Today's travelers are much different now than they were just a few years ago. With more and more guests preferring a cabin rental over hotel or motel lodging choices, it pays to understand exactly what those visitors are looking for.

From the moment a potential guest starts their search for a cabin rental, they're looking at pictures, taking virtual tours, viewing its location, and reading its description. First impressions matter and you should be positioned to make a lasting first impression!

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Open and Bright

Open and Bright

Close tight quarters are out. Open spaces are in. While you may be limited to how much space or square footage your cabin rental offers, you can maximize its appeal by furnishing it with the right-sized furnishings and appropriate decor.

Lighting can help accentuate spaces and enhance their features. Using appropriate lighting throughout your cabin will brighten it up and make it feel more open and bright. Whenever possible, we recommend allowing in as much natural light as possible. This helps bring the outdoors in while providing as much light as possible into your cabin rental.

Clean and Simple

Clean and Simple

Today's traveler is looking for a clean and comfortable cabin. Updated linens and bedding are a simple upgrade to your cabin and should happen regularly. Remove furnishings and decoration items that don't enhance the guest experience. Remember, less is more. While today's guests are transitioning away from hotels, they still expect the same or better stay experiences.

Shy away from bright, bold paint colors and go with a more neutral palette on the walls. Enhance spaces with pops of color utilizing throw pillows and decorative items that coordinate with your theme.

Fun and Entertainment

Fun and Entertainment

There are certain amenities that today's travelers just cannot live without. Your cabin, at the minimum, should have smart TVs for streaming, cable/satellite service, and WiFi internet. More of today's guests are working remotely or learning from home. Offering flexibility options allows them to complete these tasks even when they're on vacation.

Other features that guests to your cabin enjoy are; hot tubs, fire pits, arcade games, pool tables, movie theaters, swimming spa/pool.

Outdoor Experiences

Outdoor Experiences

When a visitor is planning a vacation to the Smoky Mountains, one of the first things that come to mind is being outdoors, surrounded by nature. Having inviting and comfortable spaces at your cabin is crucial to its success. This can be simply accomplished by making sure your decks are in good condition and offer seating options. Rocking chairs, patio sets, and other seating arrangements allow for outdoor enjoyment. We recommend investing in quality furnishings that can withstand the elements.

Other outdoor features to consider; appropriate lighting, fire pit or fire bowl, BBQ grill area, porch swing, corn hole, space to walk pets if pet-friendly.

When designing your cabin rental to appeal to the most guests possible, you will have a distinct advantage that will ensure your success. If you have questions about what elements or design items you need to make your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin rental stand out from the crowd, we're only a phone call away 865-774-3233.

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