Restaurant Recommendations in the Smoky Mountains

After dining in the most of the major restaurants in the Smoky Mountain area, there’s no doubt we have some of the best restaurants in the South! I recommend a Top 10 list but its just my opinion, and there are many other fine restaurants to try out on your next return visit to the Smokies!

1. Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant (Sevierville)
2. Cherokee Grill (Gatlinburg)
3. Old Mill Restaurant (Historic Landmark In Pigeon Forge)
4. Peddler Steakhouse (on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg)
5. Little Toyko Hibachi Grill & Sushi (Pigeon Forge)
6. Best Italian Cafe & Grill (Gatlinburg)
7. Pancake Pantry (Gatlinburg)
8. Calhoun’s BBQ (Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg)
9. Bullfish Grill (Pigeon Forge)
10. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek (Ski Mountain/Gatlinburg)

You will have an enjoyable experience with a delicious meal at any of these locations. I promise you will love their cuisine for a special romantic date, family night out, or a holiday gathering. So bon appetit!

Woman in a nail salon getting a manicure in Pigeon Forge
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Fun day of Shopping & Fun with Misty. Pamper Yourself in Pigeon Forge.

Well it has always been tradition for me and my mother to do a day of fun together once a week so I decided to let you in on some of the local hot spots for a great girls day out.  To start out we do a wonderul lunch at a great Japanese hibachi restaurant located right here in town off Teaster Lane not far from the Aunt Bug’s Cabin Office called Little Tokyo.   I always have the chicken hibachi & highly recommend it. Next stop is always popular on a girls’ day out- the nail salon.  Justin at Saigon nails, which is located off Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville, definitely does the best Pedi in town.  Last ,but definitely not least, our area has great outlet malls located off the main pigeon forge parkway in Sevierville.  They have everything a girl could possibly ask for from journeys to find your perfect pair of shoes to Coach for the perfect purse or American eagle for your favorite summer clothes. That’s my fun day in a nutshell & I hope it was helpful.
Laurel Falls in the Smoky Mountains
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Smoky Mountain Recommendations courtesy of Janelle

Weekly Recommendations by Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rental Staff– Janelle

Favorite Restaurant:
My favorite place for lunch is The Old Mill Pottery House Café. It is in a neat little village, and I really like all the shops there. There is an ice cream shop, a pottery shop and an old fashioned toy store. The food at the Pottery House Café is really good, and you can sit outside by a waterfall and eat your lunch.

Favorite Attraction for Kids:
Ripley’s Aquarium is a lot of fun if you have kids. The kids love the cross-walk where you can see the sharks and fish pass by. There is also a little cafeteria there, and you can walk along the river on River Road when you are finished at the Aquarium. The aquarium is well-suited for children of all ages.

Great Shopping Deals-The Burkes outlet in the Belz Outlet Mall is a good place to find great deals on clothes and home décor. The Carter’s children’s store in the red roof outlets is also a great place to get children’s clothes, because the whole upstairs is 50-70% off. You can’t get those discounts at the other children’s stores. I also like the Arts & Crafts community in Gatlinburg. It is a neat drive, and there are a lot of shops to see.

Favorite Trail in the National Park:
I like the Laurel Falls trail, because it is a nice hike and would be good for almost anybody. Plus, it is right there by the Welcome Center, which makes it easy access.

– Janelle

Laurel Falls

Laurel Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the park and parking at the trailhead is limited. The area is especially busy on weekends year-round and on weekdays during summer. Laurel Branch and the 80-foot high Laurel Falls are named for mountain laurel, an evergreen shrub which blooms along the trail and near the falls in May.

The trail is 2.6 miles roundtrip and considered moderate in difficulty. The trail is paved and is suitable for strollers.   Access trail: Laurel Falls Trail

Trailhead: From Sugarlands Visitor Center, turn toward Cades Cove on Little River Road and drive 3.5 miles to the trailhead where there are parking areas on both sides of the road.