Booking a cabin is a great way to save money on dining out during your vacation. But, hauling those groceries from home several hours isn’t always the best option, especially with cold items. Instead of packing boxes of food and coolers full of perishables, shop at one of our many local grocery stores!
Grocery stores near your Gatlinburg cabin:
Food City – 1219 East Parkway, Gatlinburg
Food City in Gatlinburg is the only full service grocery store, but is well worth the stop. Complete with a small cafe for a quick bite to eat, a hot bar for ready made options, prepacked deli items like potato salad, and even a bakery on site, this small grocery store has a little bit of everything for everyone. Family members with gluten sensitivity or special diets will also have specialty food items available at this store. Crunched for time, or just don’t want to deal with a trip to the store after a day of traveling? Food City offers online shopping via Instacart.
Open daily from 6am to 1am. Bonus: Get a Food City ValuCard at the register. Use your points for discounts on gas at their gas station located in the parking lot!
Whole Earth Grocery – 446 East Parkway #4, Gatlinburg
A fun and niche store you’ll want to see is Whole Earth Grocery. This natural foods store, while small, carries a variety of natural and organic foods, supplements and vitamins, baby items, and more. They even carry refrigerated items.
The cafe offers a small menu with vegan and vegetarian items as well. Favorites on the menu include the lentil burger, pasta salad, and a juice bar with juice shots. For the meat eaters, chicken salad is always popular
Whole Earth Grocery is open from 10am to 6pm, with cafe hours from 11am to 3pm. Check them out on Facebook.
Old Dad’s General Store – 1127 Parkway, Gatlinburg
Old Dad’s General Store has a small smattering of groceries and camping supplies for a trip to the Smokies, but the main reason it’s included on this list is for the deli. With a delicious selection of sandwiches and breakfast items, you don’t want to miss Old Dad’s for a picnic lunch in the mountains. Order your lunch “picnic style” and their staff will put all the toppings and condiments in a separate bag for you. No more soggy trail lunches!
Like something you had here? Old Dad’s sells their meats and cheeses by the pound as well! Local favorites include a fried green tomato BLT and the country cuban. Their fresh breads will remind you of a New York style deli. Don’t forget to try their homemade potato chips, too!
Old Dad’s is open 7am to 11pm, and their deli is open 7am to 5pm. Want to grab a lunch sandwich in the morning to take on an afternoon hike? Call ahead and have it waiting when you arrive! Find their menu online: https://olddadsgeneralstore.com/
Grocery Stores near your Pigeon Forge Cabin:
Publix – 2656 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
This southern favorite is a relative newcomer to the area, but is a great stop on your way to your Pigeon Forge cabin. A full service grocery store includes a hot bar, olive bar, and even a sandwich shop on site. On Wednesdays, sushi rolls are just $5.
Publix is open 7am to 11pm daily.
Kroger – 220 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge
Just off traffic light #3 you’ll find Kroger. In addition to a full deli and bakery, this store has an entire section dedicated to natural and organic foods making shopping for those with special dietary needs easy and fast. Need a pick-me-up for your shopping trip? There’s an onsite Starbucks right at the entrance, too!
Need another reason to shop at Kroger? It’s open 24 hours!
Food City – 3625 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
Located right in the heart of Pigeon Forge is Food City. This particular location is the closest grocery store to Dollywood and Splash Country, as well as Patriot Park. Like the Food City in Gatlinburg, this full store has a wonderful selection of hot and cold items, ready-made picnic items, and is close to all the attractions in Pigeon Forge. Swing by and grab a few snacks for a day on the town!
This particular location is open 6am to 12 midnight every day.
On the way in to town:
Walmart Supercenter – 1414 Parkway, Sevierville
Yes, there is a Walmart on your way in to town! If you’re driving to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge via US-441, also known as The Parkway, you’ll pass right by Walmart in Sevierville at traffic light 13.4, across from Collier Drive.
This is a full Supercenter, complete with grocery, home goods, pharmacy, souvenir shop, and even an air brush kiosk. Walmart has everything you need on vacation and is open 24 hours a day.
Looking for delivery?
While most grocery stores now offer online and app shopping through the store or via an Instacart app, there is a local business that can help, too! Smoky Mountain Grocery offers delivery to all of Sevier and Blount Counties for a $29 fee, or $49 for Sunday delivery. Send them your list or give them a call to place your order. Order by noon and you’ll have your groceries at the door of your cabin by the next day!
Smoky Mountain Grocery takes calls from 8a-7p Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays); deliveries are Monday through Saturday 8a-6p (they will deliver on Sundays for an additional $20).
Your Cabin Getaway
Now you’ve got your groceries, so what will you prepare? Cooking is easy when you choose a cabin from American Patriot Getaways! Your cabin will always come with a fully equipped kitchen ready for you to make a family favorite meal you can enjoy together. Many of our cabins are equipped with a charcoal or gas grill, so a summer cookout is always going to be an option. Whether you decide to cook a full holiday meal or make plenty of quick snacks to enjoy while relaxing on your porch, you’ll be ready.
Need some meal inspiration? Check out our Pinterest boards for easy vacation recipes or quick tasty desserts you can whip up in no time.
Quick ideas include:
1) Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill with all the picnic sides
2) Have a taco bar with prepared meat and veggies with plenty of toppings
3) Pasta night with a ready made garlic bread
4) Pancakes for a fast and fun breakfast
5) Bake some ready-made cookies for dessert
Don’t forget the popcorn! Whether you choose stove top or microwavable, it’s the perfect snack for enjoying a movie night in our theater room cabins.
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