• The Hidden Gems Of The Arts and Crafts Community

    The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community of the Smoky Mountains is the first major attraction other than the mountains themselves to bring people in from all around the United States and get to know more about the artisan soul of our region. Artists of all kinds reside here – painters, woodcrafters, potters, glass makers, sign makers, quilters, candle makers, upcyclers, jewelers, stone crafters… the list goes on.

    Much is written about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community and some stores are already well-known. In this article, we wanted to showcase some of the lesser-known shops from the Community that we visited lately and can recommend as part of your Gatlinburg visit. Take a look:

    Shaconage Stone Art & Jewelry
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    “Our unique product lines from the Stone Art to the Jewelry are made by local artists. Most of the items are Native American made. We are extremely proud of our artist and products.Our products are made by local artisans. The unique stone art is made by Walking Bear. Our jewelry is designed by Vidars Custom Jewelry, and Matoka. Our hand knapped arrowheads, bows and arrows are by Stone Bear. Walking Bear, Stone Bear and Les Coffee make our unique knives. Our herbal teas, oils and soaps are by Nuwati. We also carry products by other Native Americans. Each item is unique and one of a kind.”

    Hills Creek Gallery
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    “Est. 1991 Featuring the Award Winning Smoky Mountains Scenic, Wildlife and Nature Photography of M&D Hills. Enjoy unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry, art glass, kaleidoscopes, paperweights, metalwork, & pottery. Don’t miss our one of a kind selection of glass pendants and earrings by artist J. Hills. Plus so much more.”

    Elk River Gifts and Crafts
    608 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    Ownby’s Woodcraft
    704 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    “Since the late 1800’s the Ownby’s carry on a long family tradition, turning native wood into beautiful wooden fruit, bowls, flowers, baskets, cutting boards, stools, birdhouses, bears, old timey games, toys & much more.”

    Hand-n-Heart Creations
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    “We are a shop in the Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We feature a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted, artisan items from regional artists in a pleasant atmosphere.”

    White Buffalo Native American Gifts
    601 Glades Road Suite 2
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    Jams, Jellies, Nuts & More
    170 Glades Road
    Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

    Firefly Glass Studio
    830 Moyers Dr,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 206-6083

    “Nancy Huff creates contemporary fused glass art. Ths studio offers a “You Create” experience for all ages. Stop by and design your own masterpiece that will be fired and shipped.”

    JJ Signs and Gifts
    170 Glades Road, Suite 22,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (260) 705-1058

    “Artist Joyce Branch free hands signs, paints acrylic paintings and creates unique art with glass and resin. Joyce is able to paint a sign for you while you wait or create a special unique piece of art for your home or business.”

    Lil’ Bit of Gatlinburg
    575 Proffitt Rd.,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 430-4280

    “Come explore our unique sampling of craft and whimsy. We offer so much for the casual gift shopper, as well as the refined collector. From novelties to candles to pottery to paintings and handcrafted items from local artisans. Gift Wrapping Services offered here. Save time and hassle. Bring all of your gift wrap needs to us. If it’s more than a few, we’ll come to you. Call for more info and availability.”

    Smoky Mountain Gold 2
    601 Glades Rd # 8,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 436-6805

    The Rampant Lion – A Pub & Wine Bar
    734 Powdermill Rd,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 567-5217

    “A Celtic Pub and Wine Bar on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, nestled in the Arts and Crafts Community Centre. Starting with a wide selection of Whisky’s, ciders, wine coolers and cheeses, plus a tapas restaurant with offerings from around the world.”

  • How is the Gatlinburg Fire Recovery going in 2017?

    It will be a quite a while still before Gatlinburg and some surrounding areas of the city are fully recovered (and that means recovered to the point where you can’t even tell the fire was there), but much of the recovery for visitors and locals to return to what they are expecting when they come to Gatlinburg has already been well and done with.

    Where you’ll still see the damage are the neighborhoods behind and near the parkways in Gatlinburg. That reconstruction will still take time. Others are, naturally, businesses that were burnt down by the wildfires, but it has been officially established that stories of Gatlinburg itself burning down entirely were highly untrue and that an overwhelming majority of attractions, restaurants and businesses are still in business as usual right now.

    This remains the authorized list of businesses that are no longer intact from the wildfires. If your favorite attraction or restaurant is not on this list, you can expect to visit it right now or the next time you’re in town:

    * Alamo Steakhouse (Gatlinburg location). Destroyed.
    * Arrowmont. Damaged but recovered and back open to the public.
    * Cupid’s Chapel of Love. Destroyed.
    * Dollywood. Slightly damaged but recovered with all events and plans for 2017 on track.
    * First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. Damaged, but main church building intact.
    * Gatlinburg Church of Christ. Destroyed.
    * Hillbilly Golf. Damaged. Reconstruction underway and expected to re-open for Spring 2017.
    * Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Minor damage. Recovered.
    * The Lodge at Buckberry Creek. Largely damaged. No longer in business.
    * Mountain Lodge Restaurant. Destroyed.
    * Mysterious Mansion. Previously believed destroyed, the attraction is fully intact and undamaged.
    * Roaring Fork Baptist Church. Destroyed.
    * Southland Car and Jeep Rentals. Destroyed.

    And for those of you who are interested to know if any far off sights of the mountains are still affected, we are happy to say the floral damage is recovered and will still look pretty as we get into Spring 2017!

    This Smoky Mountain wildfire update is provided to you by Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.

    Last updated: 2-22-17