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5 Steps to Plan the Perfect Great Smoky Mountains Winter Vacation

Beautiful photo of the Smoky Mountains covered in fresh snow
December 1, 2022

Looking for the best place to stay for a Great Smoky Mountains winter vacation? You won’t find anywhere better than our cabins in the Smoky Mountains. From hot tubs to cozy fireplaces, we have everything you need for a romantic winter getaway or a fun family vacation. Here is how you can plan a Great Smoky Mountains winter vacation in 5 steps:

1. Select Your Ideal Cabin

restful view cabin in the smoky mountains

We have a wide selection of cabins available for rent during the winter months! Determine how many people will be joining you on your trip so you can pick the perfect sized cabin for your group. Whether you need a 1 bedroom Smoky Mountain cabin for you and your sweetheart or an 8 bedroom Smoky Mountain cabin for the whole family, you’ll find a cabin that’s perfect for your Great Smoky Mountains winter vacation.

2. Pack Appropriately

Winter in the Smoky Mountains can certainly be a bit chilly, so be sure to pack your warm coats, gloves, and other winter gear you might need while visiting the region. This is especially important if you plan to spend a significant amount of time outside, whether taking a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, skiing on the slopes of Ober Mountain, or enjoying Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood. If you’re wondering what else you should pack, here are some packing tips for a Gatlinburg winter vacation.

3. Check the Weather Forecast


Since the winter season can bring snow to the Smoky Mountains, check the weather forecast before leaving home to make sure travel conditions are safe. You also want to be prepared with clothes and other supplies you might need in case snow is in the forecast. Many of our cabins have Wi-Fi access, so you can stay up to date on the weather, regardless if you are planning your travel back home or to some of the area’s local attractions.

4. Plan Some Winter Activities

Despite the cold weather, there are plenty of fantastic activities to enjoy in the winter months! Many people love plan a Great Smoky Mountains winter vacation to visit Ober Mountain. You will be able to ski, snowboard, and snow tube. Ober Mounatin has plenty of other fun activities you can do as well! Many of the popular attractions are located indoors and can be enjoyed in any temperature, such as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Head out to a local restaurant to enjoy some delicious traditional Southern cooking, or visit one of the popular theaters to enjoy a toe tapping performance. Will you be in town with your significant other? There are plenty of winter activities you’ll want to try together! Of course, one of the best activities for a winter vacation in the Smokies is to simply kick back and appreciate the many delightful amenities in your cabin!

5. Bring Your Furry Companion


If you want to bring along your beloved pet for a winter vacation, we have pet friendly Smoky Mountain cabins to accommodate your needs. We understand pets are part of the family, and many dogs absolutely love walking and playing in the snow. Bringing your pooch on vacation also saves money on kennel fees, and it’s guaranteed to make your kids happy too!

We hope this list helps you plan your Great Smoky Mountains winter vacation! Are you ready to start planning? Browse through our cabins in the Smoky Mountains today!