Do you remember the Gatlinburg fires of November of 2016? Careless fire play at Chimney Tops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ignited a fire dubbed the worst natural disaster in Tennessee. 14 lives were taken, 16,000 acres impacted, 2,000 buildings damaged, and 14,000 were people forced to evacuate.
High winds, failing power lines, and blocked roads created a tumultuous situation for the towns firefighters. Thank God for the rain that eventually fell, and for the hundreds of area firefighters and police that risked their lives to save the town and its people.
The best way to help Gatlinburg now? Come and visit! And when you do, be sure to ask for DJ’s Station from Parkside Cabin Rentals. This rebuilt cabin rental home was dedicated to the firefighters who fought those blazes….and you are going to LOVE it!
“When we decided we were going to rebuild, we wanted to honor the firemen that saved our downtown,” Dorthy Johnson, the owner, told WVLT. “I’m real proud of our firemen because they did save the core of our lively hood. None of us would be here if they hadn’t.”
She collected helmets, photos, and memorabilia to decorate the cabin and honor the firefighters. It’s gorgeous, spacious, and makes a visit to Gatlinburg even more special.
Beyond the sentimental value, which is really the best part….here are six things to know about renting here.
LOCATION IS EVERYTHING. We love the location of this cabin, right off light #6. You are only a short, easy walk from all the great attractions and restaurants…Anakeesta, Ripley’s Aquarium, Pancake Pantry, Donut Friar….you couldn’t ask for a better location!
TONS OF SPACE. Three bedrooms and three bathrooms were available to our family of four, but they would easily have accommodated 2 or 3 families who might want to share the space. With the full sized kitchen and gloriously large dining table, it would be a super multi-family escape.
HOT TUB. Dan and I loved the hot tub on the patio. Yes, you’re in a neighborhood, but the space is blocked off and private. We sat out here every night after the kids went to sleep. There is also a table for enjoying breakfast and a fire pit for cooler nights.
FIREPLACE. As much as I wanted to, it just didn’t make sense for us to use the fireplace…but I’m anxious to head back in the cooler weather when Anateeska opens their mountain coaster amid the changing leaves, and soak up a fire in this cabin. So cozy in the living room, with the stone mantle and leather sofa.
GAME ROOM. Mark this as #1 for the boys! They loved the upstairs game room, complete with a pool table, old-school arcade, and tables for playing cards or board games.
WASHER/DRYER. If you’ve ever taken kids hiking in a national park, then you know the value of a washer and dryer. Bringing enough clean clothes on a trip is impossible…no worries!
EASY RENTAL. Parkside Cabin Rentals are super easy to deal with, making this a dream. They have free parking on the main street in Gatlinburg, so it’s easy to jump out and get your map and key code. I love love love that they use key codes and not keys. We didn’t have to worry about keeping up with an extra set of keys…and we didn’t have to bother dropping anything off when we left. Plus, check out is easy…just throw the dishes in the dishwasher and go. They handle sheets and towels (they even ask you not to strip the beds!) And trash always stays inside the cabin – this is bear territory, after all!
While we were there, we did a Facebook Live from the cabin…you can see more here:
365 Daily posts are short and sweet, designed to highlight the discoveries we unearth on a daily basis as we explore Atlanta, the South, and the world! Thank you to Gatlinburg and Parkside Cabin Rentals for hosting us. We are truly honored to have experienced DJ’s Station.