My grandmother always said you shouldn’t save the good china just for special occasions. To her, life was a special occasion and you should celebrate every day.
That’s how I feel about days off and vacation time. Every getaway should be a celebration, and one of the best ways to do that is in a cabin snuggled in the mountains.
So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins has added several new places that I feel obligated to try out. Just out of courtesy to all the Smoky Mountain visitors who will follow me and need to know how great these brand new cabins are.
I fell in love with the new three-bedroom cabin the minute I opened the door: from gorgeous hardwood floors and matching dark wood paneling to a great room/living room/kitchen/breakfast nook/dining room that literally flowed into each other. I could literally picture my whole family hanging out after a fun day at Dollywood or a hike in the Smokies – enjoying each other’s company and eating dinner and then stepping out on the spacious porch and rocking the hours away soaking up the view. Or maybe I’d rather soak up the view from the hot tub looking at the mountains majesty. Decisions, decisions …
Honestly, I could get so comfortable at this cabin – did I mention the walk-in closets and the amazing laundry room?-that I didn’t want to ever go home. It comfortably sleeps at least 10 (queen beds in two of the bedrooms, two queen bunk beds in the third and a sleeper sofa) but you could squeeze a few more in with an air mattress or two! And you might have trouble getting folks to go to sleep because of all the cool stuff in the game room – from a pool table and the game nook to the amazing card table in the tucked away room on the third floor. The only thing that could get me out of this place is the fact that I got a peek at the 10-room cabin just across the road, so let me tell you about that mountain treasure.
So, I have to admit that the thought of staying in a huge cabin has always overwhelmed me, but from the minute I stepped in this amazing place, that fear was conquered! Family gatherings with my extended bunch can be a challenge so I’m pretty sure I glimpsed a little piece of heaven when I saw the two huge tables that would easily seat up to several dozen folks. With another table nearby, countertop space in the kitchen with stools and a den area with couches all in the same open space, you could easily have dinner for 35 comfortably – and that’s before spilling out onto the adjacent outdoor porch. And the biggest refrigerator I have ever seen would hold all the necessary food and more– it was a thing of beauty!
If I had to pick a favorite bedroom, it would be the second floor gem with the two double bunks with queen size beds with its own private bathroom. Made me want to turn back the clock to childhood and imagine piling in that room with all my cousins. And that’s just one of the six sleeping spaces on Floor Two; the other four are located on the ground floor. The second floor also features an enormous game room with full-size billiards table, a round card table, several great games and more – or you can take a board game or deck of cards outside on the second porch or enjoy the hot tub and an amazing view.
I’m a card-carrying native East Tennessean so loving the mountains and staying in a cabin is part of my DNA. But once you stay in one of these new Smoky Mountain Cabins you may think you could have written the words to My Tennessee Mountain Home by our own sweet Dolly Parton. Ok, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but you get my meaning – the beauty that surrounds you as you sit on the porch or make memories with your family and friends will truly inspire you.
So here’s this mountain girl’s advice for you today. And every day. Savor family time. Use the good china. Stay in the cabin. Eat dessert. Don’t ever say “we’ll do that next time.” Be the one who says “can’t wait to do that all over again next time.” Stay in the cabin. I’m calling to make another reservation right now – immediately after dessert.