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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 15:04

Smoky Mountain Weddings on the Beer Garden Patio

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Tennessee Mountain Wedding Venues

Engagements are a special time between people who decide that they want to share the rest of their lives together. Many will start to plan their special day and research where to get married in the Smokies. A picture-perfect country wedding in the Smokies is something most brides and grooms dream about. For your consideration, Apple Valley Mountain Village and our sister property, Dancing Bear Lodge, offer a wide range of options and multiple wedding venues in the Tennessee Mountains to accommodate a variety of needs and budgets. 

Townsend TN Wedding Venues

Apple Valley: Smoky Mountain Weddings on the Beer Garden Patio

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The open-air Beer Garden Patio at Apple Valley Café is a fantastic choice for couples who want a more intimate affair with a more casual flavor. Not all couples want or need a big event in a large, elegant space and may opt to spend more of their wedding budget on the honeymoon. The space rents for $250-$400/hour with a minimum of 2 hours, the rate varying according to the peak months in September and October, and event times typically start at 6 or 7 pm. 

More Wedding Venue Choices in Townsend TN

Dancing Bear Lodge: 38 Acres of Beauty and Elegance for Smoky Mountain Weddings

Looking for the picture-perfect wedding? It's just up the hill. Dancing Bear Lodge offers wedding locations that could be featured in the bridal magazines.

Smoky Mountain Outdoor Wedding Site: The Gazebo & Event Lawn

The Gazebo is a striking architectural feature surrounded by calming wooded vistas while family and friends sit watching from the Event Lawn. It's been described as a "Cathedral-like experience" and is available for $1,000. 

Outdoor Wedding Venue in Townsend Tennessee: The Landing

The Trussed Pavilion provides covered space for up to 125 guests seated for a ceremony or 75 seated for dining. Connected to the Event Lawn, the Landing can serve as a space for the wedding itself (in case of bad weather) or for the reception. The Landing rents for $2,000 as a ceremony space, $4,000 as a reception only space or $5,500 as a combined space for both wedding portions. 

Appalachian Wedding Venues: Event Center

Couples can capture the ambiance of a church-like setting in the interior event space, which seats up to 75 guests. Available year-round, it adjoins the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro. This space is available for $1,800 for ceremonies, $3,500 for receptions or $5,000 for combination ceremonies and receptions. Pricing includes setup & cleanup, up to 6.5 hours of use, and the services of a professional bartender.

Dancing Bear also offers various sized accommodations available to guests during a wedding weekend. 

Townsend TN Wedding Venues

With one trip to Townsend to view our accommodations and savor food and beverage options, we can arrange all of the elements of a traditional wedding and reception. Our Venue Wedding Coordinators Team, led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is available to meet you 7 days a week by appointment.


Photos: © Megan Haun Photography

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Monday, 19 November 2018 19:12

Make shopping at Apple Valley Mountain Village a part of your Holiday Travels

Why you should make shopping at Apple Valley Mountain Village a part of your Holiday Travels

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful, especially as we near the annual Christmas shopping season and Black Friday madness. Here at Apple Valley Mountain Village, we offer you a reprieve from the long hours on the road this Thanksgiving. Make a stop at Apple Valley Mountain Village a part of your Thanksgiving traditions, giving you and your family a way to get out of the house while knocking out your holiday shopping in a fun and exciting environment.

shopping-at-apple-valley-mountain-village-part-of-holiday-travels Full of unique gifts, like the artisan goods and hand-crafted jams, fudge, and ciders available at the General Store, to the season's most coveted items from Mountain HardWear, North Face and Southern Tide apparel found at the Mountain Store, we've got something for your kids, your in-laws, your best friend and coworkers.

With over 10,000 new items available, you're sure to put a dent in this year's holiday shopping while still enjoying a fun, memory filled time as you grab some food at the Cafe, or a little shopping fuel over at The Dancing Bean. The Mountain Village has plenty of fun games an activities to take what used to be a stressful Christmas shopping outing and turn it in to one of your family favorite times of the year!

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Stop in to the Dancing Bean for some delicious sweet treats and fireside fun! Pick-up your favorite hot beverage to warm you back up and put some pep in your shopping step! 

Fuel up at the Apple Valley Cafe

shopping-at-apple-valley-mountain-village-part-of-holiday-travels The Cafe at Apple Valley offers some of the best comfort foods and southern classic this side of the Great Smoky Mountains! Be sure to make time during you trip to enjoy Rachel's HomeMade Chicken Salad Sandwich, or a World Famous Fried Apple Pie!

Order Online for On the Go

Just passing by? Place an order online for Cafe Express or get your drink and pastry order ready for pickup from The Dancing Bean.

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Friday, 24 August 2018 16:29

Our Smoky Mountain Gift Shop is Planning Big Things

Your Options for Shopping in the Smokies Just Got Even Better!

smoky mountain gift shopA lot of exciting things are happening and more are planned at your favorite Smoky Mountain retailer, Apple Valley! 

Apple Valley: Your Favorite Smoky Mountain Gift Shop… and a LOT more!

For decades, families visiting America’s most visited recreational area, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, have made the Apple Valley stores a “must-stop” part of their summer vacation traditions. Who can blame them for wanting to stretch their legs, browse Smokies-themed souvenir products, enjoy a fried apple pie from the Café, and grab some delicious fudge to carry with them on the long ride home? Owners Mark and Sharon Oldham said the name 'Mountain Village' better describes Apple Valley's proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains and also better describes the wider selection of new merchandise arriving and being added this fall.

The Home & Gift Shop has long offered rustic décor like quilts and other country home accents to bring a bit of Smoky Mountain cabin flavor to suburbia. That will continue at the Apple Valley Mountain Store, now complemented by popular clothing brands North Face®, Mountain HardWear®, Columbia®, and Southern Tide® that shoppers seek out at the Smoky Mountain Outlet Stores.

For those unfamiliar, these brands are known for combining stylish design with the coziest materials available to offer superior protection from the elements. North Face® aims to provide the best gear for athletes and modern-day explorers of the great outdoors. Mountain Hardwear® also makes high-quality performance apparel targeting fans of getting outdoor for activities, while Southern Tide® is a South Carolina-based manufacturer offering wardrobe for the coastal leisure experience, with Polos, sports shirts, sweaters, jackets, and much more.

The addition of this merchandise makes Apple Valley a great place for back-to-school clothes shopping, as well as holiday apparel needs. The changes are meant to preserve what shoppers have long loved about Apple Valley while expanding products to enhance the experience.

Check Out “The Bean” and Dancing Bear’s New Guest Check-In Center

If you haven’t visited us yet in 2018, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that Dancing Bear has expanded again, opening a great new Coffee House and Bakery across from the General Store.

The Dancing Bean, or “The Bean” as it has affectionately become known, offers delicious baked goods like house-made muffins, sticky buns, biscuits, flatbread breakfast and lunch creations, wheat bread, and sourdough bread creations from the culinary team at the incredible Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, as well as regionally-produced Kombucha, Nitro Coffee, fresh fruit smoothies, custom sodas, bottled juices, and imported and local bottled beers. Also, Benne Seed bacon, granola, pimento cheese, fresh compote, and other Dancing Bear staple items are available in bulk or individual servings. House-made loaf bread is available for sale each day, but when it runs out, it runs out -- until the next batch is baked fresh daily in the Dancing Bear kitchen.

And when you guys arrive for your autumn leaf-peeping, you’ll check in to your accommodations at Dancing Bear Lodge from their new check-in center here at Apple Valley Mountain Village.

Save Room to Take a Piece of the Smokies Home with You

If this all sounds great, but you aren’t local to Townsend, you can still enjoy these new products when you visit and carry some of them home with you. You’ll find select goods right here on applevalleystores.com!

In addition to the previously mentioned quilts and cabin décor, Apple Valley Mountain Village is ready to stock you up on that delicious fudge or fresh ground coffee by the pound or whole bean coffee by the pound for carry-out from the Dancing Bean Coffee Company.

What else? Too much to list right here right now. We have all the great stuff you want to take your Smoky Mountain Shopping experience to a higher level and take care of everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Visit the Apple Valley Mountain Village at 7138 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, Tennessee 37882, directly facing US 321.

Written by Steven Stiefel

Monday, 30 April 2018 16:51

The Surprising Origins of a Townsend TN Restaurant Favorite: Fried Apple Pie

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It would be hard to imagine Apple Valley without the Fried Apple Pie available at our Townsend TN Restaurant. Like many of the items we offer, it is “as American as apple pie”, but where did this delicious treat originate?

National Apple Pie Day and Some History

Each May 13 we celebrate National Apple Pie Day. The first written apple pie recipe belonged to Geoffrey Chaucer back in 1381 and included apples, figs, raisins, pears, and a pastry shell. Noticeably missing? Sugar. Chaucer, as you might recall from high school English class, is deemed the “Father of English literature, most prominently for “The Canterbury Tales”, by the way.

A French hotel owner Stéphanie Tatin, accidentally created the French version, the tarte tatin, which can include other fruits or vegetables such as pears or tomatoes.
Apple pie was brought to the colonies by the British, Dutch, and Swedes during the 17th and 18th centuries. Whenever journalists asked why American soldiers in World War II were going to war, supposedly the stock answer was the phrase "for Mom and apple pie".

“During the turn of the 20th century, when whole toasted cereals were becoming the ‘health food’ fad, pie gained a bad reputation. Apple pie saved the day of sorts, being more nutritious than other pies according to some,” states the National Day Calendar website, which notes that National Apple Pie Day is celebrated by eating “America’s favorite dessert” and using the hashtag #NationalApplePieDay when posting photos of it on social media. 

A Longtime Favorite Among Southern Comfort Foods

The Fried Apple Pie pastry that Apple Valley is famous for selling features distinctive cutting of the dough with rounds folded in half into disks with the edges pressed with a fork to seal. For many of us, these fried apple pies remind us of the homemade ones that grandma used to lovingly prepare in her own kitchen when we were kids. The apple chunks may bring the sweetness, but the tasty crust deserves its fair share of the glory. One bite of this comfort food and we’re taken back.

They say “an Apple a day keeps the doctor away…” Well, a daily trip to our Townsend TN Restaurant for a fried apple pie sounds like a mighty fine plan to us!

Get your Apple Valley Fried Apple Pies when you pass through on your way to the Great Smoky Mountains. You can find us at 7138 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882 - Open 9 am Daily. Call ahead orders to the Apple Valley Cafe Express Cafe are welcome: 865.448.1232

Written by Steven Stiefel

Friday, 23 March 2018 16:25

Hidden “Easter Apples" Hunt

You’re invited to take part in our virtual Hidden “Easter Apples” online hunt, happening daily from Monday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th!

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To participate, all you need to do is follow us on Facebook or Twitter, where we will provide one clue per day (5 total throughout the week). These clues will help lead you to a specific page on our website where a “hidden apple” will be located. Once you find that day’s clue, click the apple on the page and submit your information in the pop up box – ONLY entries submitted on the date, and after the time the clue is given, are counted so no cheating! ;)

Once all clues are given, the person who found the most “hidden apples”, and submitted an entry for each clue first, wins a $50 gift certificate for Apple Valley Stores & Cafe, just in time for Easter! Even if you aren’t first but you found and submitted all of the clues each day, you will still win a prize because everyone is a winner at Apple Valley!

Good luck to everyone, and happy hunting!

Read the complete Rules & Regulations here.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:33

Apple Valley: Townsend’s Unofficial Visitor Center

So, you’ve planned a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you are ready for adventure, sightseeing, and fun! As Townsend’s Unofficial Visitor Center, here are a few friendly tips to keep in mind during your visit to the Smokies:

  1. Burgers beat bark. You’ll be famished after exploring the GSMNP, and we DO have Townsend’s Best Burgers so slowly back away from the bark…

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  2. Bathrooms vs. poison ivy. Our bathrooms won’t make you guess which “paper” to use – and as an added bonus, you won’t get a rash either!

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  3. Never confuse BEERS with BEARS. We know, we know… this seems logical enough but there may be a moment when a beer oasis appears, filled with a cold one or two, but it’s actually a few BEARS hanging out in their home. If this happens, return to Apple Valley immediately and we will be happy to pour you a draft beer!

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  4. Reconnect with nature. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings offered by Mother Earth as you reconnect with nature – right after another piece of Apple Valley fudge.

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  5. Rocks aren’t candy. Well, unless you’re at Apple Valley, where the rock candy selection is completely edible and won’t break your lovely teeth!

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  6. Lose yourself in nature. We mean that figuratively, of course. Stop by Apple Valley for information and guide books prior to venturing into the GSMNP so you don’t find yourself asking, “Where the fudge am I?!”

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Last, but not least… enjoy yourself! Because there’s nothing better than a fun-filled day of hiking, exploring, or taking in the scenery in the Smoky Mountains (except for maaaaaybe a juicy burger and a cold draft beer at Apple Valley, followed by a World Famous Apple Pie or some of our homemade fudge).

Happy trails to you, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:52

Fun Things to Do in Cades Cove TN

If you are headed to or from the Smoky Mountains’ most spectacularly beautiful destination, Cades Cove, you’ll want to soak up every aspect! But what all is there to do in Cades Cove, TN?

There are opportunities year-round to enjoy this popular destination! First, you'll certainly want to stop by Apple Valley to pick up a guidebook and a map of the area before you venture in so that you are well-prepared for these exciting things to do during your adventure: 

  1. Explore the hiking trails. Whether you are exploring with the family or on your own, there are a number of trails to choose from ranging from the most popular, which is a 5 mile hike along Abrams Creek, to shorter options like Cades Cove Nature Trail.

  2. Visit a museum. The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is a perfect place to view historic treasures, preserved heirlooms, and artifacts in the Cades Cove Museum.

  3. Enjoy a bus tour. Sit back, relax and soak up the scenery and wildlife on a fully guided 3-4 hour bus tour led by experienced and friendly Cades Cove Heritage Tours guides.

  4. Drive the Cades Cove loop. If you prefer to travel the 11-mile loop on your own, you’ll have the opportunity to view the stunning mountains, rolling greens, and meadows filled with wildflowers. Perhaps you’ll even see some of the local wildlife, including bears, hogs, deer, turkeys and more! 

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  5. Go fishing. The Little River has a number of places to pull off and try your hand at trout fishing! These areas allow easy access to the water as well.

  6. Eat, drink, and be merry. Cades Cove Cellars is a great place to stop in and try out a selection of wines made on-site. But if you’re more of a beer lover, stop into Apple Valley Cafe Express for a cold one and don’t forget to try out Townsend’s Best Burger & Toppings Bar while you’re there!

  7. Shop ‘til you drop. The Townsend Visitors Center offers some great souvenirs to complete your trip. Apple Valley Stores also has a variety of merchandise to capture the spirit of the Smoky Mountains and take a bit of fun home with you, from t-shirts to books and much, MUCH more! 

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However you spend your time exploring Cades Cove, be prepared to take a leisurely approach and enjoy this beautiful place so you can take it all in!

To learn more about Cades Cove, stop by Apple Valley Stores for free information, and visit the National Park Service website to make sure trails are open before planning your journey. Happy trails to you!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 21:41

Kindness Rewarded: Buy $50 Gift Card, Get $10 Free!

Now through December 24, 2017, take advantage of this amazing gift card promotion*...our gift to you this holiday season! 

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*Cards must be purchased by December 24, 2017. Voucher valid through December 31, 2018. Cards may be purchased in-store or from our online store

**Certificates ONLY redeemable in-store or by calling to place your order at 865-448-9878**

Sunday, 08 October 2017 19:31

Top Reasons to Visit Apple Valley After a Day in the Smokies



View the video to learn the Top Reasons to Visit Apple Valley After a Day in the Smokies.

Monday, 09 October 2017 19:17

Fall Foliage Viewing in the Smokies

Fall has arrived, and there is no denying that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the best places to view the gorgeous fall foliage! But when is the best time to plan an excursion to experience the wonderful changes in hue?

SmokyMountains.com has taken the guesswork out of your leaf-peeping adventures by unveiling an interactive map that predicts when Mother Nature will reveal her vibrant colors, and when the biggest bursts will be at their peak! The National Park is also home to over 187,000 acres of forest, including miles of lakes, wildlife habitats, rivers, streams, and more. It’s no wonder our gorgeous area is referred to as, “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies.”

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Stay ahead of the fall foliage frenzy this year by checking out the interactive map, and plan your adventure in advance! We will even happily have your leaf-peeping lunch packed and ready for you – just order online from Apple Valley Cafe Express!

We look forward to seeing you when you visit our lovely corner of East Tennessee!

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