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A Surprising Comparison of the Two Best Steakhouses in the Smoky Mountains

Local breaks down The Peddler vs the Alamo in Gatlinburg, TN It’s steak night in the Great Smoky Mountains. In one corner, you’ve got The Peddler: A popular dining destination in Gatlinburg. Housed in the former home of Charles “Earl” Ogle Sr., a fourth-generation Gatlinburg merchant, The Peddler is directly and deeply connected to Gatlinburg royalty. In the other corner, Alamo Steakhouse:

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Is Gatlinburg Safe? What To Consider With Advice From a Local

A local offers his take on whether or not Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are “safe” I had a wonderful childhood with a level of freedom that would border on negligence today. For instance, I never sat in a safety seat. As an infant, I survived a car crash when my mom slipped me onto the floorboard and held on for dear

visitors drive through downtown Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountain Tourists Spend $10M a Day According to State Report

Sevier County ranks third in the state for visitor spending, saving locals an estimated $11,294 in state and local tax collections There may not be gold in the hills of East Tennessee, but there sure is a lot of green. According to a report from the State of Tennessee, Sevier County, gateway to the Smoky Mountains, ranked third in the

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8 Places You Can Find Cheap Food in Gatlinburg (For Under 5 Bucks)

A Smoky Mountain local reveals the best spots for affordable food in the Smoky Mountains As a local to the Smoky Mountains, I began going to Gatlinburg on my own – and using my own money – as a teenager with a $4.15 minimum wage job. I could go to Gatlinburg with $20 or $30 in my pocket and come

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These Are the Best Ways To Navigate Traffic in Pigeon Forge, From a Local

Local offers tips on the best roads to take when visiting the Smoky Mountains The great tourism mecca of Sevier County grew along a single spine known as the Parkway. The road connects Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the vast majority of tourism destinations in the area. As a local, I’ve seen it during the busy times of the year.

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5 Top Mexican Restaurants in Gatlinburg Ranked by a Local

Craving a little TexMex on your Smoky Mountain vacation? Here are 5 Mexican restaurants you might want to try You come to the Smoky Mountains for the natural beauty and enjoy a peaceful getaway in the quiet of the misty mountains. And you’ve surely come to enjoy the local culture. Certainly, you’ve come to Gatlinburg for all these things and

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6 Top Restaurants With All Day Breakfast in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

A Smoky Mountain local shares his favorite spots for all-day breakfast and brunch Folks at the Pancake Pantry struck gold in the form of flapjacks when they came to the Smokies in the 1960s, and then pancake houses began popping up like weeds … if weeds were buttery and delicious, that is. But what’s that? You want to eat breakfast

a seasonal take on miami vice cocktail with views of the smokies in the background at anakeesta

7 Local Bars You Should Try in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains

A Smoky Mountain local shares his top picks for area bars in Gatlinburg and the surrounding area One person’s idea of a great bar could be the next person’s idea of a night in the Netherworld with boozed-up accountants botching the chorus to “Dancing Queen.” Therefore, a bar recommendation is hard work. You’ve got to prod and pry. Certainly, in

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This Is the Best Way To Fly to the Smoky Mountains, According to a Local

These are the closest airports to Gatlinburg TN What makes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park such a popular tourist location? Well, there’s the natural beauty, of course. There’s also Dollywood and lots of other entertainment that has bolstered the region’s tourism. But there’s another reason: Location, location, location. Since I live under an hour away from the heart of

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10 New Restaurants in the Smoky Mountains You Need to Try (2023)

A local rounds up a list of new and coming soon restaurants for Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg As a local who has been hanging out in and around the Smoky Mountains for more than 30 years, I’ve become aware of the juxtaposition of the timeless mountains and the fleeting nature of the communities therein. Places like Cades Cove, Grotto Falls