We arrived at Bear's Trail after a long drive from Memphis and were not disappointed. The cabin was lovely and clean and there was a bottle of wine chilling for us - just what was needed after a long day.
We had chosen this cabin to spend a few days at the end of a whistle stop tour of Tennessee so we could relax and recharge our batteries and it was the perfect place to do so. It had all of the amenities needed should you decide to stay in and relax, although not getting out and about in this beautiful area would be a crime!
A lovely cabin in stunning surroundings, only a short distance from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on the doorstep of Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail - Would definitely stay here again.
We stayed at the Bear's Trail cabin for our honeymoon road trip. From the moment we walked in it was so quaint and cozy we never wanted to leave. From the fire place to all of the little extra touches like champagne upon our arrival everything was just perfect. The place is immaculately clean and the bed is beyond comfortable. If you want to cook all of the pots/pans/dishes are provided. I spent countless days searching the hundreds of cabins online and could never make a decision due to all of the mixed reviews. I found Lise's cabins and her outstanding reviews and never looked back. We will be returning!!
Second time for me a Bears Trail. This cabin is so relaxing, the cabin is awesome. The hot tub very welcome to spend the evening in. The owners take care of every little detail to make your welcome and your stay fabulous.
Will definitely return as soon as we can and will try and include this as part of our next US tour.
Thank you again.
We stayed at the Bear's Trail cabin and enjoyed every minute! The cabin is lovely for 2 people. The private hot tub helped us survive all the hiking we did. The small touches showed how much they cared about our vacation. But nothing could beat the phone call letting us know there was severe weather coming into the area and to get to safety! Overall a great place to come back to that's secluded but "in town".
My husband and I stayed in the Treehouse cabin for three nights for his birthday and our 36th wedding anniversary. I cannot begin to describe the attention to every little detail that the owners put into making this cabin a peaceful and accommodating retreat, but I will try to list some:
wine on table & jazz playing on arrival
chocolates, s'mores & nuts set out
Happy Birthday cake in refrigerator
Temperapedic-like king size bed
full size front loading washer/dryer
small but stocked kitchen (dishes, utensils, pots/pans, blender, coffee maker, toaster, wine glasses, paper towels, napkins, skillets, knives, microwave, stove ... on and on and on)
Dish detergent, laundry detergent, paper towels, towels, washcloths, salt/pepper, a few seasoning spices, coffee grounds/filters ... on and on)
chairs rock on screened in porch which includes an oscillating fan, checkerboard, candle
cabin impeccably clean, including the hot tub
Biltmore linens on bed. Comfortable pillows.
dozens and dozens of DVD movies, magazines, a few novels
Direct TV with premium channel, although we didn't watch much TV
AT&T cell phone coverage (no Wifi in this particular cabin)
Log book where guests have reviewed local restaurants and hiking paths.
The owners cabin is near the parking spot for this cabin, but in four days I never saw them.
We were able to use the cabin, screened in porch and hot tub 'au naturale' with no thoughts to lack of privacy.
About 15 minute drive to Dollywood.
Just lovely. We will return in a few months. This cabin is in Sevierville and is for a couple who wishes to decompress and/or spend time together. We didn't venture out much.
(Be prepared to leave the premises as nice as you found it. There is a checklist of things to do before you leave, but nothing unreasonable.)
We spent 5 nights in the Treehouse Cabin. It was quite nice. We arrived to the cabin right after the 4pm check in time. There was a bottle of wine and jazz music waiting for us. I had told Lise that we would be celebrating my husband's birthday while we were there. They decorated the cabin for us and left a small cake as well.
The cabin is very cozy. The bed was beyond comfortable and so were the pillows. The bed is in a small alcove, for lack of a better word, and you crawl right into it. The kitchen is fully functional, but very small. It is stocked with dishes and pots, pans, measuring spoons, etc. They even have a blender. The booth is right next to a window, which was nice in the morning. There is a screened porch and also an open deck with a built in bar, and a hot tub and charcoal grill. We spent a lot of time outside taking in the fresh mountain air.
The location is close to everything you would want to do in the area. The cabin was easy to find. We did print out the directions provided, but our GPS took us the same way so we didn't have any issues with that. The cabin was very clean, save for some glasses that were probably only run through the dishwasher. We cleaned them and all was fine. The only other issue we had, and I wouldn't call this a negative, was there is not a lot of room to store your belongings. We each had a suitcase, and our pet's supplies. So we had those sitting around the living area. Again, I don't count this as a negative just something to make note of.
We had a very enjoyable experience. It was quiet and peaceful, just what we were looking for.
You can click on my other reviews to see more details about Creekside and Bear's Trail - but now that we've stayed in ALL 3 CABINS (the 4th one will open soon), we just wanted to offer a comparison.
First of all - 5 STARS on all 3 cabins, and 5 STARS on the following:
Location (Bear's Trail is close to the Gatlinburg Parkway and all of the action, while the others are easy to get to and still private, secluded, and surrounded by beautiful, peaceful trees, grass, and water - which, of course, is closer to Creekside)
Extra treats to welcome you
Nicer appliances and amenities than what you find in other cabins - unless you're considering a 2,500 square ft. luxury chalet at a premium price.
Creativity (These cabins are custom-built, with great attention to detail. They are cozy - not rustic.)
Bear's Trail - The coziest of the three (meaning the smallest), and perfect for 2 - especially if you plan to spend time in Gatlinburg. It's "just up the hill" from the action, but you'd never know it, because you can't hear or see any of that from the cabin. You'll enjoy just exploring the cabin when you first arrive.
Creekside - The largest (with the exception of the new Mountain Magic cabin, which isn't yet open as of June 2, 2015). Creekside is in a beautiful setting, with a deck that goes over the creek, a screened-in porch, hot tub, and a loft bedroom that allows for a little extra space and separation, in case someone wants to take a nap while the other stays downstairs. This is actually a getaway cabin that a couple could live in, permanently.
Treehouse - The most secluded, because it's surrounded by trees and a deck that is almost endless. It's cozy, has a screened-in porch, and is built into a hillside with a beautiful view. Large enough to be very comfortable for two, and full of clever details.
I won't tell you our favorite, because you should try all 3 and choose your own.
So, while we fear the disappointment of checking the calendars to see that the cabins may be filled on days that we would like to go - we also want to share just how much we love these perfect getaway cabins and the owners, whose kindness, vision and hard work allows our brief escapes from the big city and moments of peace and relaxation. We look forward to going back, and never want to leave on that last day.