Tourists flocked in from the 1930’s to Gatlinburg. The early settlers made quilts, baskets, candles and pottery. It was a humble way of life and a matter of existence. But it soon turned out to be a wonderful way to make profit and soon the seeds of the sown. The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community was born in the early 20th century. Today collective artists and artisans work and some live here. This place runs along an eight-mile auto loop formed by Glades and Buckhorn roads in Gatlinburg. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, this gem is nestled and a best kept secret. This beautiful peaceful craft crawl is home to a surplus of specialty shops. These are designed with a rustic, mountain theme and cherished by locals as the Glades Area.
This community of artisans carve, paint, sew, cast, and weave to create original collectibles. They branched out in making more intricate handicrafts such as oak and willow baskets, brooms, pottery, and jewellery. You will find a variety of dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw, leather, stained glass, wearable fashions, and local photography. Find hand carved handles, and hand-dipped scented candles. Pick up a Victorian ceramic pitcher, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers create magic with clay and cloth. Shop for these paintings in oils, watercolours, sculptures and lithographs. Stay in the crafts community or nearby at one of the welcoming bed and breakfasts or inns. Gatlinburg is hosts various craft fairs throughout the year. The community offers easy, free parking right outside their doors. The two largest Gatlinburg craft shows are the Easter Arts & Crafts Show and Christmas Craft Show. There Gatlinburg pottery and Gatlinburg art rule amongst the varied booths.
Visitors who stay with nearby find the artists at work in their shops or studios. So drop in and they’re always happy to welcome you. They will talk about their craft and field any questions you might have. In addition to these shops, you’ll also find cafes, pubs, teahouses, candy shops and more. Dine at the Wild Plum Tea Room or one of the cafes. Indulge at the soda fountain and allow yourself a treat at the candy shop.
Great Smoky Arts And Crafts Community Travel Tips
- Entry is free.
- Very talented artisans under one roof, so pick up a few gifts.
- Plenty of parking.
- A few small restaurants scattered throughout.
- The trolleys make regular visits to and from town.
- Five Guys Burgers and Fries: American
- Flapjack's Pancake Cabin: Pancakes
- Geno's Pizza: Italian Pizza
- Hungry Bear BBQ: BBQ
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26.64% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Great Smoky Arts And Crafts Community in their plan
66.67% of people start their Great Smoky Arts And Crafts Community visit around 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Great Smoky Arts And Crafts Community
95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Great Smoky Arts And Crafts Community