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10 Ways to Keep the Kids Happy in the Smokies

Bringing kids along on vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains means you’ll need to be equipped with local insight on fun things to do with kids in Pigeon Forge (and neighboring Gatlinburg, TN). The good news is there are plenty of kid friendly things to do in the Smokies, from riding go-karts, putt-putting, and duel zip lining to snow tubing indoors (year-round), petting moon jellies, and splashing in a private pool. There’s something for every stage of childhood in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. What’s the bad news? While finding something to keep the kids happy here is easy, getting them to leave the alluring attraction or enticing cabin won’t be easy — but it will be worth it.

1. TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena

High energy kids will love jumping around, climbing for hours, and beating arcade scores at TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena in Pigeon Forge. As the area’s first indoor trampoline park, it’s a prime spot to bring the kiddos to get out their wiggles and have a blast. Plus, it’s not just for kids, so if you’re a kid at heart, get ready for heart pumping fun on the Fire & Ice Ninja Course, Boneyard Stunt Tower, and trampoline sporting arenas!

2. The Track 

Dubbed a family fun park, every age is welcome to the thrills and excitement at The Track in Pigeon Forge! There are 4 go-kart tracks for all levels, bumper cars, blaster boats, miniature golf, kiddy rides, and a super arcade with 50+ games. The kids in your group will be grinning from ear to ear before they even walk through the door…and no doubt the same can be said for the adults.

3. Comedy Barn Theater

Clean comedy for family entertainment awaits at the Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge. With 25 years under their belt, they deliver in knee slaps, side stitches, and belly laughs from the start of the show to the closing curtain. Come see animal acts, singing and dancing, magic tricks, juggling stunts, and ventriloquy — at the most attended clean comedy theater in the world!

4. Mini Golf

Miniature golf is a great pastime to take things a little slower and spend quality time with the kids. Fun courses can be found all over Pigeon Forge. Attempt to find Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure, embark on a Fantasy Golf adventure with a dragon, play on the rooftop of Crave Golf, venture onto Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm, and hang out at Hillbilly Golf. 

5. Anakeesta

One of the latest and greatest mountaintop attractions in Gatlinburg, Anakeesta is a modern aerial adventure park that features fun activities for both kids and adults. Duel zip line with your daughter, ride the mountain coaster with your son, buy your granddaughter an ice cream at Pearl’s Pie in the Sky, play with your little grandson in the treehouse village, take an afternoon treetop skywalk together, and grab a souvenir before you go!

6. Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud 

A competitive show and exciting adventure park wrapped into one, Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud gives kids a taste of Appalachian history while having fun. Professional lumberjacks show off their mad skills, throwing axes, climbing trees, sawing with speed, rolling on water, and more. And after watching the pro show, you get to experience the lumberman life — safely — in the park! 

7. Pigeon Forge Snow

What child doesn’t love playing in the snow? Winter, spring, summer, or fall — every season is filled with Pigeon Forge Snow at this super cool indoor snow tubing park! Snow tube to your heart’s content and chow down on treats and drinks at the snack bar. Plus, there’s a snow play area where you can create snow angels and make snow people. 

8. Dollywood 

Roller coasters, live performances, handcrafted souvenirs, kiddy rides of all shapes and sizes, an eagle enclosure, train rides, Southern dining, and neat festivals and events await at Dollywood — arguably the best theme park in the Smokies! An entire day here will certainly keep the kids happy.

9. Ripley’s Aquarium 

Explore at a slower pace when you visit Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Kids will ooh and aah at all the sea creatures throughout this multi level, interactive aquarium. There are even special experiences you can sign up for such as the Glass Bottom Boat Adventure over Shark Lagoon, Splash with the Stingrays, and Turtle Time where you get to meet and feed Sally the sea turtle!

10. Cabin with Extras

Checking out local attractions will entertain the kids for sure…but what about when you need to take a break or head in for the night? Opt for a cabin with kid friendly things to do in Pigeon Forge, TN. From a private indoor pool, a bubbly hot tub, and a firepit for s’mores to a home theater, a rec room with game tables and arcade units, and high speed Wi-Fi, the kids (and YOU) will have a blast at your cabin rental in the Smokies!

Between playing at entertaining attractions in town and hanging at your private Pigeon Forge cabin with fun amenities, it’s easy to keep kids happy when you visit the Great Smoky Mountains!

Spooky Cabin Treats

Our Pigeon Forge cabins come with one very important amenity: a fully equipped kitchen! When you’re on vacation, having access to a place to cook and whip up snacks or drinks is a must. It’s great to have an easy place in the cabin to warm up leftovers from downtown, pack picnic lunches before heading out for the day, store treats from downtown, or make meals for a group. This is especially true around the holidays, when you want to be able to make the things you love most – even when you’re away. 

Halloween is such a fun time in the Smokies, and it’s also a great time to try your hand at cooking or baking – or just making simple treats. If you’re lucky enough to be hanging out in a Pigeon Forge cabin this Halloween, you’ll want some fun ways to celebrate! One of our favorite things to do for Halloween in a cabin is making Halloween treats! Read on for some fun and spooky treats that are easy enough to make with the kids! 

And keep scrolling for some spook-tastic ideas for fun in your Pigeon Forge cabin this Halloween!

Reese’s Bats | delish.com


  • 10 mini Reese’s cups
  • 5 oreos
  • 20 Candy eyes
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter


  1. Cut all Oreo cookies in half and gently remove the cream. Cut each half in half to create the wings.
  2. Using a toothpick or a small spoon, apply a small dab of peanut butter to one end of each Oreo. Press onto the Reese’s cup to make wings.
  3. Next, place a small dab of peanut butter onto the back of two candy eyes and place on top of the edge of the wings. Serve.

Dracula Dentures | delish.com


  • 1 tube chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • red food coloring
  • mini marshmallows
  • slivered almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll cookie dough into 1 ½” balls and place on baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely then cut in half.
  2. Add a few drops of red food coloring into vanilla frosting and stir until smooth. Spread a thin layer of red frosting onto each cookie half.
  3. Place mini marshmallows around the round edges of half of the halves. Place the remaining halves on top, then stick a slivered almond on each side to create fangs.

Halloween Candy Bark | delish.com


  • 2 c. white chocolate, chopped
  • 15 drops Flo-Coat Candy Coating
  • 1 drop purple food coloring
  • 1 drop green food coloring
  • 1 drop orange food coloring
  • 2 tbsp. large Halloween-colored nonpareils
  • 1 tbsp. Halloween-colored sprinkles


  1. Place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir until completely melted.
  2. Divide 3 tablespoons melted white chocolate into three separate bowls. Add five drops Flo-Coat and one drop of food coloring to each bowl; stir to combine.
  3. Pour remaining white chocolate onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using an offset spatula, spread chocolate until it’s 1/8″- to 1/4″-thick. Drizzle colored chocolate on top and drag a toothpick to create swirls. Dust top with nonpareils and sprinkles.
  4. Transfer to the refrigerator to set, 20 minutes. Break into pieces to serve.

Pumpkin Fudge | delish.com


  • 3 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 c. pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice, plus more for dusting (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt


  1. Line an 8”-x-8” pan with parchment paper and grease with nonstick cooking spray. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on medium power for 1 minute intervals, stirring after each minute, until smooth.
  2. Fold in pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Pour into prepared baking pan and place in refrigerator for 3 hours, or until fudge is set. Sprinkle with more pumpkin spice if using, cut into squares, and serve.

In-Cabin Fun for Halloween

You’ll find Halloween fun downtown, but you can also stick around the cabin to celebrate! Need some ideas for celebrating Halloween in your Pigeon Forge cabin? Try…

  • Bake holiday goodies
  • Have a spooky scavenger hunt around the cabin (think a bag of candy corn, mini pumpkins, spider toys, parts of a skeleton, etc.)
  • Color Halloween pages and make seasonal crafts 
  • Play candy Bingo 
  • Have a costume contest (pups included if you’re in a pet-friendly cabin!)

Pigeon Forge Fun for Halloween 

Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights will be going on through October 31, and it’s about as festive for Halloween as you can get! Thousands of jack-o-lanterns dot the landscape at Dollywood, and you’ll have your pick of tasty seasonal treats. Some fun features include special sunflower pumpkins at Wildwood Grove, the sparkling lights of the Wildwood Tree, pumpkin frogs at Drop Line Pond (in Timber Canyon), and a 40-foot-tall pumpkin tree! 

If you want a trick-or-treating experience, The Island will once again offer candy to costumed kiddos! Stop by for treats and enjoy unlimited rides for $5 if you’re in costume. Check back later or call 865.286.0119 for a start time. 

On Thursday, October 29, local businesses will offer candy to kids at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. It’s free and family friendly, with a non-scary setting so the little ones can enjoy!

Romantic Recipes: Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Cabin

Ready for some romance in the Smokies? What better way to make your Valentine swoon than with a delicious dinner and decadent dessert to follow? Along with all the perfect amenities for a romantic weekend – hot tub, Blu-ray and DVD players, big screen TVs, indoor jetted tub, king-size beds, and more – our Pigeon Forge, TN cabins boast fully equipped kitchens for easy in-cabin meals. 

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad | Food Network


  • 1 bulb fennel, halved and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 5 slices pancetta
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces (about 6 to 7 cups) mixed salad greens
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together fennel, pancetta, garlic, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until the pancetta is crisp and the fennel is caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, place the salad greens, crumbled pancetta, and caramelized fennel. Toss the salad with the Red Wine Vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  1. Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
  2. Yield: scant 1/2 cup
  3. Prep Time: 5 minutes

Perfect Flank Steak | Delish


For the Marinade

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime (or lemon) juice
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar

For the Steak

  • 2 lb flank steak
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Add steak and toss until coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.
  2. Remove steak from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt (remember that there’s soy sauce in the marinade) and pepper.
  3. To grill: Preheat grill to medium-high. Place steak on grill and cook to your liking, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Cooking time will vary due to thickness of your steak.)
  4. To broil: Preheat oven broiler to high. Place steak on a sheet pan and cook, turning once halfway through, until cooked to your liking, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Cooking time will vary due to thickness of your steak.) Let rest before slicing and serving.

Pappardelle in Saffron Cream | Food Network


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small shallot, minced
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces dried pappardelle pasta
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and saffron and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is softened, about 2 minutes. Add the cream, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; increase the heat to medium high and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.
  2. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Remove 1/4 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet with the sauce. Add the reserved cooking water, the parmesan and half of the chives and toss to coat. Serve topped with the lemon zest, remaining chives and more cheese.

Red Velvet Bourbon Cheesecake Bars | Food Network


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring


  • One 1/4-ounce packet unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar


  1. For the red velvet cake: Position an oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Coat the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Stir together the cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons very hot water in a small bowl until smooth; let cool slightly. Stir together the milk and vinegar in another small bowl, and let stand until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in the food coloring and the cocoa mixture. Alternate whisking in the flour mixture in three additions and the milk mixture in two, starting and ending with the flour, until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Once the cake is cool enough to touch, press it down slightly to make the layer even. Place the pan on a cooling rack and let cool completely.
  5. For the cheesecake: While the red velvet cake bakes, combine the gelatin with 2 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl, and set aside to soften, about 5 minutes.
  6. Heat the granulated sugar and corn syrup over medium heat in a small skillet. Cook, swirling the pan but not stirring, until the mixture turns amber, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, and carefully whisk in the cream and bourbon. (If the caramel seizes and hardens, continue to stir over medium heat until it melts and is smooth again.) Bring the mixture to a fast simmer, and cook until the caramel thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to help the caramel cool faster.
  7. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a large bowl until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Add the cooled caramel, sour cream and confectioners’ sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until incorporated and smooth, about 1 minute.
  8. Microwave the gelatin until melted, stirring as needed, about 30 seconds. Add it to the cream cheese mixture, and beat on medium-high speed to combine, about 30 seconds.
  9. Spread the cheesecake mixture over the red velvet cake in an even layer. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
  10. Make the whipped cream: Beat the cream and confectioners’ sugar together with an electric mixer at medium-high speed in a large bowl until medium peaks form. Spread the cream over the cheesecake.
  11. Use the foil overhang to lift the bars out of the pan. Peel down the foil, and thinly trim the edges of the bars. Cut into 12 even rectangles, wiping the knife clean between cuts.

We’re thankful for…NEW Cabins this November!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’re thinking about all the things we’re thankful for. Near the top of our list? NEW Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins! A private indoor pool, game tables, mountain views, cozy spaces for fall and holiday getaways…we’ve got it all. Come check out what’s new and start planning your vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains today!

1 bedroom | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 6 | Pigeon Forge, TN
Tucked in the Legacy Mountain resort, this charming log cabin gives you that classic mountain feel. Cozy up with wood interiors and lofty ceilings, whip up meals with stainless steel appliances in the fully equipped kitchen, shoot pool and play foosball, soak in the soothing outdoor hot tub, and take advantage of conveniences like a washer/dryer, DVD player, and motorcycle-friendly parking!

3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 8 | Pigeon Forge, TN
Want a modern mountain cabin with a touch of rustic? Cozy Bear Retreat gives you a little of both! Enjoy tree-studded views, a soothing outdoor hot tub, a porch swing overlooking the trees, rocking chairs on the deck, and a big screen TV in the living room. It’s also outfitted with conveniences to make your stay easier and more fun, from a Blu-ray player and washer/dryer to a fully equipped kitchen and pool table!

2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 6 | Pigeon Forge, TN
Set up a family game night at the table by the wood-burning fireplace, enjoy in-cabin meals made in the fully equipped kitchen, play checkers while watching TV, unwind and relax on the covered and enclosed deck, and soak in the hot tub after long days exploring downtown Pigeon Forge. Heaven on Earth is also pet friendly and features lots of amenities to make your stay more comfortable!

4 bedrooms | 5.5 bathrooms | sleeps 16 | Pigeon Forge, TN
As if the private indoor pool wasn’t enough, Aqua Majesty boasts TVs in all the bedrooms, a big screen TV with DVD and Blu-ray players, an inviting gas fireplace, pool and air hockey tables for more entertainment, and conveniences like the washer/dryer and wireless high-speed internet!

We’re FALLing for NEW Cabins this October

A Bear’s Creek Plunge | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 10
Splash into fun at your own private pool at A Bear’s Creek Plunge! This bright and comfy cabin features high ceilings, gorgeous wood interiors, comfy king-size beds, queen bunks, a soothing outdoor hot tub, a welcoming electric fireplace, a big screen TV and TVs in the bedrooms, arcade games, and many conveniences!

Good Ol’ Days | 2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | sleeps 6
Go back to the Good Ol’ Days at this Pigeon Forge charmer, complete with a fully equipped kitchen for in-cabin meals and snacks, DVD and Blu-ray players for the living room’s big screen TV, a soothing outdoor hot tub, an Xbox, a book library for those relaxing days, and a movie library. And that’s all on top of the tons of conveniences like a washer/dryer, wireless internet, charcoal grill, and TVs in the bedrooms!

Mountain Shadows Lodge | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | sleeps 18
New owners have completely revamped this lovely small group cabin, with tons of upgrades and renovations! Enjoy fresh new spaces with a soothing hot tub, covered deck with dining space and room to hang out, a firepit for s’mores and late-night chats, a big screen TV with DVD and Blu-ray players, and games in the form of pool, air hockey, and arcade games!

Mountain Spirits | 1 bedroom | 1 bathroom | sleeps 4
Tucked among the trees, this lovely wood cabin is a classic mountain dream. Whip up meals in the full kitchen, relax in bed in front of your bedroom’s big screen TV, soak in the jetted tub, grill and eat on the covered deck, soak in the outdoor hot tub, or break out the board games for a fun family night! It’s also equipped with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and high-speed wireless internet for your convenience.

Serenity in the Mist | 8 bedrooms | 8 bathrooms | sleeps 33
Located in Hibernation Station, this awesome large group lodge is beautifully designed, spacious, and packed with high-end amenities and décor for a truly lodge-like experience. Beautiful dark trim runs throughout the cabin, it features a private indoor pool, valley views await, and there’s even space for your 4-legged friend at this pet-friendly cabin! Add on king beds and queen bunks, high-speed internet, an outdoor hot tub, arcade games, a theater room, and TVs in the bedrooms, and the amenities are seemingly endless!

Upcoming FALL Events
Pigeon Forge’s community calendar is packed year-round with plenty to do. That holds true in fall especially, with seasonal festivals for everyone! Here are just a few things coming up this month.

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament | October 4 – 5
OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg | September 27 – November 3
Tennessee Whiskey Supper + Festival | October 11-12
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair | October 10 – 27

Summer’s Over…but NEW Cabins Keep Coming!

Bummed that summer’s over? No worries, we have you covered! Our new Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins will cheer you up in no time!

Billy Bob’s
4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 12
Want a place that feels like home – in the Smokies? Head to Billy Bob’s in Pigeon Forge, where you’ll have a classic log cabin and modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. Cozy up in front of the stone fireplace while watching TV, make snacks and meals in the fully equipped kitchen, and break out the board games for a family game night.
On nice nights, take advantage of the charcoal grill or play some foosball on the deck! You can play Xbox 360, have movie nights with the Blu-ray player and big screen TV, or watch your own show with TVs in the bedrooms. Want the conveniences like you have at home? Billy Bob’s has a washer/dryer, high-speed internet, and a Keurig coffeemaker.

Like A Comet
3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | sleeps 9
Stainless steel kitchen appliances, cozy wood interiors, a king-size suite with a jetted tub and fireplace, mountain views showcased by windows all around, outdoor dining, a soothing hot tub, a pool table and arcade games, lodge-like details…this small group cabin is great for a fun family vacation filled with light and laughter.

Majestic Peace
5 bedrooms | 7 ½ bathrooms | sleeps 16
Find your peace at this 5-bedroom cabin for family vacations, couples’ retreats, and weekends with friends. Take advantage of wireless internet, shoot pool, have a movie night on the Blu-ray player, and enjoy your own little spa day in the sauna at the cabin! In the morning, have a cup of coffee while you sit back in the rocking chairs before heading into town to explore. Mountain views await, the outdoor firepit is perfect for s’mores and late-night stories, and the theater room with a big screen TV and Blu-ray player is movie night heaven!

Von Bryan Estate
11 bedrooms | 10 ½ bathrooms | sleeps 43
There’s plenty of space for an awesome group getaway at this cabin for 43, with a huge deck that boasts great views, dining tables for meals and games, and plenty of space to spread out and soak up the sun. In summer, spend days in and by the private outdoor pool to swim and sunbathe. Entertainment doesn’t stop there, either.

Enjoy a lodge-like atmosphere inside, with a large stone fireplace and exposed wood beams. Shoot pool and play foosball, watch movies in your own movie room with big screen TV and theater seats, have a drink at the bar, or whip up meals in the fully equipped kitchen before relaxing on the sofas around the cabin.