Considering you live, what, down the street? You could walk to the park if you wanted to?
I'm surprised that the two of you go only a few times a year. I had a friend of mine who lived across the freeway from SFoG and he was there almost every day of the season. Employees thought he worked there and was always on break.
I don't want to think what his ride count was for one year... something like 70 times on Acrophobia in a single day should give you some idea of what it looked like!
^ No, we go more than that. We've been to Dollywood, probably, 20-25 times this year (so far). For whatever reason, we tend to only go a couple of times during the Christmas season, but we're going to try to go more this year.
I think I might have mentioned this earlier, but Dollywood really grew on me this year as being a good "home park."
Located pretty much in the center of Pigeon Forge--and, indeed, older than the city itself--is The Old Mill.
In the center of this photo (between the wheel and the road), once stood an iron forge that the city draws part of its name from. The other part comes from the Pigeon River (also pictured, kind of), which itself was named for the passenger pigeons that once flocked to its shores. So, basically, the city is named after two things that haven’t been around for over 80 years.
The Old Mill district consists of various shops, two restaurants, and, of course, an actual working mill.
And, for a mere $3.00, you can tour it! (Or, you could just keep reading.)
Your tour guide.
The grindstone. Unfortunately, this is no longer powered by the water wheel. (Although, that is used to power the chutes now.)
Unsurprisingly, the tour exits you into the Old Mill Gift Shop, where you can find this inspiring sign.
Wait, "corn cob"? So, like, the leftover part of the corn that hillbillies wipe their butts with??
The main restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
And it’s multilevel, to take advantage of the river view.
You can't take me anywhere.
Misty had pork chops.
I had that banana thing in the background.
This tree is awesome. But photographing it sucks because of all the power lines. Hopefully, Pigeon Forge will follow Gatlinburg’s suit soon and bury them all.
Pigeon River Pottery is pretty much the anchor store of the Old Mill shops.
The inside. And yes, it’s all made here. Don’t believe me?
One of the potters doing her thing. And, interestingly, one of Dollywood’s glassblowers there shopping.
What a $4,000 table might look like. (Lazy Susan not included.)
Candy or toys?
The Candy Kitchen makes their own stuff. (Or, at least, some of it.)
Smisty buying chocolate-covered peanut brittle for some lucky boy.
It listens to Rush Limbaugh.
What might happen if you buy a snickers cup, take it home, and try to cut it in half.
There is nothing I can type here that could top that.
And now for the toy store!
They might like Ugly Dolls even more than Dave does.
Okay, which is worse? The toy that invites people to throw things at your head, or the block of wood that teaches how to tie your shoes backwards?
Wait, there’s ice cream here, too??
I believe I shall try some Peanut Butter Oreo.
Is it dinner time yet? Because I like the Pottery House Café even better than The Old Mill Restaurant.
Out front, a 13-year old girl sings songs of heartbreak and yearning.
You can eat on the back porch, if you like. A bit cold at the moment, though.
Smisty eagerly awaiting her food.
Tell me this doesn't look good.
So, we started at one restaurant and we end at another. Because that’s the way we roll here at The Old Mill.
This thread is brilliant. Now that I appear to be safely on the IntimidaTour, I'll be watching any and all of your Dollywood posts - it looks like an awesome park. I really hope we get to see at least some of the rest of Pigeon Forge, too - either way, I hope to be able to go one day and experience a lot of the things I've seen in this thread - I love Americana and sketchy attractions.
West Coast 2009 ~ UK 2010 ~ IntimidaTour 2010 ~ Southern Japan/Tokyo Disney 2011
My parents and my wife and I went up to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg this past spring. We ate at the Old Mill at night on a full moon. The food was incredible, and the view was gorgeous.
The Old Mill complex is easily the best place in the two towns to eat. I even prefer it over Pancake Pantry. Of course, that's like debating who's best in a tie game... they're both great places to eat!
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