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  • Wines of the Great Smoky Mountains

    If Gatlinburg isn’t one of the locations you associate with good wine, then a visit to the Smoky Mountain Winery will change your mind. Since they began production, their wines have received hundreds of regional, national, and international awards. ...

    Like many wineries in the region, they produce sweet fruit wines such as Muscadine, Blackberry, Raspberry and Peach, but also bottle a large variety of drier reds, whites, and blush wines. Oenophiles will be pleased to find that over 20 of the Winery’s labels are award-winners, and all are available for tasting during their free tours.

    The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and if you’re hungry they make a mean brick-oven-fired pizza. You’ll definitely want to take home a few bottles from the on-site gift shop. The Smoky Mountain Winery is open year-round, except for Christmas Day. For reservations and details, call (865) 436-7551, or toll free at 888-SMKWINE. Or visit: www.facebook.com/SmokyMountainWinery/.

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  • Shine On in Gatlinburg

    In the past, movies and television portrayed making moonshine as an illegal profession that was practiced by quaint, and often dangerous, mountain folk. They brewed their handed-down recipes in bubbling, copper stills carefully guarded from outsiders and federal agents. In today’s downtown Gatlinburg, the copper stills are used for brewing, but moonshine-making has become a legal and profitable celebration of the centuries-old spirit. ...

    The folks at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery have taken this to an even higher level with the development of new flavors that could be termed “craft shine.” Located in downtown Gatlinburg, the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery offers over 25 flavors of moonshine, including Butterscotch, Chocolate Cherry, Huckleberry, Moonshine Peaches, Apple Pie, Lemon Drip, Sweet Tea, and Hunch-Punch Lightnin’. Self-guided tours are available for all ages, along with food and candies. Free samples are offered to those of legal age. Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is open year-round and pets are welcome. For more information, call (865) 436-6995, or visit: http://olesmoky.com/

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  • Two Terrific Ways to See the Holiday Lights

    All aboard the trolley for "The Ride of Lights" - a magical evening tour of the City dressed in all its holiday finery. No jostling for a good view or walking around on tired feet - you’ll ride in comfort and see all the beautiful decorations and millions of Christmas lights from a seat on our specially designed trolley. Tours begin and end at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center, and tour times are 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 PM daily. Tickets are $5 each, and sell out quickly, so we advise you to snag yours ASAP from the official tour vendor....

    After the trolley tour, don’t miss the view from The Gatlinburg Space Needle. This 407-foot tall structure has 360-degree views of the town and the surrounding mountains, making it an ideal place to scope out the town’s holiday lights and spectacular winter scenery. For details, contact the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at (865) 436-4178 or by emailing: info@gatlinburg.com.

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