John and Kathy Godar
After countless memories made on Gatlinburg trips, my wife Kathy and I decided to purchase our first vacation property in Tennessee. After a few years and with a growing family, we decided to sell our first property and purchase Black Bear Lodge in 2005. Through the years we've enjoyed some many of the attractions the area has to offer, yet still feel there is so much to see! From morning hikes in the Smoky Mountains to shopping in Pigeon Forge, we've always enjoyed our time at the chalet. They always seem to be adding new things or updating the old ones and it's kept us coming back for years. We rented our original Gatlinburg home through a local rental agency and when the time came that we bought Black Bear Lodge, my brother Joe had developed vacation rental by owner software (ivacationonline.com). Ivacation made it possible for us to balance the busy lives of our three kids and successfully rent our vacation home on our own. We have loved the results and haven't looked back since. The feeling of supplying friends and families with a vacation home is always a joy.