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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg, TN - A Top 10 Family Award-Winning Great Destination to Discover.

Today, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its inaugural 2011 Travelers’ Choice® Family award-winning best family destinations. Gatlinburg, TN ranked #6 in the top 10 Great U.S. Destinations to discover.

Winning destinations were identified based on the greatest number of recommendations from reviewers who traveled with family.  Unlike any other honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. Winning destinations offer a myriad of opportunities for families, including first rate attractions, restaurants, and vacation rentals.

Come experience for yourself why Gatlinburg, TN made the Top 10 list. For things to do in Gatlinburg, TN visit GatlinburgConcierge.com


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midnight-at-the-new-yearGrab your family and head over the Pigeon Forge for the 28th annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Located in the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center, the celebration includes fireworks, dozens of lights, and its own New Year’s countdown.

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Cherokee Grill

For good food, a good time and good service, visit the Cherokee Grill in Gatlinburg. Referred to as “Gatlinburg’s Great Steakhouse” by their website, the Cherokee Grill offers fresh fish, seafood, chicken, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and mouth-watering steaks. Along with great food, the Cherokee Grill offers a great view of the mountains as well. For more information, visit their website: http://www.cherokeegrill.com/

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While vacationing in Gatlinburg here are just a few places you should eat. Inside Gatlinburg has provided the following list of top 10 restaurants in Gatlinburg voted by both visitors and locals:
#1) The Peddler Steakhouse
820 River Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5794

#2) Best Italian Cafe & Pizzeria
968 Parkway # 9
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4090
(865) 436-3600

#3) Log Cabin Pancake House
327 Historic Nature Trl
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-7894
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#4) Smoky Mountain Brewery
1004 Parkway # 501
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4200

#5) Calhoun’s BBQ
1004 Parkway # 101
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4100

#6) Cherokee Grill
1002 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4287

#7) Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4724

#8) Wild Plum Tea Room
555 Buckhorn Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-3808

#9) Donut Friar
634 Parkway # 15
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-7306

#10) Park Grill
1110 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-2300
(865) 436-3800

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One of the locals favorite places to eat in the Smokies is the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this restaurant is sure to meet your hunger needs. All breakfast meals come with Applesauce muffins, Applewood Julep, and Apple Fritters with Homemade Apple Butter. Most lunches come with homemade vegetable soup, mashed potatoes, choice of vegetable, buttermilk biscuit, Applewood Julep, and Applewoods Apple Fritters with homemade apple butter. Most dinner entrees include homemade vegetable soup, garden salad, mashed potatoes, homemade dinner roll, choice of vegetable, choice of dessert, Applewood Julep, and Applewood’s Apple Fritters and homemade apple butter. All of this food is provided with your reasonably priced entrée. Applewood is a must go if you are in the Pigeon Forge Area.

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Chili Recipes

Below are two great Tennessee Chili Recipes that would please even the pickiest eaters.

Tennessee Pride Chili

1 lb. Tennessee Pride Country sausage
1 lb. ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 med. green pepper, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes, undrained
2 (16 oz.) cans red kidney beans
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. water

Saute sausage and ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic until browned; drain excess grease. Stir in remaining ingredients. Break tomatoes with back of wooden spoon. Cover and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours.


Tennessee White chili

1 tablespoon corn oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb, or more, ground turkey or chicken
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 15oz can garbanzo beans
1 15oz can white (navy) beans
1 15 oz can white corn
2 cans chicken broth
salt & pepper to taste
2 cans (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1 cup shredded Jack cheese

Heat oil in Dutch oven. Add chopped onion, garlic and ground meat. Cook until meat is no longer pink; don’t brown. Add all the rest of the ingredients; cook over low heat 30-45 minutes. Top with cheese and salsa.

**Smoky Mountain Cookbookchili

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For a sweet treat to satisfy any age, visit Aunt Mahalia’s Candies in Gatlinburg. The shop has been cooking up old fashion candies for over 50 years. Some of the most popular candies include fudge, chocolate, crunchy brittle, and other homemade assortments. Aunt Mahalia’s only uses the freshest, finest ingredients and has been using them since 1939. For more information, visit their website: http://www.auntmahalias.com/StoreFront.bo

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