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How to Plan an Amazing Fall Vacation at Our Gatlinburg Resort Cabins

Incredible fall colors in the mountains near Gatlinburg.Fall is one of the very best times to visit Gatlinburg, TN! With comfortably cool weather, spectacular foliage, and a variety of fun events, autumn is absolutely idyllic in the Smokies. To help you make the most of your vacation, Chalet Village has put together a guide to planning your fall getaway at our Gatlinburg resort cabins.

1. Coordinate Your Vacation with the Changing Leaves

If you’re going to be vacationing in Gatlinburg this fall, you’ll want to time your trip so you see the changing leaves at their best. While it is difficult to predict exactly when “peak season” will arrive, there are some general guidelines that typically hold true.

The last two weeks of October and the first week of November usually offer spectacular foliage in the lower elevations of the mountains. As you drive around town or admire the views from your cabin, you will see plenty of reds, yellows, and oranges all around you.

Anyone who can’t make it to Gatlinburg during these weeks can still catch the fall colors in the higher elevations by visiting earlier in the season. The last week of September and the first few weeks of October are perfect for heading to Clingmans Dome for panoramic views of the colors.

(See Also: 3 Advantages of Staying at Our Cabins Close to Downtown Gatlinburg)

2. Choose the Right CabinThe Sweet Surrender cabin in Gatlinburg surrounded by fall colors.

Once you have figured out when you will be taking your fall getaway, it’s time to choose your cabin! Chalet Village offers a wonderful collection of vacation homes, each with its own unique design and amenities. For an autumn escape, you will want a cabin with mountain views, so you can enjoy the breathtaking foliage right from your deck. Our website allows you to search for Gatlinburg resort cabins with great views, or you can give our friendly staff a call to get a cabin recommendation.

3. Plan Scenic Hikes

With average highs in the low 70s, the fall is a wonderful time to go hiking in the Gatlinburg area. Since the autumn colors reach the higher elevations earlier in the season, certain hikes are more scenic depending on when you take them. Here is quick guide to popular fall trails and when the best time to hike them is:

  • Mt. LeConte (mid - late September)
  • Andrews Bald (mid - late September)
  • Rocky Top (mid - late September)
  • Spence Field (early - mid October)
  • Sugarland Mountain Trail (early - mid October)
  • Gregory Bald (early - mid October)
  • Alum Cave (mid - late October)
  • Charlies Bunion (mid - late October)
  • Little River Trail (mid - late October)
  • Schoolhouse Gap (early November)
  • Abrams Falls (early November)
  • Deep Creek Loop (early November)

Beer, pretzels, and more food at an Oktoberfest celebration.4. Check Out Fall Events

Gatlinburg hosts a variety of excellent events during the fall! Here is a look at some of the things going on during the autumn months:

  • Taste of Autumn (mid September)
  • OktOBErfest at Ober Gatlinburg (late September - mid October)
  • Ripley’s Fright Nights (October)
  • Shocktober at the Gatlinburg Space Needle (October)
  • Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair (October)
  • Chili Cookoff (early November)

To begin planning your fall vacation, browse our complete selection of Gatlinburg resort cabins!

3 Advantages of Staying at Our Cabins Close to Downtown Gatlinburg

The glittering lights of downtown Gatlinburg.There is nowhere else in the world quite like downtown Gatlinburg, TN! Despite only being a handful of blocks long, there is a seemingly endless variety of things to see and do on The Strip. When you stay at Chalet Village, you will only be a 10 - 15 minute drive from all of the fun in the heart of the city. Here are the top three advantages of vacationing at our cabins close to downtown Gatlinburg.

1. The Best of Both Worlds

Although it is only a short drive from downtown, Chalet Village feels like a world unto itself. Our charming cabin community is tucked away in the foothills of the Smokies. Offering peace, quiet, and incredible mountain views, Chalet Village is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Staying in a scenic resort that is just minutes from all of the activity in the center of Gatlinburg is truly the best of both worlds.

(See Also: 5 Reasons Chalet Village Has the Best Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg)

2. Never a Dull MomentRipley's Aquarium of the Smokies in the fall.

When you spend your vacation at our cabins close to downtown Gatlinburg, you will never be bored! There are so many great things to enjoy in the area that you could stay for a year and never do the same thing twice. Here are a few of our favorite attractions and activities downtown:

  • See over 10,000 sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
  • Sample free moonshine at Ole Smoky, Doc Collier, or Sugarlands Distillery.
  • Get an aerial view of the city on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift.
  • Check out the one-of-a-kind collection at the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.
  • Watch a hilarious show at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre.
  • Stroll along the Little Pigeon River on the scenic Gatlinburg River Walk.
  • See the Batmobile and other iconic vehicles at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

3. The Freedom to Eat Out or Dine In

The Gatlinburg Space Needle.Downtown Gatlinburg is home to some of the area’s very best restaurants. At the same time, you may not always feel like eating out during your vacation. Fortunately, guests at Chalet Village will always have the option of returning to their cabin for a homecooked meal. Since you’ll only be 10 or 15 minutes from downtown, you can easily head back to your vacation rental for lunch or dinner before enjoying more activities in the city.

If you do decide to dine out, here are some great restaurants to visit:



  • Pancake Pantry - the best pancakes in Gatlinburg.
  • Crockett’s Breakfast Camp - wonderful place to start your day.
  • Cherokee Grill - excellent steaks, burgers, and seafood.
  • Three Jimmy’s - great BBQ and American fare.
  • No Way Jose’s - mouthwatering Mexican food.
  • The Melting Pot Gatlinburg - gourmet cheese and chocolate fondue.
  • Parton’s Deli - fantastic sandwiches and sides.

Ready to start planning your vacation? Check out our complete selection of cabins close to downtown Gatlinburg. If you have any questions about our properties, or you would like a cabin recommendation, don’t hesitate to give our friendly staff a call today. We can’t wait to see you in Gatlinburg!  

August at Chalet Village

It's August now, and the summer attitude of sun and fun dip down as we realize we need to get back to school, back to college and back to work in large quantities - but right at the start here is still an opportunity for one last summer blowout if you'd like one, and Chalet Village wants to be your headquarters for that possibility.

These houses alone would make fine considerations for one last family visit to the Smokies:

* 511 Greenbriar Lodge
* 811 High Places
* 848 Cedar House
* 1016 Street of Dreams
* Bearadise
* 916 Our Mountain Dream
* 937 All About the View

We also still have some special events coming up this month that you and your group could enjoy. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have a singer-songwriter festival each in August with the Stringtime in the Smokies (August 6th at the Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge) and the Smoky Mountains Singer-Songwriter Festival (August 24-28th throughout Gatlinburg). There are, in addition, some events honoring military veterans and first responder personnel in Pigeon Forge such as the Heroes Tribute to Veterans (August 15-18th). More information on these events can be found at www.mypigeonforge.com/events and www.gatlinburg.com/events, respectively.

If one last Smoky Mountain memory for the 2016 summer season is what you'd like for your group or family, then make Chalet Village your vacation foundation!

4 Rainy Day Activities for a Vacation at Our Gatlinburg Cabin Resort

A happy couple in the rain.Blessed with incredible natural beauty, the Gatlinburg area is known as a hub for outdoor vacation fun. Sometimes, however, the weather just doesn’t cooperate with your plans to explore the national park or visit an attraction. If it rains during your trip, there is no need to panic! Gatlinburg offers a number of great indoor activities that you are sure to love. Here are a few of our favorite things to do when it rains at our Gatlinburg cabin resort.

1. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Heading to the aquarium is the perfect rainy day activity! Located just a short drive away from Chalet Village, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is ranked among the top 10 aquariums in the United States by TripAdvisor. With over 10,000 sea creatures to admire, it’s easy to spend the whole afternoon learning about life under the ocean. Highlights of the aquarium include the Shark Lagoon, which features a moving sidewalk in an underwater tunnel, and the Penguin Playhouse, the enclosure for some adorable African penguins. For an additional fee, you can even get up close and personal with a penguin for a special encounter and photo shoot!

2. Watch a Movie at Your CabinThe theater room in the View from the Top cabin in Gatlinburg.

Chalet Village offers a number of excellent Gatlinburg cabins with theater rooms, so you can spend part of your rainy day watching a movie. Each theater room varies, as all of our cabins are totally unique, but you can expect a big screen and comfy seating. For the latest releases, you can swing by a redbox DVD rental kiosk at either the Walgreens at 811 Parkway or the Food City at 1219 E Parkway in Gatlinburg. If you have your heart set on watching an old favorite, be sure to bring your DVD collection from home to our Gatlinburg cabin resort!

3. Check Out Sugarlands Visitor Center

Even though you won’t be able to go hiking in the rain, you can still enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by visiting Sugarlands Visitor Center. Open every day of the year except Christmas, the visitor center features a small museum and a 30 minute video about the national park. Sugarlands is totally free to visit, but you will have the opportunity to support the park by making a purchase in the retail area. The visitor center is a great place to pick up souvenirs, including shirts, books, postcards, and other Smoky Mountain memorabilia.

4. Play a Game of Pool

We offer a great selection of Gatlinburg cabins with pool tables at Chalet Village. Playing a round of pool or organizing a tournament with your guests is a great way to spend a rainy day in your cabin. If you want to add some stakes to your friendly game of billiards, let the winner choose where you have dinner that evening!

To start planning your vacation at our Gatlinburg cabin resort, check out our complete listing of Gatlinburg cabin rentals. If you have any questions about our properties, or you would like a cabin recommendation, don’t hesitate to give our friendly staff a call today!

4 Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Our Gatlinburg Pet Friendly Cabins and Chalets

A dog sticking his face out the window on a scenic drive.When you vacation in Gatlinburg, TN, you don’t have to leave your furry family member behind! Chalet Village is home to a number of dog friendly properties, so your pooch can enjoy everything the Great Smoky Mountain area has to offer. To help you make the most of your getaway, we have put together a few tips for vacationing with Fido at our Gatlinburg pet friendly cabins and chalets.

1. Choose the Perfect Cabin for Your Escape

Chalet Village has a great selection of dog friendly cabins and chalets to choose from. With everything from 1 bedroom rentals to 5 bedroom rentals, we are guaranteed to have a property that is right for your group size and budget. All of our units are completely unique, so spend some time browsing our collection of Gatlinburg pet friendly cabins and chalets to find the perfect match.

2. Remember to Pack the Following Items

There are a few items that you definitely don’t want to forget when you take your dog to Gatlinburg:

  • Flea and Tick Collar - Especially important if you’ll be in the woods with your pooch.
  • Strong Leash - Required at all times in the national park.
  • ID Tag - In case your dog wanders off.
  • Familiar Food - It’s good to keep Fido on his usual diet while you’re on vacation.
  • Medication - If your dog takes any meds, be sure to bring them.
  • Favorite Blanket - Will help your dog feel at home in your cabin.
  • Toys - For playtime during your trip.
  • Brush - Keep your dog looking spiffy.
  • Pooper Scooper - Remember to clean up after your furry pal.        

3. Dine at Pet Friendly RestaurantsA dog at an outdoor restaurant.

Of course, all of our cabins and chalets come with fully furnished kitchens, so you can share a meal with your dog without leaving your home away from home. If you would like to dine out, however, there a number of great restaurants in Gatlinburg that provide pet friendly outdoor seating. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Wild Plum Tea Room
  • Best Italian
  • Howard’s Steakhouse
  • Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill
  • Fox & Parrot Tavern

4. Head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Overflowing with natural beauty, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an irresistible destination for dogs. Four-legged visitors are allowed in all of the park’s picnic areas and along roads, but they must be kept on a leash at all times. Unfortunately, dogs are prohibited on most hiking trails because they may not mix well with the park’s ecosystem.

However, it is still possible to hike with your pooch in the Smokies! Dogs are allowed on the Gatlinburg Trail, a 1.9 mile one-way walking path that starts at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. This scenic trail runs along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and offers wonderful views of the water. Hikers will also encounter the remains of several historic homesites along the path.

A couple on a hike with their dog.To start planning your getaway with your dog, check out our complete selection of Gatlinburg pet friendly cabins and chalets. If you have any questions about our properties or would like a cabin recommendation, don’t hesitate to give our friendly staff a call today!

4 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Our Vacation Rentals in Gatlinburg

Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Gatlinburg, TN is one of the most naturally beautiful vacation destinations in the United States. Located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our East Tennessee city attracts millions of nature lovers each year. When you stay at our vacation rentals in Gatlinburg, you’ll have endless opportunities to enjoy some fun in the fresh air. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor activities:

1. Go for a Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Guests at Chalet Village will be just 5 minutes away from the most visited national park in the country! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is truly a paradise for anyone who loves spending time outdoors. With over 800 miles of trails in the park, you are guaranteed to find a hike that suits your ability and interests. Here are a few of the park’s best trails:

  • Easy hikes: Cove Hardwood Nature Trail, The Gatlinburg Trail, Sugarlands Nature Trail
  • Moderate hikes: Abrams Falls, Andrews Bald, Porters Creek Trail
  • Challenging hikes: Mt. LeConte, Rocky Top, Gregory Bald

Best of all, entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is completely free, so you can enjoy an afternoon of outdoor entertainment without spending a cent.

2. Have Lunch at a Scenic Picnic AreaA family having a picnic.

In addition to hundreds of hiking trails, the national park is also home to some beautiful picnic areas. What could be better than eating some tasty sandwiches while admiring all of the natural beauty around you? Here are a few of the most popular picnic areas in the Smokies:

  • Big Creek Picnic Area
  • Cades Cove Picnic Area
  • Chimneys Picnic Area
  • Collins Creek Picnic Area
  • Deep Creek Picnic Area
  • Greenbrier Picnic Area
  • Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

3. Play Tennis or Go for a Swim at Chalet Village

When you stay at our vacation rentals in Gatlinburg, you will have access to the three clubhouses at Chalet Village. Bring your racket from home and enjoy a game of tennis on one of our courts, or take a dip in the swimming pool on a summer’s afternoon. Other outdoor activities you can enjoy at our clubhouses include shuffleboard, ping pong, lawn games, and a paved walking trail.

4. Visit Ober Gatlinburg

Chalet Village is not only minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is also just a short drive from the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. During the winter months, Ober is a wonderful place to go skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Although Gatlinburg doesn’t typically get a ton of snowfall, Ober’s state of the art snow machines ensure that there is always plenty of fresh powder on the slopes.

Although it is most famous as a ski resort, there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had at Ober Gatlinburg year round. Some of the popular activities at the amusement park include the Ski Mountain Coaster, alpine slide, water raft rides, scenic chairlift, mini golf, chair swing, carousel, and kiddie rides.

To start planning your vacation in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, check out our complete selection of vacation rentals in Gatlinburg!

5 Insider Tips for a Getaway at Our Gatlinburg Vacation Homes

There is certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Gatlinburg, TN! With so much travel information online and in guide books, it can be a bit overwhelming to research the area. Chalet Village has been in Gatlinburg since 1972, so we know a thing or two about planning a vacation here! To help you make the most of your getaway, we have put together five insider tips for a retreat at our Gatlinburg vacation homes.  

1. Have Breakfast at the Mountain Lodge Restaurant

Popular with locals and vacationers alike, the Mountain Lodge Restaurant is one of the best breakfast places in Gatlinburg. Located on East Parkway, this spacious lodge serves up all of your morning time favorites, including freshly baked cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, and french toast. Breakfast is served all day, and lunch options are also available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., when the restaurant closes. The prices are reasonable and the portions are generous, so be sure to come hungry!

2. Spend an Afternoon at the Clubhouse

When you stay at our Gatlinburg vacation homes you will have access to three excellent clubhouses at our resort. With swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong, lawn games, board games, and other great activities, it’s easy to spend an afternoon right in our cabin community. Taking advantage of our resort amenities is great for a day when you don’t feel like driving or spending money.

3. Visit the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum is one of the most unique attractions in Gatlinburg. This one of a kind museum is home to over 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers! The museum’s shakers come in endless varieties, with pairs designed to look like cartoon characters, historical figures, animals, aliens, automobiles, houses, and virtually anything else you can think of. Admission is only $3.00 per person, and that money is applied to any purchase in the museum’s gift shop. After seeing so many unusual salt and pepper shakers, you’ll definitely want to buy a new pair for your house!

4. Hike to the Walker Sisters Cabin

In the Little Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you will find the Walker Sisters Place. This historic cabin was built in the 1840s, but the Walker Sisters lived in the humble property until the 1960s. Even though the national park took over all the land surrounding the cabin in 1940, the sisters refused to give up their traditional way of life and stayed in their homestead until they passed away.

To get to the cabin, hike the Metcalf Bottoms trail for 0.7 miles until you reach the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, which was built by the Walker Sisters’ father. Then, continue on the trail for 0.6 miles, where the path crosses a footbridge. After 1.1 miles, you will find the 0.2 mile side trail that leads to the Walker Sisters Place.

5. Remember to Check for Cabin Specials

Before you book your stay at our Gatlinburg vacation homes, be sure to check our specials! Chalet Village offers a number of discounts and promotions throughout the year that can save you a ton of money. To see our latest deals, check out our Gatlinburg Cabin Rental Specials page.

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