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. 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, most exciting, eating! Granted, I’m usually always eating but I was able to explore the unique and delicious restaurants that are offered here!
Where To Stay
If you plan on spending your day here, why not STAY at The Island?
The Margaritaville Island Hotel is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett. Margaritaville Island Hotel is the perfect setting to escape the everyday, discover a new outlook and just chill! Each of the 134 guest rooms offers island inspired décor, stacked stone fireplace and private balcony overlooking the river, village shops or Island Show Fountains. A wet bar is also available in every room complete with refrigerator, microwave and you guessed it- Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker! 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 Island Hotel, click here.
The Margaritaville Island Inn offers paradise in the smokies all year round! After a day in the mountains, bring you and your family back to the Inn for a fin flippin’ island escape. The Margaritaville Island Inn’s contemporary coastal hotel rooms, two pools and indoor gathering space invite you to kick back and unwind after an action-packed day in the mountains. The Margaritaville Island Inn is a laidback, tropically inspired choice for active travelers, couples, or the whole family. Practical amenities that make your stay comfortable and special touches that make it fun have been thoughtfully included for your enjoyment. Check Inn and chill out! To make reservations of for more info on the Margaritaville Island Inn, 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!
Margaritaville Restaurant: Take a bite out of paradise at Margaritaville’s own restaurant! Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Margaritaville is located on the south end of The Island in Pigeon Forge, a must-see retail and entertainment attraction featuring the 200-foot high Great Smoky Mountain Wheel as a centerpiece. The Margaritaville restaurant’s natural materials, exposed wood and warm tropical colors create a welcoming, laid back atmosphere with unique dining spaces, a concert stage, and multiple bars. A large exterior deck overlooks the Little Pigeon River where guests can enjoy outdoor dining and live music at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar complete with an oversized fire pit. In addition to the restaurant, the Margaritaville retail store gives guests the opportunity to extend their visit by taking the music, fashion, and flavors of Margaritaville home with them.
Timberwood Grill: Timberwood grill brings you the genuine taste of the mountains. Inspired by the legendary hospitality of the people who have called the mountains their home for generations, this lodge-themed dining experience is one we are sure you will enjoy.
Delight in our hearty food and delicious drink creations that are truly as unique as the legendary mountain men and women of yore.
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.
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.
The Fudgery Fudge & Fun: The fudge itself is top of the line and is made in front of your eyes with no short cuts and the best ingredients this side of eastern Tennessee. Fudge lovers can pick up fudge by the pound in twelve different options ranging from rocky road and chocolate peanut butter to maple nut and extraordinary chocolate. There are other savory products as well with their signature chocolate sauces and crunchy candy apples. Stop in and discover a world of fudge during a trip to The Island!
Places To Shop
There are so many wonderful places to shop at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Clothing, souvenirs , candy and more…you can find it all at The Island! Here are some 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?
Nourish Natural Bath Products:Nourish features handmade bath products using the best skin moisturizing ingredients mother nature has to offer. Bar Soaps, bath fizzies, salt srubs and much more! All of our products are made by hand with health and well being in mind. We invite you to browse our store and find a new favorite bath product!
Doc’s Magic: Do you believe in magic? 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: Specializing in personalized items, The Monogram Boutique is the perfect place to find just the right gift for anyone! Add a personalized touch to any of our wide variety of items such as handbags, clothing, hats, baby gifts, and much more!
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. Best of all, the Pigeon Forge location has exclusive flavors that the others don’t!
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 will love!