Plan Your Winter Getaway with a Smoky Mountain Vacation

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Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area – Copyright Dean Brown Photography

If thinking about a unique vacation, the Smoky Mountains can be a new adventure and option that is a little off the beaten path. Unlike big cities or coastal destinations with crowded beaches, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains bring a tourist and family to the natural American mountain ranges of Tennessee and the classic South.

The Gatlinburg, Tennessee, area provides access to five different mountain ranges for daily exploration. These include:

  • Grapeyard Ridge
  • Le Conte and Sugarland Mountains in the south area
  • Cove Mountain, and
  • Big Ridge.

Gatlinburg vacation cabin rentals offered by Elk Springs Resort in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, are one example of a great way to enjoy the surrounding region in comfort and traditional lodging accommodations. Crafted with expert woodworking carpentry, each of the cabins come complete with comfortable leisure furniture, electronic amenities including large-screen televisions, wide bay windows for viewing the outside environment, and comfortable fireplaces inside and outside for enjoying crackling fire-heated evenings.

Accommodations come in a variety of choices ranging from one-bedroom economy cabins to large group six-bedroom options. Additionally, for even larger groups or separation the resort also offers condos and honeymoon suites for a unique marriage memory.

If a trip gets a little too sedate at the cabin area or in nature, there is plenty to do in Gatlinburg itself as well. This includes plenty of fishing, wine tasting, restaurants, scenic drives, shopping, and even helicopter tours of the larger regional area.

Planning a Smoky Mountain trip first depends on choosing the time of year for a visit. For first-timers with young family, the late spring and summer may be the best time. This avoids the challenge of dealing with the cold elements and snow during the winter months.

For those flying in, the closest international airports include Charlotte/Douglas International Airport or Nashville International Airport. From there a tourist needs to catch a regional flight to McGhee Tyson Airport where there is direct service as well from several major markets. Alternatively, one can rent a car from either of the airports, but the drive will be between 150 to 180 miles to Gatlinburg. Reservations can be made with Elk Springs Resort by phone or Internet and reserved with a credit card, but choice times should be arranged early to avoid any disappointments. If driving in during winter months, visitors should arrange to have chains for car tires since some of the regional roads will go through mountain area and icy conditions.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, has a lot to offer the first-time visitor and Elk Springs Resort cabins can make a great landing base for daily adventures and trips. If you’re looking for a domestic vacation that provide memories of a very different vacation, Gatlinburg mountain cabins and the Smoky Mountains can provide that experience.

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