Owners

Welcome to Smokies Rent Direct. We are Derek and Kim Brickler. We live in Indianapolis, Indiana with our two teenaged children. Derek owns his own business and Kim is in the corporate world. We love to spend our time walking/hiking, being outside and looking for new exciting things to do.

What started as a love for the outside and traveling led us to vacationing in Pigeon Forge a few years ago. We stayed in our first cabin and loved the ambiance of it, including its location close to the Parkway. However, it didn’t have a “mountain view.”

After our first experience, we could not wait to come back and try something a little different. On our second trip to a cabin, we chose one with a dynamic view up in the mountains. What we found was the view was breathtaking but the convenience of the location was lost as the drive was time-consuming and challenging. As much as we loved the view, we realized location is very important to us, as we like to spend a lot of time at the park and attractions.

At this point, we fell in love with the area and decided to purchase our own cabin to stay in when we visit and rent to others when we are not there.  We knew what we wanted:
     – It had to be a beautiful and well-built cabin
     – It had to be easily accessible and close to the Parkway
     – We wanted privacy and a view

We looked at many cabins. But we knew the second we walked into Mountain Splash it was “home.”