We had the chance to visit Gatlinburg, TN in May. This trip was a bit unusual since it was an actually accidental purchase. We were looking at different trips on Groupon dreaming of taking one (we will be empty-nesters next year). We were looking at trips to Iceland, Spain, and also a little cabin in Tennessee. I swear I don’t remember clicking the buy button. I thought I just closed it and went on to the next one. Well, the next time I was checking my
We did a lot of fun things in Gatlinburg, but one of our favorites was the food and booze selections in the little downtown area. You can get every different type of food and drink – including moonshine!
Doc Collier Moonshine
519 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
There are several different Gatlinburg moonshine makers/stores – Doc Collier Moonshine, Sugarland Distilling Co., and Ole Smoky Moonshine. We walked by Doc Collier and saw that they were doing a tasting session so we joined in.
Doc Collier is named after William “Doc” Collier who developed the moonshine recipe using corn, sugar, and spring water. In the store, you taste the moonshine, purchase different flavors with different alcohol levels and even get moonshine infused cherries.
They do tasting for a small fee and then you can apply the fee toward the purchase. It is a lot of fun and the tour guides through moonshine were entertaining and would add little nuggets of history. We tasted flavors such as green apple, cherry, but we settled on our favorite – blackberry and bought a small bottle.
Gatlinburg Cotton Candy Wine
702 Parkway Drive Gatlinburg, TN 37738
As we were strolling through the little downtown area, we came across this small shop called the Gatlinburg Wine Cellar. It specializes in flavored wine, including its most famous Cotton Candy wine.
We got a free tasting of 3 different flavors of wine, and both of us chose the cotton candy wine. It was sweet, and we usually don’t like sweet wines, but this one was very light and tasted really good.
No Way Jose’s Catina
555 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
When we first got to Gatlinburg on Friday, we were hungry for dinner after the long drive. We found parking downtown over by the Mountain Mall and starting walking. We saw this Mexican food restaurant and decided to try it. The food was good, nothing special over typical chain Mexican food, but what was great about this restaurant is the view. If you can (can’t have children with you), have a seat in the bar where the windows o
Crawdaddy’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
762 Parkway #5, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
On Saturday, we went back to town for lunch and wanted to ride the chairlift up to the bridge. The line for the chairlift was long (there are two lines – one for tickets and one for the actual ride) and saw this restaurant across the street named Crawdaddy’s. We are always a sucker for seafood and especially Cajun based seafood so we decided to try it out. If you can get a seat outside, I would highly recommend it. It overlooked the street right by Ripley’s Believe it or Not so it was entertaining to people watch.
One of us went inside to get a table and order food (it is nice that we know after 25+ years of marriage, what the other one would order at pretty much all times) and the other went to get the initial tickets for the lift.
We both got the crab stuffed shrimp wrapped with bacon with vegetables and garlic bread. It was amazing and a lot of bread! Everything they had looked good, and we were happy we made this choice – perfect lunch.
1357 East Parkway, Gatlinburg
On our last night – Saturday – dinner, we wanted to stop by a place we had heard of called Three Jimmy’s on the way back to the cabin. This restaurant is not right in downtown, but over towards the craft areas of the Gatlinburg area. We had heard of their blackberry chipotle sauce and knew it was something we wanted to try.
For an appetizer, we got the fried pickles. The portions were more than generous, and they were so good! For dinner, we shared a pulled pork pizza with the blackberry sauce, and we are sorry to say we did not get a photo of it since we just dug in and demolished it. It was so good.
Three Jimmy’s also does live music and it has a great atmosphere. It is a highly recommended stop for a fun dinner.
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