What visit to Gatlinburg would be complete without a full day or even two, shopping the wondrous local artisan and stores in this area? From malls, galleries, arts and crafts to specialty stores, shopping in Gatlinburg is fun year-round. Here we will mention a few stops on the shopping scene. Remember that there are dozens more, and they are all special in their own way. To find out more, please take a look at the shopping guide.
Want Quaint and Unique? You’ll Find it in Gatlinburg
Wind up your shopping excursion with a visit to The Village, which is located just off the main street in Gatlinburg. With over 20 shops to choose from, you could actually spend an entire day here. The distinctive European village theme is the area’s main draw, but once inside, the buildings’ architecture, upscale atmosphere, landscaping and the beautiful fountain delight visitors. Shoppers will find shoe stores, olive oil stores, coffee shops, and a favorite shop, the Donut Friar. The Donut Friar is talked about by almost everyone who stops at The Village, and is a fun place to savor a delicious donut or sweet treat. This pedestrian mall is a great place to enjoy a fun and quaint shopping experience year-round.
Shop ‘til You Drop – Gatlinburg Style
If it’s rainy or cold when you arrive in Gatlinburg, never fear, the shopping is moving full steam ahead in the climate-controlled Mountain Mall. Friday and Saturday year-round they are open from 10 am – 10 pm for your shopping pleasure. Check ahead for other days as their schedule does vary by time of year. Their stores offer something for everyone across their six levels; including galleries, specialty gifts, home furnishings, food, tea, tobacconists, pet fashions, CDs, records, personalized embroidered items and much more.
Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is a must
Finding the perfect souvenir to remember your Gatlinburg vacation is easy when you visit the Arts & Crafts Community. With over 100 artists and craftsmen, Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community is a living, breathing tribute to the history of Tennessee. The carvers, weavers, watercolor artists, casters, soap makers, potters, silversmiths and dozens of other artisans skillfully demonstrate their abilities before thousands of visitors. The community is set on an 8-mile loop road that’s designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The Arts & Crafts Community can be reached using the Yellow Trolley from downtown Gatlinburg.
Not just an attraction. Try Ober Gatlinburg for Shopping
Ober Gatlinburg definitely is the place to play in the winter months. If you aren’t into skiing or snow tubing, you can enjoy it for the restaurants and shops, which provide so many opportunities to see gorgeous scenery while you are either eating or browsing the many specialty items for sale. A fun place to shop is the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway Mall. Located at 1001 Parkway, this stop is a must. You can take the tram up to the top of the mountain and get off to find a number of shops and eateries that offer specialties like homemade fudge, hand-painted crafts, outdoor gear, souvenirs and more. You can roam their stores and have fun shopping indoors if the weather is brisk outside.