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3 Great Spots at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge

front display at pigeon river pottery
December 27, 2023

One benefit of staying at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel is the location, as we are just a short distance away from Pigeon forge. This is another popular city in the Smoky Mountain area. With that being said, you should definitely go spend the day there if you're looking for more things to do. One great attraction is The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge. It was built in 1830 and has deep roots in the city's history. Today, it sits at the center of a beloved tourist attraction. Read on to learn more about the area! here is a list of 3 great spots at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge:

1. The Old Mill Restaurant

Old mill restaurant

One thing that the Old Mill is known for is great food. have a delicious family-style meal at any time of the day when you visit the Old Mill restaurant. Start the day off right with eggs and biscuits or a stack of pancakes. Coming later in the day? Order the equally delicious Southern Fried Chicken or Deep South Chicken Pot Pie. Satisfy your sweet craving with one of the restaurant’s homemade desserts, such as chocolate cake or banana pudding. Along with the Old Mill Restaurant, the Pottery House Cafe has plenty of delicious food options as well, some of which include signature sandwiches like the Ribeye Steak Sandwich or Chicken Quesadilla Wrap. Whatever you get, your order will be served on beautiful pottery crafted by the artisans at Pigeon River Pottery.

2. Pigeon River Pottery

Along with great food, The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge is also known for fun souvenirs. Take home some beautiful works of art at Pigeon River Pottery. The shop was founded in 1954 and is located in what used to be a tobacco house. As visitors browse around, they can watch the skilled artisans at work as they turn mounds of clay into vases, bowls, and mugs. The items make great souvenirs as well as gifts for loved ones back home. Other shops in the area that have fun souvenirs and gifts include The Old Mill General Store and Sassafrass.

3. Old Forge Distillery

old forge distillery

Adult guests will love visiting the Old Forge Distillery! They make delicious spirits out of fresh mountain water and stone-ground grains. These ingredients are combined using old-fashioned methods of the 18th century. Choose from unique moonshine flavors, such as Oatmeal Cookie, Chocolate, and Bananas Foster. They also make cream liqueurs as well. The collection includes Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter Cream, and more. If you want something more basic though, get a refreshing bottle of bourbon, whiskey, gin, or rum. It is safe to say that there is something for everyone! During your visit to the Old Forge Distillery, have samples of the spirits in the Tasting Room or try them in a cocktail at the Cocktail Bar!

We hope you go and enjoy everything that the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge has to offer! Looking for even more vacation activities? Check out our list of things to do in Gatlinburg!