Vamoose is a terrific resource for those looking for Gatlinburg cabins, Gatlinburg cabin rentals, Gatlinburg chalets and Gatlinburg vacation rentals. The small city of Gatlinburg Tennessee, with its evergreens, hemlocks, rhododendrons and wildflowers coloring the mountainside has long been a place to stop and smell the clean country air. Beginning in 1916 when Andy Huff built the Mountain View Hotel -- the first hotel in town -- Gatlinburg has since been a favorite of tourists. From this one hotel sprung a whole town, now with over 400 shops and numerous restaurants. Activities in Gatlinburg also include horseback riding, amusement parks, rides, mini golf, museums, video arcades, viewing towers, musical presentations, theaters, fine art, and golf. In addition, in winter there's skiing and snowboarding.
Still maintaining the charm of a small mountain town, Gatlinburg is known for its warm, friendly locals, and home cooking. And because of Andy Huff's hotel, this town has made the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the most visited National Park Service Park in the nation.
Guests staying in Gatlinburg cabins find that strolling through the town eating homemade ice cream, perusing the stores for treasures, or eating at one of their fine restaurants to be satisfying enough. However, it is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that draws thousands of visitors all year long. With the beautiful scenery of the countryside and plenty of trails, hiking and biking are fine choices. Lakes and creeks make for excellent fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Waterfalls throughout the region create the perfect backdrop to a mid-hike picnic or camping spot. The park is truly unspoiled, and has more species of tree than all of Europe. The Cherokee Indians first inhabited the land over 1000 years ago, and locals have done their best to see that the park remains respected and as undisturbed as it was then.The Geography of Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is a city of just over 3,000 in population and is located in Sevier County, Tennessee, southeast of Knoxville. The Great Smoky Mountains surrounding the city are named for the blue misty haze that hovers around them. The city is set at the mouth of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, off U.S. Highway 441. Little Pigeon River begins in the park and runs through the city, down along U.S. 441 and through Pigeon Forge. The park itself is home to a plethora of different tree species, and is the only refuge in the world for certain species of plant and animal life. Included in the list are Cain's reed-bent grass, Rugel's ragwort, and Jordan's (red-cheeked) salamander. The Smokies are home to at least 60 native animals, and over 200 species of bird, and has the most diverse salamander population on Earth. Guests of Gatlinburg chalets and Gatlinburg cabins find the wildlife viewing to be awe-inspiring, and a favorite pastime in the park.Climate Information for Guests of Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals
Gatlinburg is home to a happily moderate mountain climate. With an average of two to four inches of rain falling each month, and an annual average temperature in the high 60s/low 70s, guests of Gatlinburg cabins can expect similar conditions throughout the year. Summer brings slightly warmer, humid conditions. Winter will carry in some snow as the lows reach the 20s. Spring and fall fill the Smokies and countryside with splendid flora as the flowers bloom, or the tree leaves change from green, to rust red, yellow and orange. Any time of the year is pleasant in Gatlinburg, with plenty of sunshine and warm mountain temperatures for the guests of Gatlinburg cabins to enjoy.Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals and Gatlinburg Chalets
Droves of people flock to Gatlinburg cabins each year for the scenery and seclusion. Gatlinburg cabin rentals offer just that. With a multitude of options including Gatlinburg chalets, Gatlinburg cabins, Gatlinburg vacation rentals and Gatlinburg condos, visitors are sure to find exactly what they're looking for. Accommodations offer breathtaking mountain views, or are placed right amongst the forest or streamside. Many Gatlinburg cabins are close to all the great attractions, whether right next to the park, or the main strip of the city. Amenities are also plentiful with fireplaces, hot tubs, and fully-equipped kitchens. Professional courtesy and small town hospitality are graciously extended to the area's visitors.Events Around the Gatlinburg Area
Throughout the year there's always something fun happening in Gatlinburg. The mountain city sees to it that their events calendar shows appreciation for the local culture, history, and gorgeous natural scenery enveloping them.
January through February is host to the annual Gatlinburg Winterfest. Over two million magical lights decorate the city as local businesses compete in the "Fantasy of Lights" contest. Spectacular trolley rides are given Saturdays in January, making this time an especially romantic time to visit. Couples will view special lighting displays set up for Gatlinburg's "Smoky Mountain Romance" display. On weekdays throughout January, couples and families of Gatlinburg cabins can participate in "Night Magic Skiing." From atop the mountains visitors ski or snowshoe and take in the amazing display of lights below in the city and the millions of stars shining overhead. Also in January is the celebration of the English holiday, "Twelfth Day," and Gatlinburg's "Traditions of Christmas."
In appreciation of early Scottish settlement in the area, May brings the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games Grand Parade. This two day event showcases highland games and dancers, food vendors, bag pipe bands, border collie demonstrations, Scottish clans and whiskey tasting.
To further experience the local culture there's the Gatlinburg Heritage on Display occurring late August though early September. With over 80 shops and countless artisans whittling, sewing, painting, weaving, casting and carving, visitors are sure to find a truly unique item to take home with them. The event is home to the largest community of independent artisans in the world and takes place on an historic eight mile loop, which has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail.
The year is packed full of great events like the Craftsmens Fair, Springfest, exhibits, Octoberfest, Ribfest, Annual River Regatta, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, a chili cook-off, and so much more. There is no end of things for the guests of Gatlinburg cabins to do!Dining and Nightlife Options for Guests of Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals
The tiny city in the shadow of the Smokies has hundreds of choices when it comes to great food. Options range from fried chicken perfect for picnics, to saucy ethnic food, fast food or elegant dining.
Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que has four blue ribbons from Reader's Choice, including "Best Barbecue," and "Best Ribs." Slow hickory-smoked ribs, chicken, and beef brisket are just a few reasons to visit Bennett's. Also voted "Best Breakfast" and said to be the "Best Family Dining in the Smokies," visitors are sure to have a satisfying and filling experience.
The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Cheese Cupboard offers two choices. On the first floor of this charming German cottage-style building is a large selection of different cheeses from around the world. Pair the cheeses with different crackers, or go straight for the chocolates from Germany and Switzerland. Cold drinks, gourmet mustards, hot sauces and old-fashioned Kosher dill pickles are also available to tickle the palette. Afterward, head upstairs to the German pub-style Hofbrauhaus and grab a pint of German ale and their Famous Super Reuben.
For seafood, try the Smoky Mountains Trout House, or the Steak and Lobster House. For Mexican there's No Way Joses. And for a little bit of rock and roll with your beverage, there's even a Hard Rock Cafe downtown. The list of choices is seemingly endless and each place is sure to serve exactly the kind of meal your craving.Attractions Around Gatlinburg Tennessee
The most notable and unforgettable attraction in the area is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is 500,000 acres of stunning beauty, full of unique life and activities. There are hundreds and hundreds of trails throughout, ideal for hiking and biking. A must-see in the park is Cades Cove Loop Road. This one way, one-lane road circles an open cove set in the middle of the park, and goes past homes of the pioneers that first settled here. After the Cove, head over to Clingmans Dome to get an unparalleled view of the entire park. For a hardy hike, the Alum Cave Bluff to Mount Leconte trail is sure to challenge. Along the way there are plenty of vista points to stop for a picnic or a quick rest. The Little Pigeon River running throughout the park allows guests of Gatlinburg chalets to whitewater raft, fly-fish, trout-fish, or go tubing. Guided Pioneer and Wildlife Tours are also available for guests of Gatlinburg vacation rentals.
Over at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, visitors of Gatlinburg cabins will discover a winter wonderland. Strap on the skis or a snowboard and swoosh down the slopes, or enjoy a leisurely snow-shoe through wooded areas. There's also an amusement park for the kids, snowtubing, indoor ice skating, and a scenic chairlift ride. This is the only ski resort in all of Tennessee and guests of Gatlinburg cabin rentals will discover it's every bit as fun as the larger ski resorts.
Leisurely horseback tours through the Smokies are available through Smoky Mountain Stables. The Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway offers spectacular views of the city and mountains all year long. The Fort Fun Family Entertainment Center is home to a 2,700 square foot Laser Tag arena, 3D special effects movie theater, bumper cars, miniature golf, arcade and more. Whether up in the Smokies, or down in the city of Gatlinburg, there's always something waiting to fill the day's itinerary.Overview of Activities for Guests of Gatlinburg Cabins
This mountain city offers the majestic beauty of Smoky Mountains National Park and a wonderful downtown that shines in winter with over two million lights. As a romantic vacation for two, taking trolley rides down shiny streets past sparkling lights, on the mountain at night in snowshoes under the stars, or cuddled near a cozy cabin fireplace, Gatlinburg can accommodate. For the whole family, the city has plenty of options, including skiing, Springfest, the Fort Fun Family Entertainment Center, and group tours through the park. The food in Gatlinburg is varied and plentiful, with all the options from casual to fine cuisine. Over 400 shops are available to create a leisurely day of souvenir hunting. Outdoor activities in the park such as kayaking, fishing, hiking and biking are enough to fill a whole week or more. Add all of the available activities up and they equal countless reasons to return to Gatlinburg Tennessee. So when you are looking for Gatlinburg cabins, Gatlinburg cabin rentals, Gatlinburg chalets, or Gatlinburg vacation rentals, come to Vamoose!