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4 Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg

A pumpkin and other Thanksgiving decorations on a table.Gatlinburg, TN is one of the most popular places to take a Thanksgiving getaway! A charming cabin in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect place to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. The Gatlinburg area also offers some fun activities around the holiday that you’re sure to love. To help you plan your vacation this November, Chalet Village has put together four tips for celebrating Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg:

1. Book Your Cabin Early

The week of Thanksgiving brings thousands of people to Gatlinburg, so we recommend reserving your cabin as early as possible. Chalet Village offers everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 8 bedroom cabins, so we can accommodate groups of virtually any size. If you have a very large group, you can also rent a few properties that are minutes away from each other in our cabin community. If you have any questions about our cabins, or would like a recommendation, don’t hesitate to give our friendly staff a call!

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

2. Plan a Feast in Your Cabin or Visit a Local RestaurantA delicious Thanksgiving meal.

When you spend Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg, you will have a variety of options for your holiday meal. All of our cabins come with fully furnished kitchens, so you can prepare a tasty feast right in your home away from home. There are a number of grocery stores in the area where you can find all of the ingredients you need to whip up your famous pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, or herb stuffing.

However, if you don’t feel like cooking during your vacation, you don’t have to! Many restaurants in the Gatlinburg area offer special holiday meals with all of your favorite dishes and trimmings. Here are some of the local restaurants that are typically open for Thanksgiving:

  • Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge (at Ober Gatlinburg)
  • The Park Grill
  • Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
  • Mama’s Farmhouse
  • The Old Mill Restaurant and the Pottery House Café & Grille

We recommend calling your prefered restaurant ahead to confirm Thanksgiving hours and see if they take reservations.

3. Get a Jump on Your Holiday Shopping

The Friday after Thanksgiving is a great time to get started on your Christmas list! The Village Shops and the Mountain Mall in downtown Gatlinburg are two popular shopping spots that are just minutes away from Chalet Village.

For unique handcrafted gifts, you will definitely want to stop by the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Running from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this special event showcases products from the artisans in Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community. You can expect to find paintings, pottery, jewelry, baskets, quilts, dulcimers, and a variety of other handmade wares.

Winterfest lights in Gatlinburg TN.4. Take a Tour of Gatlinburg’s Winterfest Lights

Gatlinburg’s holiday lights are turned on in mid-November, so you will have a chance to see these beautiful displays during your Thanksgiving vacation. Featuring snowmen, local wildlife, and Smoky Mountain scenes, these charming Christmas lights are located throughout the city. To see Gatlinburg’s 3 million LED lights, you can drive around town at night or take a special trolley tour for $5 per person. For more information about the Trolley Ride of Lights, call the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at 865-436-0535.  

To start planning your Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg, browse our complete selection of Gatlinburg cabin rentals!

5 Fun Attractions Near Our Gatlinburg Tenn Cabins

The Ober Gatlinburg sign in downtown Gatlinburg.Chalet Village boasts one of the best locations in the Smoky Mountains! Our Gatlinburg Tenn cabins are just minutes away from some of the most popular attractions in the area. To help you make the most of your Gatlinburg vacation, we have put together a guide to five can’t-miss destinations near our cabin resort:

1. Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area

Ober Gatlinburg is home to a variety of fun activities to enjoy all year round. In the winter, visitors can hit the slopes and go skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing. Ober Gatlinburg has a great snow making machine, so the mountain is always covered in plenty of fresh powder. During the off season, Ober offers a number of excellent amusement park style attractions including a mountain coaster, alpine slide, ice skating rink, wildlife encounter, mini golf course, arcade, and more. Ober Gatlinburg is just five minutes away from Chalet Village!

2. Gatlinburg Sky Lift

For beautiful views of the downtown area and the mountains, it’s hard to beat the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. This fun chair lift ride takes guests from The Strip up to the top of Crockett Mountain. From 1,800 feet in the air, you will have an incredible vantage point for viewing the Smokies. In addition to binoculars, the overlook at the peak of Crockett Mountain also features a gift shop with snacks, ice cream, and cool drinks. If you’re planning a romantic evening with your sweetheart, consider riding the Gatlinburg Sky Lift at night so you can see the city’s glittering downtown lights.

(See Also: 3 Tips for a Great Weekend Escape at Our Vacation Rentals in Gatlinburg)The exterior of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

3. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Located just a short drive away from our Gatlinburg Tenn cabins, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is ranked among the top 10 aquariums in the nation on TripAdvisor. With over 10,000 aquatic animals to see, Ripley’s has more sea creatures than Gatlinburg has permanent residents!  A highlight of the aquarium is the Penguin Playhouse, where you can see some adorable African penguins frolic in a specially designed habitat. Ripley’s also features Shark Lagoon, a 100 yard moving sidewalk that takes visitors through an underwater tunnel that is teeming with the ocean’s most fearsome predators.

4. Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre has been entertaining visitors to Gatlinburg for over 40 years! The theatre’s talented cast specializes in silly, clean comedy: the type you may have enjoyed on The Carol Burnett Show or Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Sweet Fanny Adams produces a variety of shows throughout the year, so you can enjoy new laughs every time you visit.

A gray sports car.5. Hollywood Star Cars Museum

The Hollywood Star Cars Museum hosts some of the most famous vehicles from TV and film. Some of the iconic cars you can expect to see at the museum include the Back to the Future DeLorean, the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, The Ghostbusters Ecto-1, and two Batmobiles. For an extra fee, you can even get your photo taken in one of the cars!

To start planning your vacation at Chalet Village, check out our complete selection of Gatlinburg Tenn cabins!

3 Tips for a Great Weekend Escape at Our Vacation Rentals in Gatlinburg Tennessee

The View from the Top vacation rental in Gatlinburg Tennessee.Of course, everyone wants to spend as much time as possible in Gatlinburg. If you’re running low on vacation days, however, don’t panic! You can still have an amazing getaway even if you only visit for a weekend. To help you make the most of your trip, Chalet Village has put together three tips for an unforgettable weekend escape at our vacation rentals in Gatlinburg Tennessee:

1. Try to Stay for Two Nights

When it comes to weekend getaways, having two nights in Gatlinburg instead of one can make a world of difference. If it’s feasible, try to leave on Friday afternoon after work so you can spend both Friday night and Saturday night at your cabin. It may be worth it to ask your employer if you can take off an hour or two early to give yourself enough time to drive to the Smokies.

Of course, long weekends are another great way to maximize your time in the area. Some three day weekends you may be able to take advantage of include Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, and Memorial Day.

2. Save Time By Coordinating Your Meals with AttractionsThe Reagan Terrace Mall in downtown Gatlinburg.

If you’re only going to be in town for a weekend, you’re going to want to cram as much fun into your trip as possible. Fortunately, our vacation rentals in Gatlinburg Tennessee are just ten minutes away from all of the fun in the downtown area!

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

To cut down on wasted time, we suggest planning to dine at restaurants near the city’s major attractions. For instance, if you’re going to spend the morning at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, have breakfast at the Pancake Pantry, which is just a three minute walk away. Likewise, if you plan on visiting the studios and galleries in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, have lunch at the nearby Wild Plum Tea Room.

One great way to combine a meal with entertainment is to visit one of the area’s excellent dinner theaters, like Dixie Stampede, the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, or the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

3. Don’t Forget to Relax

While you will definitely want to spend plenty of time exploring Gatlinburg, don’t forget to relax too. After all, you’re on vacation! Be sure to schedule some time to kick back and unwind at our resort. Chalet Village offers swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and other great activities at our clubhouses.

Hot tub on the deck of the View from the Top cabin in Gatlinburg.Guests will also find plenty of relaxing amenities right in their cabin. Whether you enjoy a soak in the hot tub on your deck or watch a movie in your theater room, you will have a wonderful time at your home away from home. 

To start planning your weekend escape in the Smokies, check out our complete selection of vacation rentals in Gatlinburg Tennessee. For more information about any of our properties, or to get a cabin recommendation, don’t hesitate to give our friendly staff a call today!

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!

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