Make it a Real Family Vacation: Bring Your Dog with You to Gatlinburg

May 21, 2014

Make it a Real Family Vacation: Bring Your Dog with You to Gatlinburg

dog_1.jpgVacations are so exciting; looking forward to them is almost as much fun as the actual trip itself! There's so much to do when you get ready to take a trip. Many visitors to Gatlinburg return every year and a number of them take advantage of a great benefit that's available -- pet friendly cabin rentals. Especially if you live within reasonable driving distance of Gatlinburg, bringing your dog along can open up a whole new way to enjoy your vacation.

Your Pet Doesn’t Have to Stay Behind

Often when people plan a trip one of the important points on their list is to find a reliable caretaker for their dog(s). Some people ask a trusted relative or friend to care for animals, others arrange for them to stay at a boarding facility or pet resort. While all of these options offer positive elements, traveling with your dog can eliminate a lot of hassles and allow you and your pet to feel at ease. Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and bringing them with you can keep them from going through these issues. Even if a dog does well when boarded, the opportunity to keep the family together, even on vacation, is often desirable.

If you've never considered traveling with your dog before, there are many advantages to doing so, especially in Gatlinburg. With all the hiking opportunities here, walking with your dog is sure to not only please you, it will provide brand new experiences your dog will love. In addition to all the sights and smells near your cabin, there are some areas in Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you can take your dog, and the park is just outside Gatlinburg. When planning to bring your dog to the park, please note these rules from the park website:

'Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. The leash must not exceed 6 feet in length. Dogs are only allowed on two short walking paths—the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail (this trail is in NC). Pets are not allowed on any other park trails. '

The Gatlinburg Trail is a lot of fun and offers 1.9 miles each way from the Sugarlands Visitors Center to outside town. You will get to see some old homesteads, and view the river as you walk through the forest. This is a path that's also a favorite of bicyclists and joggers.

In addition to seeing all the new sights and following his or her nose to all the new smells, Gatlinburg is a great place for dogs to have fun in the water too! You can take your dog boating or fishing with you or just relax at your waterfront cabin and let your dog jump in for a quick swim right from your front door!

Gatlinburg cabins are famous for having multiple decks, lofts and interesting spaces that pets find irresistible. One of the best features that many Gatlinburg cabins offer is their comfortable beds, which are just waiting for your dog to jump on and find a comfy place to sleep!

dog_2.jpgAnd what dog can resist lying cozily on a big bed, right next to his Mom or Dad?

Explore Our Pet Friendly Cabins

Are you convinced yet that you should bring your dog to Gatlinburg? Hopefully yes because we have some special pet friendly cabins you and your dog will both love.

Did you know that Diamond Mountain Rentals offers 30 different pet friendly cabins? If you're looking for pet friendly accommodations in Gatlinburg, it'll be hard to find a wider variety of luxurious and charming cabins where you can kick back with your dog right beside you. Let's take a look at some of these cabins and see what they have to offer:

  • The Riversong is right on the river so there are some intriguing water play opportunities there.
  • The Mountain Rose is nestled in the woods, so you and your dog can get in some good walks here. You and your dog can rest contentedly by the fireplace, too.
  • The Honey Bear Hideaway offers two king beds (one for each dog, if you’re bringing two; and there's still room for people!).

Check out the other 27 pet friendly cabins we offer here

Please note that we limit each guest to 2 pets in a pet friendly cabin. When guests cannot be in their cabin they are asked to crate their animals. Please also note these pet policies:

PET FRIENDLY UNITS - *PET friendly units are available.  Please call our office at (888)430-4060 to ask about our pet friendly units, or you can book on-line where pet friendly units are indicated.  Please check the "Pet Friendly" block on the on-line calendar page and indicate in remarks if you are bringing an additional pet as well. There will be a $50.00 Non-refundable pet deposit, per pet on all of our pet friendly units.  No more than two (2) pets are allowed (Dogs Only).  All pets must be crated while guest are not in unit.  A $250.00 non-refundable pet fee will be charged if guest brings a pet without FIRST notifying our office.  Any damage that is caused by pets being unattended will be the responsibility of the booking party to pay all damages thereto.

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