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Spending Christmas In The Smokies

Posted by Leif Palmer in Seasons Smoky Mountains

For most families, Christmas is a time for traditions, whether it's waking up with the kids at the crack of dawn to open Santa's bounty of presents or driving over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for a family meal. From watching specific TV programs to Elf on the Shelf, most of us probably have our rituals that we go through year in and year out.

However, if the usual routine is wearing thin or if you're looking to start a new Christmas tradition, consider spending the holidays here in the Smokies. It's not as outrageous an idea as you might think at first, and as we'll show you, it might even have a lot of advantages.

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For starters, our cabin rentals in Tennessee are the next best thing to your own home. Whether you'll be traveling as a couple or with the kids or as a large family gathering, we have luxurious cabins that range from two to four bedrooms, ensuring you'll find the accommodations that will best suit your travel needs. A cabin is an ideal option, because it allows everyone to spend time together, but at the end of the day, everyone has his or her own individual bedroom to get away to.

Plus you'll enjoy all the comforts of home and a lot more. Our cabins have large-screen TVs for those holiday-movie rituals (“You'll shoot your eye out, kid!”), and everyone will love opening presents in front of a roaring fireplace on a chilly Christmas morning. And how often can you say you've spent part of Christmas day or night soaking in a steaming outdoor hot tub with family and/or friends? Maybe this is the year to give it a try…

When it comes to that holiday meal, you won't have to sacrifice a thing. If you still insist on preparing your own feast, our cabins feature full kitchens with all the appliances, cookware and serving pieces you'll need to feed the whole gang. All you'll need to do is stop by a local supermarket and pick up the ingredients. Or if you don't want to go to the trouble of cooking that day, you'll find a number of restaurants in the Smokies are open, including Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant in Sevierville, Calhoun's in Pigeon Forge and Cherokee Grill in Gatlinburg.

But don't forget that our cabins are close to everything that's great about the Smokies, from the national park to all the attractions and shops of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. Yes, everyone enjoys opening presents, but usually, folks (especially kids) start getting a little stir crazy as Christmas Day wears on. So why not go see an attraction or a show? It's another way to bond as a family and create Christmas memories you'll always cherish.

And if you stay the day after Christmas, you might even want to venture out to the outlet malls and see if you can snatch up some post-holiday bargains. It's also a great time to stock up on Christmas supplies and décor for next year, as prices are usually slashed on that kind of merchandise.

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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