One of the most sought after vacations in the US is a stay in the Smoky Mountains. The Smokies lie along the Tennessee-North Carolina border and are home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited park in the country.

The preferred method of vacationing is by renting cabins. Now when most people think of cabins, the vision of Appalachia comes to mind with one-room structures with a latrine in the back.

However, these are not your typical cabins. Pools, giant flat-screen TVs, hot tubs, game rooms, and more are now considered standard rates. Smoky Mountain Cabins provide all the comforts of home with a spectacular view.

And they can be had for less than a hotel room. Competition among rental companies is fierce and encourages competitive rates. However, before you pay your hard-earned money for a cabin rental, be sure to ask the following questions.

What kinds of amenities are included with my rent?

Listings can be misleading. Ask about hot tubs, balconies, game rooms, and more. Make sure you get all the details so there are no surprises when you sign up.

Is my cabin smoking or non-smoking?

If you don’t smoke, this could mean the difference between a great vacation and misery!

Are there additional fees?

Check additional charges such as cleaning, pet, reservation and taxes. These fees could add up to two hundred dollars to your total payment.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Many companies will advertise that their cabin seats six or twelve, etc. Decipher exactly how this works. Does this include a person on a couch? Futon? Don’t be surprised when it arrives.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you cancel your reservation, many companies will charge you a cancellation fee. Many will keep their deposit. Read the fine print of the rental agreement carefully and ask the rental agency verbally as a double precaution.

What is the property configuration?

Is your rustic, secluded cabin surrounded by six others just feet away? This can ruin a vacation very quickly.

Is the cabin in well or city water?

There is a chance that a well will dry out during the hot summer months. Consider the city’s water huts when searching.

A cabin vacation in the Smokies can produce memories of a lifetime. Hunting, fishing, rafting, and hiking are just a few of the most popular outdoor attractions. For those who prefer a more cultured lifestyle, the mountainous city of Gatlinburg is one of the most interesting cities you will ever visit.

Be diligent in your research and find a cabin that is right for you and your family. But be careful; once you visit, you may never want to leave!

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