The Smoky Mountains are one of the most beautiful places in the world, teeming with opportunities for adventure. Here are a few must-see Gatlinburg shops and restaurants to check out while you’re in Gatlinburg this year:
The Old Mill General Store
Stop in to visit the Old Mill General Store, a favorite shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. At this authentic historic location, you’ll not only get to enjoy the sight of the mill, but you’ll find their famous pancake mix, homemade jams and jellies, and other signature Old Mill food products that can’t be found anywhere else. Every year over a million people visit the store and other Gatlinburg shops for these delicious goods.
Art Studio of the Smokies
There’s nothing more fulfilling than a good old-fashioned hands-on activity. Here at the Art Studio of the Smokies, you’ll create your own art! Host a whole party or plan an inventive date with your significant other; either way, you’ll have a blast with your art of choice, be it drawing, painting, pastels, multimedia, or even photography. This studio goes above and beyond to involve you in the art process, and they even offer lessons in their computer lab for newcomers to digital graphics if you want to try something new.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
Spend your day strolling through the hundreds of booths and marvel at the handmade products lovingly crafted by artists that come to participate in the fair from all over the country, alongside local Gatlinburg shops. Soak up the rich and vibrant art scene, watch as artists demonstrate their talents for you right there at the fair, and take something special home with you! You’re bound to find a piece of art that speaks to you. There’s a Kid’s Corner in the summer, and live musical performances that cost nothing more than the ticket of entry, which is only $7 for adults, and children get in free!
Smoky Mountain Trout House
The Smoky Mountain Trout house has been operating since 1975 in a historic downtown building, so there’s no better place to experience the local cuisine and get your fill of that old-timey atmosphere we all adore. True to the name and logo boasting a colorful river trout, the crowning specialty here is the rainbow trout—farmed locally in the crystal waters of the Smokey Mountains, of course. You’ll find a rich menu here to go along with the famous trout, with daily entrée and drink specials to keep your wallet happy.
Smoky Mountain Brewery
As the oldest craft brewery in East Tennessee, this stop is a must when visiting Gatlinburg. This brewery has been around since the entire movement of U.S. craft beer was still getting off the ground, and as such, they entered the game ahead of the curve. Their beer recipes are unrivaled, and their story is the quintessential American dream of hard work for success. You can taste the love in every sip of beer, with unique brews like Cherokee Red Ale, Tuckaleechee Porter, and Mountain Light. While you’re here for the best beer in Tennessee, grab some homemade pizza fresh from the oven, a wood-roasted steak, or even a brewery souvenir to take home.
Great Gatlinburg Shops, Restaurants, and More
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