If you want to shop until you drop on your Gatlinburg vacation, there are plenty of places to do so; one of them is The Village in Gatlinburg. Founded in 1969, the area was created to model an old-time European village. It has become a popular tourist attraction, as visitors love going to all the unique shops. If you need some recommendations on where to go, explore this list of 4 places in The Village in Gatlinburg that you need to visit:
1. Candle Cottage
If you love great scents, then you need to visit Candle Cottage in The Village in Gatlinburg! It has been Gatlinburg’s most unique candle shop since 1976. The company was founded by the Luck Family. What started in their garage now operates out of a 40,000-square-foot facility in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Candle Cottage has a great selection of candles and candle accessories. Their Classic Country candle collection includes sweet scents like Banana Pudding and Baked Apple Pie. If you want a smell that will remind you of the Smokies, get their Mountain Air candle. Each time you smell it, you can remember all of your fun times in Gatlinburg.
2. Gatlin’s Escape Games
Are you up for a challenge? Gatlin’s Escape Games offers a fun and engaging activity for all ages. You and your team have 60 minutes to escape a room by completing various challenges. Each room has a unique theme, some of which include Curse of the Kraken’s Eye and Masters of Magic. If you want to keep the fun going, the attraction also has a gift shop full of puzzles and brainteasers.
3. The Donut Friar
During your time in The Village in Gatlinburg, the smell of fresh baked goods may greet your nose. If you follow this wonderful scent, it will lead you to the Donut Friar. It is a popular shop that specializes in the making of sweet treats. As the name implies, you can get many kinds of donuts. They can have fun toppings, such as chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles, or be plainer. The shop also sells other delicious desserts, one of which is cinnamon bread. Whatever treats you choose will pair excellently with a steaming cup of coffee or cocoa.
4. The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant and The Cheese Cupboard
After a long day of shopping or solving a mystery, you need a delicious meal to regain your strength. The Hofbrauhaus Restaurant in The Village in Gatlinburg is styled after a German pub and has no shortage of delicious options. While they are well-known for their Famous Super Ruben, the menu also has other great specialty sandwiches like The Hoagie or Turkey Pastrami. Adult guests can pair their food with a refreshing cold beer. Before you leave make sure to check out The Cheese Cupboard, a gift shop on the first floor. It has a great selection of sweet and salty treats like imported and domestic cheeses, crackers, and chocolate.
We hope you visit these and the other great shops in The Village in Gatlinburg when you stay with us! If you need even more ideas for things to do in the area, read about the top 4 downtown Gatlinburg attractions near our condos!