eats & snapshots from outside great smoky mountains, tn.
when we visited great smoky mountains national park last month, we spent some time in the towns of gatlinburg, pigeon forge and sevierville, right outside the park.
pancake pantry, gatlinburg, tn.
we ate good, big breakfasts at pancake pantry in gatlinburg. it is a favorite of james's family and i can see why. i had the buckwheat cakes and they were awesome. and the whipped butter that goes on every plate is awesome.
applewood farmhouse restaurant, sevierville, tn.
applewood farmhouse is the restaurant at the apple barn, a working apple orchard, cider mill and general store. every meal starts with delicious apple fritters and apple butter! you get a full dinner with your order, including salad, soup, mashed potatoes, choice of side and dessert.
local goat, pigeon forge, tn.
when we first arrived in the area after the eclipse, we had dinner at the local goat, a tavern in pigeon forge. we just had to order the deep fried deviled eggs, and their burgers were all ridiculously huge and messy.
old mill district, pigeon forge, tn.
we stopped briefly in the old mill district of pigeon forge which was very pretty. we also stopped in the old forge distillery where james did a moonshine tasting (they had lots of weird flavors like chocolate, apple pie, lemon, bananas foster, etc). we also sampled some of their rum-based cream liqueurs, which i actually really liked!
ripley's aquarium of the smokies, gatlinburg, tn.
we also spent a couple hours in the aquarium in gatlinburg. it's a very kid-friendly aquarium with lots of interactive exhibits, and the shark lagoon has a pretty lengthy tunnel that is quite fun to walk through.