7 Must Visit Shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
Souvenirs, crafts, homemade candy and knick knacks, you can find all of these and so much more in the Great Smoky Mountains. With specialty stores, boutiques, outlets and so on, the Smokies offers a shopping experience that is difficult to find elsewhere. Take some time while on your vacation to explore all the amazing shops in the area! To make it easier for you to decide on where to go, we have compiled the list below to include the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas.
The Old Mill General Store
The old Mill General Store is one of the top shopping places for both locals and visitors alike. Located in The Old Mill Square, you are able to find their famous pancake and specialty mixes, homemade jellies, fresh ground grains, unique souvenirs and more.
The Village Shops in Gatlinburg provides a fantastic shopping experience that you do not want to miss out on. Currently offering 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers the atmosphere is European themed and lively.
Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
If you get a craving for sweets while in the area the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen will satisfy your sweet tooth. The thing that separates this candy shop from the rest is that fact that all of the candies are handmade. You have options ranging from chocolate covered assortments, caramels, gummy bears, taffy and much, much more. Buy them by the piece or by the box to take back home with you and share.
Three Bears General Store
Three Bears General Store is an extremely popular destination for tourists. They offer a variety of products such as coffee mugs, stuffed animals, moonshine products, jewelry, sports fan attire, homemade fudge and more.
The Incredible Christmas Place
No matter what time of year it is, it is never a bad time to get in the Christmas spirit. Pick out decorations and goodies any day of the year at The Incredible Christmas Place. They carry everything from Christmas gifts and collectibles to designer themed Christmas trees, lights, ornaments and just about everything else Christmas themed. Spread the cheer all year by heading over to The Incredible Christmas Place.
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
Gatlinburg is home to the largest organized Arts & Crafts community in North America. The Arts & Crafts Trail is an 8 mile long driving loop filled with independent artisans whom create original works and showcase the cultural history of the state. The amount of art is absolutely incredible. It makes for the perfect place to pick up some memorable souvenirs to add to your collection.
The trail is located approximately 3 miles outside of the Downtown area, and unlike Downtown, almost every location has free parking. If you decide to make this a walking trip and leave your vehicle at the hotel, use the Yellow Line trolley to get there.
Aside from all of the artisans and shops, you will also find excellent eateries, beautiful accommodations and of course stunning scenery. One recommendation if you like root beer floats – or any kind of ice cream float – is to try one from Glades Soda Fountain. They are an old fashion themed shop that has a really cool old style cash register that kids are fascinated by.
Fun for all ages is The Island in Pigeon Forge. They offer rides, games, dining options, and shops. One bonus to going there is the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200 foot tall observation wheel. A few things featured here are, Margaritaville & Store, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Bootleggers Winery, Big Rock Candy Kitchen, Southern Charm Boutique, Dudes Daiquiris, Timberwood Grill and so much more.