Take a look at this serene documentary footage of the Smoky Mountain National Park just outside of Gatlinburg shot by Matt Brass (mattbrass.wordpress.com). The beauty of those pictures makes me want to get away from the computer and live in a cabin in the woods!
I realize that owning a cabin in Gatlinburg is not a luxury everyone can afford. However, renting whole cabin or chalet for family vacation trip might be very good idea.
PS. make sure you are strong enough to resit temptation of joining the playground of those cute cubs caught on video by Matt!
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