Ice cream is a great treat for any of season of the year, but it’s even more wonderful after a day of exploring the Smokies in the summertime. We wanted to put together a list of 3 of our favorite ice creams shops in town. Each location has something special to offer, so you can’t wrong with trying just one shop. If you’re in town long enough, give each of them a try!
Kilwin’s is known for the chocolates and amazing sweet treats, but their shop is also a fantastic place to enjoy ice cream while in town! With fresh homemade waffle cones and unique flavors like toasted coconut ice cream, you can’t go wrong. Located on the Gatlinburg strip, Kilwin’s is also perfect for taking a break while you explore downtown on a hot day. Still not convinced? Stop in and try a couple free samples!
If you’re looking for a charming little spot that’s tucked away downtown, stop in The Village Cafe and Creamery the next time you’re in Gatlinburg. It’s a locally owned and operated shop and you’ll probably even get a chance to chat with the owner when you stop in. The strawberry cheesecake ice cream is a favorite among guests as well as the milkshakes. If some members of your party want something besides ice cream, they can try a Root Beer slush, coffee or even a custom cream soda! You’ll find plenty of sugar-free options as well!
Fruity pebble donut ice cream sandwich… Yes, you read that correctly. With 24 flavors of unleashed flavors, Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts is one of the top places for a sweet treat in the Smokies. A bonus, their shop is located just outside of downtown Gatlinburg and has plenty of parking. If you decide to hike or explore in the Greenbrier or Cosby areas of the park, stop in for a delicious reward on your way back to our hotel!
Are you ready to start planning your summer escape to the Smoky Mountains?
We would love to have you as our guest! Our hotel is located downtown on the river and is in walking distance from many of the best shops, attractions and restaurants in Gatlinburg. At the Bearskin Lodge, you will be treated to a local and authentic experience as well as excellent amenities! Take a moment to view our guest rooms and book your next vacation!