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Posted on 8/9/2023

THE BEST PLACES TO PICNIC NEAR GATLINBURG TN

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Guests of Mountain Laurel Chalets vacation rentals often seek creative ways to have a nice time and enjoy nature. One of the most delightful ways to experience the beauty of this region is by enjoying a leisurely picnic surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. We're happy to share our suggestions for the best places to have a picnic near Gatlinburg, where you can savor a meal while soaking in the ...

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Posted on 8/9/2023

TOP FIVE HIKES IN GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

“In every walk in with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir Nestled on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and breathtaking vistas. With over 800 miles of trails, this iconic park offers hikers of all levels the chance to immerse themselves in the Southern Appalachian wilderness. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through what we consider to be the five ...

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Posted on 8/7/2023

WE'RE GATLINBURG'S INNOVATIVE RENOVATORS

Did you know that in addition to Gatlinburg vacation rentals and management for Gatlinburg visitors and homeowners, we also have a home renovation division? Our team of skilled craftsmen works with our general contractors to innovate and rejuvenate some of Gatlinburg's most gorgeous (and unique!) properties. We love breathing new life into our Smoky Mountain community through these projects. We know that each time a home is carefully and intentionally revitalized, our beloved city is made strong ...

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Posted on 7/31/2023

2023 SMOKY MOUNTAINS FALL FOLIAGE GUIDE

Can I get an amen? After a sweltering summer in the Smoky Mountains, we're more than ready for crisp morning air and crackling campfires. Even pumpkin-spice haters are wishing for some fancy coffee, and maybe a piece of cinnamon bread to go along with it. And of course, the piece de resistance, the fall leaf change. ...

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Posted on 7/17/2023

ANNOUNCING OUR PROUD MEMBERSHIP OF THE 100 COLLECTION™

A BETTER WAY TO EXPLORE VACATION RENTALS LIKE US We are excited to announce that we are a proud member of The 100 Collection™ – an insider’s guide to the best vacation rental stays. ...

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Posted on 7/11/2023

5 THINGS TO DO IN GATLINBURG ON RAINY DAYS

When planning a vacation to the Smokies, guests hope for beautiful, sunny weather for mountain hikes and exploring Gatlinburg. However, sometimes weather doesn’t always cooperate, and you may find yourself with a rainy day during your vacation. Here’s a list of fun rainy day activities to do around Gatlinburg, when Mother Nature isn’t on our side! ...

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Posted on 6/25/2023

THE PERFECT (FREE!) DAY AT DOLLYWOOD

Consistently named one of the best theme parks in all of America, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN is a truly magical place. Vacation rental guests of Mountain Laurel Chalets get a FREE ticket to Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country (one free ticket per attraction, per day, per reservation), making the fun more affordable and accessible than ever! Mountain Laurel Chalets is one of the only vacation rental providers that offers free tickets to Dollywood, and we're thrilled to help our guests mak ...

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Posted on 6/20/2023

THE BEST GATLINBURG CONDO RENTALS

Condos are cool. In the wide world of vacation rental options, condos are often overlooked as people search for stand-alone, single-family properties. Savvy travelers know better, though; they consider and often specifically seek out condo options because they understand the value, convenience, and amenities condos provide. ...

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Posted on 6/13/2023

CORE VALUE #2: WE AIM TO EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

At Mountain Laurel Chalets, our unwavering dedication to our core values sets us apart. These values form the foundation of our Gatlinburg rental management operation, guiding everything we do. First and foremost, we believe family matters. Secondly, we are wholeheartedly committed to exceeding expectations. And finally, we aim to be generous stewards of all that's been entrusted to us. Today, we want to share what it truly means to exceed expectations because it lies at the heart of our mission ...

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Posted on 6/11/2023

THE STORY BEHIND GATLINBURG'S THE DONUT FRIAR

Margaret ("Peg") Ryan Pilgrim is the owner of a charming two-bedroom, two-bathroom vacation rental cabin nestled on the picturesque Ski Mountain in Gatlinburg, TN. Peg's love for Gatlinburg runs deep in her family's veins, spanning across generations. Her parents are the proud founders of The Donut Friar, an iconic establishment that has become a beloved part of Gatlinburg's community since its inception in 1969. Having inherited her beautiful home from her father, Peg decided to give it a name ...

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