Old Mill General Store: History in the Making
At the General Store, built in 1830, you'll find salad dressings, syrups, fresh-ground grains, homemade jams and jellies, as well as collectibles, souvenirs and books.
The fresh-ground grain products have been ground "in house" at the mill which has been operated for almost two centuries.
What to buy: Be sure to try something that has been freshly ground at the mill like the grits, flours or pancake mix. and if you get pancake mix, you have to get some roasted pecan syrup or blueberry syrup.
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The Incredible Christmas Place: 365 Days of Christmas
This Bavarian-style shopping village is one of the top ten Christmas and Collectible stores in the United States, and houses a multi-store shopping complex of over 43,000 square feet. You can't miss it from the highway - the store is even bigger inside than it looks from the outside, and they carry ornaments and decorations to fit pretty much any theme you can come up with!
From Easter to Christmas Eve, Singing Santa is in residence - you can have your photo made with him (for a nominal fee), buy his cd, or just listen as he entertains the shoppers, young and old alike.
When you are finished purchasing your decorations, wander around the garden area - there is a large train set that delighted the 5-year-old in my company, and other shops to browse - perhaps start or complete your gift shopping here.
What to buy: While at the Incredible Christmas Place, you may as well purchase a souvenir ornament from your trip to the Smoky Mountains - perhaps a black bear in a stocking, or a porcelain ornament depicting this shop itself?
What to pay: Lots of ornaments, lights, and other decorations - obviously prices vary depending on item and brand
- Road Trip
Various: Outlet Shopping
Lots of outlet stores are here. We went to the midnight Black Friday event at one of the outlet centers and I was only able to do one store (the Gap). When I got out of that store there was huge lines at all the others (like 1 hour waits!). We couldn't hack it and left. :p
Old Forge Plaza: Variety of Shops
This shopping plaza is within walking distance of the trolley stop and the Old Mill restaurant. There are a variety of shops in the plaza. Some of the shops are: Angels Among Us,
Finishing Touch, Gold 'N Memories, Kitchen Kupboard, Pattern Hutch, Pigeon Forge Craft Center, Miss Dee's Old Time Photos and Spencer Williams Gallery
Smoky Mountain Dog House: Doggy Treats
This shop is for the dogs! Literally! Whatever specialty items you need for your dog, you will find it here.
What to buy: You can buy little outfits for your pooch, figurines, treats, picture frames, jewelry, collectibles and dog strollers to keep your pup comfortable and out of the rain.
Smoky Mountain Cat House: Fancies for your Feline
If you have cats, love cats or know someone who does, this is a great place for you to shop. The Cat House is a combination store and cat rescue. Some of the cats are up for adoption. When you visit, see if you can spot some of the resident cats like Cleo or Xena sleeping in the cabinets or sunning by the window.
What to buy: You can find anything that has to do with cats, including collectibles, figurines, T-shirts, jewelry, purses, cat toys, cat beds, DVD's and trinkets. and on and on....
Pfaltzgraff, Disney Store, etc.: Outlet Shopping
Pigeon Forge is loaded with outlet malls, both high-end and everyday brands. My favorites are Pfaltzgraff, which also has a factory store in nearby Sevierville, and the Disney catalog outlet store, where the decor isn't like a regular Disney Store, but the prices can't be beat! Also worth a stop is the "Incredible Christmas Place," a year-round Christmas village on 441 between lights #2 and #3.
What to buy: Anything and everything - from cheap T-shirts to athletic wear to fine crystal.
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