can be very tempting; it’s easy to find yourself slowly creeping up in price as you browse for that perfect cabin. Set your budget ahead of time and then stick to it. It’s important to know your budget, as this can impact everything from the size of cabin you choose to the time of year you visit.
The most popular vacation months are typically mid June through October and most major holidays, so booking a cabin during these times of the year will be at peak rates. If you plan a trip for January through early June, you can get the best rates of the year and avoid the traffic and crowds.
Finding a cabin close to where you will be spending most of your time can save you lots of frustration and allow for more time to have fun with friends and family. Some folks choose to spend most of their time in and around the cabin so location becomes less of an issue but if you plan on visiting the Smoky Mountain National Park, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg, ensuring your cabin is close to where you will be spending most of your time is very important and can save you hours of valuable vacation time. The perfect location means different things to different people. Be sure to consider your criteria when assessing cabins you’re considering.
Finding the perfect cabin sometimes requires flexibility. Have a date range in mind when planning your vacation. Your “perfect” cabin may not be available for that one weekend you want to travel but if you have several dates in mind you have a much better chance of snagging the one you want.
It’s impossible to guard against every situation: people get sick, snow storms happen. Plan for the unexpected by purchasing travel insurance. There’s no shortage of options, either. You can buy direct from a third party provider, or go through your credit card company. Select bare-bones coverage for only the cost of medical care, or get maximum coverage for trip delays, cancellations, etc. Like all insurance, you’ll be glad you have it — when you need it.
Beware, renting a Smoky Mountain log cabin can become addictive and may lead to future family vacations. So do your research, know what you want and have a Perfect Smoky Mountain vacation!
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Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, owners