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The excitement of summer meets the mellowness of fall on Labor Day weekend. Take this chance to retreat to the mountains. Check out these five reasons you need a Labor Day cabin vacation.

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1. You Deserve a Break

For many of us, home and office are the same place right now. For some, home is a schoolroom too. Before fall arrives, give yourself the gift of time away from it all. You remember to recharge your phone, but do you give the same priority to recharging your spirit? A weekend in the Smoky Mountains can rejuvenate you, whether you prefer relaxing at your private cabin, zooming around in a go-kart, or anything in between.

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2. It’s a Long Weekend

Labor Day is the last blast of summer, and in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge you’ll find plenty to do. Get wet and wild at Dollywood’s Splash Country water park on this last weekend that it’s open. Discover Anakeesta, a new theme park in the treetops, where Labor Day brings concerts, outdoor movies, and lively demonstrations of clogging. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is always here with its secluded waterfalls, bustling wildlife, and historic homesteads.  

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3. Vacations Increase Happiness

It’s true—science says so! Studies find that travel improves relationships by creating shared memories that help families and couples bond. Vacations reduce stress, too: Research shows that nearly 90 percent of vacationers report a significant drop in stress after just a day or two away from home. Ponder these facts as you recline on your cabin’s deck, under September starlight.

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4. Cabins are the Perfect Place to Relax

A cabin vacation is a true escape. No hotel noise. No one thumping down shared hallways. Total privacy with terrific amenities: A fully equipped kitchen used only by you. Access to swimming pools. A soothing hot tub, available 24/7. A game room or private movie theater. Drink in the mountain air while on your patio or at your fire pit.

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5. Take Time to Disconnect

American spend an average of three hours a day on their phones—not counting time on computers and tablets. Turn off the screens and let a Labor Day vacation reclaim those hours for you. Sip a Tennessee wine while you gaze out your cabin’s picture windows. Forget everything but the whirlwind as you zip around on a roller coaster. Leave the phone behind while you trek a forest trail. Disconnect, and you’ll reconnect with yourself.