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Today, I’m going to share with you how to easily plan a Great Smoky Cabin Getaway with American Patriot Getaways. Super excited to jump in. While I currently live in South Carolina, I absolutely love the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge and travel seasonally. Without a doubt, I love sharing my best kept travel secrets, tips and what has worked for me so YOU can have an amazing travel experience!

Let’s get started!

First though…

Why choose American Patriot Getaways?

So, let me begin by saying, if you’re looking for great Gatlinburg cabins or Pigeon Forge cabins, American Patriots Getaways is a leader in outstanding customer service, quality, and price. They are a trusted leader in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabin rentals and also provide a great list of review on their Facebook page and on Trust Pilot. They offer roughly between 350 and 400 unique properties to choose from so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect cabin for your vacation plans.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had many experiences booking through rental companies. Some are definitely better than others. However, American Patriot Getaways is hands down a trusted partner in planning your Smoky Mountains experience. With Patriot Getaways, I know I’m getting the best price, best customer care, and my family & friends will be taken care of.

Of course, if you are a first time visitor to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or the Great Smoky Mountains, I’ll be sharing some frequently asked questions and tips to make your travel planning easier.

Let’s get planning!

How to Plan a Cabin Getaway with American Patriot Getaways

Step #1.) How do you envision your experience?

When planning your cabin getaway, it’s important to first define what your “Must Haves” are. And then consider, what your ideal cabin will look like. Begin to “Envision” the cabin and experiences you’ll be having.

For example, one of my “must haves” is an open kitchen and an outside hot tub. Surprisingly, over the years I’ve found that having an open kitchen not only makes hosting easier but it also gets other family members into the kitchen cooking meals. Win for me! As for the hot tub, that’s just a personal favorite “must have.”

Next, consider the reason for the cabin getaway. Why are you going? I know this sounds obvious, I get it, but for many people this is where the planning stress starts and they don’t even know it.

Are you hosting a baby shower weekend with party of 20+ people? Is this a family reunion? Or maybe a romantic couples weekend getaway? Or maybe just a week with friends hanging out?

Get clear on the intention.

What do you envision your experience be like?
When envisioning your Smoky cabin Getaway with American Patriot Getaways, begin by first writing down what you envision the getaway looking like.

For example, when I “Envision” my ideal cabin it’s usually with friends and family so I see a large kitchen that opens up to the living space. There’s a large kitchen table with enough space for board games and puzzles. There is a loft above the kitchen that is open to the living space and sliding doors that lead out to the deck with the hot tub.

Whatever it is you envision, write it down. Don’t skip this part. 🙂 Basically, Step #1 will prepare you for everything else to come.

Step #2.) How many rooms?

So, you’ve create a vision for your “must haves” and what you envision your cabin experience to be like, it’s now time to figure out what type of cabin and how many rooms you need.

  • How many rooms will I need?
  • Do I want my cabin to be in Pigeon Forge
  • Would I like my cabin to be in Gatlinburg

Tip: Although, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are pretty close, know that they are roughly 7.5 miles from each other. See the map below. When looking Gatlinburg Cabins, Pigeon Forge Cabins, and activities, consider where you want your home base to be. How many days do you want to hang at the cabin? How many days do you want to drive for Go-carts, putt-putt, or a show? Write down your answers to these questions.

Map - Plan a cabin getaway with American Patriot Getaways

Step #3.) What type of Cabin Rental?

Now is the time for considering what type of cabin you’d like. When planning your smoky cabin getaway with American Patriot Getaways be sure you go back to your notes from Step #1 on “must haves” and what you “Envisioned” the cabin experience to be like. Jot down any other notes about bedrooms, space, etc. that come up and keep the list going.

Note: This is no joke y’all, I’ve had rentals suddenly become available that met my “must haves” that had previously been booked solid. Step #1 works!

Great, so next check out the cabins in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Write down the ones that you have interest in and/or questions about.

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Note: Patriots Getaways also offers recommendations, discounted tickets, and attractions on their website. Everything from Go-karts, dinner shows, theaters, miniature golf, outlet shopping, and even the Dollywood theme park and more. Something to consider as you are planning.

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Step #4.) When is the best time to visit the Smoky Mountains?

This can be challenging because it’s usually a personal preference and your group may have different opinions. Instead of worrying, begin by taking into consideration your “must-haves” list and your budget. This will help you make better decisions when considering cabins.

Maybe you already have dates set? If so, great! It’ll make looking at cabins even easier. If you don’t though, here are a few things to consider.

  • What are your likes? What are you dislikes?
    For example, “the color extravaganza of fall appeals to nearly everyone–evidenced by the crowding at that time.” Is it worth the crowds to come during a busy season?
  • Winters can be a great time to visit. They are usually mild and one can dress in layers and remove pieces as necessary. Also, hiking can be easier and more enjoy and you’ll encounter less crowds.

One of my first “travel dates” was into Gatlinburg. It was fall and the leaves had just started to change. One of my favorite Smoky Mountain memories and made fall my favorite time to visit. Although, fall is a rather busy season, it’s worth it to me.

Note: You can read more about ideal time to visit on the FAQ’s page.

Step #5.) Book your Cabin Getaway

Now that you have narrowed down your cabin choices on “must haves,” dates, season, and attractions it is now time to make some choices.

Note: So, if you’re stuck choosing between two cabins and don’t know which to choose I always make a Pros and Cons list. This will help you narrow down. And you can also call and talk with reservations. Sometimes just talking with someone can help and you can also ask any questions you may have.

What is great about American Patriot Getaways:

  • You can Book your reservation online 24/7 via secure website or by calling toll free (800) 204-5169 
  • Hassle Free Check-Ins
  • Friendly, Helpful and Courteous Staff
  • Cabin Rental Rating System
  • Professional and Friendly Housekeeping
  • Subcontracted Maintenance Companies
    (For example: If you need any help, repair companies are available)

To sum up, American Patriot Getaways offers some of the best and most diversified selection of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals in the Smoky Mountains. 

Therefore, if you follow the 5 Steps I provided, you are guaranteed to find the perfect cabin and easily plan your Great Smoky Cabin Getaway with American Patriot Getaways.

Note: Don’t forget American Patriots Getaways also runs cabin deal specials and even budget cabins. Some great deals to check out.

Additionally, if you ever just want to talk to someone about your budget or booking, give American Patriot Getaways a call and they’d be happy to talk with you (800) 204-5169.

To conclude, planning your Great Smoky Cabin Getaway doesn’t have to be stressful. It can actually be fun, easily and a great experience!

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How to Plan a Tennessee Getaway with American Patriots Getaways