Cabins of Gatlinburg and or the American cabins rented a cabin to me which states the following: "This Gatlinburg vacation cabin has High Cathedral Ceiling with Three Bedrooms and Three Baths with Indoor Jacuzzi, Screened area Deck with Hot Tub, Rocking Chairs and a Swing. Located within Minutes from Gatlinburg attractions, Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Dollywood and Dolly''s Splash Country." The Three bathrooms where no where to be found only two,The Jacuzzi had some kind of matter floating around in it that looked like a baby diaper that had been left there and had came apart.....then there was all the hair ...[hand fulls of it]....bugs [ a few lady bugs ...but not in the amount that would bother anyone but they were there, roaches , and not sure what else was there because I have never seen anything that looked like it before. Then it is the matter of when we turned the Jacuzzi on trying to filter this mess out of it , the main breaker was thrown and had to find the main breaker box, which when throwing the breaker back on it was so hot i could not use my fingers to turn it back on. There where the ceiling fans which we could not use because the lights where falling off from being loose and only held on by the bulbs. When I contacted the rental company (which i could not reach them directly but through the baby sitters) they did nothing to resolve the matter and never contacted me further on it. The cable or satilite does not work. Just be sure if you rent any cabins from them to be sure you have good bug spray with you because the lady bugs are not the ones you have to contend with as they try to tell you in your e-mail after they have already taken the cost from your credit card.....and will do nothing to work with you during or after your stay. Believe me you do not want to get caught staying in these rental companys properity.
Both the streets and sidewalks of Gatlinburg are virtually always crowded. Although there are several crosswalks where pedestrians have the right of way, motorists are often distracted by the sights.
A good buddy of mine from college days lost his mother when she was struck and killed while crossing the street in Gatlinburg. Drive and WALK defensively. Don't take a vacation from common sense and safety.
This picture is the of the Gatlinburg Parkway during March - between skiing season and the blooming of wildflowers - the least crowded month of the year.
DO NOT RENT FROM THESE PEOPLE!!! When my stepmother arrived at the cabin, the lockbox was either broken or the code they gave was wrong. The side door was open because the lock was broken. The VCR was missing. There is no after hours number, so they had to call, leave a message, and wait for a return call. American Realty & Cabin Rentals didn't have another clean cabin for that night. In an attempt to be accomodating, my stepmother agreed to stay in the cabin and move the sofa in front of the broken door. After eating, they discovered that the beds and dishes were dirty. They called back the person they'd spoken with earlier, left a voicemail, and received no response. They spent that night in a motel and were so disturbed from their dealings with Julie Owens that they decided to head home the next day rather than stay in a different cabin operated by these people. We are now disputing the charges because, despite having breached the contract by not providing a habitable cabin, Julie Owens at American Realty and Cabins is insisting on charging them for the second night and only refunding the first night if they provide a copy of the hotel receipt. She seemed completely unconcerned by the thought of two older women staying alone in a cabin in the woods without a lock. She acted as if she were doing us a favor by offering to refund the first night. She got very hostile and kept telling me to read the contract. I did read the contract, but I understand the law and things like the benefit of the bargain and the uselessness of boiler plate language. Don't deal with these rude people who do not provide the service for which you are paying and will treat you poorly when you complain about it. If they've already treated you poorly, complain online, complain to the Better Business Bureau, complain to the TN Real Estate Commission who gave Julie Owens her license, and ask your credit card company to dispute the charges.
Remember: this is THEIR territory and YOU are the visitor.
Don’t feed bears—feeding rewards them for approaching people, which can lead to dangerous encounters.
If you see a bear, remain watchful. Do not approach it. If your presence causes the bear to alter its behavior (it stops feeding, changes travel direction, watches you, etc.), you are too close.
Getting too close to a bear may provoke aggressive behavior, such as running toward you, making loud noise or swatting the ground. Slowly back away from the bear, but do not run. The bear can run faster than you, hitting up to 30 miles per hour.
If a black bear persistently follows or approaches you without vocalizing or paw swatting, change your direction. If the bear continues to follow, stand your ground and attempt to intimidate the bear by stomping your feet or throwing rocks or sticks. Do not run, and do not turn away from the bear.
In the rare case that a black bear does attack, fight back: Bite, kick, punch, poke it in the eyes.
If you are going to drink In Gatlinburg make sure you bring you photo ID, no matter how old you look. At a certain time at night the staff in the restaurants come around asking for everyones ID and if you do not have it the waitress grabs your drink right out of your hands. This happened in Crawdaddy's to my 40 year old niece. I think the waitress could have handled the situatuon a bit better. All they had to do is explain to us that there was some kind of rule that at a certain time at night all needed ID and if she asked nice my niece would have gone back to the car to get her ID. Boy did that waitess get the shaft no tip. Big table and we would have tipped her big time. Oh well her loss. Other than that the place was nice and there are great 1.00 beers at Hoggs and Honey's. If you want to rent a beautiful cabin close to everyting go to Starr Crest Resorts. We stayed in a beautiful cabin that slept 11. We also took a hike up to Laurel Falls that was a lot of fun. The holiday decorations around town were beautiful. One night we ate at Alabama Restaurant. It was like a Hard Rock Cafe atmosphere and the service & fod was excellent. Thanks to our great waiter Bobby, he got a great tip from us. We also ate at No Way Jose's if you like mexican food it was excellent! Our cute little Chilliean waitress was very good. We went to DollyWood! It was okay the wooden roller coaster was very good, but stay away from the train, Long wait and nothing much to see especially at night.
American Realty & Cabin Rentals
PO Box 1525
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
We recently spent a 3 day weekend with my entire family at one of the cabins advertised on this website. The cabin was absolutely gorgeous. However, as they stated in the paperwork they send you - PLEASE PAY ATTENTION - you want to bring bottled water! And lots of it - you will not even want to feed your dog the water that comes out of the pipes in this cabin. It was so discolored that all of the toilets were completely stained in less than 12 hours of our arrival. I would not have bathed my dog in this water - much less my own skin. We were supposed to be in a luxury cabin - not camping in the woods with no usable water supply. We spoke with the people at the 1-800 # about our concerns with the water and they said to let the water run - it would eventually clear up - which did not happen - and they also told us that they would not feed their dog the water - they give their dog bottled water. The cell phone service is almost non-existent - so consequently we were disconnected with the office – however, they did not try to call us back at all. Upon our arrival - there were dead bugs on the floors and some sort of poop on the back deck (no stairs - so it had to have been left there) which I ended up cleaning up myself before my family arrived. It is really a shame for the actual owner of this cabin - because this is a beautiful cabin - and it is not being taken very good care of. The cabin we stayed in had 3 Jacuzzi bathtubs - one in each bedroom - none of which we could use because the water was so nasty. Please just know when they tell you in the paperwork that the water can be brown - BELIEVE THEM - it is not just cloudy - it is disgusting! And the non-concern of the office was inexcusable.
We spent this past weekend in "The Great Escape" and I will say that the cabin was beautiful but however I was not very happy with several different issues.
Both toilets were broken and the tank lids had to be removed to flush. The bath tubs needed to be cleaned and were in serious need of drano. They would fill with water while you were taking a shower. The cable in the living room would not work and the dishes in the cabinets were not even clean.
The upstairs balcony was littered with animal poop and it had been there so long it was turning white.
The hot tub was absolutly discusting with stuff growing on the filter and slime setting up on the walls and floor. There was no chlorine in the floater and you could even smell the water when you removed the cover.
We love the mountians and have made several trips over the years and I have never had an experiance like this. I have to say I was very disappointed with this stay.
We stayed this past thur,fri,sat at topsy bear cabin . Rented to us by cabins of gatlinburg . We did love the cabin but had some issues with things . First we called after check in to see why the tvs did not work and was told they only supply 2 boxes for service on the tv even though we had boxes on the other tvs . The masterbed had no service to the tv . The game room had a tv with no service . Was advertised as satellite tv . The masterbath tub the drain stop would not work . The bottom door that leads to the deck would not open . And this was reported and i was told they would get to it . That never happened . The worst thing was we had a gentleman that could not walk alot that stayed at the cabin on the friday all day to relax while we went to shop . We came back around 10pm to discover that he had been there all day with the water shut off because the water bill was not payed and the city shut it off for non payment . I did call the maintenance dept and they turned it back on . I was told by the guy that turned it on that this happens all the time on this cabin . I asked to be called by the management about the problem and no call has been returned at all ,No apologia no explanation . We got an email that said no refunds per contract Thanks . So in other words when you rent from us no guarantee on water or any tv or taking a bath per contract ......lol We had 5 couples that stay in Tennessee at least twice a year that will not rent from the cabins of gatlinburg again . Once they get your money you are on your own per contract . Please pay the extra to make sure you have water and do not have to be hassled with gettiing someone to turn your water back on . Stay somewhere else that you do get service when needed from management not a cowardly email
The mountains are a beautiful place to visit. However, be careful in the event you would like to return. Mountain roads are best negotiated at a modest speed. You're on vacation...Not driving the Daytona 500.
You will see this fellow in the Black Bear Habitat, there's free entertainment and educational Bear Museum and slide show to inform visitors about these wild animals that have roamed the Smokies for thousands of years. Please don't feed the bears.
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There are bears everywhere that have become accustomed to humans. They are quite wild and should be steered clear of. They are generally looking for food only. But 'bear play' for us humans wouldn't be much fun.
Only a few Bears reside in Gatlinburg and you sould consiter youself lucky if you see one. They are afraid of people so, use common sence you, and but be cogizant of the fact that they are wild aminals.
You do not want to get this close to a bear. I had parked my car in a secluded area and got out, hoping to photograph some wildlife. First thing I knew, this bear was headed my direction. I headed for the car as fast as I could without spooking this critter. I got there just in time to take this picture, then rolled up the car window as he/she began to lick on the glass. Be Alert. Bears can be dangerous!
I stayed at Absolute Bearadise in Severville and was robbed. The office did not know how to handle the situation. They sent a maintenance guy who was very concerned and helpful. He assured me the owner would probably take good care of me. Well this is not true!! I had two laptops stolen over $2000.00 and he offered to creidt me two days of my stay. Well I left two days early and had to rent a hotel for 95.00 dollars that night. I have been emailing the owner and company but, they refuse to even answer my concerns. I am a reasonable person and I know this incident is out of their control however, I have now done research and found out that these cabins get burglarized all the time. So if they are aware of that fact they should have told me not to leave my laptops in the cabin while I am out. The police even told me these incidents occur often and the drug problem is big along with thefts. I am not rich and saved up all year for a 5 day vacation only to have to return early and lose thousands of dollars. I will never return to this area again. Once they have your money they could do not care about your safety or valuables. DO NOT RENT through those rental companies. SUMMIT RENTAL Cabins needs to let people know not to leave VALuables in their cabin.
The contract is all in favor of the rentor and not you the rentee!
I only read it after I put it on my credit card.
Read this and be forewarned.
We rented the Lovers’ retreat on Whaley road, with no view at all.
The fees and taxes are almost as much as the rent!!!!
The contract says check in time is at 4:30 but they cannot guarantee that time. We got there early around 3:00 to check things out and see the town. We looked in through the window and saw an unmade bed. Went to town and came back around 4:30, looked through the window and the bed was still unmade. I called again, the person I talked to gave the same story that is written and said they were having other emergency problems with other units and they would be there as soon as they could. I asked if there was another unit we could get instead, the answer was ‘No!” it was spring break and everything was rented. I asked when I could expect it to be cleaned. The answer was I can’t give you a time. I was told we could go in and put some stuff in the refrigerator if we needed to, but we didn’t do that as we were afraid the cleaning person would dispose of the food when they came to clean, see contract. I got the key and went inside did a video. We hung around until about 4:45 then drove around some more and came back around 5:00 and no one was at the house. We left and went to town. I called after we ate, the person I talked to on the phone said, ‘Oh you must have just missed them, they had the place ready just after 5:00.’ I said there was no way the place was ready then, there were sheets and towels to wash. (That alone would have taken about an hour.) We came back to the house a little after 8:00. The bed was made and the towels were hung nicely but one wash rag smelled of soap as if it had been used and not washed. A bath mat at the Jacuzzi was wet and hanging on the side. I turned down the covers and checked. There were stains (from what I dare to say) and black hair on the sheets. I took a video also. We took the sheets off and washed and dried them before we used them that night. Boy was I mad. I saw how the person was who answered the phone before so it was no use to even try to call and report stuff. So we just grinned and bore it. The stove had something spilled under the biggest burner. We didn’t use the stove. I bleached and Lysol’ed the Jacuzzi before we used it (there was a scum ring around it) and cleaned it just before we left. I’m not sure why we paid $57 for a cleaning fee is all they do is make the bed and hang the towels and rags up. There was a French fry on the kitchen floor so I’m not sure the floor had been swept or mopped. The trash was taken out. The hot tub only had ½ the jets working and the steps going up to it are almost rotten. There were cigarette butts and beer bottle caps all around the hot tub and it is situated barely in a gazebo away from the hours NOT on a porch as the picture depicts. Neighbor’s dog barked all night. We washed the sheets, pillow cases and towels and rags we used, Turned on the dish washer and washed all the plates, glasses and utensils in the dish washer that we used before we left then took a final video then left around 10:30. I will be wary of any place I rent and am not able to talk to a person face to face and not have any options if the place I stay does not meet normal standards. If we go again more than likely I will rent a nice hotel room down town.
My wife of 33 years & I visited Gatlinburg in April 2013