When you stay at River Edge Motor Lodge, you’ll be right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg! With our unbeatable location, you’ll be minutes away from the best restaurants, attractions, and shops in the Smokies. Here are just four of our favorite things to do in Gatlinburg within walking distance of River Edge Motor Lodge:
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1. Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
Less than a quarter mile east on the Parkway located in front of the hotel, you can enjoy genuine white whiskey at the first licensed moonshine distillery in the state of Tennessee. At the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, you’ll learn about the role that this home brewed alcohol played in the history of the state, and witness it being produced and bottled. Have a sample if you like, and pick up seasonal brews and merchandise at the gift shop.
2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium
A couple short blocks east of the Distillery on the Parkway, visitors can enjoy Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, with over five hundred exhibits spanning three floors. Examine and marvel at oddities from all over the world at this attraction inspired by the hit TV show of the same name.
3. Gatlinburg Space Needle
Also on the Parkway, directly behind the Ripley’s Museum, get a bird’s eye view of Gatlinburg and witness scenic sunsets over the Great Smoky Mountains from atop the Gatlinburg Space Needle, after an elevator ride over 400 feet in the air.The Space Needle is also home to an arcade, restaurants, and a wonderful collection of live shows.
4. Village Shops
About six blocks from River Edge, you will also find find some of the best shopping in the Smokies! The Village Shops are a collection of retail outlets unique to the Gatlinburg area where you will have the opportunity to take home souvenirs, gifts, and locally made foods. Should you get hungry while shopping, the Village Shops have eateries to suit every budget and taste, from a quick cup of coffee, to gourmet sandwiches and old-fashioned ice cream treats.
These excellent things to do in Gatlinburg and more are within an easy walk from the River Edge Motor Lodge, one of Gatlinburg’s most comfortable and centrally located inns. With fully equipped, extra large rooms with cable, refrigerators, and microwaves, we have everything you need for an unforgettable stay in the Smokies. To start planning your vacation, visit our Reservations page or give us a call at 1-800-544-2764.