Kid Testers Recommend Kid-Friendly Smoky Mountain Activities

The CabinConnection Kid Testers -- Kinsen, Parker, and Jaybin. Parker will be sharing his Smoky Mountain favorites in, oh, about 3 years.

We haven’t heard from the CabinConnection Kid Testers for awhile. So I thought it might be fun to interview them about their favorite things to do in the Smoky Mountain area. We’ve had these kids at restaurants, shows, in the mountains, camping, staying in cabins, in Gatlinburg, in Pigeon Forge, in caves — they’ve pretty […]

5 Things We Love About the Smoky Mountains

Rock hopping! We LOVE it! Wish I was rock hopping right now...

Fail. That’s me! For almost two and a half years, I’ve written the CabinConnection blog three times a week, except on holidays. Until last week. Huh. Last week, I only managed to produce ONE blog entry! I could make excuses about Mother’s Day and my birthday (yes! I turned 34 last week!) and the new […]

Everything You Need for a Family Cabin Vacation


My friend Andrea is working feverishly to book a huge cabin for a family gathering next summer. It’s a big job — finding the best cabin, making sure it has everything that you need, and then paying for it and getting other family members to pay their part! But what comes after is what people […]

Plans for the Smokies for Specific Kid Ages


It’s pretty overwhelming when you visit Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for the first time. There are so many things to do, so many restaurants to try, so many trails to hike. Which ones are best for your family?

Happy Birthday,!

I have to admit, I’m feeling downright proud of myself this week. I finally managed to clean out the pesky laundry room that’s been bugging me for months. I found an elusive patriotic outfit for my daughter’s President’s Day show next week (wrong time of year…). And I just crossed one whole year of blogging […]

Kid Things to Do in the Smokies

Traveling to the Smokies with kids? While this area is one of the nation’s top honeymoon destinations, it is great for families, too. Try out some of these activities: MagiQuest — This is my personal favorite thing to do with the kids in the Smokies! So much to do, so much fun. Not cheap, but […]

Vacation Budgeting 101: Entertainment

My recommendations for entertainment budgeting in the GPS (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville) area is going to sound very simple. However, most people do not follow these simple steps to set a budget for their “fun” things to do while in the area. All you have to do is decide how much money you can […]

MagiQuest — fun for kids (of all ages)!

If you have kids that are at least five years old, there is one attraction in the Smoky Mountain area that you shouldn’t miss — MagiQuest. It’s one of the most unique experiences we’ve ever had! Perfect for a rainy day, MagiQuest has 15 U.S. locations. It calls itself a “live action game,” which means […]