On the Parkway in Gatlinburg – It was fun to just walk up and down the parkway and look at the “stuff”. Who knew this was the handbag capital of the world??? Definitely shop around, though. The first couple of places had the same prices on some identical items, so we assumed that they all “comparison shopped” and the prices would be the same everywhere. So my daughter bought and purse and then found it $8 cheaper in the next store!
The Christmas Place – Somebody here gave me this tip about the artist in the Personalization area. We took him the rental place’s brochure with a picture of our cabin and he painted the cabin on a big white ornament. It was beautiful and a very unique keepsake for $25.
At Dollywood – My daughter is going back to the area with her boyfriend’s family later this summer, so it was worth it to get the upgrade to a gold seasons pass. I had expected the prices at the shops in Dollywood to be theme-park-high, but they weren’t. In fact, a few pieces in the Alewine Pottery shop were less expensive than the same things we had seen at their shop. And then you get a 20% discount with the pass. I really wanted some stained glass, so I went to the stained glass shop. They will do custom work, so I picked out a piece that I liked the layout, then she let me pick out the colors and style of glass that I wanted. I had to pick it up the next day, but I love it!
Smoky Mountain Knife Works – All I can say is WOW! I was expecting a small, grimy place with a bunch of hunting knives. But no. This place is huge! If you’ve ever had your heart set on an antique Chinese war medal, or a pair of bamboo toaster tongs, or a samurai sword, this is the place! And oh yeah, you can buy a hunting knife here too!
Moonshine Ridge – This is on Wears Valley Road and they have a great selection of “mountain-y” gifts. They also have a huge selection of jams, jellies, salsas and other edibles and have samples out to try. They also have a BBQ restaurant attached, but we didn’t try it.