Downtown Gatlinburg is a paradise for shopaholics! The Strip is filled with amazing stores and specialty shops that are perfect for souvenir hunting, gift shopping, or just browsing. When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will be just a short walk from all of the best places to visit for your Smoky Mountain shopping spree. Here are five excellent downtown Gatlinburg shopping spots that you don’t want to miss:
1. The Village
Located behind the Pancake Pantry, The Village is Gatlinburg’s most scenic shopping area. With its brick walking path and beautiful fountain, this hidden section of the city really does look like a quaint European village. Visitors to The Village will find 27 unique shops to explore, including:
- Alewine Pottery
- Candle Cottage
- Pepper Palace
- The Spice and Tea Exchange
- Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery
- The Donut Friar
The Village is an 11-minute walk from Black Bear Inn & Suites.
No trip to the Smokies is complete without a stop at a sweet shop! Aunt Mahalia’s has been selling homemade candies in Gatlinburg since 1939, making them the oldest and most popular candy store in the area. Some of the tastiest items at Aunt Mahalia’s include the fudge, divinity, peanut brittle, pralines, and pecan logs. Everything at Aunt Mahalia’s is made the old-fashioned way, just like when the shop opened 78 years ago.
Aunt Mahalia’s is a 12-minute walk from Black Bear Inn & Suites.
3. Nantahala Outdoor Center
If you’re planning a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during your vacation, be sure to stop by Nantahala Outdoor Center. This great store offers everything you need for an adventure in the Smokies. Guests will find gear and clothing from the world’s top outdoor brands, including Columbia, Patagonia, and The North Face.
NOC is just a minute’s walk from Black Bear Inn!
4. Mountain Mall
The Mountain Mall is another one of the top downtown Gatlinburg shopping destinations. This indoor complex across from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is home to an eclectic variety of stores. Some of the most popular shops in the mall include:
- Doc’s Magic Castle
- Sports Heaven
- Cowboy Way
- Lavi’s Jewelry
- Martial Arts & Knives Superstore
- Oakley Sunglass Shop
The Mountain Mall is a 12-minute walk from Black Bear Inn.
If you’re looking for a special gift or souvenir, be sure to visit Wood Signs of Gatlinburg. This great store offers handcrafted wood signs that you can have personalized with whatever text you please. Whether you’re looking for a wood banner to hang over your front door or an engraving to commemorate an anniversary, you are sure to find the perfect sign at this shop.
Wood Signs of Gatlinburg is a 9-minute walk from Black Bear Inn.
Guests at Black Bear Inn & Suites will love being near all of these amazing downtown Gatlinburg shopping destinations. With an outstanding location in the heart of the city, complimentary full hot breakfast, enclosed heated pool, and rooms with private balconies, we have everything you need for an incredible vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!