Thrifty Traveler: A Guide to Scoring the Most Affordable Cabins in Gatlinburg TN

Published Feb 6, 2024

The serene Smoky Mountains are calling you, and you’re ready to find your dream cabin. How can you snag a Gatlinburg cabin that’s both affordable and luxurious? Use these handy tips! 

1. Expect the Best for Your Money

“Affordable” doesn’t have to mean “low quality.” A Gatlinburg cabin can offer extras like a hot tub, game room, fireplaces and fire pits, movie theaters and more. And that’s at rates which save you money over a hotel, where you’d have to share those amenities with strangers. 

2. Share the Costs

Make any cabin more affordable by sharing the cost with family and friends. Gatlinburg cabins make ideal destinations for reunions, gals’ or guys’ weekends, wedding party getaways or a trip with extended family. Colonial Properties has cabins accommodating as few as two guests and as many as 24. 

3. Compare Prices and Amenities

With more than 170 Smokies cabins and condos, Colonial Properties has a huge selection for you to browse and compare. From cozy one-bedroom hideaways to multi-level cabins stuffed with extras, Colonial has cabins with the price you need and the amenities you want.

4. Visit in the Off-Season

In summer and fall, more travelers descend on Gatlinburg and cabin rates tick upward. Come enjoy Smokies hospitality in January and February, when cabin rates are at their lowest, or in spring, when rates aren’t yet at their summer peak.

5. Plan a Weekday Getaway

Weekend rental rates usually are higher than weeknight rates. A beautiful cabin is just as big a treat on a Wednesday night as on a Saturday night–but at a sweeter price! Use the money you save to buy tickets to more Gatlinburg attractions. Now that’s savvy budgeting.

6. Take Advantage of Discounts

Skip the third party booking sites and their fees. Instead, reserve your Gatlinburg cabin directly with Colonial Properties. You’ll cut out the middleman and get a 10 percent discount. Save even more if you’re a military member. 

7. Consider Staying an Extra Night

You read that right–an extra night. How is that budget-friendly? It’s a bargain when your cabin rental company has a special deal like “stay three nights and get the fourth night free.” Look for seasonal specials where adding a night to your stay won’t add a dollar to your costs. 

If you’re hunting for an affordable Gatlinburg cabin, browse our listings now.

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