East Tennessee is known for it’s active arts and crafts community and for it’s vibrant music scene. This Fall, Gatlinburg combines the best of both worlds with the Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair.
The Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair, held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, is a unique event where craftsmen from all around the country not only sell their wares, but they also demonstrate their talent. Visitors coming to this fair, which was named a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event, can expect to see a variety of arts and crafts and listen to country and bluegrass free concerts throughout the event.
Pottery, stained glass, jewelry, leather goods, and hand carvings are just some of the amazing pieces from truly talented artisans that will be on display. Each exhibitor is juried for quality and unusual skill, so visitors will have a chance to see the nation’s best crafts people.
The Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair is held twice a year, in the Summer and in the Fall. The Fall fair is scheduled from October 11 to 28, 2012 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Daily country and bluegrass free concerts are held at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. and noon and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
If your Gatlinburg vacation doesn’t coincide with the Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy arts and crafts. Gatlinburg is home to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is a historic 8-mile loop that has been designated as a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. The trail is celebrating its 75th anniversary of cultural heritage. Along this historic arts and crafts trail, visitors can see artisans who whittle, paint, sew, weave, carve, and quilt, to name a few.
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community trail is also home to restaurants, cafes, candy shops, a tearoom and a soda fountain. The arts and crafts trail is the perfect Gatlinburg location to pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs. If you love edible souvenirs, such as jams, jellies, pulled taffy, or nuts, then you’ll find a satisfying treat to take home with you. Handmade jewelry, pottery, or stained glass also make wonderful keepsakes that serves as a reminder of your Gatlinburg vacation.
Minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, The arts and crafts trail can be accessed by car or by trolley.
When planning your Gatlinburg arts and crafts vacation, it’s best to stay in the heart of the city. The Edgewater Hotel & Conference Center, located on River Road next the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the hotel offers free parking so your shopping adventure will go smoothly. Free continental breakfast ensures you that you’ll be able to shop to you drop and thoroughly enjoy watching talented craftsmen create works of art. With free WiFi at the Edgewater Hotel, you’ll be able to Tweet and post your arts and crafts finds on Facebook.
If you’re an Arts & Crafts lover, then start planning your Gatlinburg vacation today.