The Island in Pigeon Forge
As a native East Tennesseean, one of the first things I had to do once I arrived in Pigeon Forge was visit The Island in Pigeon Forge.
The Island in Pigeon Forge isn’t what you would call a “hidden gem” but many people just see The Wheel and maybe the fountains. But trust me, there is much more to The Island than a big wheel and some water. I spent the entire day just wandering around people watching, shopping and eating. Granted, I’m usually always eating but I was able to do it
here at actual restaurants.
Where To Stay
If you’re traveling to our lovely neck of the woods, why not stay at The Island? The Margaritaville Hotel is SO cool. If the classic beach theme isn’t enough, how about a swimming pool…ON THE ROOF!!! The Margaritaville Hotel also has a coffee shop and bar. (Not together…that would be weird.) To make reservations of for more info on the Margaritaville Hotel, click here.
Where To Eat
There are so many great places to eat at The Island, you really can’t go wrong but here are some of our favorites.
Cinnabon: If you’ve never experienced Cinnabon…oh boy are you in for a treat. The smell of cinnamon baked goodness as you walk in will have you drooling before you hit the cash register. A perfect snack for walking around…load up and eat 2…or 12.
Poynor’s Pommes Frites: If you’re in the mood for some amazing German cuisine, you HAVE to stop by Poynor’s. They have an amazingly friendly staff, a really cool environment and spaghetti ice cream that will make your heart happy. (It’s not really spaghetti…or is it?) You can also find Pommes Frites, Belgium Fries and dipping sauces, sausages and bratwursts on the menu. Walk in hungry…leave stuffed and happy.
Dick’s Last Resort: If you’re looking for something a little different in your dining experience, Dick’s Last Resort is where you need to take the family. Yes…the family. You may have heard about Dick’s but this IS a kid friendly atmosphere. If you don’t have the best sense of humor, that’s okay because you’ll leave with one. Oh, did I mention they have AMAZING food as well? Dinner and sarcasm!
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen: “Hey y’all, they’re open!” One of the most popular places to dine at The Island, is the world famous “Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.” If it’s been a while since you’ve had a down home southern meal, then head on over to Paula Deen’s. Once you’re done eating the delicious food, bop over to the Paula Deen Retail Store and grab yourself a souvenir from your favorite chef. If you’re planning on visiting Paula Deen’s, you may want to call ahead for reservations at 865-366-1510 or click here.
Places To Shop
There are so many wonderful places to shop at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Clothing, comic books, candy and more…you can find it all at The Island! Here are some really cool places that you’ll want to have on your “to-do” list when you visit.
Bootleggers Winery: Wine lovers rejoice! No fancy setup, just what every wine lover wants…WINE!!! While the focus is on wine, the decor is beautiful! The staff is amazing and best of all…they have WINE! Did I mention they have wine?
Doc’s Magic: This is SUCH a fun store! The guys working here have the best sense of humor and clearly love what they do. This store is a great place for the kids to grab a souvenir, learn a magic trick and grow up to be the next Darren Romeo. But don’t expect to find out how they make the tiger disappear…I asked…they wouldn’t tell me…
International Flair: The only place at The Island where you can find Pandora jewelry. Whether you’re looking for something fun and rare or sophisticated and classy, International Flair is a great place to stop.
Monogram Boutique: Perhaps one of the most popular stores at The Island in Pigeon Forge, is Monogram Boutique. Everyone LOVES getting things monogrammed and the Monogram Boutique does it better than anybody with prices you can’t beat!
Ole Smoky Moonshine: One word is all you need to know…MOONSHINE. I have your attention now, don’t I? Ole Smoky has a distillery, tasting bar and retail store all under one roof. AND, the Pigeon Forge location has exclusive flavors that the other location’s don’t have!
The bottom line is, you can easily spend an entire day at The Island in Pigeon Forge. There’s so much to do, so much to see and so many places to eat, you’re bound to find something that the entire family can agree one.