Perfectly seated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Sevierville is a crisp, peaceful Tennessee city, where country music reigns and historic sites are crisscrossed with nature-made wonders. If you’ve ever been to these mountains, you know that there are loads of woodland places to explore, like caverns, waterfalls, cliffs, and tree-dotted, lush-green valleys.
The same can be said for the surroundings of Sevierville. You could spend an entire weekend hiking and camping in the wilderness, with the stars as your nightlight and the sun as your guide. Or, stick with the inner city, where the bustling downtown district offers family-owned shops, old-fashioned restaurants, and a few historic sites and attractions.
Sevierville, Tennessee is the birthplace and childhood home of Ms. Dolly Parton—a well-known country singer, actress, and Southern icon. Ergo, there are many places with dedications to Dolly, especially since the nearby town of Pigeon Forge is home to Dollywood theme park. Dolly Parton has had quite a hand in the up-and-coming status of Sevierville over the years, and she often visits to check up on her businesses, spend time with family, and reconnect with old friends.
Check out Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Stampede and Four Course Dinner and Show for great Southern food and an entertaining, live performance based on Ms. Parton’s life. She’s not in the show, of course, but there are jugglers, acrobats, a storytelling narrator with a Southern twang, and plenty of fun to be had.
Additionally, the dinner consists of chicken, buttermilk biscuits, pulled BBQ pork, creamy vegetable soup, cabin taters, cobs of corn, and the Stampede's specialty dessert. Plus, all the Coca-Cola products, sweet tea, and coffee you can drink.
For history lovers, the Titanic Museum near Pigeon Forge is a big draw for guests to Sevierville. This Tennessee attraction is a ship-shaped museum with real recovered artifacts from the famous shipwreck. The coolest part is the walk-through, where you take on the identity of a real-life passenger, then see if your identity survived on the memorial wall at the end of the tour. Slightly morbid, yes, but fascinating.
The staff members are knowledgeable and decked out in period costumes, with ranks of where they would have belonged on the ship. Many lovers of the Titanic movie, starring Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet, have commented that they can see where the directors tried to get real details of the Titanic into the film. The gift shop is rife with history that you can buy to take home.
For outdoors fun without a trek into the mountains, take your family to Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo. Family-friendly and expansive, the zoo features over 140 species of animals, like lizards, snakes, emus, monkeys, and other exotic creatures. For kids, there’s a little petting zoo of domestic animals, like llamas and baby goats. Educational events and live animal shows are scheduled throughout each day, so snag a map and schedule on your way into the park. FYI—if you sign up for a membership, you get lots of event invites and gift shop freebies.
You can’t go to Sevierville, Tennessee and not sample the Southern cuisine of the Great Smokey Mountains. There are well-over 120 restaurants in the city, with many of them scattered alongside Blowing Cave Road.
English Mountain Trout Farm and Grill for instance, is the top-ranked favorite in town. Why? Because you can catch your own dinner from their trout pond, then they fry it up for you with your choice of sides. There’s no fresher fish, and you get the accomplishment of lunching on what you caught yourself.
Other top-rated Sevierville eats include:
- Chubby's Deli - Home Cooked Meals, American Diner, Vegetarian
- The Apple Barn & Cider Mill - American, Soups, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options
- The Chop House - Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options
- Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant - American, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options
- Flapjacks Pancake Cabin - Breakfast, American, Gluten Free Option
Do yourself a favor and book a hotel in Sevierville for a weekend stay or longer. The experience is well-worth the trip across the curvy roads of the mountains.
The Super 8
The Super 8 on Winfield Dunn Parkway is a go-to for travelers to the city, as the Sevierville hotel boasts comfy accommodations to make your stay homier, warm, and pleasant. Past guests to the hotel have raved about the free hot breakfast, which features an array of complimentary options, like bagels, fresh fruits, toast and jam spreads, fresh-brewed coffee, juices, and milks.
Additional features include an outdoor swimming pool with a surrounding lounge area, room service, free parking for guests, and free high-speed internet. For indoor fun, the Wild Water Dome is an indoor water park that’s a must-visit for families, located less than a mile from the Super 8.
Ranked the number-one among the best Sevierville Tennessee hotels via TripAdvisor, Hampton Inn combines the simplicity of basic accommodations with the indulgence of luxury features. Basics-wise, guests can expect comfortable beds, clean linens, fresh and fluffed towels, lots of toiletries like shampoos, soaps, and conditioners, and free complimentary, hot breakfasts daily. Luxury-wise, guests don’t have to leave the hotel to have a great time. Some notable luxuries include a heated, indoor swimming pool, breakfast ON-THE-GO bags for busy guests, a key-accessed fitness center, and free basic cable with premium movie channels.
Baymont Inn & Suites
Located on the Parkway, Baymont Inn & Suites is a guest favorite for the free daily breakfasts of donuts, yogurts, and biscuits with gravy, the clean and cozy rooms, and the courteous customer service. Other highlighted features include free parking for guests, an outdoor swimming pool, and free high-speed internet. Each room is also well-equipped with a mini kitchen area that includes a countertop, a microwave, and an in-room coffee maker.
Oak Tree Lodge
More like a cozy bed and breakfast than a classic hotel in Sevierville, the Oak Tree Lodge is a comfy getaway, where the beds are super-plush, the free breakfast is custom-made and delicious, and the front porch/patio is the perfect place to lounge.
Other features to this family-owned lodge include an outdoor swimming pool and heated, indoor swimming pool, free wireless high-speed internet, meeting rooms for business professionals, and close proximity to the Tanger Outlets Mall of Sevierville. You could literally walk the sidewalks to shop for whatever you may need, or want, at the nearby mall stores.
Resort at Governor's Crossing
The Resort at Governor's Crossing is a favoirte Sevierville hotel among families. One of the key draws of this resort is the indoor-outdoor waterpark and lazy river complete with an 80 foot slide. There is a zero entry pool, water park area for small children, a jacuzzi and hot tub for 20 guests. Families will also appreciate the pirate ship playground, game arcade, outdoor courtyard, and nice fitness center. Find one to three bedroom suites, with kitchens, washers and dryers, private balconies, and some units with gas fireplaces. Centrally located, this resort facility provides easy access to shopping, theatres, a variety of restaurant options and amusements.
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