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Things to do in Gatlinburg in November

10 Of The Best Things To Do In Gatlinburg In November

Whether you’re taking a long weekend over Thanksgiving, or you just prefer to get away when it’s a bit cooler and less crowded, November is a GREAT time to visit the mountains! The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee are home to one of the most beautiful and popular vacation spots in the country.

Right at the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, lies Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This little resort town is known for it’s beautiful scenery, amazing shopping, and tasty southern cuisine. Just down the road you’ll also find Pigeon Forge, home of Dollywood, and tons of activities for the whole family!

Peak tourist season in Gatlinburg is in July, but we prefer to schedule our visit when it’s a little slower paced. In my family’s humble opinion, there’s no better time to see the mountains than around the month of November. It’s the perfect time of year. It’s a little less crowded, but you can still see the beautiful fall foliage. You can also see one of the most beautiful expositions of Christmas lights in the world. Here are our top ten choices of things to try if you decide to visit the Smoky Mountains this November.

Gatlinburg’s Festival of the Trees

From November 24th to the 28th, Gatlinburg’s convention center will be filled with Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes. This year will be the 48th annual festival of the trees. Each year, the festival raises money for the boys and girls club of the Smoky Mountains. In addition to the hundreds of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, there will be lots of fun activities and crafts for kids. There’s also an opportunity for them to get their picture taken with Santa Claus himself!

Gatlinburg’s Veteran’s Day Celebration

Gatlinburg is one of only 41 sites in the US to be recognized as an official regional site for the observance of Veterans Day. For the last 20 years, the city of Gatlinburg has been proud to honor veterans with a celebration on November 11th. The official time to observe Veterans Day is on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This is to mark the exact moment when World War I ended in 1918. This moving ceremony is a must do for anyone with a military connection. This years Veterans Day service will be held at the Rocky Top Sports World.

Gatlinburg’s Chili Cook-off and Winterfest Kickoff Event

Gatlinburg always kicks off it’s Winterfest with an old fashioned chili cook-off. This annual event is free to attend, but tickets for chili tasting will cost you $10. Trust us though, you will get PLENTY to eat! There will also be live music and you’ll get to witness Gatlinburg’s holiday lights being turned on for the season. What better way to celebrate cooler weather than grabbing a hot bowl of chili? Don’t forget to use your ticket to vote for your favorite chili!

Hiking and Wildlife Spotting

The autumn is the perfect time of year for hiking the trails around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In early November, you can still see the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage. You may want to check out Baskins Creek Falls if you love beautiful waterfalls. You’ll go on a 3 mile, round trip hike to a gorgeous 40 foot waterfall. If you prefer log bridges, stunning views of bluffs, and natural rock arches, you might try Alum Cave. The area near Cades Cove is one of the best places to see wildlife this time of year. Cooler weather makes for a pleasant hike no matter which trail you choose. Get out and breathe in some cool crisp mountain air and see the views along the way!

Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg

If you have a few thrill seekers in your group, you may want to try out the snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg. Later in the year, you can ski and snowboard at Ober Gatlinburg, but our favorite thing to do in the fall is snow tubing. Snow tubing season opens on November 20th and $30 to $35 per person will buy you a 90 minute session. Just $30 for the chance to hurl ourselves down a big hill on a rubber inner-tube? Yes please! Count us in! Seriously though, this is great fun for all ages and an especially good option if you like a few thrills.

See the Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

If you love seeing beautifully twinkling Christmas lights, Gatlinburg is one of the best places in the world to see them. Every year, the city puts up over 3 million beautiful LED lights. You’ll see sparkling lights in traditional holiday scenes all throughout the city. You’ll also see representations of bears, deer, rabbits and other mountain wildlife. The lights will be turned on on November 11th this year to transform the whole town into a winter wonderland. It’s truly a sight to behold and will get anyone into the holiday spirit.

Polar Express Train Ride

This is so much more than a train ride. It’s truly a magical excursion for the little ones in your family, or for anyone who loves a little Christmas fantasy. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Polar Express train departs from the Bryson City depot. You will be transported into the movie. You’ll be able to sit back with some hot cocoa and listen to the story being told, set to the soundtrack of the movie. Children will be delighted as Santa boards the train and hands each child a gift. This attraction opens on November 12th and there’s no better word to describe this experience than magical.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

There’s always so much to do at Dollywood! The theme park will remain open throughout most of the month of November. Beginning on November 6th this year, Dollywood will transform into a winter wonderland. In addition to the usual rides and attractions, you’ll see holiday shows and over 5 million Christmas lights. They also have firework shows almost every night to celebrate the magic of the season. Dollywood is always a blast but somehow, during the holidays, it’s just that much more magical.

Great Smoky Thanksgiving and Christmas Arts and Crafts Show

The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community are hosting an amazing holiday show at the Gatlinburg convention center starting on November 29th. The techniques used by these independent artisans have been handed down for centuries. Just in time for the holidays you’ll find beautiful quilts, hand-woven baskets, candles, pottery, leather goods and more. It’s such an interesting and informative show and a great place to pick up holiday gifts for your loved ones.

Grains and Grits Spirits and Food Festival

If you love craft spirits and gourmet food, this is the event for you! This event is 21 and over for obvious reasons and takes place on November 6th at 6 pm. You can experience live entertainment and try some of the best treats from local restaurants and distilleries. This is the perfect experience for the foodies in your family and a great opportunity to have a grown up night out. If you like to eat and drink, give this one a try. You won’t regret it!

If you want to visit the mountains, but you like a little bit slower pace, try planning a trip in November. Most of the tourists coming to see the fall foliage have come and gone and the Christmas season is not yet at its peak. You can still enjoy most of the holiday beauty and magic of the area without the hustle and bustle of the biggest crowds. My family loves visiting the mountains this time of year and we hope yours will too!

Three Important Hiking Tips for Enjoying the Great Smoky Mountains

We’ve all had a first time going hiking — some of us began to walk through the mountains with experienced pros, whereas others have been learning from the accumulated experience day after day, and even others have done a mixture of both. Whatever the case, being a beginner hiker can be tough.

However, despite the risks to take into account, it is still a highly rewarding and fun activity, and one any person can enjoy, as long as they hike responsibly. We’ve compiled a handful of tips that might help you enhance your hiking adventures and keep you safe if you feel like you’re still figuring things out. 

Always Stay Hydrated

It is very important to stay hydrated before, during, and after your hike to avoid unwanted injury or problems. When it comes to hydrating, we recommend choosing water or isotonic drinks (and never carbonated soda). In the event of a long march, or one that requires a physical effort greater than normal, you can even add salts to your water.

Never go out into the mountains to go hiking without at least a liter and a half of water. You’ll have to be smart when it comes to choosing a water container, as it should let you transport it in an accessible way so you can easily take small sips anytime. There is a wide range of solutions for that, from the most sophisticated coolers to the simplest canteens in your backpack pocket.

Maintain an Adequate Pace on the Climbs

This doesn’t mean that you should be climbing especially slowly, though. What’s important is that you keep a constant pace. When reaching an area with an upward slope, maintain your rhythm as much as possible or even lower it, if necessary. Think of it as if you were running the gears of a bicycle.

You must avoid speeding up your steps in order to reach the top sooner. This is especially true if you don’t know exactly how much you have left to climb, as it’s very likely that you’ll exhaust yourself sooner and make the journey a lot harder. Find a rhythm that works for you and stick to it until you’re prepared to increase the intensity. 

Wear the Right Clothes

As you make your way through a mountain, evaluate if you have an excess or lack of clothes and put on or take off layers as necessary. Avoid fabrics such as cotton, and try to use technical fabrics instead. This is because when they get wet, they dry very quickly. 

Always wear clothes that don’t come too loose, too. It’s best to go relatively tight, but without losing mobility. Garments that are too wide have the bad habit of catching on branches and ledges, so beware of the clothes that you’re choosing. 

Regarding footwear, it’s much safer to walk with a nice pair of custom-made boots. A comfortable boot with a waterproof membrane will not only prevent sprains and your feet from getting soaked in the event of rain or stepping on flooded areas, but it will also prevent loose stones from impacting your ankle.

Now that you know some of the do’s and don’ts of hiking, find yourself some friends, an instructor if possible, and go for a walk in the mountains! Here, we offer you spectacular views and tours that will help you create beautiful memories. Not only that, but they’ll also brighten your photo album. Are you ready to go on an adventure?

Holiday Cabin Rentals In Gatlinburg TN

Finding a Gatlinburg Cabin for the Holidays

Finding a Gatlinburg cabin for the holidays can be a daunting task. In this article I am sharing my tips and advise on booking your perfect Smoky Mountain cabin during popular holidays. The towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, along with the The Great Smoky Mountains are extremely popular destinations during any holiday. The most in demand holiday dates are Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Easter, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. If you are considering renting a cabin from us, or anyone else read on for some advise that could save you a lot of time and money.

Plan Your Trip Early for Top Choices

Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains is an extremely popular destination even when holiday dates are not involved. When you mix in a popular holiday date you will quickly notice the nicest properties will disappear fast.  Book your cabin early if you want your top choice of properties. I cannot stress this part enough! If you are planning a vacation to the Smokies during any major holiday you need to secure your rental quickly. Most major holidays book up months or even years in advance.  If you wait too long, you will find yourself scrambling to find a place to stay.  You will then have to scrap your plans or settle on something you probably would not have chosen in the first place. Each year in late October and November people begin to ring our phone desperate to find a place to stay for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We are forced to turn them away because most properties in the area booked up months back.

Save Money by Renting Early

When you are juggling your job, kids, and day to day life who has time to plan a vacation?  As a parent myself, I completely understand! However, by putting your planning on the back burner it may cost you some serious money. The rental rates for accommodations rise by many multiples for popular holiday dates. As the demand rises so do the prices of most rental cabins and hotel rooms. When you find a place to stay and book it early you will likely save some money, and many times that can will be a significant amount of money.  As available rooms and cabins begin to dry up many operators will raise their rates even higher because they know how desperate some people will become. Finding yourself in this situation can be stressful and absolutely no fun at all. I speak to travelers in these situations often and they always say they wish they started searching sooner. Try your best to plan early. The last thing you want is to pay even more money for your vacation!

Decorations Decorations Decorations!

Many people decide to stay in a Gatlinburg cabin during the month of December and January to see all of the Christmas lights and decorations around town. Many property owners decorate for the holidays. In December, we decorate all of our rental cabins for the holidays with a Christmas tree and multiple decorations to provide that warm holiday feeling for our guests. If this is important to you then be sure to check and see if the cabin you are renting will be decorated. While many do, not all owners chose to decorate their properties for Christmas. Keep this in mind when booking!

Do You Like to Cook Big Holiday Meals?

Who doesn’t love a feast during the holidays?  The last thing you want is to not have enough space in the kitchen to cook that big holiday meal. Be sure the cabin you choose to stay in has a kitchen big enough to accommodate your cooking needs. Does the dining area seat everyone comfortably?  All of our cabins have ample kitchen space along with most items needed to cook a big meal. Before you book be sure to ask what is in the kitchen and look over the description and pictures so that you are not stuck in a tight situation when it is time to get to cooking.

The Bottom Line

Finding a Gatlinburg cabin for the holidays is a tough decision and I hope this article helped out. Much of this info may seem obvious to you, but many people are not aware of just how in demand our area is, especially during popular holiday dates. If you remember to book early you will have a much wider choice of properties and less stress too.

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12 Top-shelf Gatlinburg Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries

Gatlinburg Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries

Whether you have an expert palate for craft beers or you just want to taste some new wine and whiskey flavors, Gatlinburg, TN offers visitors a list of top-notch breweries, wineries, and distilleries to try.

While you are sampling the area’s best spirits, the Smoky Mountain locations also provide a cozy atmosphere only found in this region of the country. Take a look at a few options for your next visit.

Gatlinburg Breweries –

Gatlinburg Brewing Company

With unique names and flavor profiles like “Breakfast Juice” that features hints of tropical fruit in a New England-style IPA, Gatlinburg Brewing Company is a must-see for beer and food lovers alike. Try the English Brown Ale called “Don’t Feed the Bears” and order the Philly Philly pizza, which combines pizza and a Philly cheesesteak all in one plate. The location is the perfect spot for both beer connoisseurs and casual drinkers, providing sophisticated flavor blends along with tasty pub grub-like wings, soft pretzels with beer cheese, and cheese bread. They also have televisions for watching the game while you dine or try a flight of beer to sample their choices.

Smoky Mountain Brewery

This multi-location option is part of the Copper Cellar family of restaurants, and visitors can choose to visit either Gatlinburg or nearby Pigeon Forge when they need a refreshing beverage. The brewery offers a long list of lagers, ales, and other tasty brews as well as other drink options such as bourbon, whiskey, and wine. They always have six flagship beers on top in addition to seasonal brews and a Brewmaster Special. As for food, the extensive menu has everything from burgers to pasta.

Yee-Haw Brewing Company

The Yee-Haw Brewing Company is a favorite among beer lovers, mainly due to their taproom at the Island in Pigeon Forge near other exciting entertainment and shopping locations. Their menu of fine craft beers includes IPAs, a rich Dunkel, refreshing cervezas, and more. On the weekends kick back and listen to the live bands in the outdoor area.

The Casual Pint

At the Casual Pint, patrons get a “craft beer-centric” experience from the location’s “BeerTenders.” With a relaxed, family-friendly vibe, decide if you want a pint from the tap or a bottle or can from their store. They also offer Growler Fills, Mix-A-Six Packs of their bottle and can cooler, or packaged beer. Need a keg? They got you covered. Want a snack? How about pretzels and beer cheese or flatbread with hummus and veggies.

Gatlinburg Wineries –

Gatlinburg Wine Cellar

Since its opening in 2017, Gatlinburg Wine Cellar has made its mark on the area as one of the best Gatlinburg Wineries, mainly due to their unique wine flavor blends. Signature favorites include Apple Pie and Birthday Cake as well as Cotton Candy. Their expert staff is also ready to help you choose the perfect glass to match your palate.

Sugarland Cellars

Located in downtown Gatlinburg, Sugarland Cellars is known for their complimentary wine tastings all week long in addition to tours of their facility. Their choices include classic dry reds or harder-to-find dark cherry wine. One of the biggest perks of stopping by the winery is they are partnered with a few local restaurants, and if you bring a bottle from their selections there is no corking fee at dinner.

Tennessee Homemade Wines

If you like your wine a little fruity, stop by Tennessee Homemade Wines. Their flavor mixes include strawberry, blackberry, and apple, creating unique combinations to pair with any meal or simply to enjoy a refreshing glass. You’ll have a tough time deciding what to purchase after your tasting.

Goodwater Winery Gatlinburg

Do you and your partner love wine and picnics? Then Goodwater Winery is the spot for you. Select three items from their menu and a bottle of their delectable wines for your memorable catered picnic. Top choices include Rebecca’s Red and Everything Peachy.

Distilleries –

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

As the country’s most visited distillery in Ole Smoky Holler in downtown Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery has a list of spirit mixtures to suit any preference. As the first and only federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee, signature flavors include Maple Cream and Butter Pecan as well as White Lightnin’, the perfect moonshine for mixing cocktails like margaritas and mojitos. They also have a gift shop, museum, and courtyard decorated with rocking chairs and a stage for live music.

Sugarlands Distilling Company

You will feel like a real moonshiner when you enter the Sugarlands Distilling Company. The location features a barn made from reclaimed wood and charming touches like a back porch and moonshine-running truck. Tasting one of their many flavors, including butterscotch and peppermint, comes with a small fee, but you can use it toward purchases once you’ve found your favorite flavor.

Ole Smoky Barrelhouse

The specialty at Ole Smoky Barrelhouse is white oak barrel-aged whiskey, but their menu provides a list of unique items to sample in their rustic setting. Learn about the Tennessee Mud or Cookies and Cream whiskey, which creates the smoothest whiskey drinks you’ll ever taste.

Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery

The namesake for this location is William “Doc” Collier, whose family has been in the moonshine game for generations. Try their Moonshine Brandy and their signature Root Beer Float drink. The distillery also offers seasonal flavors and even moonshine slushies to refresh you on a hot summer day.

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5 Best Gatlinburg Tours For Fun Seeking Tennessee Travelers

Best Gatlinburg Tours – There’s Something For Everyone!

Tours are a great way to explore an area and experience the sights and sounds a location is known for. For Gatlinburg, TN, there is an assortment of tours and excursions to not only view popular spots but also to immerse yourself in the culture and history the city has to offer. Take a look at a few exciting options below.

Wine & Spirits Tours

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The Wine and Shine Walking Tour provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how moonshine is traditionally distilled. The tour features some of the top wineries and distilleries in the area, including Doc Collier Distillery, where you can taste spirit flavors such as Apple Pie, Root Beer Float, Electric Lemonade, Sweet Tea, and Cinnamon. A short walk away is the Little Bear Winery, which is also a feature on the Gatlinburg Wine Trail. You even get to taste a few samples and bring some home to savor later.

Ghost and Haunt Tour of Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg has its share of spooky stories. To experience some of its haunted history, try the Ghost and Haunt Tour of Gatlinburg. The two-hour night walking tour stops at some of the most notorious paranormal sites. Guests can also look at real images that allegedly capture activity and learn about some of the most famous ghosts in the area, such as Richard Reagan, the first Post Master in Gatlinburg and the man most responsible for changing the town’s name from White Oak Flats to Gatlinburg. The tour company also offers investigative tours for fledgling paranormal investigators.

Tennessee Mountain Tours

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The Smoky Mountains are an awe-inspiring sight. Both majestic and imposing, the area is filled with rich history and stories of adventure, danger, beauty, and more. The Tennessee mountain tours offer visitors a chance to traverse the rugged terrain and listen to legends and true facts about the town and its people. While there are unguided tours available (or you can simply explore on your own), having a knowledgeable tour guide makes the experience more fulfilling and educational.

Scenic Helicopter Tours

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One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains is a helicopter tour. Skilled pilots lead the way over rivers, lakes, mountains, and valleys, offering an unmatched perspective of the most gorgeous natural landscapes. Some tour companies have private charters as well as packages that cover popular destinations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There is even a tour specifically plotted through the Smoky Mountain National Park, which flies over Sugarland Valley, Fighting Creek Gap, and into the park’s Elkmont community.

Pink Jeep Tours

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The Pink Jeep Tours are a popular option in a variety of locations throughout the country, including the Grand Canyon and Sedona. For Gatlinburg, hop into a bright pink 4×4 with an expert guide to see the foothills of the Smokies or travel through the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The experience provides the thrills of an off-road adventure alongside the perfect way to find the best views, shops, and famous spots of the town.


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Why Renting a Gatlinburg Cabin Direct Is Better Than Airbnb or VRBO

When you are planning a vacation getaway to Gatlinburg, TN, you may be wondering what’s the best way to book a vacation rental: directly with the property owner or through sites like Airbnb or VRBO?

If you search Google for “Airbnb Gatlinburg” or “VRBO Gatlinburg” you will see many cabins for rent in the Gatlinburg area. What you may not see are the disadvantages of not renting directly with the owner.

While booking a vacation rental on Airbnb and VRBO have become popular among travelers, making a reservation with the owner offers you a host of benefits many travelers are unaware of.

We’ve highlighted a few of the top benefits of booking direct below for you.

Save Money

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When you reserve a property on booking sites like Airbnb, you will usually end up paying substantially more than if you simply contacted the owner of the rental and booked directly with them. A simple Google search can help you find the same or similar properties minus the extra fees.

Websites like Airbnb and VRBO act as a middleman between the traveler and the owner. Neither of these services owns or manages properties. Their business model is primarily based on charging fees to both property owners and travelers.

When you use a third-party website to make a booking, fees are added to every reservation. In many cases the fees can cost hundreds of dollars more than what the property owner actually charges.

VRBO booking fees can range from 4% to 9% based on the rental’s price. These hefty booking fees can eat into a family’s vacation budget, reducing what properties fit within a traveler’s budget and possibly limiting the activities a traveler can partake in while on vacation.

While it’s free for an owner of a vacation rental to list their property on Airbnb there is a host service fee of at least 3%, usually closer to 9%, for bookings made on the site.

As a general rule, an increase in cost for a business usually ends up being an increased cost for the consumer – you the traveler!

On some booking sites you will be charged based on the amount of guests you travel with, even if the owner does not charge more for additional guests.

It’s understandable how travelers can feel these fees are hidden, especially when they are lumped together with other charges like local taxes in applicable locations, daily rates, occupancy fees, security, and cleaning fees.

Additionally it’s a common practice for booking sites to disguise booking fees by calling them “service fees.” In many cases, you won’t know about these charges until you reach the end of your booking, but choosing to work directly with the owner takes away any surprise costs and boosts transparency for both sides.

Apart from the fees Airbnb and VRBO charge guests, some booking sites like charge even larger commissions to the owner.

These fees can range from 10% to 20% of the booking income, but more often than not, it’s the traveler who ends up paying for some or all of these commission fees in the form of higher rates.

So while booking sites have different fee structures, the truth is, you’re paying more!

Increased Transparency & Communication

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Because fees tend to take travelers off guard as they complete their booking (and in some cases, guests don’t even realize they’ve had costs added to their bill), there is often a sense of dishonesty or lack of communication.

Speaking to the owner and skipping the third-party platform makes the transaction more personal and transparent. All charges can be broken down and questions can be asked directly to the owner via phone or email.

When booking on third-party booking sites, you may find it difficult to contact the owner directly should you have a question or concern. Booking sites will often restrict how you can communicate with the property owner, making the process more difficult for you.

Without obstacles in the way, there is a boost in conversation and a better understanding of what the booking entails.

Speaking to the owner at the point of booking also ensures that expectations are met for both sides. Travelers can ask questions and will have a clearer picture of what they will receive with their reservation.

A Better Experience & Service

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Another major benefit of communicating directly with the owner is travelers can also find out about things to do nearby and what to avoid. They get personalized recommendations that can’t be found on third-party sites, even before they book.

Communicating directly with the owner of a vacation rental gives travelers access to a local expert. This direct access gives travelers a better sense of who the owners are, their property standards, where you’re staying, and what you’re renting to help you make more informed decisions about your vacation earlier in the process.

While traveling you want to know your needs are met and that you have a trusted resource at every turn. Speaking with a person and eliminating an impersonal booking platform will help. In many ways, nothing tops the experience of working with a live person.

So the next time you consider searching for an “Airbnb Gatlinburg” or “VRBO Gatlinburg” try searching for the owner instead!

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If you’ve enjoyed our Airbnb Gatlinburg article, you may like our recent blog “The Best Places To Stay In Gatlinburg!”

Grocery Delivery Services In Gatlinburg TN

As you begin your vacation in Gatlinburg, TN the last thing you probably want to think about is going to the grocery store, fighting the crowd, and then taking all of that food back to your cabin rental. What a hassle! You are on vacation after all! Lucky for you there is a grocery delivery option available for you in Gatlinburg, TN so you can avoid all of the hassle and have your groceries waiting for you in your cabin the day of your arrival. Read on, and discover who offers online grocery ordering, delivery, and pickup depending on how hands off you want to keep things.

Grocery Delivery Services

The Smoky Mountain Grocery (Recommended)

The Smoky Mountain Grocery delivers to all of the rental cabins in the Gatlinburg area. You simply place your order online with  one of the local supermarkets they support. The Smoky Mountain Grocery will then pick it up and bring it to your cabin for a reasonable fee. This can be extremely convenient if you do not want to go out to pick up your groceries yourself. You will understand the value of this if you have ever tried to fight the traffic in and around Gatlinburg during a busy weekend or holiday. Why waste your valuable vacation time shopping for groceries? It does not get much more hassle free than the Smoky Mountain Grocery. They will set up a time to deliver your groceries right to your cabin door. You can also arrange to have the groceries placed in your cabin before your arrival. They will even stock your fridge.


A few of the stores in the area offer Instacart delivery. The delivery radius with Instacart may be limited to areas within a certain driving distance from the city center.  You can click here to see which stores in the area offer delivery through Instacart. Our recommendation is to try out the Smoky Mountain Grocery linked above. They are locally owned and the delivery area is more extensive. The personal level of service you will receive will be worth it for you.

Would You Rather Pick It Up Yourself?

Another way to get your groceries without wasting time is to try to schedule a grocery pick up for the time when you plan to arrive in the area. There are a few grocery stores located in the area that offer online ordering.

Pigeon Forge – Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix, Food City (Online Ordering Available)

If you want to order you groceries online there is a Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix, and a Food City located Pigeon Forge. If you plan to drive into Gatlinburg via Pigeon Forge you can grab your grocery items on the way through. All of the supermarkets that offer online ordering are located about 30 minutes from any of our cabins.

Publix in Pigeon Forge also offers grocery delivery to parts of Gatlinburg via Instacart. The Instacart service does not deliver to all locations, so be sure to check by entering the cabin address on their website.

Newport, TN – Food City, Wal-Mart (Online Ordering Available)

If you are traveling to Gatlinburg and your route brings you through Newport, TN you have two options to grab your groceries as you pass through. Both Wal-Mart and Food City offer online ordering and pickup at these locations.

Gatlinburg – Food City (Online Ordering Not Available)

Food City in Gatlinburg, TN is closest major supermarket and should have all you need. As of this writing they do not offer online grocery ordering or pickup at this Food City Location. Below is the distance from each of our cabins to the Gatlinburg Food City.

  • Bella Vista – 2 miles (Travel time 3 minutes)
  • Roaring Fork Lodge – 2 miles (Travel time 3 minutes)
  • Laurel Creek Hideaway – 9.2 miles (Travel time 15 minutes)
  • Star Dancer – 11 miles (Travel time 15-20 minutes)
  • Cloud Dancer – 11 miles (Travel time 15-20 minutes)
  • Smoky Mountain Sunrise 10 miles (Travel time 15-20 minutes)

Food City is the only major supermarket in Gatlinburg. They will probably have everything you need here. They have a, deli, produce dept, meat dept, fresh seafood, salad bar, and a hot food counter. The meat and seafood departments are superb, and have many top of the line cuts of meat and seafood choices for grilling.  They are also opening a Starbucks Coffee shop later in 2021 inside the store.

Did That Help?

I hope that these tips helped you out. Gatlinburg can be a very busy place, so why waste it driving to the store? Shopping for groceries does not have to take up your valuable vacation time. Relax and enjoy your vacation without the hassle!

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8 Best Dinner Shows In Gatlinburg You Should Know About

The Top 8 Dinner Shows In Gatlinburg TN!

Check out our list of the Best Dinner Shows In Gatlinburg, handpicked just for you!

The Great Smoky Mountain area offers guests and locals alike some of the best meals in the country.

For those looking for a little something extra to go with their favorite plate, Gatlinburg, TN has a series of dinner shows where diners feast on delicious dishes while taking in unique and exciting performances by professional actors, dancers, singers, and more.

Take a look at some of the best choices to book for your next trip.

Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show

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The Hatfield and McCoy family feud is legendary, and now you can be part of history. The comedy show has fun for the whole family, including amazing stunts and tricks, a 22-foot swimming hole, hilarious acts, singing and dancing, and much more. Guests also get to dine on authentic country cooking, including fried chicken, pulled pork barbecue, smashed potatoes, coleslaw, corn, homemade rolls, and Granny’s special dessert. The venue offers guests gluten and dairy-free options as well as vegetarian and vegan meals upon request.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

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With 32 beautiful horses and a cast of expert riders ready to perform amazing tricks and feats, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a must for families looking for an action-packed show. The performance concludes with a moving musical tribute to our nation, featuring a song entitled Color Me America, written and recorded by Dolly herself. For dinner, enjoy a four-course meal of original creamy vegetable soup, hot homemade biscuits, tender whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, herb-basted potatoes, and a flaky apple pastry for dessert. Guests also enjoy unlimited tea, coffee, or Coca-Cola products.

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

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Minutes from Dollywood and Dolly’s Stampede is the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, starring Captain Blackbeard and Calico Jack leading their crews in a battle for lost treasure. With full-sized pirate ships in an indoor lagoon, guests are mesmerized by the swashbuckling spectacle. The four-course feast includes Creamy Voyager Soup, Buccaneer Biscuits, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Sugar-Cured Ham, Corn on the Cob, Herb-Basted Potatoes, and a Walk the Plank Peach Turnover to sate your sweet tooth. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten and dairy free options are available upon request. Guests can also check out the Pirates Village for snacks and beverages as well as a mermaid makeover.

Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show

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Ready to solve a murder? Snag tickets to the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show. With different shows alternating each night, you get to test your detective skills while feasting on a scrumptious three-course meal where you pick your choice of soup and enjoy a slice of cheesecake at the end. Ask for special dietary options as well.

Hazzard Hoedown

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Were you a fan of The Dukes of Hazzard? Do you like action, comedy, and country/rock music? Head over to the Hazzard Hoedown, a show described as “a foot stompin’, knee slappin’, and sangin’ musical parody of the television hit.” Your favorite characters are there, including Boss Hogg and his deputies. The family comedy show offers a dine-in service with meals cooked to order as well as theater delights like popcorn and candy and spirits for the adults.

The Magic of Terry Evanswood

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What’s a dine-in show without a little magic? Terry Evanswood and his enigmatic illusions will dazzle you will as you feast on cooked-to-order small meals and appetizer choices. The show features sleight of hand alongside comedy and exciting music to create a memorable show experience.

Hit Parade

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Music lovers must see the Hit Parade at The Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge. Top tunes from the ‘50s and ‘60s are featured in this jukebox review. Sing along to hits by Buddy Holly, The Four Seasons, The Shirelles, Mary Wells, Chuck Berry, The Chordettes, The Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley. The show features gorgeous costumes and exciting dancing from the era, too. As with most shows at this venue, small meals and appetizers are cooked to order to enjoy during the show.

Soul of Motown

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If Motown is more your speed, the Soul of Motown has all your favorites such as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Drifters, The Four Tops, and more. The tribute artists use their talents to capture the harmonies and showmanship of the genre and time period, all while you relax with an appetizer or your favorite drink.

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Things To Do In Gatlinburg For Adults

From outdoor adventure to indulging in local moonshine, there are plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg for adults all year long.

While the area has gorgeous landscapes to explore, your indoor options are just as exciting, making the area a top spot for people of all backgrounds, preferences, and tastes.

Here are a few ideas to consider for your next trip.

Take To The Sky

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One of the most thrilling things to do in Gatlinburg for adults is to fly high over some of the most exciting sites.

Between the Great Smoky Mountains and miles of farmlands to Dollywood, a helicopter or balloon ride over Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is a great way to see the landscape with your partner or friends.

If you like heights but don’t want to fly, try the Aerial Tramway, a 120-passenger tramway 11,000 feet above the ground that transports guests over two miles from downtown to the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area.

Sip Some Spirits

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Looking for a bit of good ol’ fashioned moonshine? The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery’s Holler location has you covered.

With traditional and unique flavors, the distillery features a tour of how the spirits are made and provides plenty of samples to try.

You can also take home your favorite, like Apple Pie moonshine. If wine and beer are more your speed, the area has some of the top wineries and breweries around, such as Little Bear Winery, Tennessee Homemade Wines, and Tennessee Cider Company.

The Smoky Mountain Brewery offers a delicious menu to taste while you try their extensive list of beers.

Try Ole Red

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Did you know Blake Shelton has a restaurant and watering hole for adults in Gatlinburg?

The location’s top-notch menu features delectable choices such as the Redneck Nachos and Champagne of Fried Chicken.

Wash it down with specialty cocktails and beer while watching up and coming country stars sing their hearts out on stage.

Get Out In Nature

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Miles of beautiful landscape are at your disposal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the scenic views are a must when it comes to things to do in Gatlinburg for adults.

Hiking trails, tours of historic buildings, white water rafting, and other exciting excursions are all available.

You may even get an up-close glimpse at some of the wildlife of the region like the black bear.

Visit Dolly

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While Gatlinburg has plenty of amusement parks for kids, there is a special place that the older crowd can enjoy, too.

Dollywood is right next store in Pigeon Forge and offers a water park, thrill rides, dining, and dinner shows like Dolly Parton’s Stampede, where 32 horses and their riders perform extraordinary feats for onlookers.

The resort area offers visitors a spa and you can even book your wedding there!

If you have any questions contact us, we’d love to help you.

White Water Rafting Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg White Water Rafting for the Entire Family

We are often asked by our guests about what types of family fun activities are there to do in the Gatlinburg area. One of the more common questions is about Gatlinburg white water rafting and where you can do it.  I will break it all down for you below so that you get that white knuckle experience you are longing for during your vacation in the Smokies.

Gatlinburg is a really great place to do some white water rafting. All of our rental cabins are 20 to 30 minutes away from all of these attractions, which is a huge plus! No experience is necessary for most of these rafting trips, which means family fun for everyone. The local guides will set up your gear for you and keep you safe during your journey down the river.  Whether you are an experienced rafter, or a first-timer you will find your thrills in Gatlinburg. There are several rivers with class III and IV rapids just minutes away that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping! I will list a few of the companies in the area that offer white water rafting tours and you can decide which one fits you best.

Rafting Outdoor Adventures

Rafting Outdoor Adventures

Rafting Outdoor Adventures is located about a half hour drive east from downtown Gatlinburg. Two of the Gatlinburg white water rafting trips they offer are the Upper Pigeon River and the Lower Pigeon River trips. I will detail them below.

The Upper Pigeon River trip is an exhilarating 2 hour white water rafting experience. You will experience intense class III and IV rapids which sends your heart racing. This rafting adventure is for all people ages  8 and up, and there is no experience necessary. Your guide will assist you throughout your journey and answer any questions you may have during your trip.

The Lower Pigeon River trip is geared more toward younger children and does not take your through those gnarly fast paced rapids. The Lower Pigeon trip is a relaxing 2 hour float trip with predominately calm water throughout. This is perfect for non-swimmers and most children ages 3 and up. You will be introduced to beginner-level class I, II, and III rapids. Safety is the number one goal. Along the way you will have multiple chances to swim in calm, flat water. Personal flotation devices will be provided and you do not need to know how to swim to participate.

Wildwater Rafting

Wildwater Rafting

Wildwater Rafting is a larger company with rafting operations in multiple states. They are also located about 25 miles from Gatlinburg in Hartford, TN. Offered are two rafting trips on the Upper Pigeon River and the Lower Pigeon River. As mentioned above, the lower Pigeon river trip is the more gentle adventure of the two offered. The Upper Pigeon River trip is where you will find your class III and IV rapids. Some of these rapids have names such as Double Reactionary, Roller Coaster, and Big Rock!

A canopy tour and zip-line that traverses the Big Pigeon River is an another activity you can do while visiting Whitewater Rafting. They offer two zip-line options, with one going across the river and another traveling through the forest treetops.

Jeep Tours are also available if that is your thing. You can take a ride and explore wildlife, back-roads, and historic sites from the comfort of a Jeep.

Rip Roaring Adventures

Rip Roaring Adventures

Rip Roaring Adventures has been in business for over 20 years. They are also located about a half hour east of Gatlinburg. They offer the same types of Gatlinburg white water rafting trips as the other companies above. They have a shower and a changing facility available on site. For the people in your group who may just want to watch the action, they have a picnic area and a fire-pit to sit around and relax.

Be sure to leave the flip-flops at home. Secure footwear is required for any of the rafting adventures. Wet-suit rentals are also available on-site.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting

Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers all of the same types of rafting trips as other companies in the area. They also have a couple of different options the others do not offer.

Extreme Upper River Rafting is a high intensity Gatlinburg white water rafting adventure. It is available to anyone ages 12 and up. Previous rafting experience is highly recommended for this trip. Each 4-person raft will experience intense rapids, hydraulics, and big waves. If you want to take yourself to the limit check out this one out!

Inflatable Kayaking is a different type of activity also offered on the Lower Pigeon River. All of the trips are guided, and everyone has their own kayak.  Anyone participating must be at least 12 years old, and the ability to swim is required. Inflatable Kayaks are designed for the inexperienced or experienced alike. You will learn how to enter and exit rapids, surfing, spinning, and sliding in your kayak.

This list is not a full list of white water rafting companies in Gatlinburg, but hopefully it will give you a starting point. Be sure to read online reviews about  the company you choose to take you on your adventures. Online reviews are the best way to evaluate the level of service each company provides their clients.

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