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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.

4 Reasons to Choose Our Secluded Honeymoon Cabins in Gatlinburg TN

Canoodle Nest, one of our secluded honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg TNIf you’re looking for a place to enjoy a romantic vacation for you and your sweetie, look no further than our secluded honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg TN. Whether you’re on your honeymoon or just in need of a relaxing weekend away with your significant other, there is no better place to reignite the romance than the beautiful Smoky Mountains!

1. Quiet and Cozy

Have you been daydreaming of a trip for two where you can wake up to the sun rising over the mountains instead of to that annoying buzz of your alarm clock? And instead of spending the day stressed out over work and chores, have you been fantasizing about spending the whole day curled up in front of the fireplace watching movies and reminiscing? Make these dreams a reality in our secluded honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg TN! From the moment you and your sweetheart wake up to the time you drift to sleep at night, you’ll spend every moment together enjoying the the ultimate in relaxation.

2. Minutes Away from the CityThe city of Gatlinburg at night.

Another wonderful aspect of our secluded honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg TN is their close proximity to all the fun of the city! Your cabin is tucked away in the mountains and feels far away from the busyness of life, but just a few minutes in the car will get you to dozens of delicious restaurants, quaint shops and fun attractions.

If you love the great outdoors, the Smokies are the place to be! There’s tons of hiking, sightseeing and even white water rafting to satisfy all your nature cravings! And if you love to shop for fun souvenirs and local goodies, you’ll love spending hours exploring all the great shops.

Check out our always up-to-date list of things to do in Gatlinburg TN, and start planning your trip today!

3. Budget Friendly

When you choose to stay in our secluded honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg TN, you’ll be making the best decision for your budget. You’ll be amazed at how much more you get for your money when you stay with us instead of at an expensive hotel. Our cabins are all beautifully decorated and include spacious living areas, both indoor and outdoor! And to make our cabins an even better deal, we always having plenty of Gatlinburg cabin savings and specials to help you stretch your budget a little further!

Beautiful photo of the Smoky Mountains.4. Beautiful Scenery Included!

One of our favorite details about our secluded honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg TN is that you can take in all the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains from the comfort of your cabin! Every room in your mountain home will have large windows overlooking nature scenes so breathtaking that they belong on a postcard! Your secluded cabin will also have a private porch with rocking chairs perfect for drinking your morning coffee while listening to the birds and critters nearby. And we recommend choosing a cabin with a hot tub so you can soak under the stars each night!

Now that you can’t wait for your Smoky Mountain vacation, check out our secluded honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg TN and book yours today!

5 Reasons Chalet Village Has the Best Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg

The exterior of Majestic View Lodge, one of the best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg.With hundreds of cabin rental companies in the area, there is certainly no shortage of places to stay in Gatlinburg, TN. While many companies have come and gone over the years, Chalet Village has been providing folks with unforgettable vacations since 1972 - and we have no plans to stop! The secret to our longevity isn’t really a secret: we simply have the best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg. Here are just a few reasons to choose Chalet Village for your next escape in the mountains:

1. Each Cabin is Totally Unique

While some companies offer cookie cutter cabins with identical designs, Chalet Village takes a different approach. We have over 100 properties to choose from, and every single one is totally unique. With everything from 1 bedroom to 8 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect vacation rental for your getaway. Our friendly staff loves to make cabin recommendations, so don’t hesitate to give us a call!

2. Located 5 Minutes Away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When you stay at Chalet Village, you will be just 5 minutes away from the most visited national park in the country! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers 800 miles of hiking trails, 2,900 miles of fishing streams, dozens of beautiful picnic areas, and a wonderful collection of scenic drives. Best of all, the GSMNP has no entrance fee, so you can enjoy a day of fun in the great outdoors without spending a cent. Our proximity to the national park also means that guests will enjoy some truly spectacular mountain views right from their deck.

3. Incredible Resort AmenitiesThe Alpine Clubhouse pool at Chalet Village.

Another reason Chalet Village has the best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg is all of the resort amenities our guests have access to. Our cabin community is home to three different clubhouses that come with a variety of great features, including swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, ping pong, foosball, lawn games, board games, a walking trail, and more. With so much to do right at Chalet Village, you can easily spend the whole day at the resort!

4. Wonderful Reviews on TripAdvisor

Here at Chalet Village, nothing makes us prouder than getting positive feedback from our guests. When you visit the Chalet Village TripAdvisor page, you can see that we have an average rating of 4½ stars, with well over 300 five star reviews. Additionally, TripAdvisor recognized us with a Certificate of Excellence, a special award that is only given to the top 10 percent of businesses listed on the website. We invite you to see what reviewers are saying about their vacation with us!

5. A Chance to Enjoy Gatlinburg the Way it Used to Be

Gatlinburg and the rest of the Smoky Mountain area has changed a lot over the years, with new developments and attractions cropping up every month. While we are pleased to see that that the region is booming, it can be nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Parkway for a while. Chalet Village offers guests a chance to enjoy a vacation in Gatlinburg the way it used to be, with plenty of peace, quiet, and relaxation.

If you are ready to start planning your authentic Smoky Mountain escape, check out our complete listing of the best cabin rentals in Gatlinburg!

Fourth of July Events For 2016

There is a lot to love about Summer - backyard BBQ, city park picnics (also BBQ), municipal swimming pools, frisbee, baseball, fireflies and so much more - but the moment everyone looks forward to is a single 20 minute segment in early July, and you already know what it is.

But in the Smokies of East Tennessee, the magic of the 4th of July isn't just 20 minutes after sundown, it lasts the whole day starting 5 minutes after 11:55PM on July 3rd with the Midnight Parade in downtown Gatlinburg. This parade has been a tradition in Gatlinburg for years and years and for more than an hour, you and the whole family can watch an amazing patriotic parade - and that just BEGINS the 4th of July celebration!

Then after that, starting at 10:00AM is the River Raft Regatta at Christ in the Smokies in downtown Gatlinburg where you can race any unmanned, floatable objects toward the goal at Ripley's Aquarium. This event is sponsored by the City of Gatlinburg Special Events Office, the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.

In Pigeon Forge, Patriot Park is having Patriot Fest at 1:30PM. The whole park becomes a center of activity with a huge sound stage, lots of activity, food tents, cooling off station, music by Joe Diffie, the Pigeon Forge Community Choir (among others), and much more until the fireworks start between 9:30PM to 9:45PM. The fireworks in Gatlinburg start at 10:00PM. and if you're already downtown, you won't have to go far. The fireworks in Gatlinburg are designed to be seen from anywhere on the downtown sidewalk.

Come spend your 4th of July here with us in the Smokies! There's lots to do that's awesome for the whole family and we would be glad to have you. You'll be within 30 minutes of any event you seek from our houses and you'll have luxury accommodations to come back to when you're done.

4 Things to Do at at Our Vacation Cabins in Gatlinburg TN This Summer

Beautiful photo of the city in the mountains taken near our vacation cabins in Gatlinburg TN.Here in Gatlinburg, summer is a very special time of year. Vacationers from all over the country flock to our Smoky Mountain city to enjoy the wonderful weather and a variety of seasonal events. To help you plan your summer escape, we have put together a convenient guide to some of the best things to do when you stay at our vacation cabins in Gatlinburg TN.

1. Celebrate July 4th the Gatlinburg Way

If you can make it to Gatlinburg for July 4th, you’re in for a real treat. Independence Day is our favorite holiday, and we’re not afraid to show it! The fun kicks off with the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation, a huge procession through the streets of downtown Gatlinburg that begins at the stroke of midnight on the 4th.

In the morning, visitors and locals alike head down to the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road to watch (or participate in) the River Raft Regatta. This one of a kind unmanned raft race is a can’t-miss event! Registration for the race starts at 10 a.m. and the rafts hit the water at noon.

To end the holiday, the city of Gatlinburg bids farewell to the 4th with a spectacular fireworks finale at 10 p.m. The best spots to see the pyrotechnics are around traffic lights #3 and #5, but they will be visible throughout the downtown area.

2. Go Swimming at the Chalet Village ClubhousesGuests having fun at the South Clubhouse pool at Chalet Village in Gatlinburg.

When you stay at our vacation cabins in Gatlinburg TN, you will always have a place to cool off during the dog days of summer. Chalet Village offers a variety of excellent clubhouse pools for the exclusive use of our guests. Whether you relax at our North, South, or Alpine Clubhouse, you will love going for a swim when the weather gets hot. In addition to pools, our clubhouses also come with other fun activities, such as tennis courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, ping pong, foosball, board games, and more. For a detailed look at all of our community amenities, check out our blog about the Chalet Village clubhouses.

3. Enjoy Free Entertainment in Downtown Gatlinburg

From mid-June through the end of July, downtown Gatlinburg hosts the popular Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales event. As part of this seven week festival, musicians, storytellers, and artisans line The Strip each evening to perform for the crowds. You can expect to hear plenty of country and bluegrass music, along with some stories and legends from Gatlinburg’s past. All of this free entertainment is the perfect complement to a night spent strolling through the downtown area.

Shish kebabs being cooked on a grill. 4.  Have a Barbecue at Your Cabin

Many of our properties come with outdoor grills, so you can have a barbecue right at your cabin. For some locally grown produce, we suggest stopping by the Gatlinburg Farmers Market, which is held on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m until noon at 849 Glades Road. Once you have all of your ingredients, you can fire up the grill and enjoy a delicious meal on your deck. We’re not sure why, but food just seems to taste better when you eat it outdoors in the mountains!

To start planning your summer getaway, browse our complete selection of vacation cabins in Gatlinburg TN.

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