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“One of two very best things in Gatlinburg”
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Arrowcraft Shop
Ranked #42 of 133 Shopping in Gatlinburg
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“One of two very best things in Gatlinburg”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

See the second best thing at bottom of this review. As for Arrowcraft, I bet that if more people found this place, it would rated in the top 5 of Gatlinburg. It IS part of the main strip where everyone walks store to store. However, it is the last one on the north end (or whatever direction is towards Pigeon Forge). When one walks down the strip towards this end, it appears that the last thing is the European village which is also awesome! It is just like being in an old cobblestone courtyard with fountain in old Europe. The shops are cute, with European swinging signs and architecture and hand-made candies, cheeses, cool clothes, pottery and more. But I digress. Cross the street for ONE more. And go up a few steps. Hard to see with the trees and steps but look at the Arrowcraft sign on the lawn. This place is one of the best and most amazing shops in the whole country. There are items from $8 to hundreds of dollars, and everyone of them is a class act piece of art. Artisans have to be members of the guild--meaning they are judged and juried and their art is very, very high quality and well done. The best of pottery, baskets, woodwork, glass blowing, ornaments, weavings, carvings, jewelry. Lest you are picturing prosaic glass blown figurines, storage baskets, and more--wipe those images right out of your head. Everything here is unique and creative and different. This is also not going to be where you find Appalachian crafts--those are nearby on the loop road. This is art. Amazingly beautiful. Amazingly priced. And you're going to want it. I got a number of things from very, very fine wood turned ornaments (with inlaid wood in artsy shapes, or a snowman) that are of obviously very fine wood and very fine smooth craftsmanship, to a super large, deep pottery bowl with inlaid pottery leaves--and this masterpiece of quality and all of its inlaid detail and huge size was only $97. It is very light--a sign of a master potter. Smooth as could be with no flaws, bubbles or bumps--master potter. The art of the vine and leaves winding it's circle through the blended colors was amazing. One of a kind--I've got it. But there are plenty of beautiful pottery and other pieces left for you! By the way, the place looks small in the front but it goes back forever and is broken up into several rooms. Great design. I could have spent all day in there but didn't get to. Another bonus--in their side yard you can tour the first home--cabin ever built in the area. Cherokee helped build it for the nice family that lived there. It's free and quaint. The other best thing in Gatlinburg? The first legal moonshine distillery. Sit outside while rocking on the wooden Appalachian rocking chairs, listening to the blue grass band, staring at the big copper distillery, and taste testing (free) about 15 flavors of real moonshine! Watch out for the 100 proof. The place is in the middle of the strip--Smoky Moonshine.

Visited August 2013
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Lakeside, California
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Really nice store with wonderful gifts”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Great artisan crafts made by local artists. In the midst of all the touristy stuff you will find this gem of a store.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Karen G
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Louisville
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best shop in Gatlinburg”
Reviewed 12 July 2013

If you want to get away from the t-shirt shops and souvenir stores come here. Support local mountain artists and learn about smoky mountain history and culture. I always try to buy one item when we visit. As a novice potter I love browsing all the beautiful functional pottery! I love folk art and the history of the area so this is always my favorite shop to visit. Make sure to also visit the arts and craft loop up highway 341. The old cliff dwellers shop has moved there.

Visited July 2013
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Medina, Ohio
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Spend your money here”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Before you spend your hard earned money on junk vacation "souvenirs" in Gatlinburg, please consider stopping here. It is on the main drag through town, in a quaint building with history attached and offers some beautiful hand crafted items. Prices range from moderate to high (say compared to the Kung Fu knife store) but when taken into account that you will have a quality treasure to commemorate your visit, it becomes a much wiser use of your cash. Wish I would have stopped here first!

Visited May 2013
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Thank FFrame
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely shop--NO junk!”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

In a town full of T-shirt shops and Nascar memorabilia, it was refreshing to visit a shop which features the crafts of the Smoky Mountains.

Visited April 2013
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