Our love for traveling to locations with breathtaking views, stunning sunsets and a rich history runs deep. So when the news came that fires had greatly touched the Gatlinburg and Smoky Mountain area – our hearts were broken. It’s one of the few places that we consider a home-away-from home and it was hard to imagine what type of damage the area had suffered. The mountains seem to always be calling our name and for us, the desire to journey Gatlinburg’s way was intense.
A few years ago, we visited the area and spent an amazing week in a cabin at Gatlinburg Falls Resort. We reminisce often of our stay and were eager to return and to check on the cabin as well as other places that held so many memories. To be honest, as word-of-mouth took over after the fire, we seemed to get a lot of mixed stories on how well Gatlinburg survived and how they were rebounding. After doing a little research, we found that most of what we heard was incorrect. Though we would never marginalize any loss suffered – we were happy to see that damage was minimal in comparison to what it could have been.
It was fascinating to see that these cabins were already being rebuilt along with a Welcome Center that had been lost.
In so much of the area – you wouldn’t even know a fire had swept through. Though there are a few businesses in Gatlinburg that must be entirely rebuild – most were untouched by fire. At least one of these businesses, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, has already completed their rebuild and have re-opened!
It’s encouraging to see the area swinging back, and quickly! As we walked the Parkview property and once again pointed out our favorite cabins – it was great to see that they had been working so hard to clean up and rebuild, that other than the new cabins, you couldn’t hardly tell that the property had been touched by the fire. Nature’s regrowth coupled with their efforts was a refreshing sight.
Check out our fun timelapse of our first glimpse of Smoky Mountain High.
Our family fit nicely into Smoky Mountain High – which sleeps 8. Have a large family or group? Check out our son’s favorite, Parkview Mansion.
You can view all of their cabin availability and make reservations here or by calling 866 – 34 – SMOKY.
I also suggest following them on social media. Following social accounts or browsing Edreams is a great way to find travel deals for quick weekend trips. So, this is a great place to keep up with any specials they may offer throughout the year – which are great for those unplanned, last-minute getaways!
Gatlinburg looks great and is doing well. They’re open for business and the mountains are calling!
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