Local Foods for Homemade in the Cabin

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are known for a lot of things: great mountain views, family-friendly attractions, their proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (the most visited national park in the U.S.), Ober Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and…big country breakfasts. From heaping stacks of fluffy pancakes to plates of crisp bacon, getting a big breakfast is a must when you’re in the Smokies.

But sometimes you just can’t peel yourself out of bed in the morning (especially when you’re waking up to mountain views). Many restaurants offer breakfast all day, but if you want to stick around the cabin for the first meal of the day, you have some options. Instead of grabbing cereal or breakfast bars at the grocery store, consider getting some local mixes, jams, and treats for a breakfast in the cabin.

The Old Mill | 164 Old Mill Ave | Pigeon Forge, TN
Built in 1830, the historic Old Mill in Pigeon Forge is still a working grist mill, putting out stone-ground grains for delicious mixes at The Old Mill General Store. You can enjoy their grains in grits, fritters, pancakes, and more at The Old Mill Restaurant and The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille, or you can pick up the mixes for the same goodies to make in your Gatlinburg cabin.

The boxed and jarred treats are also perfect for gifts or for having a taste of the mountains when you get back home. And with fully equipped kitchens in all our cabins, you can easily make homemade Smoky Mountain meals. They even have bakery-fresh goods like breads, cakes, and pies that are ready-made and delicious! A few tasty local foods you’ll find at The Old Mill include:

  • Jalapeno mustard
  • Green tomato relish
  • Hot Chow Chow
  • Pineapple Pecan Cheesespread Mix
  • Caramel Apple Dip Mix
  • Cornmeal, flour, grits, and pancake mix
  • Apple Butter
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • Blueberry Pecan Honey butter
  • Cucumber Dill Dressing
  • Apple Appalachian Salsa
  • Black Bean Salsa
  • Carolina BBQ Sauce
  • Homemade Buttered Biscuit Molasses
  • Muddy Pond Sorghum
  • Signature Corn Chowder Soup Mix
  • Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt
  • Maple Praline Syrup, and much more!

The Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store | 230 Apple Valley Rd | Sevierville, TN
Known for their apple fritters and cool Apple Julep, Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill are two favorite local restaurants. They serve those classic Smoky Mountain breakfasts, along with Southern favorites all day long. But they also have The Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store, where you can pick up mixes, jams, and jellies to make your own meals in your Gatlinburg cabin.

Their famous apple butter is a must to slather on biscuits, but they have so much more. For fall in the Smokies, enjoy pumpkin butter on your pancakes; in summer, keep it fresh with their strawberry butter. Ready to stock the cabin with local foods? Also try…

  • Sourwood Honey
  • Pure Sorghum Molasses
  • Apple Syrup
  • Sweet Pepper & Apple Relish
  • Apple Fritter Mix
  • Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix
  • Applewood Smoked Country Ham
  • Dried Apples
  • Fried Apples
  • Spicy Sweet Pickles
  • Salted Peanuts

Old Dad’s General Store | 1127 Parkway | Gatlinburg, TN
Located just across from the Nantahala Outdoor Center at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this general store is a quick, easy place to grab some groceries, get hiking and fishing supplies, or enjoy some homemade goodies. They can even pack up a picnic for you (with group rates available)! While you’re there, pick up some foods for the cabin like their homemade cupcakes and desserts, homemade muffins and pastries, or homemade peanut butter!

Three Bears General Store | 2861 Parkway | Pigeon Forge, TN
Along with clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs, Three Bears General Store in Pigeon Forge offers jams, jellies, dips, homemade fudge, and mixes that are great for taking back to the cabin. Whip up some biscuits and spread them with Blackberry Moonshine Jelly, Raspberry Jalapeno Jam, or Southern Sweet Tea Jelly. Get some chips or veggies alongside dip mixes like Drunken Onion, Spinach Parmesan, BLT, and Cheesy Enchilada. And don’t forget to get a box of homemade fudge to snack on in the cabin!

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community | Gatlinburg, TN
Another great place for homemade foods (and a great place to spend the day) is in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community on the historic 8-mile loop in Gatlinburg. More than 120 artisans and craftsmen work here in the Smokies, showcasing everything from wood carvings and leather work to photography and homemade foods. Some unique shops for local goods for the cabin include:

  • Covered Bridge in the Glades (Gatlinburg Farmers Market, Saturdays, May – Sept)
  • Fudgewrights
  • Glades Homemade Candies & Ice Cream
  • Jams, Jellies, Nuts & More
  • Kountry Antics Primitives
  • Nelson Farms, TN
  • Simply Savory Gift & Gourmet
  • The Artsy Olive
  • Thistle Dew!

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