So Much to Do & Stunning Mountain Views
Located at the southernmost end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a little mountain town that’s big on charm. With its friendly small-town vibe, sweeping views of scenic splendor and lots of options for family fun—both indoors and out—Gatlinburg has plenty to offer for a weekend getaway or an even longer stay, one reason Gatlinburg cabin rentals and Gatlinburg condo rentals by Condo-World are so popular. Combine all this with its prime location on the edge of America’s most visited national park, and you’ve got a destination that’s definitely worth a visit.
See & Do
A longstanding favorite attraction, Ober Gatlinburg is fun all year long thanks to its restaurants, shops, a challenging maze and an arcade. But in winter, this ski area/amusement park really shines. Enjoy swooshing down its nine ski slopes, twirling on its ice-skating rink and flying down a snow-covered hillside with a 50-foot vertical drop on an inner tube for a fast-paced thrill. Don’t leave without taking a ride on Ober Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tramway, which gives you a great look at some of the area’s best views. If you’re artsy, check out The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, an art education center and gallery tucked a few blocks off the city’s main street. Explore the rotating exhibits of ceramics, paintings, photography and more and take some of the talent home; the school’s store has works from past Artists-in-Residence for sale. Find more to look at with a visit to the "Strangest Place in Gatlinburg,” The Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, packed with weird and wonderful things. And to get the most out of Gatlinburg vacation rentals and experience the area’s main draw—the surrounding mountains—make your way into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Its 800 square miles of forests, streams, waterfalls and abundant wildlife make it a “can’t-miss” spot. A drive through the Park is nice, but if you like to hike, set out on one of its 150 trails, including the path leading to Park’s highest point and its stunning vistas, Clingmans Dome.
Fuel up for a full day of exploration with breakfast at the Log Cabin Pancake House, famous for its towering stacks of pillow-like pancakes. For lunch, consider Smoky Mountain Trout House, which specializes in serving rainbow trout (prepared in various delicious ways) fresh from the sparkling streams of the area’s Smoky Mountains. If you’re more of a land-fare lover, try the Wild Plum Tea Room, set in a quaint log cabin and known for its selection of hearty soups, succulent sandwiches and crisp salads. At dinnertime, grab a seat at the Peddler Steak House for a meal focused on savory and satisfying beef, including custom steaks cut tableside. Finally, don’t forget treat yourself to something sweet at one of the city’s many fudge and candy shops.
The center of the city has multiple options for retail therapy with both sides of the main street lined with a diverse array of stores. Make sure to hit the Gatlinburg Village Shops downtown, a quaint collection of more than 25 stores and boutiques clustered together with the look and feel of an old-world town. Find clothing, souvenirs and gifts, art, toys and more.
When looking at Gatlinburg cabin rentals and planning your trip, weather is a key factor to consider. Summer in the area is comfortable, with warm days that are rarely hot bookended by cool mornings and evenings. Fall and spring are moderate. In winter, it can get cold but never truly frigid, and the lower temps mean there’s a chance for the fluffy white stuff. Gatlinburg usually gets approximately four inches of snow in both January and February.
How to Get There
Gatlinburg vacation rentals are easy to reach from several major metro areas via I-75, I-40 and I-85. Many of the routes by car are quite scenic the closer you get to town. Nearby airports include those in Knoxville, Tenn., Asheville, N.C., and Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.