Save Money on Your Electric Bill (Tips from Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

  1. Set thermostat to 68 or lower during the Winter. Above that, heating costs go up almost 5% per degree increase.  This is especially true in colder climates like the Smoky Mountains.
  2. Have a programmable thermostat installed so that it will keep boundaries set to curb extreme electricity use.
  3. Change air filters monthly in your residential or vacation home.
  4. Keep all vents & returns open for adequate air flow throughout the whole house or cabin.
  5. Insulate your outlets throughout your home or Tennessee chalet.
  6. Turn off your water heater if you’re going to be out of town for an extended period of time.
  7. Set water heater temperature to 120.
  8. Switch to compact fluorescent light builbs & save up to 75% over incandescent bulbs.
  9. Keep curtains on the south side of the house or Smoky Mountain cabin & closed on the north side during the day to help keep the home warm.
  10. Use area rugs if you have hardwood or tile floors to keep your feet warm.

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Biltmore Estate is a Destination Attraction

While booking a luxury cabin rental in the Smoky Mountains, I do recommend visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  You can be there in a little over an hour.  The Biltmore estate was built by the Vanderbilts in the 19th Century.  It is truly a remarkable home with incredible gardens, wonderful dining, & intriguing American history.  Feel free to plan your lodging in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, while spending one day in Asheville at Biltmore.  You’ll want to stay in the Smoky Mountains because most of your other itenary will be completed in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.  Your family will want to travel to the Smoky Mountain National Park, Aquarium of the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood, et cetera.

Discover the Wonders
of Biltmore

Plan your getaway to George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.
Play in our 8,000-acre backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor our restaurants’ exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let our gracious hospitality inspire you.

Biltmore House & Gardens

Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French château is a real life wonder. Enjoy a self-guided visit of Biltmore House that unveils a fresh look at how people lived and worked in America’s largest home. Also, explore the acres of beautifulgardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, during your visit.
A self-guided visit of Biltmore House & Gardens is included in estate admission.
In-depth audio tour and guided specialty tours are available for an additional cost

Pet-Friendly Cabin Rentals in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pet Friendly Lodging

Take a pet friendly vacation by renting a vacation home, cabin, chalet, townhome, or condo. There are many great vacation destinations in which vacation rental owners are happy to accommodate you and your family pet. There is typically a fee or deposit for bringing your pet to a vacation rental home, but that small extra expense is outweighed by the completeness of your vacation experience that comes with having your pet by your side. Forget about kennels, animal boarding homes, or inconveniencing friends, family or neighbors. Live the destination with your pet. You will be happier and your pet will be, too.

Let’s face it. Your pet is part of your family. Your dog keeps the pace when you jog on the weekends.  Pet ownership has exploded since the mid-1990s.  Now, not only is a dog, man’s best friend, but also child & woman’s welcoming party too.  There is a valuable position within the family that a pet fills, as they love their owner unconditionally and seem to be there through all your moods and life experiences.  So it’s kind of difficult to be relaxed on vacation, when you know they may be suffering without you in a kennel or cage somewhere back home.  Luckily, hospitality and lodging has become more cooperative in allowing pet stays so you can travel with your pet on vacation.

You’re ready for a vacation in the Smoky Mountains, but you feel guilty leaving your pet behind or asking a friend to check in on it. The cost to kennel a pet can be pretty steep, possibly making it a budget breaker in your vacation planning. Fortunately there’s no need to leave your pet behind or break your budget.  You can rent a vacation home in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge that will accommodate your pet right along with the rest of the family. Vacation rental owners often require an additional deposit or fee for your pet, but this is often less expensive than boarding.

Consider bringing your pet on your next vacation near D’llywood or the Smoky Mountains.  Not only will you feel more comfortable in sharing your vacation with your dog, but you won’t have to worry about the cost and torment a pet may face at the kennel during this time.  Just make a small payment for the pet fee and bring your kennel with you, so the pet can be contained while you are away from them.  We’ll see you & Fido on your next trip to the Smoky Mountains!