Mountain Towns ter a final healthy breakfast the next day. Nestled against the GSM on its western side, Gatlinburg is quite different from both Br yson City and Asheville. The small, popular mountain resort town has quite the carnival-like atmosphere. Gatlinburg calls itself the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains.” We were excited to put our feet down in Tennessee for the first time. The town was settled ca. 1806, covers 10 square miles and has a population of 4,000 ~ but a tourist crowd of 40,000 at times on weekends. Gatlinburg is also known as the marriage capital of the U.S. (after Las Vegas).
We arrived at noon, famished after many stops in the GSM on the drive over. We found one of Gatlinburg’s highly rated barbeque restaurants for lunch. After overdosing on healthy food at Lakeview, we were ready for some sweet and spicy southern specialties. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que, locally
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March 2019 Tidewater Times