How to Pick Your Gatlinburg Cabin

Selecting a Gatlinburg cabin rental…It can be very confusing. You surf the internet, searching through the many rental companies and dozens of pictures trying to find the “perfect” cabin rental for your Gatlinburg vacation. It can be a difficult process, and, even with the greatest care, you might not end up with the best possible cabin for your needs. So the issue is this: How do you wade through the thousands of cabins available for rent in the Gatlinburg area to get to the cabin that best suits your vacation needs?

Our first suggestion is to back away from the computer and put down the mouse. Pick up a pen and paper and make a short list of the things that you must have in your cabin. Then you will make a slightly longer list of the things you would like to have in your cabin. The last list is going to be the things that would be nice, but not necessary. These lists are going to be your search criteria that will help you narrow down your choices. Now you will go back to the computer and start your search for your Gatlinburg cabin rental.

With any luck, in your online searches you have narrowed down your choice of rental companies to four or five frontrunners & they all have the ability to do online searches. Using your criteria to narrow your choices, do a search for the cabins that suit as many of your needs as possible. After culling out the cabins that are booked or not suitable you should have at least one or two cabins from each rental company that will fill your needs. NOW is the time to call the rental companies. Be sure to have a sheet of paper with each cabin’s name on it so you can take down notes for each one. There are some questions you will want to ask; be sure to take good notes of the answers you get. (Just as a suggestion I would be sure to note on the top of each page the name of the reservations person you spoke with so you can always follow-up later.)

The questions you will want to ask are as follows:
“How close is the nearest neighbor?”
“What is the driving distance to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Dollywood?”
“How many steps up to the first level?”
“How steep is the driveway/road to access this unit?”
“What is the final in-the-door price including tax?”
“How old is this cabin?”
“When was the last renovation of this cabin?”

Once you have answers to all of these questions you should be able to narrow your choices down to just a couple of cabins.

A bride and groom in a beautiful Gatlinburg cabin.