Photos courtesy of Bob Bruzik, Timber Tops Cabin Rentals and Amazing Views Cabin Rentals
Perched on a hillside just outside of town and surrounded by trees, the pine-log retreat delivers on the promise of its name. “When you’re there, you’re only a mile from all the typical tourist traps, but you wouldn’t really know it. It feels very relaxing,” explains owner Bob Bruzik.
Bob purchased the property just over a year ago; he recalls it was a bit of a “diamond in the rough.” Two months, a new roof and floor, several updated appliances and a brand-new decor scheme later, and the cabin was properly polished.
Upstairs, Bob committed to the rustic-cabin-in-the-woods theme. “It’s a full-on log cabin with bear switch plates and antler chandeliers,” as he describes it. But downstairs, the spaces take on an Old-Hollywood-meets-speakeasy motif. Guests are treated to a movie room and “VIP” bedroom, both with decor influenced by the big screen. Over in the game room, bourbon barrel tables and “no snitches allowed” signs complete the speakeasy setting.
VIP amenities aren’t limited to the lower level though. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom cabin boasts a hot tub, a spacious deck, a fireplace and jetted tubs in each full bathroom.
If you can pull yourself away from the luxe lodging, there’s no shortage of things to do in the area. Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood, is just up the road to the northeast, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to the south. In town, there’s a little something for everyone, from mini-golf to car shows to alpine coasters to dinner theaters. Bob advises you can even zip over to both Gatlinburg and Knoxville with ease.
No matter how you spend your trip — posted up in the hot tub or hiking the hillsides, Dolly fans and nature lovers alike will find out what’s so sweet about the region as to inspire such legendary songs. “It’s just a very tranquil, relaxing place to decompress,” Bob says. “We got lucky.”
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