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Only 4-6 more weeks of school left for the 2015-2016 school year! If your family has Dollywood, Splash Country, Ripley's Aquarium, hiking trails, swimming pools surrounded by Smoky Mountain canopy, and all the luxury surviving two full semesters of academia deserves, then Chalet Village is where you want to go!

Not only can we provide luxury vacation chalets for any group and just about any size, but our summer time rentals include access to the Chalet Village Clubhouses located in our community. The clubhouses, North, South and Alpine, are all family fun stations where registered guests can swim in our swimming pools, enjoy recreational games, tennis courts and other activities that you don't always find at the tops of mountains. 

A little rundown of the clubhouses:

North Clubhouse
Located on the corner of Wiley Oakley and Village Loop, the North clubhouse offers three swimming pools, lighted tennis courts, paved walking trail, ping pong, foosball, and assorted yard games. Drinks and concessions are available for purchase and you are welcome to bring your own as long as you do not have glass containers.

The North clubhouse also has a private banquet room available at an additional charge for family gatherings, meetings, wedding receptions and other events!

 

South Clubhouse
The South Clubhouse features a 58,000 gal swimming pool with sections from 1 ft – 9 ft, tennis courts, shuffle board, horseshoes and an amazing kid’s playland enclosure for children 12 and under. Meeting rooms are available for reunions, groups and retreats at a minimal fee.

The Clubhouse game room has pool tables, ping pong, foosball table, checkers, chess and other board games as well as a small “home style” work out room with a universal gym and other equipment to help you stay in your exercise routine.

 

Alpine Clubhouse
Alpine features a pool deck offering plenty of shade and sunshine, a view of the ski slopes and a 20×40 pool that is 3 ft – 8 ½ ft, as well as a wading pool just deep enough for little ones with a cascading rain drop umbrella to add to the fun. 

This Clubhouse also features a game room with pool table, foosball and a game table for chess, checkers and other games. There are drink machines and concessions available during open hours.

 

See our cabins list on this page and make your reservations for the summer vacation you and your family deserve while the reservations are still open!

New Exhibit at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

You've probably figured it out by now, but Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg regularly changes out their exhibit room to feature new themes and interactive items. This season they're doing a presentation on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

The exhibit features Ripley's Aquarium's new three-gallery changeable exhibit, a variety of ship and plane models, a life-sized representation of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the ability to crawl through a replica of the USS Arizona BB-39 Forward Magazine and, the connecting factor to the Aquarium here, exhibits on native Hawaiian animal species as well as invasive species introduced around that time. 

Visitors who are current-serving or former military personnel can receive a 50% off discount from Ripley's Aquarium or any other Ripley's attraction (plus Guinness World of Records) in Sevier County. Legal dependents of military personnel get a 30% discount.

See more on Ripley's at www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg.

February in the Smokies 2016

  

Continuing on the season for romance and interesting special events going on in the Smokies, you can already guess the big reason for coming to the mountains this month (Valentine's Day, for those of you who get in trouble for forgetting), but there's another one coming after that to appeal to a more select but equally fun desire for many people - Saddle Up! in Pigeon Forge.

Valentine's Day is, as always, February 14th and the Smokies offer much to fulfill the romantic intentions of our visitors. The Space Needle, Ober Gatlinburg and the Sky Lift can give the two of you gorgeous views of the Smokies all around and fill you with the majesty of the mountains. They don't need any color to inspire wonder. If you're into the simple pleasures of life (and if not, you should be!) we have Ripley's Davy Crocket Mini Golf, Old Gatlinburg Golf and Games, Fannie Farkle's, Arcadia and Cooter's Place in the Smokies. If you're looking for something to fire up the imagination a little hotter, we have Ripley's Aquarium, Haunted Adventure, Believe It or Not! Odditorium, and Guinness World of Records. If you're looking for something to, um, spice things up a little differently, we have Smoky Mountain Winery, Sugarland Cellars, Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery and, of course, Ole Smoky Moonshine.

The list of Gatlinburg attractions only begins there, there's a lot more to see at www.gatlinburg.com.

And now for what follows - what is Saddle Up! exactly? Well, it's a weekend where the west comes east and fans of Old West culture can put on their spurs and numerical-gallon hats, listen to a plethora of modern Western singer/songwriters perform throughout the city and even enjoy cowboy-themed breakfasts, lunches, workshops and a church service. It's quite a different kind of special event for the Smokies and it's a lot of fun.

You can see more on that event at http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/saddle-up/.

And now what sort of cabins do we have available for a romantic interlude in the Smokies during that time? Have a look here to find openings for our chalets. http://www.chaletvillage.com/honeymoon-cabin-rentals

Hope to see you soon!

Winterfest Beyond the Holidays

As much fun as the holidays were, are, and will always continue to be here in the Smokies, it shouldn't be hard to imagine that we look forward to the "off" season just as much. The city of Gatlinburg and many of our visitors take a well-earned break from extroverted festivities for the season, and in the meantime we get to enjoy a very quiet, dignified Smoky Mountain environment that is perfect for those who wanted to wait until the holidays were over, those who want a romantic getaway, and those who want both!

You'll be happy to know that, even if the "tourism" season is over until Spring, many of the restaurants, shops and attractions in town are still in full swing. Ripley's Aquarium, Ober Gatlinburg and the Winter Sports season, the Village, the Space Needle and many more are all the more enjoyable now that there's more space for you and your companion(s). As far as the beauty and dignity of the still mountains during post-holiday Winterfest, think of it like having the entire space of time between now and mid-March where every day is like Valentine's Day in Gatlinburg. There's no reason to wait until February the 14th when everyone else will be out in town - you can have your romantic getaway anytime!

At Chalet Village, you can be guaranteed to a luxury place in calling your own all throughout the year. We have views of the city, views of the mountains, solitude and absolutely everything you need for the getaway you deserve. Check our romantic cabins here and find the one that fits your taste!

Why You Should Choose a Vacation Cabin Rental For Your Getaway

As big as the chalet industry is in this state, and as many visitors as we've seen in our 15+ years of operating in the Smokies, it's kind of surprising to know that many people are still somewhat taken aback by the idea of renting an entire house for a getaway, or skeptical of it from the cost all the same.

So what advantages can a vacation house provide over a condo or a hotel room?

1. A huge upgrade in privacy. With hotel rooms and condos, you're typically only separated from your neighbors by a medium-thick wall and window curtains. With our houses, the entire building and the surrounding property provides you privacy which is accentuated further by the mountain setting we're in. Peace and quiet are pretty much guaranteed throughout the year!

2. A huge upgrade in luxury amenities. There aren't many hotel rooms in town that offer pool tables, hot tubs, jacuzzi tubs, multiple stories and bedrooms, barbecue grills, fireplaces, DVD players and HDTVs at the same time, among the many other amenities our houses can offer.

3. Convenience for reunions! We offer houses that go up to 8 bedrooms and these houses are legitimate lodges designed for group activities. Accommodations and amenities are built for groups, and this includes having huge kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and outdoor space for everyone to enjoy.

Granted, hotel rooms and condos are considerably cheaper options, but in the Smokies, you get what you pay for and everyone should get to experience a luxury vacation in the Smokies. Chalet Village would love to be your headquarters for that getaway and you can see our cabin selection right here.

Hope to see you for Christmas, New Years, or 2016!

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff 2015

This week we will be celebrating the start of Winterfest season in Gatlinburg - a magical time that extends from early November all the way to the end of February (and in some cases, parts of early March). Gatlinburg starts Winterfest off with a major event downtown, and it all begins on November 11th.

November 11th is, of course, Veteran's Day, and this has been part of the Gatlinburg festivities for Winter Magic Kickoff for years. Ripley's Aquarium is where the focal point of the events take place, and the Veteran's Day tributes begin at 11:00AM. Later in the day, officials from the city of Gatlinburg will shut down the entire downtown street from Ripley's Aquarium to the Believe It or Not! Museum to host the Chili Cookoff, which promises to fill that street from end to end with chili vendors and tents for family fun and entertainment. More than 30,000 cups of chili are expected to arrive.

At night, the city throws on the big switch and get to see the million-dollar lighting displays that the city is famous for. After that, the Gatlinburg Trolley Tour of Lights will officially begin.

See more on this event at www.gatlinburg.com.

Last Special Events of Harvest Festival

At this late time of the season, it can be kinda hard to keep rooting and advertising for it as opposed to getting folks prepared for the next season (Winterfest), but in this case, it's almost Halloween and we'll be seeing the prime of the Autumn colors right in the final days of the month - and as such, there's still many special events going on for visitors to celebrate the season with their families.

Let's look:

* Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair *
Now - 10/25/15
http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=10

* Halloween Trick or Treat *
10/29/15
http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/halloween-trick-or-treat/

* Dollywood National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration *
Now - 10/31/15
http://www.dollywood.com/

* Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival *
10/31/15
http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?d=54

* Halloween in the Hills *
10/30/15 - 11/1/15
http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/halloween-in-the-hills/

* Shocktober *
Now - 11/1/15
http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=191

* Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg *
Now - 11/1/15
http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=80

With these special events and the views of the full color Autumn spread out over the Smokies, your Harvest Festival vacation in the mountains will be a blast with Chalet Village. Reserve today!

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