By Darryl Payne
Posted on April 5, 2011
Whether you're on spring break this week or maybe just headed to the Smokies this weekend for a little R&R, there's a good chance that you plan to make shopping part of your travel plans. This week, we'll focus on just one of the many ways you can put those plans into action-the shopping opportunities that await in Gatlinburg, TN.
Gatlinburg shopping encompasses a wide range of destinations, and probably one of the best known is the Great Smokies Arts & Crafts Community. This 8-mile auto loop that includes Glades Road, Buckhorn Road and U.S. 321 features more than 70 different arts an crafts shops and studios, featuring the handiwork of some of the region's most talented artisans. You'll find everything from handmade jewelry, brooms, wood pieces and metal work to paintings, photography, candles, pottery and more.
Many of the shops double as studios so you can often visit with the crafts people while they're at work. The Arts & Crafts Community also features a number of interesting eateries, including the Fox & Parrot, a British-style pub.
The other center for shopping in Gatlinburg is the downtown area, where the Parkway features shop after shop after shop. Look for traditional souvenir-type stores and T-shirt shops to venues featuring the works of even more mountain crafts people and artisans. Some locations, like the Hard Rock Café, have unique gift stores with specially branded merchandise you can only get in that location.
A couple of locations-Mountain Mall, which is near Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and Ober Gatlinburg-have multiple stores and vendors on hand that offer a wide selection of merchandise in one convenient indoor location.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.