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A Complete Guide to Gatlinburg Shopping

DATE : February 8, 2024

Whether you’re a dedicated shopper or a casual browser, you can find an abundance of unique shops along the main strip of downtown Gatlinburg or the scenic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Loop. Gatlinburg shopping is a one-of-a-kind experience; we guarantee you’ll see things you’ve never seen before. Keep reading to learn more about the variety of gifts, souvenirs, tasty treats, and so much more to discover along the beautiful streets!

Specialty Food Shops

aunt mahalia's candies in downtown gatlinburgLocated in the Village Shops, The Tea & Spice Exchange offers a foodie heaven! They have over 85 seasoning blends that are hand-mixed in-store daily, as well as other fine spices, loose-leaf teas, salts, and sugars. At House of Jerky, try something truly different like their alligator, elk, or buffalo jerky in all kinds of delicious flavors such as chipotle bourbon, Cajun, and ghost pepper. Those with a sweet tooth must go to Aunt Mahalia’s Candies where you’ll find deluxe chocolates, caramel and candied apples, peanut brittle, jellies, jams, and even sugar-free treats. 

Souvenir & General Stores

Old Dad’s General Store is one of the most popular places to go shopping in Gatlinburg simply because it has anything and everything you could ever imagine all under one roof. It’s a souvenir shop, grocery, deli, and place to grab hiking essentials. Ranger Bob’s Trading Post is another fun general store with apparel, locally-made candles, knives, bear figurines, outdoor and indoor decor, and more! Best of the Smokys is located in Baskins Square and features some of the coolest Smoky Mountain apparel and souvenirs– you won't want to miss it! 

Arts & Crafts

terri waters gallery signAt The Wood Whittlers, you'll be able to watch the 4th and 5th generation woodworkers and their skillful craftsmanship of individually carved wooden items like birdhouses, bears, baskets, step stools, and signs. There's nothing else like the experience of watching true artisans create their masterpieces in person. It's fascinating to watch them work, and even better to buy an item you've just watched being made. Fowler’s Clay Works is another example of this– and you can even sign up to take a pottery-making class! Smoky Mountain artwork can also be bought and admired in several galleries throughout the area, from landscape photography prints to dazzling paintings like those found at Terri Waters Gallery.

Boutiques & Jewelry Stores

Little Blue House has everything from loungewear to accessories for the whole family, including adorable matching sets! They even have pet apparel, so your dog can also be cozy and cute! The Country Cobbler of Gatlinburg makes gorgeous handmade leather items like holsters, purses, belts, and guitar straps, in addition to stunning Western cowboy hats. Jewelry designers like those at The Silver Tree craft exclusive pieces from natural stones and gemstones, which are then placed in settings unrivaled in creativity by any large chain jewelry supplier.

Hiking & Outdoor Gear

NOC in Gatlinburg TNNantahala Outdoor Center and The Day Hiker are just a couple of the awesome Gatlinburg shopping destinations for all things outdoors. Whether you need hiking or fishing gear, ski equipment, or outdoor footwear, these shops will most likely have many options. Choose from trusted brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Columbia, Kavu, Chaco, and Teva, just to name a few!

Where To Stay 

The Bearskin Lodge has an ideal location for visitors looking to experience the many unique shops, tourist attractions, and activities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We also have a trolley stop right outside our doors for extra convenience! Our Gatlinburg hotel rooms are spacious and cozy and feature all of the comforts of home, plus a few extra perks like an outdoor pool and lazy river. 

Want to save money on a hotel room so you can enjoy more Gatlinburg shopping? Check out our hotel specials and discounts and save big on your next Smoky Mountain vacation!