Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Arts & Crafts Community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

 When visiting Gatlinburg, why not get a log cabin home for your vacation?  You can observe nature all around you.  Your family will enjoy hiking, shopping, sight-seeing, and other fun activities.  Don't forget to check out the historic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, East of Downtown Gatlinburg.  There's a cluster of more than 100 artisan studios, galleries and cafes along an 8-mile loop just east of downtown.  Established in 1937, the Arts & Crafts Community has shops open every day of the week.  It is the largest independent organization of artisans in the United States.

The treasures you'll find there range from traditional arts to mountain crafts to fine art.  Designated as a "Tennessee Heritage Trail," this is one side trip you won't want to miss.  I always enjoy purchasing a fine wedding or house-warming gift from Robert Alewine's Alewine Pottery.  He is a popular master potter and owns the local Gatlinburg cable station.  There are other broom making shops, painting stores, and sculpture shops that you will want to see, as well.

The distinctive logo displayed by member shops is your
assurance of quality handcrafted items within; as you
travel throughout the Community be sure to look for it.  
For a relaxing tour of the Community you can take the
Arts & Crafts Trolley. For a one time fare, you'll enjoy a
trip throughout the 8 mile loop.  It's a great way to see
everything, offering frequent stops, allowing you to get
on and off as you please.
We know you'll enjoy this once in a lifetime experience to see history in the making.  It's your opportunity to take
home an heirloom and a perfect keepsake of your visit to
the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy your time, bring the
kids and be sure to come back the next time you're in
town!  Turn at traffic light #3 in downtown Gatlinburg on
Hwy 321N and look for our entrance signs at Glades and
Buckhorn Roads.  

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