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Old 12-28-2005, 10:09 AM   #1
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TN - Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge ... suggestions?

DH and I are thinking about going back to this area in May. We were married in a chapel on a mountain outside of Pigeon Forge. Since it'll be 10 years since we were last there I'm sure its changed some.

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Old 12-29-2005, 07:47 AM   #2
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Major commercialism! I was there last year, and was sad to see how commercial it's all become. We ate at the Apple Tree Restaurant, it was pretty good. I'd maybe try to find some local BBQ houses for some real local tastes. Or - take a short ride 'over the mountain', through the Cherokee Reservation and go to Maggie Valley; lots of great little 'family' type restaurants that serve fresh mountain trout!
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Old 12-29-2005, 09:13 AM   #3
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I live 45 minutes from Gatlinburg. You'll be amazed at how Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have grown. The stretch of 66 from the 407 exit to the light at Chapman Hwy. is heavily developed now, and the 407 itself is growing tremendously. They just opened a huge Bass Pro Shops at the exit, and the baseball stadium overlooks the interstate there as well. From Sevierville to Pigeon Forge there is little to no empty space left. Traffic is horrendous every day, especially through the park as you head toward Gatlinburg. If you can, take the bypass around Gatlinburg and come in from the other side. It will save you a lot of time and frustration.

The Apple Tree Inn is very popular, but there are many others. I'd prefer to head into Gatlinburg instead of the Forge for food. There is a more eclectic selection. Burning Bush is gone, but there is Greenbrier, Hofbrauhaus, the Pancake Pantry, Applewood (in the old Burning Bush) and so many others.

You should be able to get over the mountain to Maggie Valley in May, but if there is a late snow the highway through the park to Cherokee *will* be closed. If school is out, or it's close to Memorial Day I wouldn't even consider going that direction, as traffic around the casino can be nuts. The drive itself is beautiful, though.
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Old 12-29-2005, 09:16 AM   #4
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Whoops - forgot about those late snows!
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Old 01-01-2006, 06:58 PM   #5
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Check out the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge. Great Dinner and Show!
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:09 AM   #6
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We visited this area in September for the first time in several years and found the Bullfish grill in or near pigeon forge to be a great dinner. We also can't visit this area without a stop at a Calhoun's BBQ. Breakfast is the best at the applebarn with the apple muffins, fritters and applebutter.
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:24 PM   #7
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Surprised to find a thread on Pigeon Forge! We are going to Pigeon Forge this weekend with our friends. We are making a trip to Dollywood on Saturday to see the 'Festival of Nations', and then on Sunday we're planning to do some sightseeing/hiking in that area. One of our friends suggested we should go to Cades Cove Road, too.

Any suggestions on good but inexpensive eating places in the area? We're all vegetarians, except my husband. Our friends are on a tight budget so we would really like some suggestions.

Thanks.
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I remember all those places from wayyyyy back when they were beautiful, quiet and very peaceful..My first trip to the area was in 1955. I fell in love with N.C. My DH's sisters are there and we do (did) go back about every other year. Age has caught up with us so we don't take the RV out any more.

A few years ago we were in Pigeon Forge. We ate at an "50's" style diner. It was pretty darn good. We just spent one night and day there. I couldn't stand to see what they did to the area.

Maggie Valley in the Fall is spectacular !!
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The Festival of Nations is OK. I enjoyed the pretty Russian girls.

Don't go to Cades Cove unless you can get there right when it opens. If you don't get there right when it opens you had best set most of your day aside because the traffic is horrendous, especially if you get deer or bear jams. If you're not interested in Gatlinburg then take the bypass as you head up 321. This will take you around town and put you in the park just outside G'Burg, thereby avoiding the bumper-to-bumper nature of the Burg.

Pigeon Forge is a meat and potatoes town. Good luck on good vegetarian food. I know that Dixie Stampede will do a vegetarian meal for you if you call ahead of time (I think a day or so). The show is pretty good.
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Maggie Valley in the Fall is spectacular !!
My mother-in-law's father owns Ghost Town in Maggie Valley. It's for sale if you want it.
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