Words by Sarah Deloach
If you’re looking for a winter escape and the typical locations are too chilly this time of year, look into the wonderland that is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. As fall fades into winter, Gatlinburg only becomes more lively. Celebrate the coming of the winter season with the plentiful festive food and drink options many local businesses offer. If we had to highlight only a few, our picks would be:
Be sure to taste the finest gourmet extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. Located in The Village shops, stop light #6.
This family-owned bakery has been making tiny, crispy cookies since 1924. Five generations later, the bakery is still serving up delicious favorites, so be sure to try a sample while browsing around the store.
Come inside and watch them make taffy, candy apples, and other delights made daily. With the holiday season rolling up, take some hand-dipped chocolates back home for friends and family.
Their message is simple– make good food. This American-style restaurant is a classic in the area and is sure to have something for everyone. If you are lucky, you will get to try their freshly baked cookies and cupcakes available in the bakery. A sweet new addition to the restaurant is a coffee shop, where you can get lattes, espresso, cold brews, and more, including specialty holiday drinks.
For those 21+ looking for more fun this winter season…
Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery offers centuries-old family recipes with rich history to last a lifetime. These authentic copper stills offer over 15 flavors along with self-guided tours for all ages. A must try: Ole Smoky Moonshine's holiday flavor “Shine Nog."
Currently rated “#1 THING TO DO IN GATLINBURG! America’s Top-Rated 5-Star TripAdvisor”, this distillery is open daily, offering their award-winning Sugarlands Shine and Appalachian Sippin’ Creams, and much more.
This family-owned distillery uses recipes rooted in tradition. Starting with small batches, this moonshine and whiskey receive the most detailed attention.
Gatlinburg's first true Cidery, located in the heart of downtown. This old general store fosters the best environment for great cider and great local folks.
Open 7 days a week with free tastings, this traditional winery is made with local fruit and crafted by locals.
Smoky Mountain Farms Jelly House
With over 80 different flavors of jams and jellies, this classic Smoky Mountain stop also offers pickles, hot sauce, and so much more.
It would be impossible to list all of the incredible restaurants and breweries Gatlinburg has to offer, but if you are still looking for more options after this list, be sure to check out more options here.