- Room for 2 people, no kids
- Hot tub
- Quiet, no construction or nearby parties
- A nice, reasonably soft king bed
- Cable or satellite tv
- not more than 10 - 15 minutes from the Parkway
- Not over $700 total for 5 nights (Mon-Sat) including maid fees and taxes.
Everything else is pretty negotiable.
We had rented an excellent cabin from American Patriot Getaways last year. The advertised price of the cabin we stayed at last year (about 7 min. from Dollywood) was $210/night. I scored a 50% email coupon deal from American Patriot and the resultant rate was $100/night. Total for the stay in Oct. 2007 was $645.
What they are now doing is 25% off the published rate. The price that the web site quotes for the stay (when using the discount code) is $970 or so. I called their toll free line and the rep that I spoke with was only able to drop it another $100 or so and I just said "see ya later".
I feel fairly confident that either I will find something elsewhere that is in our price range, or, American Patriot will eventually (near the end of September) send out an email offer for 50% off any stay in October.
What is the vacancy rate like around Gatlinburg right now? My gut tells me that the weak economy means that we should be seeking a deal, not accepting a measly $100 drop on a sky high rate.