Re: Gatlinburgh, Tn
Check out Cades Cove Tenn (they have a web site), it is a beautiful little valley not far from Gatlinburgh. A few "old timey" buildings frozen in time. If you get there before dusk there are usually some great bucks feeding in the fields.
Spend some time in the different areas of the Smokey Mt knife works, some very nice craftsmanship on display.
Some nice Mom and Pop places that serve true southern food (ask the locals working in the quick marts), not tourist stuff. My Mrs was born and raised in the south and liked the fixin's in the off the road local places.
There was a good place to pick up cast iron skillets etc between the interestate and Gatlinburgh.
I haven't been there in 6 or 8 yrs so I'm sure there are other great places to visit.
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