The City of Gatlinburg and Lodging
Before visiting the city of Gatlinburg, TN make sure that you reserve a place to stay. The best way to enjoy the area is to stay in a Gatlinburg Cabin Rental. The Great Smoky Mountains themselves have been standing guard over scenic East Tennessee for millions of years. It was Gatlinburg, Tennessee in large part, that helped bring tourism to this region. More than a century ago, mountain crafts gradually transformed from being part of everyday life to being a commercial venture. And when people started arriving from all over the country to visit the new Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1930s, the arts and crafts lifestyle of the day gave folks just another reason to stay in town a little while longer.
Today, Gatlinburg, Tennessee has retained much of its mountain-hamlet charm, serving as home to just a few thousand full-time residents. Tucked away in the crevices of the Smokies’ foothills, the community in many ways resembles a charming, European alpine village. But in other respects, the city has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 100 years and has become one of the region’s hotbeds of tourism.
Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts
Mountain crafts are still at the heart of things. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is an eight-mile auto loop that showcases dozens and dozens of craft shops and studios, most of which are occupied by artisans who carry on the craft traditions of yesteryear, including basket making, wood working, pottery and broom making. Those in search of mountain treasures and other vacation memorabilia will also find ample shopping opportunities along the city’s downtown Parkway.
Gatlinburg is also known for its outdoor activity, particularly the high-altitude kind found at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort on Mt. Harrison. Popular activities include snow skiing, snowboarding and ice skating in winter (you can actually ice skate year ‘round at their indoor ice skating rink), the alpine slide, go-cart tracks and water slides in summer. Golfers also know Gatlinburg has a reputation for its many fine championship courses and golf resorts.
Downtown is full of Gatlinburg attractions, too. There’s plenty of putt-putt courses, distilleries for the adults with free tastings, The Village Shops, several mountain coasters, zip lines, the towering Space Needle, Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, a multitude of unique specialty museums and amusement centers as well as a whole family of Ripley’s Entertainment attractions, including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
When planning your vacation make sure and book one of our Cabins in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Heartland Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg has a large inventory of Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals (as well as Pigeon Forge cabin rentals) ranging from 1 bedroom up to 5 bedroom cabins to accommodate your family or group. We have properties located in Wears Valley, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and we have cabins in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Depending on what your specific interests are, we’re likely to have a Gatlinburg cabin rental that will be perfect for your family.