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Smoky Mountains for the Kids!

Smoky Mountain Kids, attention Moms and Dads…… what is fun to do in the Smokies with kids?  Everything!  We always like to encourage outdoor activity and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as the #1 activity to consider when visiting the Smoky Mountain Area. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the reason these communities have grown and become a vacation destination so we hope that you might visit the park and learn and teach your children about the beauty of the park and it’s importance to our well being. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is an excellent place to take the children or the family!. You will find stop off locations for short walks or light picnics, you will find trail heads to water falls such as Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls, along with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. At the beginning of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is Mynatt Park, which we can highly recommend for free kids fishing and a picnic. At the end of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail you will find Ely’s Mill, a very unique and memorable top. There are many favorite locations in the Smokies, Metcalf Bottoms and more so take your time and do some exploring!

It is not difficult to find information about Dollywood, Anakeesta and The Island.  We know there are mountain coasters and mini-golf, we want to share with you some of the small businesses in the area that are fantastic. Small business Smoky Mountains we could call it! These choices are for kids of ages up to 12.

Gatlinburg:

Izzy BeesIzzy Bees Stuffed Friends
Build a bear or a forest animal at Izzy Bees, located in the Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg.  This store is locally owned and operated and has really cute options to build your own friend and dress the friends and choose among many options.  Prices are the best in the area and this is guaranteed fun for the kiddos and will make an excellent memory and souvenir.

 

Hillbilly Golf
Located on the parkway as you enter Gatlinburg you will find Hillbilly Golf on the left before you see stoplight #3. Hillbilly Golf recently celebrated their 50th anniversary and it is long time staple in Gatlinburg for kids and family fun.  It’s the original, give it a try the kids will love it.

Pigeon Forge

Toy Box Mini Golf
Located at 112 Dollywood Lane, Toy Box Mini Golf is one of the newest mini golf amusements in the area and seems to be a real hit with the kids.  It is full of nostalgia in its decor and loaded with all kinds of amusements and fun for the family.  Find it on Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge.

The Smoky Mountain area has many free parks and we know kids love parks.  Outside of the main park, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in which you will find hiking and fishing and all kinds of exploring as mentioned above, these parks are community parks that the kids will love and have no admission fee!

Smoky Mountain Free Area Parks.

For Kid Friendly Restaurant Choices and favorite Family Restaurants in the Smokies, visit here with just a click!

Trout Farm

Kids Love The Trout Farm!

Have you heard of The English Mountain Trout Farm?  Located in the Sevierville area just off 411 are several attractions we know the kids and the family will enjoy.  One of them is The English Mountain Trout Farm.

Enjoy a beautiful ride to a less visited area of Sevier County and the Smoky Mountains English Mountain Trout Farm is located at 291 Blowing Cave Rd., Sevierville, Tennessee 37876.  English Mountain Trout Farm has a little bit of fun for all ages.  You don’t have to have children with you to enjoy your visit, however, we highly recommend this visit for toddlers and children.  This attraction is also a very good wheelchair accessible location for those with special needs.

At the Trout Farm you can catch your fish and have them cook it for you!  You Hook ‘Em and We’ll Cook ‘Em you will hear them say!  Bait, fishing poles and fishing attendants are all part of the experience when you pay your small fee for your license for the time you are fishing. If you prefer to just enjoy their delicious Trout, then you can simply order and eat, they are known for their delicious home cooked foods.

Dine In or Take Out, Outdoor Seating, High chairs and wheelchair access makes The English Mountain Trout Farm one of our favorite picks for things to do with Toddlers and Children in the Smoky Mountains.’ Did we mention the Gem Mine?  Oh my, who knew it was so much fun to Gem Mine. The kids will love it and so will you.  This is such a great place for families!

The English Mountain Trout Farm is highly rated by Trip Advisor and others. Expect a wonderful experience when you visit.

https://www.englishmountaintroutfarm.net

Charging Stations For Electric Cars In Sevier County

In Sevier County, we do our best to evolve with the times and offer progressive technology as it becomes available and feasible for our infrastructure. One question we were asked recently is where the writer could find charging stations for their electric vehicle in Sevier County as Google Maps can sometimes be unwieldly or cumbersome to look up while on a phone or just in general.

In this short and simple article, we’ll list out where you can find electric charging stations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley (as of April 2022, these are the only cities in Sevier County that really have any electric vehicle charging stations).

This list will be updated as new charging stations and changes come forth.

Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
125 Greystone Heights Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Alamo Steakhouse
705 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Radio Shack and Parkway Liquors
1357 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Bennett’s BBQ
714 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Smoky Mountain Resort
404 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Pigeon Forge

Alamo Steakhouse
3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Mama’s Farmhouse
208 Pickel St, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

The Mountain Mile
2655 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Walgreens
3053 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Blake Jones Racing Center
2905 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Tru Hotel
2815 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Christmas Place Village
2470 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Between Titanic Museum and Hatfield & McCoy Theater
2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Christmas Inn
120 Christmas Tree Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Dollywood DreamMore Resort
2525 DreamMore Wy, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862

Sevierville

Main Street Commons In Downtown Sevierville
136 Bruce St, Sevierville, TN 37862

Between Ihop and Black Rifle Coffee Company
1820 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Sevierville Golf Club
1425 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37876

Berry Springs Lodge
2149 Seaton Springs Rd. Sevierville, TN 37862

Five Oaks Tanger Shopping Center
1641 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse

Where Are Good Kid Friendly Restaurants?

We often get this question and have also traveled with kids so we want to give you some suggestions that cover many thoughts and ideas.

As far as Discounted Kids Meals or Free Kids Meals, please contact the restaurant to be sure they are continuing the most recent deals we are aware of.

Cici’s Pizza allows kids 3 and under to eat for $1.99, includes drink.

Golden Coral allows the 3 and under to eat free with an adult meal.

Texas Roadhouse allows older kids eat for $2.99 with an adult meal.

Shoney’s allows kids under 4 to eat with an adult at no cost.

We hope you like these suggestions.  There are so many more but these are some of our favorites.

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse.
Located in Pigeon Forge, on the parkway, this restaurant is also an affordable choice as they honor kids with a free meal with an adult!  100 singing chickens will entertain the kids while they wait for their food!

Big Daddy’s Pizza
Located in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, we can recommend this place for its excellent pizza and menu that accommodates many diet types families may have. Find a great atmosphere and excellent food at Big Daddy’s Pizza. Find arcade games and good diet choices.

Because Pizza is a popular family choice, you will find many Pizza Places.  Mellow Mushroom is on the parkway in Pigeon Forge along with Big Daddy’s we mention above. You will find a Pappa Johns, Dominos, Little Caesars, and Pizza Hut in each community. Genos Pizza is on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and also will delivery about anywhere.  Pick up Pizza by the slice and many other delicious ready made and price friendly things at Weigel’s stores.

Breakfast and the Pancake Houses.

The Flapjacks Pancake Houses and Reagan’s Pancake House and the Log Cabin Pancake Houses are ALL GREAT! There is an IHOP in town on the Parkway between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge also if that is a favorite. You will find the Pancake House type restaurants in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville and really all of them are very good.  If you happen to be in Wears Valley give Hillbilly’s Restaurant a try!

Wears Valley is a great place to find some of the locally owned restaurants and shops.  Hillbilly’s Restaurant would be a fun stop for all ages including kids, Paw Paw’s is just great fixin’s and there is really a lot to experience in Wears Valley that is not as crowded and a more down home experience. Where to Eat in Wears Valley

These Menus At Sunliner Diner Restaurant in Pigeon Forge

In this small article, we wanted to highlight a recent trip to the Sunliner Diner restaurant in Pigeon Forge and their clever integration of Pigeon Forge identity and the listing of food items and services commonly referred to as a “menu”. We just wanted to highlight this bit of creativity you can find from a newer and very popular restaurant in our area!

Yes, the menu for their burgers, fries, chicken tenders, waffles, chicken and waffles, appetizers, meatloaf, fish and chips, sandwiches and more are all printed on the back of this page. It’s a wonderfully nice touch for a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’ve gone back a couple eras!

See the Sunliner Diner online at https://www.sunlinerdiner.com/pigeon-forge/.

Business Spotlight: American Recycled Plastic

Imagine outdoor furniture & site amenities you can rely on – no more costly replacements or maintenance! Our family business, American Recycled Plastic will treat your bench, picnic table or sheeting order as if it’s our own. We work hard to complete your projects on time & within budget. We offer commercial, government & residential clients personalized, caring service you just won’t find at large corporations today – Guaranteed! Our outdoor furniture is made with 100% recycled plastic that is long-lasting and eco-friendly! We’re dedicated to delivering the highest-quality outdoor furniture possible, without the harmful effects that wood or single-use plastic/resins have on our environment.

Do you have a pet you’d like to memorialize? Tell Their Story with a beautiful memorial bench or mounted plaque that honors the friendship your beloved pet has shown you for their life time of love. We offer many choices and a multitude of ideas of how you can honor and memorialize your precious pet. We are pet lovers and look forward to working with you on this special project. We can also memorialize military personnel, family members, loved ones, local heroes and more!

Our recycled plastic products include:
* Park Benches
* Picnic Tales
* Patio Furniture
* Custom Routed Signs
* Outdoor Dining Sets
* Waste Receptacles
* Sheeting Panels
* Bike Racks
* Bird Feeders
* Bird Houses
* Sports Chairs

And more!

Custom Memorial or Donor Benches have never been so easy to buy! Our 2-step process: First, select your bench size, style and color. Second, select which of our 4 customization options you prefer. Contact us today and tell their story for a legacy that lasts! Our benches and items last throughout generations and come with a 25-year-guarantee! American Recycled Plastic is local to Wears Valley, TN, so free delivery to the Sevier County area is available.

https://itsrecycled.com/
http://petmemorialbench.com
https://mymemorialbench.com/
http://telltheirstory.us

Business Spotlight: Bank of England Mortgage

Bank of England Mortgage Tennessee is a division of Bank of England, a locally owned community bank located in England, Arkansas. We provide our clients with the expertise and services that are traditionally offered by the largest financial services institutions in the country – with the integrity of a local community bank.

Our decisions are made locally – with a full understanding of clients’ needs and the mortgage program that will satisfy them.

But that’s not new for us, since 1898 we have dedicated ourselves to these principles: Put the client first, know his goals, and identify the best way to attain them. Our clients receive personal attention focused on helping them achieve the American Dream of homeownership. The combination of our excellent staff, superior operations, and devotion to customer service, means one thing to all of us at BOE Mortgage: We will not stop until we have exceeded our clients’ expectations. We look forward to that opportunity.

Contact Debbie Scarantino at Bank of England Mortgage at www.askdebbie.info.

https://www.usdahomeloanapplication.com
https://www.fhahomeloanapplication.com
https://www.vahomeloanapplications.com
https://www.boetennessee.com/

Business Spotlight: All Pro Group

We wanted to take a moment to highlight one of our business partners and friends with a blog article introducing you to them. Here’s a look at All Pro Group in Sevier County:

All Pro Group

All Pro Property Management Services is your local professional real estate management solution for ANY property management need. Based here in Sevierville, TN we are only minutes from all of Sevier County, including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Kodak, Seymour, or even the surrounding counties. We currently manage well over 100 properties for lease in and around Sevier County, TN including homes, townhouses, and apartments in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Cosby, Kodak, Seymour, Strawberry Plains, and Morristown.

Tired of landlord headaches or of being the Neighborhood “Bad Guy”? All Pro Property Management Services also provides a wide array of real estate services for individual properties and home owner associations in the East Tennessee area including Sevier and the surrounding counties from our office in Sevierville, TN. With our two partners’ 50+ years experience combined in East Tennessee real estate and our superb office staff and field crews, we have the knowledge and the commitment to excellence that you are looking for!

See our services at:
www.appms.us
www.allprogroup.us
www.gatlinburghomes.com
www.offerforyourgreatsmokyhome.com

Smoky Mountain Falls | Cabins Near Gatlinburg

Creekside Cabins are popular in the Smoky Mountains and Smoky Mountain Falls offers several beautiful Creekside Cabins that are located in the Cosby area near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Fishing Cabins in the Smoky Mountains is a popular request and one our cabins can fill. Once you have stayed with Smoky Mountain Falls at one of our Creekside Cabins you will want to return again and again to see if the fish are biting. Enjoy the sounds of the creek as you pour your morning coffee and as you fall asleep at night.

We offer more secluded cabins. Location is everything! Do you seek a bit of privacy? Whether you are a honeymoon couple or a family just looking to reconnect, one of the best things about our vacation rentals is the location. Our cabins are located just a short distance from just about everything people enjoy doing, yet they offer certain privacy and space that offers people a time to reconnect with one another and nature.

What sets the cabins with Smoky Mountain Falls Cabin Rentals to stand out from other cabins in the area?
Our team takes great pride in our homes. We understand that the vacation rental you choose is the core of your vacation. Vacations don’t come easy and so our team works to create the vacation home we would want to have when we are on vacation. Cleanliness and cabin maintenance are top-notch. Because we are a small company, we know our homes and their owners personally and we work to offer their very best to you.

Service is a number ONE priority.
Smoky Mountain Falls was built by providing vacation opportunities to guests one cabin at a time. We offer Southern Hospitality when we speak with you in regard to renting a home and we look forward to knowing you better when you come to stay. Once your reservation is complete, we are here to be sure your vacation home is set to provide you with a memorable experience. The guests that come to stay with Smoky Mountain Falls are the most important part of our business and we want you to know that.

Location, Location, Location!
Our homes are located along the Eastern area of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our cabins are near Gatlinburg and Cosby, Tennessee, and an easy drive to Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and other areas in the Smokies. The Cosby entrance to the National Park is beautiful and highly recommended when you visit. Our cabins offer a great experience, whichever cabin you choose. Whether you are looking for a location like Cobby Nob with pool access, or something quite private and secluded, we have the cabin for you.

Return again and again!
We have guests that return again and again. It is not unusual for a family to try several of our cabins as they visit the Smoky Mountains. If you are folks who visit several times a year, if you have a favorite cabin, we are happy to reserve it for you in advance to be sure you get to enjoy your favorite.

See more on Smoky Mountain Falls at www.cabinsneargatlinburg.com.

The Hidden Gems Of The Arts and Crafts Community

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community of the Smoky Mountains is the first major attraction other than the mountains themselves to bring people in from all around the United States and get to know more about the artisan soul of our region. Artists of all kinds reside here – painters, woodcrafters, potters, glass makers, sign makers, quilters, candle makers, upcyclers, jewelers, stone crafters… the list goes on.

Much is written about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community and some stores are already well-known. In this article, we wanted to showcase some of the lesser-known shops from the Community that we visited lately and can recommend as part of your Gatlinburg visit. Take a look:

Shaconage Stone Art & Jewelry
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-719=3999
http://www.shaconagestoneartandjewelry.net/

“Our unique product lines from the Stone Art to the Jewelry are made by local artists. Most of the items are Native American made. We are extremely proud of our artist and products.Our products are made by local artisans. The unique stone art is made by Walking Bear. Our jewelry is designed by Vidars Custom Jewelry, and Matoka. Our hand knapped arrowheads, bows and arrows are by Stone Bear. Walking Bear, Stone Bear and Les Coffee make our unique knives. Our herbal teas, oils and soaps are by Nuwati. We also carry products by other Native Americans. Each item is unique and one of a kind.”

Hills Creek Gallery
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-430-7778
https://www.hillscreek.com/

“Est. 1991 Featuring the Award Winning Smoky Mountains Scenic, Wildlife and Nature Photography of M&D Hills. Enjoy unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry, art glass, kaleidoscopes, paperweights, metalwork, & pottery. Don’t miss our one of a kind selection of glass pendants and earrings by artist J. Hills. Plus so much more.”

Elk River Gifts and Crafts
608 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1028
https://www.facebook.com/elkrivercraftsandgifts/

Ownby’s Woodcraft
704 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-5254
https://www.etsy.com/market/ownbys_woodcraft

“Since the late 1800’s the Ownby’s carry on a long family tradition, turning native wood into beautiful wooden fruit, bowls, flowers, baskets, cutting boards, stools, birdhouses, bears, old timey games, toys & much more.”

Hand-n-Heart Creations
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1156
https://www.facebook.com/handnheartcreationsgatlinburg/

“We are a shop in the Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We feature a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted, artisan items from regional artists in a pleasant atmosphere.”

White Buffalo Native American Gifts
601 Glades Road Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-335-9762

Jams, Jellies, Nuts & More
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-8911

Firefly Glass Studio
830 Moyers Dr,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 206-6083
https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/firefly-glass-studio/516/

“Nancy Huff creates contemporary fused glass art. Ths studio offers a “You Create” experience for all ages. Stop by and design your own masterpiece that will be fired and shipped.”

JJ Signs and Gifts
170 Glades Road, Suite 22,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(260) 705-1058
https://www.facebook.com/HancevilleAL/

“Artist Joyce Branch free hands signs, paints acrylic paintings and creates unique art with glass and resin. Joyce is able to paint a sign for you while you wait or create a special unique piece of art for your home or business.”

Lil’ Bit of Gatlinburg
575 Proffitt Rd.,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4280
https://www.lilbitofgatlinburg.com/

“Come explore our unique sampling of craft and whimsy. We offer so much for the casual gift shopper, as well as the refined collector. From novelties to candles to pottery to paintings and handcrafted items from local artisans. Gift Wrapping Services offered here. Save time and hassle. Bring all of your gift wrap needs to us. If it’s more than a few, we’ll come to you. Call for more info and availability.”

Smoky Mountain Gold 2
601 Glades Rd # 8,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-6805

The Rampant Lion – A Pub & Wine Bar
734 Powdermill Rd,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 567-5217
http://www.therampantlionpub.com/

“A Celtic Pub and Wine Bar on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, nestled in the Arts and Crafts Community Centre. Starting with a wide selection of Whisky’s, ciders, wine coolers and cheeses, plus a tapas restaurant with offerings from around the world.”