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It’s no secret that vacation time is the perfect opportunity to indulge in great food and sweet treats. However, if you’re visiting the Smokies and Gatlinburg you may find the never-ending opportunities for great culinary experiences a little overwhelming. That’s why we have put together details for 3 of our favorite places to eat in the area that have extra special desserts on their menu. We’ve highlighted each restaurant’s final course but you’ll find exceptional entree dishes, appetizers, sides and spirits at each spot as well.

If you’ve ever been to the Great Smoky Mountains then you know that every corner of the most visited national park has something special about it that captures the attention of guests time after time. However, there is one certain valley that is tucked away in the heart of the hills that seems to pull folks in like no other. Cades Cove is a destination that you can visit once and have it capture your heart for a lifetime. Here are 3 reasons why you should visit Cades Cove on your next trip to Gatlinburg, TN.

Summer vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains has been a long time standing tradition for many folks from all over the country. Maybe you’re visiting for the first time this summer or possibly for the 20th. Regardless of where you stand on the number of times you’ve been to Gatlinburg, there is always something new to do. Below are 3 top things to do this summer but the possibilities are certainly endless. Check them out, book your trip, and get ready for a summer adventure that you’ll never forget.

Long before sharks moved into downtown Gatlinburg and moonshine was legal in the hills of Tennessee the community that attracts millions of guests every year today, was a small and simple place known as White Oak Flats. One of the residents back then was a man named David C. “Crockett” Maples. A family man that served not only served his country but also his community. After receiving an honorable discharge in September of 1865 Crockett returned to his Smoky Mountain home and worked to provide for his family by running a supply store at the foot of the mountains with the assistance of his wife Mary. The couple were known at that time serving up the best mountain man breakfast in the area to travelers passing through. Today, their family continues their legacy at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp and since opening it’s become one of the hottest breakfast spots in all of the Great Smoky Mountains. Why should you eat there? Here are 3 reasons, but let’s be honest, the first one should be enough to stir up a desire for you to experience it yourself.

At The Appy Lodge in Gatlinburg we know that any chance to save money is also a chance to do more on your vacation and even spend extra time with us in the Smoky Mountains. Below are some of the great perks that you’ll receive for free as our guest here in the Smokies.

You’ve finally arrived in Gatlinburg for the trip that you’ve been dreaming of for months. However, it’s raining, it’s pouring and you don’t want your vacation to be boring. With the Smokies receiving an average of 55 inches of rain in the lower elevations and up to 85 inches per year around Clingmans Dome, there’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself in a rainy day situation at some point. Granted, the amount of rainfall that we receive is what makes the Smoky Mountains so incredibly beautiful but the last thing you want to do is sit around in your hotel room wishing you had something to do as you want for the rain to pass. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of things to do in Gatlinburg when it rains. Bonus, you’ll enjoy doing them on a sunny day too!