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Located in the picturesque gated and secluded Shagbark resort, this 3 bed, 2.5 bath has been updated to fit the modern family’s needs. Brand new furniture, smart TVs, arcade games and kitchen items!

This wears valley resort is however just short drive to Pigeon Forge and 17 miles to Gatlinburg. Relax on the large outdoor deck with outdoor dining, hot tub and grill. There are 2 large master bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms and a loft with arcade games perfect for a group of 6.



Heating and cooling

Air conditioning, Indoor fireplace, Central heating

Bedroom & Laundry

Washer, Free dryer – In unit, Bed linens (Cotton linens).


Bathtub, Hair dryer.

Home safety

Smoke alarm, Carbon monoxide alarm, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit

Internet and office

Wifi, Dedicated workspace




Board Games


Private patio or balcony, Outdoor dining area, BBQ grill

Parking and facilities

Free parking on premises, Pool, Private hot tub

Kitchen and dining

Kitchen (space where guests can cook their own meals), Refrigerator, Microwave, Dishes and silverware (bowls, chopsticks, plates, cups, etc.), Freezer, Dishwasher, Stove, Oven, Coffee maker: drip coffee maker, Wine glasses, Blender, Dining table


Things To Do

Alamo Steakhouse

This place is the one to go for a delicious steak! Good prices, great atmosphere, and relatively close to the cabin. They also have scrumptious green salads. Good for kids and groups. Highly recommend!


Gaucho Urbano

This restaurant is an experience! Great salad bar, excellent service, and tasty, unlimited food. Brazilian meats include sirloin, sausage, teriyaki chicken, spare ribs, and more! Open on many holidays, including Thanksgiving!


Graze Burgers

Great burgers made with locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients! It’s a charming place away from all the hustle and bustle. There is an outdoor patio and sometimes live music. Only nine miles from the cabin.


Applewood Restaurant

This restaurant is a must-see and do! Try their complimentary apple fritters, fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, and complimentary apple julep! Farmhouse Grill serves three-course meals (fritters, soup, and entree) whereas the Farmhouse Restaurant offers slightly pricier five-course meals (fritters, soup, salad, entree with a side, and dessert).


Paw Paw’s Catfish Kitchen

Try their crab cakes, red beans & rice, fried catfish, and then some fried pudding! NOTE: the restaurant is only open Thu- Sat.


The Apple Barn

Order the cabin pack from the Apple Barn! You just call & it’s ready in 15 minutes for pickup! Feeds 4/6 ppl. Choose one main dish like fried chicken, two sides such as apple fritters, apple butter, or banana pudding. Or you can eat in!


Sunliner Diner

Sunliner Diner has a 50s theme, burgers, and crazy ice cream sundaes. Try their candied bacon, classic banana split, and chicken and waffles. A fun place to try for the whole family.


Bullfish Grill

You will find the bull fish grill which has delicious fresh seafood, filet mignon, cilantro lime grilled shrimp, and a wedge salad.


Holston’s Kitchen

Holston’s has a nice atmosphere, great wings, and excellent margaritas! The ambience is family friendly and you can enjoy a turkey club, a country fried steak, or an orange soak cake.


Aubrey’s Restaurant

Try the salmon tacos, Rockefeller pizza appetizer, or tuna fillet sandwich grilled perfectly. The service is outstanding and very friendly.



There’s a location in pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. This restaurant has great barbecue. Try the Al’s steak, hickory smoked prime rib, or ribs! Expect a line, though!


Preacher’s Smokehouse

This smokehouse has great barbecue, yummy pulled pork sandwiches, and burnt ends. Good food, cheap prices, and a cozy atmosphere!


Local Goat

This place is great for large groups, and it has delicious food. Try the salmon, the Tennessee Whiskey Burger, or the ribs. The fried deviled eggs are a must! Make reservations ahead of time.


Lil’ Black Bear Cafe

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge’s Parkway lies the Lil’ Black Bear Cafe. Family owned and operated, this diner offers a selection of homemade breakfast foods, sandwiches, subs, and a variety of seasonal soups and desserts.


JT Hannah’s Kitchen

This restaurant features great burgers and salads. They also have a great ribeye! Good service and good ambiance but not too fancy. Dairy-free and gluten-free options available. They do not accept reservations.


Cherokee Grill

Wonderful steak, great salad bar, and scrumptious spinach mac ‘n cheese. Upscale mountain lodge atmosphere. Located thirteen miles from the cabin. Call for reservations. Open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.


Peddler Steakhouse

Wonderful steak, smoked oysters, bacon, and a generous salad bar! There are romantic views of the river too. Highly recommend. Request a table by the creek if you’re celebrating a special occasion. Romantic!


Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina

If you like a nice view and the ability to people watch, the rooftop at this restaurant might be the place for you. They have world-famous fajitas and margaritas that you can enjoy on the rooftop. Home to Gatlinburg’s only rooftop bar!


The Melting Pot

This unique dining experience offers cheese fondue and dessert fondue. They offer a variety of options while making your dining experience fun and easy. Make reservations ahead of time, and if you have a special event, let them know. They might do something special for you!