My husband and I decided to drive out to the Arts & Crafts district again this summer. When we drove the loop last year we saw the Covered Bridge in the Glades. It seemed a little unfinished then & thought we would save it for our next trip in the Smokies. So, this year we stopped in to see what all had popped up in the Covered Bridge in the Glades.
Once there we drove across the one way covered bridge & parked in the spacious parking lot. We then walked up to the mall. We had arrived around 4:30pm and several of the places were already closed up. One of the 1st places that we saw was the Picnic Basket Deli. It looked closed. So, we just kept on walking. In the complex we saw a couple of glass studios, a soap maker, jewelry shop and a few more places. Lots of the retail spaces seemed empty. However, the atmosphere around the complex was really nice. It is landscaped beautifully and is very relaxing. It felt really peaceful there. We did notice that located above the shops were townhomes. It appeared that people were living in the space above the retail shops.
While we were shopping, we did come across one shop that we really enjoyed. We went into J. Hills Art Studio. Inside they had various types of glass art from vases to jewlery. They also had some really beautiful art by the Frogman. I am just amazed with these frog sculptures. They are simply amazing...expensive, but amazing. My husband immediately fell in love with their glass butterflies & had to buy some. We did ask IF a lot of the glass was made HERE at the studio or elsewhere. They said a little of both. They told us they make some of their own glass, but they also showcase glass art by other local artists & fellow friends.
Overall, we enjoyed visiting the Covered Bridge in the Glades. It was a very relaxing shopping experience. We enjoyed the few shops that we got to stroll though. Plus all the people we interacted with there were friendly. I would like to see more shops in the empty spaces next year, but either way we will probably visit J. Hills Glass Art Studio again. My husband loved the art work there.
Tip: According to their website, the townhomes in the Covered Bridge at the Glades are actually rentals (both overnight & monthly rentals). So, you can actually rent one of the townhomes to stay in while vacationing in the Smokies if you are interested.
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