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When you dine in Gatlinburg the higher you go the more fun you'll have taking in the amazing fall sights. There are many ways to enjoy a good meal in Gatlinburg, and one is atop the roof patio at Loco Burro, the Fresh Mex Cantina. They offer the only rooftop patio on the strip in Gatlinburg, and they are famous for their fajitas and margaritas. On the roof you'll find firepit lounge areas and a bar. They host family and corporate events so this would be a fantastic spot to get a unique view of the downtown and the surrounding Smokies fall scenery.

Want an even higher spot to get one of the best views of the fall color extravaganza? Try Ober Gatlinburg's Seasons of Ober Restaurant. This unique venue offers a large plate glass window looking out to Mt. Harrison. At 3590 feet, the views around Mt. Harrison give one a commanding area from which to spot hundreds of acres of trees awash in fall splendor. Seasons of Ober serves mouthwatering steaks like Mountaintop Ribeye and NY Strip; both are delectable Black Angus steaks. Diners can also select several more beef dishes, pasta, chicken, pork, soups, salad, a full range of appetizers, burgers and sandwiches and multiple sumptuous desserts like Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie. While you're at Ober don't forget to visit The Loft lounge which has the area's largest dance floor.

We wrote recently about hiking trips, both long and short and most of those places and the area around Clingmans Dome would make great picnic spots. They'd make equally great observation points to view the abundant fall foliage. Picnics can be as easy as packing your own basket that you put together with a trip to a Gatlinburg deli, cheese shop, and donut or sweet shop (look on our Dining page for more info on these).

If you really want to trek high up to have a hearty meal and see some amazing scenery along the way, plan a hike up Mt. LeConte. The summit of Mt. LeConte reaches a spellbinding 6,593 ft. high. Our recent post about hiking Mt. LeConte revealed that there is a lodge there where hikers can eat a meal before they descend down again. The lodge is located at 6400 ft.; just below the summit. The cabins up there are reserved well in advance for overnighters. Most people hike up and down in a day. The best climbing weather continues through October and November. The LeConte Lodge website offers this page for day hikers. Sack and sit down lunches are sold at the lodge. Day hikers are advised to plan ahead and read all of the information provided so they can make arrangements to purchase a lunch if they desire. AMEX is not accepted at the lodge.

Perhaps you would like to enjoy a great dining experience without hiking or ascending to an extreme height. One way you can dine and enjoy beautiful scenery is from your own luxury cabin or chalet rental. Many of the cabins and chalets in Gatlinburg are quite large and offer massive second floor wrap around porches. These porches offer the perfect setting for grilling and immersing one’s self in the scenery. Often visitors will bring a group of friends to stay for a few days in one of the large cabins, and enjoyable al fresco dining is one of the advantages people love at their cabins.

Not everyone wants to dine in a crowd, and Gatlinburg thankfully offers many different spots that are perfect for an intimate dinner for two. While a couple may mostly only have eyes for each other, a romantic dinner really wouldn't be complete without a beautiful view. To help point you in the right direction we've put together a handy Gatlinburg Dining Guide so you can select just the right setting for your romantic dinner. From steak, to trout, to chicken and some of the best wine and desserts you'll find in this part of the country, give some of the restaurants in our dining guide a try; you'll be glad you did.

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