Snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, gingerbread, macadamia nut, sugar…cookies are traditional and sure mean a lot to Santa Claus. After all, they do add a bit more pep in his step on Christmas Eve so he can make all his rounds with a smile and ease. But what about the rest of the holiday season…what kind of sweet treats do you think ole St. Nick cooks up in his cozy kitchen for Christmas? With plenty of inspiration from around the world, he’s sure to have quite the assortment of sugar-filled recipes. For now, let’s take a look at the best desserts he’s picked up in the Smokies and (perhaps more importantly) where YOU can partake of these scrumptious sweets, too!
The South is known for many foods, from fried chicken and sweet potato pie to casseroles and fried okra. But a favorite in the South, and particularly in the Great Smoky Mountains, is juicy barbecue. Whether it’s dry-rubbed ribs or saucy pulled pork shoulder, barbecue is piled high in the restaurants of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. If you’re looking for a hearty barbecue meal in the Smokies – with heaps of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and vegetables on the side, check out our list of where to get the best BBQ in the Smokies.
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.
What’s bringing your large group to the Smokies this year? A wedding? A reunion? A retreat? Whatever the occasion, we know you need at least two things to keep your group happy: lots of space and good food!
With so many great dining options in the Smoky Mountains, it is no wonder that they would have highly-rated breakfast options. Come and experience three of the best restaurants that the Smokies has to offer. On your next vacation, make sure to stop by, get a stack of pancakes, and say hello!
I recently visited this restaurant, the Loco Burro, while on family vacation in the Smokies! We decided to try this place for lunch after noticing the vibrant atmosphere even from the outside. As we walked through the doors, we were greeted with cool air and the smell of Mexican cuisine. The restaurant was a very spacious building and it allowed space for many people to socialize and have get-togethers. I personally enjoyed the colorful décor! The food was delicious and the building itself provided a lovely experience and atmosphere.
The idea for The Wild Plum came from tea houses in the mountains of Austria. People would gather and share stories as well as eat what was freshly picked and prepared that day. After enjoying this experience, people began to join together for fellowship on multiple occasions. This is the exact idea that the owners had in mind for The Wild Plum Tea Room! Friends gather at this place and spend time together dining and conversing. Come here with the ones you love and eat delicious food, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. Food served at The Wild Plum is made from a combination of ingredients fresh from the garden, fresh from local vendors, and ingredients that are already available in the kitchen.
Sevierville, Tennessee, is a beautiful area. Nestled near the Great Smoky Mountains, it offers vintage beauty. Here you will find a slower pace of life, a lifestyle that affords one the opportunity to enjoy the awe that the nature around them inspires. Come dine with us in Sevierville, Tennessee, and enjoy the views the area has to offer. Here are a few aesthetically pleasing dinning spots to get you started.
One of the great things about Pigeon Forge is the variety of delicious foods available. From amazing steakhouses and seafood to pizza and pancake houses, there is fare for every taste. While you may be a stickler for your diet back at home, vacation is the time to splurge a little. So, for at least a day, indulge yourself in all the amazing foods that Pigeon Forge has to offer. Here is how to eat your way through Pigeon Forge for a day…
When I go on vacation, I like to do some research on the location I’ll be visiting. I don’t have to have a set schedule, but I like to know what there is to do, so that I can fit in as much as possible during my stay. Being the food lover that I am, where I should eat is naturally number one on my list. Generally, I have a couple of restaurants I would like to try, but Gatlinburg is so chock-full of great places to eat, I have been forced (okay, so you don’t really have to twist my arm) to spread my list of places to try over a number of trips to the area. I also happen to love a wide variety of foods, and Gatlinburg does not disappoint. Below are a few restaurants (some I have tried and some that are favorites of locals and visitors) for you to try on your next visit.