At first glance this stone-and-wood moonshine distillery – Tennessee's first licensed moonshine maker – appears to have a Disney flair, but it's the real deal. Gathering around the hysterical bartenders, sampling eight to 10 flavors of hooch and taking in colorful commentary is Gatlinburg's best time.
There's live bluegrass on the atrium stage as well from noon to 10pm, and it's usually pretty good – look out for Monroeville, a great progressive bluegrass band from Newport, TN, with a Grammy-nominated producer and engineer on lead vocals.
The moonshine category is growing fast, and so is Ole Smoky. A second, larger location recently opened on Parkway. There's another in Pigeon Forge.