Smoky Mountain Shopping

    The leaves have changed into their brilliant fall colors and are drifting down around us, football graces our television screens once again. Unless, of course, you’re out shopping, and then you’re immersed in the holiday décor. With the busiest shopping season sneaking up on us, we wanted to share some popular shopping spots.IMG_4336

    For the greatest variety of name brands and nationally recognized stores, Sevierville’s Tanger Outlets offer extensive options. From shoes to chocolate to designer handbags, Tanger offers many options at a discounted price. Dozens of restaurants call this part of town home, providing a diversity of lunch and dinner options to give your feet some sweet relief after hours of scouring the racks for the best gifts. Over 2,200 stores are spread out over several buildings, bringing about our recommendation of forming a shopping strategy before your visit, and that you pick up a map to carry with you. Parking can be difficult, but finding a central parking spot to work out from can be difficult as well. This year, Tanger Outlets open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stores stay open all night. As always, check their website to confirm your favorite store is participating. Coupons and further details can be found on the Tanger website.

    Pigeon Forge has plenty of shopping to offer as well, with over 300 stores and boutiques here. The Pigeon River Crossings outlet is home to 80-plus stores, including clothing, furniture, handmade items, and shoes. Bell Tower Square has personalized ornaments, lights and Christmas collectibles. From Birkenstocks to boots to moonshine, you’re sure to satisfy every name on your list in Pigeon Forge.

    Of course, the shopping options in Gatlinburg are extensive as well.  True to the heart of Gatlinburg, many malls and shopping centers are outdoors or open air, allowing shoppers to enjoy the scent of evergreen in the crisp mountain air while they hustle and bustle from each store to the next. Both along the Arts and Crafts loop and the Parkway, unique stores await eager shoppers. The old-fashioned architecture can make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, strolling along cobbled and stone paver walkways, with only the trilling of smartphones to bring you back to the present. While at the Village Shops, enjoy gazing at locally crafted pottery, quaint shops filled with paintings by local artists, and support local businesses while you’re at it.

    The Arts and Crafts Trail is an eight-mile loop with over 100 local artisans selling their wares in the shops, from wood whittling to silver-smithing to jewelry making to sewing crafts to pottery goods to art galleries. There are restaurants, cafes and even a tea room where you can enjoy a nice warm meal in between shopping sprees.

    If you’re interested in living where you can visit these wonderful shops as well as stargaze and meander along nature trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our region might be the perfect place for you.  The Terrell Team is happy to show you homes in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Whether you’re looking for a distressed home at a great deal or a luxury cabin in the heart of the wilderness, we can help guide you to the home you’ve been dreaming about.

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