If you’re headed to the Smokies you probably have a relaxing, secluded week in mind. However, enjoying the lush foliage, fresh mountain air, and stunning scenic views are only part of the fun! If you need to break away for a bit, head to downtown Gatlinburg and enjoy a fresh drink at one of these fun local Gatlinburg restaurants! You’ll be able to interact with the locals while refueling for the rest of your trip. Dining in Gatlinburg has never been easier!
A Caffeine Oasis
If you’re one of those people who has to have a cup o’ joe to start your morning or you enjoy sipping a cup as an afternoon pick-me-up there are two local coffee houses that are sure to do the trick! Coffee and Company is one of the more popular shops nestled in the heart of the Village Shoppes. With an eclectic mix of unique flavors like Kentucky Bourbon and Snickerdoodle even non-coffee drinkers will blush!
The second coffee shop is a bit unassuming and considered one of the best kept secrets in Gatlinburg! The Donut Friar is better known for the melt-in-your-mouth donuts, pastries, and sweet breads, but their flat coffees and strong espressos have made an impression. If you head to this local favorite be sure to pack cash. The Donut Friar does not accept cards.
A Sweet, Smooth Treat
The late spring months in Gatlinburg can get a bit toasty. You and your crew might be looking for a refreshing drink to cool off after a scenic hike or long day. Luckily, you won’t round a corner without finding somewhere to kick back and relax.
Nectar Juice Bar is locally owned and specializes in organic smoothies and juices. With names like “the Trail Blazer” and “Green Healer” you’ll enjoy browsing the menu at the very least. Sassy Sunflowers Bakery & Cafe also tops the list of fun Gatlinburg restaurants. This quaint and cozy corner shop boasts a healthy list of delicious juices along with fun menu items like festive salads, hearty wraps, and a variety of vegetarian options.
Looking for a Night Cap?
Dining in Gatlinburg simply wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the local distilleries or brewhouses. If you enjoy a nice glass of wine after a long day or love sampling local brews you’re in for a treat! The Smoky Mountain Winery is worth a mention. Tapping in as one of the oldest wineries in the region they have an assortment of award winning wines and a great sampling process. Looking for something a little harder? At the Sugarlands Distilling Company you’ll get a true dose of the local culture as you sample a variety of Tennessee moonshines. From apple pie to caramel brulee you’ll enjoy the drinks and the ambiance.
Time to Plan Your Stay!
As you can see, dining in Gatlinburg is a true experience. The Smokies are a great place to make new memories with family and friends and the delicious variety of eateries and local shops is an added bonus! That said, you want to lodge somewhere close to all the action without losing the serenity provided by the Smokies.
Our cabins at Diamond Mountain Rentals offer everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Whether you’re looking for a quaint one bedroom (like Sweet Retreat) or shooting for a little more space (Creekside Downtown) our team at Diamond Mountain Rentals can help you find the perfect homebase. We’ll even recommend some of our favorite Gatlinburg restaurants! Call us today!