Where to sleep and eat in the Smokies

Pillows & Pancakes: Where to Sleep and Eat in the Smokies

You'll want to add these pancake houses and charming getaways to your next Smokies trip

Two things are certain when you come to Tennessee. You will sleep and eat well. Lay your head in some of the most comfortable accommodations, the ones that make you feel right at home, part of the family. Start your day or end it with a large stack of pancakes. Whether you like sweet potato pancakes, pecan or classic with maple syrup, you’ll keep coming back to these pancake houses. Add these accommodations and flapjacks to your Tennessee trip: 

Where to stay: Sevierville

Wilderness at the Smokies

Make a splash at Tennessee’s largest waterpark resort when you stay at Wilderness. The resort has rooms large enough for families and gives guests access to two outdoor waterparks, Adventure Forest, WaterDome which is Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark, retail shops, golf, pottery classes, fitness centers and so much more.

Where to eat: Sevierville


Anyone and everyone who comes to town visits Flapjack’s. Why wouldn’t you? It’s one of Sevier County’s most convenient breakfast spot. But don’t tack it up to ease: whether you’re hiking the Smokies or ziplining at FoxFire Mountain, the folks at Flapjack’s are serving up a breakfast that’ll get you ready for whatever your Sevier County adventure has waiting for you.

Where to stay: Pigeon Forge

Black Fox Lodge

Black Fox Lodge in Pigeon Forge is close to the action, but still tranquil

Location, location, location. For any number of reasons folks visit Pigeon Forge, walking distance to the LeConte Center and the Island at Pigeon Forge at incredible advantages. Black Fox Lodge has created a simulated seclusion, right in the heart of town. You may be one block off the Parkway, but it seems a different world entirely. Book a riverside room with a balcony where the only traffic is that of geese that come honking and gliding across their own reflections on the river’s surface.

Where to eat: Pigeon Forge

Sawyer’s Farmhouse

In Pigeon Forge, a giant rooster by the roadside means pancakes. Sawyer’s Farmhouse may be the newest rooster on the parkway, but they’ve settled right in, serving heaping stacks of made-from-scratch pancakes, delicate crepes and all the other classic breakfast food that vacationers crave when staying in Sevier County.

Where to stay: Gatlinburg

Buckhorn Inn

There’s tranquility, then there’s the heavenly Gatlinburg’s Buckhorn Inn.

“The purpose of the inn is to provide a haven for travelers,” says Lee Mellor, Innkeeper, “and a respite from the stresses of everyday life...and an opportunity to renew their spirits in the tranquility of nature’s bounty.”

In addition to the exquisite comforts of the Inn, laid out on the grounds is Rachael’s Labyrinth, one of the largest meditation labyrinths in the United States. It is a 60-ft. in diameter pathway, made from local fieldstone on one of the inn’s meadows.

“It is laid out in a circular pattern, each circle inside the other,” says Mellor, “Unlike a maze, there are no dead ends or tricks, just a single path. The knowledge that one will get to the center helps focus and quiet the mind.”

Foxtrot Bed & Breakfast 

One of the best porch views in Sevier County is probably from Foxtrot Bed & Breakfast.

“Our guests can enjoy it from the rocking chairs on our main deck or from our large stone patio,” says Shirley H. Price, Innkeeper.

Price is descended of a one Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, widely considered the first European-turned-American to move to the Gatlinburg area. She is also a professionally trained chef, who offers her guests the opportunity to learn how to make crème Brulee, quick breads, French pastries and charcuterie during their stay. The French cooking isn’t to be missed; and a stay at the Foxtrot B&B? It’s nothing short of a beautiful and relaxing experience.

“Because both sides of my family have deep roots in the area,” says Price, “we know and like to share the history of the area with our guests.”

Where to eat: Gatlinburg 

Add the iconic Pancake Pantry to your Gatlinburg to-do list

Gatlinburg visitors have been packing the tables at the Pancake Pantry, literally for generations now. Perhaps most of them remember the whipped butter. No doubt all of them remember the pancakes, an undeniable staple of the Gatlinburg experience. Local tip: remember when going that Pancake Pantry is cash only. 

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