4 Great Places to Visit in The Village in Gatlinburg

November 16, 2023

If you’re looking for more things to do on your Smoky Mountain vacation, check out The Village in Gatlinburg. It is an area of downtown Gatlinburg that is modeled after an old-time European village. Visitors love the unique shops, delicious food, and fun activities. Learn more by exploring this list of 4 great places to visit in the Village in Gatlinburg:

1. Gatlin’s Escape Games

gatlin's escape gamesAt Gatlin’s Escape Games, visitors get the chance to be inside of a puzzle. You and a team of up to 8 players have been selected by a legendary magician named Reflecto. You will enter the Realm of Illusions and complete a series of challenges to see if you have what it takes to become part of the Masters of Magic. While you’re here, you can also stop by the gift shop and pick out a puzzle or two to take home.

2. Candle Cottage

The Village in Gatlinburg Is also known for its unique shops, one of which is Candle Cottage. It is a family-founded and owned business that started in 1978. They have a wide variety of scents to choose from. For example, take the smell of the Smokies anywhere when you get the Mountain Mist candle. Some of their sweet scents include Birthday Cake, Banana Pudding, and Baked Apple Pie. With so many options, everyone will find something they love.

3. The Spice and Tea Exchange

tea and spice exchange at the village shops in gatlinburg tn When you light your candles, be extra cozy with a steaming cup of hot tea. Choose from the great selection at  The Spice and Tea Exchange. They have great options like Black Chocolate Tea and Organic Blueberry Tea. You can try their Southern Iced Tea, refreshing for hot summer days! Along with tea, the shop is also known for the other part of its name. They have a collection of 85 handcrafted seasonings. It includes chicken, taco, and steak spice blends. They will make your already delicious dishes even better! They also have great accessories, such as mugs, serving boards, and candles!

4. The Donut Friar

Exploring Gatlinburg will definitely work up an appetite, and you can get a delicious snack at The Donut Friar. It is a great place to get breakfast in the morning as well. Whatever the occasion, the smell of baked goods will meet your nose before you even walk in the door. Their collection of donuts includes simple options, like the glazed donut. They also have ones with fun toppings and fillings, such as sprinkles and chocolate frosting. If you can’t choose just one, get both! The hole in the middle allows you to eat more. As for other desserts, the shop has cinnamon bread! Need a little extra energy? Simply pair your treat with a hot coffee or espresso. They also have hot cocoa, which is perfect for kids!  

We hope you experience all of these shops and everything else that The Village in Gatlinburg has to offer. If you need even more ideas for vacation activities in the area, check out our list of 6 of the most unique things to do in Gatlinburg!