Gatlinburg in autumn is a feast for the senses. Visitors come for the sights of blue skies and kaleidoscope views, backed by the sounds of rushing streams and wind whistling through the mountaintops. The smells of hickory smoke and apple cider invite guests to pull up a chair for Gatlinburg’s greatest treat – the tastes of the season, served up daily.
OktOBERfest at Ober
OktOBERfest and Ober go together like lederhosen and beer steins – and it's a yodel-worthy party every year. Gatlinburg’s favorite ski resort, “Ober” means “upper” in German, and OktOBERfest is truly a mountaintop experience. Featuring Bavarian fun, music and food, the 13th Annual OktOBERfest runs September 23-October 30. Whether you’d rather enjoy tastings at the Outdoor Bier Garten or dance to the oompah band, this event offers a cornucopia of seasonal fun.
Autumn Awaits at Anakeesta
Experience Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta now through October 31. The views aren’t the only thing elevated at the popular outdoor theme park. Take in the glowing scenery with a sunset supper at Cliff Top Restaurant where chef-inspired autumn-themed dishes await. For a little pick-me-up, Pearl’s Pie in the Sky has you covered for the perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Autumnal Offerings at Ole Smoky
All autumn long, you can enjoy seasonal sips and the sounds of local bluegrass at Gatlinburg’s Ole Smoky Distillery’s location at The Holler. No reservations needed, whether you come for $5 samples or settle in for a seasonal pour. From the Pecan Pancake whiskey-moonshine cocktail to a (spiked) pumpkin shake and so much more, our money’s on Ole Smoky to hit the spot for fall happy hour or any cheers-worthy celebration.
Tennessee Cider Company Vibes
Sidle up to the freshest cider in the Smokies at Tennessee Cider Company. If you’re looking for warm-fuzzy autumn vibes, cider is the sip of choice for sweater weather. Located in the old general store in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee Cider Company will transport you to the days when locals made their own ciders and meads. Toast the season – and your good taste – with one of their many hard ciders, meads or dessert wines.