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5 Restaurants in Sevierville That You Must Try

There is no shortage of restaurants in Sevierville

BY VICKY REDDISH – JUNE 24TH, 2019

The Smoky Mountains boast a wide range of culinary offerings. No matter your idea of the perfect meal, you’re bound to find it in at least one of the region’s charming towns, each of which fills a different gastronomical niche. In Sevierville, you’ll be most impressed by the down-home cooking, with local eats taking on an enticing blend of Appalachian and Southern traditions. Restaurants here tend to operate at a slower pace than their busy Parkway counterparts in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. There’s plenty to love in both types of dining experiences, but if you’re looking for something a bit more leisurely and personal, you’ll definitely want to check out these top Sevierville restaurants:

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

BBQ Sandwich with cole slaw

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen pays homage to local legends Dr. John and Blanche Ogle with generous portions of hearty Southern-style food. Hospitality is a big deal at this family-friendly restaurant, where every meal is served with a side of quality conversation. The restaurant encourages visitors to kick back and take a break from their hectic lives, even if only for an hour or two. Be sure to arrive with a big appetite; whether you order griddle cakes, chicken liver, or one of the restaurant’s famed smokehouse meals, you’ll leave with a full belly — and a huge smile on your face.

Holston’s Kitchen

Bringing the bistro experience to the heart of Sevierville, Holston’s Kitchen offers an affordable and accessible take on fine dining. This hip restaurant is a go-to for couples, who regard it as the ultimate date night destination. Trendy vibes are immediately evident when you set foot in the restaurant; brick walls and minimalist decor grant it a simple, yet sophisticated feel in keeping with today’s industrial chic ethos.

Primarily a steakhouse, Holston’s Kitchen serves a variety of dishes guaranteed to appeal to self-avowed carnivores. The restaurant’s juicy steaks are enticing, but so are the thick-cut burgers and house-smoked pork ribs. If you’re an early bird, feel free to stop by on Saturday morning for a delectable brunch accompanied by a refreshing Bloody Mary.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant

Fresh Salad at Apple Barn

Sevierville’s Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant boasts a long history in the Smoky Mountains, where it began as a family farm and eventually transformed into a family eatery. While the restaurant serves a variety of hearty meals, apples are clearly the centerpiece; every entree comes with a complimentary serving of apple fritters, apple butter, and Applewood’s signature julep. These alone could easily satisfy, but you’ll also want to sample home-style meals such as pot roast, country-fried steak, or chicken pot pie.

At Applewood, the atmosphere is just as important as the food — and you’ll find no shortage of charming ambiance. Enjoy your meal out on the porch, where you’ll appreciate the fresh air and the quaint view. Inside, rustic decor helps you feel relaxed and perfectly at ease as you sample the ultimate in fresh, Southern-style cooking.

Courthouse Donuts

Sevierville boasts its fair share of pleasant cafes, where you can start each morning off on a high note. Begin your day with a cup of coffee and a generous serving of sugary goodness at Courthouse Donuts, where every donut is personalized to fit your vision of the perfect dessert. The process is simple: choose an icing, a topping, and a sauce — or as Courthouse’s employees explain, “Dip it, top it, sauce it.” You’re also welcome to choose from the donut shop’s specialty selections, which include key lime pie, creamsicle, and peanut butter cup donuts. Stop by during the lunch hour for a fresh sandwich, accompanied by — you guessed it — a delectable donut. You’ll quickly discover the meaning behind the motto, “The taste is arresting.”

Elvira’s Cafe

Another Sevierville cafe worth checking out, Elvira’s injects a familiar concept with a touch of mountain appeal. Local ingredients dominate the menu, which includes such enticing dinner entrees as fried catfish, blackened trout, and prime rib. Earlier in the day, you can order specialty omelets and crepes for breakfast, or sandwiches and salads for lunch. No matter what you order, it will arrive looking, smelling, and tasting so fresh, it just might jump off the plate. The mountain air is just as fresh, as you’ll quickly discover if you enjoy your meal in the screened-in porch.

Whether your dream Sevierville dining experience involves a trendy bistro or a cute donut shop, you’ll have no trouble finding a place that serves up both fresh food and Southern hospitality. The essence of Sevierville is clearly on display at its delightful restaurants, so don’t hesitate to stop in for a satisfying and memorable meal.

Taken from SmokyMountains.com blog

Attractions, Pigeon Forge

Fun Facts About Pigeon Forge

Things to know about Pigeon Forge

Whether you’ve been bringing your families here to vacation for many years or if you’ve just been introduced to this beautiful mountain town, there’s always something new to see and explore in the area.

  • The first part of Pigeon Forge’s name comes from the Little Pigeon River, which got its name from the many passenger pigeons that once roosted on the banks of the river. The second part of the name comes from an iron forge that was built by Isaac Love in 1817. The forge is located near the Old Mill.
  • The city has around 7,000 permanent residents but there are millions of visitors to this well-loved city each year. Pigeon Forge is home to lots of great attractions such as Dollywood, countless dinner theatres, the great outdoors in the Smoky Mountains and so much more, it’s easy to see why Pigeon Forge is one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the Southeast.
  • The city is 33 miles southeast of Knoxville, four miles south of Sevierville, and five miles north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. It’s also one of the most biologically diverse locations in the world. And it’s a great place to spot a variety of wildlife, with over 400 species of animals that live in the park.
  • How did the Smoky Mountains get their name? The first settlers to inhabit the portion of the Appalachian Mountains now known as the Smokies were the Cherokee who called the place Shaconage, which means ‘place of blue smoke.’
  • Located within Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Clingman’s Dome. Standing at 6,643 feet, it’s the highest point in Tennessee and the third highest point in the eastern United States. An observation tower is located at the end of the half-mile paved trail, where visitors can see for hundreds of miles on a clear day.
  • Cade’s Cove is the most visited area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as one of the most historic areas. The area is home to cabins, barns, gristmills, stores and other buildings constructed by early settlers, before the area became a national park.
  • Dollywood is one of the most visited attractions in Tennessee. It is open from late March through December and attracts more than 2 million guests each year. And Dolly Parton, herself, still makes guest appearances to the city each year.
  • The Dollywood theme park was originally an attraction named Rebel Railroad and included a steam engine, general store, blacksmith shop and saloon. The attraction became Goldrush Junction in 1970 and then Silver Dollar City in 1976. It wasn’t until 1986 that the park was rebranded as Dollywood.
  • Flags from all 50 states and the branches of the armed forces fly in Patriot Park. There is also a replica Liberty Bell and a Patriot Missile that was used in the first Gulf War.
  • The Historic Old Mill, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is the most historic building in Pigeon Forge. The mill was built in 1830 and is still in operation today. The mill was constructed in 1830 and was used to power electricity for the city until 1935. Today it is still used to grind grains that are sold in the Old Mill General Store and the Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen.
  • Pigeon Forge is home to one of only two TITANIC museums in the United States. Guests at the TITANIC Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge are invited to explore the twenty dramatically lit galleries, touch a growing iceberg, experience 28-degree water, sit in an actual size lifeboat, see the only actual TITANIC photos that exist on display and much more.
  • Pigeon Forge is home to several award-winning shows and theatres that deliver world-class entertainment year-round such as Country Tonite Theatre, The Comedy Barn Theater and Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud. And for those that prefer a hearty meal alongside their entertainment, you’ll find that too at Pigeon Forge dinner shows such as Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud and Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.
  • You can capture a true feel for “mountain living” by staying in one of the many area cabins or chalets in Pigeon Forge.
  • Pigeon Forge is also home to one of five Margaritaville hotels in the United States. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Island Hotel is the perfect setting to escape the everyday, discover a new outlook, and just chill. In addition, Pigeon Forge is also home to Margaritaville Island Inn.
  • You’ll find a total of 8 pancakes houses located throughout Pigeon Forge. After all, who doesn’t love some good pancakes for breakfast? Check out this list of some of our favorite places to eat pancakes in Pigeon Forge.
  • The trolley in Pigeon Forge will take you through the city for $1 per ride or $3 for an all day pass! So, park your car and then sit back and relax and let the trolley do the driving for you. You can also ride to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country in style aboard a trolley, fares are $2.50.

Article taken from PigeonForge.com blog post

Great Smoky Mountains, Hiking, Parks

Black Bears in and around the Great Smoky Mountains

Everyone wants to see a black bear while they are visiting the Great Smoky Mountains. Here are some interesting things about these beautiful creatures!

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is estimate there are about 1,500 black bears. That’s about two bears per square mile. Bears can live at any elevation in the park, so you could see them near cabins in the woods or as you hike.

Within the national park, it is illegal to approach black bears within 50 yards or 150 feet. You should use binoculars, cameras, or spotting scope to look at bears up close instead of trying to physically get near them. Keeping your distance prevents the bears from becoming disturbed, and keeps you and the bears safe. If you notice the bear change his/her bahavior, you are too close.

Black bears are omnivores! About 85 percent of their diet is berries, plants, and nuts. For protein, black bears will eat Insects and animal carrion.

Bears do not truly hibernate, but enter long periods of sleep. They may leave the den for short periods if disturbed or during brief warming trends. Before their hibernation, bears can double their body weight! Male black bears can weigh about 250 pounds on average, while a female black bear weighs about 100 pounds. Record weight for black bears is up to 600 pounds! Bears eat extra to double their weight by the fall since they sleep for so many months so they don’t have to wake up and try to find food in the winter.

Everyone wants to know where you are likely to see black bears in the Smoky Mountains. While seeing these creatures is never guaranteed, there are places where you are more likely to see them. Cades Cove is a popular place where many people see black bears. You can drive around on the loop and possibly see them passing through fields or even see them near the historic buildings or along the creek. If you love to hike, you might even see black bears along the trails. The best time to get a glimpse of the black bears is early in the morning or after dinner.

Not all black bears are black! In the Smoky Mountains, almost all of the bears are black, but in other regions, the bears can be brown or even cinnamon. You may notice some brown fur around the black fur, too.

Black bears in the park are wild and their behavior is sometimes unpredictable. Although extremely rare, attacks on humans have occurred, inflicting serious injuries and death. Treat bear encounters with extreme caution and follow these guidelines:

• If you see a bear, remain watchful. Do not approach it. If your presence causes the bear to change its behavior (stops feeding, changes its travel direction, watches you, etc.), YOU ARE TOO CLOSE. Being too close may promote aggressive behavior from the bear such as running toward you, making loud noises, or swatting the ground. The bear is demanding more space. Don’t run, but slowly back away, watching the bear. Try to increase the distance between you and the bear. The bear will probably do the same.
• If a bear persistently follows or approaches you without vocalizing or paw swatting, try changing your direction. If the bear continues to follow you, stand your ground. If the bear gets closer, talk loudly or shout at it. Act aggressively and try to intimidate the bear. Act together as a group if you have companions. Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground). Throw non-food objects such as rocks at the bear. Use a deterrent such as a stout stick. Don’t run and don’t turn away from the bear. Don’t leave food for the bear; this encourages further problems.
• Most injuries from black bear attacks are minor and result from a bear attempting to get at people’s food. If the bear’s behavior indicates that it is after your food and you’re physically attacked, separate yourself from the food and slowly back away.
• If the bear shows no interest in your food and you’re physically attacked, fight back aggressively with any available object – the bear might consider you prey! Help protect others. Report all bear incidents to a park ranger immediately. Above all, keep your distance from bears!

Approaching any wild animal may disturb it. Wildlife harassment is punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and /or imprisonment of up to six months.

To report a bear incident, call (865) 436-1230.
Bear safety copied from National Park Service pamphlet

Amusement, Attractions, Entertainment, Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge Snow

I made an appointment for my children at Pigeon Forge Snow. They were probably in their late teens. When we pulled up, there were all of these little kids waiting in line. My kids got kind of embarresed and asked about the age. However, they had a blast. All the little kids parents were sliding too.

I would suggest going on less crowded week days so you get more sliding time and less time in line. There is a conveyor belt which you stand on with your tube so you don’t have to carry the tube up steps.

My husband loved that the temperature in there was very cool and not hot at all.

Pigeon Forge Snow – 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go | Tours & Tickets (with Photos) – Tripadvisor

Amusement, Attractions, Entertainment, Pigeon Forge

Indoor Skydiving in Pigeon Forge TN

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? Are you afraid to jump out of the plane? Are you afraid of heights? This indoor skydiving may be just the compromise.

Flyaway is a vertical wind tunnel where you can test your skills in the sport of bodyflight. After a quick class, an instructors will help you leave the ground and learn how to fly! This may be your once in a lifetime “bucket list” experience. Flyaway is America’s first windtunnel.

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving | Indoor Skydiving – Pigeon Forge, TN

info@flyawayindoorskydiving.com

3106 Parkway

865-453-7777