It’s charming. It’s magical. It’s perfectly nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Ever been to Dollywood? For those who haven’t, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains amusement park is the top destination for family vacations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. But there’s more to Pigeon Forge than Dollywood’s Splash Country. The town is ideal for second homebuyers looking to vacation or retire. And this week, we are showcasing two of its best offerings. Each has a story to tell but with price points that are miles apart.

Now there’s only one thing left to do. Make like a Draper James t-shirt and ask yourself, “What would Dolly do?” 

Splurge: Farmhouse In The Foothills On 25-Acres

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I had no idea that Asheville, N.C., was a popular vacation spot until I spent a little over a week in the area last summer. I fell in love with the place and all of its quirks pretty much instantly. Located in the Smoky Mountains, this thriving mountain metropolis has some great attractions — galleries, restaurants, shopping, and the famous vision of George Vanderbilt, the Biltmore house. There’s also tons of outdoors activities, such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, and pretty much anything else you can do on a mountain or in a river.

Instead of surfing MLS for opulent settings and lavish interiors, I wanted to find unique cabins that would make for the perfect Smoky Mountain retreat. Here’s what we found for Top-5 Friday in the Smoky Mountains:

1) 1384 Old Fort Road

I love the interesting architecture of this very angular lodge. It’s located on more than 60 acres in Fairview, N.C., and has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. There’s a separate three-car garage, and the raised porch overlooks a small pond. It’s priced at just $975,000 — a bargain considering the lot size and the home’s mammoth 4,774 square feet. (Re/Max All Stars Realty)

2) 270 Starling Gentry Road

When I think of a cabin in the woods, this is pretty much the vision that comes to mind. This home is set on 50 acres in Marshall, N.C., and totals only 1,800 square feet. This is a place for solitude, with only two bedrooms and one bath. The porch overlooks the large wooded surroundings, and it’s priced at just $799,000. (French Broad Real Estate Company)

3) 436 Bull Creek Road

This is where you want to be in the fall. That wrap-around porch gives you an incredible mountain view, surely unrivaled in the area. This home is much more updated and modernized. It’s really a great place to store all of your books and comfy chairs, giving you a quiet escape from the last throes of a Southern summer. Built in 2004, this home has four bedrooms, four baths, and almost 7 acres inside the Asheville city limits for just $774,000. (Beverly Hanks & Associates)

4) 0 Pearson Falls

This home was built at the spot where two creeks meet. Can you get any more picturesque than that? This home, located in Saluda, N.C., has excellent views and is close to fishing, mountain climbing, kayaking, and plenty of other outdoor activities. There’s plenty of room for your family and friends to stick around for a while, too. There are three bedrooms, three baths, and 1,800 square feet listed for just $615,000. (Cathy Jackson Realty)

5) 479 Red Bird Road 

Doesn’t this one just look like Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s house? This cute red cabin in the woods isn’t quaint, though, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 2,600 square feet. I love how cozy everything is, though, and the kitchen is just adorable. This Spruce Pine, N.C., mountain home is listed for just $295,000. (Foxfire Real Estate)