“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
I’m still recovering from a weekend glamping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. If you follow me on social media, then you may have noticed my travel photos, Instagram stories and Snapchat videos from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN. While it was a short 3-day vacation, it was a fun one that left our eyes filled with nature’s beauty. We booked a spacious tree house in the mountains, courtesy of Glamping Hub. So today, I’ll share with you what our vacation home looked like!
Before we go over the photos, a quick intro on how we chose this location. Before our glamping trip, I have not heard of The Great Smoky Mountains. For months, we have been trying to look for a glamping spot that’s close to both us and our family in Maryland. Trying to find a schedule and location that will work for both families, and a place that will allow for our big group that’s still available on our chosen dates, proved to be difficult.
We’ve had several options that didn’t work out because of the availability. But in the end, this tree house in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area was available on the only week that both families were free! To be honest, I had my doubts with our choice. But, as soon as we got there, I was pretty impressed not just with the log cabin house but with the location itself. I had no idea that this was a tourist spot and there were SO SO SO many attractions and tourist establishments in there! But, the places we visited will be for another post. Today, let’s go over the glamping house we stayed in last weekend!
The roads to the tree house were pretty steep. After all, it’s in the mountains. There were a lot of zig zag roads that felt pretty much like Baguio City in the Philippines to me. Thank God for 4WD SUVs and great drivers (the hubby and brother-in-law). So if you plan to go there, I highly suggest taking a 4WD/AWD car/truck/SUV with you, especially during bad weather.
When we finally got to the place, I got excited to see the log cabin. It was beautiful! The cabin was family- and pet- friendly too! P.S. in case you’re traveling with pets, make sure to read my Tips for Traveling with your fur babies here.
The patio was homey and inviting, complete with wooden rocking chairs in the front and back!
When we got inside, I was very happy with the look of our weekend home. The wood all over the house just felt so cozy. It was clean, well-kept and smelled pretty good! Thank God! Sometimes, when I think about log cabin rentals, I worry they might be dusty, smelly and old. But this one was well-maintained!
This view is from the living room. The master bedroom was a loft-type. It made sense because that, along with the high ceiling, brought in so much light to the whole cabin. Now we want to build our own log cabin in our empty lot in Eagle Rock Resort! #FutureGoals
Now up the stairs to the master bedroom…
Master bathroom with a jet tub…
The stairs begged us for a family photo! Haha!
That door leads to the deck that had a swing, rocking chairs and a jacuzzi!
Alessandra and Isabelle 🙂
Now back to the living room… #ThatFireplaceThough
Cousin love: Louis the Beagle and Alessandra
Kitchen and Dining area…
Second Bedroom across the living room…
Closet and the door leading to the second bathroom…
Next to the second bedroom is the door and stairs leading to the basement.
It’s basically just another room (game room/guest room 3) that had a sleeper sofa, pool table and game table. There were board games and there was an exit door to the back, leading to the mountains and trees! Louis went straight to the door as soon as he went down to the basement. Of course, the hubby and Louis went outside to explore!
By the way, it smelled so good in the basement. The wood really smelled so nice too. There was also a laundry area next to the sleeper sofa.
If there was one thing we want to add to this log cabin, it would be another bathroom in the basement. When you’re playing games down here or additional guests are staying in the sleeper sofa, it would be nice to have an accessible bathroom in this level.
Other than that, this home was a great size and complete with amenities. There was a grill outside. The kitchen was complete with a coffee maker, pots and pans, plates, silverware, cups and glasses, mixer, juicer, griddle, baking pans, microwave, fridge, stove and so much more! The bathroom was stocked with towels, toilet papers and mini soaps too. There were TVs with cable, a phone, and a decent WiFi too.
If you love the great outdoors but can’t go full-on mode camping (think no bathroom, mattresses, wifi and other amenities), consider doing glamping instead. Check out the Glamping Hub for your next vacation. If you have pets with you, check out Glamping Hub for Pets instead.
Even if you don’t intend to camp, grill, and do outdoor activities, it’s still a great resource to look for accommodations when traveling. I found a beautiful home in Austin there – perfect for Formula 1! Since Austin is a small city, hotel rooms there get fully booked during special events. Being able to rent a weekend home from Glamping Hub definitely helps!
Full Disclosure: Thanks to Glamping Hub and Glamping Hub for Pets for sponsoring our Tennessee Tree House.