Smoky mountains winter travel advice
  1. Blue Mountain Lodge dining room
  2. Blue Mountain Lodge kitchen
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  4. Appalachian Escape cabin dining room

info to make your trip preparation easy

We suggest the following to our valued guests .​

  • Although we have basics (salt, pepper) please bring spices and cooking oil if you plan to use them.
  • Buy food or have it delivered before checking into the cabin.  Sheri's Store to Door can do a pre arrival delivery or a scheduled delivery. 
  • Nearest grocery stores are 
      Food City on E Parkway in Gatlinburg (across from City Hall) - open 24 hours, Food City on Dolly Parton Pkwy Walmart Neighborhood Market  on Dolly Partin Pkwy (open 24 hours).
  • Make sure your vehicle has sufficient tread on its tires.
  • Make sure your vehicle has full tank of gas.
  • Make sure to change windshield wipers before your trip.
  • 4WD/AWD and/or snow chains may be necessary during snowy conditions.
  • Bring or buy food or arrange delivery before you check into the cabin, in case you prefer to refrain from travel if it snows.
Here is what is provided with your cabin:

  • Per number of guests: Linens for all beds and daybeds, blankets, pillows, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths (one of each per guest), kitchen dish towels. That is why it is important to state the correct number of guests when making a reservation.
  • STARTER SUPPLY (approximate):
    • 2 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom 
    • 2 rolls of paper towels 
    • travel-size bars of shower soap
    • liquid hand soap
    • starter supply of laundry detergent, dishwater detergent, dish soap
    • couple of trash can liners
  • NOTE: we do not replenish these during your stay. You may need to purchase additional quantities. 
  • Small appliances:
    • Coffee maker (regular12-cup drip basket-style), coffee filters
    • Coffee maker (Single serve Keurig K-cup compatible)
    • Toaster
    • Blender
    • Hand mixer
    • Waffle iron
    • Slow cooker
  • ​Washer/dryer. Iron.
  • Hair dryer
  • Pots and pans, bowls, drinkware, flatware, cookie sheets, bakeware, knives and boards, grill utensils.
  • Vacuum cleaner (located in the closet)
  • Mop, broom and dustpan.

In case any light bulbs burn out during your stay, spare light bulbs and batteries are usually located in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Please only replace bulbs within easy reach. 
Suggestions on what to bring:

You will need to bring all supplies and personal items not specifically mentioned in this list, in the rental agreement, and/or extra supplies if you feel that starter supply may not be enough.
  • Charcoal for the outdoor grill if you plan on grilling ( Appalachian Escape Cabin or Ridge View Lodge).
  • We provide propane for the gas grill at  Blue Mountain Lodge
  • Flip flops, swimsuits and extra towels for the hot tub
  • Firewood for the firepit (please check with Owners first if open air burning is allowed as there may be restriction in force).
  • Cooking supplies, groceries, spices if you plan to cook. 
  • Flashlight.

Winter time:

  • Season appropriate clothing (it does get cold in the Smokies), hats, and gloves.
  • Season appropriate comfortable, non-slippery and stable footwear.
  • Make sure your vehicle has sufficient tread on the tires.
  • Make sure to change windshield wipers before your trip.
  • 4WD/AWD and/or snow chains may be necessary during snowy conditions (we do not provide towing or plowing services, and no refunds will be given due to weather conditions).

Summer time:

  • Season appropriate clothing.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats.
  • Mosquito repellent (there aren't many mosquitoes but they do appear occasionally)
  • Suitable footwear for hiking if you plan to hike, hiking poles, gloves, water bottles
WE DO NOT PROVIDE TOWING, SNOW PLOWING or SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES. No refunds will be given due to weather conditions, late arrivals, early departures, guest’s fear of driving in the mountains, or power outages. If you feel you may have winter travel concerns, we suggest purchasing Cancellation Insurance through site or independent provider at the time of booking for added peace of mind.

When it snows, housekeeping/maintenance may not be able to get to the cabin to do anything about the snow. Please keep that in mind and plan accordingly.

In most cases, the snow melts within few hours to couple of days.  
Meet the owners

I came to the Smoky mountians with a friend in 2009 for the first time during winter snowfall. It was so pretty! Living in Florida, we missed having seasons. Todd and I (Victoria) came together several more times, and we knew - Smoky Mountains was the place! We bought our cabin in 2010. For now, we are living and working in Tampa FL,  and looking forward to making Sevier county our permanent home one day. 
Photo taken day after Christmas 2010 when Blue Mountain Lodge was almost complete.

We love DIY projects, and we have restored or made many furniture and decor pieces you will see in our cabin. 

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