The Village Shops in Gatlinburg

The Frozen-In-Time European Village in the Smoky Mountains You Need To See

The little European village in the Smoky Mountains you need to see As someone who has visited Gatlinburg since the middle ’80s, I’ve never known a time without The Village. But what is The Village? It’s a collection of shops featuring European-style architecture. Along with the Pancake Pantry, The Village Shops has set the mood for anyone coming to Gatlinburg

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Is It Expensive To Live in Gatlinburg? An Area Resident’s Take

Gatlinburg captures the hearts and minds of millions of visitors every year. Many folks dream of moving to the Smoky Mountains, thinking it will be the breath of fresh air they need. While that is certainly true in my case, it doesn’t come without its costs. Of course, vacationing here gives you an idea of what to expect in terms

pancake meal with pancake pantry sign in gatlinburg tn

Here’s What You Should Try at Gatlinburg’s Famous Pancake Pantry

Local reviews Gatlinburg’s first pancake eatery In 1960, a pair of tourists from Indiana decided to bet their futures on a specialty pancake restaurant in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. I think of June and Jim Gerding as visionaries determined to start a hotcake revolution. When the Pancake Pantry opened, it was Tennessee’s first and only pancake house. And

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Is It Safe to Hike in Gatlinburg? Advice From a Local

A local talks about how to safely hike in and around Gatlinburg and recommends three of his favorite trails I’ve never had a safety issue and I’ve been around the Smoky Mountains for more than 30 years. So, I don’t think of the Smokies as dangerous. But as someone who has also lived on this planet for nearly five decades,

the biltmore mansion, left and gatlinburg downtown, right

Gatlinburg vs Asheville – Brutally Honest Pros and Cons, Which is Better?

A local compares two popular mountain towns, Gatlinburg, TN and Asheville, NC While we don’t want to speak in generalities, there are some pretty obvious differences between the cultures of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. As someone who has lived in East Tennessee and driven across the mountains to visit North Carolina, those differences seem stark to me. In

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If I Only Had One Day in Gatlinburg, this is How I’d Spend It

How to get the most out of one day in Gatlinburg, according to a local As someone who has lived near Gatlinburg for nearly 35 years, I have an advantage. I can go whenever I want. Carve out a little drive time, and I can pop in and pop back out at will. But I also know that many don’t

corey wagner in downtown gatlinburg

I Followed My Dreams and Moved to a Tiny Tourist Town in the Smoky Mountains

Ohio man leaves everything behind to move to the tiny tourist town of Gatlinburg, TN (pop. 3,552) in the Smoky Mountains What started as a dream became a reality this year when we moved to Gatlinburg, TN. Of course, the process was full of highs and lows. But the result was the apex of all of it. Many people have

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The Absolute 11 Best Restaurants in Gatlinburg, According to a Local

A local’s guide to the best restaurants in Gatlinburg In essence, Gatlinburg’s economy is built upon a three-legged stool of tourism commerce: Lodging, entertainment and food. And it’s probably not in that order. People come to Gatlinburg to do a lot of things, but eating remains dang near the top of the list. As such, there is a cornucopia of options. Indeed, a plethora

A guest walks the TreeTop SkyWalk at sunset at Anakeesta

These Are the 12 Absolute Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg

A list of the most iconic things to do in Gatlinburg, according to a local There’s a joy that comes with being someplace like Gatlinburg with time to burn and a little money in your pocket. We recently spent a day in Gatlinburg with my kids starting with Ripley’s Aquarium, followed by some shopping at The Village and dinner at

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These are the 10 Best Hotels in Gatlinburg, Ranked by a Local

A local talks about his favorite hotels in Gatlinburg Not surprisingly, there are a lot of great options for staying in Gatlinburg. My favorites are along the River Road where the hotels face the river and back into the side of the mountain. They’re close to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and an easy walk over to downtown Gatlinburg. We like