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How to Convince Your Family to Take a Winter Vacation in the Smoky Mountains

It’s hard to believe that not everyone immediately jumps at the thought of taking a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains. However, some family members need more convincing than others.

At Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals, we believe that everyone deserves to experience the beauty of winter in the Smoky Mountains. That is why we have put together five easy steps you can follow to convince even the most stubborn member of your family to take a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains this year.

Step 1: Do Your Researchwoman winter hiking in the Smoky MountainsLike any plan, the key to success lies within the planning process. This means that the first thing that you have to do to convince your family to spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains is to do your research. What activities are going on that they might enjoy? Is there anything new that you think would be fun for you all to discover together?

Through your research, you will be able to gather information on different incentives for each of your family member to help convince them that a holiday trip to the Smokies is right for them.

This includes finding which Smoky Mountain attractions to visit on a chilly day, which Smoky Mountain hiking trails are best this time of year, and gathering a list of all the spacious Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins that are available for them to stay in during your trip.

Click here for more tips on why you should stay in a cabin for a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains.

no traffic in the Smoky Mountains winterStep 2: Decide When You Want to Leave

It’s one thing to present your family with the idea of taking a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains, but if you present your vacation plans with a specific set of dates in mind you will be more likely to inspire your family to join in.

Take Christmas for example. You and your family are probably already planning on traveling somewhere for the holidays, so why not consider spending Christmas in the Smoky Mountains?

If spending the holidays in the Smokies isn’t a good enough reason for your family, try to also include some of the other benefits of taking a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains.

A few of the added benefits include:

  • Little to No Traffic
  • Unbeatable Weather
  • A Ton of Special Events
  • Gorgeous Views
  • Lower Lodging Cost

Step 3: Try to Make Them Think It Was Their Idea

historic cabin in the Smoky Mountains winterNow that you have the research under your belt, it will be easier to convince your family that the idea of taking a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains was their idea all along. Depending on which family members you are needing to convince, the way to go about this may be different.

For example, if you are a parent trying to convince your teenagers to take a family trip together, you may want to consider finding a way to work in all the exciting Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions found here. This includes zip lining, go karts, mini golf, indoor skydiving, and more!

Don’t forget, if you and your family choose to stay inside one of the spacious Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rentals offered by Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals, you will receive one free ticket to several Smoky Mountain attractions for each paid night of stay.

Click here to learn more about our Smoky Mountain Adventure Pass.

On the other hand, if you are a kid trying to convince your parents to take a winter vacation to the Smoky Mountains, try finding ways to mention all of the educational and informative things to do in the area. This includes spending time at one of the many visitor centers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visiting the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Museum, or even touring the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville.

packing for a Smoky Mountain cabin vacationStep 4: Help Them Pack

Some people may not like going on vacation because they don’t like to pack. This is understandable. Packing for a Smoky Mountain vacation can seem a little overwhelming at first. Not only do you have to plan complete outfits for each day of your trip, but you also have to figure out what all you need to bring from home that you may need.

At Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals, we want to take the headache out of packing, and that is why we have put together a comprehensive list of everything families should pack for a Smoky Mountain vacation.

By following this list, you can help your family members gather all the items they need, and thus help them get excited about your all’s upcoming trip to the Smokies.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Vacation!

father and son enjoying a winter vacation in the Smoky MountainsCongratulations! By now you have successfully convinced your family to take a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains. If you followed all of our steps above, then you have already picked out what dates work best for your vacation, decided which Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions you want to visit, found the perfect Smoky Mountain cabin rental, and have successfully packed!

Now that all the hard part of planning a vacation is done, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your stay.

If for some reason your family needs a little more convincing to take a winter vacation in the Smoky Mountains, feel free to give us a call at the number above! One of our experienced vacation specialists will be more than happy to answer any questions that you or your family may have, as well as help find which of our cabins is best for your stay.

You can also request more information about planning a Smoky Mountain vacation by filling out the Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals contact form on our website.Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals contact form on our website.