Spring Break Vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The wonderful Spring weather is here in the Smokies, after a brutal winter that ended with multiple days of rain and flooding throughout the Eastern United States.  Tourists and locals alike are celebrating the Sunny weather with temperature in the mid-70s.  This is perfect weather for hiking, photography, ziplining, shopping, go-carts, and all outdoor activities.

Many Spring time visitors like to reserve the log cabins that are creekside or that have mountain views to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the fantastic weather.  Generally, the outdoor swimming pools open Memorial Day Weekend in May, but many of the vacation cabin rentals now have private indoor pools or indoor pool access year round.  Grilling outdoors is an other American favorite pasttime.  BBQ your favorite meal or have an outdoor picnic with your family to get the Spring started out right.

Does anyone have a favorite recipe to share?  Hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ Ribs & Chicken, Bratwursts, and other meats are all good items to bring the family or friends together.  Most cabin rentals offer park-style grills (charcoal use) or gas grills.  Spring Break is known for the cookouts and friendly gatherings.  We look forward to seeing you in the Smokies this Spring!

Black Bears in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (The Smoky Mountains)

Did you know that although they are called black bears, colors can range from black to cinnamon brown, silver-blue and, occasionally, even white? The white bears are called “Spirit” or “Kermode” bears.

Ten Fast Facts About Black Bears

1.  eat mostly berries, nuts, grasses,carrion, and insect larvae
2.  have color vision and a keen senseof smell
3.  are good tree climbers and swimmers 
4.  very intelligent and curious 
5.  can run up to 35 miles per hour
6.  weigh an average of 125 to 600 pounds
7.  go without food for up to 7 months during hibernation in northern ranges
8.  usually give birth to 2 to 3 cubs during the mother’s sleep every other year
9.  can live over 25 years in the wild (average age in the wild is 18)
10.  are typically shy and easily frightened
Our log cabins grace the same mountainous terrain that are beloved Bears patrol, so we gave them some respect in naming our beautiful log cabin rentals in Gatlinburg.  Some of the luxury cabin rental names include:  Boulder Bear, Bear Splash, Dare to Bear, Bear’s Lair, Big Bear View, Big Bear Cinema, Life’s A Bear, Bear Naked Lodge, and A Bear’s Eye View.  We can’t BEAR naming too many other BEARY beautiful cabins BEAR names, but we love our Smoky Mountain Black Bears!  When you think of Bears, think of staying at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals.  They’ll definitely give you all the fun & relaxation you can bear in a vacation to the Smokies!


Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a photogenic village that serves as Gateway to the Smoky Mountain National Park.  You will love how quaint and charming it is for a family getaway.  I recommend many of the restaurants, ice cream, and fudge shops along the Parkway.  The Little Pigeon River flows just beside the Parkway, all the way into the National Park.  Although you may be staying in a log cabin rental with its own kitchen or outdoor grill, its nice to enjoy a few meals out with the family with your here in the Smokies.  By the way, Acorn Cabin Rentals and Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals have mountain cabin rentals in Gatlinburg, within walking distance of Downtown Gatlinburg. 

The Pancake Pantry is famous for its breakfast with lines out the door.  The owner has been so successful, he has opened several others including Nashville.  Nashville’s Pancake Pantry was voted the best place to sight a country singer or famous movie actor. Perhaps, the Regulars, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, had something to do with this report.  When you come try the crepes or pancakes here at the original Pancake Pantry, you’ll see why people love it.  I always like to frequent the Cherokee Grill for their incredible steaks, salads, and macaroni & cheese!  So come visit, walk around, enjoy the mountain backdrop, and we promise that you won’t leave hungry!

  1. Pancake Pantry 628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  2. Cherokee Grill 1002 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  3. Kilwin’s Ice Cream 645 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  4. Peddler on the River  820 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  5. Dick’s Last Resort 903 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  6. Bubba Gump 900 Parkway Traffic Light #8, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  7. Donut Friar 634 Parkway # 15, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  8. Wild Plum Inn 555 Buckhorn Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  9. Park Grill Restaurant 1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  10. Smoky Mountain Brewery & Pizza 1004 Parkway,Gatlinburg, Tn


  1. Relax & Communicate — When you decide to getaway, choose a log cabin rental with amenities that will enable you to relax, make conversation, and allow for some romance.  These amenities might include a fireplace, jacuzzi for bubble baths, and outdoor hot tubs.
  2. Enjoy the sight-seeing — The Smoky Mountains are extremely beautiful.  You can take in the mountain peaks, waterfalls, & wild flowers throughout the National Park.
  3. Fine Dining — Try the Peddler on the River, Cherokee Grill, or The Lodge at Buckberry Creek.  These restaurants are fantastic and will help create the romantic mood for the entire evening.
  4. Find adventure — Go hiking, river rafting, or zip-lining here in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg.  The excitement will help you get your mind off anything holding back the relationship or causing stress in your life back home.  Allow this escape to refresh you & your relationship.
  5. Let her go shopping — Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, & Gatlinburg have great shopping.  The Arts & Crafts Community and The Village Shops in Gatlinburg, as well as outlet stores in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have great inventory & discounts for everyone.
  6. Enjoy a Good Breakfast together — Sometimes people don’t have a chance to start the day together with a good meal, so take the time during your vacation to go to Pancake Pantry or the Old Mill for breakfast.
  7. Have a Picnic — Cabin rentals usually have an outdoor grill.  Use this to your advantage & take in the outdoors for a BBQ.  You’ll enjoy it!
  8. Take a walk together — whether you are on a trail or private road near your log cabin rental, on the Parkway, or hiking on a Smoky Mountain trail, you should enjoy the peacefulness together.  There’s nothing better than Spring or Fall in the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy the Scenery.
  9. Go to a Show — The local Music Theaters are entertaining.  The music, dancing, & comedy at some of the local Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge theaters are amazing!  Pick one or two out on your vacation & go check them out!
  10. Get a Massage — There are in-cabin massages available.  You can schedule them directly or consult with your rental company to get a massage scheduled.  This will help you relax and get the vacation started off right!

Luxury Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


Have you ever stayed in a luxury cabin rental in the Smoky Mountains, which includes Sevierville, Gatlinburg, or Pigeon Forge (Tennessee)?  With family reunions, holiday gatherings, & special events, the Smoky Mountains is an amazing destination to stay with your group of friends or family.  The luxury cabin rentals come standard with full kitchen, hot tub, pool table, gas or park-style grill, TV/DVD, and pool access.  Most luxury vacation rentals in the Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge area now come with Wi-Fi internet access.

The exclusive amenities now being offered in log cabins are home theaters, private indoor swimming pools, multicade arcade games, plasma or LCD Televisions, kids’ rock climbing walls, business centers, wet bars, saunas, and many more elite amenities.  The cost of these log cabin rentals is much more price-friendly than hotel accommodations of equal calibur, plus you get added space and privacy.  I usually recommend finding a luxury cabin rental in a fantastic resort setting like Alpine Mountain Village, Smoky Mountain Village, Bear Creek Crossing, Oldham Creek Springs, Brookstone Village, Condo Villas, Sherwood Forest, Settler’s Ridge, or Birds Creek.  They all have their own character, amenity package, & distinct locations.

Did you know when staying in a luxury cabin rental, Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rental company can usually help set up any type of preferred service including grocery delivery, floral arrangement delivery, in-cabin wedding services, in-cabin body massage, in-cabin catering, and any other possible guest request?  Luxury cabin rentals are built and managed to give guests in the Smoky Mountains the very best in available amenities, services, and comfort!  So the next time, you would like to try a Sauna, cabin rental with swimming pool, Home Theater, or multi-game rec room, call Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals.  We will set up your romantic getaway, corporate retreat, or family vacation with the best luxury cabin rentals available in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville.  Lodging in the Smoky Mountains has been made more comfortable & affordable with our luxury cabin rentals!

Fraser Fir in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Smoky Mountain National Park)

Fraser fir trees grow only in the southern Appalachian Mountains and about three-quarters of their native population is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  They are grown commercially as Christmas trees and are highly regarded for their sweet fragrance.  Since the 1950s, many trees have been killed by a tiny insect from Europe.

The southern spruce-fir forest is the highest and coldest forest ecosystem in the Appalachian range, thriving in elevations above 5,500 feet where the climate is too harsh to support the broad-leaved hardwood forest that dominates the region’s lower elevations. A relic of the last Ice Age, this forest type covers just over 100 square miles, and is considered the second-most endangered ecosystem in the United States.  Southern spruce-fir stands consist primarily of two needle-leaved evergreen species— the red spruce and the Fraser fir. 

Over the past two centuries, the southern spruce-fir stands have been decimated by logging, pollution, and a European aphid infestation. The southern spruce-fir forest is home to one endangered species, the spruce-fir moss spider, and several threatened species. While red spruce is common throughout North America, the Fraser fir— a relative of the balsam fir— is found only in the spruce-fir stands of Southern Appalachia.[4] In the second half of the 20th century, nearly all of the mature Fraser firs of Southern Appalachia were killed off by the balsam woolly adelgid— a parasite introduced from Europe around 1900.

Come to the Smoky Mountains, near the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and see the largest collection of “Christmas” trees in the country.  The wildlife and landscapes to be seen are quite beautiful.  You will truly enjoy your peaceful hike or drive through the Park!

Travel Tips for your Smoky Mountain Vacation in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, Tennessee

When you take a vacation there are always certain tools and information you must have when planning your trip.

That’s why we put together our top vacation tips and travel tools to ensure your trips are most relaxing, memorable, and completely enjoyable.

We have compiled this list through our own research and experience as we’ve had wonderful vacations and had times where we wished we had done this, done that, or had certain travel tools to make our trip even better.

So, we’ll save you some time, and dive right into our top vacation tips and travel tools…

**Southern road map including Tennessee. Jump into the digital age and try out a GPS device. Heck many rental cars come with them nowadays at no additional cost. They are great tools to have. If you decide not to go with a digital map, be sure to have some sort of paper map as you travel to and around your vacation destination.

**Luggage. Lol! Get your bags together & be able to pack the car or bring them to the airport without too much aggravation. Getting good luggage is a must and makes life much easier when traveling. Especially when flying as now they have a lot of extra fees and costs.

**Games, toys, magazines, iPods, and other things to keep everyone busy. These things are very easy to forget, but drives, flights, and delays can be quite long. Don’t forget these items that will keep you satisfied as time passes.

**Cameras and video cameras. Taking great pictures of your vacation destination, family, landmarks, and other shots will leave lasting memories that you can cherish forever.

**A great travel resource. Whether you plan your trip using a professional or do it yourself (which is easier than ever), you will need to find a few great travel resources to help you along the way. There are a lot of great sites out there to get you started and help you find the best travel deals possible.

**A list! Yes, a travel checklist is a huge must when planning your trip. Plus you can sit down and iron out all the details before you go and make a list of the fun things you’ll do when you reach your destination. This is probably one of the most important of the top vacation tips. Go over your list with the rest of the family & itemize for each person (if possible).

**Get your hands on a vacation guide. We always recommend a good Smoky Mountain vacation guide to use, so we’ll do the same here. No matter where you’re going, it is a lot more fun when you know the area!

**Make sure to have proper footwear for the activities you will be enjoying while on vacation (i.e. sandals, athletic shoes, formal wear for church or fine dining, high heels, etc).

**Bring your kids’ favorite items so they stay preoccupied & happy. Ask them what they can do without on your special trip so you can travel as light as possible.

**How about some additional tools like Hiking trail maps, Traveler’s cheques, tip advice, safety precautions, and more. We love being adventurous as well, but you don’t want your vacation ruined by by some crook or incident trying to spoil your fun.

Did we forget anything? See why our top vacation tips, tools, and travel lists are so important? These tips are just a start on your way to paradise. Have a wonderful trip and use these top vacation tips and tools to the fullest!