Which Smoky Mountains Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving?

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Will you be spending Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains? Get a jumpstart on your holiday meal planning today by deciding which of the many excellent Smoky Mountain restaurants open on Thanksgiving you and your family will want to visit. Here, you will find the name, address, phone number, and holiday hours of all the best Smoky Mountains restaurants that will be open this Thanksgiving. Continue reading

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Now Open: Jimmy Buffett’s LandShark Bar & Grill in Gatlinburg

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If you’re a fan of Jimmy Buffett, a fan of great food, or a fan of both, we have exciting news for you! The eagerly anticipated LandShark Bar & Grill is now open in downtown Gatlinburg, TN. This brand new restaurant features a tropical theme and menu items that are inspired by the music of Jimmy Buffett. To help you prepare for your next vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about visiting LandShark in Gatlinburg TN. Continue reading

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Two New Restaurants in Gatlinburg: Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe

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Two eagerly anticipated new restaurants in Gatlinburg are finally open! Last month, the Mayor of Gatlinburg officially cut the ribbon at Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe. The two restaurants are housed in the same building at 1244 East Parkway, next to Gatlinburg City Hall. Continue reading

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Gatlinburg Restaurant “Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs” Profiled on TV

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One of the most beloved places to eat in the Smokies is enjoying a moment in the spotlight! As part of their “Hidden Treasures of Gatlinburg” series, Knoxville’s NBC affiliate profiled Smoky Mountain Shakes N Dawgs. This one-of-a-kind restaurant is famous for its unique hot dogs and delicious milkshakes. WBIR’s Brandon Bates went down to Gatlinburg to sample some of the restaurant’s signature dishes and interview the owner. You can watch the segment below: Continue reading

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5 Ways to Ruin Your Diet at the Best Places to Eat in the Smoky Mountains

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Here at Visit My Smokies, we subscribe to the philosophy that if you’re taking a vacation, you should also take a vacation from your diet! The Smoky Mountain area offers so many delicious dining options that it would be a crime to skip all of the Southern fried goodness. So turn off your Fitbit, loosen your belt, and savor all of the mouthwatering food at the best places to eat in the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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4 Places to Eat Pancakes in Gatlinburg That Are Worth Getting Out of Bed For

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee may very well be the pancake capital of the world. It seems that everywhere you turn in Gatlinburg, you find a new pancake restaurant – not that we’re complaining! Here at Visit My Smokies we love pancakes, and we think that the fierce flapjack competition in Gatlinburg has produced some of the best hotcakes in the country. If you’re looking for the perfect breakfast destination, be sure to check out these four places to eat pancakes in Gatlinburg:   Continue reading

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A 5 Store Tour: Gatlinburg Shopping at The Village

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Opportunities for shopping in the Smoky Mountains are endless. Between outlet malls, downtown shops and locally owned stores, you have days of retail therapy ahead of you. But one possibility you definitely shouldn’t miss out on is Gatlinburg shopping at The Village. Tucked into a nook downtown, The Village is a picturesque collection of quaint stores and eateries that are a must for anyone looking for great shopping – and then some. A winding brick path takes you through a unique selection of boutiques, clothiers, eateries and galleries with plenty of bench space for resting and enjoying the scene along the way. Continue reading

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Starbucks Opening A Brand New Gatlinburg Coffee Shop

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Recently the mega-coffee chain Starbucks announced that it was surprising its customers with an early release of their popular seasonal drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. However, the surprises don’t stop there for visitors to the Smoky Mountains. Continue reading

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What would you do with an extra weekend in Gatlinburg?

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For the first time in over a decade, the month of August will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. That is an extra 48 hours where you and your family are completely free of the stress from everyday life. This means no school, no work, and no nosy neighbors.

For families wanting to spend their extra weekend in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains, we at Visit my Smokies have come up with a few fun activities you can enjoy based on different vacation personalities. Continue reading

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16 Gluten Free Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

gluten_free_on_green_background-MediumWith more than 100 symptoms related to celiac disease, gluten allergies are a serious concern for vacationing families with members who suffer from any of these allergies. Families visiting the Great Smoky Mountains during their vacation have no reason to worry because our area boasts some of the best gluten free options around, from home-style delights to scrumptious desserts. Continue reading

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