I must confess we don’t attend many of the dinner shows in the area, but it’s not because there are limited choices.We aren’t opposed to dinner shows, we just prefer to spend our time in the park during the day and are usually pooped out by the time the sun sets. If you like the nightlife a dinner show or two might be just the ticket to complete your Smoky Mountain vacation.
Comedy Barn (Photo credit: fahrenheit45one)
When you travel to Gatlinburg from the north the advertising starts on the Interstate and continues to bombard you about all the different dinner shows in the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. Most of them are in Pigeon Forge.
I’ve been to the Dixie Stampede and can tell you that the setup is similar to Medieval Times, and I think many of the other dinner shows are similar. You are seated around the arena or stage at a table facing the show. The food is prepared en masse and served while the show is taking place. Food at the Dixie Stampede was abundant and good, although I wouldn’t attend just for the food, and the show was very entertaining. It was a fun evening.
In the fall Oktoberfest is the event to see and do at Ober Gatlinburg. They have free music daily, serve German food and steins of German beer, the men are in lederhosen, there is German music and dancing, accordions cow bells, and just a fun atmosphere. We’ve been to Oktoberfest the past three years and I am sure we’ll be attending again. The hubby really likes the German food, and the pints of beer aren’t too bad either!
Admission to the lodge is free, but on occasion we had to pay to park, it was about five bucks. And you don’t want to miss the Bavarian Fun Band’s rendition of the beautiful and tranquil song Edelweiss played on cow bells!
Also the view from the lodge is quite spectacular in autumn. Take the tram or drive your car, either way you’ll enjoy what Ober Gatlinburg has to offer once you’re on top of the mountain.
Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What fun we’ve had at the Wild Plum Tea Room in the Smoky Mountains! Of course this is mostly for ladies, although I’ve seen couples each time I was there. You will find this quaint restaurant on the eastern edge of the Arts & Crafts loop in Gatlinburg. I’ve been there twice, with my female friends, and everyone likes it! Although the restaurant doesn’t have a website you can find information about it from this review on Trip Advisor.
Table at Wild Plum
The table is set with fabrics and lace. The dishes are antique china and glass, mix and match of course. The waiting line is usually formed out onto the porch, but it doesn’t take long to get a seat. Make sure you have their signature wild plum tea, iced or hot. I prefer iced, but my friend Donna reports the hot was delicious too.
They serve an assortment of salads, hot dishes including soups, and cold sandwiches. They always have a special of the day – sometimes two, and dessert is a must! Wild Plum Tea Room was just what the ladies needed after shopping the loop in Gatlinburg!
My friend Mary started it. When we came to TN in September to vacation we stopped to eat just north of KY and Mary broke her front tooth. She had trouble with this tooth so it wasn’t a big surprise, but is was certainly inconvenient to have a tooth break on vacation! She got it fixed right away and was very pleased with the tooth in the end.
Well today I did it too! Yep, I broke my front tooth, while eating breakfast when vacationing in TN nonetheless! I still have the tooth and am contemplating super glue to fix it until I get home and see my dentist. But the tooth isn’t bothering me, and I knew it would need work soon. Besides it is Halloween weekend so what better time to look like someone with poor dental care? Happy Halloween Tooth Fairy!!
It seems Dolly Parton is her own brand in the Pigeon Forge area. We saw a show put on by the Dolly brand tonight, Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, and it was a very entertaining dinner show. I’m not a big fan of these shows but it is fun to attend in a group and that is just what I did.
We got there early enough to see the horses in their stalls, listen to the pre-show bluegrass and hillbilly rap music. The food was plentiful and tasted pretty good, considering the number of folks they have to feed.
The talent of the folks who were riding the horses for our entertainment was fabulous. All in all a nice experience. If you like dinner shows this one should be considered.
A friend recently vacationed at Southern Serenity in Gatlinburg, so of course she asked me for restaurant recommendations. Here is the list I sent her of where I would eat in the Gatlinburg area, of course there are soooo many restaurants there is no way I could have been to them all, so this is my current list. Check back in a few years, and I’m sure you’ll see a different list.
Bear Creek Grill – East on Hwy 321(next door to Jackson Mountain Homes check-in) – Delicious Italian and Trout The Rib Shack – hwy 321 east to Birds Creek rd, right on Pittman Center Rd., Shack is on the left – smoked ribs and chicken. A real experience, and only open Thursday to Saturday 11am-6pm when we were there in May. Hellbenders – downtown Gburg – outdoor dining and music Pancake Pantry – downtown Gburg – best pancake place (and there are LOTS of them) The Atrium – Gburg – get the apple pancake featured in Taste of Home – YUMMY! Mama’s Farmhouse – Pigeon Forge – Delicious homemade everything from scratch. AYCE and every meal served family style. Make sure to have the banana pudding for dessert (my mouth is watering) Old Mill Café – Pigeon Forge – everything is homemade, even the plates!
Places I haven’t been to yet, but will go there based on others recommendations: Wild Plum Tea Room – Glades Rd.
Smoky’s Pub & Grub (Formerly The Ship) – Glades Rd. – Recently acquired as an add-on to the original located at the start of Smoky Mountain National Park. I’ve not been here but heard from locals it is good.
Also check the guest book at Southern Serenity for other recommendations and the binder in the cabin provided by JMH.
If you want to eat in, and there is a full kitchen in the cabin, your best bet for groceries is at the Food City on Hwy 321, only about a mile from the cabin. They offer smaller size goods for travelers needing items for a week or less.