A vacation in the Smoky Mountains is the perfect way to beat the winter blues! Whether you visit the Smokies during the holidays or early in 2015, East Tennessee offers everything you need for an unforgettable getaway. The Alpine Mountain Chalets team has put together a convenient guide to the season with six of our favorite things about winter in the Great Smoky Mountains.
1. Winterfest Celebrations
From now until the end of February, the Great Smoky Mountain area hosts its annual Winterfest celebration. Guests can look forward to the return of many popular events, including Wilderness Wildlife Week, the cowboy themed Saddle Up festival, and the Annual Rose Glen Literary Festival. The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are still decorated with twinkling holiday lights throughout the winter, so guests who arrive after Christmas can still enjoy these magical displays. For more information, check out our blog Everything You Need to Know About the Christmas Lights in Gatlinburg.
In many ways, The Great Smoky Mountains provide the ideal climate for winter. Visiting a beach can be nice, but vacationers miss out on all of the winter fun when they spend the season in a tropical location. On the other hand, most ski destinations subject guests to frigid temperatures. The Smoky Mountains, meanwhile, provide a happy medium. While it usually drops below freezing at night, daytime temperatures typically reach around 50°F, making it comfortable to enjoy the outdoors. At the same time, you can admire the snowfall that typically accumulates on the mountain peaks.
3. Lots of Nearby Attractions
The Gatlinburg area offers visitors a wonderful collection of interesting destinations all year round. Visitors will find moonshine distilleries, mini golf course, go kart tracks, dinner theaters, horseback riding stables, zipline courses, and a plethora of other unique things to do. The famous Ripley’s also runs several museums and attractions in the area, including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which was named one of the best aquariums in the country by TripAdvisor users.
4. Nearby Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg
The Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is another reason why many people enjoy winter in the Great Smoky Mountains. You can find not only skiing and snowboarding here, but also tubing, ice skating, and an aerial tramway that provides some of the best views of the majestic mountains. There are activities for people of all ages at Ober Gatlinburg, making it a mandatory stop for anyone staying in the area this winter.
There is no region in the world quite like the Smoky Mountains. This area has a great deal to offer anyone who appreciates nature and the great outdoors. Nearby is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which are part of the world famous Appalachian Trail. The park contains some 850 miles of trails for hiking and exploring. The fact is however, you don’t even have to enter the park to be exposed to the area’s magnificence. If you stay in a cabin or chalet in the Gatlinburg area, you can have amazing views of the mountains right from your window and patio.
6. The Ideal Place For a Group Vacation
Alpine Mountain Chalets has cabins, chalets, and condominiums of all sizes, making it the perfect choice for families and even big groups. If you have a group of friends or family members you haven’t seen in a while, why not gather them all together in one of our large group cabins in the Smoky Mountains? We have cabins to fit everyone’s needs, with great features such as outdoor fire pits, home theaters, high speed internet access, arcade games, fully equipped kitchens, and so much more. For more information about booking a winter vacation with Alpine Mountain Chalets, give our friendly staff a call today!