A People of Faith and Values
Gatlinburg is in the Bible Belt, and a sizeable percentage of the people who live here are devout Christians. Most of them don't wear their religion on their shoulder, but religious faith is a basic and prevalent influence in the community. There are churches of many denominations in Gatlinburg and the surrounding area, and a high level of acceptance and cooperation is usually seen between members of the different groups.
I have visited and worshiped at several different churches including Roaring Fork Baptist Church, pictured. As in many of the mountain churches, the preaching was simple but heartfelt, and the music included the old hymns as well as generous doses of "Southern Gospel." The churches of Gatlinburg are accustomed to having many visitors in their services and are pleased when you drop in for a service.
Where are the Elk?
Drove to Cataloochee area of the Smoky Mountain Ntl park one morning. The road is very windy, narrow, and treacherous. The elk were sent to the area several years ago. There are pamphlets available that say the elk only are out a lot during the early morning or evening. Of course we were there around noon and so didn't see a one. The trip out of the Cataloochee area by way of going towards Cosby Tenn was even more treacherous. We entered the Cataloochee area by way of the Maggie Valley area. This would have been a shorter way out also.
If You're A Race Fan
The atmosphere to begin with is explosive. The whole restaurant is done up top notch NASCAR. There is a gift shop, a museum, and a game room with a racing simulator in it. This is a must dine in restaurant if you are a fan! They will also do a "Winner's Burn Out" if it is your birthday.
The food is good also! I had grilled shrimp and I especially like the portion served with crispy green beans and rice pilaf. It was just enough to eat to where you didn't have to ask for a to-go box.
Best steaks & service in town; hands down.
The Peddler has not only become a Gatlinburg dining tradition, it is literally built upon tradition. The building is constructed around the C. Earl Ogle cabin, the home of one of Gatlinburg's first pioneer families, with materials from four other original home sites used to complete the structure that is now the Peddler.
Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee we specialize in traditional dishes, served just the way you like them! Including, but not limited to, Steaks, Prime-Rib, NY Strip, Filet Mignon, Seafood, Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon, Chicken, and of course the famous salad bar. Make sure to save room for their delectable desserts!
Opening the menu (if you are not prepared) may make you exclaim "Holy Mother of God", but you'll also do a few shouts of joy when you taste the food. And above all, experience the friendly wait staff, and prompt service (I barely finished my glass of wine and poof, I had another waiting for me!). The waitress will even CUT THE STEAK for your KIDS!!!!
It's one of those really special spots you have to visit in Gatlinburg. Go ahead & splurge on yourself, you deserve it. We did! Okay, Dessert Information first, since I'm a chocoholic:
My daughter & I ordered & enjoyed (but could NOT finish) Kristi's Chocolate Cake:
RICH MOIST CHOCOLATE CAKE SERVED WARM, TOPPED WITH VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM, CHOCOLATE SAUCE AND WHIPPED CREAM
And my fiance and his son ordered:
Peddler's Apple Pan Crisp
GRANNY SMITH APPLES TOSSED WITH CINNAMON SUGAR AND A CANDIED PECAN TOPPING. SERVED WARM WITH VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM
My fiance got the prime rib, and I think he had an 'O' while eating it.
My trout had the same effect on me. =-)
The kids got steak from the kid's menu; and the salad bar, which is chock full of goodies, is never-ending and accompanies ALL the dinners, kids included!
Steak, fish, or 'other', you will walk away feeling VERY satisfied, happy, and FULL but not 'too full'.
Wanting a Frightful time?
Next to the Edgewater Hotel on River Road lies Gatlinburg's Mysterious Mansion. It's decorated with a heasrt and numerous ghouls and skeleton's on the outside. We didn't venture in, but I'm certain the brave hearted will fare well.