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Celebrate the “Year of Dolly” in Sevierville, Tennessee

Sevierville Girlfriends Getaway

Have Fun during Springbreak in Sevierville, TN

A Sevierville Three-Day Weekend for Gal Pals

Grab your girlfriends and head for the hills! Sevierville and its many treasures offers the perfect opportunity to shop, try new things and eat amazing comfort foods. It’s hard to stay connected to good friends and a Sevierville three-day weekend may be just the ticket for spending with your gal pals catching up.

Finding a place to stay in this Smoky Mountain town is easy with the multitude of hotels, cabins and chalets. Check out a resort atmosphere with the state’s largest indoor waterpark, Wilderness at the Smokies, where you can enjoy sunshine year round (despite the temperatures) thanks to a see-through Foil Tech glass roof. If you’d rather have a more quiet room with a view of the Little Pigeon River and the mountains, take a gander at Appleview River Resort where you’ll enjoy lots of in-room amenities like your own Jacuzzi and fireplace. No worries – either place will be perfect for your gal pal trip.

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.)

Thunder Road Distillery in Sevierville, TN
Thunder Road Distillery in Sevierville, TN

Good Southern Comfort Food

Every trip to the mountains includes mouth-watering culinary treats and Sevierville certainly has their share. Here are a few picks to keep your belly full and your body fueled for all of your adventures on your gal pal trip.

Probably the busiest, most talked about restaurant in Sevierville is the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Arranged in a 1920s farmhouse that sits on a working apple orchard next to the Little Pigeon River, you’ll find comfort foods of all varieties at Applewood. All entrees come with a starter of apple fritters, apple butter, apple julep and soup. The portions are large and you can typically expect to wait for a table. I highly suggest skipping lunch and going in for an early supper to avoid the crowds. (Note: Save room for banana pudding or cobbler. It’s worth it!)

Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain BBQ & Grill is nothing special as you drive by, but walk through those doors and smell the amazing recipes of Southern Gospel singer Tony Gore. T’s Loaded Tater Chips or Fried Green Tomatoes is a great way to get the group started with quick appetizers. You can’t make a bad choice at Tony Gore’s, it’s all good, especially the ribs! The restaurant is casual and known for scrumptious desserts.

The Diner is a throwback restaurant that resonates with the old-fashioned classic diners of yesteryear. The difference is what you won’t be expecting: Buffalo Burgers and fantastic salads to accompany hand-dipped milkshakes and malts. The menu selections are over-the-top for a diner and the hospitality is just as genuine.

Find out more about these and other things to do in Sevierville to help plan your itinerary. Have fun gals!

Becky Beall is a 20-year veteran travel writer/blogger based in the South. Follow her blog at to see more travel ideas and catch her travel radio show on iHeart at

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