Riding down to Gatlinburg on my motorcycle in October to enjoy the GSMNP and will probably also ride the Blue Ridge Parkway. That said, it's a lot of solo riding, and while I'm comfortable with that, sometimes need to get out for some plain ol' conversation and human contact. And while meeting people is not my primary purpose, riding and scenery is, that is the little extra that adds to the enjoyment.
Are there places in Gatlinburg for low key adult nightlife where one may strike up a conversation, enjoy people watching, and hangout? Or, are people in their vacation bubbles, scuttling around in groups or couples and Gatlinburg is merely a pass-through traffic annoyance?