Try the Downhill Rush of the New Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

Just go now! You must experience the newest adrenaline opportunity in our area. The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is now open for a smooth ride that your whole family can enjoy. The attraction is located 1.5 miles from Pigeon Forge at 867 Wears Valley Road, and definitely should be an item on your bucket list before you finish your vacation.
Think of an open sled car on a coaster track that provides a customized personal ride. Handbrakes grant the opportunity to control the speed of descent to equal the courage of the rider. The view is lovely at all velocities. The track length is more than a mile, and the ride up the hill is somewhat like a chairlift trip. Cables pull the cars to the top of the venue, and then the cars are released down the hillside. Including the towline to the top and running full speed to the bottom, the complete ride is a little over 7 minutes long, with a 300 foot drop in elevation along the way. Call 865-365-5000 for more information, and check the Facebook page here

Choose to stay with us for cabins in Pigeon Forge. We at Volunteer Cabin Rentals hope you enjoy relaxing in our comfortable accommodations after experiencing this unique thrill ride, one of many our area offers. Know that one trip down the hillside may not be enough!

3 Tips to Avoid Traffic Frustration and Enjoy More Fun Time on Vacation

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many families choose rental cabins in Pigeon Forge as a kickoff to their summer fun. Certainly the least desirable way to start your celebration is waiting in slow-moving traffic once you approach the Smokies! In years past, local rural infrastructure just could not support heavy vehicle volume. Improvements have been made, and some are still in progress. Here are three ideas to help you avoid spending too much time on the road with your vacationing peers.

1. Getting here: Plan your arrival time appropriately.
Sometimes it is best to “just say no”:
–Don’t arrive between 1 and 4 pm on Friday. The main artery into the county is via exit 407 from interstate I-40 (there are other routes, but that’s for another time). Highway 66 (Winfield Dunn Parkway) is now almost completely updated (6-lanes), except for the last bottleneck section of bridges being widened over the French Broad River as you approach Sevierville. Once you are past the bridge construction, now even high volumes of vehicles flow much more smoothly-a blessing for visitors and locals alike.
–Don’t visit on certain dates in the spring and fall. Even major holiday weekends are less busy than some calendar dates in April and autumn. Avoid spring dates for antique car show weekends that clog Pigeon Forge traffic. In the fall, consider University of Tennessee home football game weekends. Saturday game-day traffic adds 100,000+ fans to local Knoxville interstate flow, and many of those fans stay in the Smokies afterwards. Or just wear orange, and you will fit in well.

2. While visiting Pigeon Forge: Two roads you MUST learn to use while here.
–Use Veterans Boulevard (Hwy 449) when entering the county, to avoid congestion on the main artery 441 Parkway into Pigeon Forge. When you reach Sevierville from exit 407, turn left on Main Street (Hwy 411) and after 1.4 miles turn right onto Veterans Boulevard. The road passes Dollywood’s main entrance, and rejoins the Parkway at the Old Mill area in the heart of Pigeon Forge. There are several other intersections to this roadway that also return you to the Parkway. We are still amazed that more don’t choose this less congested route between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge during busy times.
–Use Teaster Lane while in Pigeon Forge as a parallel road to the main Parkway, with far fewer cars and traffic signals. This road intersects Veterans Boulevard previously mentioned, and also has multiple points from which to access the 441 Parkway.
Spending a few moments with Google Maps prior to your trip will make the wisdom of using these suggestions apparent. There are more shortcuts, of course, but save those curvy mountain passes for your next trip. Baby steps first!

3. Going home after a great weekend: Ignore your GPS, and take time to eat.
Unless your vehicle GPS has been updated in the past few years, it does not reflect improvements made in Sevierville to ease exit traffic on Sunday. Essentially, when you are returning to the interstate from Pigeon Forge through Sevierville, you “go home by another way”. Resist the temptation to listen to your older GPS (or Grandpa who has been here many times), and don’t turn left in Sevierville onto the old Forks of the River bypass. Just follow those big green signs, straight back to Highway 66 and Interstate 40 on the 6-lane. We regularly see confused folk still trying to use the narrower dated bypass, even cutting through downtown to attempt to reach it.
Timing your exit is also important. Leaving between noon and 2 pm on Sunday is the most popular window for visitors. So change your exit strategy: lunch leisurely with the locals, make that last purchase you are still pondering, and have a smoother transition to your back-home journey.

If you want more tips about maximizing your fun time while here, please don’t hesitate to ask us at Volunteer Cabin Rentals. We each have our personal favorites (shortcuts, restaurants, and the like), and will share them if asked. Have a great start to your summer, and plan to visit us soon!

A New Bird’s-Eye View In Pigeon Forge

Visitors to Pigeon Forge will have a new way of getting great views of the Smoky Mountains this year thanks to a brand-new attraction. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a huge Ferris Wheel ride, will be carrying passengers as high as 200 feet into the air in 42 enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas.

Located at The Island development near Belz Factory Outlet World, the attraction is just one component of what will ultimately be a full retail-entertainment-dining-lodging complex.

Also new in Pigeon Forge this summer will be RiverRush, Tennessee’s first water coaster, which will open in May at Dollywood’s Splash Country. With all the climbs, drops, twists and turns of a traditional roller coaster, the 1,175-foot-long ride climbs as high as four stories tall and includes hairpin turns and dark tunnels.

If you’re seeking a premium overnight rental property to stay in during your visit to Pigeon Forge this summer, be sure to check out our selection at Volunteer Cabin Rentals. We’re close to Pigeon Forge and the national park, and we offer one of the widest selections of luxury cabins in the Smokies.

We Offer Consistent Quality

At Volunteer Cabin Rentals, we give our customers a lot of variety when it comes to choosing an overnight rental property. We have everything from romantic one-bedroom cabins to sprawling 12-bedroom mountain lodges. As such, we can accommodate any travel agenda, from a honeymoon to a corporate retreat or family reunion.

But even though our rental cabins themselves represent a wide selection, we always are able to provide a consistent level of quality from property to property. You can always be assured that each of our overnight rentals is well maintained, in great shape, clean and full of all the amenities you could want in a vacation home.

Our rentals feature luxuries such as hot tubs, stone fireplaces, game rooms, satellite TVs, DVD players and VCRs, outdoor grills, fully equipped kitchens, great mountain and valley views, towels and linens and free Wi-fi access.

Also at Volunteer Cabin Rentals, Pigeon Forge fun is just a short drive away. While our cabins provide peaceful seclusion for guests, Pigeon Forge is only 10 minutes away by car, and Sevierville and Gatlinburg are only a few minutes further. That means all the attractions, shops, restaurants and special events are easily accessible from your vacation rental.

Cabin Of The Week – Magnificent 7

Once you’ve taken a gander at this grand lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains, you may just conclude that seven is indeed your lucky number. Magnificent 7 offers seven bedrooms (with everything from king and queen beds to futons and sleeper sofas) and seven bathrooms, six of which have the added luxury of indoor whirlpool tubs.

Overlooking scenic Wears Valley, this spacious cabin also delivers great views of the surrounding mountains. And it comes equipped to entertain, offering a game room with pool and air hockey tables, a big-screen TV, seven additional cable TVs and two DVD/VCRs. Additional amenities include a gas grill, double viewing decks, outdoor hot tub, outdoor fire pit and kitchen with all the appliances and supplies you could need to whip up meals for the entire guest list.

In all, Magnificent 7 can sleep 26 people, which makes it a great choice for a big family reunion or some kind of business retreat. Or if you’re interested in something a little smaller to suit your own purposes, keep browsing our selection of cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge TN.

More Winterfest Fun In Pigeon Forge

Christmas is behind us, and Valentine’s Day is bearing down on us. But that doesn’t mean that Winterfest is over in the Smokies. In fact, you have until the end of this month to take part in the four-month-long celebration of winter in the mountains.

For starters, you can still check out all the Winterfest light displays along the Parkway and on many of the other major routes around town. Brilliant animated LED displays are still bringing an element of magic to the Pigeon Forge nights. And with traffic down during this time of year, getting out in your car and going for a lights tour of your own is a cinch.

There are also more special events coming up in Pigeon Forge. For example, this Thursday through Saturday (2/7 – 2/9), check out the Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee at Country Tonite Theatre. Other upcoming events include the February Freeze 5k race on February 9 and the 13th Annual Saddle Up!, which runs February 21 through 24 and is based at the Spirit of Smokies Condo Lodge.

And remember that our Wears Valley cabins are only a 10-minute drive from Pigeon Forge, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. You can stay with us out in the middle of the Smoky Mountain solitude and scenery and then zip over to Pigeon Forge for your vacation entertainment.

The Ultimate In Cabin Relaxation

What could be more relaxing than kicking back and enjoying the scenery from one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge, TN? Well, we actually have an answer: Getting a therapeutic massage in your Smoky Mountain cabin.

At Volunteer Cabin Rentals, we can set up an appointment for an in-cabin massage from Beneficial to Life Therapeutic Massage. So you can spend the day doing what you enjoy doing in the Smokies—hiking, seeing shows, shopping, going to attractions—and then at the end of the day, you can come back to your cabin and let one of Beneficial to Life’s professional massage therapists send any lingering tension and stress right out the window.

Their services include an hour or more of Swedish and deep-tissue massage, hot stone massage, aromatic salt scrubs and steam tunnel therapy. Packages are available, ranging from a one-hour couple’s Swedish massage with choice of either Face Glow or Body Polish to a deluxe spa day for couples—a two-hour aromatic massage with sugar scrub facial and warm moisturizing mud bath. We can even add a candlelight dinner to any of their packages for an additional fee.

Start Your New Year With Some Great Deals

There are two types of people—those who do their best shopping before Christmas and those who wait until after St. Nick makes his rounds to swoop in and do their shopping.

There are advantages to going with Option B. If you wait until after Christmas, you can often take advantage of a lot of great deals on all types of merchandise. Manufacturers are looking to unload holiday inventory that didn’t sell, and they’re also looking to cater to all those good boys and girls who got gift cards and gift certificates that are burning holes in pockets. Here are a few ideas on what you can do to get some winter deals while visiting the Smokies.

• Go to the outlet malls – That’s where you’ll find many national, name-brand manufacturers whose merchandise is already lower than usual throughout the year. Many stores will also run after-Christmas specials, meaning you can pay rock-bottom prices on everything from electronics and clothing to shoes and housewares.

• Visit a restaurant – A lot of Smokies-area eateries are national chains, so maybe you got a gift card or certificate for one of these establishments. If so, you can break it out this week.

• Book a cabin in the Smokies – If you’re not already planning to stay in one of our Pigeon Forge cabin rentals this week, this is a great time of year to go ahead and book a visit for January or February. Now is when we offer our lowest rates of the year on luxury cabins.

A Most Accommodating Gift

Looking for a special and memorable gift idea for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list—that person who has everything? Consider going above and beyond this year by giving them a couple of nights’ lodging in one of our Wears Valley or Pigeon Forge cabins.

This could make an ideal gift for your parents, in appreciation of all the babysitting they do for you. Or it could be a surprise getaway gift for your spouse—just to say “I love you.” Or maybe there’s someone you know at work that deserves some well-earned time away. Whatever the situation, that person (or couple) will be absolutely thrilled to receive the gift of some relaxing time away in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

They’ll enjoy the privacy that comes with staying in a cabin, and all the comforts of home will be right at hand, including laundry facilities and a full kitchen. And amenities like a fireplace, hot tub, game room and satellite television will only be icing on the cake.

Thanks to our location in beautiful Wears Valley, those who receive an overnight stay from Volunteer Cabin Rentals will also be close to the mountains, the national park and all the attractions, shops, restaurants and events of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville.

Vacation Ungplugged

These days, electronic devices like laptops, tablets, readers and smartphones have woven themselves into the fabric of our everyday lives. Of course, such gadgetry is important for doing work or staying connected with friends and loved ones. But at one time or another, we’ve probably all been guilty of getting so absorbed in our phones or laptops that it’s come at the expense of someone we’re supposed to be sharing time with.

So next time you head to the Smokies or perhaps your favorite beach destination on a vacation, consider going unplugged. At one end of the spectrum, you could just go cold turkey and leave all your electronics at home. After all, humans survived this way for thousands of years, so chances are, you will too. But if you insist on bringing them along, set boundaries, especially for the kids. Perhaps limit them to some game time in the car to help pass the trip, and of course, mom and dad can set a good example by limiting Facebook or Twitter time to first thing in the morning or late at night.

The important part is that you not get so caught up in the virtual world that you miss what’s going on around you. When you’re doing something together as a family, enjoy the time, savor it, cherish it. Those times won’t be around forever.

But for what it’s worth, if you choose to say in one of our cabins in Pigeon Forge, we do offer free wireless Internet access. Just in case.