You are in for a true Gatlinburg treat as you and your group explore the various shops, studios, galleries, and cafes of the historic eight mile loop known as the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. This fun culture and shopping area within the city is considered to be the largest group of independent artisans in North America, with over 120 local craftsmen and artisans contributing to the scene. This spot is well-deserved member of the Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail, created in 1937, a trail that features cultural heritage, natural local talent, and the stories and arts of the people that shaped Tennessee. This is a truly amazing opportunity to explore local folk art, handicrafts, and regional eats. What better way to immerse yourself into a city, have fun, and get some well-needed retail therapy?
Watch all the various artists and craftsmen whittle, pain, sew, cast, weave, carve, and create different various original collectibles, from the Stump Brothers chainsaw carved bear sculptures to the many creative candles of the Highland Creative Gallery. Explore all the fine local candles, quilts, pottery, jewelry, fashions, fine photography, food and lodging while here, with several restaurants, tea rooms, soda fountains, and candy stores! There are practically endless opportunities within this district, especially with the "Hands-on Gatlinburg" program providing fun weekly opportunities such as various workshops, demonstrations, classes, and benefits. You may even get lucky and show up during late March's annual spring Arts and Crafts show!