Posted on 11/2/2022


Ho-ho-hold up a minute. After the excitement of fall football season melts into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and after the holidays bring us to the precipice of a new year, it’s easy to hit a proverbial wall that smacks us in the face with the winter blues. After months of high energy and endless celebration,’s January. It’s cold. It's often gray. It's usually quiet. No wonder we can easily start to feel down in the dumps!

That’s the bad news.

The good news? You'll always find a reason to celebrate here in Gatlinburg! Excitement is in the air every day because something wonderful is always just around the corner. A new year means new opportunities to explore the Smoky Mountains. They offer plenty of fun in every season of the year.  Our city is a beautiful gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays draw to a close.

Is Ober Mountain calling your name? Come work on your skiing and snowboarding skills as you hit their well-manicured slopes. If whizzing down mountains on your feet isn’t your thing, consider a snow-tubing adventure. Or, if you’re feeling extra coordinated, throw on some ice skates and show off your quintuple-Axel jump at the skating rink (you’ll find me watching from the sidelines with my cup of hot cocoa to avoid injury). Check out the wide array of winter activities available at Ober Mountain.

Does a day at the spa sound like just the spoonful of sugar you need to get the cure-for-the-winter-blues medicine to go down? Located a few miles away in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa is ranked as one of the best in the southeast. It's the perfect place for a day trip in the winter months. Their extensive list of spa treatments won't disappoint, and you'll encounter luxury at every turn. Stay for a few hours (or all day) and soak up the rest and rejuvenation you've been craving.

Maybe you’d rather stay in and binge Netflix or Hallmark movies in your pajamas. There's no shame in that! Our homes are made for staying, and you’ll find peace and rest are at a surplus in your chalet. Sometimes quiet days at home (and in a jacuzzi) are good for both body and soul. It’s healthy to slow down and take pause, allowing ourselves to breathe and be and regain our footing in this fast-paced world. We have just the place(s) for you to do that!

Mountain Laurel Chalets is just what the doctor ordered. We submit that the cure for your winter blues may be found in a winter getaway to one of our fabulous properties. Our homes are warm, cozy, and ready for you. If you plan your trip for the coming winter now, you just might be able to bypass the winter blues altogether, heading them off before they ever begin! 

Pssst…hey, Tom…now’s the time to mention our winter special. Oh, that's right! If we haven’t piqued your interest yet, this should seal the deal. For the entire months of January and February, we are offering you a discount on all of our properties:

Use the coupon code WINTER3 for three-night stays, and WINTER4 for four-night stays. Book online, or feel free to give us a call at 865-436-5277 so we can help you set up a reservation. You deserve a pick-me-up this winter, and we’d love the opportunity to serve you and help make it happen!

-Tom Goodwin and the Mountain Laurel Chalets team