Choosing the right Gatlinburg Cabin can make the difference between having just an “ok” time and having a great vacation experience. It all comes down to knowing what you and the members in your party like and then doing your research before booking your trip. We have created this site to help guarantee that your Gatlinburg cabin rental is a memorable and enjoyable experience.
You have seen all the pretty photos of the mountains, bears, waterfalls, aquariums, and countless other attractions here in the Smokies. Picturesque they are and fun to experience in their own time but don’t forget to include relaxation and time with loved ones in your vacation. After all, it is most often the quiet times of reflection that we remember and cherish most and some of the best things in life are free.
How much to spend
First, you must determine your vacation budget, being sure to take into account all the real costs that you may incur. For example: lodging cost, transportation, meals, activities, entertainment, special events, gifts, and don’t forget to have some extra cash on hand just in case an unexpected event happens or you lose your credit card.
If you are not already familiar with your destination, now is the time to educate yourself on the area so that you will know that the Gatlinburg cabin you choose will be close to the things that interest you. Today we live in the age of easy information through the Internet and all you need to know is available online if you can just know where to look. Nothing is worse than to be staying miles from the activities you like and having to drive long distances to do what you want. When you add the extra cost of driving, and the wasted time, you really lose by not planning ahead. Gatlinburg Attractions & Activities has a wealth of information for any visitor to the Gatlinburg area.
Pick the right time
Look at the calendar and pick the length of your Gatlinburg vacation and the available dates. Forecast the best time to get away from work and when the kids have a break from school. Choose a back up vacation time in the event the area is swamped with a convention or special event.
With Gatlinburg vacation rental cabins it is especially true that “the early bird gets the worm”. The more you delay the less likely you will find the property that is best for you. Even in today’s economy, the last properties to rent may not have the location you want or the amenities you need. If you are planning a vacation that falls within or adjacent to holidays or special events, it is far better to plan at least four to nine months in advance. Many repeat renters reserve their special Gatlinburg cabin for the next year, the day they check out this year.
Know your group
Be sure to get with everyone in your party to know what their needs are. Make a list so that you do not forget anyone and be sure to take any health issues into account such as stairs, etc. It is also best to have a floor plan if possible so that you can see that the layout of the home will suit your needs. Be sure to check the cabin floor plans and put the less mobile guest in your party where they will be most comfortable.
Does anyone on your party have special requirements?
Things that are normal and expected to one person do not always translate to being available in a privately owned vacation rental home. For instance: If you drive a motorcycle or are the driver for a church group, you might think it is perfectly normal that a Gatlinburg rental cabin would have plenty of space to park a towed trailer. This is not the case! In fact, it is more often the opposite. It is typical in almost every resort community that parking is very limited and often restricted by law. Be sure you ask the right questions concerning your specific requirements before you book your reservation!
Use the Internet to do your research
(www.jacksonmountainhomes.com) By searching on the Internet you will be able to focus in on the Gatlinburg cabins that best fit your needs and are in the area you want to stay. The best websites will give you all the pertinent information you will need about the properties, including all amenities, a floor plan, many photos, its location, and pricing. Floor plans are very important as they will give you the information as to how the house is laid out, where everyone will be sleeping, where the baths are located, and how the layout will suit your needs. Most web sites allow “Custom Search” options that allow you to select availability of Gatlinburg cabins that fit your needs; however, be careful not to select too many criteria because it can greatly limit your choices. It is best to start with the just the main criteria you must have and then narrow your search. This way you will be less likely to miss a home that you really love but may not have one of the lesser important criteria you had selected for your search. Print out the descriptions of the properties you like. The best web sites have a shopping cart, email to a friend, and/or online brochure print features that really make it easy to show your selection to family and friends alike!
Making your decision
Now that you have all your needs, wants, and requirements set down in writing and you have printed out your choices from your online search it is time to make a choice. Remember that sometimes the best deal is not necessarily the cheapest price. Many vacation rental homes offer amenities that can greatly reduce the cost of your vacation. Eating in can reduce your food costs and grilling out makes it even more fun. Gatlinburg cabins that feature game rooms and/or home theaters can provide you with entertainment options for the entire family that would normally come at a high cost.
Here again, the Internet gives you the power to research, plan, and purchase tickets before you leave home so you will know what you are doing long before you arrive. It also gives you the option to plan your entertainment budget and so that you can mix in FREE or low cost activities to fill the gaps and keep the cost of your vacation as low as possible. Many vacation lodging websites offer an online concierge area that makes it easy to pick the things you want to do.
Checklist – Below is a sample checklist that may help you decide and be sure to modify it as your needs dictate.
- Determine how much you plan to spend.
- Determine the dates and length of stay. If your departure and/or return dates are flexible it can make your search a bit easier.
- Have alternate dates if at all possible.
- Determine how many people will be in your party and how many bedrooms or beds, and bathrooms you will need. Be sure to consider the individual needs of your group, especially physical limitations. Also, keep in mind that adults typically do not like sleeping in sofa beds or futons, especially if they are sharing in the expenses.
- Get directions, have a current area map with you, make sure that you know where the cabin is located and that it is within an acceptable drive time to the attractions and services you want to visit or need.
- Be sure to have a list of the amenities you must have and what “special requirements” your group requires. Do not assume that all homes have the same amenities!
- Make sure that you read the rental policies including any fine print so that you know the rules. Know what “is” and what “is not” furnished so that you know what to bring from home.
- Make a list of questions to ask when you are booking your reservation.
- If something you need is not listed online in the property information you should call the rental company to insure that you have what you need.
- Be sure to keep a file folder for your vacation that contains your rental agreement and all pertinent information as well as the information about any attractions you want to see. It will be invaluable!
When the worst happens
Now that you have made your plans, you have the perfect home reserved, you have reserved tickets for your favorite attraction, everyone in your party is jumping to go to Gatlinburg and all arrangements have been made, what could possibly happen? Hopefully nothing will come between you and your dream vacation, but just in case the unexpected does happen, it is best to have a contingency plan in the form of “Trip Insurance”.
Almost every vacation rental has a time when the money you have paid becomes non-refundable and this is just one instance where trip insurance comes in very handy. There are also many other instances when trip insurance will bail you out financially and emotionally when the unexpected event takes place. Even with the best planning, trouble at home, accidents and medical emergencies are realities you can’t foresee. Vacation rental insurance offers low cost protection for you, your family and even your traveling companions against:
- Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation
- Trip Delay and Interruption
- Medical Emergencies
- Baggage Delay, Theft or Loss
- Roadside Mishaps
Vacation rental insurance not only protects your vacation investment but also includes a rental car collision damage waiver, with no deductible, as well as 24-hour emergency assistance services, such as a nurse hotline, medical referrals and emergency medical transportation.
At Jackson Mountain Homes, “We take your vacation personally!”