Category Archives: Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg Restaurants

The eclectic mix of cultures that have built up and immigrated to Gatlinburg have made it so that everyone can find both a wide variety and focused selection of eateries on the main downtown strip, as well as Highway 321. Of course, we feature many Southern staples with beef, chicken, bbq, grits, and breakfast eateries, but we also have quality houses flying the flags of England, Italy, China, Greece and others all across the area as well.

Definitely check out some of the menus here to build some anticipation for the wonderful dishes you’ll be served during your stay!

Alamo Steakhouse
The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in everything you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at

Bennetts BBQ
Having been in the BBQ business in Sevier County for over 20 years, Bennetts has racked up in impressive amount of awards for their food and service; winning “Best Ribs, Best BBQ” again as recently as 2012. They also serve amazing chicken, sausage, catfish, pork shoulder, brisket, and more. See their full menu at

Texas Roadhouse
Hot rolls with cinnamon butter, seasoned fries with honey mustard, chicken, steaks, burgers and even a sample of free ribs if you’ve never been to a Texas Roadhouse before is just the start of what the restaurant can offer you! Locations in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville.

The Smoky Mountain Brewery
One of the area’s favorite hangouts for visitors and locals alike, the Brewery is part, well, brewery, and part restaurant specializing in ribs, wings, pizzas and half-priced pizzas on Tuesday nights, sandwiches, burgers, spaghetti and a ton of other items on the menu.

The Peddler Steakhouse
How would you like a proper fancy dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s oldest restaurants where a fat, succulent steak, cooked over hickory charcoal is waiting for you next to some mountain trout or prime rib, New York cheesecake or hot blackberry cobbler. This is one of many amazing food combinations you’ll find at The Peddler Steakhouse. Wine Menu also available.

Wild Boar Saloon
Formerly Howard’s in Gatlinburg, but with the added advantage that is both a new restaurant and the original restaurant available upon request. Some of the best steaks and steak burgers, roast beef sandwiches, grilled pork chops, chicken sandwich platters and much more just waiting for you to take your next trip to Gatlinburg.

Pancake Pantry
When you drive down the main street and, at any given day during the morning, you see a line from the outside of the door extending around to the inside of the Village just to get in and eat, you know you’re looking at the best pancake restaurant in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, cherry waffles, pecan waffles, western omelets, breakfast cereals with banana slices and much more!

The Best Italian
Not just a boastful name, “The Best Italian” proves itself to many a visitor with starting rounds of their famous “garlic knots” and continues on with some of the best homemade pizza you’ll find in the city, or filet tips linguini, chicken linguini with white sauce, tenderloin tips marsala and more amazing Italian dishes that earned them the name on this listing.

North China Restaurant
North China is Gatlinburg’s only Chinese restaurant and it is one worth visiting before you leave the mountains. North China specializes in excellent service and even better dishes of chicken lo mein, beef, General Tso’s, hunan beef and more. Located on River Road just behind the main downtown strip.

Greenbrier Restaurant
If ever you needed to find a restaurant with a real mountain atmosphere in Gatlinburg; off the beaten path but offering some of the highest quality and highest class surroundings with views of the Smokies off in the distance, Greenbrier is where you want to go. Tucked back in the greenery like an exclusive secret, romantic dinners and special occasions are what Greenbrier is all about!

Gatlinburg Attractions

You can find something for everyone here in Gatlinburg. We have fun houses that thrill, views that chill, places that inspire, distilleries full of fire, go-karts, mini-golf, rides, slides, fish, sharks, arts, crafts and everything you’ve ever wanted to see all in one spectacular place.

Here are some recommended items to put on your Gatlinburg to-do list.

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The reason the city is here – The Arts and Crafts Community is famous throughout the country as being the largest collection of independent artists and artisans in The U.S. Potters, painters, broom-makers, fine restaurants, sculptures, sketchers and incredible stores of all kinds could take days to see in full.

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Don’t leave the Smokies without visiting Ripley’s Aquarium. This is one of Gatlinburg’s most premier attractions and one look at the complex on River Road will show you why. Whole oceans worth of sea life await you and your family at Ripley’s Aquarium with video presentations, classes, divers, play area, interactive fun stuff, and African Penguins (you heard that right). Ripley’s Aquarium is also often the site for Gatlinburg’s special events. There is nothing to not love about the Aquarium, so make sure you don’t leave Gatlinburg without a visit!

Gatlinburg Ziplines
Few things are more thrilling to modern men than soaring through the skies and Gatlinburg Ziplines gives you the opportunity to see and experience the Smokies like you never have before! This is one of the most adrenaline-filled attractions you can find in Sevier County, and it’s well worth the visit no matter what time of the year you come to town.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift
If you want to see miles and miles of Smokies from Gatlinburg, come take a ride up the mountain at Gatlinburg Sky Lift. Come in the Autumn time and bring a camera with two memory cards – you’ll need all the space you can get as you gaze colors people travel from all over the world to see.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum
You know you’ve always wanted to see the Batmobile up close and personal, and at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, you can do that alongside the Ecto-1, the Flintstones car, The Munsters Drag-u-la, The Beverly Hillbillies Jalopy, and cars from famous films/TV shows in history, like Charlie’s Angels, The Fast and The Furious, Fast Five, and even vehicles owned by Elvis Presley, Bob Hope and Dolly Parton. Over 40 authentic cars!

10600382_897076770321862_5147480285684319511_nOber Gatlinburg
An icon in the large roster of attractions in Gatlinburg, Ober has been a site for many things for over 40 years in the city. In the Winter time, it’s the only place for miles around to go for skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. In the warmer season, it’s a mountain-high family fun park with mini-golf, arcade, park rides, shops, indoor ice skating and more.

Fort Fun
The name says it all at Fort Fun! This is where you go to get set up for Old Gatlinburg Golf and Games, The Venturer Motion Ride, Lazer Tag, 3D theater and much more! Bring the kids and make a whole afternoon of fun at the Fort that bears its name.

Guinness World of Records Museum
Consider this to a compliment to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Also owned and managed by Ripley’s, Guinness World is a sister site where you can indulge in more interactive weirdness and awesome displays of official incredulity like the world’s tallest man, the world’s fattest woman, the longest jump by a human being and much more.

Space Needle
The tallest structure in Gatlinburg is a center place for a good portion of the entertainment in the city. From the top of the tower, you can see for miles and miles around of the Smokies. At the bottom is Arcadia, a 25,000 square foot arcade and family entertainment center where theatrical performances take place. Watch for the Space Needle on New Years Eve where the city of Gatlinburg traditionally lines the whole structure up with fireworks and creates one of the most spectacular displays you’ll ever see.

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
After becoming a big hit on Wears Valley Road, the people who own the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster brought one to North Gatlinburg to add a new unique attraction for visitors to enjoy. Come soar through the hills of the city like never before!

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
Undoubtedly one of the biggest things to come to the Smokies in a long time, Ole Smoky Moonshine can be reasonably credited with starting the distillery industry in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. What makes this store such a hit? Simple – high quality moonshine and lots of it! Nearly two dozen flavors are available in mason jars along the shelves and free tasting is available too. Ole Smoky can be found in downtown Gatlinburg and in The Island of Pigeon Forge.

Rocky Top Sports World
If there’s one word that can describe the Rocky Top Sports World, it’s WOW. This huge facility on Highway 321 is home to a huge slew of sporting events and tournaments for the city of Gatlinburg, as well as nearby Cobbly Knob and Cosby. Sports represented include baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, la crosse, volleyball, and much more you can see at

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Whether you come for Halloween, Spring, Fourth of July or the end of the world, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will give you some of the biggest scares of your life. Take a tour through a disturbing canal of death that used to be the Grimsby and Streaper Casket Company here in town and you won’t soon forget it; no matter how hard you try.