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How To Have A Great Day Without Leaving Your Cabin

Posted by Leif Palmer in Gatlinburg

If you plan to stay in a Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rental in the next few months, you've picked a great time of year to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. There's something about fall and winter in the Smokies that gives the area its own special appeal and sense of beauty, and with overall visitation down during the off season, it's actually a good time to come and enjoy the many shops, restaurants and attractions while they're more easily accessible.

A cabin in the mountains.

However, if for some reason you're not interested in getting out and exploring our neighboring communities or Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you can still have a fun (and somewhat more relaxing time) without ever setting foot off your rental property. Don't believe us? Here's a rundown of some of the things you can do to get the most out of your rental-cabin experience.

You could start your day by heading to your cabin's fully equipped kitchen and brewing up a mug of morning coffee or tea. Take your beverage out on the deck and enjoy it while kicking back and taking in the surrounding views. You'll be astonished at how quiet it is up in the mountains, especially in the morning; usually all you can hear are the birds. If it's too cold to sit outside, you can at least snuggle up on the couch in the main living area and enjoy the views through large picture windows overlooking the deck.

Afterward, you might take a morning walk around the property and explore your surroundings. You'll enjoy fresh mountain air and, depending on your specific location, some great views of the Smokies. Allow yourself to be at peace as you listen to the sounds of nature.

Throughout the rest of the day, you've got multiple ways to enjoy your time in the mountains. You can snuggle up in a comfortable chair and read a book or listen to some of your favorite music. And don't ever forget the value of a good, lazy nap on a cool fall or winter day. You might also watch your favorite shows or movies on one of the flat-screen TVs or maybe shoot some pool in the game room. Many cabins also have board games or electronic gaming systems to help kids of all ages enjoy good times with the family on vacation.

Of course, that full kitchen will come in handy at both lunch and dinner. You'll find everything you need on hand (plus the groceries you buy) to make any kind of meal, from a quick snack to a multi-course spread. Weather permitting, you could even grill steaks, chicken, burgers or dogs on the gas or charcoal grill, which is usually found on the deck.

After dark, you can always enjoy more in-house recreation, or you could take things outside for a nice, relaxing soak in the hot tub, also located on the deck. It's the perfect way to warm up on a chilly night, and once you come back in for the evening, you can keep those warm vibes going by starting fire in the gas or wood-burning fireplace.

Chances are, the day will pass faster than you want it to, but that's OK; you can always start over again the next day.

Leif Palmer - Smokies blogger

About Leif Palmer

Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.


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