Ditch Your Car: Gatlinburg Edition

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesSo many people want to be close to town when they come to Gatlinburg! You can enjoy a whole vacation of entertainment, shopping, and sights just by visiting all the attractions and shops along the main parkway and just off of it! And if you want to hit the National Park, the Arts & Crafts District, Dollywood, or Pigeon Forge, just take advantage of our network of trolleys!

View a Trolley Map!We have a couple of chalets in Gatlinburg with the perfect location. At just 2.5 blocks from a main road (321, or East Parkway) and a trolley stop, they are just far enough off the main road to have a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere, and just close enough to walk out to the trolley stop or take the mile walk into town! Heightening the tranquility is a quietly bubbling stream, perfect for fishing (it’s stocked!) or just relaxing out on the patio or porch.

River's Edge Chalet

River's Edge

Dream's Inn

Dream's Inn

River’s Edge is a two bedroom chalet with comfortable, homey decor, outdoor hot tub, indoor jetted tub, and gas fireplace. Dream’s Inn is a beautiful chalet right next door, also a two bedroom, a little more refined decor, gorgeous indoor whirlpool tub overlooking the creek, gas fireplace, and spacious master suite! Both offer a quiet oasis of tranquility and are just a short walk and/or trolley ride from all Gatlinburg has to offer!

Ditch Your Car!You could drive your car here, and then have the luxury of ditching it, or hopping in if you want to go somewhere a bit farther. You could also catch a flight in to the Knoxville airport, take a taxi to Gatlinburg, and then enjoy the adventure of leaving your car behind altogether! For more ideas on air and taxi travel, see our previous Ditch Your Car article.

Here are just some of the shops and attractions within two miles of these chalets!

Within A Mile:

Attractions:

Rafting In The SmokiesRafting in the Smokies– “Rafting in the Smokies continues to set the rafting standard in East Tennessee. Feel the excitement as one of Rafting in the Smokies’ certified guides demonstrate their passion for whitewater by escorting you down the Upper Pigeon Whitewater Trip and Lower Pigeon Float Trip. Our knowledgeable river guides don’t just love whitewater… they live it!”
Sweet Fanny AdamsSweet Fanny Adams Theater– “Hilarious comedy shows at Gatlinburg’s top entertainment attraction. Only alternative to country shows in the east Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains area. Fun for the entire family!”
Ripley's Aquarium of the SmokiesRipley’s Aquarium– “Ripley’s® Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg. Although Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is hundreds of miles from the ocean, the scenic beauty and the abundance of water all around make the town of Gatlinburg a “natural” location for a world-class aquarium, America’s most fun aquarium.”
Honorable Mentions: The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum, Hillbilly Golf, Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf

Restaurants:

Alamo SteakhouseAlamo Steakhouse– “The Alamo Steakhouse Restaurant in the Smokies is the perfect dinner setting, for anything from an intimate dinner for two to a big family dinner, including private seating to accommodate reunions, wedding parties, anniversary celebrations and more. Our restaurant booths are tucked away to assure privacy, and our dining areas provide ample room for all to enjoy.”
Ogle's Brick OvenOgle’s Brick Oven– This little place is great! I stopped in here with my family when they were in from out of town. It doesn’t look extremely impressive at first glance, although it does have a nice atmosphere. But the food is GREAT! They have traditional items that you always look for, including great pizza. But they also offer several choices that are a little more unique, and extremely delicious!

Photos of Mountain Lodge Restaurant, Gatlinburg

This photo of Mountain Lodge Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The Mountain Lodge Restaurant– This is one of those places where “all the locals go!” Famous for breakfast, and delicious for lunch as well, this little gem is something you won’t want to miss. It is a Sunday breakfast tradition for one of the realtors in our office, and has received rave reviews from locals and tourists alike on Trip Advisor. Come see for yourself!
Honorable Mentions: Hard Rock Cafe, Greenbrier Restaurant, No Way Jose’s, Whole Earth Grocery

Shopping:

Mountain MallMountain Mall– “The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, Gatlinburg’s premier indoor shopping experience, is unlike any other shopping mall. Nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, TN at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium, the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall features a vast variety of shops each with a unique theme.”
Ken Jenkins PhotographyBeneath the Smoke– “Ken’s galleries, Beneath the Smoke and Heaven’s Eyes, are located at the west entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where he has been exposed to the 12 million visitors that enter the park since 1986. Ken Jenkins is a nationally known natural history photographer, writer, lecturer, and outdoor adventurer. For more than 30 years his photographs and articles have appeared in publications from National Geographic to Southern Living.”
Sevier County Custom ChoppersSevier County Custom Choppers– “Sevier County Custom Choppers specializes in motorcycle mechanic services, parts and engine rebuilds. We are all long time dedicated bikers, and it shows in everything we do. We have thoughtfully worked out motorcycle roadside assistance for bikers in the Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and gladly pick up bikes for mechanical service works and paint and body work anywhere in the five county area surrounding the Tennessee Smokies.”

Within 2 Miles:

Listed below are just some of our favorites. Anything on the main Parkway in Gatlinburg is within two miles of these lovely chalets. So if you are thinking, “I wonder if such-and-such is within 2 miles…” If it’s on or just off the main Parkway, the answer is “Yes!”

Attractions:

Ripley's Believe It Or NotRipley’s Believe It Or Not– “Visit the strangest place in Gatlinburg! Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been proudly freaking out families for over 90 years. There’s always something undiscovered at Ripley’s! Over 500 astonishing and unusual artifacts collected from the far-corners of the world. All guaranteed real and mind boggling. Join us for your challenge to simply… Believe It or Not!”
Ober Gatlinburg Spring and Summer ActivitiesOber Gatlinburg– If you are coming in the winter, Ober Gatlinburg is one of the obvious winter activities, providing a venue for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and more! As I’m writing this, though, its Spring, and you may not know that Ober Gatlinburg is a year round attraction! This time of year you can still enjoy the aerial tramway, alpine slide, ice skating, wildlife encounters, scenic chairlift, Amaze’N Maze, a carousel, chair swing ride, Blue Cyclone Rapids waterslide (in the summer), Kiddie Land & Rides, mini golf, arcade, and raft & shoot rides. Come enjoy the Spring and Summer side of Ober! 
Ole Smoky Moonshine DistilleryOle Smoky Moonshine Distillery– “Our families were among the early settlers of the Smoky Mountains – they came to the Smokies through Virginia and North Carolina. They honed the art of whiskey making in order to survive during tough economic times. Most families from this area share a history of a family member making, running or selling whiskey. This is a local family business. Our whiskey is born in the fertile soil of East Tennessee farms where our corn is raised and then transported to our family’s mill to be ground for Tennessee’s original moonshine. At the distillery, you can see the grains converted into the clear corn liquor this part of the country is famous for.” 
Honorable Mentions: Space Needle, Fannie Farkle’s, Cosmic Comet Arcade, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Restaurants:

The Pancake PantryPancake Pantry– “Since 1960 when the Pancake Pantry became Tennessee’s first pancake house, visitors to Gatlinburg have made dining with us a tradition. What keeps them coming back? It’s the real butter, the honest-to-goodness fresh whipped cream and everything made from scratch. And it’s also the warm atmosphere of century-old brick, rich oak and rustic copper.”
Best ItalianBest Italian– The name says it all, eh? Open for lunch and dinner, we at ERA In the Smokies are partial to the offerings at Best Italian. Located between traffic lights #8 and #10, Best Italian is open for both lunch and dinner, and is known for their community involvement. In 2010 (as well as one or two other years!), they catered the dinner for the 12th Annual ERA for MDA Golf Benefit & Auction. Thanks guys…and save some Tenderloin Tips Marsala for me.
Smoky Mountain BrewerySmoky Mountain Brewery– “Described as a cross between a ski lodge and a Bavarian beer hall, the Smoky Mountain Brewery features an enclosed deck overlooking Calhoun’s Village with the Smoky Mountains in the background. Popular with hikers, skiers and snowboarders, the Brewery is a great place to take a break from any activity in the Smokies. Great food, micro brewed beer, TV’s and nightly entertainment make this one of Gatlinburg’s favorite places to eat and entertain.”
Honorable Mentions: Howards Restaurant, Calhouns, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Brass Lantern Restaurant

Shops:

NOC's Great Outpost NOC’s Great Outpost– “NOC’s Great Outpost combines Gatlinburg’s colorful, exciting atmosphere with the Smoky Mountains’ aura of splendor and adventure. At this must-see retail attraction, we’ll provide the gear and guidance you need to maximize your Smoky Mountain vacation.Visit us for the region’s largest selection of top outdoor gear and apparel, National Park souvenirs and local arts and crafts.”
Aunt Mahalia's CandiesAunt Mahalia’s Candies– “Situated in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, we’ve been cooking up Old Fashioned Goodness For Over 50 Years! Some of our heavenly candies include Fudge, Chocolate, Crunchy Brittle, Fluffy Divinity, Heavenly Fudge, Homemade Assortment, Pecan Logs, Pecan Nests, Pecan Puffs, Stick Candy, Sugar Free, and Taffy Logs. Fine chocolate, select pecans…Only the freshest, finest ingredients have been going into Aunt Mahalia’s Candies since 1939.”
The Donut FriarDonut Friar– This little place is a must-visit! The owner is great, and even brings free donuts by the office a couple times a year! The donuts are to die for, and you can see by the enormity of fabulous reviews that this is one place you can’t afford to miss.
Honorable Mention: The Hayloft Comfort Footwear

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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