Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Do you have days where you feel like this?

Today, I just have a story for you. A few weeks ago, I awoke to a rainy, cold day. Which was just not what I needed. I had a million things that I needed to do that day. First of which was getting groceries. So I headed out first thing, right after the kids got […]

Dollywood Eagle Coaster Opens to Rave Reviews

The new Wild Eagle coaster at Dollywood opened over the weekend. It got rave reviews, according to the Sun Herald. The coaster cost $20 million dollars to build, and is a wing coaster, the first of its kind in the United States. It opened Friday on Dollywood’s opening day. “Wild Eagle is an exhilarating roller […]

3 Great Waterfall Hikes in the Smokies


With weather predicted to be sunny and almost 80 degrees on Sunday, it’s time to lace up your hiking boots! The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to take kids hiking. Our kids love nothing better than setting off on a hiking adventure. If there’s a stream with rocks to hop on, all the […]

Vote for Smoky Mountain Black Bears!

Black bears crossing the street in Cades Cove. Photo by Flickr user Hickory Hardscrabble.

Are the Smoky Mountain black bears the best bears in the U.S.? Undoubtedly. But we have to prove it! National Geographic is taking a poll. The question? Who has the best bears in the U.S.? Choices include Big Bear Lake, California; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Girdwood, Alaska; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. All four claim to be the […]

Park Officials Plan to Trim Trees to Clear Views

Smoky Mountain rangers say they’ll be trimming trees to bring back views that visitors haven’t been able to see in decades. The tree work starts next weekend, April 1st, and will continue through August. The tree trimming won’t affect travel in the park. The rangers decided to trim the trees because many of the best […]

Wow, I can’t Believe I Did That!

So, in my defense, it was my husband’s birthday yesterday. Yeah, that has to be it. You see, in two plus years of writing the CabinConnection blog, I’ve never once just forgotten to post. Until today. Just wasn’t on my mind last night, I guess. I was watching my husband enjoy his new birthday gift, […]

8 Things to Consider When Searching for the Perfect Smoky Mountain Vacation Getaway


The following post is a guest post by Bob Foster. Bob is a property manager by profession and has lived and worked in this region for over 13 years. He is a loving husband and father of four. He enjoys running, cycling and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Bob has a passion for the Great […]

March Madness Ramblings (and a Parent’s Perspective)


I really like football. But basketball doesn’t do much for me. I could be pretty happy not ever watching an entire basketball game. Except, of course, for when CabinConnection Team Member Megan used to play in high school and college. Then I loved to watch and cheer. But since then … not so much. So […]

Country’s Largest Bridge Tourney Comes to Gatlinburg

Bridge player? Sign up for the Mid Atlantic Bridge Conference.

Are you a good bridge player? I have to admit, I’m not. In fact, I’ve never learned to play. Which is too bad, because this sounds like fun. Next month, the country’s largest bridge tournament will be held in Gatlinburg. The conference is held the week of April 16-22. There is no registration cost, but […]

CabinConnection Unveils ‘Personal Shopping’ Help


Our whole goal at CabinConnection is to make vacationing in the Smoky Mountain as easy as possible. But we know, even with our advanced searching tools, it can still feel overwhelming to find the perfect cabin rental for your vacation needs. Ahhh! So many cabins to choose from! How do I know what to choose???? […]