Traveled with my partner and both sets of parents to enjoy the Autumn colors in the Smoky Mountains. We got a 3-bedroom accessible cabin with a ramp. Cabin was gorgeous and well-designed with granite countertops, modern lighting, enough furniture for six people (two soft leather couches and rocking chairs on the front porches that we brought inside for more seating and a HUGE kitchen table with really comfortable chairs) and the most comfortable beds I've ever slept on during a vacation (may, in fact, be more comfortable than my own bed.) It was clean and cozy. TVs in each bedroom. Missing clocks and mirrors in the upstairs bedrooms, but the two bathrooms (one on each floor) were huge and well designed. Bath & Body Works brand shampoos, gels and lotions were provided in each bathroom.
This is NOT a hotel, so don't expect daily housekeeping service or towel exchange (We take 2-3 week-long condo based vacations a year now and love having our "own" place that is NOT like a hotel.) If you do have a problem in the cabine (we had some lightbulbs out) you just call to the main building and they'll help you. There is a grocery store just 8 minutes away, stock your own food and save on the cost and wait for the restaurants in Gatlinburg. We ate breakfast at the cabin every morning, packed lunches to eat out on the trails or in the mountains and then went to restaurants for dinner. We had a few dinners "in." All the kitchen equipment you'll need is there, but you'll need to pack some spices, salt, pepper and basics if you're going to cook a lot. Bring your own coffee. There were a few coffee filters. They provided one roll of paper towels, a couple of rolls of toilet paper, dishwasher detergent and one package of laundry detergent. (If you go on condo based trips often enough, you get used to packing your "essentials" tote of the supplies you'll need.)
Since we went to Gatlinburg in October, the pool was closed. We did play some basketball and there is a tennis court, though we didn't check out any equipment. The on-site staff was courteous and helpful and the area seemed very safe and secure (Charlie drives around the property several times a day, but he doesn't bother you unless you seek him out to talk and then he'll talk about anything you want.)
This group of cabins is owned by Global Discovery Travel, a vacation club. We are members so we traveled based on our membership's stars and per-week fee. Thus, I can't speak to the per-night value of the cabins that non-members would pay.
One note about the accessibility of the cabin if you're traveling with someone who needs a walker, cane or wheelchair - this unit had a ramp and the walkways inside are wide, toilets low, bars included, etc. But, the bed on the main floor of our cabin was set high off the ground. It was a magnificent king size bed but I could see where it would be hard for a person with limited mobility to get in and out of the bed without a step stool or assistance. One set of parents stayed in this room and they said they had to jump up into the bed each night.
I did feel like the 15-minute drive (from the main part of Gatlinburg) some evenings after being out-and-about all day was long, but once you clear out of the main part of Gatlinburg traffic, it was smooth sailing to the cabin each day.
I would definitely go back and recommend this to anyone who likes it a little quieter and away from the really touristy section of downtown Gatlinburg.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gatlinburg Cabins for Great Smoky Mountain Vacations.White Oak Lodge & Resort offers two-bedroom and three-bedroom fully furnished vacation log cabins. Each rustic vacation rental offers the staples of today’s modern lifestyles. Select three-bedrooms offer a whirlpool bath in the master suites, and most two-bedrooms have a loft game room with pool table. Kitchens feature stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Flat screen televisions with DVD players are in living rooms and bedrooms. A gas, stone fireplace lights with the flick of a switch. A screened-in back porch with hot tub and a front porch with two rocking chairs make this a comfortable Gatlinburg Vacation home.For family vacation fun, nothing beats the beautiful 17-acre White Oak Lodge & Resort. This log cabin resort is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Complementing the natural playground is the lodge and resort itself. Most noteworthy is the amazing swimming pool. You’ll swim and play while looking at the amazing Smoky Mountains. Water cascades over two stone grottos. In the evening, roast marshmallows by the fire pit. Plus, you can barbecue on the grounds, play tennis or enjoy walks around the property on the paved trail. When you’re ready to explore Gatlinburg, Tennessee or Pigeon Forge, TN, these family vacation spots are just down the road a piece. You’ll find kid friendly attractions like Dollywood®, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Gatlinburg Space Needle and Family Fun Center and Ober Gatlinburg just to name a few. Plus, horseback riding, white water rafting, zip lining and hiking abound in this incredible vacation destination. Make your Gatlinburg Vacation plans to stay at the White Oak Lodge & Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Oak Hotel Gatlinburg
- White Oak Lodge And Resort