No matter what the season it is always a good time to visit a cabin in the mountains. I’ve visited Gatlinburg in all four seasons and there are a plethora of activities available any time of year. Of course, having a relaxing place to stay, like one of the cabins at Gatlinburg Falls Resort, makes the entire vacation better. Secluded enough to afford privacy, but only two minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, it’s no wonder Gatlinburg Falls Resort was rated the #1 Best Family Resort in the Smokies by Southern Living Magazine. Opened in 2003, Gatlinburg Falls Resort lives up to its promise that “this is not your grandfather’s cabin,” but instead provides a luxury vacation for the entire family.
About Gatlinburg Falls Resort
Gatlinburg Falls Resort is one of the properties owned and operated by Venture Resorts. As the largest cabin rental company in the Smokey Mountains, they and their sister sites, Cabins of The Smokey Mountains and Cabins of Pigeon Forge, manage over 500 cabins in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville area. The resorts offer cabins with options from one to nine bedrooms and room to sleep up to 38 people.
Located on Parkway Vista, the resort is an easy drive from downtown Gatlinburg, and depending on traffic, is a fifteen-minute drive to Pigeon Forge or The Smokey Mountains. During the warmer months, the resort offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. A conference center, fitness center, and playground are available year round.
About The Crown Jewel 5 Bedroom Cabin
This was the first time in years almost all of the family was able to vacation together in December. The cabin was designed to sleep eighteen, so the eight of us-six adults and two toddlers-had plenty of room. Divided into three floors, this spacious cabin included three bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor, a huge living room, complete with electric fireplace, kitchen, master bedroom and bath on the main floor, and a large game room, home theater, bedroom and bathroom on the lower level. Decks were included on each floor with sitting areas for relaxation. The main deck included a hot tub. The lower deck featured a path that led to an attached gazebo.
We were impressed with the number of amenities included with the cabin. We planned to celebrate two birthdays and decided we would bake a cake for the occasion. We brought our own cake pans, but other than that the kitchen offered everything we needed; from measuring spoons to mixing bowls, to a mixer, and spatulas for applying the frosting. Because we have some food allergies and special diets in the family, we had to cook all of our own meals. We found the kitchen was stocked with all the basic supplies we needed to prepare our meals, along with plenty of dishes, bowls, cups, and glasses. Note: You do have to provide your own food, but a grocery store is located approximately a mile away. The cabin even included extra supplies of dishwashing liquid, dish detergent and garbage bags, something I thought I would have to purchase myself.
One of the kids’ favorite rooms was the game room. The room was large, but cozy, with a pool table, air hockey table, pinball machine, golf game, and a video game machine with classics like Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger. French doors led onto the deck and provided a panoramic view of the mountains. One of my favorite features was how the cabin furnishings were designed to be toddler and child-friendly. Have you ever stayed at a location where you spent time moving things out of the child’s reach and then trying to remember where they were placed before you left? All the furniture was sturdy and child-friendly. There were no breakable knick-knacks lying around. The only things we moved out of reach were tv remotes. Tip: This cabin does have lots of stairs leading to each floor, along with approximately ten stairs to reach the entrance to the cabin. There are no child gates for the stairs.
One of the five bedrooms in the Crown Jewel. All bedrooms included a bathroom.
Another feature we enjoyed was thermostats located on all three levels. While it was cold during our stay, we have varying levels of comfort. Some of us wanted it to be warmer, while others did not like the heat. This feature allowed everyone to coexist on our own comfort level. And, if you have toddlers or kids who have accidents, there’s a washer and dryer available too. Note: You will have to bring your own laundry detergent.
The first night we did have problems connecting to the wifi. We talked with the front desk and they contacted maintenance. While we did have to wait a couple of hours, when our maintenance person arrived he was very professional. He fixed the wifi, asked if we needed anything else repaired, and told us to call the office if we had any other issues during our stay.
Amenities Offered in All Cabins :
- An outdoor hot tub
- Indoor jetted bath
- Vertical Spa Shower
- Pool Table
- Video Games
- A Game Table with either air hockey, table tennis or foosball
- Free wifi
- Premium Cable including local channel 7 and HBO
- Wide Screen TV
- A Dvd/VCR
- A large kitchen
- A fireplace
While we explored downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, most of the time no one wanted to leave the cabin! It’s rare when we have a vacation where everyone comes to me separately and tells me they are having so much fun they don’t want to leave, but that happened during our stay at Gatlinburg Falls.
Want to plan a vacation with Gatlinburg Falls Resort? Be sure to check out their Year Round Special. If you stay five nights in any cabin, you will receive the sixth night Free. Romantic Packages, Wedding Packages, and Family Vacation Packages are also available.
Have you visited Gatlinburg or stayed at Gatlinburg Falls Resort?