The Apple Barn is a popular, iconic destination in Sevierville, very close to the Pigeon Forge line.
It is home to shops, delicious treats, a winery and the very popular Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill.
If you love sweet, specialty wines, apple butter, apple pies, apple fritters, apple cider, and heck, anything apple-flavored, you should definitely schedule a trip to the Apple Barn this fall.
Not only is the Apple Barn a fun and delicious place to visit, at its core (apple jokes), it’s quite rich in history.
When did the Apple Barn open?
The Apple Barn was a real barn that was built back in 1910.
The first apple trees were planted in 1976, and the Apple Barn as it is known today was established in 1981, according to their website.
Who owns the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge?
The Hicks and Kilpatrick families bought the farm in 1972 and cleaned up the old barn board by board.
Structurally, it is “pretty much” the same as it was.
Stokely Hospitality Enterprises is the parent company of Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Applewood Farmhouse Grill.
What is the difference between Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and The Applewood Farmhouse Grill?
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is the original onsite Apple Barn restaurant.
The Applewood Farmhouse Grill was later established in 1995 to meet the growing demand for onsite dining.
Overall, the two restaurants are very similar.
Both offer a complimentary serving of apple cinnamon muffins, apple fritters, apple butter and an Applewood Julep.
They also both offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.
They are famous for offering country classics and farmhouse specials. You’ll see many of the same menu items between the two places, although there are small differences here and there.
Remember, if you do wish to eat on-site, be sure to put your name down an hour (or sometimes two) before you will be ready to eat. These restaurants are very popular and are subject to having long wait times.
Another insider tip, neither restaurant sells wine at the table. But, last time I was there, I was told you can bring your own bottle, so be sure to stop by their winery first.
Without further ado, here are four reasons to visit the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge this fall:
4. You can start your Christmas shopping early
Apple soap? Apple cider? Apple pancake mix?
Check, check and check.
Fall is the perfect season to start your Christmas shopping. Especially this year, since most folks are reporting possible shipping delays.
It’s easy to find unique gifts that have mass appeal at the Apple Barn. But be warned, you’ll want to buy two of everything when you shop here so you can keep one for yourself.
3. Enjoy perfect fall photo opportunities
Tennessee is beautiful in the fall, and the Apple Barn takes advantage of its naturally gorgeous landscape with decorations throughout the property.
You can use the seasonal decor to take the perfect Instagram-worthy family photos.
Best of all, there’s no admission fee, so it’s easy to visit and go exploring.
2. Enjoy some wine and cider tastings
The Apple Barn is a great place to enjoy apple cider, but they also have an on-site winery.
The Apple Barn Winery features seasonal flavors, and fall is a great time to catch favorites such as Apple Cranberry or Apple Peach.
Your guide will make recommendations based on your preferences, but they have everything from dry to semi-sweet and sweet wines.
The wine tastings are free, but remember to tip your server.
As a note, apple season begins late August. They begin to pick most varieties and make fresh cider in September and continue through October.
Apples are stored in coolers to make fresh cider through Christmas.
1. It’s the best place to get a candy apple
I guess it’s no sin to eat a candy apple any time of the year, but for some reason, fall and candy apples go together like tinsel and Christmas trees.
So if you’re going to spruce up an apple this year with some crushed nuts, chocolates or red candy mixtures, you should do so at one of the state’s finest places to get an apple.
The Apple Barn and Cider Mill is located at 230 Apple Valley Road in Sevierville, TN.
For more information, visit applebarncidermill.com.
Have you been to the Apple Barn? What are your best tips for visiting? Let us know in the comments below.