As you head into the Smoky Mountains area, you’ll see a welcome center or two as you make your way to Carrs. One of the most popular and also a favorite of ours is the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Sugarlands is an ideal place to start your Smoky Mountain National Park tour because of the wealth of information you’ll have right at your fingertips the minute you walk in their doors!
Free Parking and Museum!
The guest lobby welcomes you to view a National Park topographic map diorama, pick up pamphlets and a park trails map, and even talk with Park Rangers who are happy to answer your guests about trails, waterfalls, and picnic spots and even make “must see” recommendations.
The visitor’s center features a natural history museum with lots of exhibits and an excellent 20-minute film about the park, both free of charge. The Bookstore sells books and printed guides that will help you make the most of your mountain adventures whether you are planning to picnic, hike the trails, go bird watching or search for wildflowers. We especially love all the great items available for kids that get them excited about our International Biosphere such as Jr. Ranger guides, stuffed and figurine animals, trading cards and more. And, every item that is purchased through the welcome center bookstore supports the National Park. Every birthday present, book, mountain music CD or Smoky Mountain souvenir you take home with you is a gift that keeps on giving!
There is plenty of free parking at Sugarlands, and you can easily spend the best part of a day there. You’ll find drink vending machines, restrooms, and plenty of grounds to enjoy a picnic. From spring through fall, special events take place that will have you walking, hiking and discovering the bounty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Check out the National Park Service events calendar here. Most of the events held in the park are free!
Want to enjoy a short and easy hike? The Gatlinburg Trail extends 1.9 miles (one-way) from the Sugarlands to the edge of Gatlinburg and runs through the forest along the Little Pigeon River. You’ll have a relatively flat stroll with nice river views and even cross a footbridge.
Museum at Sugarlands Welcome Center
When you leave Carr’s Cottages to head to Sugarlands, travel through downtown Gatlinburg and continue through light #10. There are plenty of signs to get you to the right spot; the welcome center is approximately 2 miles on the right. Have a great time and remember your Smoky Mountain souvenirs!
Sugarlands Visitor Center Address: 1420 Old State Highway 73 Scenic, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone Number: (865) 436-1200
Sugarlands Visitor Hours: Closed on Christmas Day
September – October: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December – February: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
March: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April – May: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
June – August: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
At Carr’s Cottages and Motel, we’re always excited to share great places to shop, dine or play in Gatlinburg with our new and returning guests. It’s even better when one of those places has their own parking so that it’s easy and convenient to check it out.
Right near the end of Ski Mountain Road at traffic light #10 is Old Dad’s General Store. It’s located across from Nantahala Outdoor Center and next to Sugarlands Winery. It’s not only a market and deli, but also a local’s favorite place to eat for breakfast and lunch.
Restaurant, Deli and Grocery Store
The grill is open until 5 p.m. daily. You’ll find your breakfast favorites and even a few extras including fried bologna, Country ham, and tenderloin. There are eggs, biscuits, gravy, tater tots and every combination of them that you can think of. For lunch, the sandwich choices are pretty extensive and the short list includes burgers, a Reuben on marbled rye, chicken and tuna salad, roast beef, pork and even PB&J. They have hot dogs, lettuce and mixed salads, and a whole bunch of fried fixin’s that will have you stammering over what to order. Will it be chili cheese fries, sweet corn nuggets, fried pickle spears or green tomatoes? On the cook’s recommendation, we chose the Club sandwich and fried green tomatoes and were glad we did! Click here to see a full Deli Menu.
After a bite to eat, mosey around and pick up all the necessities you’ll need back at your motel room such as cold drinks, old-fashioned candy or any forgotten toiletries. Old Dad’s Beer Cave has an expansive inventory of cold, malt beverages and there are plenty of salty snacks like chips, pretzels, and nuts nearby.
We thought that the variety of outdoor gear, Smoky Mountain souvenirs, and made in Gatlinburg products made the store extra special. There are National Park books, hiking supplies and doodads for the kids too.
Whether you want to do a little shopping, grab a Tennessee Lottery ticket, or get frozen lemonade, we think you’ll enjoy the time you spend at Old Dad’s as much as we do. Please do tell them that Carr’s sent ya!
Old Dad’s General Store & Deli • 1127 Parkway • (865) 430-1644
Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. (Or 8 or 9 p.m., depending on busyness.)
Christmas IS coming and the goose IS getting fat, but we suspect your Christmas list is NOT getting any shorter. Carr’s Cottage’s has an early present just for you! The low-down on a well-kept secret that not only helps you get a jump on the stampede of gift buying, but also reduces the hassle of running to dozens of places trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Are you ready? It’s Honeysuckle Rose Boutique in Wears Valley. This unique boutique is hosting its 5th Annual Christmas Open House November 2-3, 2013 and it’s an extravaganza that will bring your holiday spirit front and center.
November 2 & 3, 2013 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Honeysuckle Rose Boutique is a treasure trove of jewelry, handbags and accessories, gourmet food, home décor, hand poured candles, and locally made health and beauty products. Admit it – we just touched on the perfect gift ideas for AT LEAST 10 of your good friends! And while this store is always a delight to shop year round, the Christmas Open House is even better because they provide food, entertainment, and debut new products just in time for Christmas shopping. Another bonus is that every item you purchase is ready for gift giving as it’s packaged in tissue paper and an elegant gift bag.
Honeysuckle Rose Boutique is a master of interior design and holiday decorating as well. Tired of your sad, old wreath you hang up year after year? It’s time for gorgeous Christmas decorations in the newest holiday colors. You’ll find all that and more as the entire store is decorated from floor to ceiling to awe and inspire. If you’re ‘a local,’ you can even take Joe home with you! Joe is the designer who is available to transform your home for the holidays—or any day—with similar flair.
We sure hope you can make this wonderful and warm event, and our staff is happy to give you directions to get there. If you can’t make it or are short on time, Honeysuckle Rose creates custom gift baskets and will have your order ready whenever you can arrive. It will be filled with your choices or theirs and beautifully wrapped with cello and bow.
Honeysuckle Rose Boutique offers Christmas shopping in the Smokies like you’ve never experienced before!
If your idea of entertainment is hoisting high an authentic German “cold one” while watching grown men wearing lederhosen sing and dance, you’re in luck! After booking your Gatlinburg lodging with Carr’s Cottages, head on over to Ober Gatlinburg anytime between now and November 3 to join in their Annual Oktoberfest. Much merry-making will be on tap throughout the celebration with Bavarian-style food, Oompah music, biers on tap, and special weekend events.
Now through November 3
Head to the top of Ski Mountain and enter the world of Bavaria. The Ober Gatlinburg restaurant will fill you with delicious, mouth-watering German fare such as Wurst (sausage), sauerkraut, Schnitzel (tender, boneless meat that is battered and fried), pretzels and more. Providing entertainment throughout the celebration is the Bavarian Fun Makers Band, performing Oompah music, traditional folk dances, and audience sing-a-longs.
What is the point of having Oktoberfest if there is no BEER? Never fear! As a special feature on the weekends, Bier Garden Party tents will be set up to help wash down all that strudel and pretzels. There will be a variety of featured handcrafted beers on tap, which will change each weekend, including Harpoon, Hofbräu, Big River Brewing, and Yazoo Beer, along with special Oktoberfest biers like Shiner Bock, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, and Cottonwood Pumpkin Spiced Ale. Kid’s will be entertained with a free bounce house Friday-Sunday and face painting on Saturdays from noon-6 p.m.
Drive up the mountain to Ober Gatlinburg’s Oktoberfest or take the Ariel Tramway for a bird’s eye view of the fall’s fabulous display of color. Even though you might be tempted to dig out your lederhosen (leather britches) or dirndl (Bavarian dress) for this event, please don’t…. there’s a reason that stuff’s not fashionable any more!
The Smoky Mountains October calendar is stuffed full of fun and interesting things to do and our guests are making great use of creekside fire pits and picnic tables during these crisp, cool fall nights. Something we always look forward to this month is the opportunity for homespun tradition at area craft shows. One such event that you definitely don’t want to miss is the 37th Annual Rotary Club Craft Fair that runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through October 26, 2013 at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge.
Look for the Red & White Tent with Harvest Decorations SmokiesPhotoBlog.com
This is your opportunity to shop for wares from both local and national craftsmen, browse for handmade gifts for yourself or friends, find unique Smoky Mountain home décor and even begin working on your Christmas shopping list! The Rotary Club Craft Fair features crafters and artisans with a proficiency in woodworking, Native American jewelry and gifts, quilts, stained glass, and so much more. Please feel free to stop and chat with the vendors as they are always happy to answer questions about their skills and products.
The craft show is the Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year and they strive to make the event fun for everyone starting with the colorful big red and white circus-type tent they put up each year. Proceeds collected from booth rentals, admission donations and concessions are generously donated to local non-profit organizations such as Handicap Scouts, Sevier Food Ministries, House of Hope programs, and educational scholarships.
It is easy to find Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. From Carr’s Cottages, head to the Pigeon Forge Parkway and turn right at traffic light #7 or catch a trolley just across our covered bridge. There is plenty of free parking and fair admission is by donation.
As Rotary Club members say, “Together, We Can Make A Difference!” While you’re in town, we hope you’ll visit the Rotary Club Craft Fair and do a little holiday shopping from the vast selection of handmade and homemade gifts. Your purchases will not only make wonderful surprises for friends and family, but you will be helping support several gracious charities. And who knows… you just might find there’s a craftsperson in you, too!
Bring your kids’ Halloween costumes to party in Gatlinburg! And bring your own for that matter as Gatlinburg continues to celebrate the holiday with all day fun and Trick or Treat throughout downtown.
When you plan to spend Halloween at Carr’s, you’ll find yourself just a couple of blocks from all the activities that take place right downtown. For the 6th straight year, the city is sponsoring the Annual Gatlinburg Halloween Carnival that will take place at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and includes costume contests, games, and live entertainment. Kids and adults alike will be decked out in their Halloween best costumes to enjoy a full afternoon of fun from Noon-5 p.m. Afterwards, beginning around 6 p.m., downtown businesses will be welcoming all of you to fill your bags with sweets and treats until they run out. The amount of loot that gets doled out is almost scary!
Before or after Trick-or-Treat, here are some Halloween recipes we thought you might enjoy. They are quick and easily prepared right in your motel room or cabin.
Slurp Some Slime!
Green Slime Punch
Recipe adapted from Parenting.com and MomsWhoThink.com. ‘Those’ mom’s are super creative and offer recipes and tidbits for all holidays.
½ Gallon Lime Sherbet
2 Quarts Ginger Ale
½ Cup Corn Syrup
Green Food Coloring
Optional: Gummy Worms
1. Ahead of time, pour corn syrup into a small dish (wide enough for the rim of the glass). Add food coloring until you get a green color you like. Dip rim of glasses in corn syrup and turn right side up so that it ‘slimes’ down the sides. Set aside.
2. Just prior to serving, add a scoop of sherbet to each glass and slowly pour in Ginger Ale.
3. Garnish with gummy worms. These will stick to the corn syrup.
Do You Feed YOUR Kids Trash?
This yummy snack recipe from SouthernLiving.com is a sweet and salty combination that the kid’s will love to eat and make. The recipe will provide (16) 1-cup servings, so adjust as you see fit for the amount you’ll need.
1-16 oz. Bag Candy Corn
1-15 oz. Bag Pretzel Nuggest
1-12 oz. Box Crunch ‘n Munch
1-15 oz. Bag Banana Chips
1-15 oz. Bag M&M’s
1-15 oz. Bag Dried Mangos
1-15 oz. Bag Dried Pineapple
1-10 oz. Package Toffee Pretzels
1-6 oz. Bag Craisins or Dried Cranberries
1-6 oz. Package Gummy Worms
16 Small Brown Paper Bags
1. In a really big bowl or soup pot, lightly mix all ingredients.
2. Roll and scrunch top of brown bag. Place 1 cup of trash in the bag.
For a crafty activity, let your kids decorate the brown bags prior to filling and then use your own imagination for different ingredients! Anything from Chex or Coco-Puffs, different dried fruits, and a variety of nuts would taste great.
In addition to the Halloween Carnival and downtown Trick or Treat, Ripley’s Fright Nights (not suitable for young children) is going on at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Shocktober takes place at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. New this year includes Extreme Face Painting at the Space Needle with advance ticket purchase.
We hope you’ll stop by our office before heading downtown so we can see your spooky Halloween costumesand that you have a safe and fun holiday!
Let’s face it; we all know that sampling local fare is on the top of the vacation things to do list. Carr’s staff is regularly asked, “Where’s the best places to eat?” The number of Gatlinburg restaurants seems almost endless, but those that are “home grown” and can’t be found anywhere else but right here in the Smokies are the one’s that offer a little something special.
If you’re in the mood for a great steak, Gatlinburg offers four steakhouse restaurants that you might like to try. Each offers its own “red meat” flair, unique atmosphere and southern hospitality that will have you coming back for more!
Black Angus Steaks
705 East Parkway, Gatlinburg
Surrender your hunger at the door and attack your appetite at the Alamo Steakhouse that was voted “Best Steaks” by locals in 2011 and 2012. Serving hand cut, oak-fired Black Angus steaks and in-house ground burgers. The dinner menu features appetizers, soups, salads, steaks, chicken, pork, and fish and shrimp.
Group dining and private receptions for up to 60 people can be accommodated at the Pigeon Forge location prior to 4 p.m. daily.
Although the Alamo doesn’t accept dinner reservations, you might like to enjoy a romantic meal with intimate dining. These “by reservation only” private tables are tucked away from the main dining area. Call (866) 299-9295 to reserve your private table. You can also inquire about a romantic meal “to go” featuring all the great fixings for a wonderful meal and steaks to grill at your cabin or condo.
Greenbrier Restaurant is housed in a historic log cabin built in 1939 and offers fine dining in a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere. It’s known for its daily Chef Specials and also offers appetizers, salads, soups, steaks and seafood entrees.
Private parties and groups of up to 25 people are welcome to reserve the private dining area and choose from a custom menu or regular menu ordering options. They welcome wedding parties, family reunions, birthday parties and business groups. *Sorry, the private dining room is not wheel chair accessible.
Lounge Music 6 Nights a Week
The Park Grill
1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg
Sunday-Friday: 5 p.m.-Close (Lounge Open at 4:30 p.m.)
Saturday: 4:30 p.m.-Close (Lounge Open at 4 p.m.)
The Park Grill restaurant boasts sensational service and offers a contemporary, mountain lodge atmosphere. They offer appetizers, a salad bar, sandwiches, fish, chicken and hand cut, Hickory grilled steaks. Park Grill also partners with a local bakery to provide a wonderful array of desserts. Kids menu along with wine and bar menus available.
Every Tuesday through Sunday night from 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music by pianist Bobby Aiken playing show tunes, soft pop, smooth melodies, and your favorite requests in the lounge.
Groups from 5-150 people are welcome to enjoy private and semi-private rooms with ordering from our regular or all-inclusive group menu.
Grilled Over Tennessee Hickory
The Peddler Steakhouse
820 River Road, Gatlinburg
The Peddler offers a mountain setting next to the Little Pigeon River with tabletop dining. The three dining areas are handicapped accessible and include fireplace dining, riverside dining and a main dining room. Naturally aged steaks are cut at your table and then grilled over Tennessee Hickory charcoals. Entree choices include steaks and prime rib, chicken, fish, and shrimp all served with a fresh salad bar.
Groups of 5-30 guests are invited to enjoy semi-private dining with a regular or customized menu.
After an awesome steak dinner, come on back to Carr’s and kick your feet up next to the creek. Your full and happy tummy will thank you!
When it comes to adventures in the Smokies, canopy tours are on the top of the list. And believe us when we tell you, your list of zip line attraction choices is long one.
Before you move to choosing which canopy tour you’d like to take, we at Carr’s Cottages have done a little homework to cover the basics that will apply to most all the zipline companies in our area.
Most Open Year Round!
The first thing you need to know is you’re going to have some major fun! You’ll want to wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The zipline attraction will provide necessary safety equipment including helmets, gloves and harnesses. Loose hair should be restrained, and backpacks, fanny packs, chewing gum and hard candy are not allowed. Some companies will allow cameras as long as they are strapped to your body.
Age and weight limits will vary by attraction. Most require a minimum age of 8 years old and weights between 90-250 lbs. These limits do vary so be sure to confirm these ahead of time.
All participants should be of good physical condition, able to follow instructions, climb stairs and use brake handles, and not have injuries to back, legs or knees. Everyone will be required to sign a Waiver, and parents will have to sign for and accompany children under the age of 18. Pregnant women and any one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to ride.
Zipline tours generally operate 7 days a week in season, and tours take place rain or shine. Tour operators may cancel during treacherous weather that includes high winds or lightning, and generally will provide a return voucher or reschedule your tour. Cancellation policies very greatly and not all companies provide refunds or attempt to reschedule for missed reservations.
Now that you know the basics for taking a zipline canopy tour, here are the zipline attractions to choose from in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Seviervile, Wears Valley and Townsend:
Canopy Tour Zip Lines at Foxfire Mountain
800.840.1945 Ext. 1028
3757 Thomas Lane, Sevierville TN
Begin at Foxfire Mountain Base Camp and experience 7 zip lines over 150 acres of rich forest, mountain creeks and historic farmland. Lines as long at 1500’. No hiking and no tower climbing required. Participants must be at least 8 years old and weigh less than 275 lbs. Also offers a base camp swinging bridge adventure, ATV tours, and BBQ restaurant. Visit FoxFire Mountain Canopy Tours online.
Smoky Mountain Zip Lines and Canopy Tours
509 Mill Creek Road, Pigeon Forge TN
Fly at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! Canopy tours start off slow and low and gets longer, higher, faster and more exciting. Participants must be ages 8 or older and 60+ lbs. to ride solo, but children ages 5-8 may ride tandem with a guide. Maximum weight limits for women is 200 lbs. and 250 lbs. for men. Zip line packages and discounts available by visiting Smoky Mountain Zip Lines specials online.
Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours
3555 Hartford Road, Hartford TN
The only Zipline canopy tour over the Pigeon River with 15 scenic and historic acres of flying area. Unique features include 12 zipline sections between elevated platforms & treetop decks, 4 sky bridges and the “Cliff Hanger” platform perched on a 100’ rock cliff. Adventure packages available that include canopy tours along with whitewater rafting, a Jeep tour and lunch! Visit Zipline Canopy Tours by Wildwater online for more information.
Adventure Park Ziplines
1628 Parkway, Sevierville TN
Located at Five Oaks across from Tanger Outlets, Adventure Park Zip Lines at Five Oaks has the most conveniently located ziplines in Pigeon Forge. Experience 9 zip lines up to 2500’ long with speeds of up to 50 mph across a 70-acre nature park offering beautiful Smoky Mountain Views. Children as young as 3 may zip tandem with a guide. Weight limits are 70-270 lbs. Zip at Night! Visit Adventure Park Ziplines online.
Adventure Zip Lines of Pigeon Forge
2820 Legacy Vista Drive, Sevierville TN
Legacy Mountain Premier Ziplines is the LONGEST zip line in the USA! Fly on 4.5 miles of zip lines 450’ off the ground and up to 2500’ long across 400 acres of Smoky Mountain beauty. Weight limits are 100-275 lbs. Children as young as 3 can zip with a guide tandem style. Visit Adventure Zip Lines of Pigeon Forge online for promo code discounts.
865.430.9475 or 865.430.9442
125 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg TN
Ages 5 and older and experience an outdoor adventure in Gatlinburg next to the National Park where you’ll trek through trees overlooking the Space Needle and downtown Gatlinburg. No experience necessary! For Early Bird and prepay specials, visit Zip Gatlinburg online.
Wears Valley Ziplines
1911 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville TN
Located on 43 private acres, Wears Valley Zip lines say “NOBODY BEATS THE VALUE WE OFFER!” Ride 1.25 miles of ziplines 275’ high. You’ll get to see gorgeous views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mt. LeConte. Visit Wears Valley Ziplines for attraction coupons saving $10 or more per person and watch their video!
Next To Heaven Zipline Adventure
1239 Wears Valley Road, Townsend TN
Experience 3 ziplines soaring above the trees for $49.95. Ask about package pricing with their only unguided horseback rides in the Smokies! For complete information, visit Next to Heaven Zip Line Adventures online.
Jayell Ranch Zipline in the Smokies
1131 Jayell Road, Sevierville TN
The full zip line course includes 6 lines and 2 miles of high flying adventure with weight limits up to 275 lbs. Zipline packages starting at $44. Mention the website for $5 off the full zipline course! Visit Jayell Ranch online for complete details.
605 Stockton Drive, Sevierville TN
All zipline thrill seekers ages 5 and up may come and enjoy a tour at Wahoo including 6 unique ziplines up to 250’ above ground. Advance reservations required. Zipline tours take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Visit Wahoo Ziplines Attraction online for full details.
SkyZip Attraction at Dollywood
Dollywood Theme Park
After a safety briefing, you’ll experience Black Bear Drop, Red Fox Run, Brook Trout Gorge, Cougar Plunge and the Bald Eagle Swoop that will having you flying high above Dollyworld. Explore the unspoiled forests, mountains, and valleys on the farthest reaches of Dollywood as you trek through the hills, zip across 5 lines and cross a swinging cable bridge. SkyZip offers a Night Flight at 8 p.m. throughout the Dollywood Great American Summer Celebration. SkyZip rates of $49 and $69 are in addition to your Dollywood admission ticket. Substantial passholder discounts are available. Visit the Dollywood SkyZip online.
CLIMB Works Canopy Tours
155 Branam Hollow Road, Gatlinburg TN
Closed on Sundays. Ages 8 years and older with a maximum weight of 270 lbs. can experience the ultimate treetop zip line adventure! Take the fun 4-wheel adventure to the top of the mountain and your feet won’t touch the ground for the next 2.5 hours of extreme adventure fun! Visit CLIMB Works Canopy Tours online for additional information.
Canopy Tours at NOC Gatlinburg
877.938.3595 or 865.277.8209
1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN
The Nantahala Outdoor Center, located at light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg is open everyday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Zip the first 3 lines before riding their eco-friendly safari vehicle to the top of the mountain where you begin the second leg on zip lines ranging from 600-1500′ long. Weight limits are 75-275 lbs. and ages 8 or older. Visit NOC Canopy Tours online and call to ask about discounted adventure packages when teaming up rafting, hiking and biking with your zipline adventure.
Zipping in the Smokies by RITS
Ziplines: Hartford TN
Office: Hwy 321, next to the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
Rafting in the Smokies invites you to cross the swinging bridge to their Family Adventure Island to enjoy their new lines and skybridges added for 2013! Value packages available that include ziplining, ropes challenge, and whitewater rafting. For reservations and discounted tickets, visit Rafting in the Smokies online.
Most zipline companies require advance reservations and offer online reservations for your convenience. Be sure to look for or ask for any discounts or attraction packages they may have available in order to save yourself some bucks. To make advance reservations with posted discounts, purchase your tickets through Carr’s Cottages right here!
Whoa! No kidding… this place is spectacular! The best barbecue restaurant in Gatlinburg is hands down the Hungry Bear BBQ just across the road from Carr’s Cottages’ back entrance. You will know you’re close when your mouth starts watering from the smoky smells wafting through the air.
Tell Them Carr’s Sent Ya!
This is not your typical restaurant. The Hungry Bear is located in a blue house with a big white porch and HUGE smoker off to the side. When you enter, you’ll be greeted by the sweet scent of what’s cookin and probably a ‘be right with ya’ from Laurie. Laurie is a staple at Hungry Bear who works most every day serving guests & stirring up homemade potato salad and coleslaw.
The main area of the ‘restaurant’ is where you’ll find the big white board menu beside the fireplace, and plenty of chips and cold drinks including bottled Cherrwine and Pepsi on ice. If you’re like us and have a hard time deciding what to choose, mix and match! (We ordered TWO sandwiches instead of just one because making the choice between the smoked chicken and the pulled pork was way too difficult.)
After ordering, take a look around into the quaint dining rooms or have a seat outside on the picnic table. Both inside and out are quite relaxing and comfortable, and clean. It didn’t take us but a minute to notice and appreciate the “94” Health Score posted on the wall! If you get a chance, say hello to Paul. He’s the nice man doing ‘the heavy lifting’ and cooking up the succulent meat you’re about to sink your teeth into.
It won’t take long for your meal to be ready, so listen for a yell or watch for Laurie to bring it to you. On the table is your choice of bbq sauces so go ahead and dig right in!
Our meal was terrific from start to finish… from our sandwiches to the homemade red potato salad, to the pleasant conversations with Laurie and Paul. We were so impressed by how proud of the Hungry Bear that they are and how much they enjoy their job, and that was BEFORE we ate the food. They both take a lot of pride in their quality food and hospitality, and it shows.
Just to give you a little sampling, here is a portion of the Hungry Bear BBQ menu:
Hospitality at Its Finest!
Corn on the Cob
Macaroni n Cheese
Pork / 2 Pints of Sides / Buns
Beef / 2 Pints of Sides / Buns
Quartered Chicken / 2 Pints of Sides / Rolls
Slabs of Ribs / 2 Pints of Sides / Rolls
The Hungry Bear is open 7 days a week in season and the hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday. They offer daily specials, dinner platters and a kid’s menu available for dine in or carry out. The picnic packs are ideal for taking into the National Park or bringing back to Carr’s to enjoy by the creek. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to drop a little something in the tip jar and tell ‘em Carr’s sent ya before you go.
For menu questions or call ahead ordering, call 865-325-1084.
We hope you’ve brought your wet-naps, cause you are going to need them if you are anywhere near Pigeon Forge TN May 25-June 9, 2013, ‘cause that is when Dollywood is putting on their annual BBQ and Bluegrass Festival!
Oh, my gosh, just the thought of trying any one of the lip-smacking, finger-licking ribs, pulled pork sandwiches or roasted chicken dinners is making me hungry! And nothing goes better with food than music – good old fashioned bluegrass music that is. We don’t know which to tell you about first!
Dollywood is nothing if not thorough when they have a festival. Along with the savory 50,000 pounds of Tennessee pulled pork, succulent chicken, and delicious ribs, throughout the park chefs will be giving BBQ cooking demonstrations so you can be the “King of the Grill” in your own neighborhood when you get back home. Again this year, there will be a dandy Sauce Tastin’ Station where you can try some mind-blowing barbecue sauces that will rock your world! And, of course, along with BBQ there must be sweet, savory desserts. You surely don’t want to miss out on eating a 3-pound slice of pie from a 25-pound apple pie.
There is great music too… Mountain Bluegrass to be sure! Down-home, hand-clapping music from the likes of Ricky Scaggs, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, and Riders in the Sky, plus 16 days of 250 more performing artists. Music just flows in and around the whole park and it just makes you happy!
Carrs Cottages in Gatlinburg wants to welcome your family or large group reunion while you are here enjoying our Southern Hospitality. Located just a few blocks off the Main Street in Gatlinburg, we offer location convenience along with a park-like, natural setting. We know between our Great Smoky Mountain cabin rentals, vacation cottages, suites, townhouses and motel choices, we have exactly what you are looking for in accommodations to make your vacation or retreat perfect. We also have discount Dollywood tickets available at our front desk to sweeten your trip!
Dollywood certainly knows how to be the neighborhood family reunion spot in Pigeon Forge TN, so get your own family to Carrs Cottages and get ready to join in this thoroughly Southern cookout!