The Village Shops in downtown Gatlinburg is one of the most visited areas of the town, and after one time of experiencing the charm of the area, you’ll see why. If you haven’t been there, then we want to give you an idea of what to expect along with reasons on why you should visit during your time in the Smoky Mountains.
For the past 50 years visitors in Gatlinburg have been taking strolls through the The Village Shops. If you’ve ever browsed the shops then you know that The Village offers a unique charm that plays part in the desire to return to our city time and time ago. The European style that can be found as you shop and dine, is unique to the area. The beautiful landscaping and brick pathways make for a perfect date night or morning shopping trip. Take time to relax by the fountain or pick up breakfast at The Donut Friar and chat with friends as you take in the morning at one of the cafe tables. During the spring months, you’ll find stunning rhododendron blooms around every corner and during the holiday season, you’ll be convinced that you’ve walked into a Hallmark movie.
The Village Shops offers 27 shops, many that are locally owned and operated. If you’re heading out on the trail for the day, swing The Day Hiker, owned by local hiker Joe Guenther and his family. Joe and his staff will be happy to help get prepared for a hike in the Smokies! Want to take home a gift for a loved one? Check out Master’s Editions or The Silver Tree. Do you have an addiction to popcorn? If so, you won’t want to miss Pop Culture! They have 25 unique flavors of gourmet popcorn.
Delicious Eats, Treats and Sweets!
The Village Shops of Gatlinburg is a foodie’s dreamland! The Village Cafe and Creamery as well as The Donut Friar offers everything you could possibly want when a sweet tooth craving kicks in. If you love to practice your culinary skills at home, then take time to check out Zi Olive and the Pepper Palace when you’re in town. Both have plenty of items to help enhance your dishes at home, as well as gifts and souvenirs. The Spice & Tea Exchange of Gatlinburg is also a playground for your taste buds and offers more than 60 different blends and rubs from around the globe.
From funky socks to wildlife paintings and even Gatlinburg’s original toy store, there’s something for everyone in The Village Shops. The next time you’re in town, be sure to stop in and show the local shops and owners some support!
Can’t wait to visit a few of the shops that we listed? We would love to have you as our guests the next time you’re in town! Our downtown Gatlinburg hotel is within walking distance to many of the best shops, attractions and restaurants in the Smokies. During your stay with us you’ll receive free parking and a complimentary breakfast, access to our outdoor pool, a room with a private balcony by the river and more amenities!
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