Gatlinburg BBQ Restaurants

Sweet, Tangy, Tasty Barbecue

Sweet tea and barbeque go together in the south like front porches and swings. Each one is great alone but having them together makes life something special!   A stay at our Best Western hotel puts you right downtown and within minutes, you can walk or ride a trolley to some of the best BBQ restaurants in Gatlinburg.

Best BBQ Restaurants in Gatlinburg

Best BBQ in Town!

Bennett’s Pit Barbeque is a family friendly, locally owned barbeque joint located on River Road in Gatlinburg. Bennett’s has claimed local awards for the best barbeque year after year. At Bennett’s, you can choose from beef, pork, chicken, ribs, soup, salad or even breakfast. A big boon for families is that Bennett’s has an extensive kids menu that will please even the pickiest eater. For hours and menus, visit them online at

Hop in the car and travel up to 231 Historic Nature Trail to Bones BBQ Joint. Bones may be one of the best-kept secrets in Gatlinburg. Bones BBQ Joint opens everyday at 11 a.m. and stays open until they run out! If you need a little convincing that this is a must stop BBQ joint, visit their website to see pictures and menu details at At Bones, the cooking is done with methods and recipes that go back as far as four generations. Be sure to ask for the cobbler of the day too!

Maybe one of the better-known stops for BBQ in Gatlinburg is Calhoun’s Restaurant. Calhoun’s out does themselves with an open air, heated patio. And the menu does not stop at BBQ. Customers continue coming back through their doors for the catfish! Calhoun’s Restaurant is a great choice for catering your special event, and welcomes groups into their banquet and meeting rooms. Gluten free needs? They have that too.  Take a look over their menu here and please do, try the barbecue.

Located a bit closer to Twin Islands on East Parkway is Hungry Bear BBQ. This local favorite is also locally owned and operated. BBQ is serious at the Hungry Bear, and the smoking of all the meat is done on site over split White Oak. They offer a reasonably priced menu, including items such as their $4.95 pork sandwich, $2.00 kids beef sandwich, and a $.99 brownie. For a menu to drool over, visit online at

Come hungry and ask for extra wet naps!

Fall Craftsmen’s Fair in Downtown Gatlinburg

Annual October Craft Show

Art, crafts and music lovers will be delighted to know that the 39th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is scheduled to kick off October 9 and will be in full swing through October 26. Over 180 artisans from coast to coast are planning to bring their talent to downtown Gatlinburg. These artisans and craftsmen will fill the floor of the convention center with individual booths to demonstrate skills and offer their goods and wares for sale. Plan to take your time visiting all the booths and even find a comfortable spot to enjoy free live country and bluegrass music. The talented Dennis Lee and Band or Tim Watson “The Fiddle Man” will be performing every day at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Gatlinburg Fall Craft Show at the Convention Center

October 9-26 in Downtown Gatlinburg

Each day the fun begins at 10 a.m. when the doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center open and welcome you to the craft show. Adult admissions are $6 and children 12 and under are free. A tour of the 39th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair will make your visit to the Smokey Mountains unique with such cultural entertainment! Why not plan to do some early Christmas shopping and have the artist sign your heirloom gift? You can shop til you drop because the doors don’t close until 6 p.m. daily and 5 p.m. Sundays.

The Fall Craftsmen’s Fair welcomes and accommodates large groups and is a great activity for family reunions, church groups and seniors.

Ogle Properties invite you stay at our Best Western Twin Islands hotel located at 539 Parkway. It’s adjacent to the main trolley depot at Ripley’s Aquarium and a quick trolley ride to the convention center. Groups are always welcome and our staff is eager to answer any questions you might have during your stay. Call us today at (865) 436-5121 or make your reservations online.

For additional craft fair information, visit the Fall Craftsmen’s Fair website or call (865) 436-7479.

Annual Arts Festival in Downtown Gatlinburg this Weekend

10th Annual Fine Arts Festival at Arrowmont

The city of Gatlinburg is thrilled to welcome the 10th annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival October 3-5, 2014. The Fine Arts Festival is held each year at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts campus, located near light #5 and adjacent to Twin Islands Motel.

Event in Gatlinburg This Weekend October 2014

October 3-5

Beginning at 10 a.m. each day, artists from across the country are scheduled to present in several categories—including but not limited to—Natural Materials, Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing (Pencil, Pastels, Pen & Ink), Painting (Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor), Fiber (Decorative and Wearable), Glass, Printmaking and Works on Paper, Jewelry, Metalwork, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media (2D and 3D), Wood. Since no mass-produced art is allowed, every piece being entered at the festival is a one of kind. Each artist is vying to earn the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival “Best of the Best Artist” and $10,000 in prizes. In addition to the festival competition, artists from the Craft Guild of the Southern Highlands, Foothills Craft Guild and Tennessee Association of Craft Artists will be demonstrating techniques including blacksmithing, jewelry making, wood carving & more.

NEW for 2014! A new program, NexGen Studios, has been introduced to offer aspiring young artists a unique opportunity to experience a part of a professional artist’s life that is often not taught at colleges and universities. Four students from Sevier County schools will participate in a selling booth and Artists’ Gala to learn the retail side of an artist’s career.

Don’t miss this opportunity to introduce your entire family to a world of talent during this free event! There will be art displays, jury judging, face painting & kid’s activities, and Appalachian entertainment by local bands. Three Jimmy’s Restaurant will be serving affordable meals consisting of their homemade, handcrafted BBQ recipes. Festivities will wrap up at 5 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

This even is free to the public and serves as a fundraiser for Arrowmont, the Sevier County Arts Council and the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club art program.

Ogle’s Properties has 2 hotels providing convenient accommodations for this event and welcomes festival go’ers all weekend long. Groups welcome with ample bus parking too! Check availability for Best Western Twin Islands, on the Parkway and within walking distance of the arts festival.  Enjoy the short festival introduction video below and visit the Official Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival web site for additional details.

2014 Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

2014 Ober Gatlinburg Oktoberfest

Now through November 2

Bavarian Fall Festival in Gatlinburg

What is 38 days long, has a beer tent, serves authentic food and has traditional style entertainment? This year’s OktOBERfest! Beginning September 26th, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort kicks off their version of the popular 204th Bavarian festival taking place in Munich, Germany.

If you enjoy a good oompah or yodel, this festival is the place to be. The Bavarian Fun Makers are scheduled to bring their best traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more every day of the week. Monday through Thursday show times begin at 1p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday you can take in a show at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for seating!

For the adults, special Oktoberfest Biers will be served. Enjoy the festival with a 24 oz. OktOBERfest Souvenir Beer Boot for $14.95 and refills for only $6.00. Seasonal beers such as Sam Adam’s Octoberfest Ale, Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale, Franziskaner, Spatan, and Shiner October will all be available for celebrating. Beer tent is open every Friday through Sunday from noon-6 p.m. and features Biers on tap and live entertainment!

With all the celebrating, you’ll likely work up an appetite. This OktOBERfest will be traditional AND delicious with your favorite German foods. Whether it is a traditional Reuben or a Frikadelle, OktOBERfest has it. Maybe you’re eating light and only want a Neujahrpretzel served with cheese sauce? OktOBERfest has that too! OktOBERfest has options for a sweet tooth too including Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, layers of black forest cake, chocolate crème, and cherries with whipped crème frosting. Click here for the full menu (2013) being served in the Seasons of Ober restaurant.

Ober invites you to bring a friend to OktOBERfest and enjoy a taste of Bavaria now through November 2. Be responsible and never drink and drive… ride the Aerial Tram instead! From Best Western Twin Islands, take the trolley to the Aerial Tram located across from the Gatlinburg Convention Center between lights #8 & #10. Tram operating hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:20 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1339 Ski Mountain Road

Annual Fall Festival in the Smoky Mountains

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival Kodak TN

September 18-20, 2014

Harvest Fest Kicks Off September 2014

It’s not too late to book your room at Crossroads Inn or Twin Islands hotel for the area’s annual celebration of the fall harvest.  The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival isn’t just one day, weekend, or even week: it’s all season long! Businesses will begin decorating their storefronts with pumpkins, gourds, hay bails and scarecrows as a testament of gratitude for bountiful blessings and the forthcoming burst of colors!

Pigeon Forge starts fall with the rumble of the Shades of the Past Rod Roundup, taking place Friday and Saturday, September 5-6.  This annual car show takes place at Dollywood’s Splash Country just off Veterans Parkway.  Trolleys will run to and from Gate #2 or there is 15 acres of free parking directly across from the water park.  For $10/day, parking and tram transportation is available from Dollywood lot F.  This show features a giant exhibition area, vendors, swap meet, giveaways and cash prizes.  Spectator cost is $10/pp per day, ages 12-under are free.  Bring your camera!

The very next weekend brings the annual Pigeon Forge Grand Rod Run, bringing thousands of visitors and car enthusiasts to the Pigeon Forge Parkway.  For catching the best glimpses of the “oh so cool” hot rods, you’ll want to park a lawn chair along the sidewalk or plan to walk the strip!  Hot Rods will be in town from Thursday-Saturday, September 11-13.   In addition to the anticipated car shows, Pigeon Forge also hosts the October 4 “Stomp out Cancer 5k” walk, run, and stomp along the Rocky Top Wine trail, and Country Tonight Theatre features country legend Don Williams on October 17-18.

Fall Craft Show Gatlinburg

October 9-26, 2014

If you love fall, food, and blue grass, plan to be at the Dumplin Valley Blue Grass Festival September 18-20.  The festival takes place at Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park in Kodak, TN just off Hwy 66.  Two additional car shows take place in Sevierville; one is Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet at Sevier County Fairgrounds October 4-5 and the 2nd is the Fall Corvette Expo at the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark happening October 17-18.

Gatlinburg keeps it simple with two great events.  On September 20, the special Mountain Life Festival at the Mountain Farm Museum is a fall harvest celebration that brings many different demonstrations to the public including but not limited to making soap, sorghum molasses, and more.  Planned for October 9-26 is the Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair, featuring over 200 booths of craftsman goodies. Live music daily!

Book your fall vacation with us and then check out additional information for great events:

5-6:  Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup
11-13:  Pigeon Forge Grand Rod Run
18-20:  Dumplin Valley Blue Grass Festival
20:  Mountain Life Festival

4:  Stomp Out Breast Cancer
4-5:  Circle Yer Wagens Volkswagen Show and Swap Meet
9-26:  Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair
17-18:  Fall Corvette Expo