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What is the Difference Between a Cabin and a Chalet?

Posted on 04/13/2017 by Pioneer Rental Management

What's the difference between a Cabin and a Chalet?


Cabins were and are sometimes still thought of as a no frills place to spend the night away from the outside elements. They also used to be known as being rugged with just one main living area. The rustic amenities of a cabin would put you “out of the house” to do your daily business. That's not how it's done here in the Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The amenities will amaze you.


The definition of a cabin from

[kab-in] A small house or cottage, usually of simple design and construction

This is a rustic log cabin from ogle's farm and old homstead.  The logcabin is all hand chopped and hand carved.  It's located in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Cabins in Gatlinburg are now much more modern than a simple design. You can find them as valuable as any home. They include all the modern luxuries. Movie rooms, game rooms, multiple bathrooms, and most all have hot tubs. Some are now being built with enclosed pools. Of course you can still find a rustic cabin, but competition to rent them has brought about newer updates and additions with all of the amenities that come with a popular destination such as the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.


Chalet Shaˈlā/ is defined as wooden house or cottage with overhanging eaves, typically found in the Swiss Alps synonyms:lodge, cabin, cottage"an A-frame chalet in the Adirondacks"


A chalet was known to be more luxurious.

This image is of a chalet in Gatlinburg and shows the smoky mountains in the background

Here in Gatlinburg, Cabins and Chalets are almost synonymous. The two terms merge together and neither have qualities that make one better over the other.


As an opinion of the author of this blog, who has been in many dozens of different cabins and chalets, both have their places. If you are looking to the Smoky Mountains for vacation views, you can find them via a cabin or a chalet. The overall factor is then location of the rental. The same goes for amenities.


You may find you like the look of one cabin over the other and vice versa.


So when you are searching you may find the qualities you are looking for in both a cabin or a chalet.


If you are traveling in a different country throw these definitions out the window and start over. The words take on a new meaning overseas.


Comparing a chalet to a cabin would be similar to comparing the difference between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Again, both different, but both fabulous in their own ways. That's for another blog. Follow us on facebook[link] for more posts or call us 865-684-4680 to book a cabin with a view of the smoky mountains.

Cades Cove Loop Refresher

Posted on 04/01/2017 by Pioneer Rental Management

If you have never been, this video is just a brief sample of the beauty around us. Wait till the leaves fill in. This is a one hour drive condensed to 12 min video. You can hike, bike, camp etc. There are also stop offs including old cabins, barns, a working grist mill, and multiple old churches. All restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. We will include the stop offs in another video.


Come stay with us, and visit Cades Cove!
Call now at 865-684-4680 to book a cabin in Gatlinburg.
The smokies are magical, and a visit will be an experience you will never forget.

A Drive Through Gatlinburg (Long Version)

Posted on 03/22/2017 by Pioneer Rental Management

If you have never been through Gatlinburg, then check out this video. It will show a brief glimpse of Gatlinburg Tennessee.

Best Time to Visit Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on 02/18/2017 by Pioneer Rental Management

If you’re planning a trip to Tennessee, chances are you’re going to make visiting Smoky Mountains National Park one of your to-do items. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts millions of visitors each year with its abundant wildlife, majestic views and wide variety of activities.You may be wondering when the best time to visit Smoky Mountains National Park is.


Like many national parks, it is busiest during the summer months when school is out and families are enjoying their annual family vacations. However, there is not a bad a time to visit Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a fun and majestic place to visit all year round. You’ll have a unique experience depending on when you go. In the spring, visitors can take in the abundant colors of blooming wildflowers and trees, the summer months offer beautiful scenery with various pine trees, fresh mountain air and refreshing creek and waterfalls. Visitors can take a scenic hike or drive in the fall to see vibrant fall foliage and winter offers majestic snow-covered mountaintops and winter sports.


What to do at Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

No matter the time of year, you’ll find something for everyone at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can enjoy hiking, skiing, fishing, viewing wildlife and vegetation, bike riding, horseback riding, snowshoeing, picnicking, camping, backpacking, and gorgeous views. There are also museums and ranger-led programs and tours for kids and families available.The park also has scenic drives, including the Blue Ridge Parkway that is perfect for those who want to enjoy the views and the fresh air from the comfort of their car.In addition to all of the beautiful outdoor scenery and activities, many visitors are surprised by the rich history of the Smokies. There are numerous historical sites within a two-hour drive of Smoky Mountains National Park, including:

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site - 40mi
  • Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area - 60mi
  • Blue Ridge ParkwayCarl Sandburg Home National Historic Site - 50mi
  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park- 120mi
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - 95mi


With the endless year-round activities available at Smoky Mountains National Park, it is hard to do it all in a day or two. Many visitors choose to stay in the mountain town of Gatlinburg, known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg is home to top-rated restaurants, shopping, and other attractions and events. The Gatlinburg area offers many cozy and scenic cabin rentals to choose from.The area of eastern Tennessee is both scenic and historic, and full of activities for any time of year. If you’re planning a vacation to Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy your stay in one of Pioneer’s cozy cabins! We have a wide selection of cabins that are available all-year round. Find the perfect cabin rental for you and book online today!

Top Wedding Venues in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Posted on 02/18/2017 by Pioneer Rental Management

Congratulations on your engagement! You and your partner are about to enter into a new and exciting chapter of your lives. Wedding planning can be both exciting and stressful and it usually takes months to even a year to fully plan. There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a wedding. It all, however starts with a date, time, and, of course, wedding venue.

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in the mountains, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is somewhere to consider. The wedding venues in Gatlinburg, Tennessee offer breath-taking views of the majestic Smoky Mountains, which provide serene beauty all year round.

Gatlinburg has many different wedding venues available so you can be rest assured that you will find the perfect venue for your special day. While they may vary on size, price points, and available amenities and add-on options, they all offer breath-taking mountain views and private, intimate settings.

Here are the three of the top wedding venues in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

  1. Cades Cove and Cataract Falls in Smoky Mountains National Park

Those who want a little more pomp and circumstance for their wedding, there is no better place to say “I do” than in the area’s largest attraction: Smoky Mountains National Park. The wide open spaces of Cades Cove and the beautiful waterfalls of Cataract Falls are the most popular places within the park for couples to tie the knot.

These weddings are not as private and quiet as at other local venues as these two areas of Smoky Mountain National Park are also a favorite for park visitors.

  1. Flower Mountain Weddings and Receptions

Known for its 25 acres of privacy and seclusion, Flower Mountain is a perfect Gatlinburg, Tennessee wedding venue for couples who want a more relaxed, simple, small, intimate wedding.

Flower Mountain provides couples both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony and reception options as well as a rolling meadow of wildflowers that offer a spectacular backdrop for wedding photos.

Most couples opt for an outdoor wedding on Flower Mountain’s large, elevated deck that overlooks the Smoky Mountains. Afterwards, the wedding party and guests can enjoy an outdoor reception on Flower Mountain’s wraparound porch.

Flower Mountain also offers professional wedding photography and dressing rooms for the bride and groom an hour before their wedding.

  1. Bluff Mountain Inn Chapel

At Bluff Mountain Inn Chapel, couples can have an intimate wedding of up to 75 guests in an antique looking chapel with their choice of a reception in either a refurbished barn, or garden-inspired reception room.

After your mountain wedding, enjoy your honeymoon in a romantic Gatlinburg cabin rental. At Pioneer, we have a large selection of private, Gatlinburg mountain cabins with spectacular views, right next to the Smoky Mountains National Park. Our cabins sleep from 2-12 people which make them perfect for both newlyweds as well as families and wedding parties. Contact us today for more information, pricing and availability.

After the Devastation

Posted on 12/08/2016 by Pioneer Rental Management

The fires have mostly been extinguished and the City of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will reopen to the public on Friday, December 9. 

Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will welcome visitors once again and some sense of normalcy will return to the many lives which have been turned upside down by this tragic event. We too are back to work. Cleaning and Maintaining cabins, clearing downed trees and other debris to allow for the safe travel of our guests, even checking ont he status of cabins for property owners who can't get information from their management companies. Sadly, there were many private homes and rental cabins which were lost to the fires, but making things worse for those property owners is the management company they've been using isn't communicating with those owners and giving them answers.

Although we do have our own work to do, and plenty of it, we will always do our best to help our neighbors, our friends in their time of need. While some rental companies are making self promoting and very misleading videos about the damage caused by the fires, we're doing our the work which must be done to ensure the safety of guests, and protecting the investments of our cabin owners.

If you have are thinking of visiting the area and have questions, if you're a property owner and haven't yet been given any information about the condition of your property and would like for us to go check on your property for you, please feel free to contact our office and we will do all we can to assist you in any way possible. Working together, helping each other, and communicating is what will get us all through this as quickly as possible and get everyone's lives back to normal.



The Gatlinburg Fires

Posted on 11/29/2016 by Pioneer Rental Management

On November 28, fires broke out in Gatlinburg surrounding area's. These wildfires were the result of a chain of events which began with an already burning wildfire in the Chimney tops area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A severe drought which is the worst in a decade, coupled with high winds, which had gusts recorded as high as 87 MPH, caused the Chimney tops area wildfires to traverse into the Gatlinburg and Cobbly Nob area's and even parts of Pigeon Forge were hit with fires due to the high winds. In addition, the high winds brought down power lines, tree's and all of these events combined to make a very devastating event for this quiet little mountain area.

Due to the speed with which these fires started and spread throughout the entire area, evacuations were ordered for Gatlinburg, Cobbly Nob, Pinnacle Vista and Parts of Pigeon Forge. Although most of these fires have now been extinguished or at least brought under control although there are several fires still in progress around the Cobbly Nob area. During the official press conference by Gatlinburg and National Park officials earlier today, if was announced that there were still 14 separate fires burning which crews were battling to get under control and contained.

All owners who have vacation rental cabins with Pioneer Rental Management, please bear with us and as soon as we can physically see each of the properties we will be contacting the cabin owners to notify them about the state and overall condition of their cabin. If you own a cabin in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or the Cobbly Nob/Pinnacle Vista area and are not on the rental program with Pioneer but would like to have someone check your cabin and notify you about it's state or condition, please contact Pioneer Rental Management and we will do our best to assist in any way we can as soon as we can.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and support. It is greatly appreciated.

Consider Your Guests

Posted on 11/21/2016 by Pioneer Rental Management

Thinking of maybe purchasing a Smoky Mountain Cabin? Maybe you would use it as a family cabin in the summer or as a winter cabin to get away from time to time? Whatever you decide, once you choose the cabin you plan to purchase be sure to place it on our rental program to not only generate additional income but to ensure the cabin is professionally maintained and cared for while it is not in use.

Hot Tubs: If you have a rental cabin and it has a hot tub, which I sincerely hope it does, please be sure there is a step to get in and out of the hot tub as well as a cover to help keep unwanted “critters” out as well as debris, plus it holds in the heat too so the tub heats faster.

Window Coverings: Many cabin owners use basic window coverings (blinds, curtains, drapes), in their cabins, which may be perfectly fine. We would suggest an alternative to using “basic” window coverings and ask that you consider buying slightly better quality. While we can certainly appreciate saving money and thinking that “it’s just blinds”, but many guests would be unhappy with bent, broken, or patched up window treatments.

One of the first things most guests will do upon arrival is open the curtains or blinds. They want to enjoy the scenery the view. They want to see the Mountains. That’s one of the reasons why they’re here.

Family heirlooms & sentimental items: We strongly discourage cabin owners from putting these items in their rental cabins due to possible damage or even theft. Although such an event may never happen, the possibility of such an occurrence is very real and may one day happen. Although your cabin in the Smoky Mountains may be a second home for your family, we would recommend keeping these personal & family items at your primary residence and not using them to decorate your cabin in the mountains.

There are many cabins guests can choose to rent so make their experience a memorable one and keep them coming back to your cabin again and again.