By Leif Palmer
Posted on November 19, 2019
Now is the perfect time to gather up your girlfriends for some serious retail therapy in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for Christmas gifts, this is the best time to score deals at local retailers. From one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts to designer labels at rock-bottom prices, shopping in the Smokies is the perfect activity for a girls' weekend getaway.
Rent a cabin in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville and you'll be centrally located for the best shopping in the South. While your energy is high, start with a trip to the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville for deals on everything from toys and kids' clothes to sunglasses and sportswear to handbags and luxurious personal-care products. With brands like Disney, Coach, Eddie Bauer, J.Crew, Bath and Body Works, Sunglass Hut and more, you're sure to find a gift for everyone on your list. After a full day of shopping, treat yourself to a relaxing dinner at a local hotspot such as the Applewood Farmhouse Grill or Holston's Kitchen.
If you're ready for round two the next day, head to Pigeon Forge for a day of browsing boutiques, crafts, and antiques stores, and be sure to make a stop at the ever-popular Incredible Christmas Place. You'll find handmade pottery, jewelry, collectibles, Christmas decorations, art and more in downtown Pigeon Forge, plus advanced shoppers can take on The Mountain Mile & Tower Shops for more outlet deals. Stop for lunch at the Parkway and choose from one of the dozens of restaurants serving salads and sandwiches or burgers and fries, or choose from one of the delicious ethnic restaurants serving Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, and Italian cuisine.
Save some energy for Gatlinburg, where you can polish off your shopping list at The Village Shops, a collection of unique boutiques, restaurants, and galleries in a cozy Old World setting. If you start your day here, come hungry! The Village Shops' restaurants are famous for their creative and plentiful pancakes. For the person on your list who has everything, stop by the nearby Mountain Mall and browse the wonderful variety of theme stores featuring everything from doggy clothes to leather crafts, quilts, and books. When you're ready for dinner, visit the rustic and beautiful Cherokee Grill, or The Peddler Restaurant for spectacular views to go with a delicious meal.
The most affordable - and enjoyable - way to spend your Girls' Christmas Shopping Getaway in the Great Smoky Mountains is to rent a cabin big enough for your entire crew. Got a big group? No problem! In the Great Smoky Mountains, cabins can be as big as mountain chalets that sleep 16 to 20! Wrap up in blankets and catch up on everything you've missed in each other's lives while watching the sunset from the scenic patio of your cabin, then sleep late and linger over leisurely morning coffee. Whatever your schedule, a cabin will allow you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains before heading out for shopping fun and decadent meals with your best friends.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in east Tennessee. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.