Is There a 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

Cabins in Gatlinburg are now much more modern than a simple design. You can also 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 also 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.

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.

Therefore 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 for more posts or call us 865-684-4680 to book a cabin with a view of the smoky mountains.

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