Project Description

Family Memories Cabin

Cabin Summary:

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Setting: Valley setting with mountain views
  • Location: Wears Valley, Tennessee

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Additional Information:


  • Deluxe Hot Tub!
  • Game Room  w/ pool table!
  • Cable TV – Local, Sports, Movies & more!
  • Free WiFi – provided by cable!
  • Swimming Pool access – walking distance!
  • Electric Fireplace! (year round use)
  • access to Fishing Hole – catch & release!
  • Custom Fire Pit!
  • Large LED (4) Televisions!


  • Mountain Views!
  • Valley setting – level fenced yard – Easy access!
  • Central Location – minutes to attractions/dining etc!
  • Paved driveway & parking!
  • 1 step from parking to cabin entrance!
  • Mostly on one level – ask!
  • Fully equipped Kitchen!
  • Full sized – Washer/dryer!

Cabin Extra’s:

  • Walk-in Shower!
  • Central Location – no scary mtn roads!
  • Front sitting area w/ views of mountains!
  • Easy ‘all weather’ access!
  • Decorated for Christmas!
  • Covered deck – hot tub!
  • Gas Grill on deck!
  • Patio & Occasional outdoor furnishings!
  • Good Cell Phone Coverage! (Verizon & Att)
    Experience a fun filled family vacation to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee while staying in a cabin named Family Memories and you can be certain it will be a big hit with Dad, Mom and the whole family.

When we first laid eyes on our cabin we knew it was going to be an awesome place to have memory making family vacations. We all have them. Fond memories of childhood vacations spent on a big family adventures together. That is what Family Memories are all about!

So how can a cabin deliver on Family Memories? First and foremost a great location. A easy on the nerves level drive to the cabin that still offers great mountain views! So now we safely found the cabin and are ready for fun, what do you have? How about spectacular amenities! The outdoor swimming pool is a nice level 5 minute walk from the cabin. And they also have a fishing pond and deli. So there is a day of fun right there without leaving the cabin. But the kids will be tired and hungry when we get back. We have that covered too. A full kitchen with everything you need, including a dish washer, to keep the everyone fed and not blow the budget. You can even get dad to join in grilling hamburgers or hot dogs out back. (no worries, we provide the gas for the grill).

Still need more to keep everyone happy? How about a movie or a bit of television, 4 large LED televisions and a dvd player (and did I mention there is a red box just down the road at the dollar general?) What happens if it rains? There is a game room down stair with a television for more family fun or even a hot tub under a covered porch in the back. Oh, but that’s not all – lets kick it up a notch. Spend a night in the back having a campfire in the fire pit telling stories, roasting smores or just relaxing under the stars!

All this and we haven’t left the cabin yet? Yes, all this and much more. But lets say we need some sightseeing or some Smokie Memories! Family Memories is centrally located and only about 12 minutes from Pigeon Forge or Townsend. Cades Cove or Gatlinburg. And only 6 minutes from the national park where there are sights to see and trails to hike!

And of course the grocery store is not far. Dollywood, alpine coasters, zip lines and countless other attractions are close by too. And there are others you may not have considered. One of the hidden gems is the Tuckaleechee Caverns just down in Townsend, education and remarkable memory maker.

Well you might say where does the rest and relaxation come in? There is no substitute for a good night’s rest. That is why all our cabins have pillow top comfort mattress’s so everyone is assured to be ready for the next day (even mom).
So have I convinced you? I’ve convinced myself – I’m going to stop here- even though I could go on and on. I am sure you get the point. Have a great vacation. When everyone is happy there is even time for a busy mom to relax! Book your family’s next vacation at our cabin and keep making those family memories! (and don’t forget to share – we love hearing from our guests)

Reservation Information:

  • Owners/managers: Donn & Margaret Tisch
  • Email:
  • Phone: 865.202.7657
  • Booking details: listed under rental agreement tab

House Rules:

  • Check-in: after 4 pm
  • Check-out: before 10 am
  • Maximum Occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age to Rent: 25 years (see rental agreement or call for complete details)
  • Party’s/Events not allowed
  • No Smoking

Location Type:

  • Valley setting with mountain views!


  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided (recommended bringing beach towels for hot tub/pool)
  • Starter Supply of paper products (enough for first night/day)
  • Washer/Dryer – full sized
  • Paved drive with plenty of level parking
  • Electric Fireplace
  • Internet wireless (high speed fiber optic)


  • Lower Level: Game room w/pool table, queen futon, laundry room.
  • Upper Main Level: 1 king bedroom, 2 queen bedrooms 2 full bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast bar, open concept


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Pots, pans, dishes, glasses etc…
  • Dishwasher
  • Microware
  • Refrigerator
  • Small appliances – drip coffee maker, blender, toaster, can opener


  • Dining Room – seats 4 – open floor plan
  • Breakfast bar – seats 4

Living Room:

  • Cathedral ceiling, 65 inch LED Television, Sleeper Sofa, 2 recliners, 2 leather sun room chairs, gas fireplace

Game Room:

  • Pool Table, 50 inch LED Television, Queen Sleeper Futon, table w/bar stools.


  • Bedroom 1: King bed, en suite bathroom, 32 inch LED Television
  • Bedroom 2: Queen bed, 32 inch LED Television
  • Bedroom 3: Queen bed


  • Bathroom 1: Full Walk-in shower
  • Bathroom 2: Full w/tub-shower


  • Pool Table – 8 foot slate
  • Internet WiFi
  • Comcast cable Television, locals, weather, sports, movies
  • DVD player in living room
  • Fishing pool access walking distance away (small rental fee for poles in season or bring your own equipment year round) by swimming pool
  • Fire Pit – firewood is not provided but readily available at several outlet in the valley
  • Hot Tub – deluxe 6 person
  • Swimming Pool access – outdoor weather permitting – walking distance away


  • Fenced in yard
  • Covered Porch (back)
  • Gas Grill – we provide the lp, please call if need of refill
  • 6 person patio set
  • Custom Fire Pit – Adirondack chairs
  • Rocking Chairs, outdoor occasional chairs


  • outdoor Swimming Pool access
  • 6 person hot tub


  • Restaurants
  • Theaters
  • Cinemas
  • Dollywood
  • Zip Lines
  • Alpine Coasters

Leisure Activities:

  • Scenic drives
  • outlet shopping – antiquing
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wild life viewing
  • Rocking on the porch

Adventures & Sports:

  • Fishing – fly fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking – over 800 miles of trails in national park
  • Tubing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Zip Lines
  • Kayaking

Local Services:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Gas stations
  • Banking/ATM

Family Memories cabin has long been a favorite cabin with our guests! They love the fact that the cabin is very easy to reach in any kind of weather and that it has a beautiful view of the mountains, not to mention the fenced yard. It’s a highly rated cabin and the following guest reviews bears that out!
Shared from our Online Guestbook! 

Wonderful Cabin

My husband and I rented Family Memories in November 2017, and we absolutely loved this place. Everything was just as advertised… actually, even better than advertised. Family Memories is hands down the cleanest cabin we’ve ever rented, and I loved the little personalized touches with specialty soaps and lotions and basket full of useful things for our stay. Very comfortable beds, and the hot tub was clean and worked perfectly. Very relaxing. Our little dog loved her stay too, and we were so happy we could bring her with us. Mr. Tisch was very polite and helpful when I couldn’t figure out how to connect to the Wifi…. operator error. He even told me he would come by and check it out if I couldn’t get my computer to connect. I was very impressed by his willingness to help me with such an insignificant problem. Five Stars, Tisch family. You and your cabins ROCK!! Sincerely, Angie & Jody R.
Angela R.

Stayed November 7, 2017 to November 11, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Beautiful Views

Our week at Family Memories was wonderful! The cabin was just what we needed for the four of us, and was especially convenient for my 91 year old mother who uses a walker. We enjoyed having all bedrooms on one floor. Everything was super clean, and the kitchen was furnished with everything we needed. The location was great as we like to go to Cades Cove and the travel time from the cabin was not bad at all. If you love great views, you will love sitting on the front deck and taking in the mountains across the way. We will definitely keep this cabin in mind when returning to the Smokies!
Cheryl S.
Madison, MS
Stayed December 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Sister Trip

The Family Memories Cabin was great. The location was great for Cade’s Cove and the view from the cabin was beautiful. The cabin was well stocked for all of our needs. It was very clean and the layout worked well for us.
Lucinda D.
Stayed November 2, 2017 to November 8, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Amazing vacation

Wow! What an amazing place! Family Memories lived up to its name. The cabin truly became our home away from home during Thanksgiving week 2017. We felt totally at home, the cabin was so clean and the beds were super comfortable. The owners were so kind and always answered my questions in a very timely manner. We had a total of five adults and two dogs in the cabin for a week and we never felt crowded. Everyone enjoyed the fire pit. If you stay in this cabin, I recommend you really take time to enjoy the cabin itself. We cooked breakfast every morning and enjoyed our coffee while looking at the view. About the view, it would take our breath away each time we stepped outside (front, back or on the side, it doesn’t matter, you get a spectacular view). The peace and quiet of Wears Valley really helps to add to the beauty of this cabin. Mr. Donn and Mrs. Margaret – thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to stay in your beautiful cabin. We look forward to coming back to make many more Family Memories. We can also recommend Smokey Mountain Grocery and Elvira’s Café, which are both conveniently located close by.
Renee H.
Stayed November 19, 2017 to November 26, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family Memories Cabin

If cleanliness and accessibility is your thing, this is the cabin for you!! The space was super clean and we didn’t have to travel any convoluted mountains to get there. The view of the mountain was amazing from the front porch/deck and although it was too cold for the fire pit this trip, it’s located in an open area where we would have felt safe doing so! It comfortably sleeps 6 with the option of a pull out couch in the living area. We enjoyed it!
Nicky F.
Stayed November 10, 2017 to November 13, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

What’s Not To Like?

Every time we stay at Family Memories, Donn & Margaret have made additional improvements all of which add to the feeling of being pampered even by the small amenities. From the fenced back yard ( for our furry family members) to the spectacular sunrises over the mountains through the sunroom windows while sipping your morning cup of coffee , it is an amazing experience. So convenient to the Park & Cade’s Cove as well as dining & shopping in quant Wears Valley. As long as our old bones will get us there, we’ll be back.
Jay O.
New Richmomd IN
Stayed October 27, 2017 to November 3, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Perfect cabin/perfect location

This has been our 7th straight year renting these cabins and we absolutely love family memories. The view is awesome and the location is perfect. You are a short ride into Townsend to head to some great restaurants or the the smokies or cades cove. You’re also about 20-30 minute ride into pigeon forge or gatlinburg. We love staying on the quiet side of the smokies. We will be back again next year.
Robert G.
Williamsville, ny 14221
Stayed September 29, 2017 to October 7, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family memories

In all of the years that we have been going to the Smokies this is the best place we have stayed. Great hospitality, quaint quiet area just in driving distance of all the places we wanted to see. Beautiful view, very nice. 5 stars for me.
Stayed September 23, 2017 to September 29, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Relaxing week in the Smokey Mountains

We truly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cabin. The amenities were great, but the view is majestic!! Thank you for sharing your lovely home. We will be back and recommend others. First stay in Wear Valley area, loved the people, the restaurants, Cade’s Cove, and the list goes on and on.
Lisa F.
Adger, AL
Stayed September 18, 2017 to September 24, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

A great cabin in a great location

My family and I enjoyed the location. Having restaurants. stores and attractions close was a plus. The cabin is set up right for an extended stay with everything you need. The hot tub, pool table, fire pit and the large deck made our vacation great! The cabin was very clean. Would recommend this one to anyone. Will stay again. Thanks!
Kenneth H.
Bluff City. Tn
Stayed September 9, 2017 to September 18, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Great location

Enjoyed the fire pit, hot tub and pool table. Very good restaurants nearby. We especially liked Grandmothers Kitchen and Geppetto’s Italian. Saw the total eclipse in Madisonville. Easy access to Smoky Mt. Park. It was a great week.
Joey R.
Verona, VA
Stayed August 20, 2017 to August 28, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Beautiful Cabin!

My family had a great time at the Family Memories cabin in Wears Valley. The cabin was clean, and looked exactly like the pictures we saw online. Beds were comfortable and the walk in shower was very nice to use. Enjoyed the pool table and hot tub. We had a minor issue with the grill running out of gas, but after emailing Donn, he had 2 full tanks delivered by the next morning. We also enjoyed the nearby swimming pool, very nice pool. The cabin was easy to find, after a picturesque drive from Pigeon Forge into Wears Valley. We had meals at nearby Elvira’s Cafe and Hillbilly’s restaurant, both were very good. I’d recommend the cabin to anyone…5 stars!
Roger T.
Blandon, PA
Stayed August 13, 2017 to August 20, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Lovely get away

The cabin was s perfect home away from home. Very roomy, clean and spectacular views. Perfect place for our family of 7 to spend our vacation
Angela A.
Stayed July 23, 2017 to July 29, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

What Wonderful Memories We Made

We so loved our stay in your beautiful cabin! Thank you for making sure we had everything we needed and more to make our time there so very comfortable! It certainly felt like home. Our kids are all older from ages 13 – 23 years and they all had a great time! We loved the view, the hot tub was incredible, the fire pit was a hit at night for smores and hotdogs, we had plenty of room for everyone to play games, and the memories made are worth more than anything! Hope we can return in years to come. Thank you for opening your home and being a blessing to others.
Pam L.
Elida, Ohio
Stayed July 4, 2017 to July 8, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Great stay

We had a great time during our stay, cabin was clean, well equipped and the fire pit was awesome. This is the second stay with smoky mountain golden cabins and have enjoyed both stays, would stay again and recommend highly
Heather A.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stayed June 30, 2017 to July 5, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

great time !!!

we had a great time in the cabin! it had all the stuff we needed and more and it was very fun!!
shay s.
Stayed May 29, 2017 to June 1, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Excellent location for visiting the Smoky Mountains!

When vacationing in the Smoky Mountains there are tons of cabins to choose from online, all claiming to be “the best”. We had never been to the area before, so it was a bit stressful deciding where to stay, much less knowing if the accommodations were as represented on the website. We were pleasantly surprised with Family Memories! The location is perfect. Close enough to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the park entrances, yet far enough away from the crowds to be able to truly relax at night. The cabin was much bigger than we needed (only 2 of us) but we went with this one because of the fenced in yard for our pups traveling with us. Not having to walk them on leashes each time they need to do their business outside is a huge plus! If we ever venture to the Smoky Mountains again, we would definitely see if Family Memories was available to make more memories of our own.
Jeremy & Michelle T.
Cedar Park, TX
Stayed May 14, 2017 to May 21, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Donn & Margaret

we really felt at home in Family Memories, the cabin was wonderful. The location is the best as we Love to go to Cades cove a lot. was about the same distance for Townsend as it was for Pigeon Forge Thank you for allowing us to stay at your home. we will be back
Julie H.
Franklin, Pa
Stayed May 5, 2017 to May 10, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family Memories

This was our third time at this cabin and every time something is new for guests. This time there were very comfortable stuffed outside chairs on the front deck. The location, so close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a huge plus. We will be back again, Larry, Nancy, Maggie Mae, Teddy Bear
Larry N.
Weaverville NC
Stayed April 23, 2017 to April 29, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Great stay as usual

We were lucky enough to stay in the Family Memories cabin again, and I must say, it is difficult to leave. The views from the front porch are so amazing, I could sit there all day. The cabin is clean and has everything you need for a home away from home. Wears Valley is so beautiful and everyone is so nice. Best trip ever, until next time….
Natalie K.
Stayed April 17, 2017 to April 23, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Thank you

We love your cabins! Would love to stay there again and even try out other cabins!
Jeremy B.
Stayed March 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Convenient and comfortable.

Great location in Wears Valley. Beautiful views.The cabin sleeps many without feeling crowded. We and the dogs appreciate the fenced in back yd . We used the fire pit as chilly nights. Elviras café is a great find! We definitely will return.
Denise B.
Defiance, OH
Stayed April 1, 2017 to April 9, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family Memories Cabin

We have stayed in this cabin previously and it was very clean and extremely nice. We dearly enjoy the view of the mountains from the front deck. The beds are very comfortable and we also enjoy the back yard. We enjoy this cabin the most of all of the cabins we have stayed in for vacation in the Smokey Mountains. We dearly love Wears Valley and when you stay in this cabin you are in the center of Wears Valley which is very peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful cabin.
Steve H.
Stayed March 26, 2017 to March 30, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family memories

Great place! We have stayed here several times.
joel r.
Cedar Rapids Iowa
Stayed March 13, 2017 to March 19, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Great stay

This is our fourth time staying in Family Memories, and we continue to enjoy our time there. We look forward to staying again in the future.
Curtis A.
Stayed March 5, 2017 to March 11, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family Memories Cabin

We have a wonderful time at the cabin, definitely we come back again the place have a perfect location, everything is need and clean we recommended to visit this place the view is the best and relax so much fun for everybody
Janeth F.
Stayed December 29, 2016 to January 3, 2017(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Wonderful Stay in the Smoky Mountains!

Our stay at Family Memories created wonderful memories for our family. From the onset of our reservation, Donn and Margaret alike, made everything super easy. During our stay at the lovely “Family Memories” cabin, which btw is a super convenient location with beautiful views of mountains and a valley pasture with livestock, we felt like we were being a nuisance with multiple inquiries, but each time we reached out for assistance dealing with the cabin or navigating about the area, we were always met with such a delightfully pleasant and accommodating demeanor. Donn and Margaret are genuinely and truly committed to making their guests’ stay most enjoyable.
Colleen D.
New Orleans
Stayed November 28, 2016 to December 3, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family getaway

We had the most wonderful time and made so many “family memories!” Donn and Margaret’s cabin was perfect for our family – including my 88 year old grandmother who is handicapped. The cabin was easily accessed and clean, with all the amenities you could ever need! We will absolutely be returning every chance we get!
Hayley D.
Clarksville, TN and Calvert City, KY
Stayed October 30, 2016 to November 5, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )
We have visited the Smokey Mountains several time in our 50 years of marriage. We have always stayed in hotels in previous years, but we decided to try a cabin this time. We found the Family Memories just perfect for a stay with our sons and grandchildren Thanks for providing a great place to get away from an everyday routine.
Frank G.
Cookeville, TN
Stayed October 20, 2016 to October 25, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Cabin Comforts

We have stayed at this cabin before and several upgrades were done in the interim. A new deck that goes around the side of the cabin to the front of the cabin was a great addition! It was nice to watch the stars and the full moon from the front porch deck at night The fire pit in the back yard was upgraded, a nice touch. The cabin is one level for the bedrooms with a pool table in the lower level. The one level is nice for elderly guests, like us. The hot tub was welcome every day that we were there. This cabin is also very close to Cade’s Cove so you can get there early as it fills up very quickly during the day with all the traffic in the park. We will definitely be back again. I almost forgot, the yard is fenced in and a good size, not too big or small, for your fur faced kids. We will definitely be back! Larry, Nancy, Teddy Bear, Maggie Mae
Larry N.
Weaverville, North Carolina
Stayed October 11, 2016 to October 15, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Great cabin in a perfect location

This is our 6th straight year staying with donn and Margaret and we couldn’t be happier with the cabin. It was a beautiful cabin in a great location. We had awesome views of the mountains from our deck. The cabin is conveniently located a short ride into Townsend, gatlinburg, and pigeon forge. We will be back again next year.
Robert G.
Buffalo, NY
Stayed September 23, 2016 to October 1, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Family Memories Cabin Review

Cabin is clean and well decorated. We had a wonderful time shopping, ate at Hillbilly’s restaurant for breakfast, driving through Roaring Fork and taking in Dolly’s Lumberjack Feud. I highly recommend this cabin. Will stay here again.
Sheila F.
Mebane, NC
Stayed August 29, 2016 to September 3, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Wonderful vacation!

Thank you Family Memories for another wonderful vacation! We have stayed at your lovely cabin for three years now and just love it! We look forward to our vacation next year!
Ken H.
Stayed August 20, 2016 to August 29, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )


We enjoyed our stay. Everything was as described. We enjoyed playing pool and soaking in the hot tub every night. The setting is peaceful. The location was great for riding our motorcycles.
Daniela W.
Kingsport, TN
Stayed August 14, 2016 to August 19, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Great cabin

We enjoyed the cabin. It was clean spacious. Loved the hot tub and fire pit. We also enjoyed the pool table. the view was great. Everyone was helpful when we had questions. Will return again next year
Cathy Kerns
Stayed July 30, 2016 to August 7, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Best vacation ever!

My family recently stayed 9 days in the “family memories ” cabin and it wasn’t long enough! We had the best time in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The views from the front porch were unforgettable, and so many things to do in town. Don’t miss Dollywood, Goats on the Roof, Elvira’s for breakfast (right down the road) and The Island in Pigeon Forge. Great time, can’t wait to come back to our “home away from home” in Wears Valley. Thanks again!
Natalie Kamien
Staten Island NY
Stayed July 1, 2016 to July 10, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Great Location!

Family Memories Cabin is in a great location between Pigeon Forge and Townsend. Our family of 5 adults and 3 children all slept comfortably. The kitchen is well-equipped. The hot tub is HUGE! The pool and little fishing pond down the street is a nice extra, as well. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would stay here again!
Angela Burt
Brandon, MS
Stayed June 25, 2016 to July 1, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )


We loved the Family Memories cabin. We had invited my cousin and her husband down as well. We took them several places and they loved it. It was the first time in Wears Valley, so it was a special treat for us all. We’ve been to Gatlinburg for years, but this side is so peaceful. The cabin was clean, and we are picky about that. It had everything we needed and the laundry room was spotless. Beds were comfortable and we had lots of towels. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch in the evening. We’ll be back again.
Marcia N.
Mason, Oh
Stayed June 11, 2016 to June 19, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )
We had a great time and found our cabin to a special place for our family. Hope to return soon. Cabin was very clean and neat.
Billy L.
Quebeck, TN
Stayed May 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Writers’ Retreat Success

The Family Memories cabin was exactly as advertised: comfy beds, cozy fire pit, bubbling hot tub, clean, and accommodating. We had a party of six and all had plenty of space to spread out and do our own things. The owners were courteous and attentive (called to make sure everything was working properly–it was), and the surrounding area was scenic and convenient. In fact, a member of our group is from Knoxville and commended me multiple times for picking such a fabulous cabin/location. Thank you for the wonderful experience; we had a fantastic time!
Katelyn D.
St. Louis, MO
Stayed May 26, 2016 to May 30, 2016(Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, Family Memories cabin )

Travel Times –

Family Memories is in a wonderful central location that will save you valuable travel time when visiting all the area attractions!

Distances to:

  • Pigeon Forge – 11 minutes
  • Gatlinburg – 26 minutes
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 5 minutes
  • Cades Cove – 27 minutes
  • Townsend – 8 minutes
  • Dollywood – 23 minutes
  • Knoxville Airport – 45 minutes

(times taken from Google maps)

Rental Agreement:

1. AGE: To reserve this cabin, you must be at least 25 years old. Groups of unrelated guests must get prior approval. Anyone under 25 years of age must be accompanied by an adult guardian or parent. The minimum acceptable ratio to rent is four (4) children to one (1) adult over the age of 25. A parent or guardian must be staying in the cabin at all times
We do not rent to sororities, fraternities, college or high school groups. For questions, please call 865-202-7657

2. PAYMENTS: To make a reservation we require 1/3 of the total rental amount down on a credit card with the balance due 30 days prior to your arrival date. Reservations will be cancelled for failure to pay the balance after 2 days late. The cabin/property will be put back on the calendar and advertised for rent to another party.

3. CANCELLATIONS: the fee to cancel is equal to 1/3 of the total rental amount (same as your first payment). Cancellations received 30 days or less, prior to the arrival date, will be responsible for the entire rental amount unless the cabin is rented to another party. (It may be necessary to discount the cabin last minute in order to rent it and any refund will be for the difference and less the fee to cancel.)

4. SECURITY DEPOSIT: A $100 refundable deposit will be collected when your balance is due (30 days before your arrival date) and returned within two days after you check out provided there is no extra cleaning or damage. We reserve the right to bill your credit card if expenses exceed the amount of deposit.

5. INSURANCE/REFUNDS: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for unintended cancellation, disruption of utilities, inclement weather, Acts of God, accidental damage, accidents, injury, break downs, medical emergencies and any other unintended consequences. We do not refund money for early departures, power outages, inclement weather or other disruptions to appliances, amenities or any of the conditions (afore mentioned or not) that is beyond of our control.

6. CHECK /IN TIMES: Check in time is after 4 pm. Every effort will be made to have your cabin ready by 4 pm, in the exceedingly rare event that the cabin is not ready right at four o’lcock, we do not give refunds or compensation. Likewise, if your cabin is ready early, you’re welcome to check in up to two hours early and we do not charge for that. (Please call or text 865.202.7657 on the day you arrive to see if your cabin is ready to check in early).

7. CHECK /OUT TIMES: Check out is before 10 am. It is necessary that the cabin be vacant and ready to clean when the cleaning company arrives. There is a late charge of $50 per hour for anyone checking out after 10 am.

8. DEPARTURE: Before you depart;
A) Leave the beds unmade. Put towels & linens in the bath tub.
B) Wash Pots, pans and dishes, put them away in cabinets. Load breakfast plates in dishwasher and start.
C) Leave trash in trash can in the bear proof bin protector by the driveway.
D) Lock all doors and windows.
E) Set thermostat to 70 degrees.
F) Return furnishings to where they were when you checked in. Leave televisions in a connected/wired/programmed condition in which you found them.
G) Please leave the cabin and grounds in the condition you found it.

8a. LOST/LEFT ITEMS: If we are able to find any items left behind and return is requested, a $25 handling fee plus postage will be charged for all items returned.

9. SMOKING: All of our vacation homes/cabins are Non-smoking. You may smoke outdoors if you safely dispose of, extinguish smoking material and pick up your cigarette butts.

10. PETS: This is cabin does allow for an approved dog. No cats!
A) Pet must meet with prior approval and a fee paid.
B) Pets are not allowed on the beds or furnishings.
C) Pets left alone in the cabin must be in a portable kennel.
D) Pets that chew, bite or are not properly house trained are not allowed.
E) You must pick up after your pet.

11. PARTY/EVENTS POLICY: We do not allow parties of any kind. We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the property without notice or refund for having a party.

12. VISITORS: Non-paying guests are not allowed unless permission is granted in advance.

13. PARKING: There is parking for 5 cars in the driveway.

14. WINTER DRIVING: It is possible for there to be snow and/or ice storms during winter months. This cabin has never had a problem. We are not responsible or liable for the weather, condition of the road/driveway or your ability to reach or depart from the cabin.

15. IMPROPER USE OF PROPERTY: We reserve the right to ask anyone to leave our cabin/property without notice or refund for any kind of improper use of the cabin. Abusing our vacation home is not allowed and we reserve the right to bill your account for repairs, damage or loss caused that is outside of normal wear and tear.

16. ACCESSIBILITY: It may be necessary on occasion for us to gain entry into the property during your stay (for example: scheduled pest control) we, our representatives and/or maintenance personnel reserve the right to enter the property if necessary. We promise to keep this to an absolute minimum.

17. CLEANING: The cabin/property will be inspected and cleaned after departure. The cleaning fee includes laundering of bedding, linens and towels. Tenants are required to leave the property in the same general condition that it was found/received in by making sure that dishes are washed and put away. And that the property has been picked up, furnishings replaced, televisions programed/connected/working, and the property is ready to be vacuumed, dusted and laundered.

17a, FURNITURE: This cabin is privately owned and decorated to the owner’s personal taste. Please remember that this is our personal vacation cabin and treat it with care during your stay. Do not move furniture. You may incur an additional charge for housekeeping to reposition furnishings and décor.
Photographs are meant to provide a general feel; specific furnishings and décor items in the cabin will change from time to time and may vary from photographs. Bed and bath linens, blankets and pillows are all provided for your use. The kitchen comes fully

18. HOT TUB: You and your guests use the hot tub at your own risk. You must keep the hot tub covered when not in use. You must read and follow all directions and safety procedures before using the hot tub. They are posted near the tub or in the cabin book. Do not sit, stand on or damage hot tub covers.

18a. POOL TABLE: Do not attempt to move the pool table. If the pool table is moved or damaged, you are responsible for either paying for repairs or a replacement.

18b. BBQ GRILL: If you use the grill you are responsible for cleaning it after each use. We provide the propane as needed for the gas grill. If you find both propane tanks empty, just give us a call and we will have a full one delivered as soon as possible.

19. AIR CONDITIONER: Do not use the Air Conditioner or Furnace with the windows or doors open. Do not use the Fireplace & Air Conditioner at the same time. This is a waste of gas and electricity, causes the unit to freeze and will cause permanent damage to the unit leaving you without heat or air condition for duration of your stay. Please be responsible.

20. FIREPLACES: All fireplaces are seasonal. Depending on weather, they are usually turned on in October and turned off in March. All fireplaces are on a timer. Do not attempt to light, adjust or cook on fireplace. Do not move the logs.

20a. FIRE PIT: Please use caution when lighting a fire. Do not scrounge the woods for fire wood. Fire wood should be purchased from a local vendor. Fires need to be full extinguished when not supervised. Unexpected high winds at night are not uncommon. You are responsible if you start a forest fire, please use extreme caution.

21. FIRE WORKS: Shooting or Possessing Fire Works at any of our cabins/property is prohibited.

22. WILDLIFE/PESTS: Welcome to the mountains! We do have wild animals in the woods. Insects and pests are not uncommon in the mountains either. Each property/cabin is routinely inspected and treated for insects and pests. Do not leave doors or windows open. Do not leave food out on the counter. Do not leave trash in the cabin. Do not encourage insects, pests or wild animals. Please help us maintain the cabin for future guests.

23. LIMITS OF LIABILITY: By renting this property and signing this document you are assuming all risk and liability for any damage or loss done to persons, property, agents, employees or visitors occasioned by the present or future condition of the premises, both latent and manifest. Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins, the owners, Donn and Margaret Tisch, their employee’s or contractors are not responsible for any loss due to theft, items left behind, accidents or injuries to guests or visitors due to negligence or lack of personal responsibility.

24. ATTORNEY COSTS: If Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins or its owners, Donn and Margaret Tisch employ the services of an attorney to enforce any of the conditions of this agreement to collect amounts due, damages or losses, then the tenant shall be liable for attorney fees and costs incurred by them.

25. Amenities Liability Waiver/Hold Harmless Agreement: Please acknowledge that neither the property owner, or Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins is liable for any “bodily injury, or death” caused as a result of the use of amenities at this rental property, except under pure negligence on the part of the owner or Smoky Mountain Golden Cabins. Amenities are defined as (Swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, saunas, exercise equipment, small watercraft, bicycles, fire pits, playgrounds, fishing, recreation areas, and similar).

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