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

me fishing at english mountain trout farm

The Restaurant That Lets You Catch Your Own Fish in the Smoky Mountains

English Mountain Trout Farm is an off-the-beaten-path restaurant that lets you catch your own fish in the Smoky Mountains While I grew up in the mountains I’ve always been a city girl at heart. Sure, I’ve tried all the various “outdoor” activities. Hiking, camping and of course, fishing. While I appreciate the kind of person these sorts of activities appeal

a combo platter of fried chicken and fried catfish with green beans and a sweet tea

These Are the 6 Best Seafood Places in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains

A Smoky Mountain local ranks his favorite seafood restaurants I’m a bit of a seafood snob, a habit I picked up at my grandparent’s house in Florida. With his next-door neighbor being a professional crabber, my grandfather and a connection to the shrimpers and the fishermen as well. We got used to eating the freshest possible seafood at the best

a hamburger from pinchys

There’s a New Best Burger in Pigeon Forge, and It’s Not What You Think

I’ve eaten at dozens of restaurants in the Smokies, these are my picks for the best burger joints in town In my over 30 years living in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, I’ve sampled dozens of local restaurants, everything from chains to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, in search of the best burger in town. Until recently, the best burger I’d ever

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

a bbq sandwich at delauders

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 pulled chicken sandwich from preachers smokehouse

These Are the 20 Absolute Best Restaurants in the Smoky Mountains

A local shares his picks for best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains The times, they are a changing. Not long ago in Sevier County, there were only a handful of good restaurants. The key was low price, high volume and acceptable taste. But today, visitors will find the mountains full of delicious and interesting dining options. What are the criteria

pinchys lobster exterior with a thumbnail of a lobster roll

Pinchy’s Lobster in Sevierville, an Honest Review by a Local (Photos)

Move over Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg – There’s a new foodie scene in Sevier County There is a movement afoot in Downtown Sevierville, a changing of the culinary guard. It is a movement of artisanal burgers, of top-shelf barbecue and homemade bacon. It is a movement of locally sourced, high-end elevated mountain cuisine. And it is a movement of lobster. As

the dollly parton statue in downtown sevierville

3 Things You Shouldn’t Ever Do in Sevierville TN, According to a Local

Here are three things not to do when you’re visiting Sevierville, TN As someone who has lived in the area for decades, I can remember when Sevierville was the boring part of Sevier County. If Sevier County was a mullet, Sevierville was the business in the front part. But things have changed over the years. Sevierville is now a destination

Fried Chicken at Mama's Farmhouse

10 Best Restaurants in Pigeon Forge – Taste Tested and Approved Dining

A local’s guide to the top restaurants and cuisines in Pigeon Forge In my opinion, the most challenging part of a Pigeon Forge vacation may well be picking a place to eat. Do we want to be daring? Or do we want to play it safe? Do we want dinner and an experience? Especially with over 100 different restaurants to choose