Gatlinburg is one of the main gateways to the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is a destination for any occasion and season. Less than an hour’s drive from Knoxville, roughly 3 hours from Chattanooga, and less than 4 hours' by car from Nashville, Gatlinburg is a popular destination for a weekend away. With its family-friendly attractions and seasonal attractions—including spring and summer hiking opportunities, stunning fall foliage, and skiing in the winter—affordable Gatlinburg cabins are a good idea, whatever the time of year.

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, Gatlinburg is there for all

Gatlinburg has a great reputation as a family-friendly destination, and rightly so, but it’s also perfect for couples looking for a romantic rendezvous, and groups of friends hoping for a little hang out time. The Smokies are a beautiful destination throughout the year, from the foliage of fall, to the snow of winter, and summer sun, and Gatlinburg makes sure to celebrate every season equally. So, whether you’re looking for an affordable Gatlinburg cabin for a bit of family fun, booking a winter getaway, hoping for something cozy and romantic, or searching for your next girls' trip destination, you can be sure to find it.

Affordable cabins for family fun

One of Gatlinburg’s best features, especially when it comes to family vacations, is its affordability. Affordable Gatlinburg cabins can help families make Smoky Mountain memories that last a lifetime, without breaking the bank. Staying in a cabin can help keep a trip more affordable, with meals cooked in the cabin’s well-equipped kitchen, while many affordable Gatlinburg cabins come with bunk beds for the kids, to help conserve on space. And when it comes to family-friendly fun in Gatlinburg, there’s more than enough to go around. You can visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, or try a round of mini-golf at Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf. There’s also the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park, and the Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg to keep everyone entertained.

Visit Gatlinburg for winter fun

If you want to see the Smokies blanketed in snow, but are looking for affordable Gatlinburg cabins, you might want to visit in January or February, when the nightly rates—and temperatures—are significantly lower. Gatlinburg in winter is a veritable wonderland, with skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing just a ski lift away above the town at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. You’ll also find plenty of bars and restaurants at the ready ready to warm you up after a day on the slopes, while live music and entertainment can be enjoyed almost any night of the week. There’s a great range of larger cabins suitable for groups and families on a ski trip, and if you’re lucky you might find an affordable Gatlinburg cabin with a hot tub to enjoy toasty, relaxing soaks all winter long.

Romance that doesn’t cost the earth in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is as popular for romantic weekend getaways as it is for family fun. The great range of cabins in the area means that there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking just for 2, or for the whole family. If you’re visiting as a couple, then Gatlinburg will be even more affordable if you come out of season. The resort experiences peaks in the summer months, October, and December, but come in spring for wildflower season, or in September when the leaves are about to turn, and you’ll have your pick of affordable Gatlinburg cabins. Some of the most romantic cabins can be found outside of town along the Little River, where water views and dramatic scenery add a little something special to a romantic weekend away.

Grab the girls for the ultimate Gatlinburg weekend trip

With so many festivals and events throughout the year—along with Gatlinburg’s many wineries, breweries, and distilleries—the town is becoming an increasingly popular destination for groups of friends looking to celebrate and reconnect. In spring, when there are some great affordable Gatlinburg cabins to be found, you could arrive just in time to celebrate the Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend. Or maybe you’d prefer to visit in winter for some fun on the ski runs—in which case, Gatlinburg boasts plenty of cozy cabins that would be perfect for groups. And if you come when the kids are in school, then your chances of finding affordable Gatlinburg vacation home rentals with added perks like hot tubs or fire pits are significantly higher.