October 29, 2020
At HearthSide Cabin Rentals, Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays in the Smoky Mountains. It is the one time of year where we are able to sit back with the ones we love and reflect on the many blessings that life has brought us this year.
However, the one thing we are not always thankful for is cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, there are so many family recipes we love to share and enjoy with the ones we love, but between the preparing and the clean up there is a lot of work that goes into preparing this family feast.
That is why we have decided to do a little research to see which of our favorite Smoky Mountain restaurants will be open for Thanksgiving this year, so guests can still enjoy all the benefits of spending time with friends and family without any of the headaches in the kitchen.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill
The Apple Barn is home to the most famous restaurants in the Smoky Mountains! The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill serve guests delicious Southern food at their famous apple fritters. On Thanksgiving, you can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast in their restaurants, or you can get it to-go!
Thanksgiving Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Holston’s Kitchen is one of the many delicious locally-owned restaurants in the area. Offering a unique twist on several American-style classics, this Sevierville restaurant is the perfect place for you and your family to unwind and enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving dinner in the Smoky Mountains.
Thanksgiving Hours: Please call for updated hours.
Known for it’s traditional dishes and rustic decor, Cracker Barrel has been a long-time favorite restaurant among travelers to the Smoky Mountains.
There are three locations for this iconic restaurant, two in Sevierville and one in Pigeon Forge. The hours and holiday times for all three restaurants are the same.
Thanksgiving hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe
Known for being one of the most exciting places to eat in the area, the Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge is the perfect place for you and your family to go for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in the Smoky Mountains. The rock and roll vibe combined with the delicious menu is sure to help make this year’s holiday one to remember.
Besides, if you haven’t had a chance to visit the new location of the Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge, this is the perfect time!
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Old Mill Restaurant
If you and your family are looking for a truly unique dining experience for your Thanksgiving dinner in the Smoky Mountains, look no further than the Old Mill restaurant. Located next door to The Old Mill, the most historic building in Pigeon Forge, this restaurant combines the perfect blend of Smoky Mountain culture and cuisine.
After you have finished your meal, you and your group will enjoy strolling past the many storefronts located in the square, or you can get your meal to go and enjoy a peaceful picnic at Patriot Park.
Thanksgiving hours: 10:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Seasons of Ober Loft and Lounge
If you are looking for both a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and something fun for you and your family to do, why not head up to the Seasons of Ober Loft and Lounge. Located at the Gatlinburg ski resort, Seasons of Ober offers a great tasting menu, as well as impeccable views of the scenic Smoky Mountains.
While you are there, be sure to make some time to take your family ice skating or to visit the newly remodeled wildlife exhibit at Ober Gatlinburg. The ski resort is also now home to not one, but two thrilling alpine coasters.
Thanksgiving hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Park Grill
The Park Grill in Gatlinburg offers guests a contemporary dining experience at an affordable price. Perfect for families and guests looking to add a hint of luxury to their Thanksgiving dinner in the Smoky Mountains, this restaurant is best known for their hickory-smoked steaks and exceptional service. There will be a special Thanksgiving meal served.
Thanksgiving hours: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
For a full list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving, click here.
Still need a peaceful place to stay during your family’s Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains? Be sure to check out the many spacious Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins offered by HearthSide Cabin Rentals. Equipped to accommodate any size group traveling to the area, our cabins are just what you and your family need for a peaceful getaway this holiday season.
To learn more about our cabins, feel free to give us a call at the number above, or fill out the Smoky Mountain cabin information contact form on our website.