The cabin is beautiful and the scenery is breathtaking. If you're looking for peace and quiet and outdoor fun, you'll love Mystic Sunrise.
Great place to stay. The pictures don't lie, the cabin is a beauty and very comfortable and clean. For 4 adults there was plenty of room. The view of the mountains was breath-taking with the snow on the higher peaks. We decided to stay an extra day and Karen was great to work with, responding very quickly to my emails
My husband, two sons (12 and 16), and I came to this beautiful cabin for our Christmas vacation. We spent an amazing week here. What an awesome find and Karen is awesome to work with. She responded to all my emails, which I had a lot of them, ha!
Upon arrival, the cabin was very clean and decorated for Christmas (we brought some indoor lights from dollar tree/Walmart to jazz it up some more). My first impression: WOW, what a beautiful view. Although you pull into this community of cabins with other peoples cars vacationing when you walk into your cabin that all disappears. You literally see mountains for days! During our stay, we were gone most of the days out on ventures (see below).
Some highlights of the cabin:
-comfy beds (like seriously comfy)
-clean all around
-ample space inside
-plenty of games &puzzles (we played some)
-Hot tub outside (son loved)
-Plenty of stock of supplies for stay
-the sauna room at gym (ohh and the gym, my hubby liked) at the clubhouse
-the views by the chapel
-the location (central to the 3 towns really)
-the decor in the house
Not so highlights:
-W/D is stacked (if you are a family of 4 or more you will spend a day doing 12 loads of laundry, lol). However, comes with laundry and dish soap!
-Plenty of blankets, not so many towels. Enough for showers, not enough for hot tub. Had to wash.
-The coffee pot and I got into an argument a few times. Maybe because it was morning.....?
-The microwave sometimes didn't want to start..again this could be the operator.
Overall, nothing to really complain about. The trip was amazing!
Things to note:
*there is a grill (it is charcoal, so bring that, and a lighter). We realized it after we got to cabin. LOL
*I brought extra garbage bags, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, plasticware, laundry soap, and dish soap. I didn't need to use the dish soap. The bags came in handy for sure. The cabin is stocked with all of it, but, it is good to have when the supply goes low.
*Your service on phone will go out once you leave the cabin, like 0 service to 3g. So, if you want to go somewhere turn it on while you have the wifi to get direction to where you want to go. We used WAZE, it worked every time. In the Smoky Mountains, it did NOT work at all. We brought walkie-talkies, which helped a lot.
*Recommend packing a cooler daily on any venture out-waters, trail mix, sandwiches, etc. When you leave cabin it takes a minimum of 30min anywhere you go. As a mom of boys..they are always hungry.
Part of our trip is to go on new adventures, I wanted to give some highlights to the places we went to and liked to help others if they plan on going for a visit. Just about every trip out takes over 30 min-1.5 hours. The closest Publix was like a zoo (tourists), we had to go twice on our trip, it was like torture.
We ventured out just about every day to the 3 nearby towns. Below is my summary of each.
Pigeon Forge was our first discovery, as we saw it coming in (think Orlando, in Tennesee). Very touristy!!!! If you like tourist stuff, this is your place. We actually don't prefer it. It was nice for Christmas because along the streets at night, they had the 12 Days of Christmas and it was beautiful to see.
Places worth stopping at:
-Tanger Outlets- Smith Creek Moonshine, Jerky,
-Calhoun's (try the smoked wings)
-Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster (do this at night, with all the lights, AWESOME). If you do this in the winter, wear gloves, and face/head protection. COLD.
-The Island at Pigeon Forge (we went for the lights on Christmas night
Sevierville was around day 3 or 4 and it was a nice hidden gem. We found a lot of history on our ventures and cool little shops. This area was probably my favorite and my youngest sons...at least for the things we saw.
Worth the stop:
-Friendly Falls (we went here twice, this was a family fave) A daytime and night visit. My youngest loved the chicken and my oldest loved to take pics there. We enjoyed some hot cocoa and tea as well. Worth the stop! Hidden gem!
-Harrisburg Covered Bridge
-Dolly Parton Statue
-Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo (12 yr/old FAVE)
-Chubby's Deli (in a gas station, only open til 4pm) Best burger!!!!!
-Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch (pretty close to the cabin, drove by this a few times before we stopped..and glad we did. Goats were awesome. Sat by the fire)
-Moonshine Ridge Country Store & Cafe (also near the cabin)
-Mountian Brothers General Store (I loved this store, fresh coffee beans)
-Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant/Cider mill (not the best, GA has better, but it was fun and lunch was good). We spent about 3 hours here having lunch, ice cream, coffee, cider, and shopping.
Gatlinburg was the last couple days and it was beautiful. Lot's of nature! The town was also decorated with lights for Christmas.
Some of the stops we made I would recommend are below:
-Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
-Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
-Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies (16 yr old fave)
Ripley's Haunted Adventure, fun little stop (we also did the mirrors, but it was kinda dumb)
-New Orleans Sandwich Shop- YUM. Worth the stop
-Gatlinburg village shops downtown- so many little shops downtown for coffee, shopping, etc. Fun day/night
Little River Road, lots of stops along the way. In the winter there were icicles and we pulled over for icicle wars
-Alum Cave Trail (my husband and oldest did this, it took a long time) My youngest and I spent the day in the cabin doing puzzles and hanging in the hot tub.
-Cades Cove (my hubby and I fave)
-Great Smoky Mountains National Park
I would definatly recommend this cabin to anyone. If you want to be a tourist go to Pigeon Forge. If you want to skip that nonsense, go to Seiverville and Gatlinburg, visit the parks--you can literally spend days there. So much to see, hear, and do.
Pack a cooler with food and drinks. Enjoy!
My wife and I have gone up to this cabin every year since we started dating in 2012. The view is breathtaking and the cabin is always immaculate . We have taken our children a few times and they were throughly entertained. We have made many cherished memories there.
From the minute you walk into Mystic Sunrise, you feel at home. The cabin offers so much warmth and comfort. The views are stunning and it is easy to get lost in the time while sitting at the table enjoying breakfast, working a puzzle or curled up on the couch with a good book. The cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for meal preparation and you may enjoy the cabin so much you will not want to go out to dinner anywhere. The cabin is in close proximity to hiking trails, horse back riding, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Cade’s Cove so there is never a dull moment or you can enjoy a game of pool, air hockey or foosball.
We enjoy this cabin so much that we have returned three times and we look forward to our 4th visit!
We give this cabin 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful cabin. The views are amazing and the cabin itself is full of fun things to do. Kids loved the pool table, air hockey and jacuzzi. The cabin is centrally local to get to everything the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer. Karen was fantastic to work with. Will definitely rent this cabin again if in the area. Go and enjoy!!