Spacious, private but close to tourism activities
Submitted: August 1, 2011
Stayed: July 2011
Wish I could give 4-1/2 stars ... it wasn't perfect to earn 5 stars, but definitely better than "Good". Beautiful cabin tucked away in the mountains in a wooded area with a wrap-around porch to sit & enjoy the surroundings. It was a perfect setting to relax & catch up with friends from another state that we stayed there with. The cabin is as nice as the pictures look. Sometimes pictures can be deceiving, but this cabin was just as nice and spacious, but cozy, as it looks in the photos. It is not far from Sevierville, Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg if you want to do the touristy stuff & the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is not too far away either. Definitely recommend a drive to Newfound Gap which is near the peak of the mountains & is the TN/NC state border & the Appalachian Trail goes thru there. Drive just a little further to Clingman's Dome for some great views. We were actually up in the clouds by the time we walked to the top of the tower. Cade's Cove is a little over an hour away which is a one-way driving loop thru a valley in the Smoky's and we got to see a momma bear and three cubs. We are Chicago Cubs fans so, of course, we took in a Tennessee Smokies game right there in Kodak while we were there. Several river rafting options ... we did the River Rat, which is a float down the river in big tubes. Mostly a gentle float with a few light white water areas. Be sure to have shoes & glasses secured ... one of us lost eyeglasses &, judging by the "Tree of Soles", lots of people lose flipflop shoes. Luckily there is an optical place in Sevierville (20/20) that will make eyeglasses onsite so within an hour we had new glasses. We were the fourth people that day that came in because of lost glasses in the river. Cabin Pluses: pool table, location, comfy beds, great kitchen, hot tub, wrap around porch, tv's were nice although we didn't use them much, heavy duty washer/dryer (be sure to use the settings on dryer or it could take hours for something to dry), coffee pot was replaced (last review said it was broken), large gas grill, free wireless internet, decorated very cute, huge selection of kitchen gadgets & pans, ceiling fans, a/c worked great. Negatives: refrigerator didn't stay very cold even though we had it turned to highest setting; there are stains on the carpet but despite that the carpet felt very clean; garbage cans need a different location -- they are under a bedroom window & critters (raccoons?) come to explore at night.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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