How to Stick to Your Budget During Your Vacation at Our Cabins in Gatlinburg Tenn

Beautiful photo of the deck of one of our cabins in Gatlinburg Tenn.
May 23, 2016

The Great Smoky Mountain area is one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the country! When you stay at our cabins in Gatlinburg Tenn, it's easy to have a wonderful time without spending a ton of money. To help you plan your trip, we have put together some advice for sticking to your budget during your getaway.

Choose One of Our Affordable Cabins

The biggest expense for a vacation is typically lodging. All of the properties at Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals are reasonably priced, and some of our cabins can be rented for just over $100 (depending on the season). Here are a few of our most affordable cabins:

Figure Out How Much You Want to Spend Before You Leave

A photo of downtown Gatlinburg and the mountains.

Once you arrive in Gatlinburg, you’re not going to want to think about money; you’ll be far too busy having fun! Instead, make all of your big budgeting decisions before you leave home. Come up with an estimate of how much you want to spend during your trip, and then map out an itinerary of everything you want to do. You don’t need to have hard and fast plans for each day, but try to have a flexible schedule worked out prior to your vacation. Budgeting is one of the biggest tips on how to save money in the Smoky Mountains!

Enjoy a Mix of Paid Attractions and Free Things to Do

Of course, you will want to visit the area’s most famous attractions when you stay at our cabins in Gatlinburg Tenn. Dollywood and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies are not to be missed! At the same time, there are a number of excellent activities that you can enjoy in Gatlinburg without spending a cent. Here are some of the best free things to do during your vacation:

  • Hiking anywhere in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Listening to live music at one of the moonshine distilleries in downtown Gatlinburg
  • Visiting Cades Cove
  • Touring the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
  • Driving the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  • Sampling wine along the Rocky Top Wine Trail
  • Exploring the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community
  • Taking a stroll beside the Little Pigeon River

Eat Where the Locals Eat

Eating out on vacation can get expensive, especially if you go to some of the area’s more touristy restaurants. Instead, find out where the locals like to dine for your meals. Here are a handful of restaurants that Gatlinburg natives like to frequent:

  • Smoky Mountain Brewery
  • Mountain Lodge Restaurant
  • Parton’s Deli
  • Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria
  • Calhoun’s
  • Blue Moose Burgers & Wings

Cheeseburger and french fries.

Another great way to save money is by preparing food right at your cabin. All of our properties come with fully furnished kitchens, so you can easily whip up something tasty to enjoy.

To start planning your vacation, check out our complete selection of cabins in Gatlinburg Tenn!