It’s easy to have an amazing vacation in Gatlinburg, TN without spending an arm and a leg! Alpine Chalet Rentals offers a wonderful selection of affordable Gatlinburg cabin rentals, with properties starting at less than $100 per night (depending on the season). In addition to choosing the right cabin, there are a number of other strategies for coming in under budget on your Smoky Mountain getaway. Here are four of our favorite ways to save money on vacation:
1. Invite Friends to Come on Vacation with You
One great way to make your trip to Gatlinburg cheaper (and more fun) is to bring some friends with you. When you stay with another couple or family, you can split the cost of renting a cabin with the other guests. Getting away with friends also allows you to share other expenses, such as food and gas. When it comes to taking a vacation in the Smokies, more is definitely merrier!
2. Take Advantage of Free Things to Do
While Gatlinburg has plenty of attractions that are worth paying for, the area is also home to some wonderful activities that don’t cost a cent. Here are some of our favorite free things to do in the region:
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has no entrance fee and is open to anyone and everyone. You could easily spend your whole vacation enjoying the park’s hundreds of miles of hiking trails, scenic picnic areas, and historic homesteads.
All of the moonshine distilleries in downtown Gatlinburg provide complimentary samples to guests and frequently host free concerts. If you are more of a wine drinker, you can check out the Rocky Top Wine Trail. When you visit the five wineries on the trail, you will taste each shop’s specialty and receive a few free gifts to take home.
Visiting the galleries and studios in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is a great way to spend an afternoon. There is no charge for admiring the artwork, although there are plenty of opportunities for souvenir buying.
During the summer months and in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, downtown Gatlinburg hosts free entertainment as part of the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales festival.
3. Cook Meals at Your Cabin
Dining out can be one of the biggest expenses for a vacation in the Smokies. When you stay at our affordable Gatlinburg cabin rentals, however, you will have the option of preparing meals right at your home away from home. All of our properties come with fully furnished kitchens, so you can easily whip up something tasty to eat. Obviously, you will still want to check out Gatlinburg’s great restaurants, but cooking some of your own meals will save you a ton of money.
4. Stay Close to Downtown
Another great way to save on your vacation is to choose one of our affordable Gatlinburg cabin rentals close to downtown. If you plan on spending most of your getaway on The Strip, you can cut down on your drive time by staying at one of our properties near the heart of the city. This will save you money on gas and makes it convenient to head back to your cabin for meals.
To start planning your vacation, check out these 8 amazing Gatlinburg cabins near downtown!