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I’ve Eaten at Over 50 Gatlinburg Restaurants, These 8 Are the Best

Smoky Mountain native shares secret of where locals eat in Gatlinburg In East Tennessee, we locals keep the secrets that need keeping. The best trout fishin’ holes? You’d better know somebody. But other secrets we don’t worry so much about. For example, where are the best places to eat in town? Heck, we’ll shout directions to strangers on the highway if we

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11 Places To See Santa in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains

Here’s where you can grab a photo with Santa this year in the Smokies Santa is officially making his rounds throughout the Smoky Mountains for the Christmas season. And he’s excited to hear about your wishlists! Because Santa tends to be a busy guy, we thought it might be helpful to share his current travel itinerary in this article. But

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5 Pizza Places You Have To Try in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains

A Smoky Mountain local ranks his favorite pizza places in Gatlinburg There are times when pizza is a function and you need to just get something quick and easy. Then there are other times that pizza is a destination, a reward, a celebration. Good pizza is easy, but great pizza is an art. When looking for great pizza in Gatlinburg,

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7 Steaks You Should Try in Gatlinburg, The Smoky Mountains (2023)

A local ranks the best steaks in Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountains When you’re on vacation in a place like Gatlinburg, the odds are that you’re allotting a certain amount of your dining budget for steak. Certainly, you want to make sure you pick the right place to get the best steaks in town. The good news? In Gatlinburg, there are

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7 Best Places To Get a Salad in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg TN

A local’s opinion on who has great salads around the Smoky Mountains If I’m being honest, I find that many of the best places to get a salad in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge are also the best places to get meat. I suppose if you have a menu that leans heavily toward carnivores, it pays to have some quality vegetarian

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The Fascinating Meaning Behind Rocky Top’s Famous Lyrics

An analysis of Tennesee’s famous fight song, Rocky Top When you grow up with the Smoky Mountains in your backyard, the mountains can become window dressing. An omnipresent decoration that fades to the background until something happens that draws it back to the fore. Such is the case, when you live in East Tennessee, with “Rocky Top” the unofficial theme

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You May Both Love and Fear the Gatlinburg SkyBridge (Photos)

A local offers his opinion on the famous glass-bottomed bridge in Gatlinburg In recent years, the Gatlinburg SkyPark’s glass-bottomed SkyBridge has become one of the most iconic attractions in the Smoky Mountains. As a local who has had a first-row seat to witness how the Gatlinburg skyline has transformed in recent years, I can understand why. It is not only

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17 Fun Things To Do in Gatlinburg That Your Family Will Love

A mom shares her favorite things to do in Gatlinburg with her family In my experience, I find that those visiting Gatlinburg for the first time are often surprised by the number of attractions competing for their tourist dollar. What seems like a sleepy mountain town can sometimes feel like an array of neon lights and eye-catching, quirky displays. But

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Alamo Steakhouse: A Review From a Local With Photos (2023)

This unassuming Gatlinburg steakhouse is a favorite among locals I made assumptions. I’m not happy about it. I’m not proud. Mistakes were made but we can all learn from them. After all, I’m as human as anybody … at least as far as you know.  For years, coming the back way through Cosby into Gatlinburg, we’d drive past Alamo Steakhouse and the exterior

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6 Desserts in Gatlinburg That Will Make You Drool (2023)

These are the 6 most irresistible desserts in Gatlinburg, according to a local I’ve always believed that half of the experience of a Smokies vacation is experiencing the local cuisine. From chicken and dumplings to barbeque, you have to admit, East Tennesseans know how to get the most out of some good old-fashioned southern homestyle cooking. But a tragically unsung