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5 Tips on Planning the Perfect Smoky Mountain Cabin Vacation

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January 20, 2014

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What’s special about the Smoky Mountains is that no matter what time of year you visit, you know you and your family are always going to have a beautiful and relaxing experience. And to help families continue the tradition of perfect family vacations to the Smokies, we at Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals have put together 5 simple tips to ensure that this year’s Smoky Mountain cabin vacation is one to remember for years to come.

Pack Light

Trust us, we understand it is hard not to pack as if you are staying for a month when in reality your vacation is only for a couple days. However, by strategically packing only items you will need and actually wear during your vacation you will cut down a lot on your post-vacation stress. No only will you have less laundry and clean up to worry about when you get home, but you will also have more room in the car to pack souvenirs to take back with you to remember this year’s fun trip to the Smokies.

Pre-Plan Meals

Although our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals all come equipped with your basic tools in the kitchen (i.e. dishes, silverware, some pots and pans, coffee cups), it may not be a bad idea to go ahead and plan out what you want to eat while you are here just in case there is a special dish or utensil you need to bring from home. For instance, if you are planning on making your grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookies, you may want to bring your hand-held mixer just in case.

Bring Your Favorite Movie or Board Game

As much as we like to ignore it, bad weather sometimes does happen, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it ruin a full day of fun for you and your family. When packing go ahead and throw in your family’s favorite board game or movie to enjoy from the comfort of your Smoky Mountain cabin rental. Don’t fret too much if you accidentally left these at home because many of our cabins come equipped with tons of fun things like pool tables and arcade games that you can enjoy while waiting for the weather to clear.

Plan When to Arrive

Pre-planning when you and your family want to arrive is often one of the most overlooked details in a vacation. We suggest families arrive with plenty of daylight left in the day just in case your cabin is a little difficult to navigate to.

Have Fun

The most important factor when trying to plan the perfect Smoky Mountain cabin vacation is to remember to have fun! No matter how much you pre-plan or prepare, life is always going to happen, and you have to remember that this is a time to relax and spend time with the people you love the most. You may make a wrong turn when driving, but you can turn that into an adventure to explore a part of the Smokies you have never seen before. You may accidentally over cook dinner, but that can be an excuse to try out that new restaurant in Gatlinburg you have always wanted to try. The Smokies are full of fun and exciting possibilities for fun, and if you stumble across one of these possibilities don’t forget to take advantage of it. Sometimes the best memories are the ones you don’t plan on making.

For more information on ways you and your family can get the most out of your next Smoky Mountain cabin vacation, or for help booking your next stay with Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals, give us a call at 877-549-6775. Our friendly and knowledgeable reservation team will be more than happy to make sure you and your family are fully-prepared for a fun and exciting adventure in the Smokies.

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