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The Best Rentals in Gatlinburg for Foodies

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A relaxing retreat from modern life, Gatlinburg is one of the most popular vacation rental destinations in the US. With over 2500 rentals available in Gatlinburg on FlipKey, the choices for a perfect cabin getaway for your family are endless. Gatlinburg is a destination of non-stop adventure in the outdoors. From whitewater raft tours to high-octane ski runs down the mountain, every season delivers a range of heart pumping activities.

After building up a hunger, you’ll be happy to know that over 100 restaurants are there catering to all appetites. From Southern-style BBQ and stone ground flapjacks to ethnic cuisine from around the world, the town is an ideal spot for a romantic interlude or a filling family dinner.

Now, for those families with a healthy appetite or a love of fine cuisine, we’ve gathered a list of our best rentals in Gatlinburg for foodies. These rentals are all located near one of the best restaurants in town. We’ve included a brief description of the rental and what the top-tier restaurant nearby is all about.

Here they are: the best rentals in Gatlinburg for foodies

Mountainloft

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As you drive beneath the canopy of oak and pine trees down the winding country road to MountainLoft, you feel as though you’re entering the nearby Smoky Mountains National Park. From an elevation of 2,200 feet, the clubhouse and vacation homes afford sweeping views of the mountainside.

The rich, earthy colors and traditional American furnishings within will make you feel right at home. Catch a glimpse of deer or a black bear from your balcony or patio. Warm up after a day on the slopes in front of the fireplace or in the whirlpool tub. If you prefer the crisp outdoor air, you can relax in any of four outdoor hot tubs, two heated pools or the sauna.

Right nearby: Taste of Italy (1235 E Parkway – 0.4 miles away)

Taste of Italy is the #1 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor in the Gatlinburg area. The owners are New York transplants and they bring all the classic Italian flavors made with a pinch of love to the Smoky Mountain region. Their goal is to provide locals, tourists and visitors to the Gatlinburg area a locally owned and operated family friendly authentic Italian restaurant with good, nutritious food in a warm atmosphere at reasonable prices with exceptional service. You can munch on hand tossed pizza and Italian favorites like pasta, calzones, lasagna, Stromboli, seafood and more. It is BYOB, so bring your favorite red wine to pair with your meal or sample one of your favorite beers from the tap or glass. Using old world cooking techniques, Taste of Italy has generated hundreds of 4 and 5 bubble reviews on TripAdvisor, making it an incredibly popular choice among vacation rental guests. You’ll love the decor, and for those who are vegetarian or gluten-free, the menu offers a number of options to suit your tastes.

Grand Chalet

Grand Chalet is one of the best rentals in Gatlinburg for foodies

Grand Chalet is one of the best rentals in Gatlinburg for foodies

Mountain views and a rustic decor make this Gatlinburg cabin rental a must-book. It sleeps 8 visitors comfortably in 3 bedrooms, each bedroom having its own flat screen TV. The vaulted ceiling in the living room elegantly frames the wood burning fireplace. The game room offers a pool table and games for all ages. And the bedding, did we mention the bedding? Like sleeping on a cloud that also happens to be in the mountains. What keeps visitors coming back to this rental is the outside deck, though. Featuring a massive jacuzzi, you’ll love watching the Smoky sunset or sitting in the rocking chair sipping morning coffee.

Right nearby: Crockett’s Breakfast Camp (1103 Parkway – 0.3 miles away)

For the lucky ones staying at Grand Chalet, start your day next door at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp. Inspired by frontier life, you’ll love the outdoor and indoor decor of this top-rated breakfast spot in Gatlinburg. You’ll feel home on the range with wood seating and floors, iron frying pans, oak barrels, as well as animals heads perched on every wall. You’ll find fair prices, incredible service, and of course, delicious breakfast food here. From Big Tennesee French Toast, to skillet served right from the pan, to griddle cakes, grits, and eggs benedict – you’ll leave here full and very happy. You’ll never see thicker pancakes than at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp, either. The fresh maple syrup is a dream. This is a must-visit for foodies staying in Gatlinburg.

Annie’s Smoky View

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Perched on a ridge overlooking old-growth woodlands and boasting spectacular views of the mountains, Annie’s Smoky View is blissfully quiet and private—so much so, you’ll be amazed at just how close it is to so many of the area’s attractions. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Loop, and downtown Gatlinburg are mere minutes away. There’s even a trolley close by so that you don’t have to drive into downtown—no worrying about finding parking!

Warm up by the wood burning fireplace or take a soak in the jacuzzi on the deck. As if soaking among steamy jets of water weren’t pampering enough, now you can do so while gazing out at the mountains during the day or up at the star-studded sky at night. The downstairs game room has a full-sized billiard table for guest enjoyment. The kitchen is equipped with all the appliances, gadgets, cookware, and tableware you need. Outside there’s a charcoal grill by the front entrance too if you reel in some trout from one of the nearby streams, grill it up outdoors the way the locals do.

The screened-in front porch has a bistro table where you can sit and enjoy your first cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. There are rockers on the porch as well. With all the conveniences of home, in a beautiful and peaceful location that’s just minutes from hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, go karting, zip lining, and more, Annie’s Smoky View may become the site of your best vacation yet.

Right nearby: Smoky Mountain Shakes & Dogs (103 Mills Park Road, Suite 102 – 0.3 miles away)

Sevier County’s best kept secret is a quarter mile away from Annie’s Smoky View. The popular, very casual eatery pulls no punches with the decor, menu, silverware, or upkeep. It is a hot dog stand and shake shack, no doubt about it, but it “wows” every single person who stops in. If you’re on a diet, don’t stop in. If you want to drown yourself in BBQ sauce, bacon, onions, drizzled cheese, baked beans, shredded cheddar, and a whole lot more on top of your hot dog, this is the place for you. The thick milkshakes are blended by request with flavors like cookies ‘n’ creme, classic chocolate, and peanut butter – all served with a smile from the friendly employees. Do not miss a stop in here.

Bear Den

If you're a true foodie, you'll love staying in Bear Den, a short walk to an incredible restaurant in Gatlinburg

If you’re a true foodie, you’ll love staying in Bear Den, a short walk to an incredible restaurant in Gatlinburg

Enjoy relaxing on your private deck with sounds of the creek below and unrestricted views of Mt. LeConte. This rental, known as Bear Den, features a large, but cozy living area with gas fireplace, pool table, cable TV, and a pool table. The master suite features a jacuzzi tub, private bath and deck off the master with hot tub overlooking views of the mountains. The outdoor fire pit is stocked with firewood and there is a picnic area just a 1 minute walk from this cabin!

Right nearby: Mountain Lodge Restaurant (913 E Parkway – 112 feet away)

The Mountain Lodge Restaurant is the #5 rated spot in Gatlinburg. Foodies staying in the Bear Den should definitely take the very short walk over to this restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Good food at a good value, diners love the steady excellence of Mountain Lodge Restaurant. The biscuits, gravy, and hot maple syrup are all fan favorite at breakfast. A delectable chicken salad is the highlight of lunch and the bacon cheeseburger is a dinner winner for many. Do not miss the blackberry cobbler for dessert, if you have room.

River Cottage

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River Cottage, a 3-bedroom, 1-level home, is right in downtown Gatlinburg. You can park your car in the house’s carport and then pretty much forget about during your stay. The Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, restaurants galore, the tram to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area—you can walk to each of them in minutes.

As its name suggests, the house overlooks a tree-lined river. The view from the deck is gorgeous, and you can see even more from the rental’s tranquil and comfortable hot tub. The leather couches and armchair in the living area are supremely comfortable, the gas fireplace casts a welcoming glow, and the windows bring the beauty of the outdoors in.

Given that you can walk to loads of restaurants from River Cottage, you might not plan on doing much, if any, cooking. Once you see the sparkling kitchen, however, you’re apt to change your mind. With its stainless-steel appliances, gleaming countertops, and wealth of cookware and tableware, the kitchen might bring out your inner chef. In total, River Cottage can sleep 8 people—and even a small dog or two.

Right nearby: Big Daddy’s Pizzeria (714 River Road – 500 feet away)

The best pizza in Gatlinburg, bar none, is at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. Pizza lovers and foodies of all kinds should order up a pie from this spot. For the family or group staying at River Cottage, you only have to walk 500 feet to get there. At the heart of Big Daddy’s is a 550 degree, wood-fired flame inside a one-of-a-kind brick oven. The pizza starts with hand-crafted, homemade dough topped with homemade sauces and fresh ingredients. They’re so committed to that freshness that there isn’t a freezer on the premises. The end product pays homage to pizza’s classic Neapolitan roots with a deliciously crispy thin crust. The location in Pigeon Forge has a full blown arcade, which will keep the kids (and let’s face it, the adults) busy for hours.

Smoky Mountain Resort

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Located by the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Resort offers luxurious one or two-bedroom villas surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. The lodge-inspired villas feature a fully equipped kitchen, a separate living room with queen size pullout sofa sleeper, dining room seating for the family, an over-sized spa tub, washer and dryer, DVD player and more. On snowy days, enjoy a plunge in the indoor pool. During summer months, the outdoor pool is the place to be. Also on site is a fitness center with treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical and nautilus equipment.

Right nearby: Log Cabin Pancake House (327 Historic Nature Trail – 128 feet away)

A short 128 feet from the Smoky Mountain Resort is the frontier-themed Log Cabin Pancake House. A haven for breakfast lovers, it is the atmosphere that makes this restaurant a treat for foodies. From rocking chairs on the front porch to the massive wagon wheel chandeliers, you’ll feel like you stepped out of the wild west and into pancake heaven. From sweet to savory, you’ll find just what you’re craving here, and the prices are quite reasonable for the area. There are over a dozen variations of pancakes and crepes here, including Peach, Caribbean, Apple, Pecan, Butterscotch and more!

Homespun Hospitality

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Within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg, Homespun Hospitality cabin provides all the convenience of home for you and your family. These pet-friendly accommodations are very close to the theme park, outlet mall, and grocery shopping. Guests also receive access to special amenities like a jacuzzi tub for the adults, a game room for the kids, and a gas fireplace to warm everyone up. It has a private drive too, so no parking arrangements need to be made. The house has enough space to sleep twelve guests efficiently with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a full kitchen with all the modern conveniences including a coffee maker, dishwasher, utensils, and cookware. There is free Wi-Fi with the vacation rental home. There is even a fenced in yard so you won’t have to worry about the kids or your furry four-legged companion.

Right nearby: Old Dad’s (1127 Parkway – 0.6 miles away)

Part general store, part restaurant, Old Dad’s has been a staple in Gatlinburg for years. The major draw here is the fresh deli, where they’re serving up three square meals per day with about 50 options, but lunch is where Old Dad’s shines. Hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, fried fixins’ and more. Besides dropping in for your lunch, come by for beer, wine, and the best Gatlinburg souvenirs around. Grab some Old Dad’s memorabilia on the way out! This country store is the epitome of one-stop shopping in Gatlinburg and foodies will be surprised by the quality of, well, everything. Only a half mile from the Homespun Hospitality vacation rental.

Above Gatlinburg

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Above Gatlinburg is a pet-friendly, spacious log cabin located within minutes from downtown Gatlinburg attractions, dining and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This 3800 square foot cabin, with red oak floors, is absolutely loaded with amenities including a two-car garage and can accommodate up to fourteen people. The main level features a rustic living area complete with leather sofa, love seat, and chair in front of a large stone gas fireplace and a 60 inch HDTV. Also on this level is the fully equipped kitchen and large dining table that seats ten with five additional chairs at the kitchen bar. 

The lower level is furnished with an air hockey table, board games, TV, VCR, queen sleeper sofa, and gas stove fireplace. An outside door leads to another deck that overlooks a small golf course. The east wing is equipped with another small kitchen, den, pool table, board games, and 52inch HDTV with DVD player and CD stereo. The den is decorated with a leather sleeper sofa, love seat, and chair in front of a stone fireplace. French doors lead to a screen deck that offer logged furniture overlooking the gorgeous Gatlinburg lights with a six person hot tub.

Right nearby: Parton’s Deli (332 Parkway – 330 feet away)

This little gem is a short 330 foot walk away from the incredible rental known as Above Gatlinburg. Take your family over to Parton’s Deli for a delicious meal. Since 1974 Parton’s has been serving up sub sandwiches steamed in an old fashioned steamer and then dressed to order, that’s what sets this restaurant apart and has customers coming back in droves. Foodies will rave about this rare process. They’re known in the region for their hot dogs and chili dogs as well, so don’t leave without trying one. Cole slaw, deviled eggs, potato salads and all the sides here are homemade, and for dessert, lemon pound cake. Yum!