4 Ways to Prepare for Your Smoky Mountain Cabin Vacation

The Unforgettable cabin in the Smoky Mountains.
December 26, 2016

For the ultimate Smoky Mountain cabin vacation, it’s important to do a little planning before you pack the car and head out of town. From advice on how to choose the perfect cabin to a few helpful packing tips, we’ve got the 4 best ways to prepare for the mountain retreat of a lifetime!

1. Choose Your Cabin

It may seem obvious, but there’s a lot to think about when choosing the perfect Smoky Mountain cabin. You’ll want to think about who you’re traveling with, what they like to do in their spare time and what amenities are most important to you!

If you’re traveling with your small family or even just your significant other, a 1 or 2 bedroom cabin will have all the room you need to feel comfortable and right at home. Our small cabins have private bedrooms and bathrooms when you need a few minutes to yourself, but they’re not so big that you feel like you’re paying for a bunch of space that you don’t need.

For a larger family reunion or vacation with a group of friends, we have cabins with 4, 5 and even 6 bedrooms to sleep up to 20 people! Spending a few days with some of your favorite people in the Smokies will put a fresh new spin on an outdated family reunion or a whole new meaning to your annual vacation with friends!

2. Decide on Attractions

Once you've decided who you'll invite along on your Smoky Mountain cabin vacation, next it’s time to choose which Smoky Mountain attractions to visit during your stay. From the ultimate in outdoor adventure to the best shopping and dining this side of the Mississippi, your options for fun are limitless!

If you’re spending a week with your kids, you’ll want to check out fun attractions like miniature golf, race car driving, or even a whole day exploringall the rides, games, shows and delicious foods at Dollywood! With tons of roller coasters, water rides, kid friendly areas and much more, it’s easy to have fun all day and even all weekend at this popular Smoky Mountain amusement park.

If your group is interested in experiencing all the wonderful outdoor activities that the Smokies have to offer, you’ll want to plan your days around hiking the trails, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and maybe even experiencing a helicopter tour!

3. Plan Your Meals

Another key detail in planning the perfect Smoky Mountain cabin vacation is to have an idea of how many times you want to eat out on the town and which restaurants you’d most like to try. Eating out is both expensive and fun, so it’s good to have meals planned out in your vacation budget.

The Smoky Mountains have every type of restaurant that you and your family could possibly want. From delicious, fluffy pancakes breakfasts and classic southern foods like chicken and dumplings for lunch to the freshest seafood and juiciest steaks for dinner, your whole day can be as tasty as it is fun! And if you want to save up for one decadent meal on the town, you can plan to enjoy a breakfast and lunch in the comfort of your cabin! Our cabins are equipped with large, updated kitchens that make preparing meals and snacks for your family a breeze.

4. Check the Weather and Pack Accordingly

Finally, you’ll want to be sure to check the weather forecast in the Smokies before you pack your bags and head to the mountains. The last thing you’ll want is to be uncomfortable during your stay, so make sure to pack all the essentials for a comfortable and relaxing trip!

Stunning sunset photo in the Smoky Mountains.

The temperature in the mountains can go from hot to cold within a single day, so it’s a good idea to pack clothes that are easy to layer. It’s also a good idea to always have one warm coat for the chilly mornings and evenings. You’ll want to bring your bathing suit so that you can enjoy your cabin’s bubbly hot tub, and don’t forget shoes that are comfortable for a day full of exploring the Smokies or the city!

You now know all the best ways to prepare for your Smoky Mountain cabin vacation, so take a few minutes to browse through our Smoky Mountain cabins and don’t wait another day to book your next mountain vacation!