Must-See Attractions on your Three-Day Weekend
Knowing you’ll have only three days, it’s important to pre-plan what you want to do so you don’t waste a precious second. Below are favorites that your group will love and be talking about long after your return home.
Thunder Road Distillery, themed to the Robert Mitchum moonshine movie Thunder Road, is a taste of rebel fun. Legalized versions of old time moonshine are sampled in a clean, inviting shop with tempting Dumplin Creek flavors like Watermelon Falls, Bonfire, Salted Caramel and Autumn Maple. The distillery also now offers their own assortment of rums and corn whiskey as well.
The Robert A. Tino Gallery is an absolute delight! A self-taught local artist, Tino’s working gallery is in the Riley Andes home on the National Register of Historic Places. The home itself is worth the visit because it features the handiwork of master craftsman Lewis Buckner. Tino paints in different mediums and is well-known for his Smoky Mountain landscapes. Affordable and lovely, you’ll instantly fall in love with something. My favorites range from mountain landscape note cards to the prints of the little church in Cade’s cove.
No gal pal trip is complete without an adequate amount of shopping and the perfect spot for that is Tanger Outlets. With more than 100 stores, you’ll find your favorites from high-end accessories to the latest in fashion styles. Spend some time (and money) at Vera Bradley, Pandora and the like. Sevierville also has an assortment of antique malls, one-of-a-kind boutiques, galleries and more.
Sevierville is the home town of famous country music superstar Dolly Parton. On the courthouse lawn there is a bronze statue celebrating and honoring her love for this community. It’s a fabulous selfie spot and through the end of 2017 there is an exhibit honoring the 30th anniversary of this statue. You can follow the process Jim Gray went through to create this monument within this exhibit at the Chamber Visitor Center. (Note: Start your day across the street at Courthouse Donuts and walk over to the statue for a fun photo opp at the Dolly statue.)
Forbidden Caverns is a living cave full of Tennessee moonshine history. Once upon a time Eastern Woodland Indians resided in this cave…and later on in history, moonshiners hid out in its shelter. Bring comfy walking shoes and enjoy an hour-long tour that will add a great component of fun to your gal pal trip!
A wine tour and tasting is always on tap for a group of friends and the Apple Barn Winery fits the bill. Sample affordably-priced, delicious wines and check out the gift shop for unique souvenirs. (Note: Plan dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant with the wine tour afterwards…they are only a short walk apart.)