|Minimum Stay||2 - 5 nights|
The Grits Carlton is a spacious 3 level cabin in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains featuring 4-bedrooms and 4-bathrooms, with room enough to easily sleep 14 people. With 2 king-sized beds, a queen-sized bed, 2 queen-sized sofa beds and a queen-sized bunk bed, this cabin fits a large family or group comfortably. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the essentials needed to prepare meals and memories and modernized with stainless steel appliances. Feel right at home with 6 flat screen televisions, a satellite package and DVD player, lavish log and leather furnisher can be found throughout.
Head down to the game room for a friendly game of air hockey or foosball, keep your beverages close by in the minibar. Shoot a game of pool before venturing out to soak in the private hot tub on the wrap around deck. The Grits Carlton also features jetted tubs, charcoal grill and a washer and dryer.
While staying within Black Bear Ridge you are within minutes to all the area attractions but far enough away from the hustle and bustle to find some peace and quiet while enjoying the mesmerizing rolling hills overlooking Wears Valley. With a touch of luxury and mountain vistas surrounding you The Grits Carlton is the pinnacle in vacation rentals.
A short drive from The Grits Carlton brings you to the busy cities of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville for days full of shopping, dining and attractions. Visit The Old Mill Square for hand-crafted pottery, candy and gifts; tour the large collection of warbirds at Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Get in a round of mini-golf at Ripley’s Old McDonald’s Mini Golf offering 54 entertaining holes full of animated barnyard critters. Treat yourself to a show at The Smoky Mountain Opry, the area’s largest musical and variety show.
In the lovely town of Gatlinburg make a stop at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the place to see penguins, stingrays and marvel at the state-of-the-art underwater tunnel filled with colorful sea creators. Venture over to the Sky Lift to go to the top of Crocket Mountain for enchanted views and get your picture taken while riding the lift. Set your course along the Rocky Top Wine Trail to visit 5 wineries within 12 miles offering an assortment of delightful samplings.
Explore the Great Smoky Mountains on horseback with Five Oaks Horseback Riding outings for all ages and experience levels or leisurely float down the Little Pigeon River with River Romp Tubing. Bring along a lunch and set out on a day hike along the Alum Cave to Mount LeConte, many argue this trail is the best in the Smokies or auto-tour Cades Cove to step back into yesterdays.
The view is breathtaking from the balconies. It's too bad that the cabin is in such bad shape. Wood floors are super scuffed up and dirty. We found a used diaper under one bed and a pacifier under another bed. The living room couch and downstairs couch are unusable as beds. The gas grill fuel tank was completely empty. The cabin windows are very dirty. 14 people in the cabin for a week and no trash pickup. Cabin came with one roll of toilet paper per toilet. The kitchen cooking utensils are very minimal and not even a cookie sheet to bake cookies. The main door to the back balcony was sticking so bad we couldn't use it most of the time. The third level balcony Loft handrail is loose and dangerous. The foosball table downstairs two of the legs are ready to fall off. Outside around the cabin was never picked up and policed by any Cleanup Crew there's all kinds of trash all around the cabin. We even see a spoon laying in the dirt. There is a large dining table that can handle more than 10 chairs. Cabin only had 6 chairs for this huge table and the cabin sleeps 14. We had to bring fold out chairs with us to fit everyone around the table. As a Wyndham timeshare owner I'm very disappointed in Windham even being involved in this particular cabin. There apparently is nobody checking on the serviceability of this unit. If management wants to contact us we have pictures to document many of the comments. This unit should be pulled out of rental service until repairs are done as to the liability of safety.
Cabin was awesome, had plenty of room for our big family. We had 13 people and we did not feel like we were on top of one another. Beautiful view, clean cabin, very good price. Word of caution, if you need WIFI, this cabin does not have it, but we had pretty good signal for our phones. Overall it was a great stay.
The house was very spacious for my family and another, but that's all I can really say about it. The kitchen has no full set of pots, no mixing bowls, and hardly any utensils. We had a problem with the deck and the bottom floors A/C didn't work. Maintenance came out quick and very nice. Fixed the deck, but the A/C was never fixed. We were able to have a good time anyway.
Cabin that sleeps 14 should only list as 10 since the hide-a-beds were in bad shape and they neglected to leave linens for these beds. Kitchen spacious for a family group of 14 but very sparse on cooking gear (pots, pans, utensils, cups, silverware, etc). If you stay in this cabin don't plan on any major meals. Large table but only 5 chairs. Need more furniture for sitting. Hot tub freshly filled but small for this size cabin. Cabin is in area with many other cabins and apparently they rent to college kids who used this weekend for partying. Passed many people out in the street on the route to and from always partying. This cabin was located at the top of mountain (which provides a wonderful view), but had people partying way into the following morning (very disruptive for both nights we were there). Top floor bathroom shower leaked into bathroom below (maintenance was called and we just didn't use this shower). Cabin had 4 bathrooms which was a plus for the amount of people we had. Game tables were a nice plus. This cabin needs some TLC with all showers having mold in grout and wood floors were very worn. and a comforter which had dried blood on the backside which makes me think they don't get washed very often. Regular beds were pretty comfortable and gas fireplaces were nice. Parking in this whole area was a challenge. Large cabins in this area which didn't allow parking for many cars. We had 5 cars in our party and the neighbor cabin for infringing on our parking which made it a complete challenge for parking. There was no where else to park since the roads are narrow and steep and you can't park along side them. Cabin was very close to Pigeon Forge and centrally located. I only grade this cabin a 3 because of the parking, the hide-a-beds and the noise of other cabins.
Our group of 12 thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Grits Carlton. We were there 4 nights. No bugs! Showers needed more attention to cleaning. And the floors could have been better, as well. Other than that, the kitchen and bathrooms were good. The games: pool table, air hockey and foosball were great for the kids, ages 5-17. Very close to tourist attractions.
The view was great! I would certainly recommend The Grits Carlton to others. (BTW, we stopped at the rental office and management offered to have the showers and floors cleaned, but we declined. Just wanted to let them know the cleaning service needed a nudge!)