Econo Lodge Inn & Suites at the Convention Center
135 Reagan Drive
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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Arts & Museums
One more from the Ripley's Believe It or Not! factory is all ready to freak you out. This museum displays artifacts unlike any other you would have seen or heard before. The place is filled with more than 500 odd knick knacks from the world over, that are both weird and amazing. Do not be very shocked or surprised if you see a small eye socket or a random hand dangling around. With more than 50 years of experience in scaring people, Ripley's has made sure that, it would leave you completely boggled and out of sorts after a visit. So, this vacation, try something with a difference by stepping into the Ripley's warehouse. To know more about the place, check the website. The place also offers group tours, but advanced bookings are necessary.
It's a dream come true for many Hollywood fans at Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Here you will get a chance to get up close and personal with cars from your favorite Hollywood films. Till now you have only seen the famous Eleanor on screen from the movie 'Gone in 60 Seconds'. But at this unique museum you can actually see the genuine car for real. The collection includes cars such as Camaro (Charlies Angels), Bumblebee (Transformers), 1967 Pontiac GTO (XXX), 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Fast and Furious) and many more. There is also the unusual 'Flintmobile' from the movie The Flintstones. So all you car and Hollywood fanatics, rush to this museum and see the magnificent collection for yourself!
Step into the past at this memorial to the life of Christ. February marks the beginnings of spring for the flowering dogwood and these gardens are filled with blossoms and fragrance as you wander among the many attractions at this location. It offers a wax museum filled with more than 100 life-sized figures in scenes from Christ's life. It also offers an heirloom bible collection, paintings outlining the parables, a collection of ancient coins and much more. Since 1960 this location has amazed its many visitors.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts provides a plethora of events and activities to do while in Gatlinburg. They provide workshops and classes from everything ranging from painting and ceramics to woodworking and metal-work. Whether you're a beginner or advanced artist, Arrowmont has something for any skill level in its weekend or one to two week classes. Arrowmont also has five galleries located on property to inspire the masses. Registration for classes is a must, even if you're only planning on taking a weekend class or workshop. Housing is available on campus.
Cooter's Place is the brainchild of Ben Jones who played the character of Cooter in the famed series 'The Dukes of Hazzard'. The Gatlinburg store houses the Dukes of Hazzard museum containing the series' memorabilia and a store which stocks t-shirts, books and more. Cooters is open from 10 am. Families at large can have a fun time at the indoor race track at Cooters. The space also plays host to a variety of private parties and functions. Check the website or call for additional information.
In Gatlinburg's Winery Square lies this museum, celebrating an innocuous everyday article, the salt and pepper shaker. Started by Andrea Ludden, The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum houses around 20,000 exhibits, that were collected by her over a span of 30 years. Andrea, a professional archaeologist, has neatly arranged and labeled her humongous collection. Sourced from her various travels, visitors can peruse the unique collection of these shakers. The ones replicating Mount Rushmore, the Beatles, Elvis, human feet and farm animals truly stand out.
The Apple Tree Gallery is the place where the famous artist Ron Fly displays his works. In spite of getting recognition from the world over and having worked on various topics, Ron's artwork always goes back to his origins i.e. Smoky Mountains where he grew up. You can look at and buy the latest creations of the artist in the Apple Tree Gallery. Although Fly's works are prominently displayed here, works of other artists are also available. So, if you are an art enthusiast, make sure you step into the wonderland that is Apple Tree.
In this post modern world of unconventional, interactive art, the Paul Murray Gallery comes as a pleasant surprise for all those in love with the romantic art movement from the yesteryear. The Paul Murray Gallery is a personal art gallery of the artist who has settled in his childhood town and looks to capture and compose faces of locals around. He paints in colors and pencil, and his works reflect minute details of everyday life of the locals there. With his unique themes and a new outlook to life, Murray's works have bagged several awards. Besides he has also earned reputation as an upcoming artist with galleries in Canada and other places as well. Murray also conducts several events and auctions in his gallery which should not be missed. All in all, for every art lover a visit to Paul Murray Gallery, is simply unavoidable. Call +1 888 728 5687 for further information.
Located on a complete off beat pathway and surrounded by beautiful flowers and tall standing trees, the G. Webb Gallery is as beautiful as the paintings that it displays. A former farmhouse, this building was constructed in 1910 and still stands true to its times. The Gallery displays the works of the famous G. Webb, and its interiors which are made of hardwood floors and real winter fires are a reflection of the thoughts and the spirit of the artist himsel . The place has replicas, lithographs, photographs, frames and books of the artist on display and sale. However, the real priceless item among all these are the original water colors left behind by the artist. And if you cannot afford these little extravagantly priced pictures, just go to the gift shop and buy one of the cups or diaries with a paintings duplicated on it as a memory of your visit. To know more about the place, call them or visit the website.
Catch the stars at the Hollywood Wax Museum, stand next to them and even enter the sets of the movies and TV shows with them. Rub shoulders with the likes of Tom Hanks, Cameron Diaz and Angelina Jolie. You can also get some pictures clicked with them, that will make you a star back home. However, make sure you book your tickets well in advance, as it is a popular tourist spot and tends to get crowded. If you are on vacation in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, you simply cannot miss a trip to the Hollywood Wax Museum.
Set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Mountain Farm Museum captivates you with its preservation of local history and farmland. Built in the late 1800s, this Southern Appalachian farm consists of about nine old farm buildings, houses and barns. It's a great place to visit with kids as the farm animals send them squealing for joy. Breathtaking greens and wonderfully preserved structures make this museum a must visit. For more information, do check their website.
Delve into the world of the Cherokee tribe at their Heritage Museum and Gallery in North Carolina. This museum houses some of the ancient arts and crafts as well as the exhibits of the Cherokee artists that live today. From weaponry to sculpture, pottery to mask collections, the museum aims to preserve all it can of the tribal community in order to educate the young members as well as visitors of the Cherokee way of living. The museum is closed during winter but is otherwise open all week long.