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Day Trip from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing to Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Many times guests at The Resort ask where is some place the locals go. Even though the famed Apple Barn is just minutes away many an area resident in desire of homegrown fruits (especially apples), produce and good eats will make the trip to Carvers in nearby Cosby Tennessee, about 25 miles from The Resort.

Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

With the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop customers will see rows and rows of mature apple trees as one starts up Carver’s driveway to the old style apple sorting barn and attached restaurant. Inside the barn guests will find tables and benches full of fresh fruits and produce, much of it raised on the farm or from other local growers. Shelves on interior walls will display homemade jams, apple and peach butter, plus juices and ciders. Above the shelves on the interior west wall you will find giant wooden signs describing the different varieties of apples including their flavor and recommended uses.

Baskets of home grown apples for sale

Baskets of home grown apples for sale

After checking out the barn and stocking up on produce it might be time for some home style southern cooking as you make your way into the Applehouse Restaurant, which serves breakfast (can order up to 1PM), lunch and dinner.  The restaurant is noted for their Catfish Dinners and their awesome Chicken N Dumplings. Just like Sevierville’s Applewood Farmhouse Grill, you get delicious apple fritters with homemade apple butter along with fresh cider included in your meal at the Applehouse Restaurant. If you’re looking for some sweet treats for the trip back to The Resort check out Stacy’s Candy Store on the north side of their parking lot.

Apple Fritters with homemade Apple Butter and fresh Apple Cider

Apple Fritters with homemade Apple Butter and fresh Apple Cider

Chicken & Dumplings Fried Catfish Dinner

Chicken & Dumplings
Fried Catfish Dinner

DIRECTIONS: This is the shortest route and you will be going most of the way cross country. As you exit The Resort turn left onto Collier Drive, when you come to the stop light take a left onto Veterans Blvd. At the second stop light make a right onto Middle Creek Rd., you will then go .8 of a mile to a right on Earnest McMahon Rd. On Earnest McMahon you will go .7 of a mile and Earnest McMahon will fork left, you will then travel 1.6 miles to a stop light. Turn right at the light onto old TN 35 going .2 of a mile to a left staying on old TN 35 (the Walter’s State College campus will be on your left). You will travel .8 of a mile on old TN 35 dead ending on TN 339, take a right. (Side note; just a short distance after making the turn onto 339 you will see a sign for the Harrisburg Covered Bridge, if you have time to stop this is one of 4 remaining covered bridges in the state). On TN 339 you will go 1.3 then TN 339 will make a right hand turn (there is a small gas station/convenience store on the corner). This will now be your longest stretch as you travel 14.9 miles through the Sevier and Cooke County’s country side. TN 339 will dead end onto US 321, make a left and you are 1.8 miles from Carver’s entrance on your right. Your total distance is 23.5 miles.

Google Maps from The Resort at Governor's Crossing to Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Google Maps from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing to Carver’s Orchard and Applehouse Restaurant

Day Trip from The Resort at Governor’s Crossing to Forbidden Caverns and Bush’s Visitor Center

Many times guests of The Resort at Governor’s Crossing inquire about things to see and do away from Dollywood and the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg tourist scene. A nice day trip of less than 45 miles round trip from The Resort can allow you to visit both the Forbidden Caverns and Bush’s Visitor Center. So load up the family, turn left onto Collier Drive at the entrance to The Resort, as we begin our road trip. Take Collier Drive to a left onto Veterans Boulevard and then a right at the intersection of Dolly Parton Pkwy (US 411). You will travel a little over 11 miles on US 441 until you come to a right on Blowing Cave Road (there will be signs advertising the Forbidden Caverns). A little over a mile on Blowing Cave Road and we will reach our first destination.

Forbidden Caverns

Forbidden Caverns

Hundreds of years ago Indians used the Forbidden Caverns for shelter. The caves river, the source believed to come from an underground lake beneath English Mountain, provided the Indians a ample source of clean water. The Indians also used flint found in the caverns to form arrowheads and Knives. After the turn of the 20th century the fresh water supply found a new use as the cave was used by moonshiners from the early 1920s to around 1943. In the early 1960s investors began undertaking the development of the caverns as an attraction for the general public. The caverns contain many calcite formations that continue to grow along with which is believed to house the largest wall of rare cave onyx or drip stones. The caverns maintain a constant temperature of 58 degrees and the average guided tour lasts about one hour. The Forbidden Caverns does charge admission, Adults $16, children 5-12 $10, four and under are free. Check the coupon books at The Resort for discounted admissions.

A. J. Bush General Store

A. J. Bush General Store

Leaving the caverns we again travel east about 4 miles to the Bush’s Visitor Center. Home of the renowned Bush’s Best Beans, the visitor center is housed in the original A. J Bush & Co. General Store. Free to the general public you can view a short film that includes an intro from Jay & Duke

Duke

Duke

as the film tells the Bush family history and shows modern processing and canning of their beans. You may also view a timeline presentation of the company from its inception. The store also has clothing, home goods and memorabilia for purchase. As you prepare to head back to The Resort conclude our day trip stop in the Bush’s Family Café for a dinner of Southern dishes and special treats.

Pigeon Forge Area Restaurants Open Thanksgiving

A listing of restaurants open and their hours of business in Pigeon Forge for Thanksgiving 2015, information compiled Nov. 18, 2015.

Alamo Steakhouse 908-9998 4PM-9PM
Auntie’s Anne’s Cinnabon 286-7001 10AM-6PM
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream 453-3337 11AM-Midnight
Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que 429-2200 11AM-9PM
Big Daddy’s Pizzeria 429-7171 4PM-9PM
Bojangles 286-9534 5:30AM-Noon
Burger King-South 453-9789 6AM-11PM
Burger King-North 453-2615 6AM-11PM
Cakes By Bakin’ Bishop 774-1117 Call for Hours
Calhoun’s  868-1500 10AM-10PM
Captain Jims 453-0003 12PM-9PM
Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 453-7427 4PM-10PM
Cracker Barrel-South  428-4613 6AM-10PM
Cracker Barrel-North 908-4459 6AM-10PM
Denny’s Diner-South 774-5047 24 Hours
Denny’s Diner-North 428-2411 24 Hours
Domino’s Pizza 429-1818 10:30AM-1AM
Dude’s Daiquris 286-3800 Call for Hours
Dunkin Donuts 365-1396 5AM-9PM
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin 908-6115 7AM-1PM
Funnel Cake Factory 453-3623 Call for Hours
Geno’s Pizza 428-2496 11AM-1AM
Golden Corral 453-1827 11AM-7PM
Happy Days Dinner 774-7707 11AM-9PM
Hard Rock Café’ 430-7625 11AM-Midnight
Harpoon Harry’s 428-2006 12PM-8PM
Hardee’s 774-7687 5AM-10PM
IHOP 429-2335 6AM-2PM
Iron Boar Saloon 429-7779 2PM-9PM
J T Hannah’s 428-4200 11AM-9PM
Jimmy Buffet’s Margariaville 210-8530 11AM-8PM
Kentucky Fired Chicken 453-4371 10:30AM-9PM
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse 774-7598 12PM-11PM
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 428-3222 7AM-11PM
La Cieliton Lindo Mexican Restaurant  286-9145 Call for Hours
Loui’s Grill  428-2700 7AM-11AM & 5PM-8PM
Mad Dog Creamy 774-5558 4PM-10PM
McDonalds 453-9351 24 Hours
Mama’s Farmhouse  908-4646 11AM-9PM
Margaritaville Coffee 366-1170 7AM-6PM
Mel’s Diner 429-2184 7AM-Midnight
No Way Jose’s 429-7779 2PM-9PM
Old Mill Pottery House Café 453-6002 10:30AM-8:30PM
Old Mill Restaurant 429-3463 10:30AM-8:30PM
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen 366-1510 10:30AM-6PM
Reagan’s Broken Egg Pancake House 453-4600 7AM-12:30PM
Reagan’s House of Pancakes 428-0652 7AM-12:30PM
Ruby Tuesday 429-5665 11AM-9PM
Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant 336-1090 8AM-2PM
Shoney’s North 453-1806 6AM-11PM
Shoney’s South 428-3453 6AM-11PM
Smoky Mountain Brewery 868-1400 Noon-11PM
Smoky Mountain Pancake House 453-6746 7AM-Noon
Starbuck’s 429-3124 5:30AM-6PM
Subway North at Fast Stop 429-2709 24 Hours
Taco Bell South 908-1193 Call for Hours
TGI Friday’s 453-1750 4PM-10PM
The Fudgery 286-0119 Call for Hours
The Sweet Shoppe of the South 286-0119 Call for Hours
Wood Grill Buffet 429-3120 10:30AM-8:30PM
     
ALL Information Subject to Change    

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Many guests choose to stay at The Resort at Governor’s Crossing during the Christmas Holidays and inquire about places to eat on Christmas Day. This is a  partial list of restaurants open Christmas Day in the greater Sevierville and Pigeon Forge area. This list is incomplete and subject to change.

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant & Grill Reservations Only
Broken Egg Pancake House 7am-12:pm
Calhoun’s Restaurant Noon-9pm
Captain Jims Noon-8pm
Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 11am-9pm
Denny’s Diner 24 hours
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin 7am-Noon
Funnel Cake Factory 2pm-10pm
Fusion Café Asian Grill 11am-10pm
Geno’s Pizza Noon-1am
Golden Corral Steak House 11am-7pm
Happy Days Diner 4pm-9pm
Hardee’s 7am-7pm
IHOP 8am-2pm
J T Hannah’s 2pm-9pm
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse 2pm-10pm
Little House of Pancakes 7am-Noon
Louie’s Grill at Holiday Inn 7am-11am
No Way Jose’s 2pm-10pm
Partridge and Pear 11am-4pm
Shoney’s North & South Locations 8am-6/7pm?
Smoky Mountain Pancake House 8am-noon
Starbuck’s 8am-4pm
TGI Fridays 4pm-10pm
Wood Grill Buffet 8am-10pm

No Continental Breakfast

Many ask why The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing does not have a continental breakfast. Unlike hotels The Resort, like most condominium complexes as well as most cabins, have full kitchens, therefore we do not offer a breakfast.
Those of you not wanting to fix your own breakfast or looking to take a break and dine out may want to try the Smith Family Dinner Theater. They offer an all you can eat breakfast buffet from 8AM to 10:30AM for $4.99 per person plus taxes. Best of all, through the end of the year they are doing a buy one breakfast buffet and get one free offer to guest’s of The Resort!
Just minutes from The Resort they are located on the parkway at traffic light #1 in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

Thanks to the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism for the list of restaurants scheduled to be open on Thanksgiving Day in Pigeon Forge. Please note others may be open but not listed below.

Alamo Steakhouse                                                 4PM-9PM
Baskin Robbins                                                   11AM-11PM
Bennett’s Bar-B-Que                                          11AM-9PM
Buddy’s Bar-B-Que                                              Noon-9PM
Burger King                                                             6AM-Midnight
Calhoun’s                                                                  11AM-10PM
Corky’s Ribs & BBQ                                             11AM-8PM
Cracker Barrel                                                       6AM-10PM
Denny’s Diner                                                         24 Hours
Flapjacks Pancake Cabin                               7AM-Noon
Funnel Cake Factory                                         1PM-11PM
Geno’s Pizza                                                             10AM-1AM
Golden Corral                                                         11AM-7PM
Happy Days Diner                                               Noon-9PM
Hardee’s                                                                       5AM-8PM
IHOP                                                                              6AM-2PM
Kentucky Fried Chicken                             10:30AM-10PM
Kinaku                                                                       2PM-10PM
Krispy Kreme                                                       6AM-11PM
La Carreta                                                                  11AM-10PM
Little House of Pancakes                              7AM-Noon
Little Tokyo                                                             11AM-8PM
Louie’s Grill                                                              7AM-10:30 AM
11AM-6PM
McDonalds                                                                  24 Hours
Mama’s Farmhouse                                          11AM-9PM
Mel’s Diner                                                    7AM-Midnight
No Way Jose’s                                                        2PM-10PM
Old Mill Pottery House                   10:30AM-8:30PM
Old Mill Restaurant                         10:30AM-8:30PM
Pizza Hut                                                                11AM-11PM
Ruby Tuesdays                                                   11AM-11PM
Seaton’s Café & Grill                                         7AM-11AM
Shoney’s                                                                     6AM-11PM
Smoky Mtn. Pancake House                        7AM-Noon
Starbuck’s                                                            6:30AM-6PM
Star Buffet                                                              11AM-11PM
TGI Fridays                                                               4PM-10PM
Tony Romas                                                            11:30AM-9PM
Wood Grill Buffet                                            10:30AM-8:30PM