Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community Adventures

Check out the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community with Erika. It’s the largest group of independent artisans in North America. There many one-of-a-kind gifts you can’t find anywhere else. They have a unique 8-mile loop with a variety of artists including woodworking, painting, pottery, jewelry and so much more!!

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5 Antique Shops in Knoxville, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Asheville

In addition to the mouth-watering food, authentic people, and wonderful music, you’ll find the Smoky Mountains filled with awesome antique shops full of a variety of items you can only get here. We’ve highlighted five shops you should visit if you’re in the area.   Knoxville Bearden Antique Mall If you’re on the hunt for […]

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Visiting Gatlinburg for Three Days

For the second year in a row, we took a trip to Gatlinburg just prior to the Easter holiday. Even though we’ve been to Gatlinburg more than 10 times now, we are giddy with excitement every time we make the trip here from Ohio. Every year brings new surprises and also some old favorites are […]

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5 Great Local Craft Shops in Gatlinburg

The Smokies are an incredible place with a rich cultural heritage. There are so many local craftspeople that call the Smokies home. When you visit, you can see unique pieces of art, such as handmade pottery, quilts, jewelry, leather goods, furniture, and more. We’ve handpicked some local craft shops that we recommend you stop at […]

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Daytripping at The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island is a wonderful place in Pigeon Forge to eat, play, shop, and enjoy the beauty of the Smokies. If you’re passing through the area, I encourage you to stop for a bit, even if it’s only for a cup of coffee at the Margaritaville Coffee Shop. The Island is packed with interesting and […]

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Shop to Benefit Wildfire Victims

In response to the tragic wildfires in the Smoky Mountains, we are listing companies that are donating locally and directly to help wildfire victims, keep the Smokies Mountain Tough and Smokies Strong. If you would like to add your own products to the list, post in the comment section at the bottom of this post […]

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Christmas Shopping in the Smokies

Whether you’re here for the holiday season or any other time of year, the Smokies is a great place for shopping for Christmas. Especially in light of the horrific tragedy experienced in the area with wildfires and evacuations, if and when you can support any of the area businesses, please do when it’s safe! Businesses […]

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Iron Mountain Metal Craft Adventures

Learn how to be a blacksmith with Erika at Iron Mountain Metal Craft. In under an hour, make a knife out of a railroad spike or horseshoe. Learn how to twist, taper & bend and leave with a finished piece of ironwork and a custom leather sheath. An experience that lasts a lifetime!

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Sugarlands Distilling Company Adventures

Tour locally owned and operated Sugarlands Distilling Company with Erika, our Smoky Mountain Explorer. Learn how they make their moonshine from Tennessee corn. The next time you’re in Gatlinburg, stop in to try some of their delicious moonshine and enjoy some great live music!

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Moonshine Tasting Tours in Gatlinburg

If you don’t know Jack and want to know Shine, this post is for you! If you head down to the Smokies, take a moonshine tour while you’re there, and sample all the different flavors and varieties each distillery offers. Here is a personal tour of Ole Smoky Moonshine and Sugarlands Distilling Company. Tours will […]

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