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Mountain Vacations

Jul 03

Resorts vs. Cabins

Kelley Ross

The differences between resorts and cabin hotels may seem obvious, but the truth is that both types can offer relaxation in a unique way. Cost, service, and preferred amount of privacy can differ wildly between cabins and resorts. To catch the best deals, travelers should research ahead of time and book the kind of leisure lodging best for them.

On average, renting a cabin is much less expensive than staying at a resort. In fact, travelers can expect to pay as little as $35 a night for a cabin thanks to the growing popularity of services like AirBnB, which is a network that allows people to list short-term lodging. Prices are drastically influenced by how many people are in the party, which makes cabins an excellent lodging choice for large groups or families. In addition, cabins often offer a rustic atmosphere and all the warmth and comfort of a hunting lodge, but with added privacy and grand nature views.

Conversely, resorts can be quite expensive. However, with price comes a certain standard of quality. Buying brand name means guests will potentially have access to services such as sauna and complimentary wine tastings. Resorts are often known for their ability to host large formal events such as wedding parties and formal business dinners, and they lend a certain air of sophistication to an itinerary. Travelers looking for a little pampering with their scenic views might even receive a full body massage or rejuvenating facial while overlooking the majestic Appalachian Mountains.

There is one thing that cabins and resorts share in common, however. From Blairsville to Chattanooga to Asheville, the scenic mountain sunsets are no different, no matter what kind of window they're framed by.

Luxury Mountain Resorts

Grand Bohemian Hotel (Asheville, North Carolina)

The Grand Bohemian offers something you truly won't find anywhere else: unique sophistication. Traditional chandeliers sculpted from stag antlers and ornate hand-carved furniture are mixed into an eclectic yet perfectly modern atmosphere. The Bohemian's art gallery boasts paintings from international artists, and the Red Stag Grill can satisfy any craving. Fried green tomatoes or any of the Ashville craft beers are fine choices. Guests looking for an all-inclusive mountain resort can unwind at the Poseidon spa or head outside to explore the famous Biltmore estate.

Christopher Place (Newport, Tennessee)

For the romantic at heart, Christopher Place offers a completely intimate mountain vacation experience right in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Guests can pamper themselves with a four-course dinner at the Mountain View Restaurant near Gatlinburg or head out on an adventure to hunt for waterfalls on the many miles of accessible hiking trails surrounding the resort.

Barnsley Gardens Resort (Adairsville, Georgia)

The Barnsley Resort offers comfort and luxury that is, as they say, “undeniably North Georgia.” Guests can make the most of this luxury mountain resort by exploring the original building's beautiful overgrown ruins or enjoying a romantic horseback ride. Barnsley is truly an all-inclusive resort for the entire family, as adults can enjoy the beautifully landscaped golf course while younger visitors will delight in the fun of Barnsley's small petting zoo.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (Young Harris, Georgia)

For the golf lover and horseback riding enthusiast, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers mountainous vistas and luxurious accommodations. After a fun day of recreation, guests can relax at the Equani Spa or kick back with a bite to eat in the resort’s Dining Room or Brassies Grill.


The Mountain Escape Cabin (Sevierville, Tennessee)

This cabin in the mountains is an architectural feast for the eyes, complete with hand-carved wooden doors and high-peaked ceilings. Guests will enjoy the versatility of the space, which could easily be a couple's romantic getaway paradise complete with private hot tub and stone fireplace, or a spacious family-friendly cabin with a fire pit for roasting marshmallows.

Red Apple Cabin (Blue Ridge, Georgia)

Stunning views of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the foothills of Northern Georgia await travelers at this cabin in the mountains. For the traveler seeking peace and quiet, this mountain retreat is perfect for fireside talks, evenings in the Jacuzzi, and scenic views. The Red Apple Cabin is a wise choice for anyone looking for Blue Ridge cabin rentals.

Cherokee Mountain Cabins (Topton, North Carolina)

These luxury cabins in the mountains offer sophisticated furnishings and a western flair. Guests can enjoy a group barbecue at the pavilion or sneak away to their log cabin for a romantic dip in their personal Jacuzzi tub or a massage. For the ultimate experience, try a decadent meal with your own personal chef.

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