Secrets to Getting the Best Cabin
Questions to Ask When Booking a Vacation Cabin
What can ruin your trip or vacation fast?
It's overwhelming when you have so many choices of cabins to rent. There are 1000's of cabins listings to consider. Narrow your search easily by what is most important to you.
Remember: Location can make or break your vacation.
Check out the Area Guide I created for more info on this topic.
Ask These Questions
When Booking a Cabin, Chalet or Condo
What is the terrain like?
For many cabins, this is a biggy. Google Maps and your Smartphone or Laptop can be amazing partners here. Enter your address and find Menu Options and choose "Terrain". When visiting unfamiliar areas, this will be incredibly helpful. Ask if 4-wheel drive will ever be needed to get to your cabin.
What attractions are nearby?
What attractions would you like to be nearby your cabin? How far will you need to drive to go to the places you like? Or maybe you can even walk. Are there noises near your cabin that might bother you when you are trying to sleep?
How is the cell signal and is there wifi in the cabin?
Ask. Don't assume anything. Using a Cell phone, laptop, tablet in your cabin...need I say more? Check your phone carrier's map of coverage.
What wildlife will we encounter?
The Smokies are full of wildlife. The more remote, the more wildlife you may encounter ranging from black bears, raccoons, wild turkeys, field mice, rabbits, gophers, deer, just to name a few. Bears and raccoons are most common, and even populated areas attract them as they look for food. NEVER feed bears. Here's a link to help: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/black-bears.htm
Consider the driving distance from the cabin or chalet to get to the main road, the store, gas and town. How are the roads? Google Street View is excellent for driving your road "virtually" before you actually drive it in
real life. One mile is way different on a wide, flat road, vs one mile on a steep, curvy, skinny backroad.
Convenience and Safety?
What is driveway and parking like? This is really important since you will be using it alot and may have multiple cars. Is it going to be a nightmare or piece of cake? Is it safe and convenient? Does is matter if there is a kid or pet-friendly yard? Explore the neighborhood and general area on Google Steet View.
Neighbors or Privacy?
Cabins, chalets and condos may be in resorts, private neighborhoods, or up on a remote mountaintop with no one around for miles. They could be nestled back in a wooded area, or right on the main drag. How close or far would you like other people?
What should we expect from weather issues?
Each season has different challenges. On hills, wet fall leaves can make tires spin. Ask if maintenance can use a blower prior to your arrival. Does maintenance salt the roads leading up to your driveway or just the driveway? Bringing extra salt or ice melt just in case can add piece of mind in winter weather.
What amenities are available?
Resorts sometimes come with many onsite amenities like swimming pools, kids play areas, wedding chapels, ziplines, discount tickets, trolley access, and an onsite staff among other things. The trade off is that sometimes privacy is sacrificed. Some private cabins and chalets have their own private swimming pools inside with gamerooms and hot tubs. *Check out this link for a list of some beautiful cabins with indoor pools.