Start the New Year Off Right in the Great Smoky Mountains
By Jon Hoffman © 2018, All Rights Reserved

"New Year, New You." We hear it every year. So, as 2019 unfolds, what's the perfect way to recharge your personal batteries?
Why not visit the Tennessee Smokies? The Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area offers loads of cool opportunities to refresh, renew, and revitalize.

Ski the Smokies at Ober Gatlinburg

If your family loves snow sports, treat them to a fun winter getaway at Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area. Board the Aerial Tramway in downtown Gatlinburg to ascend to the scenic summit, where you'll find family activities galore, including world-class skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and more.

Never skied or snowboarded before? No problem. Ober Gatlinburg's skilled instructors are on hand to give you expert lessons. Simply sign in at the ticket desk, rent your equipment onsite, stow your gear in a secure coin locker, and head outside to the Ski School. Then get set for some serious thrills.

Ever tried snow tubing? It's like sledding but a lot more exciting. And you don't even have to trek back up the hill after each run: Just board the "Magic Carpet," an outdoor escalator, for a carefree ascent. Tubing sessions last a full 90 minutes, and kids ages 3 and 4 ride free with a paying adult.

Hike Some of the Smokies' Most Stunning Trails

Did you know that winter's a wonderful time to go hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains? While some trails are closed, many are open, including some with magnificent views. Once the leaves are off the trees, the vistas are wide-open, with views that seem to stretch forever. And when the peaks are snow-capped, the beauty is even more breathtaking.

Try the moderate, paved trail that leads to Laurel Falls – always gorgeous, whether frozen or not. Take Forney Ridge Trail to Andrews Bald, site of marvelous mountain views. Or trek the 4.5-mile round-trip to Alum Cave to see an array of sparkling ice formations. Simply exquisite!


Water Fall in the Smoky Mountains


Book an All-Girls Weekend with Your BFFs

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot? Not in the Tennessee Smokies! If you haven't seen your besties in a while, why not arrange a girls-only getaway in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area? You'll find plenty of fab things to do as you catch up on the latest news:

  • "Shop till you drop" at the Village Shops (634 Parkway, Gatlinburg), where quaint "Old World" boutiques offer one-of-a-kind treasures, stylish apparel, gourmet delicacies, and more.
  • Tour the Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community's famous 8-mile Loop, where over 100 shops furnish genuine handcrafted items ranging from quilts, pottery, and paintings to jewelry, carvings, and weavings.
  • Share great food and fellowship at one of the area's many popular eateries.
  • Take in a memorable show at Country Tonite Theatre, Comedy Barn, Smoky Mountain Opry, or Dolly Parton's Stampede.
  • Head outdoors in the crisp mountain air – hike a nearby trail or stroll through a city park.
  • Pamper yourself at a local spa... and more.


Dolly Parton's Stampede in Pigeon Forge.


Book Your Cabin Now

Contact Volunteer Cabin Rentals today to reserve your Smoky Mountain vacation. We offer everything from cozy chalets to large, luxurious lodges, complete with comfy amenities like fireplaces, hot tubs, fully stocked kitchens, and home-entertainment theaters. Perfect for R&R after a day at the slopes or the shops. Book now!