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Tanger Outlets, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Kilwin’s Ice Cream – Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN – Day 3

This morning, we headed over to the Tanger Outlets on the Parkway in Sevierville. What a “mob scene” the mall was! You’d have thought they were giving product away. I could not find a regular parking spot for the beast, so I parked in an alleyway between two buildings, backed up to a loading dock. A stealth spot I guess, albeit not completely legal.

Stealth Parking Spot - Tanger Outlets - Sevierville, TN
Stealth Parking Spot – Tanger Outlets – Sevierville, TN

We came home for lunch. We ate our Bistro MD food. Good stuff and colorful today too!

Our lunch today.  This is our Bistro MD food.  Good stuff!
Our lunch today. This is our Bistro MD food. Good stuff!

Our friends Dave and Amy G arrived at our place after lunch and the four of us headed over to Gatlinburg. It’s only 8 miles away but it took over a half hour to get there. Half that time was spent at the edge of town as the Gatlinburg weekend traffic, even in the off-season is crazy busy.

We walked around town, visiting small shops and seeing the sights. One area we walked around in was Village Shops. We stopped into a shop called Zi Olive. They carry many olive oils, vinegars and related items. We tasted oils and vinegars and bought some too.

Our purchases from Zi Olive.  Not pictured is some yummy looking tomato-basil-herb pasta.
Our purchases from Zi Olive. Not pictured is some yummy looking tomato-basil-herb pasta.

One of the sights we saw was The Mellow Mushroom restaurant. We decided we’d eat here later for dinner.

The Mellow Mushroom Pizza - We had Holy Shitake Pie - Gatlinburg, TN
The Mellow Mushroom Pizza – Gatlinburg, TN

We made a special visit to the Ole Smoky Moonshine “Holler”

Ole Smoky Moonshine - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine – Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine “Holler” – Gatlinburg, TN

We’ve never really tried moonshine before. The four of us sampled it all at the tasting bar. They gave us 12 tiny samples in all. Some good, some not so good.

Ole Smoky Moonshine - The Moonshine Sampling Bar - Gatlinburg, TN
Ole Smoky Moonshine – The Moonshine Sampling Bar – Gatlinburg, TN

Nancy and I bought 2 jars of shine. One Apple Pie and one Moonshine Cherries. They also have a large selection of private labeled dips, salsas, hot sauces, jellies and pickled vegetables, plus a large apparel store.

Here's our purchases from Ole Smoky Moonshine.
Here’s our purchases from Ole Smoky Moonshine.

At dinner time, we headed over to The Mellow Mushroom. Nancy and I had the Holy Shitake Pie. Here’s what’s on it: Olive oil and garlic base, Shiitake, button and Portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, mozzarella and Montamore cheeses. Drizzled with garlic aioli and black truffle oil. Garnished with fresh chives and shaved Parmesan. It was amazing!

The Mellow Mushroom Pizza - Gatlinburg, TN
The Mellow Mushroom Pizza – Gatlinburg, TN

No pictures, but after dinner, we walked down to Kilwin’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop for some ice cream. I’d give it a 3 out of 5. Nothing great. Should have stopped at Ben and Jerry’s – you always know what it’s going to be like there 🙂

While we walked a bit more yesterday, we stilled walked over 10,000 steps today! Good stuff.

My Fitbit stats for today - 7-Dec-2013
My Fitbit stats for today – 7-Dec-2013

Today was another great day sightseeing with friends.

Lodge Cast Iron, Old Time Pottery, Christmas Place, Five Guys and Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, TN – Day 2

After breakfast, we did some shopping in Pigeon Forge.  We went to the Lodge Cast Iron store.  I wanted a small pan I could use on the grill for cooking a batch of whole mushrooms in olive oil, butter and garlic.  Found one!  I also needed a baked goods drying rack.  I never found ours after the move to TN.Lodge Store - Outside
Lodge Store - Inside
Lodge Store - Purchases

Next we went to Old Time Pottery across the street. Big store! Nancy did a lot of browsing but we left empty-handed 🙂
Old Time Pottery

Next we went to the Christmas Place store. Pretty big Christmas store in Pigeon Forge. We did a lot of looking around but didn’t buy anything. Just fun to browse sometimes. There were a lot of great photo opportunities though.

Christmas Place - Pigeon Forge
Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge

Christmas Place - Pigeon Forge
Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge

Christmas Place - Pigeon Forge
Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge

Christmas Place - Pigeon Forge
Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge

Christmas Place - Pigeon Forge
Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge

Christmas Place - Pigeon Forge
Christmas Place – Pigeon Forge

We decided to splurge for lunch and split a burger and fries at Five Guys. Yum!

Five Guys - Outside - Pigeon Forge
Five Guys – Outside – Pigeon Forge

Five Guys - Ketchup, It's a Vegetable - Pigeon Forge
Five Guys – Ketchup, It’s a Vegetable – Pigeon Forge

Five Guys - Our Lunch - Pigeon Forge
Five Guys – Our Lunch – Pigeon Forge

Our last stop on this leg of the day was to the Corningware-Corelle Store. Huge selection and some real bargains. We got 4 small plates for about less than half the regular price. So that was nice. I picked up a rubber lid for a bowl we have at home whose lid has long since disappeared.

Corningware-Corelle Store - Pigeon Forge
Corningware-Corelle Store – Pigeon Forge

Our Corningware-Corelle Purchases - Pigeon Forge
Our Corningware-Corelle Purchases – Pigeon Forge

Dave and Amy met us at our place in the afternoon and we went back to Dollywood together for an evening of fun. Nancy and I had upgraded our tickets to season passes last night, so we got to park for free today and we even got our parking fee returned to us from last night. Nice!

Dollywood - Snowman that greets you as you arrive - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – Snowman that greets you as you arrive – Pigeon Forge

Our plan was to see a few shows and have dinner and maybe ride a few rides. We ended up getting it all in! The first show we saw was Christmas in the Smokies. Great show.

Dave, Amy and I decided to ride a couple roller coasters. We first rode the Wild Eagle. Very fun. Fast, loops, rolls and really smooth. Then it was the Mystery Mine. Also fast, with a loop and more. Not as smooth. A bit rough actually. But still fun!

Dollywood - Wild Eagle - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – Wild Eagle – Pigeon Forge

Dollywood - The Coaster Crew before our ride on the Wild Eagle - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – The Coaster Crew before our ride on the Wild Eagle – Pigeon Forge

Dollywood - Pizza Recipe - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – Pizza Recipe – Pigeon Forge

The next show was Dollywood’s Christmas Carol. Dolly’s spin on the Dicken’s classic. This was a big production with a cast of 16. I was a bit sleepy through much of it but I “think” it was good 🙂

We went to dinner next. We ended up at Aunt Granny’s Buffet on the recommendation of a gal that was working at the Christmas Place today. She also works at Dollywood. It was a decent dinner. After dinner, right outside the restaurant was the Rivertown Lake where every 15 minutes, the Carol of the Trees was going on. This was pretty cool. It was countless trees, birds, Soldiers and other items, beautifully lit, synchronized to Christmas music. Really neat.

Next we went to an outdoor show. Brr! It wasn’t well attended due to the rain and the cooler temperature but it was still nice. It was Appalachian Christmas.

Dollywood - Appalachian Christmas - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – Appalachian Christmas – Pigeon Forge

After the outdoor show, it was time to warm up until the next show. We spent about 30 minutes in the Chasing Rainbows Museum. This is the “all things Dolly” museum. Her costumes, family pictures and artifacts, awards and more. One could spend 2 hours in here. After we warmed up, it was time for our last show. We headed next door to see Dolly’s “My People” show. This was a really nice show. There were 15 musicians and singers. About half the singers were relatives of Dolly. Her sister, brother, niece and cousins. It even snowed inside for the show 🙂

Dollywood - My People Show  - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – My People Show – Pigeon Forge

Dollywood - My People Show  - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – My People Show – Pigeon Forge
Dollywood - My People Show  - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – My People Show – Pigeon Forge
Dollywood - My People Show  - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – My People Show – Pigeon Forge
Dollywood - My People Show  It snowed! - Pigeon Forge
Dollywood – My People Show It snowed! – Pigeon Forge

Another great day and evening at Dollywood!