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The Bears Are Calling. Come and stay at this nicely redone REAL Log home.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Close to PF & GB in Chalet Village. Wonderful in Winter. Filling Up. Book Now!

Convenient to DT Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Park Entrances.

We purchased Bears Among Us in August to use as our vacation home and to allow others to enjoy it as well. We had just finished remodeling the inside in November. The home is comfortable, convenient and beautiful. Although fires took many homes the area is full of growth and life. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are fully intact and ready for your visit.

We are in Chalet Village North and so many homes, particularly on the main road of Wiley Oakley are gone. Bears Among Us is not on the main road but it is conveniently accessible from two of the main roads. We finally choose our name after a mom and her two baby bears visited us several times (actually walking up onto our deck and looking around). Although I suspect the bears will stay in the mountains for a little while as some homes are rebuilt the other natural beauty is stongly shining through.

Conveniently located in Chalet Village North. Go down Wiley Oakley to get to Pigeon Forge or down Ski Mountain Road to get to Downtown Gatlinburg. Bears Among Us is on Oak Place which is a road that see's little traffic. There is only one other home up our road. We love the location as it looks east toward the mountains and we have no other houses below us as so many other do. It is in a more private location in the heart of the mountainside. Our drive up off of Oak Place is shared by one other home which sits behind us. Another home further behind us did burn. Bears Among Us has a private porch since it is in front of the one remaining home on the drive. We see No Roofs and only a view of the Great Smokey Mountain's. We are high enough and away from the road, unlike many homes for rent, so you can jump into the hot tub or trot out to the Charcoal Grill in whatever type of outfit you might have on.

Bears Among Us is a true log cabin but needed a lot of interior updates and TLC. New flooring has been installed. Both bathrooms have been redone adding some bling and some mountain appeal. And the KITCHEN! A Full Size Smudge Proof Stainless Steel Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave, Stove and Under Mount Sink is ready for you. And yes we have plenty of dishes so you can cook "at home" if you want. There is a crockpot, mixer, skillets, pots and pans plus some sugar and spice and everything nice. We often use VRBO when we are travel and do not like going into a totally empty place that doesn't even have the basic daily household amenities.

The home has two bedrooms of which one is located in the loft. We installed a brand new Gaming Nook in the loft. That area has a 42" TV, a cable box and an X-Box that can be viewed and played while seating on the futon that can be folded down into a full sized bed. There is a King Size bed along with another full sized bath with a built in cabinet where you can keep all your grooming and beauty supplies while at Bears Among Us. The shower has been redone with some bling plus a great rainfall shower head.

The downstairs bedroom was made into a master suite and a corner juccuzi tub was installed. The tub includes a heater that comes on when the whirlpool is turned on. It is a great experience to be able to lounge in the tub while watching your favorite show on the flat panel TV that is mounted to the wall. This can be articulated to view from the bathtub or the bed, wonderful. Above the tub are some dimmable vintage lights that can be set to just the level you want by sliding a small toggle that is part of the switch.

The Master Suite also has a King Sized Master Bed, a Bose Soundlink (so you can play the music you like by just linking your device to the unit) and an LED light system that you can control to get the perfect atmosphere for you.

When you walk into Bears Among Us you will see a stone wood-burning fireplace in the middle of the room that is surround by two loveseats and a couch. Since we personally love music, movies and sports... a 65" Sony Ultra 4K TV was installed above the fireplace along with a Sony Soundbar! You will also see a second Bose Soundlink and two set's of microphones. We have set up Red Karaoke on our TV and you can use this app to pick your favorite song and sing the night away.

We do not have a Foosball Table, a Pool Table, an Air Hockey Table at this point. Hundred's of other places do but we know that after long day enjoying all the activities that is offered in the Great Smokey Mountains, many people just want to sit down for a relaxing activity in one of the comfy couches or simply cook up a yummy snack to be served at the pub height kitchen table. So we put in the Karaoke, Xbox and a DVD Player. Your feedback on if those items should be acquired would be appreciated.

We are often asked about pets. Our other vacation renatal is pet friendly as we love our dogs and they are always with us. We found that there isn't very many pet friendly places in the National Park and when we had some bear visitors we decided that Bears Among Us would not be the best place for pet guests. So although dogs have been in the home before this isn't the home away from home for pet guests.

When you leave Bears Among Us you can get to Pigeon Forge in about 15 minutes and Gatlinburg in 10 minutes or be in the National Park in 8 minutes.

So much to do and what a great home away from home awaits you at Bears Among Us.

More Details

Mark or Pamela Schneider
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Mark or Pamela Schneider

We have been married for 22 years and enjoy spending time in Indiana, Kentucky and Florida working and visiting our family and friends. We have three great kids and lots of grandkids and nieces and nephews.

Mark or Pamela Schneider purchased this cabin in 2016

Why Mark or Pamela Schneider chose Chalet Village

We love this area and have always wanted to have a VK home here. About 16 years ago we purchased a home on Barkley Lake in Eddyville, KY thinking that would be where we would retire. Things changed and we now offer that home in VRBO but always make the time to enjoy it with family and friends each year when it is not being used by a guest. Now we are excited to offer guests a great place for their vacations and we look forward to spending time here with family and friends as well.

What makes this cabin unique

So convenient to the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Drive down Ski Mountain and take a right and you are in the National Forest!


Chalet Village Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Loft Bedroom - 1 queen , Our Queen Mattress is Ultra-Firm with a Down Mattress Pad
  • The black futon that you see in the gaming loft will fold down into a full sized sleeping area. This would be idea for a child.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Bear Proof Garbage Bins are provided. BE Sure you put your Trash in those! We do bring our dogs with us when we do maintenace or visit. If you get upset over a single pet hair or a bug on the porch than a cabin in the mountain may not be for you. We apologize for having to state this informatiion but we recently had a guest who got quite rude over a dead insect in the home and a small patch of lab dog hair under the couch that I missed when cleaning. Our goal is to provide an attractive, clean and comfortable place for our guests and family. We work hard to make it as perfect as humanly possible.


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The Bears Are Calling. Come and stay at this nicely redone REAL Log home.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Better than advertised

  • 4 of 5

WOW WOW! My wife and I visited for a long weekend last week and the place is perfect. It is a great setting with great mountain views and a porch so quite you could take a nap on. The family room is well appointed with seating and is super cozy especially with the wood burning fireplace. We will for sure visit Bears Among Us again!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Surprise

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay....This cabin has everything you need and even the little extras! The owner was wonderful and responded quickly we would definitely recommend staying at Bears Among Us. We woke up to such a Nice Surprise this had rained all day Saturday and through the night and we woke up to SNOW ! It was beautiful! Thanks Pamela for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing. Close to everything!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin, hot tub, view and entire trip!! Bosesound link let us have our own music out at the hot tub which was great. Fire place was awesome. Owners are very responsive answered all questions right away. The property is through a very windy road even though it is close just be prepared. Ski mountain pizza was awesome and delivered!! Having two couple Would have like the second bedroom to be more private but I know most cabins are set up this way. Loved it and would stay again!!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice cabin - not too far away, but far enough

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay with our two children in this cabin. It was about 15 minutes from what is now the Gatlinburg strip. We were able to get everywhere in a fairly short time, but felt like we were away from it all.

I hate hard beds, but they slept like rocks on the firm upstairs mattress! The furnishings (especially the couches) and finishes were very nice. The kids enjoyed having the Disney Channel and it allowed time for adults still getting ready. The view was very nice, as well. We had hoped to see more fall colors, but we were a little early. It was still beautiful, though. There was a lot of privacy off the front porch, but we shared a driveway with several other cabins on the backside of the house. That wasn't a big deal for us.

We had a few bugs, but it is a cabin in the woods, so you have to expect that! One thing I was hoping for was soap in the bathroom soap dispensers. And the dispenser in the master was so gross I didn't touch it the entire trip. Ew! There was dirt or bug parts or something sitting on the master bath counter so that was gross, too. And there were dust bunnies in the bathtub. All that being said, we just worked around everything (the kids washed hands downstairs or not at all, we didn't touch the master counter and named our 3-day-visiting stink bug "Stinky") and really enjoyed ourselves. I want to be realistic for anyone going to this cabin. It is far from perfect, but it is very comfortable, a beautiful setting, and has everything you could need for a great trip to the Smokies. But not if you are afraid of a little dirt or bugs. I would stay at a sterile hotel room if that's the case.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate this detailed review very much. First I will talk to my maid about double checking those bathroom soap dispensers and making sure those are filled and clean. Without the heads up from guests I may not realize it until my personal visit! The reason the kids probably slept pretty good is because a few weeks ago, before your visit, I went down with my son and we took out the extremely firm queen mattress and put in a comfortable king. So I just want future guest reading that to know. :) It is definitely the time of the year for those darn stink bugs (and others) to sneak in to about any man made structure. Not sure what the purpose of these things are but you are exactly right a trip to a mountain get-a-way might not be for everyone. PS. I hope the kids got to take their new pet bug home. NOT
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Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Bears Among Us was perfect; although, sadly, we didn't spot any bears!

The cabin had everything we needed... fully equipped kitchen, soft, fluffy towels, nice pillows and bed linens, plenty of wood for the fireplace. It was nicely decorated and spotlessly clean. We loved using the hot tub and fireplace each night after long hikes in the Smokies. There were TVs and wifi in every room, but we were too happily exhausted to even turn them on. :)

The cabin was about 20-30 minutes drive to the Sugarlands and Greenbrier park entrances. We did not go into Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, but I think it was very centrally located to both.

As others mentioned, the upstairs bed was very firm; our daughter slept on the sofa. However, that won't keep us from coming back to Bears Among Us when we return to the Smokies (hopefully, very soon!)!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really look forward to having you come again. I am going to start looking for a "less firm" mattress. The one my husband picked out was an ultra-firm and I know many guests do not want a mattress that is to soft but I believe that there are some made today that are to firm for the "average bear". I am sorry that you did not get to see a bear as our new metal roof was just completed last Thursday and the roofers sent me a picture of a large one that was going through when they were doing their work. Maybe on your next visit you will get that pleasure.
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Much Needed GetAway

  • 5 of 5

This place was exactly what was needed. It was clean, quite and off of the busy roadway. All of my pre-arrival questions were promptly added and the entire get-a-way was smooth from start to finish. The area was beautiful and much fun was had in both the Great Smokey National Park as well as downtown which was packed with lots of visitors. We are considering making this an annual event and returning to this comfortable, convenient and well-appointed log home.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee (one time) $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.75%

25% of the reservation is due up front. The remaining 75% is due 30 days prior to Check-in.

Tax of 12.75% is in addition to the nightly rate.

Cleaning fee of $85 is a one time charge, regardless of your length of stay.

We do not require a large security deposit. Rather we charge a one-time, non-refundable $59 damage protection insurance (this provides coverage up to $1500 in accidental damages).

CANCELLATIONS (nightly or weekly) – Cancellations or shortened stays that are made more than sixty (60) days prior to the arrival date will be fully refunded. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within sixty (60) days of the arrival date are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance can be purchased through CSA insurance. This insurance is available for purchase upon payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.