Fall in The Great Smoky Mountains is apple season! And a visit to this beautiful place wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Apple Barn in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Apple pie, apple cobbler, apple strudel, apple donuts, apple cider, fresh apples you eat walking through the country. Apple lovers and food lovers in general find a unique adventure with restaurants, treats and shopping experiences in a beautiful setting that feels like it is far in the country but is located just off the Parkway. Wander the grounds around the apple trees, sit in the gazebo and listen to the Little Pigeon River run, shop for unique gifts, taste ciders, eat wonderful meals and treats including pastries and ice cream.
The Apple Barn
It really is a barn. Built in 1910, the barn was part of the farm the Hicks and Kilpatrick families bought in 1972. They planted the first apple trees in 1972, and today, the orchard has more than 4,000 trees, of 10 different varieties of apples, according to The Apple Barn Web site.
The old barn was scrubbed and refurbished inside to become The Apple Barn in 1981. The structure was left as it was with a clear sealer on the black walnut and wormy chestnut wood. Visitors will notice the stables and feed rack that are original.
Today, it’s known as Apple Barn Cider Mill and General Store.
There are many parts to The Apple Barn and its property. There’s the Cider Room, where visitors can watch the varieties of apples being pressed into refreshing cider in the fall. And then there’s the Cider Bar, where visitors sip hot or cold cider at the beautiful cherry and onyx back bar.
In the General Store, buy The Apple Barn’s famous apple butter, apple fritter mix. apple salsa, dried apples, fried apples, applewood smoked ham and bacon. So many apple choices! There also are Apple decorated glasses and bake ware. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of “The Apple Barn Cook Book.”
Need something even sweeter? Check out the Candy Factory, which makes original sweets, including old-time favorites such as taffy, carmel (the southern spelling) apples, candied apples and old-fashioned stick candy, handmade on century-old equipment every day. In “The Creamery” ice cream parlor, apple specialties are the star. There’s an official soda fountain here too.
Southern Food Restaurants
The Apple Barn began with cider and pies, donuts, candy and ice cream. Then it built restaurants and finally a winery.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant was the original restaurant. The historic location was known to horse drawn wagons, beef cattle and tobacco. The six-room house, now a family restaurant, is famous in the area for its big farmhouse breakfasts but serves every meal every day.
Every meal comes with a complimentary single serving of Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Applewood’s Apple Fritters® , Homemade Apple Butter and Applewood Julep.® Clearly, the apple is king.
What is an Applewood Julep? Here’s the recipe from the restaurant:
- 1 quart unsweetened apple juice, chilled
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
- 1 cup orange juice, chilled
- 1/4 cup lemon juice, chilled
- Fresh mint sprigs
Combine apple juice, pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon juice with ice cubes; mix well.
Garnish each serving with fresh mint.
Yield: 6 1/4 cups or 6 servings
On the menu for breakfast are southern country items including ham and red-eyed gravy, biscuits and gravy, pecan pancakes, blueberry pancakes, eggs, sausage and of course, cider apple smoked bacon. And much, much more. Check out lunch, dinner, and Sunday dinner menus here.
The Applewood Farmhouse Grill opened in 1995 – to accommodate the demand for more space. Applewood Farmhouse foods are served here along with a few new items.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner – and of course dessert – are served at the Grill. Don’t worry, you’ll get your apple treats with all the meals as well. Check out the menus here. There’s also an allergen menu.
Some scrumptious dinner choices at the Grill include southern comfort favorites of fried chicken, chicken pot pie, Momma’s Country Meatloaf, beef liver and onions (I grew up on this!) and country fried catfish. Don’t forget the farmhouse sides that include collard greens, pinto beans (good with a few dashes of hot sauce!), mashed potatoes, fried okra and mac & cheese.
Chef Roman Campbell is the chef in charge of both restaurants. He has had a life-long love of cooking, according to The Apple Barn. “At 15, he worked at a well-known Hungarian restaurant where he already had a specialty dish, ‘Goulash’. By age 17, Roman was working at a private Golf resort in San Diego County where his talent quickly became apparent to French Chef/Owner Michele Malecot who chose to mentor him in restaurant ownership and Classic French and American cuisine.”
“In 2011, Chef Roman moved East with his family, wife Tracy and their three children and in the fall of 2012 he was hired by Stokely Hospitality for the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Grill. Chef Roman’s debut was a huge success when he won a People’s Choice Award during the 2013 Knoxville Biscuit Festival with his presentation of a Shrimp and Grits Biscuit topped with Andouille Sausage Gravy.” Yum!
Chef Roman’s YouTube channel includes his Cooking tips and recipes – how to make a banana pudding, how to make a pie crust, how to make pimento cheese and more.
Watch Chef Roman’s video on How to Make an Apple Spice cake and enjoy some of the mountains and fall right at home.
Apple Barn Winery, specializing in apple and fruit wines, opened in 1995 at the same time as the Grill.
The Apple Barn Winery creates its wines from the succulent apples growing outside. The winery is open seven days a week for tasting and sales.
Part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, The Apple Barn Winery offers options for just about any palette.
Dry Wines include Apple, described as soft, fruity, dry apple wine aged in American oak;
Vineyard White; Vineyard Red; and Merlot. Semi Sweet Wines include the Apple Blush, a semi-dry apple and grape blend; Orchard White; and Apple-Raspberry
Finally, the sweet wines – they include Apple-Strawberry – sweet apple wine bursting with the flavor of fresh strawberries; Apple-Peach; Applewood White; and Muscadine – a sweet dessert wine.
Check out the winery’s video tour – a tutorial about the art of winemaking. When visiting, you might get to see the winemakers at work.
After your winery visit, where you likely will purchase bottles of your favorite, take one over to the Apple Barn Farmhouse Restaurant or the Applewood Grill where you can enjoy your wine with your meal without a corkage fee.
Find The Apple Barn complex:
The Apple Barn and Cider Mill
230 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, (865) 453-9319
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
240 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, (865) 428-1222
Applewood Farmhouse Grill
220 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, (865) 429-8644
Apple Barn Winery
220 Apple Valley Road
Sevierville, (865) 428-6850
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