Our Favorite Things About the Smoky Mountains in the Winter

All year long, people from all over the country and even the world flock to the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee to enjoy a few days of hiking, shopping, sightseeing and a little peace and quiet. While every season is a wonderful season for a mountain adventure, the Smoky Mountains in the winter are an extra special sight to be seen. Read our favorite things about visiting the mountains during winter, and start planning your trip today!

Breathtaking Scenery

One of the best things about the Smoky Mountains in the winter is the incredible scenery that surrounds you in every direction. Whether you’re curled up at your Smoky Mountain cabin enjoying the view from your cabin’s picture windows or you’re braving the cold for a winter hike in the Smoky Mountain National Park, you’ll be in awe of the gorgeous, snowy landscape around you.

One of the best ways to enjoy the scenery without having to deal with the freezing temperatures is to drive the 11-mile loop at Cades Cove. This way, you can see the sights from the comfort of your heated car. While on the loop, you’re likely to see old structures such as cabins and churches, as well as wild animals like deer, bears and maybe even a mountain cat! Be sure to give yourself several hours to enjoy this tour because there are many great places to pull over to take photos and appreciate the views.

Perfect Season for ShoppingA woman carrying bags on a holiday shopping trip.

Another great thing about the Smoky Mountains in the winter is that the Smokies are home to the best shopping in the world, and winter is the perfect time to spend your day exploring the shops! Whether you decide to head toward Gatlinburg for some souvenir shopping or you want to experience the outlet malls in Pigeon Forge, there are hundreds and hundreds of options for whatever you are shopping for!

One of the most unique shopping areas in the Smokies is the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Well known for being the largest group of independent artisans in North America, this 8-mile loop of shops is made up of handmade pottery, paintings, incredible photography, quilts and blankets, stained glass, beautiful jewelry and so much more. You will love supporting these local artists while also getting some unique items for your home!

Getting Cozy in a Cabin

The best place to stay during your vacation to the Smoky Mountains in the winter is a cozy and comfortable Smoky Mountain cabin. Our cabins have everything you and your family will need to stay warm through the chilly weekend, such as a private, bubbling hot tub.

Our cabins also have lots of other fun and handy amenities to make your vacation relaxing and enjoyable. The game room is great for an afternoon of pool, air hockey and foosball, the fully equipped kitchen is perfect for preparing delicious meals for the whole family and the theater room is the perfect spot for a movie marathon at the end of the day!

A couple drinking wine in front of the fireplace.Great Winter Savings

Last but certainly not least, you can save lots of money when you take a vacation to the Smoky Mountains in the winter. We have great savings all year long, but we try to make it even easier to stretch your vacation budget during the chilly winter months. From discounted rates to free nights, we guarantee to always have a great deal for you!

Before you book your stay at our Smoky Mountain cabins, be sure to check out our seasonal savings and specials!