The Pioneer Trading Post


Guestbook Entries

Peaceful, loving cabin

"I can not begin to tell anyone who reads this, the peace, comfort, and relaxation that we all felt while staying at this beautiful cabin. No matter where I sat, inside or outside, I could feel the love that has gone into the care of this cabin and its surrounding land. Stepping back in time is awesome. Every room has something that tells of its past. The pictures, the furniture, the totem pole, just everything brings such a longing for the past and its simpler (yet harder) times. The sign over the door in the bathroom says it all "Live Simple So others can simply live"...Love it! Thank you so much Tara for sharing such a beautiful home and your families past with us. I could truly make this my forever home. Doby was such a special addition also. My grandsons kept asking me to call you and ask if we could keep him! lol! I had to tell a little fib and tell them I called and you said that this was HIS forever home and he had to stay to take care of it and watch over anyone coming to stay. We will be back for sure! The property was awesome! Photos accurately depict the cabin. Tara was awesome to speak with and very very helpful with any and all questions we had. My love for the Smokies just grew even more staying here. Someday it WILL be my forever home out that way. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for sharing!"

- Judy

I want to go back again and again!

"I totally fell in love with The Pioneer Trading Post online when I was looking for a cabin for a family vacation. I really wanted somewhere that had an authentic rustic feel and not a typical cookie cutter cabin. This property totally exceeded my expectations. I am still marveling at the time and love it must have taken to build this place. The grounds are beautiful and the house has such a practically feel its character! There is tremendous attention to detail in regards to the areas history along with all the modern amenities and comforts. The owner, Tara, is extremely courteous and helpful in giving tips about the area and the house. Also, I cannot forget Dobi the dog. He was such a great and friendly addition... a total gentleman. I have already booked my next trip and I cannot wait to go back!

- Ashley

Warm, inviting and totally original!

"Looking for something like no other? This cabin was built with love and I could feel it as soon as I stepped inside. Every detail- from the old church pews welcoming guests to sit on the porch, to antique kitchen pie safe, dining table and chairs, the exposed hand hewn chesnut logs inside and out , stainglass windows and old family photos beautifully arranged on the wall - tell the story of those that have come to love and honor the history of this cabin. The artistic style and quality design separates this place from every other cabin on the mountain and lake. Everytime I return, it feels like a home away from home. With so many outdoor activities... campfires, swimming, hiking , fishing , wildflower picking, boating feels like summer camp, too! The sleeping porch is a perfect place to simply rest and just listen to the birds. It truely is a peaceful place. Very private and secluded, but still near all the conveniences (groceries, gas, fishing equipment and boating gear etc). I highly recommend this to anyone considering a lakefront cabin! Worth every penny!"

- Sarah

Cannot Recommend it ENOUGH

"Valentine's Day this year has been the most romantic and relaxing we have ever had. We have enjoyed our time here more than any other cabin experience in the area. We have been coming here for years and yours is the best yet. A cabin like this is our dream home. Thank you for sharing your home and heritage with us. I am sure we will be back in the future."

- Terri

Amazing Cabin

"We spent a wonderful New Year in your beautiful home. The experience was once in a lifetime. Our family has been talking about coming back in the summertime. Thank you for sharing your home. This was a wonderful place to come together as friends and spend a relaxing week. It's a beautiful cabin and surrounded by breathtaking scenery. I hope we make this a yearly adventure."

- Jessica

Wonderful Time at the Cabin

"This will be our future annual family vacation place to visit. Thank you for such a beautiful home a place to create memories with our friends close and far. Thanks Tara for helping us find fun things to do with our kids. We could not get them out of the water. They really enjoyed the cabin being right on the water. We appreciated the higher end quality of the beds and linens. So much attention to detail. Thank you very much."

- Steven

Bygone Charm

"Our stay in The Pioneer was more than wonderful. As soon as we pulled up, it was like we drove right into the 1800s. It was my first time in Tennessee, but as soon as we walk in the the Great-room, we decided that we would return every year. The cabin just has a down home feel to it. We hope that everyone who comes to this cabin will enjoy themselves as much as we did. Thank you for all the wonderful memories we will cherish them forever. See you all next year."

- Jakub

Pioneer patron

"We had an absolutely wonderful experience the Pioneer Trading Post. The old world atmosphere was perfect for relaxing and enjoying the company of friends. The scenery was just so beautiful. I spent the entire week on the porch swing and I regret nothing. I was so happy here and I hope all future residents will be too. I hope to be back here soon. We highly recommend this property."

- April

The real deal

"What a completely charming place to stay. I have been trying for a long time to find a truly authentic log cabin in the smokey mountains. This is totally the REAL DEAL. It really does feel like you have stepped back in time, but yet every modern amenity is available. They could probably use this place as a movie set. The outside porches, decks and gardens are just lovely. To top all this off, you have a gorgeous lake right behind the house. Douglas lake has emerald green water that is amazingly clear. We took our boat to a little island, and for a period of time I felt like I was back in the caribbean. If you stay here, you will want to go back."

- Devin